Friday, 27 August 2010

Esprit français and a miscalculation

From this

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to this

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I love this little top. It was so easy and fast to sew. The pattern comes from Léger et Douillet avec la Droguerie. I can’t wait for Sunday to wear it with my white trousers and welcome DH back home.

And believe it or not, I learnt how to make bias. Years of sewing and I never, ever made bias before. In principle, I knew how to do it: a square cut in half, flipped triangles sewed together, lines drawn and voilà. But the question was : how big must the square be to get the necessary length?

Let’s say that a is the side of the square, w the width of the bias, l the total length of the bias. Then the formulae are as follow:

  1. l = (a x a)/ w
  2. w = (a x a)/ l
  3. a = square root (l x w)

So far no difficulties, but I mixed up centimetres with metres! I now have 8 m of bias when I only needed 1! Anyone interested?

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Monday, 23 August 2010

French holiday – Epilogue

Yes, we are back.  A week already, where has it gone?

The kids are going back to school this week, and I will resume to my normal routine.

But before the summer holiday are gone for good, look what I brought back from France and England.  I have been pretty reasonable.

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I also paid a visit to Ira’s shop and bought these pieces of fabric.  I want to sew this blouse for myself and was inspired by July’s Challenge from Defi’13: Petit Bal – Guinguette [popular drinking establishments located in the suburbs of Paris and other cities in France. Ginguettes would also serve as restaurants and, often, as dance venues. The origin of the term comes from guinguet, indicating a sour white light local wine.  A Goguette was a similar kind of establishment.] Bleu, blanc, rouge are de rigeur.

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Sunday, 22 August 2010

I wish I were there

I wish I were at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham this week-end. But NO, I will miss it, too far away to commute for a week-end.

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So I went to S’pore’s version of Festival of Quilts at the Botanic Garden. It is not the same, I must admit, but it has inspired me to go back to my needles as soon as possible.

Ira from Quilts n’ Calico has organised the exhibition. She has such a nice sense of colour, and I felt a pinch of disappointment as I wanted more, I wanted rows and rows of so nicely crafted quilts.

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Took a couple of pictures, but please do not repeat it, I was almost through the exhibition when I saw the ‘NO PICTURE’ sign :o. Oops!…

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Monday, 9 August 2010

Still out there


More on my Flickr.

Sunday, 1 August 2010