Sleeveless summer

Bonjour mesdames, monsieurs et mademoiselles! I am back from France, where we spent a week in a quaint little cabin in Normandy. We were in Perriers sur Andelle, which is near Rouen. Close enough to the coast so we could do a day trip to Étretat and Honfleur, but far enough away to not have to spend the whole week around tourists. Our dog came with us and especially that day on the coast he became quite a tourist attraction himself. Somewhere in Asia a girl will look through her holiday pictures and fondly remember that moment in which she was poking a dog (trying to pet him?) captured in a photograph.

I took three me made items with me on holiday, which I thought was pretty good, considering I’m quite the sewing newbie still. I took my floral Adelaide, which I coincidentally ended up wearing to a market again (so it’s been dubbed my ‘market dress’ now). The other two items are sleeveless blouses.

I bought a sleeveless blouse on sale a few weeks ago. It was a really thin chiffon type fabric and I was already hesitant about buying it. I shouldn’t have because I had a great big tear in it before the day was out…

I decided to get my 12 euros’ worth though and cut the whole thing apart to draft a pattern from it. This means this post is not going to be very interesting to you at all, so I’ll keep the details short and let you enjoy some holiday pictures at the same time.

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The first version I made of a cotton I still had in my stash (yes I think I should admit my ever growing fabric collection is officially turning into one…) The print, especially the use of dots, reminds me of aboriginal art, but I am sure I am offending people by saying that, so I won’t. I though the print was a little busy and therefore I still had it lying around, but it works for this blouse!

I am looking out the window of Chateau Gaillard, medieval castle ruins on a hill near Les Andelys overlooking the Seine. The castle was built on the orders of Richard the Lionheart and there’s a whole story about how when the village was attacked all the people fled to the castle and then at some point were kicked out again and had to survive a gruesome winter out in the cold. It wasn’t pretty… The castle site was though.

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The next version of the blouse I made from a white cotton lawn with a geometric beehive-like print in metallic turquoise. It’s very subtle, the blouse looks plain white from far off. I tweaked a few things after the first version and am really happy with the finished product.

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My stitch-in-the-ditch presser foot was my friend for all the topstitching and I French-seamed everything.

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These two blouses will get plenty of wear now and they’re really good for autumn too, combined with a cardigan or blazer. Yay!


Where Adelaide meets Liège.

Today a post about the second Seamwork Adelaide dress I made. I actually finished it a few weeks ago and I’ve worn it a couple of times, but I hadn’t gotten around to having the pictures taken. I wore it today when we were out, so I had William take some action snaps.

We went to the market at La Batte in Liège in Belgium (or Luik for the Dutch speaking population). It’s a weekly market stretching along the river Maas and according to a website it’s existed since 1561. We had never been there before and after yesterday’s summer storm (which actually wasn’t that bad in this part of the country) we woke up to a sunny blue sky and figured it would be a perfect day for a stroll.

Obviously everything I do is sewing-related these days, I look for fabric everywhere and when shopping I can’t help but look at the way clothes are constructed (poorly, usually). So when we spotted half a haberdasheries stall I had to take a look at the buttons.

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Unfortunately, half that market stall was all there was, and a few stalls with oilcloth and table cloths. It’s a huge market, but there wasn’t much variety, unless you’re looking to buy a dog… We spotted three shops near the market selling puppies. Abominable…

But, back to my dress. It’s made of a stretchy cotton twill. Because my pink Adelaide was too tight in the bust area, I performed my first ever FBA, but kept the bodice size the same. This version fits fine around my bust, but there’s a bit of gaping in the necklines. It’s hard to compare because this one is so stretchy and the pink one doesn’t have any stretch, but I might have to go down a size for the bodice and do the FBA on that. It is okay though, I can totally wear this dress, sleeveless as well. (Forgot to take my cardigan off for the pictures, sorry.)

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I used snaps for this dress and I had leftover bias tape from the pink dress which was the perfect colour (and I folded it under anyway) so the construction went a lot faster this time! I again omitted the belt loops, I really don’t need them.

And sometimes a girl really has to put the most unflattering picture online to show how perfectly her sunglasses match her dress! (Biggest tompouce ever…)

Not much else to say about this dress, it’s a winner! Have new shoes too. Not so fashionable maybe, a dress and sneakers, but you have to understand, when we go somewhere, we walk a lot. A lot.

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This is typical for Liège. There are some beautifully restored old buildings, beautiful new buildings. Sometimes you find a beautiful front door as the perfect backdrop for your picture, but then someone left their garbage out…

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Next up: a Moneta! (Yes, I like to do things backwards…)