Saturday, 9 July 2016

Sewing for the model girl

I love when my girls ask me to sew for them!

Alice has a 10-week internship this summer and not enough working-girl outfits for the whole summer (student life rhymes more with jeans that straight skirt).  So I was happy to oblige and sewed a few tops and skirt for her.

First this almost neon top.  It has been under my radar for many moons (actually, it is one of the first thing I pined when I start with Pinterest).  The pattern is #101 from Burda Style Magazine – June 2011.  I don’t remember any difficulty sewing it probably because I did not follow the instructions, they were very short and I prefer illustrations…  I am quite please with the neck line, the secret of a neat curve is to go slow and steady, trying not to stop.  Fit-wise, I think the shoulders would benefit to be a bit wider and the under-arm a bit lower.  Still it is pretty, maybe a bit shear but again she is young and French so she can pull it off.

Pretty Alice

The skirt is a tested and trusted pattern, but you’ll have to trust me on this because it looks like I never blogged about it and I can’t find the particulars.  Anyway, look how well the pattern matches (OK, I could have done a better job with my zip, it shows a bit)

Now this Liberty top, it’s a Scout Tee.  Contrary to mine,  I haven’t made any alteration.  It fits her well.  I’ve use some Liberty’s from my stash, but as I did not have enough yardage to make the bias for the neck-line, I’ve use some quilting cotton. I love working with Liberty fabric.  The tight woven fabric does not distort when manipulated.  It only needs a very minimal seams treatment; which in this case is none.  I’ve been wearing my Liberty Scout Tee almost every week since I sewed and the seams haven’t frayed.

Pretty Alice1

It is very satisfying to make garments for my girls, everything looks great on them, I could almost believe that I am an expert sewist.

Question, do you keep a record of what you sew?  Where? On a log, a blog, or an online database?  If you go on an online database, which one do you use? Pattern Review, Textillia?

Saturday, 2 July 2016

She’s a mad cookie

I live with a very strange animal, with many faces, sometimes scary, sometimes so funny, driving me nuts, making me laugh.  There’s no character like her, she is infuriating, she speaks Chinese, she is doing magic, she coordinates her hair colour to her drink, she’s an annoying but loving sister, #shesamadcookie.

Alice Garnier

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My last born is now 16 and she is very very sweet <3