It is with great pride that La Robe à Caro takes part in sponsoring this year’s Miss Pinup UK & Miss Pinup International competitions. Because it is important to show that every woman is different, we love the fact that the Miss Pinup contests embrace every one’s shape and size, colour and religion.
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).
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.
-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.
Voilà! 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…
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!
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.
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…
What about you? Are you inspired by those colours? Do you have a favorite trend/outfit for this Autumn?
Un peu d’pub pour les copains…. Surtout quand ils sont super “talented”!
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!
Voilà! Just finished my 4th Lottie blouse, and I’m still totally in love with them.
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!).
-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.
-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!
-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).