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Fabric inspiration for Vera

Vera is such a versatile shirt pattern: any lightweigh fabric is going to look great paired with it! You can choose if you prefer an understated shirt in a plain white cotton popelin or a more exuberant look with some colorful viscose for example. And how about adding some contrast using piping around the collar for a pyjama shirt style or topstitching around the edges and pocket to make them pop?

Here are some of our inspiration for the Vera shirt pattern:

PLAIN COLOUR

  1. Marsala plumetis – Cousette
  2. White cotton lawn – Guthrie & Ghani
  3. Yellow batiste – Cousette

TROPICAL

  1. Botanical cotton lawn – Guthrie & Ghani
  2. Toucan cotton – Henry & Henriette
  3. Jungle cotton – Tissustory

ABSTRACT PRINT

  1. Abstract batiste – Fil’Etik
  2. Graphite double gauze – Anna Ka Bazaar
  3. Nani Iro double gauze – Guthrie & Ghani

 

– You can find the Vera shirt pattern in the shop in printed copy or PDF download. –

 

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Spring/Summer 18 inspiration

We’ve been less present during the last few months… but that means new patterns are coming soon! How about a little glimpse of what has inspired us?

There will be two new patterns released in May, perfect for spring and summer (well in fact, they will be perfect to wear all year round!). I won’t go into details yet but you can expect soft colours, gathers, fluidity and a retro vibe.

Can’t wait to share more with you!

We are also working on adding new sizes to our first patterns: the Cami dress, Ninot jacket, Carme blouse and Alameda dress will come back up to size 48. And we’re taking advantage of that to bring them up to date with reviewed instructions and more options.

Have a great week end!

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fabrics inspirations for Hemisfèric coat

I LOOOOVE coats! I might have said it a few times now but it’s true. And nothing pains me more than leaving in a city where coat wearing is almost optional (it’s compulsory for a few weeks in January only). But I won’t complain about sun and warmth…

Anyway, I love coats and a new coat pattern is always a great excuse to make at least a couple of prototypes and wearable muslins. For the Hemisfèric coat pattern, I wanted to offer a mix between classic and modern: a classic fit and flare shape that goes over a dress or a pair of denims allied to some modern details like the raglan sleeves and zipper closure. I hope you’ll like the design! Here are some styling and fabric inspiration for you:

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A coat is a piece you’ll be likely to wear everyday for a couple of months so choosing a neutral fabric is always a good idea. Grey, navy, black, camel… these will go with everything and are perfect for a chic and timeless outerwear.

And you can always choose a bright lining, topstitching or a contrasting facing to bring a little fun to your coat.


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Another option is to go for a colourful fabric to brighten up any dark winter day! Nothing better to cheer you up than a bubblegum pink or pastel blue coat, am I right?

Personally, that’s how I like my outerwear: with a pop of colour! You can also play with the style lines and choose a colorblock look (one neutral fabric and another one more saturated).


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For the ones who love a one-of-a-kind look, why not choose a graphic fabric? Polka dots or animal prints will be easy to match, whereas a plaid will be more difficult but oh-so-pretty. You could also use trimmings on the collar, sleeves, zipper placket or hems or a brocade fabric for a party version.

Which style is your favourite? Neutral, colourful or prints? Let me know what kind of fabric you’ll use for your Hemisfèric coat…

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Fabrics inspiration for Mirambell

In the same way as the post about fabrics inspiration for Lliria, I introduce you some fabrics inspiration for your Mirambell skirt. The Mirambell skirt is a high waisted pleated skirt with shaped pockets. The recommended fabrics are lightweight woven fabric such as cotton, linen, rayon, silk, crepe, light gabardine or wool, chambray, …

CLASSIC

1/ Unbleached linen from Cousette.

2/ Deep blue chambray from Amandine Cha.

3/ Grey herringbone cotton from Tissustory.

GRAPHIC

1/ Exotic printed viscose from Henry Henriette.

2/ Viscose Moonstone from Atelier Brunette.

3/ Poplin pink panther from Anna Ka bazaar.

DENIM

1/ Striped Tencel Madison from Cousette.

2/ Denim Etendard from Amandine Cha.

3/ Denim chambray from Amandine Cha.

So, I hope these inspirations give you some ideas for your Mirambell skirt. I will show you my fall version very soon!

 

 

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Fabrics inspiration for Lliria

Summer is almost finished but I felt like making it longer just a little bit more. Here are some fabrics inspiration for your Lliria dress: clean, graphic or floral. Lliria is a semi-fitted wrap dress. It has bust darts and soft gathers around the waistband and close with an asymmetrical button closure. This is such an elegant yet easy-going dress. The recommended fabrics are lightweigh such as cotton lawn, rayon, crepe, linen or silk.

MONOCHROMATIC

1/ Opaline jacquard rayon from cousette.

2/ Cotton grey from cousette.

3/  Royal blue rayon from Rascol

FLORAL

1/  See You at Six rayon – Herbs – from Rascol.

2/ Red viscose with flowers from Tissu Story.

3/ Black rayon with flowers from Atelier de la Création.

STRIPED

1/ Striped linen from Atelier de la Création.

2/ Yellow/white stripes from Cousette.

3/ Cotton with with and blue stripes  from Rascol.

I hope these inspirations will give you plenty of ideas to sew your Lliria dress. Which one is your favourite? I think mine is going to be with stripes! 🙂

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May at Pauline Alice

May has gone by so fast! We’ve been busy secretly preparing summer patterns but now it’s time to show you some behind-the-scene pictures. Ready? Here’s what we’ve been working one during the last weeks:

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Pattern testing

As soon as we released the Spring patterns, we’ve started working on the Summer patterns. I won’t go into details about the designs as I like to keep it secret until release date, but I can tell you that the style is different from the last collection, I’ve gone back to the retro inspiration of the first patterns.  I can’t wait to show you!

But you’ll have to be patient as patterns are being tested right now and will then go to print before being released in July.

 

Workshop at Un Chat sur un Fil

How cute are those biscuit?

The first week end of May, I was invited to give a sewing class at french haberdashery Un Chat sur un Fil. It was a great opportunity to meet seamstresses and have their feedback on the patterns. We had a great afternoon sewing the Port trousers and Denia blouse.

 

Mother’s day

Last Sunday was Mother’s day in France. To celebrate, I organised a special 20% discount on the patterns and I’m beyong grateful for all the orders we received during the week end! I don’t know if those patterns were for you or a gift but I’m looking forward to see all of them made up.

 

That’s it for May but stay tuned as there will be a special post next week…

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INSPIRATION BEHIND THE NEW PATTERNS…

I went to Japan last year and the street-style there inspired me quite a lot. Particularly in Kyoto, where most women would be wearing the same outfit over and over: a loose top or jacket, a beret and some loose skirt or wide-legged trousers above the ankle. There was something very chic and casually elegant about this combination and I became obsessed with the silhouette.

Sources : Denia, Tello and Botanic inspirations.

The patterns volumes of this collection are directly inspired by this travel and all the things I have seen there.

I chose loose and destructured lines for Denia and Botanic patterns in order to get easy to wear garments with style. According to the fabric, colors and patterns you choose,  there are a lot of opportunities to make different options and wear them!

The Tello Jacket is directly inspired by the utility jacket: my grandfather wore one almost everyday during my childhood! I decided to use the same base and make some changes in order to offer a modern take on this great jacket.

These are all the inspirations that lead me to create this chic and casually elegant Japanese-like silhouette. Perfect for the up-coming summer… and later as well! How about you? How do you come up with your sewing projects inspiration? Trips, colours, shapes, magazines… Let me know!

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Inspiration behind the New Patterns…

The new patterns are at the printer right now and I’m really looking forward to receive them!
In the mean time, I’ll show you the inspiration behind the “collection”.

Inspired by travel, the models are both chic and comfortable. Cruise or safari, which one is your style?

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Moodboard: pinterestFabrics: les trouvailles d’Amandine
Can’t wait to release the collection!!!

 

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Sewing Plan 2016

Sewing Plan 2016

by Pauline Alice
Let’s start 2016 with lots of new projects, shall we? I want to share my sewing plan for the new year, I’m not sure I’ll be able to make everything but I’ll try (lots of jersey so hopefully these will be fast).
Spoiler alert!!! Some new patterns are making their appearance here, you’ll see some sketches of the patterns coming up in Spring 😉

sewing-plan-2016-pattern-1As you can see on the drawing, my color palette is pretty neutral this year. After reading the Wardrobe Architect serie on Coletterie last year, I’m trying (even if not always succeeding) to buy colors and patterns that will make sense in my current wardrobe.
So in 2016, we’ll find: neutrals with grey, black and denim, lighter shades like white/cream/blush/safron and some touch of colors in the pink/purple/wine shades.

For the silhouette, these are my classic everyday favorites: pencil or flare skirts, loose or fit & flare dresses, “not skinny” trousers and some loose tops/sweaters.
Let’s see the patterns I’m planning on using:

1. Loose sweater: I’m going to copy a sweater I bought last year and that I love to wear. The shape is similar to the Hemlock tee by Grainline but with tighter sleeves.
Alameda skirt, another one (I wear mines at least once every week).

2. Camí dress: modified. No darts for a loose fit and buttons from top to bottom. In linen, that’s just perfect for summer.

3. Fraser sweater by Sewaholic (and the Ondée sweater by Deer&Doe for a more fitted style).
Skirt: new pattern!

4. Seda dress: modified. Loose the shoulder yokes and try to make it in knit (Moneta style).

5. Bailén top in silk (in many different colors).
Boyfriend jeans: Popcorn jeans by Blousette Rose.

6. Jacket: new pattern!
Birkin Flares jeans by Baste & Gather. I’ve already made a pair but need to repeat in a larger size (if I want to be able to eat, which is a nice option). I’ve said “no skinny” jeans as I don’t really like to wear them (even if the Ginger by Closet Case Files lloks great). And what can I say, I spent all my junior and high school years with flares and I loved the shape!

I’ve been nice, I already have all the fabric in my stash. Here are the links to the fabrics if they are still available:

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  1. Beige french terry / Floral faux leather
  2. White linen
  3. Black jersey / quilted faux leather
  4. Purple tie dye jersey
  5. Blush silk with pelicans (out of stock) / denim
  6. Saffran wool (color not available anymore) / brut denim
What about you? What are you going to sew in 2016?

 

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Alameda Sew-Along: Style Inspiration

After choosing your fabric for the Alameda dress, let’s see some style inspiration to help you decide how to combine the colours, patterns or different fabrics to get the perfect dress!

You can use contrasting piping (buy it already made or make your own following this tutorial), contrasting panels, mix and match the skirt and top fabrics, go for a day version or a party look… there are so many options!

 

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Use different colours or patterned and plain fabrics on the different pattern pieces. For example dark colours on the outside will make you waist appear smaller (great visual trick!). And what about making the flounce in leather? With maybe leather piping? Perfect for the rock’n roll chicks.

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Prints are great! For a nautical look, go for stripes. Want to emulate the Dolce & Gabbana spanish look, polka dots will be your friends. And for the more romantics, florals can never go wrong.

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The Alameda dress can go from day to night in no time: just choose the right fabric. How about a brocade? And lace would look amazing as well (remember to underline the dress) for a wedding. Bright colours are a favourite of mine. Leave the piping out and add a big bow for fun.
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Last but not least, a Fall/Winter version in tweed is really elegant. Worn with a cardigan and tights, the Alameda will make a cute dress for work and for going out on the week-end.
I hope this has given you a lot of ideas for your
Alameda. If you have any questions, let me know here in the comments.

 

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Pattern variations and inspiration: Carme Sew-Along
I’m very excited to show you the first videos of the Carme blouse Sew-Along!
Let’s start with some general information: all videos will be available here on the blog as well as on my Youtube channel with the tutorials in 3 languages. You can subscribe to the channel to see all the videos and the updates (and click “Like it” please!).
If you have any question, please ask them in the comment section of the blog below, that way we can all answer each other and profit from the answers.
Remember that here you can buy the Carme blouse pattern.And now, let start the show! I’m going to show you 3 style variations you can make easily to your blouse. Last week I received some comments and mails asking me to show how to make them and I thought it would be a good idea to make a small video for each.And before the variations, you might want to look at the inspiration file I gathered on Pinterest: gathered front for maternity wear, square yoke, plain front piece…
Let’s see if one of these variations  is appealing to you…
VARIATION 1: HOW TO MAKE A MATERNITY BLOUSE
Diana sent me a mail asking me how to change the pattern so she would be able to wear the blouse while pregnant. I answered that adding some ease to the front would do the trick but then thought it’s a style design that I’ve seen on a lot of “non-maternity” blouses as well. So adding some gathers to the front piece under the yoke is going to give space for your growing belly or just more ease and flow if you use a supper light fabric for example.
Let’s see how to draw the new pattern piece (I’m using a miniature drawing).

VARIATION 2: HOW TO DRAFT A PLAIN FRONT (NO YOKE)
As much as I like the pin tucks and the yoke, the Carme blouse would look great with a plain front. I’ve been asked to show how to draft a single front piece and it’s very easy: tape the front and the yoke together overlapping the seam allowances by 3 cm (1 and 1/4″) and matching the shoulder and front lines.

VARIATION 3: HOW TO DRAFT A SQUARE YOKE
You might want to change the round yoke (or bib) for a square one. Easy! Just draw the new lines on the yoke (pattern piece 4) and the front (pattern piece 1) with the same angle and measurements. And follow the same instructions: baste the yoke and the front around the edge, clip the seam allowances (in the angles), press them toward the inside and stitch both layers together (see the instructions for more details and illustrations).

I hope you’ll like the videos! If you have any questions, ask below!
Have a great day.

 

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Behind the Malvarosa Pattern: The Inspiration
You might have recognized the Malvarosa dress pattern from my handmade collection and from the pink babydoll post. This dress has always been one of favourite for its easy style and comfort, the flirty skirt and the hidden pockets of course.
So making it into a pattern has always been an option for me.
But I wanted to incorporate some elements from one of my all time favourite designers, famous for his babydoll dresses: Cristóbal Balenciaga.

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The main characteristics of Balenciaga’s babydoll dresses were: the accentuated A-line and the fully gathered skirt (I didn’t go that puffy!), low waistline (around the hips) and drop shoulders (that’s a design I love). These models are from the 1950’s and 1960’s.
The lace version is stunning, wouldn’t that look amazing for the holidays?
You can find the pattern HERE!

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