Sew Bossy Initiative : Viviane dress

Size: size 38, graded up to a 44 at the hips.
Alterations: lowered the bust dart by 1,5cm.
Fabric: Fabric was sent to me by Julie of Jolies Bobines as part of our Sew Bossy Initiative exchange. I don't know the composition of the main fabric (Julie, help me out!), I only know that it's synthetic because, as you can see from the photos, it clings to my tights. I love the bird print so much!
For the contrast yoke, I used fleeced sent to me by Julie and some black cotton from my stash.

Do you know what the Sew Bossy Initiative is? To sum it up, two seamstresses send each other fabric, notions and a pattern to make an item, relinquishing all the decisional power to the other person.

A couple months ago I asked Julie of Jolies Bobines if she wanted to participate with me. Although we have different body shapes, we have similar taste in fashion and fabrics, so I knew this pairing was perfect!
The problem with us, is that we're both pattern junkies, so it was actually kind of difficult for both to find a pattern that the other person didn't have already. It's peculiar to say the least that we both ended up choosing dresses with a very similar silhouette for the other one. I sent Julie the Malvarosa dress by Pauline Alice and she sent me the Viviane dress by République du Chiffon. You can see her finished project here.

Julie proved to perfectly know me by sending me a black and white fabric with an animal print. I mean, seriously, that's me in fabric form!

The pattern is a thing of beauty as well. The Viviane dress is a relatively simple loose-fitting dress with a dropped waist that features a STUNNING quilted yoke with scalloped details.

This silhouette used to scare me a bit, but I'm totally in love with it right now. I know it's not the most flattering on a pear-shaped, petite girl like me, but it's not unflattering either. What's for sure, it's that it's incredibly comfortable to wear and I find it so elegant and modern. I'm thinking about making this my Christmas day dress, as Christmas at my household means a huge lunch with the family, and that also means a huge, bloated belly.

After my interview with Géraldine, many of you expressed curiosity towards République du Chiffon's downloadable patterns.
The Viviane pattern is a pdf; the pattern pieces are overlapped, just like for Burda or Named patterns. I love that, because it saves paper and a LOT of time for assembling. Of course, that means you need to trace your pattern pieces, but it's something I always do anyway.
Bear in mind that the pattern pieces have no seam allowance included, so you might want to add it while you trace them. This is the only thing I disliked about the pattern, because I hate having to take this extra step.
The instructions are also available in English, but I used the French version, so I can only speak for those. They are clear and have illustrations for the trickiest passages, so I was happy with them.

If Next time I make this dress I'll probably do a FBA on the size I've already traced, because I have some tension in the armhole and chest area. I thought I could avoid it because of the looser fit, but it will make for a more comfortable dress.
I think this pattern was made to accommodate a very small chest, so keep in mind that if you usually need an FBA, you'll probably need it here. 
Also, for next time, I definitely want to use solid fabrics, because I want that beautiful yoke to stand out as much as possible. The black fabric I used here conceals the details way too much, but I was too afraid to use another color (or colored thread) with such a busy print in the rest of the dress.

Thank you so much, Julie, I had a blast! :D

Interview : République Du Chiffon

Maybe you've come across her beautiful blog, maybe you've seen some of her patterns made up by the lovely Julie of Jolies Bobines or maybe you've seen her adorable book featured on Tilly and the Buttons. If you did, I know you want to know more about République du Chiffon and who's behind this beautiful French brand.
I know I did, so I had a little chat with Géraldine, the creator, and this was the result. If you prefer to read the interview in its original French form, you can find it here.

✄ First of all, can you tell us something about yourself? How long have you been sewing?
My name is Géraldine, I’m 35 years old and I live and work in Lille, in Northern France. My hobbies are reading (I love science fiction and Jane Austin, I know they have nothing in common ;) ), the cinema, which is where I often get inspired, I cook and I obviously love to sew.
I started sewing after my daughter Violette was born, and it soon became my passion. I had the opportunity to enter a school for design / patternmaking where I got my degree.
The Margot blouse pattern

✄ How did you start République du Chiffon?
I started République du Chiffon in 2010, it was a fashion and sewing blog. After my degree, I wanted to make a shift towards design and patterns for home sewing, trying to create trendy styles addressed to modern seamstresses. Since the offer is still quite poor in France, I hope there is a place for me.

The Penelope dress pattern
✄ Can you tell us more about your book ("Un été couture", Tutti Frutti ed.) and your latest pattern releases?
What I try to do with my patterns, both in my book or in the downloadable patterns, it’s to offer modern styles and to make sewing democratic, making “difficult” things approachable by anyone. My hope is that the clothes made by seamstresses at home are as trendy and of good quality as what current designer offer today.

The Gérard coat pattern
✄ What are your main sources of inspiration? Your favorite designers or style icons?
I find my inspiration everywhere, in the street, in magazines, movies, illustrators, etc. I’m a big fan of street style fashion (Yvan Rodic, Sartorialist etc.) and I spend a lot of time reading fashion blogs (Le Blog de Betty, Punky B, Le blog de Pauline and many many more). As far as “style icons” are concerned, I don’t really have any, I’ve never been a big fan. I prefer anonymous people who have style, but if I have to mention one, at the moment it would definitely be Alexa Chung or Kate Bosworth

The Viviane dress and blouse pattern
All images in this post from here

✄ Where do you see your company in the future?

My wish is to make of République du Chiffon a real brand of modern patterns. It’s just the beginning of the process. I decided to leave my job to devote myself completely to the brand, so, starting next year and if everything goes well, there will be a collection of printed patterns (10 styles every season) and I’ll keep offering more downloadable patterns to very small prices so that everybody can sew République du Chiffon. I hope you’ll like it.

Thank you, Géraldine! I wish you all the best!

I'll be back soon with my version of one of her patterns! Are you curious yet? :)

Forse vi siete imbattute nel suo bellissimo blog, o magari avete visto le sue creazioni realizzate da Julie di Jolies Bobines, o magari ancora avete visto il suo libro in un post di Tilly and the Buttons. Se è così, sicuramente anche voi vorrete sapere qualcosa in più su République du Chiffon e su chi c’è dietro a questo adorabile marchio francese.

Io ero curiosissima, perciò ho fatto una chiacchierata con Géraldine, la creatrice del marchio, e questo è il risultato. Per chi preferisse leggere l’intervista nella versione originale (in francese), la può trovare qui.

Buona lettura!

✄ Innanzitutto, ci puoi dire qualcosa su di te? Da quanto tempo cuci?

Mi chiamo Géraldine, ho 35 anni e vivo e lavoro a Lille, nella Francia del Nord. I miei hobby sono la lettura (mi piacciono la fantascienza e Jane Austin, so che non hanno nulla in comune ;) ), il cinema, dal quale spesso traggo ispirazione, mi piace cucinare e ovviamente amo il cucito.

Ho cominciato a cucire dopo la nascita di mia figlia Violette ed è presto diventata la mia passione. Ho avuto l’opportunità di entrare in una scuola per stilisti/modellisti e mi sono diplomata.

Modello blusa Margot

✄ Come hai cominciato République du Chiffon?

Ho cominciato République du Chiffon nel 2010, era un blog di moda e cucito. Dopo il mio diploma, volevo spostare il blog nella direzione del design e modellismo per il cucito a casa, cercando di creare modelli alla moda, per sarte moderne. Poiché l’offerta è ancora scarsa in Francia, spero di trovare un mio spazio.

Modello vestito Penelope

✄ Ci puoi dire qualcosa in più sul tuo libro (“Un Eté Couture” edito da Tutti Frutti) e sui tuoi cartamodelli scaricabili?

Quello che cerco di fare con i miei modelli, sia nel libro che per quelli da scaricare, è di offrire stili moderni che rendano il cucito democratico, rendendo le cose “difficili” abbordabili per tutte. La mia speranza è che i modelli creati a casa siano tanto trendy e di qualità quanto quelli offerti al giorno d’oggi dai designer.

Modello cappotto Gérard

✄ Quali sono le tue fonti d’ispirazione? Hai dei designer preferiti o delle icone di stile?

L’ispirazione la trovo dappertutto, per strada, nei giornali, nei film, da illustratori, ecc. Sono una grande fan dello streetstyle  (Yvan RodicSartorialist ecc.) e passo molto tempo a leggere blog di moda (Le Blog de BettyPunky BLe blog de Pauline e tanti tanti altri). Per quanto riguarda le “icone di stile”, non ne ho di vere e proprie, non sono mai stata una grande fan. Preferisco anonimi che hanno stile, ma se devo fare un nome, al momento sarebbe decisamente Alexa Chung o Kate Bosworth.

Modello Viviane - vestito e blusa
Tutte le immagini di questo post prese da qui

✄ Cosa vedi nel futuro del tuo marchio?

Vorrei far diventare RDC una vera marca di cartamodelli. Ho deciso di lasciare il mio lavoro e dedicarmi completamente al marchio, perciò, a cominciare dall’anno prossimo e se tutto va bene, ci sarà una collezione di cartamodelli cartacei (10 per ogni stagione) e continuerò ad offrire modelli scaricabili a prezzi contenuti in modo che tutti possano cucire République du Chiffon. Spero vi piacerà.

Grazie, Géraldine, ti auguro tutto il meglio!

Io tornerò presto con la mia versione di uno dei suoi modelli… Siete curiosi?