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]