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Carme Blouse: Safari Dress Variation

by Pauline Alice
Carme Blouse: Safari Dress Variation

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I’ve always wanted to make a saharienne inspired dress out of the Carme blouse pattern and I woke on Saturday morning with an urge to sew it Now! So I drank my morning tea and headed to the sewing room and I got out for lunch with this Safari Carme Dress.

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As you can see, it’s still missing some closure on the front placket, I’m planning to make some kind of lace-up closure with eyelets like the Yves Saint Laurent original saharienne. But I was missing a hammer so I’ll finish it later…I used a natural linen, it’s so comfortable for the summer… I think it would also look great in light cotton or chambray. The fabric is from the Fabrics-store, they have an amazing linen selection (they sent me this fabric to make a tutorial of the Carme blouse and I had just enough left for the dress).

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Here you can see the loose shape gathered at the waist by the belt and the other details I changed on the original Carme blouse pattern: I shortened the sleeves, added a breast pocket, lengthened the placket, added belt loops and lengthened the length of the pattern. These are very easy changes. Let’s see them on a diagram in case you want to make a Carme dress:

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In red are the original pattern pieces and in blue the new ones, in black the pieces and marks that you don’t need to change:
  •  You can keep the pleated yoke if you wish but I wanted a simpler look so I joined the yoke (4) and the front (1) together and drew the new bodice front. I lengthen it by about 30 cm on the side (careful, the hem is curved).
  • I lengthened the back bodice by 30 cm as well (this measurement will depend on your height of course, I’m small so I don’t need to add a lot but you might want to add more or less length) and I made a more pronounced and longer curve at the back (I think the back is about 8 cm longer than the front).
  • I lengthened the front placket (5), it’s about 40 cm now.
  • You can use the same collar pieces (6).
  • I shortened the sleeves (3) right on the “shorten or lengthen here” mark and raised the new square mark about 12 cm under the top of the sleeve head. I used the same sleeve tab pieces (7).
  • I added 4 belt loops at waist level (2 on the front and 2 on the back) to wear a belt and give some shape to the dress. They are made of self fabric bias strips. These could also be place at hips level for a different look.
  • I added a breast pocket with flap. I made a box pleat pocket for an utilitarian look.
  • The only thing you would have to be careful about is the hip measurements: be sure to add enough room for your hips as the original pattern hits just above them. With following the lines and opening them just a little bit, my dress is very confortable and loose, but if you are pear shaped, that’s something I’d keep in mind when drawing the new pattern lines.
That’s it! Quite easy, no? I hope some of you will be tempted by this Safari Carme variation and if you have any question, feel free to contact me.

 

 

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34 comments

Anonymous 22 June, 2014 - 4:25 pm

Je suis la 1ère à commenter.
Elle est super et te vas très bien.
Tu es ravissante.Je n'ai pas trouvé de photos pour la salopette.
Ta Maman

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Pauline Alice 22 June, 2014 - 4:58 pm

Merci maman! Tu vas devoir attendre pour la salopette, c'est un projet en cours.
Gros bisous

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englishgirlathome.com 22 June, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Gorgeous! The Carme Blouse is on my to-sew list & now I fancy a dress version too:)

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Pauline Alice 22 June, 2014 - 4:59 pm

I'm glad you like it and are thinking about a dress version! It's very easy and don't you love when you can use your patterns in many ways?

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Za 22 June, 2014 - 7:09 pm

Elle est très réussie!!! Tu me donnes envie d'en faire une comme cela aussi. J'adore ton concept de la robe en une matinée! Je ne couds pas encore aussi vite!

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Pauline Alice 22 June, 2014 - 10:06 pm

Merci Za! C'est plus facile de coudre en une matinée quand la robe en question est aussi simple (1 devant, 1 dos, 1 poche) et avec des horaires espagnols (déjeuner à 14:30!).

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Alicia 22 June, 2014 - 7:22 pm

queda muy bonita esta versión safari 🙂 Me encanta. Besos!

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Pauline Alice 22 June, 2014 - 10:06 pm

Gracias Alicia.

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arish 22 June, 2014 - 7:44 pm

Te ha quedad muy bonito. BESICOS.

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Pauline Alice 22 June, 2014 - 10:06 pm

Muchas gracias Arish

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Annika 22 June, 2014 - 8:55 pm

this is simply wonderful!

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Pauline Alice 22 June, 2014 - 10:06 pm

Thanks Annika!

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ana5059 22 June, 2014 - 9:27 pm

Me gusta mucho esta adaptación Pauline!
bss

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Pauline Alice 22 June, 2014 - 10:07 pm

Gracias Ana. Un beso

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Masustak Eguzkitan 23 June, 2014 - 7:09 am

Qué bonito Pauline!!!! Es una versión super chula y la tela me encanta. Besos guapa!

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Pauline Alice 23 June, 2014 - 2:02 pm

¡Gracias Maider! Un besito

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Annie Coton 23 June, 2014 - 9:14 am

Mais Pauline comment tu être toujours aussi parfaitement élégante!? Evidemment je vais me précipiter pour transformer ma prochaine Carme en saharienne dès mon retour de Toscane! Vraiment quelle magnifique variation!
(et évidemment un immense merci pour avoir grandement contribué à alimenter ma valise de vacances;) )

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Pauline Alice 23 June, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Haha, Annie, ton message m'a bien fait rire! Je te vois très bien avec une saharienne, en Toscane ou n'importe où, avec un borsalino en paille (un panama quoi!)… Et surtout merci pour ta patience: j'ai enfin un nouveau patron pour ta valise (dans quelques jours nouvelle boutique, nouveau patron et patrons papier!!!). Bonne fin de vacances

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Nat at Made in Home 23 June, 2014 - 12:01 pm

it is so cute! Love this version!

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Pauline Alice 23 June, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Thanks Nath! If you sew the belt loops at hip level, I think you can even wear it pregnant 😉 Congrats by the way!

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Ju Bidouille 23 June, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Merciii pour cette belle adaptation!! Et une robe de plus à rajouter à la liste de mes envies!!!

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Pauline Alice 26 June, 2014 - 6:53 am

De rien!!! Ma liste à moi aussi n'en finit pas d s'allonger…

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Sonia Fonseca 24 June, 2014 - 7:48 am

Bravo Pauline!!!.
Estas increible de guapa con tu Safari-Carmen-Dress!!!.
Besitos guapa

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Pauline Alice 26 June, 2014 - 6:55 am

¡Gracias Sonia! Ya cuando hiciste tu vestido Carme me moría de ganas de hacer me una versión larga, ya está hecha 😉

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Masha K. 24 June, 2014 - 7:08 pm

Gorgeous, lady! Amazing our linen was put to good use. x

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Pauline Alice 26 June, 2014 - 6:54 am

Thanks Masha!!! The linen is so soft and great to wear, I'm glad we were able to collaborate!

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Sandrine 26 June, 2014 - 8:15 am

Quelle bonne idée !! Moi qui vient de terminer ma Carme et ma Cami, cette petite robe me tente énormément !! Merci beaucoup pour tous ces détails, j'ai hâte de m'y mettre maintenant !!

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Pauline Alice 26 June, 2014 - 10:06 pm

Hâte de voir le résultat Sandrine! Ta Camí et ta Carme sont superbes!!!

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Madalynne 28 June, 2014 - 7:36 pm

Congratulations, Pauline! Awesome silhouette. You love those flounces, don't you 🙂

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Mihaela Eugenia Raica 29 June, 2014 - 3:41 pm

beautiful, all your projects are so beautiful, I'm so glad I found you on 🙂 can you tell me, please, with what program you edit tailoring patterns? 🙂 thanks

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doudi750 13 February, 2015 - 2:25 pm

La robe version Speedy Gonzales !!!
Tu prend ton petit déjeuner à 4H du matin pour que ce soit fini pour l'heure du déjeuner ???

J'aime beaucoup l'idée et adorant la Carme, je vais réfléchir à l'idée !!!!

Merci Pauline

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doudi750 13 February, 2015 - 2:26 pm

Pauline, Aurais tu une photo de la version "finie", c’est a dire avec les oeillets ?
L'idée des oeillets est excellente !!!
merci

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Pauline Alice 19 February, 2015 - 9:43 pm

Je n'ai jamais mis les oeillets au final 😉 Le décoletté est profond (un peu trop) mais j'aime bien.

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Jeannette 15 July, 2015 - 3:40 pm

Bonjour Pauline, je suis en train de finir une carme classique et cette version me tente beaucoup!!! As-tu en mémoire combien de métrage de tissu tu as dû utiliser pour la faire?

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