A shirtdress amongst the rusty leaves

This was in October, in Paris, before I left for Thailand – with Noctvrna, we couldn’ see each other as often as we would have liked since I had moved to another city, and we had settled to meet for a photo shoot before I took the plane for vacations. Since winter sewing is not really my thing, all I had for her was this shirtdress, reminiscent of fallen leaves and pumpkin spice lattes. Continue reading “A shirtdress amongst the rusty leaves”

Oh hello!

I’m back! Summer seems to be my favorite sewing season. But who doesn’t love summer clothes, so light and so bright? I, for one, since I can’t stand more than 79°F. But when in May, as the days get longer, the flowers bloom and the shop windows are filled with vividly colored clothes at lats, I can no longer resist nature (or, err… my nature?) and I just have to tackle my summer sewing. Anyway, the sun exposure must benefit my productivity, because I can show you not just one little piece, but a whole outfit!  Continue reading “Oh hello!”

Sweetheart variations – 3

Yes, after the pink dress and the red one, there was a third one… I’m not sure I have much to tell about this last one without repeating myself terribly. Let’s just add that I seldom wear any black and white clothes: because they’re so contrasting, I often find they have too much “charisma” to really show me to my advantage: is it the girl wearing the dress, or the dress wearing the girl (a surprising question, really, from a girl whose closet rather looks like a Pantone color chart)? But these lovely flowers were too tempting, in a dolce-vita-this-movie-is-in-black-and-white-anyhow kind of way… Continue reading “Sweetheart variations – 3”

Last days of summer

Woops! I’m late to share this summer dress _ yet summer is late too, so maybe that makes us even. But it’s still summer here till tomorrow! Then this dress will enjoy some vacation time in my cabinets, sadly, because it’s one of my favorites for summer. I pinned a lot of dresses of this kind in my summer-spring inspiration board, because they’re so fresh (it’s sometimes better to cover up than to show a lot of skin in the heat) and elongate the figure quite nicely. Most girls I know are into it, the boys… not so much (I think I heard the words “pregnancy style” a few times. Continue reading “Last days of summer”

Sweetheart variations – 2

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imageI already said so : I’m a creature of habits : re-reading a book, re-watching a movie, re-making a sewing pattern don’t annoy me at all ; quite the contrary : once the first time has passed, I appreciate even more any detail, style effect, or simply the narration. More practically, when it comes to patterns, re-making is often the opportunity to experiment and to get better _ I’m not that good a seamstress. As it happens, I made another version of this sweetheart dress for another wedding : how appropriate _ it also explains my French title for this post, a pun I would have a hard time translating. Continue reading “Sweetheart variations – 2”

Pink & plaid – 1

I never, ever wear any shirt. I’ve owned some of course, but I never got to wear them on a daily basis. It’s mostly due to my morphology: no body will ever fit ready-to-wear standards perfectly, and mine is no exception. Every shirt I’ve ever tried was too large in the back and at the shoulders and had a slight gap at the bust: not really up to my taste – in fact, for a long time, I had been telling myself that I wasn’t built to wear shirts, period. Continue reading “Pink & plaid – 1”