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Let’s continue with Fall/Winter sewing: after the inspiration, let me show you what I plan on sewing.
Hopefully the weather will behave and the temperatures will go down (but I really don’t know, I might just wear my bikini and go to the beach this afternoon. I’m not joking!).
The fabric is mine and the illustrations are to give you an idea of the shape, but I will draft my own patterns (you might even see some of them later if I am happy of how they turned out!)
fall-winter-sewing-plan-pattern-1I have this beautiful burgundy wool that will be perfect for a jacket/skirt ensemble. I’m thinking of a short swing jacket and a pencil skirt with knife pleats at the back. And the light pink lining for a little bit of contrast.


fall-winter-sewing-plan-pattern-2With the same pattern as the short swing jacket, I want to make a swing coat. I will just make it longer (or I hope it will work like that). I have a bright baby blue wool/cotton fabric with a diamond pattern in relief. With a bright green lining, it will be a very nice coat to brighten the winter.


fall-winter-sewing-plan-pattern-3These two combinations are for skirts: A-line skirts with pleats. I need more skirts, I have lots of dresses but very few skirts. So I will add two for the winter: one in wool tweed in green, pink and brown with a bottle green lining and the other one in purple wool with blue/purple lining.
fall-winter-sewing-plan-pattern-4And a winter Camí dress of course! 3/4 sleeves or long, I still don’t know. I have a nice cotton/wool fabric but I might have to change the collar, it might be too heavy. It’s dark grey with purple leaves, very subtle.
Are you ready for next week? I’m so excited to show you the new pattern. I really hope you’ll like it!
It will be out on Thursday! Monday I’ll let you know more…
Have a great week end and see you then…


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Je peux enfin vous montrer la robe Camí que j’ai faite pour le Sew-Along! J’ai utilisé un coton à l’imprimé floral et un satin de coton blanc pour le col et les poignets contrastants (j’avais vu une robe de Dolce & Gabanna comme ça et j’aimais tellement l’idée que j’ai voulu la répliquer modestement).
Maintenant j’ai hâte de montrer vos jolies robes le 25…
Et je vous rappelle que l’une d’entre vous remportera le prochain patron lors du tirage au sort!




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Je suppose que vous avez envie de terminer votre robe Camí, non? Avec l’étape d’aujourd’hui, on arrive à la fin et vous allez enfin pouvoir essayer et vous faire une idée de la robe finale (et non de la toile).
Nous allons coudre les poches, froncer la jpe et l’attacher au corsage. Je ne sais ce que vous en pensez mais pour moi, le vêtement parfait (que ce soit une robe, une jupe ou une veste par exemple) doit avoir des poches. C’est tellement pratique et un moyen idéal d’ajouter un petit détail original.
1.Dessinez les 2 pièces de la jupe selon les instructions et marquez l’ouverture de la fermeture éclair et le début et la fin des poches.
Si vous préférez faire une jupe cercle, mercredi 9 nous allons voir comment dessiner le patron.
1.Faites coïncider les marques de la poche à celles de la jupe et épinglez endroit contre endroit. Piquez ave unes marges de 1 cm.
2.Dépliez la poche et repassez les marges vers la poche.
Répétez pour l’autre poche du côté opposé et les deux autres poches sur l’autre pièce de jupe.


1.Sur le côté droit, faites coïncider les marges des deux pièces de jupe ensemble tout autour des poches, endroit contre endroit, et épinglez.

2.Piquez en pivotant aux angles des poches.

3.Si vous montez une fermeture éclair normale sur le côté gauche (ce que je vais faire), faites coïncider les marges, épinglez et commencez à coudre depuis la marque jusqu’au bas de la jupe.
Si vous insérez une fermeture éclair invisible, il est préférable de d’abord bâtir les fronces de la jupe, l’attacher au corsage, insérer la fermeture invisible et ensuite fermer la couture du côté.


4.Finissez les marges et repassez les poches vers le devant de la jupe.


cami-sew-along-sewing-pockets-attaching-skirt-pattern-81.On the skirt waist seam, baste 3 lines of stitches at 1,5 cm, 1 cm and 0,5 cm from the egde (5/8″, 3/8″ and 1/4″).
1.En la cintura de la falda, pespuntear 3 líneas de costura a 1,5 cm, 1 cm y 0,5 cm del borde.
1.À la taille de la jupe, piquez 3 lignes de bâti à 1,5 cm, 1 cm et 0,5 cm du bord.


2.Nouez les fils de la bobine (ceux du bas) ensemble à chaque extrémité. Vous allez les tirer pour froncer la jupe.


3.Faites coïncider l’ouverture latérale de la jupe, le milieu devant, le milieu dos, et le côté droit aux marques correspondentes du corsage. Épinglez endroit contre endroit. Froncez la jupe entre les marques jusqu’à ce qu’elle s’ajuste au corsage.
Quand elle est ajusté correctement, piquez et finissez les marges (j’aime poser un biais à cet endroit).
Et voilà! Mercredi nous verrons donc comment dessiner une jupe cercle et comment ajouter une doublure. Et maintenant vous pouvez essayer votre robe presque finie! Et je vous rappelle que tous les posts du Sew-Along se trouvent ici.




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Let’s begin the Camí dress Sew-Along with the fabric selection.
The pattern specifies that you choose among cotton poplin, cotton sateen, linen, chambray, a cotton-silk blend or even a lightweight wool blend.
When buying your fabric, you should take into account the following points:
  • Are you going to make the short or 3/4 length sleeves? For the short sleeves version, a lighter fabric might be more appropriate for the warm weather and easier to pair with a cardigan later. If you intent to make the 3/4 sleeves, what about a chambray or flanel version to make the transition into the colder months.
  • You also want a fabric with a little of structure for the collar (and cuffs if you are making them). You are going to interface your fabric but imagine making your collar in chiffon… not great. But a cotton voile would be structured enough while still being very light, a nice compromise.
  • The skirt of the Camí dress is designed to be very full. I know that some of you are afraid gathers at the waist will add volume to that area. Using a lightweight fabric with a nice drape is the perfect way to still have volume at the hem but not at the waist. Stay away from stiff quilting cotton!
cami-dress-sew-along-fabric-inspiration-pattern-1I love shopping for fabric! I have to admit that’s the only shopping I’m doing lately as I haven’t bought any clothes for at least 2 years (can’t say I’m saving any money though!). While designing the Camí dress, I came accross a few fabrics I thought would look nice and brought them back home.
You can also look at the dresses made by the pattern testers for fabric inspiration: part 1 and part 2.


cami-dress-sew-along-fabric-inspiration-pattern-2This fabric I actually had before but I think it would look beautiful paired with the Camí dress pattern. It would make a very romantic dress. How about changing the shirt collar for a peter pan collar for a more 1950’s retro look? It’s a cotton poplin with a nice drape, a little bit of stretch and it’s very soft to the touch.


cami-dress-sew-along-fabric-inspiration-pattern-3Gingham of course! There were 3 pattern testers versions made of gingham and they looked amazing. This one has bigger squares and would make such a cute summer dress with the short sleeves (very Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz!). There is a lot of variations possible: how about playing with the grainline for some pattern pieces? Or changing the skirt for a circle skirt?


cami-dress-sew-along-fabric-inspiration-pattern-4With its basic dirndl skirt (2 rectangles gathered at the waist), the Camí dress allows you to play with borders. I found this white cotton-linen blend with blue flowers stripes and a larger stripe border that would look nice at the hem line. As a spring/summer version it would be so pretty and breathable, yet not too prone to wrinkle thanks to the cotton percentage.


cami-dress-sew-along-fabric-inspiration-pattern-5Finally, this is the fabric I am going to use for the Sew-Along. It’s a cotton fabric with little blue, red, yellow and green flowers. I will make the collar and cuffs in contrasting fabric: white cotton sateen. The one I have is a bit on the heavy side but it will do.
Let me know what fabric you are using.
Find the schedule of the Sew-Along here.



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Hello Sailor!




This is my 1srt pair of trousers! Aren’t they cute? I am sure they are made to be worn by a tall model like in the Burda magazine (and not a very short girl like me) but they caught my eyes last year when the issue came out and I had to have them. It took some time (and I don’t even have the fabric excuse: I bought that denim fabric as soon as I opened the magazine and had it over a year in my stash especially for that purpose). I was scared of sewing trousers, here’s the truth!


The pattern is Burda 125 from April 2012, high waisted sailor pants with side button placket. The fit is easy to achieve as the legs are very wide. I didn’t make any change to the pattern, only hemmed the leg wayyyyyyyyyy higher:) The most difficult part is the back welt pocket, but as that wasn’t my first, I didn’t have any problem.
Do you like my photoshop tattoo?
The button placket is lined with a red and white cotton fabric I had left. Behind the placket, there is a zipper to close the trousers. This is a quite clever opening and a nice detail. Speaking about details, I added gold buttons with an anchor for an even more sailory touch!
As for the denim, it’s light and nice to work with. But way to warm to wear for more than 10 minutes with the weather we’re having this summer. But I’m sure that they will be perfect trousers for the fall…

sailor-trousers-sewing-pattern-4sailor-trousers-sewing-pattern-5I feel very « pin up » while wearing these trousers, they have a 1940’s vibe for me. With a tank top or a crop shirt tied on the front, they would look so cute! And very high heels of course!
I wish you a nice week!


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