Bleuet dress with View of the Eiffel Tower

Size: 38-40-44
Alterations: Skipped the sleeves and finished the armholes with bias tape.

Gosh, it feels like I haven't posted a finished project in such a long time!
I've been a little less productive than usual, lately, but still...

Anyways, this cute little dress was finished and photographed in February, but I never got around to blog about it. I didn't like the photos I took then, and I was wearing long sleeves and tights in them, which felt a little out of season, so I just retook them last week.

What can I say about this dress that I haven't said already?
In case you missed them, I made three versions of this dress (1, 2 and 3), and every time I said how much I love this pattern. Heck, it's probably my favorite of all the wide world! Just perfect for me, with the collar, the buttons, and the cute little bow in the back.

This time, I went again with no contrast collar and bow and chose to go will all print. I think a black collar and bow might have been cute, but my initial instinct was to maximize this adorable print. As I wrote above, the fabric I used is the "Vue sur la Tour Eiffel" print by Fifi Mandrac for Atelier Brunette, which I purchased from Supercut
I fell in love with the little Tour Eiffels, benches and French flags of this fabric immediately. They're a perfect reminder of one of my favorite cities, Paris, and of a beautiful trip I took there in 2009. The light grey background is a bit harsh on my skintone (or lack thereof) right now, and it will look so much better as soon as I have a little bit of tan.

But speaking of fabric, Marine of Supercut graciously offered a 10% discount code for my readers on a selection of my favorite fabrics:

1. Cotton printed fabric - 2. Japanese fabric Nancy Wolff "Circus" yellow - 3. Plumetis fabric ecru - 4. Printed fabric moose
5. Echino buck turquoise - 6. Black chambray - 7. Printed fabric birds - 8. Red chambray
9. Vespa corail - 10. Blue silk - 11. Sailor striped ecru/red - 12. Flannel little elephants
Some of them are in limited quantities, so hurry up!
You just need to use the code PAUNNET on a purchase of minimum 35€. The discount is valid through June 18th.
Supercut now also has a sponsorship program (introduce your friends to Supercut and get a 3€ discount) and a loyalty program (more details here). Also, be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to get the latest news and offers.

Happy shopping!

Taglia: 38-40-44
Modifiche: Non ho messo le maniche e ho rifinito il giromanica con lo sbieco.


Cavoli, mi sembra di non aver pubblicato un progetto finito da secoli!
Ultimamente sono stata un po' meno produttiva del solito, ma non così tanto...

Ad ogni modo, questo bell'abitino è stato finito addirittura a febbraio, ma non era ancora riuscito ad arrivare sul blog. Non mi piacevano le foto che avevo fatto allora, e i collant e le maniche lunghe che indossavo, adesso risultano un po' fuori stagione, così ho rifatto tutto la settimana scorsa. 

Cosa posso dire di questo modello che non abbia già detto?
In caso ve le foste perse, ho cucito tre versioni di quest'abito (12 e 3), ed ogni volta ve ne ho decantato le lodi. Adoro questo modello, anzi è proprio il mio preferito di tutto il mondo :)
E' perfetto per me, coi bottoni, il colletto e l'adorabile fiocco sul retro. 

Stavolta ho optato di nuovo per colletto e fiocco non a contrasto. Anche se sarebbero stati carini in tinta unita sul nero, ho deciso di seguire il mio istinto iniziale e di usare al massimo la bellissima fantasia di questo tessuto. Come detto sopra, si tratta di "Vue sur la Tour Eiffel" di Fifi Mandrac per Atelier Brunette, che ho acquistato da Supercut.
Mi sono innamorata subito di questo tessuto: le piccole Tour Eiffel, panchine e bandierine francesi mi riportano alla mente Parigi, una delle mie città preferite, e del bellissimo viaggio fatto proprio lì nel 2009, rendendomi felice tutte le volte che lo indosso. Il grigio chiaro dello sfondo non sta benissimo sul mio pallore cadaverico, ma sarà molto meglio appena avrò un minimo di abbronzatura (che con questo caldo, nemmeno io riuscirò ad evitare).

Ma a proposito di tessuti, Marine, la proprietaria di Supercut, ha generosamente offerto un codice sconto del 10% su una selezione dei miei tessuti preferiti: 

1. Cotone uccelli - 2. Nancy Wolff "Circus" - 3. Plumetis ecru - 4. Tessuto alci
5. Echino buck turchese - 6. Chambray nero - 7. Uccelli Dsquared - 8. Chambray rosso
9. Vespa Corail - 10. Seta blu - 11. Righe ecru/rosso - 12. Flanella elefanti

Alcuni tessuti sono in quantità limitata, perciò sbrigatevi! 
Vi basta usare il codice PAUNNET su un acquisto di almeno 35€. Lo sconto è valido fino al 18 giugno.

Supercut adesso ha anche un programma di segnalazione (presenta un amico e ottieni 3€ di sconto) e un programma fedeltà (leggi qui per i dettagli). Inoltre, seguite la pagina Facebook e Instagram per essere aggiornati su offerte e novità. 

Buono shopping!

Me-Made-May 2013 - Week 3

MONDAY
DressBleuet dress by Deer and Doe (originally blogged here)
Shoes: Pimkie
Bag: Local boutique


My dearly beloved Bleuet was the perfect dress to start the week in a good mood. This was blogged recently, so I won't spend any more words on how much I love this pattern. I'm still in love with it, I made a sleeveless version in a print which I hope to blog about soon and I could happily make another 100 versions of this pattern. It's just perfect for me.

THURSDAY
BlouseLaelia blouse by Blousette Rose (originally blogged here)
Jeans: local market
Shoes: Converse
Trench coat: Pimkie

I look a bit disheveled in this photo, the collar of the blouse and the bottom especially needed some ironing.
I was in a rush and I was going straight to my boyfriend, where I wrestled all evening with his two adorable dogs who are shedding like crazy. I was plastered in dog hair when I came back, so I didn't care too much about looking put together.

SATURDAY
Shirt: Zara
Skirt: Madeleine skirt by Victory patterns (originally blogged here)

Sigh. Why don't I wear high-waisted circle skirts more often? They look so flattering and cute!
I thought I had archived my Madeleine skirt until next Autumn since it's made of wool, but temperatures dropped significantly this week and my region is in a pre-state of emergency because of all the rain we've had. Yikes!
Those rain boots were the best purchase of last winter, I've been wearing them lota.

Oh, and OF COURSE I own a polka dot umbrella, what did you expect from me?


SUNDAY
Shirt: Zara
Skirt: pleated skirt from a 2005 issue of La Mia Boutique (never blogged)
Shoes: Pimkie


Speak of an unflattering photo... I was wearing another t-shirt underneath the long-sleeved shirt and it bunched up at the waist, so here it looks like I have huge muffin tops. Ew.
This skirt is about 6-7 years old, a testament to the fact I never throw anything away. It's a bit of a cheat because it dates back to the time when I was learning to sew, so I did little more than choosing a pattern and the fabric, and then I watched my mum doing most all of the work. Maybe I sewed a couple straight seams, but I definitely wasn't involved in constructing the pleats, the zipper, doing the topstitching and the hemming.
Anyway, this skirt has a pleats at the center front and center back, which give a nice movement, French pockets and a wide waistband. As I gained some weight in the last few years, the waistband now sits a bit higher and the skirt has become shorter, so now I'm only comfortable to wear it with tights. All in all, it still holds up pretty well.

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That was it for my me-made week, but before I leave you, I wanted to announce the two winners of the "How Much Fabric? Reference Cards" giveaway:




Congratulations!
I will get in touch with both of you, so please keep an eye on your inbox.

If you didn't win, you can read my review here and get your cards here.

Chambray Bleuet dress


This is a love story.
It all started last year, at the end of summer, when I heard rumors of a new indie pattern company called Deer and Doe. After I began stalking repeatedly manifested my interest in this, Eléonore, the designer, asked me if I wanted to have a preview of her designs and give her my opinion on them.
Being curious as a fox, I jumped at the chance and my jaw dropped when I saw Airelle, Belladone, Pavot and Sureau.

But then I saw Bleuet, and it was true love.
By now, you know ad nauseam how much I like these patterns, but Bleuet was a whole other deal.
It was the shirt dress I had always wanted but that nobody (me included) had never drafted. It had princess seams, a cinched waist, a pointy collar and cute puffy sleeves.
And then I saw the bow at the back and I was head over heels. Cutest detail ever.

Have you ever felt like a dress is just perfect for you? Like, it's flattering for you, and at the same time it's a perfect reflection of your style, of what you want to convey through your clothes?
It happened to me a couple of times, but this time it's THE ONE.

The fabric I used was chambray, another new love of mine. It's often listed in the recommended fabrics for Deer and Doe patterns, but I had never used it, for some reason. Now I could happily make an entire spring/summer wardrobe with it.
I paired it with squared mother of pearl buttons I found at my local market, which add another adorable touch.

The pattern is marked as an "advanced" level of difficulty and it might be the reason why this pattern is not one of the most popular. The construction is quite long and the 14 (or 15, depending on the size) buttonholes can be discouraging. I sure was thankful for the "memory" buttonhole setting of my machine.

In terms of fit, I made a muslin but I didn't need any alterations. I cut a size 38 at the shoulders, a 40 at the bust and waist and a 42 at the hips (based on other patterns I made from this company), and it was perfection. This is the reason I'm using Deer and Doe patterns so often, they fit me with little to no alteration. I'm a bit afraid I'm boring you guys, but can you blame me?

In conclusion, even if it takes a bit longer to sew, this dress is so worth it! I can't believe it took me so long to get cracking on this pattern. I've already planned a sleeveless version for this summer in a bright floral cotton, and I can't wait to make it!