19 November 2013

Un été couture / A Summer of Sewing


Drool... Look at how lovely this book is! Un été couture was a kind gift from Julie from one of my favourite blogs, Jolies bobines - go take a look if you don't already read it, she makes such amazing stuff. The book, by Géraldine Debeauvais (who wrote a little note for me inside the cover, merci Géraldine!), is bursting with super cute dressmaking projects for a Summer wardrobe. Gah, everything in it is just adorable!

It's in French, but don't let that put you off if you know how to sew but your language skills aren't up to it, as the instructions are illustrated with diagrams so you may be able to work it out. The 19 patterns are included in the back of the book, with overlapping pieces to trace off. They come in four sizes from 84cm (33 in) to 96cm (38 in) bust.

I think my favourite is the Robe Eléonore - the black one above with those diagonal buttons. I love the fact that it's almost 1940s chic but with a modern hem length and easy-to-wear elasticated waistband - I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this, so it's definitely on my "to sew" list. There's also a dress named Mathilde, a name which I obviously approve of. I just love the model's face in that shot!

[Soundtrack: 'I'm The Man That Will Find You' by Connan Mockasin]

22 comments:

  1. I just ordered this book a couple of weeks ago and while it has not arrived yet (it's coming from an Italian distributor to Toronto... takes forever) I am so looking forward to making something from it as soon as it arrives. Seeing the pictures you posted of the book now has me waiting at the edge of my seat!

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  2. Beautiful - thanks for sharing. I think I'll have to add this to my wishlist!

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  3. Oooo - a definite for the bookshelf. Must get this one (will help me with my learning French too!)

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  4. Hi, thanks for sharing; this book has some very lovely pieces. Have you made any? If so how much ease is incorporated in these patterns ?

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  5. Eek!! I LOVE these designs-- thank you so much for sharing! I might be a little bit naughty and track down a copy now. :) I love the model's face in the Mathilde dress photo, too-- so funny!

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  6. This book is on my Christmas list! Thanks for the peek inside, and good to know you can get by making the patterns without knowing much French.

    (lovely to meet you last week by the way and thank you for the Simplicity dress pattern :)))

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  7. So pretty! Especially love the Marion.

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  8. Thanks for sharing! I'm going to go order it on Amazon this very second :)

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  9. Those are all so cute!! I agree, the Robe Eleonore is probably my favorite :)

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  10. I saw this when I was in Paris last time and it's très joli, the only reason I didn't buy it, was because it was summer clothes but now I have regretted it. I look forward to seeing you making something from there. :)

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  11. I'm so happy you like it Tilly ! I can't wait what you'll make with this awesome book. You know how much I love it and everything that Geraldine / République du Chiffon makes. Kisskiss

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  12. I love this SO much. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Jolies Bobines is definitely a favourite blog and I'm hoping this book is coming to me for my birthday!!

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  14. Hi Tilly what a wonderful book, only wish my sewing skills were up to these lovely clothes. Fabulous. Have a great day tomorrow Tilly
    Lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  15. It looks lovely! But why do the french always seem to have the tiniest sizes? Sadly I won't fit into the largest size...........

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  16. What a beautiful book and cute patterns! Lovely indeed :)

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  17. That looks like another book to drool over! I love the Liliane blouse and the Mathilde dress!
    Carly
    x

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  18. I have this book - half of it is great, the other half not. I am talking about the patterns that are dartless.... at least three of the dresses including Mathile in your pics, and the blouse Berthe also in your pics. I am not talking about the dresses that have gathers from a yoke or something like that - as in Eleonore - the gathers work in a way like darts. If you look at Mathilde properly, you can see the folds under the arms that should have been darts. With the blouse, which is otherwise really cute, if you look properly you can see the way the armholes gape, even though the model has her arms forward - and in the right hand photo, they look awful.... these models are quite small chested and this happens, let alone if one is a B cup or up! It;s a pity as the designs are all really cute, and there are some lovely others that have darts so I don't understand why the designer left them out. I guess perhaps the book was aimed at a mix of total beginners and non....

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  19. The photos in the book are beautiful.

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  20. Such a lovely book! I do a lot of stitching but I will have to try dressmaking after Christmas. What patterns would you suggest to start with?

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  21. Jolies is adorable… She does french chic like no other. This looks cute, I wonder where i can see a physical copy to see if there is something my style..

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