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Raglan vintage blouse

I started sewing again, and right now I am working on a raglan blouse for myself. I hardly ever craft items for myself, but I decided to treat me instead of others for once.

The fabric is very transparent, light and printed in a vintage floral pattern. It’s not my usual style, but it was on sale, and it’s light enough for summer. Will have to wear a tank top or bathsuit underneath.

The pattern is from burda, and the french translation is cryptic to say the least, so I used my imagination and just put the pieces together with the traditional raglan method, where all the pieces are in circle around the collar.

I added some blue lace ribbon. The original pattern called for a glittery fabric but I wasn’t going to have any of that. Wearing white and blue is already a huge step out of my fashion comfort zone.

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Little did I expect the collar pieces to be so tricky. I am disapointed as it ruins the garment, but the fabric is to fragile to unsew the pieces and try something else.
It’s ok in the end, you always learn in the process.
Just wish I had single easy patterns instead of the intricate magazine ones, where your eyes bleed trying to find pieces of the puzzle in this maze.

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A pretty baby summer dress

A very light fabric with pink butterflies, liberty biais slightly contrasting, love this one ! And it’s being very useful during the heatwave !

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Pattern : La couture pour bébé et tout-petits, éditions de Saxe, found in a lovely shop in paris called Lil’Weazel

Size : 70

Difficulty : Very easy. I used the automatic buttonholes machine program of my Brother Innovis 50. (Are you interested in a tutorial ?) 

Sewing a cube for baby

It’s a fantastic experience to try to think like a 7 months old baby and imagine what you’d like to play with. Right now my niece love grabbing and pulling ribbons, so I went for a lot of ribbons. I used different textures and fabrics to add more fun.

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A little bit of sewing and there it goes !CIMG5199

Biais, machine embroidery, Ichords…

What toys do you sew ? Any nice pattern to share ?

Vintage baby dress

I love sewing, and I was quite surprised to find out I completely forgot to share my sewing projects on this blog. I love having multiple blogs, but sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming.

So last week I made a pile of things for my baby niece.

Let’s start with this baby dress. I made biais with golden linen, and used a vintage liberty fabric. The quality of that fabric is amazing, so different from the cotton I find in stores nowadays. There’s a weird story about that fabric.

A few months ago, a neighbour passed away. I would pop ut at his place from time to time to check on him, and it’s always hard to see people decline. The flat was emptied and soon there were boxes and bags full of stuff everywhere on the street. I saw fabrics in one of the trash bags, hesitated, and finally brought it home, just before a storm. It made me think of my neighbour’s deceased wife, but I quite didn’t know why. After a few inquiries, it was actually her stuff ! I don’t tend to believe in ghosts and everything, but it just felt like she had put a piece of her soul in the fabrics. And she had such a lovely taste.  Once everything was washed and ironed, I found I could use most of it, and I’ve always wanted to try to do something a bit old-fashioned.

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Buttons on the back of the dress.

I suppose some people might find it gross to use fabrics found in the street. But I’m a goth and the movement started with us making our clothes out of what was found in the garbage. At first I wasn’t too sure about using fabrics that used to belong to a deceased person, but since the heirs got rid of it, and she loved sewing, I though it would be a way to pay her a tribute.

Have you ever experimented something similar ?