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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!

 

 

1 September, 2017 0 comment
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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! 🙂

1 September, 2017 0 comment
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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:

Summer patterns

Summer 2017 moodboard

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…

29 May, 2017 0 comment
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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!

11 April, 2017 3 comments
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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!!!

 

22 April, 2016 15 comments
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Sewing Plan 2016
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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28 January, 2016 28 comments
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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.

 

23 July, 2014 1 comment
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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.

 

3 March, 2014 18 comments
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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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18 November, 2013 17 comments
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Fall/Winter Sewing Plan

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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8 November, 2013 9 comments
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Camí Dress Sew-Along 1 – Fabric inspiration
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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17 September, 2013 12 comments
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Camí dresses – part 1
Hello!
First, I would like to thank you so much for the warm welcome you gave the Camí dress pattern. It’s amazing and a dream come true for me. I am beyond happy! So THANKS SO MUCH!
Second, I thought I would show you the Camí dresses that were made by the pattern testers: they are amazing! Thank you girls! So here is the first part of the Camí testers dresses:
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Mari Cruz from Dedal, Aguja e hilo made a gorgeous purple gingham Camí dress with short sleeves. She decided to reduce the skirt width and it works so well like that! Can you see how the buttons match her shoes perfectly?
cami-dresses-part-1-2I just love the eyelet insert Sonia did on her version of the Camí dress! Go to her blog La Pequeña Aprendiz to see all the pretty pictures she took and look at the details of her dress. She also choose the short sleeves version (Spanish weather!) and used a beautiful coral pink cotton sateen.
cami-dresses-part-1-3Roisin from But it can’t be from Dolly Clackett also made a purple gingham version! Coincidence? I guess the pattern screams retro gingham fabric… It looks amazing on her! She went for the extra full skirt and I love it!
Be sure you check out their amazing versions and blogs! The other testers versions will come very soon for more inspiration.
And remember that the Camí dress pattern is available HERE!
Have a great week end!
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6 September, 2013 25 comments
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