vendredi 28 février 2014


In my town there's this small fabric shop where I didn't use to go because the items in the window were both impressive and incongruous, like very tricky looking silk or tweed when it's 32° but my addiction to fabric is so great that I finally entered, I thought maybe I would find something that I didn't already have -HA! So I went in and among the expensive European fancy stuff mentioned above there was the most incredibly fun collection of wax fabrics, not the classic yellow, burgundy and green based prints we usually have in Reunion but things like this:

Yes, these are awesome wrapped candies and a sweet sensation fills my heart just looking at them :) And these beautiful blue tones with a touch of mustard, I'm in love! They also had prints with hot pink, orange, even gold but I managed to restrain myself and only bought the 50 cm needed for my Burda mini skirt. I wore it with another new garment, a pussy bow blouse from an altered Japanese pattern -I simply drafted the ties and made a slit at the neckline:

And here's the outfit in action with the sun right in my eyes hence the strange faces:

jeudi 27 février 2014

Sewing for my doll

Since I'm basically a child trapped in a 33 year-old body of course I have a doll and I love making clothes and accessories for her^^ She's a very classic French doll called Marie and I think she's super sweet so I try to create outfits that emphasize this side of her.
I realised that she has quite the wardrobe now for I have been making her stuff for a few years, so I would like to post about her at least once or twice a month. When it comes to my clothes I don't blog about everything because I don't like taking photos of myself whereas with my doll I can invent fun settings and she doesn't have to worry about looking goofy or tired!
So let's start with Marie's current outfit:

It's an A-line dress in bright green cotton with a mock Liberty Peter Pan collar. I drafted the dress and it closes at the back with two snaps. I lined the upper bodice because it is a great way to get a clean finish on such small scale garments.
I also made two bracelets out of elastic thread and pearls and sandals with off-white bias, pearls and Liberty for the soles:

I have actually made two garments for me out of this green cotton fabric, I really need to take pics of them because they are almost as fun as Marie's dress!

mardi 18 février 2014

Black shorts of sobriety

Well there's not much to say regarding the style of my latest garment: it's a pair of basic black shorts but I'm so happy I made them because I know I'm going to wear them all the time! The denim version got worn to death, I actually had to handsew it back together the last time I travelled so obviously I needed new ones.
But the thing is there's a fly zipper and that's something I realllly dislike installing so I just pushed that project aside until a recent bout of sewing mojo where everything seemed possible^^. Also I had the perfect heavy twill in my stash and so voilà, my shorts:

 Worn with my favourite Uniqlo shirt, I WISH I could sew something that cool.

The instructions didn't say to sew the pleats down but I did on 2cm because the design is quite bouffant and I think this helped reduce the volume a little. Same thing with the loops, I added them because I love wearing belts:

And yes I'm living like a millionaire, using Liberty fabric for the pockets:

I think I may push my luck and sew another pair in striped or flowery cotton so that these ones get a little rest :)

jeudi 6 février 2014

This week's projects

Yes I sewed ANOTHER Burda knit top, this time in navy stripes on off-white background and I love it! The fabric is super soft, I'm happy I managed to match the stripes on the seams and I used a narrow zigzag to finish the garment even though my machine skipped a few stitches along the way :(

I also made a shift dress for my mum out of awesome fluo green piqué, it's her usual basic Japanese pattern and this time I added pockets so that I could put some huge daisy buttons that totally complimented the fabric IMO: