Easy upcycled project

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BOW-STYLE TOP :
-cut the sleeves to create bows
-wear the t-shirt inside out and draw the neckline you want (careful as it stretches out, too little is better than too much). If it’s too wide, create pleats by hand and stitch in place. If not wide enough, stetch by hand or recut.
-create the bows by folding a long rectangle (cut in the sleeve) in two (this size will be about the size of your finished bow). Stitch the sides all around, leaving a opening (about an inch). This will allow us to turn the bow inside out and stuff it (if desired) with remmants or fluffy things. Next, close the opening by hand and tie a ribbon in the middle of the length (can also be the rim from the tshirt).
-stitch bows in place by gathering the shoulder seams at the same time.
-crop the bottom of the shirt at desired length. Cut the leftover fabric longway to create a long strip of fabric that will be your belt at tie at the waist (or under the breast for an empire line).

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PLEATED PEPLUM TOP (also good for skirt) :
-crop the top to the desired length (before peplum, ideally the smaller part of your waist). Save the leftover for the peplum.
-Adjust the fit of your top to the desired width (with tucks or darts at the front and back, stitched in place).
-Place the right side (“the nice side”) of your top and the right side of the leftover (if you can’t find which one it is, look at the hem!) together (like facing each other) and pin at the sides. The fabric band should be much bigger than the top.
-create little pleats by hand, trying to make then evenly distributed. Pin to secure (make sure you’re only pinning one layer of the top and the peplum!). Turn and repeat at the back.
-carefully stitch through the layers joining the top and the peplum (you might need a thicker needle like size 90) and it’s better to a zigzag stitch as the fitted waist will need to stretch going through your shoulders.

ASYMMETRIC TOP
-Starting from underneath the arm, stitch by hand (or machine with a long stitch, like 4 or 5) a long straight line along the side seam you want to have shorter. Leave a few inches of thread at the end. Repeat with a second line 1/4 inch apart (make sure they don’t touch).
-hold both loose threads firmly at the hem and gently pull the fabric up until the desired height.
-tie the threads together a few times, being careful not to break them. Trim the loose threads under the knots.

imageVoilà! I hope you enjoy your creations, I sure can’t wait to see what the group of student from Dunbar Grammar school will come up with…

À bientôt,

Cxx

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Musée de Bourgoin-Jallieu: textiles et tissage.

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En cherchant les magasins de tissus vers B-J je suis tombée sur le site du musée textille et tissage de BJ. Sachant que mon arrière grand-père avait un magasin de tissus dans ses alentours à la fin du XIXe siecle, j’ai sauté sur l’occasion d’essayer de retrouver un peu de ce patrimoine.
Le coté tissu/tissage/textille se trouve sur deux étages et l’on suit l’évolution chronologique des métiers à tisser et autres modification de matières naturelles comme le chanvre (très populaire en Dauphiné) et, plus tard, la soie.
On y trouve de merveilleux outils, dont, mon préferé, de Dynamomètre (1920-1930) pour calculer la resistance d’un fil (comprendre: à quel moment tu vas faire “ah zut, mon fil n’est vraiment pas adapté à cet ouvrage et a craqué en plein milieu…!”) et aussi les beaux rouleaux en cuivre pour imprimer les motifs type ‘bordures calligraphiées’ comme sur les foulards Hermès (qui, oui-oui, étaient fabriqué en Rhône-Alpes dans les années 90!).
Bien-sur, on passe aussi par de magnifiques imprimés en Toile de Jouy (méga heart!) et des sublimes robes d’époques, mais celles-ci sont trop peu nombreuses à mon goût (moins de 10)… Mais, of course, je dois me rappeler que ce n’est pas une expo Fashion Dresses mais plûtot un bon “How-to” very vintage style!!
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tissus de toutes sortes…
Big thumbs up en tout cas pour les activités pédagogiques: retrouver l’origine du tissu (chanvre, coton, soie) ou bien utiliser des tampons pour reproduire les motifs textiles sur du papier. Un moyen sûr de passer un bon moment pour les grand(e)s et les petits.
Je vous laisse avec la robe WOW du musée: Madeleine Vionnet 1935, regardez ce tombé!!!!!
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“Robe de cocktail” Madeleine Vionnet 1934, Paris-France (imprimée crêpe de soie)
PS le musée à aussi eu une expo spéciale Mme de Grès, il y a quelques temps…. Ahhhhh….
Cx

Autumn/Winter 17-18 colour trend

Boo, the sales are over…. Yay, there’s a whole new range of fabrics available for the coming season, and I checked them out- just for you!
Like many people I’m not a big fan of Summer being over… But one thing I can cheer about is the change of style in my wardrobe and fresh colour palettes.


I may be verrrrrry fussy (or maybe I just have a silly head) but I have specific rules about “what to wear for which season”. To me, you can not wear a nautical theme mid-october, or velvet when it’s warm for instance. It-s-just-not-working!!

So anyway, Autumn-Winter 2017-2018 is looking super stylish with a mix of warm and strong colours.

My favorite combo is khaki green+plum wine. And I already have an outfit that ticks the boxes with this satin khaki pencil skirt (La Robe à Caro) and Burgundy Lottie Blouse (Simple Sew patterns).

I also love the fact that wearing a bit of yellow will add some pops on every outfit. Perfect for dull weather (huh, hello Scotland…!)

How about a fake leather biker jacket? Who needs Sun with this snazzy piece!

Rebel Rebelle jacket by LaRobeACaro

as seen on Jessica Alba, inspiration Burberry
I’m so ready to rock the Christmas season with lots of metallic blings (why not a chic fake leather jacket) in silver or gold depending on your skin (have you done the test?).

…Check out these gorgeous fake leathers, yes, it’s on my shopping list, and yes, it’s going to be fan-tastic…


Soft pink (or ballet pink) is also a big trend this year. A pink tulle skirt styled with a grey wrap top would create a match made in heaven (and a special homage to Christian Dior’s favorite combo). Whereas a pink ballet-type wrap with an autumn maple orange leather skirt will give you a gentle but powerful look.

In love with this outfit (image Pinterest)

Another beautiful and bold colour, that I unfortunately not wear enough, is Deep Blue (as seen amongst other in Saint Laurent’s collection) . It’s so intense, but I always struggle to match it with my wardrobe. I know it will look gorgeous with my red hair, but I feel I can only pair it with black. Maybe the pale pink, the Tawny Port or even Silver would work well, but I fear the grenadine red or yellow would make it too Spring-y…


So, come on September 21st! I actually cannot wait to create this season’s capsule wardrobe!!! (see more of my creations on Facebook and Instagram!)

What about you? Are you inspired by those colours? Do you have a favorite trend/outfit for this Autumn?

Cxx

Ride’Ink Tattoo show 20.08.17

Un peu d’pub pour les copains…. Surtout quand ils sont super “talented”!

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“Vous voulez pas un doigt avant?”…
Combiner sortie en famille, wake-board, barbecue et tattoo est maintenant chose faisable grâce au Ride’Ink Tattoo show, organisé par l’AddicT Wake Park de Moirans et Derm Hospital Tattoo de St-Martin-le-Vinoux.
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Les tatoueurs étaient disponible sur place avec leurs créations (à noter que les flashs de l’événement étaient gratos pour l’occas’ (not just yet pour moi…) et réalisés dans une petite tente prévue à l’ombre, et Ultra Clean of course.
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–Petite histoire qui me fait triper à chaque fois que je la raconte: j’ai rencontré Thomas (ze boss du studio DHT Derm Hospital Tattoo) au collège Chartreuse et, assise à côté de lui en cours d’Anglais (oui oui, il me taxait mes réponses!)  il ne faisait que de dessiner et répétait non-stop du haut de ses 14ans “de toute façon, moi j’veux être tatoueur plus tard!”. Et tous, moi y compris, répondait tous “pfff, mais oui, c’est ça!”… Effectivement (et surtout méga blasés!) HE DID IT!!! Super proud!
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C’était donc une excellente occasion pour moi que de venir soutenir un ami et son pari réussi… à défaut d’y aller me faire tatouer!!
Le plus plus de cette journée était aussi de rencontrer Miss Anne-Laure “la fille de l’intersaison” super couturière-copine Instagram et surtout bloggeuse-maintenant réelle!! 🙂
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Me-Mades : Deer&Doe’s Belladone pour Anne-Laure et La Robe à Caro for moi!
N’hésitez pas à aller voir les artistes en personnes au 105 avenue Général Leclerc, 38950 St-Martin-Le-Vinoux (ou jeter in oeil sur la page facebook du salon). Vous ne serez pas déçu du boulot!
PS: il aurait été sympa de renommer le stand BBQ en oiINK pour l’occasion (“groin”, en anglais. Oui oui, le bruit du cochon a le mot ‘ink’ : “encre” dedans!).
Xx Caro

L’Ouest Américain en Chartreuse; édition 2017

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Wow! Je ne m’attendais vraiment pas à être si agréablement surprise en me rendant à St Laurent du Pont (38) ce dimanche 30 juillet. Passant mes vacances en France chez mes parents, j’ai enfin eu l’occasion d’assister à la 12ème édition de cet événement annuel à 40 minutes seulement de Grenoble. Bien sûr j’avais vu la page facebook de l’événement et les quelques concerts prévus, mais vraiment, je ne pensais pas qu’il y aurait autant de monde, voitures, et cool styles!

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Déjà, les voitures. Of course je ne m’y connais pas spécialement mais comment résister aux coupes des années 50 et ses magnifiques couleurs pastels…

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Il y avait quelques motos, mais la plupart étaient en vadrouille pour la “balade” du Rhône Valley Chapter HOG qui partait à 10h.
Côté rock, j’ai malheureusement raté High Voltage (band tribute d’AD/DC), mais les R’Cats ont bien swingué les classiques d’Elvis et autre Gene Vincent. Tandis que le groupe suivant (les Chicken fried??) donnaient une tonalité un brin plus Country avec, entre autre, du Hank Williams et Johnny Cash. Sans oublier les line-dancers, qui animaient la piste de danse.
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Question restauration, une rue du centre (piétonne pour l’occasion) y était réservée avec de grandes tables et boulangerie, boucherie-traiteur, cafés non loin. Of course, le traditionnel stand “merguez-frites-bière” ne manquait pas à l’appel, et y avait même quelques petites tables installées à l’ombre ici et là.
Seul le côté achat/merchandise était selon moi un peu négligé. Mais bien sûr, je suis une habituée des Vintage Markets nord-américains et du UK… Et bien entendu, je ne peux être objective sur la question. Mais non. Un seul coin vêtement n’est vraaaaaiiiment pas suffisant… (surtout quand on connaît la difficulté à trouver tout ça en France).
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Quelques pin-ups de la journée…
En gros, une très belle sortie en famille si vous aimez tous ce qui est Vintage, Pin-up, Rockabilly et motard.
Encore une fois, la Chartreuse ne nous a pas déçu. Merci à l’organisateur et toute son équipe.
Rdv tous les ans, le dernier dimanche de juillet!
Plus d’info sur la page facebook ici
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Jupe crayon La Robe à Caro, Tee-shirt Wanted (V. Pouzet) pied de poule (Tissu Maison d’Ursule St-Egrève)
Caro’
-n’hésitez pas à me suivre sur Instagram et facebook

 

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A whole lotta Lottie (blouse)

Voilà! Just finished my 4th Lottie blouse, and I’m still totally in love with them.

My 3rd Lottie
French seams chiffon Lottie

It’s a great way to update my wardrobe in a classier version. I’ve decided to cut on the puffy floral circle skirt style and swap it for sexier pencil skirts and blouse… Perfect for the office (hum, even though I work from home, haha).

Of course, do yourself a favor and MAKE A TOILE! Practise on old curtains or any unwanted fabrics until the fit is perfect for your shape.

This version has previously been modified. If I remember correctly, I shorted it, adjusted the armholes and changed the sleeves to a 3/4 length. And because I’m using a sheer chiffon, I’m using French seams on most seams for a nicer finish. If you’re NOT familiar with those seams, please use regular RST (right sides together) seams, or practise on your toile first.

Then, it goes:

-assemble your patterns pieces

-assemble your supplies

-lay your pieces according to the grainline (if you’ve cut your selvedge, you can try and pull a tiny bit of thread to see its direction, hence finding the way of the fabric). Make sure to mark all your notches and darts (since my fabric is fraying a lot I used dressmaking pencils instead of clipping in the fabric). Make sure to mark all your notches and darts (yes, I repeat myself, this step is quite important!).


-if you need to overlock or staystich your fabric pieces, do it now (note that you do not want to overlock if you are using French seams; like I did. See photo below).


-the first thing you want to do is to test your stitchings and sewing machine settings  with  your fabric. Adjust the needle size/tension/thread if needed. Perfect? Ok, let’s do this! PS remember to press each seam open at every step!

-place your top piece on top of your back piece and stitch the sides and the shoulder seam (the one at the very top).

-stitch the sleeve underarm seam, repeat with the other sleeve. 

-attach sleeves to top, gathering at sleeve head.

-finish hem on sleeves and on blouse.


-pin bias binding (or self-made one) at the ‘keyhole’ part and stitch.

-assemble the neck tie at center and fold lengthwise. Stitch at end of each side but NOT in the middle part (you can measure the neckline on your blouse stopping at the bias tape and leave that measurement open on the tie).

Do note that most fabric won’t be long enough to place the neck tie on the fold. Just plan a bit extra for the seam and cut two of the pattern!



-pin only one side of the neck tie to the blouse, starting with the middle, all the way to the bias binding part. Stitch in place, being careful not to stich the other side of the tie.

-Cover with the other side of the tie opening (sandwiching the top in the middle), pin in place and stich in the ditch to close (-> stitch exactly on the seam line of the necktie but catching the seam underneath at the sale time to close the opening). Reinforce corners where the neck tie and bias binding meet.

Note : If you’re not sure about stitching in the ditch, you can also hand stitch on the inside to close the neck tie (like the last picture).


And, you’re all done! I hope you enjoy your Lottie(s)! 

Xx

Caro’

The Pilar Bear Pattern share!!

How exciting! I’ve been picked to take part in a pattern share (or International pattern swap, as you would call it)


The lovely Pilar from Spain ( @Pilar_Bear on IG) has been giving away some of her patterns… And guess what, we found out that our birthdays are on the same day, what a coincidence! She did send me a super cute little fabric for the occasion, how nice?! I think that’d be lovely as a dainty pocket lining…. Any other suggestions?

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So here I am, having to choose within those great patterns. It’s so hard to pick one!… But here are my favs.


How adorable is this playsuit from Sew Over It! I bet she was totally rocking it in warm Spain… Unfortunately for me, Scotland isn’t the most appropriate country… Sigh!


It was a very close call for the Anouk dress from Canadian Victory patterns (which I didn’t know before). The packaging is just stunning: a lovely little box with a quirky design; like every pattern should be.

But…. I heart stayed more rational (or boring, as my husband said…) and I picked the Lisette shirt dress:

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Mine now!!!!

I find it just so versatile, great for everyday and easy to accessorise if I need a ‘day-to-night outfit’ (hum, that doesn’t actually happens very often, but eh!).

I’m not exactly sure when I’ll manage giving it a go (with my sewing list already 10 pieces long… Including a special dress for the exciting #sewScottish meet-up at the end of the month!), but, as usual, I just can’t wait!!!

Also included, are some vintage ones, from the 80s and 90s (great if you’re a collector like me:


And some great basics/wardrobe builders, like the pleated Colette (before they changed the packagings!) or the va-va-vooms pencil skirts (I actually made the exact gingham one on the right a few month ago!)


Since I took the Traveler’s Lisette dress, I replaced it with one of mine: Project Runway (go team Laurence Basse!) K1913, feminine & easy to wear, with lots of fun options

it could be yours….!

If you want to take part, here’s how to proceed:

leave a comment below or on my instagram page to let me know you’re interested. I’ll put your name in the raffle and hopefully destiny will pick it!!! The draw is being planned for this Sunday the 6 of November 2016.

Please make sure you agree to share the bundle once you received it, taking and leaving only one pattern, and posting it (nationally or internationally) to the next person 🙂

Good luck and happy sewing till then

Xx

Caro

—> goodbye Project Runway/hello Lisette!

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The Pilar Bear pattern share!!!! Where will it go next?