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).
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?
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:
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
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
—> goodbye Project Runway/hello Lisette!
Back to my Lucille dress (previously mentioned here), from Simple Sew Patterns, and how gorgeous it is.
First, a bit about the package:
[Lucille] features a cleavage-enhancing pleated cross-over bodice, and the choice of either a fit-and flare half-circle skirt or a sexy fitted pencil skirt (from the Simple Sew Patterns website)
I was looking for something stylish and not needing so much fabric, to use the beauty I acquired in Japan (while on honeymoon) four years ago. It’s a floral cotton, from Tomato fabric store in the Nippori area (ohhhh if I could only go back!….).
Buuuuuut, as I only had one backpack which was pretty full of souvenirs, I sadly had to take it easy on not getting mental with my fabric purchases. Here are my lovely purchases, getting used little by little.
Because I only had 115cm x 114cm of that fabric, it seemed like mission impossible to begin with,… But with a bit of perseverance, a contrasting waistband (and quarter-scaling), it all worked out perfectly.
Making a draft of your fabric, and your pattern if a great way to check your pattern placements when you don’t have a lot of fabric.
One of my only concern with this pattern was the instruction talking about back waistband, which obviously doesn’t exist (there’s a front yoke waistband, but it stops at the sides). Once you pass that, it’s all good and matching perfectly.
Like on every project I sew, I began with staystitching the sides to prevent stretching, and overlocked the pieces that were going to be visible (but neeeeevvvveeerrrr the waist! You don’t want to add any bulk there!).
I also inserted a staytape in the neckline to prevent gaping (with always occurs on me). Now, I am new at this staytaping thing, and I find it a bit confusing. I have to admit that I’m not 100% satisfied with this one, as I pulled it a little bit too much to make sure it’d stay as close to me as possible. Plus, my tape was probably a tiny bit too wide as it added a bit of bulk on the seam. Conclusion, more practice/testing/reading about it needed (and let me know your tips about it!)
Some other of my “regular” sewing habits, that you should include too if you don’t already, are
-pressing the seams open, e-ve-ry times!
-pressing the darts toward your belly button
-clipping and notching where needed (armhole people!!!!! It’s so important!)
-and…. Well… I just love a garment as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. So, I did my best to make it fully lined, but, it wasn’t really a piece of cake…. And I had to use some hand sewing here and there (!!!!!).
I also reinforced the back slit opening, with a bit of organdie -> thanks to Pinterest!
Verdict, a very good 8.5/10. I will probably do it again, but maybe with my own pencil skirt pattern. The pleats are quite nice and original, but I think it does add a bit of volume to my hips…
If I could only convince myself to wear my Japanese shoes with it now… But I may still be a bit too shy for them! 😉
Ta-da for now!
Caro’ (and Petite-Moi, my 1/4 scale me!)