Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Five French Sewing Blogs

Bonjour mes amis! Do you read sewing blogs in a language other than English? I'm always on the lookout for new sources of inspiration and every so often I stumble upon a site which reminds me that there's a whole other stitching world out there than the US, UK, Australian and Canadian sewing blogs which dominate my blog roll. I can read French well, Spanish a little and with other foreign language sewing blogs I simply enjoy looking at the pictures! I thought I'd share some lovely French sewing blogs I've discovered recently...


A sewing, knitting and lifestyle blog with such beautiful photography. And oh that Breton top!


Félicie à Paris
Mathilde has a lovely style, snapping homemade outfits by the light of her Paris apartment window. Plus it's always nice to find someone with (almost) the same name as me!


Les petites envies de Mag
I stumbled upon this site when hunting pictures of Victory Patterns makes. This lady has such a cute style - just look at that lovely version of Anouk!


Atelier Charlotte Auzou
A talented self-taught stitcher who launched her own clothing collection last year, as well as one-to-one sewing lessons for people who want to learn to make her designs themselves at home.


Made by 6
Super chic and super laid back at the same time. Oh and just one of many participants of the French Me-Made-April!

Do you have favourite non-English language sewing blogs? Perhaps you blog in another language yourself? I'm planning to follow up this post with some guest bloggers introducing us to their favourite non-English sewing blogs so please do share your favourite links if you'd like to guest post about sewing blogging in a particular country or language... À bientôt!

49 comments:

  1. Well, being Danish it's only natural that I have a lot of non-English speaking blogs among my favorites :-)Luckily I can also read English, German (we are taught both these languages in primary school) and French. Lovely blogs you've stumbled upon.

    Hugs from Denmark,
    Trine

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  2. Ohhh they look very lovely! I read a German one, but I can't understand every word because I'm still learning it at school...but it still lovely!

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  3. Hi from a french girl!
    I love reading you but it's always nice to see that others are interested in us... and this time I'll understand everything on these blogs.
    Thanks

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  4. Yea I read a lot of French blogs, I'm actually subscribed to three of the above XD. I do weekly round ups on my blog and did a bit of a French themed one last week.

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  5. Hello, tilly! For more frenche inspirations, you can read www.threadandneedles.fr

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  6. actually I'm fond a few German sites, always interested in other peoples blog. Although being from the UK I mainly have uk blogs to follow.

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  7. Great post! There is so much more out there, sometimes I wished the world was like Babylon - I myself tap sometimes into Russian speaking blogging and sewing community and the amount of knowledge and passion for sewing out there is beyond any words! Google Translate is my permanent toolbar on my browser, so nothing can stop my Babylon fantasy now!!!! LOL

    Thank you, Tilly for finding these blogs- I signed to some of them too! Maybe even I will resurrect my French after all. You're the best!!!!!!

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  8. If only one had time to read all blogs out there... Swedish is my first language, so it's only natural I read a lot of Swedish sewing blogs. Here's my favorites:
    http://kittenskladkammare.blogspot.com/
    Sewing, refashion, and thrifting
    http://retroolivia.com/
    Olivia sews, knits, make hats. Mingled with this and that from life.

    None of them pure sewing blogs, if that's what you were looking for, but both ladies are very talented seamstresses who make beautiful clothes. Both of them include a small translation when they post =)

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  9. Thank you for posting this! I haven't used my French or Spanish reading skills, but you've made me realize that I am missing out just because they aren't in English! I'm going blog searching now!

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  10. Oh, I love Charlotte Auzou and Mathilde's blogs! Thanks for the new blog suggestions! And that Breton top is a d o r a b l e!

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  11. These look amazing! Thank you for sharing, I can't wait to check them out :) (

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  12. My favorite non sewing blog of the moment is Esme and the Laneway. She has such wonderful vintage clothing and her poses are to die for!

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    1. I know, and she's just so gorgeous too!

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  13. Thanks for sharing some new blogs for me to read :)

    Re: reading different languages, for people using the Blogger interface to post with - they've got a widget (http://buzz.blogger.com/2012/05/translate-and-two-more-new-gadgets-for.html) that'll add a drop-down button to your own blog - so that readers can choose to translate it into their own language - v. handy idea.

    Or I use Google translate to read stuff too :)

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  14. Thank you so much for sharing!!! These are some really good blogs :)

    -Ashley
    http://distractedashley.blogspot.com

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  15. Yes, thanks for sharing these wonderful French blogs, I feel like
    a whole new world has opened up to me!

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  16. I read a few who translate themselves (including Farbenfreude ) but I like to use the translate feature of Google Reader anyway as some people only translate a short summary and I'm nosy!
    Et Si On Se Promenait... Á Paris is lovely, although not a sewing blog by any means. I like to plan imaginary trips to Paris exploring the beautiful backwaters she photographs.
    http://www.etsionsepromenait.com/

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  17. Bonjour - have you come across La Plus Belle Collection de Tissus Liberty http://tissusliberty.blogspot.co.uk/. French eye candy. Belle indeed. Lissa xx

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  18. I love the idea of reading blogs in other languages! Such a great way to learn and see so many different styles. I've been living in Amsterdam for the past year and trying to learn some Dutch. Since everyone speaks English I've found the best way to teach myself is by following a few Dutch blogs. It helps when I really want to know what they're saying anyway! I've been thinking about studying French, too--these blogs are excellent motivation! Thanks for posting!

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    1. Have you found any Dutch sewing blogs?

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    2. Hi Katriniella,

      I am very curious to hear about those Dutch blogs. I have been trying to find some, but to this point haven't found anything other then mums sewing for their children. Great as well, of course, but not what I am looking for. ;-).

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    3. The Dutch sewing bloggers I know blog in English. You could check Red Point Tailor, Just skirts and dresses, Foxgloves and thimbles, Ingemaakt.

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  19. Also, Swedish: I'd love to learn Swedish just to able to read all those beautiful delicious Swedish design blogs! :)

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  20. I quite enjoy these two French blogs:

    http://joliesmomesfactory.blogspot.fr/

    http://melimelodemaggot.free.fr/

    The first may be perhaps too much of a "mommy blog" for you, but the second is definitely fashion focused.

    And there is a French online sewing community, Thread & Needles, that's a little bit like Sew Weekly or BurdaStyle. I'm just starting to explore it, but it seems quite fun:

    http://www.threadandneedles.fr/

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    1. These look great, thanks for the links!

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  21. Perfect! I'm minoring in French, but sadly I couldn't fit in any language classes last semester. I need to get a little French reading practice in this summer so I don't get too rusty, AND I wanted some new sewing blogs to read! Thanks for the links!

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  22. I read Federica's. She's Italian, but lives in England. She writes in English & Italian, so I get to practice my Italian a bit. I also think her stuff is cute!
    http://fedulab.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. I read all of these (with the help of google translate which makes for HI-larious translation snafu high jinks!!) but the last one. I love Mathilde's style and that Breton top is on my obsession list!

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  24. Thank you so much for the links to these blogs! This is a great way for me to keep up with my french and drool over some great sewing projects. Awesome photography!

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  25. Thank you very much.
    It is the opportunity for me to discover your universe and read some new english-spoken blog.
    I'd like to translate mine but I'm not sure enough with my english, as my comment shows.

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  26. Pati from London26 May 2012 at 17:38

    Hi Tilly,
    Most of the blogs I follow are related to crochet (can give you loads of lovely titles if you want) as I still don't know how to sew. I am doing a beginner's sewing course at the moment, though so hopefully I will try to look for other blogs in the future (especially in Spanish, my mother tongue). There is a blog by a Portuguese lady who lives in England called Saidos da Concha, which features a bit of sewing (with some tutorials) and other bits about life, cooking and living in the British countryside which I find really beautiful but perhaps not really what you are looking for. Another sewing blog I like by an American who does quilts and children's clothes is called Nana company. I think her choice of fabrics and attention to detail are gorgeous. I know this is not what you were talking about in your post (sorry!) but just wanted to tell you anyway. Have a lovely weekend! Isn't the weather amazing in London? (unfortunately i have to revise for exams...) Pati x

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  27. MERCI pour cet article!! Je te redis que je suis très fière que mon blog soit lu par toi, et merci encore pour cette mise en lumière! (et celle des copines! ;-) )

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  28. Thank you so much for introducing me to these blogs. I don't speak French but it doesn't matter as Google translator works just fine! The French are so stylish, even their tennis shoes look chic.

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  29. Even if I'm french, most of the sewing blog in my reader are from the US...from my point of view, the americans are more modern and stylish (so many cheesy french blogs...)
    At the begining, understanding english sewing vocabulary was rather difficult but finally I must admit I may know some words in english that I have no idea how to translate in french.
    One funny thing I noticed : french seems are called "english seems" in french :-)

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  30. these are great, thx for sharing!

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  31. My own sewing blog is in English and Italian http://bombardone.com/sewingprincess/
    I read a great Spanish blog http://pacoperaltarovira.blogspot.com/
    And look at the images on this Polish blog (google translate doesn't work very well)
    http://www.marchewkowa.pl/

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  32. Great blog and I'm so happy that I've just now found it! I teach in Paris and would like to know if there's a great book to run to for technical fashion vocabulary. It must be in French/English. I'd really appreciate it you'd let me know of a book or website that I could reference. My French clients need to spruce up their English. Thank you so much!

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    1. I have no idea about a French/English technical fashion book - sorry I can't help!

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  33. I am french and often visit foreign blogs.It is amazing and doing this I can practice foreign languages:)
    Congratulations for your nice blog, I will come back for sure!!!

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  34. Wow, what a nice post. I really enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing . French language is romance language. I like to learn new french word everyday. I have gathered many useful resources, book, dictionary etc to improve french language skill.

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  35. I am french but living in Spain so I am following blogs in the French, English and Spanish. Mine is written both in Spanish and English as those are the languages I am more fluent in sewing terminology:
    -http://paulineguillet.blogspot.com
    In Spanish, I would also recommend reading:
    -http://aventurasdecosturas.blogspot.com
    -http://lainglesita.blogspot.com
    They are both in Spanish and English and you will be amazed at the amazing garments Merche and María make.


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  36. Great write up. I really enjoyed while i am reading this post. I love to learn french recipe. I love French culture, French food, French life style. Last summer i have visited France as well as i have enjoyed this vacation.

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  37. Ohhh...this is perfect. I've let my french slip and am looking for a way to re-immerse myself. Thanks

    and fyi...you were lovely on GBSB.

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  38. I think what you meant to call this was "Five sewing blogs by gorgeous girls with lovely legs"... oh how I wish I had french legs! (Great sewing too though, by the way)

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