Me-Made-May 2013 - Week 3

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.

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.

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?

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.


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:

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.

Plaid Laelia blouse

2012 was the year that marked my reconciliation with France, or to be more accurate, with the French-speaking world.

You see, I've been studying French since I was 10, and while I've always been in love with the language and the culture, I've had the worst luck with my teachers. Were they Italian, French, Belgian or Swiss, they never had my sympathy. A couple of them were plain mean.
This, together with the century-long rivalry between Italy and France, irrationally reflected on my perception of French people. What can I say? It happens.

*If you're French, please don't be offended. I'm exaggerating a bit for the purpose of this post*

But then, last year, I became friend with Eléonore of Deer and Doe, I discovered some wonderful French blogs like Magali's and Gigette's and all my preconceptions disappeared!

The last blow came from the gorgeous pattern I used for this creation, the Laelia blouse pattern by Blousette Rose, a Belgian indie pattern company.
The pattern is available for both adults and children, but only in French, although the instructions are illustrated and not too difficult to understand, if you have some experience with sewing.

The design of this blouse is so unique! The front and back panels have a curved hem and they're overlapped under the armhole, but there's no side seam. There's also a bib detail and a gorgeous Peter Pan collar.
The style of this blouse is not what I usually go for because, being curvy, it's easy to look, you know...

I know it's not the most flattering garment on me, but it's so cute and comfy for a lazy, casual outfit! It's more interesting than a t-shirt, but equally as comfortable.

I used some plaid viscose for my Laelia blouse and I cut the bib and back yoke on the bias to add some interest. I should have taken more time constructing it, because a curved seam on the bias using viscose is a pain in the butt!

But overall, I'm very happy about my blouse! It's been waiting to be photograph and blogged about for over three months, so I hope it was worth the wait!