Thursday, March 24, 2016

Crystal Blue Fancy Dress

Ma grande fille dans sa robe crystal bleu et mon fils coquin au noeud papillon!

My little 7 years old daughter was not feeling so well the day of the wedding, she had a fever a few days before... But she was a trooper and had a lot of fun anyway! I just do not have much photo of her in her super fancy crystal blue dress at the wedding without her bolero since she was feeling cold...

Pattern : The bodice pattern is the Bridgette Dress (size 6T) from Violet Field Threads Etsy shop. I drafted the cascading Hi-Low full circle skirt with box pleats in the back and pleats in the front, similar to the By Hand London Flora dress.

Here is what she looks like when she is not sick! A real frozen princess rock star!

Frozen Princess Rock Star with an Attitude : Vogue! Vogue! Vogue!

My Bridesmaid Dress

Mélanie & Danny's wedding!

Here is a quick post about the dress I sewed for me when I was a bridesmaid at my sister's wedding in September 2015. I didn't include the other bridesmaid nor the groom's family in the pictures since they might not want to be on a blog! It was a gorgeous, casual, rugged, woodsy wedding with the emphasis on the delectable food served at the Auberge Baluchon as both my sister and her husband meet while studying/working in the Restoration business...

I opted to sew a dress I could wear often in a bit more casual fabric but with a classic style. The other bridesmaid wore a poly taffeta strapless dress with a short draped skirt and both groomsmen wore EXACTLY the same outfit. It is so much faster and easier for the men : the groom chose the groomsmen outfit, the groomsmen have totally different body types but wore the exact same size! :O

With my stretch cotton sateen dress, I was very comfortable to pickup kids and runs after them in the fields with my sensible platform shoes!! I had a moment when my bagged skirt lining started showing at the bottom, but I just took 5 minutes to tacked it back in place in the bathroom! ;)

Unfortunately, I forgot to take much picture during the wedding ; always a proof that we had a blast! :D

Patterns :
  • Bodice : Simplicity 1882 with the deep V variation + cut at my natural waist. 
  • Skirt : (Gertie's Bombshell) Burda 5/2011 #122 inner skirt (without the extra draped layer in the front).
Fabrics :
  • Cotton/spandex sateen in a navy 
  • Cotton poplin floral for the bodice lining 
  • Rayon bemberg in navy for the skirt lining, so it wouldn't cling to my pantyhose.
Patterns Changes :
  • I added bra stays at the shoulder.
  • I modified the princess seams at the bust a bit (about 1/4 inch)
  • I changed the skirt lining darts to pleats.
  • I lowered the skirt kick pleat by 2 inches.
  • I aligned the skirt darts with the bodice princess seams.
  • I used 3/8 inch seam allowances.
  • I shorten the hem to knees length (about 20 inches skirt for me).

My father's picture was in her bouquet...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Prendre le thé au musée!


Il y a une exposition intéressante au Musée du Costume et Textiles du Québec : Élégants Après-midis - Thé et exposition. Carmencita et plusieures autres blogueuses couturières des environs de Montréal y seront le Samedi 9 avril à 14h pour une visite toute spéciale de l'exposition!!

RSVP ICI : Invitation officielle sur facebook.

Voici ce qu'ils en disent sur le site du musée :
Parcours d’une élégante propose d’explorer, à travers une expérience singulière et marginale, les différents courants de mode qui ont su influencer le style personnel d’une femme d’exception.
Depuis plusieurs années, cette généreuse donatrice a offert au musée plus de 550 vêtements et accessoires inspirants. L’exposition rassemble 300 artéfacts, composant un éventail d’ensembles raffinés, reflétant son image unique et allurée. Achetée en boutique de luxe ou de seconde main, fabriquée maison ou en atelier spécialisé, chacune des pièces exposées raconte une histoire, celle d’une élégante authentique, curieuse… discrète.

Malheureusement, j'ai un empêchement, mais j'irai visiter cette exposition pendant les heures normales soit le dimanche 15 mai à 14h... On s'y croisera peut-être!?

Au plaisir!

Musée du Costume et textile du Québec

Friday, January 29, 2016

Book Club, Modern Quilts and Montreal

The Forgotten Seamstress

First book proposed by the Colette Book Club

Hello, I got the book "The Forgotten Seamstress", by Liz Trenow, from my local library to participate in the new Colette Book Club... The online discussion is scheduled for Monday, February 15th 2016. But wouldn't it be nice to meet in Montreal and chat about that book in person too?

Vitrine sur la courtepointe moderne

La maison de la culture Marie-Uguay présente une exposition de 25 mini courtepointes offertes par la Guilde de courtepointe moderne de Montréal. Le vernissage aura lieu ce dimanche 31 janvier 2016 à 14h, suivi d'une conférence sur la courtepointe comtemporaine à 15h. L'exposition sera offerte jusqu'au 28 février 2016. C'est à un jet de pierre de chez moi alors j'y serai surement ce dimanche :D

Maison de la culture Marie Uguay (source)

Friday, October 16, 2015

La grande braderie de mode Québécoise


Big Annual Fashion Sale by Quebec Designers

In Montreal, from October 22 to 25, there will be the Big Annual Fashion Sale by Quebec Designers. The event will be at the Marché Bonsecours, the same building as the Costume and Textile Museum in Quebec. They will also have a benefice event on October 21rst...

Are you thinking about going?

La grande braderie de mode Québécoise

À Montréal du 22 au 25 octobre 2015 prochain aura lieu la grande braderie de mode - un événement pour les fashionista ou l'on peut dénicher des vêtements de designer Québécois à rabais! Il sera aussi possible de visite l'exposition courante au Musée du Costume et du Textile du Québec, soit "Leitmotifs" dans le même édifice. Il y a aussi une soirée bénéfices la veille, le 21 octobre... 

Pensez-vous y aller?


Marché Bonsecours
350 St-Paul Est et 325 de la Commune Est 
Vieux-Montréal, Québec

Heures d'ouverture:
Jeudi de 10h à 21h
Vendredi de 10h à 21h
Samedi de 10h à 18h
Dimanche de 10h à 17h

Voir les détails sur le site de la Braderie.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

McCall's 6844 Review

M6844 - Peplum Cardigan


High-low Peplum Cardigan

Pattern Description

McCall's 6844 is a cardigan with fold over neckline with or without a peplum. Close-fitting cardigans (do not meet at center front) have collar extending into front band, and narrow hem. A and C: shaped hemline, wrong side shows. For Sweater Knits, Novelty Knits, Interlock fabrics.

Pattern Sizing

I made view C (high-low peplum) in the size L. I am 5'2", 165 lbs, 40(34G)-33-40. It is a little large in the shoulders, maybe a M with FBA would have been better since the CF meets and the description says it shouldn't.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes, but maybe a tad larger than intended.

Were the instructions easy to follow?


What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I really like the peplum on my silhouette. It is comfortable to wear as being a knit but still chic enough to go out for dinner with it (I paired it with a black pencil skirt and white with fuchsia florals crepe top)

Fabric Used

I used the remnant from my Tiramisu dress (see other review) and I had barely enough to sew it with 3/4 sleeves - the sleeves were also cut with the stretch going up/down for lack of fabric... I love the color and the weight of the fabric for this cardigan, but this poly ponte pile like crazy. I knew that before sewing it so I made it as a wearable muslin.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made

I mage 3/4 sleeves because I didn't have enough fabric for the long sleeves. I used clear elastic in the shoulders seams.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes, I will try it in M with FBA. In an abstract Black and white print, it would be more versatile in my closet too. I like to wear it with a belt but I think it might be because it is too large and do not look good without the belt (too floppy, no waist definition on me without the belt).

Pattern review page here.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Comino Cap Pattern Review

Comino Top & Dress Pattern from Kitschy Coo

Blue rayon knit top

I made several tops and dresses with the Comino Cap Top/Dress kitschy Coo Pattern that I bought right when it was released. The blue rayon knit fabric being sheer, I made it shorter to wear with a camisole since I like the camisole to peek below the hem (sorry, in the photo below it rode up!). It is very soft but might not be the most flattering one... My camisole is poly/nylon and when it is too warm I do not like to wear it. But since I sewn it as a wearable muslin to determine the proper size, I am very happy!

Solid Blue Camino Top

Fuchsia yoke and floral dress 

I love the combination of the rayon fuchsia knit yoke and rayon floral on black knit. Unfortunately, the fuchsia yoke is growing with wear but do not pile. The waist feels too low at the end of the day, but it spring back with washing/drying... I am quite pleased with the flowers alignment at the waist seam too. So I wear it often with my favorite fuchsia flower hair clip!

Fuchsia and Floral Comino Dress

Black yoke and abstract blue top & dress

I adore the black organic cotton knit I used for the yoke. I bought it during the Open house at the Oöm atelier last spring for about 2$ for a handful of remnant pieces. It is very soft and has a great bouncy recovery. The abstract blue/black/green looks like a Ikat print and was bought last July 4th during the sewing bloggers meet-up on St-Hubert. I fell in love with the colors and it was a bargain at 6$/m since I was able to cut the Comino top and dress in less than 2m! And I have enough left for either underwear or a kid's shirt even if I was careful about pattern placement to get a continuity of the print at the side and waist seams... My 6 year old daughter already made a tiny dress for her mini doll with some floor scrap... I am so proud of her! :D

TODO : Add a photo when it is hemmed...

Comino Cap Pattern Review

Pattern Description

Comino Cap Top/Dress kitschy Coo Pattern can be made in a cap sleeve top or dress and with or without a sweetheart neckline yoke. It remind me of the Colette Macaron but for knit fabrics.

Pattern Sizing

I used size 5 and I am 40 (34G) - 33 - 40, 5'2" and fluctuate around 163 lbs this summer.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?


Were the instructions easy to follow? 

My main modification is to stabilized the V neck and shoulder seams. I also didn't finished the seams that were topstitched. So here's my preferred method :
  1. Stay stitch the lower bodice piece V neck on 1in each way, using staytape. (cut the itchy staytape to ensure it never touch my skin!)
  2. Sew upper to lower bodice pieces for BACK and FRONT, press SA down and topstitch.
  3. Sew shoulder seam using clear elastic (or staytape) as stabilizer. Press SA to back and topstitch.
  4. Prepare the 3 binding bands : sew ends together in a tube, press SA open and press tube folded in half, pressing a fold at each 1/4.
  5. Pin neck binding at each 1/4, sew, press SA down and topstitch.
  6. Sew side seams, finish and press to back.
  7. Pin armholes binding at each 1/4, sew, press SA down and topstitch.
  8. (Optional) Sew and finish skirt side seams. Then, attach skirt to bodice, finish SA and press up.
  9. Hem 1inch with double needle.
Stabilizing shoulders and V neckline.

I found it way easier to sew that the sweetheart neckline yoke let me believed. The point is not hard to sew and I didn't get any stretching, maybe because I used staytape there too?

Fabric Used

Different knit fabrics, mostly rayon/lycra blend and lightweight. A fabric with good recovery is needed for the yoke, even more important if you plan a sheer yoke, else your bra top will show is the fabric stretch with wear... I plan on sewing one with a sheer yoke eventually!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made

Not much, they are all size 5. The solid blue one has it's hem shorten by 1,5 in. The dresses has been shorten at the shorten here line to 20in from waist to hem and the side seam are a little altered to fit my fabric.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes! I love these tops and dresses. I think it is a very comfortable casual summer dress, but looks special with the yoke! It also allow to use smaller fabric remnants. I keep thinking to make a waistband to make it a little less casual or to wear it with a real belt.

Here is my official pattern review on

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

My 15 minutes of fame!

Plaza St-Hubert, Montreal (source: Plaza St-Hubert)

Eh, I've been published! My Guide to Montreal was published this morning in the Seamwork Magazine, a Collette Patterns initiative!! And just in time for Canada Day and our upcoming Sewing Bloggers Meetup... I am very proud! :D

If my article makes you want to visit my hometown, let me know! Thanks!


Hey, je suis une auteure publiée! J'ai écris en anglais ce printemps un Guide sur Montréal et il a été publié ce matin dans Seamwork Magazine, un projet de Collette Patterns!! Juste à temps pour la fête du Canada et notre rencontre de samedi... J'en suis très fière! :D

Si cet article vous a donné le goût de visiter ma ville, laissez-le moi savoir! Merci!

Monsieur Letendre, Rubans et Boutons, 7363 St-Hubert

Monday, June 29, 2015

Montreal Sewing Meetup - July 4th 2015

A Whole Day of Fun / Une journée de plaisir!

11h30 at Pizzali coq, 7616 St-Hubert, métro JARRY
13h at Kava, 7609 St-Hubert : for fabric shopping / pour magasiner du tissus...
17h at Gainzbar, 6289 St-Hubert, métro Beaubien,

Invitation / details :  Facebook Event !


Saturday July 4th 2015 at 11h30, 13h or 17h

All sewing enthusiasts are invited to share a few tapas, cocktails and chitchat about our hobby and life this Saturday July 4th 2015. The main event will be a 5@7 at Gainzbar from 17h until as far as the night will carry us! :D

If interested, meet us prior to go fabric shopping on St-Hubert, starting at Kava around 13h and going South until we reach the Gainzbar when the stores closes!

If you would love to grab lunch too, we will eat at the affordable and quite generous in their portion Pizzeli Coq at 11h30.

RSVP Please!

Samedi le 4 juillet 2015 à 11h30, 13h or 17h

Amateurs de couture, vous êtes invités autour de quelques tapas et de bons cocktails à jaser de tout et de couture ce Samedi 4 juillet 2015. L'activité principale sera le 5@7 au Gainzbar dès 17h jusqu'au last call! ;)

Si magasiner du tissus vous démanche, rendez-vous avant chez Kava à 13h et nous descendrons la rue St-Hubert vers le Sud tranquillement jusqu'au Gainzbar à la fermeture des boutiques!!

Envie d'un diner abordable et généreux? Venez avec nous au Pizzeli Coq dès 11h30 pour une journée bien remplie!!


À bientôt!!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Montreal Sewing Blogger Meetup!!

Gainzbar - 6289 St-Hubert - at 5pm


Ce Samedi 4 Juillet!

Salut tout le monde, il s'organise un petit rassemblement de couturière ce samedi 4 juillet 2015. Jusqu'à présent, on parle d'un 5@7 au Gainzbar sur St-Hubert. Mais il flotte dans l'air une possibilité de magasinage de tissus avant... Je vais mettre les détails quand ils seront connus! :D

This Saturday July 4th!

Hello, a little meeting will happen at the Gainzbar on St-Hubert for a 5@7 this Saturday July 4th 2015. Some fabric shopping might take place before... I will post details when they will be know! :D