Thursday, November 13, 2014

When we were young: petit a petit and family

Hi there! I am really excited to have another instalment in my When we were young series.  I plan on making this series more regular than it has been this year...time just ticks on and all of a sudden, months have gone by!  

Today I have an amazing sewer, designer, pattern maker and kids' style guru guest posting today! Celina from petit a petit and family! Celina makes amazing things and always goes to so much effort for her kids.  She recently made this gorgeous dress for her little daughter Elsie for our I (heart) Marcel Marlier series. Celina has a huge following on pinterest (around 3,000,000 follow her pins!), and she always makes clothes that are just a little bit different (and very cool!). I love Celina's Friday dress that she is currently drafting.  It seems to me that Celina is fantastic at anything she puts her hand to. Oh, did I mention she also co-edits the amazing free e-mag: STYLO along with Jess from The Sewing Rabbit...It is amazing! 




Over to the lovely Celina....

Where were you born/where did you spend your childhood?
I was born in Brighton - England, then moved to Rabat - Morocco at the age of one and half and finally moved to Montreal,  Quebec - Canada at the age of 5. 



Here I am  around 5 years old and actually still have this dress. Elsie will be able to wear it this summer.
Who did you grow up with?
I grew up with my mom and dad and my little sister, she is five years younger than me. 


Did you have a childhood ambition?

Besides playing and having fun, no not really. 

What did you like doing when you were little?
I loved to dance. I also really liked dressing up and organizing plays with all the neighborhood kids. 

Do you see any similarities between yourself and your child/children?
I do see some similarities, my daughter is on the shy side especially when you first meet her, she also loves to dance, hates the cold and loves to create a mess just like me.  Apparently my son is stubborn and gets that from me! I beg to differ.  He doesn't like to break the rules, I used to be the same as kid, never cross at a red light or eat a grape at the supermarket without paying. I used to love the stage and both my kids love to perform and put on a show. 


This is my kindergarten school picture. My first year in Canada. 

Do you live far from where you grew up?
I pretty much live in the same neighborhood.

Where do you live now and who with?
I live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with my husband and two kids Elsie (5) & Mathis (7). 

I remember growing up and loving to dress up in beautiful clothing. I was lucky to have an older cousin who gave me all her clothes which were imported from France or Italy. She had the latest fashion and most gorgeous styles and I was lucky enough to have them handed down. To this day my cousin who lives in Paris still gives me some of her clothes and I get that same feeling of excitement as I did when I was kid. I also remember loving to wear dresses so much so that one day my father took all my dresses and put them in garbage bag and threw them out the window, because I refused to wear anything else. The thing is we were living in Canada and let's get real, dresses are not practical in minus 20 degrees weather. My daughter is going through a similar stage right now, she is actually obsessed with wearing tights and everyday she asks me if she can wear some. Soon it will be too cold to wear dresses, but I thought it would still be fun to make one for this occasion.


As I was looking through my photos I came across this plaid dress which I thought had that vintage late 70's feel but yet could be very contemporary. Especially with all the plaid being in style this fall. And how perfect is that my daughter loves to wear turtlenecks, perfect for layering and wearing our dresses longer.



I went fabric shopping and after searching for a while I ended up in upholstery section and found something that was close enough. The dress is self drafted, I should have made the sleeve a little wider to mimic the original style but ran out of fabric.


Physically my daughter and I look nothing alike, she is such a little brunette with big black eyes and olive skin, she does have my eyebrows and hands ( poor her!).  I feel like this little dress brings us a little closer- I know it's silly, but it's just how I feel. 


My daughter absolutely loves the dress and was so excited to see it was the same as mine, she didn't want to take it off. I am sure she will be wearing this quite often and be a new favourite. It is wide enough and long enough that she will be able to grow into it. 




I am lucky to have a few dresses from when I was a kid that my daughter will be able to wear, but actually sewing this dress has brought back so many memories and the expression on my daughters face when I showed her my photos was priceless.

Thank you so much Suz for inviting me on this really special sewing series, it was such a lovely experience to live. And posting on your birthday makes it that much more special.  A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you! Sending many hugs from across the world! xxx

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This is amazing Celina!!! I love the dress and your photos.  I am so glad you enjoyed the experience and that Elsie loves her new dress and that she can look just like Mum did!  Thank you so much for sharing and for your birthday wishes too!!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A new dress design


I am excited to show you a new dress design I am working on. This is the first prototype and it only needs a few modifications to make it just as I want it. 



The dress features an open and piped 'eton' collar with small accent shirt buttons. An eton collar is a little like a peter pan collar but it sits up more where the collar and neckline meet. I made mine so that the collar fronts intentionally do not meet. Between the collar fronts, the bodice is drawn together with an elastic casing (at top) followed by rows of shirring. The skirt is gathered in the centre front and has accent rectangular piped pockets.  This version has extended sleeves.  There will also be long sleeves for those of you approaching winter!  Below you will see the back features another elastic casing to give some more shape to the dress. This will be one option for the back, and there will also be the option of a thin tie back.



Emily is fairly short so I intend the finished dress to sit just on the knee.




Have you noticed there are no closures? The elasticised neckline means you can pull the dress straight over the head.  Easy to wear and comfortable to play in! The bodice front and back are lined. 

These are the small modifications I have made so far to the pattern I am drafting.  I have raised the bodice line by 2cm as I want it to sit higher - this will elongate the pockets. On future dresses I will cut the elastic in the top bodice casing shorter so it draws the neckline in a bit more.  I have extended the line of the extended sleeve to make it a little more pronounced.


This fabric is thrifted - a vintage bed sheet! The ochre piping is made from store bought bias binding.



The lining is a Michael Miller spot I have had for a while (I don't remember the name). 



Do you like it? I am waiting on some cotton and steel fabric from Miss Matatabi to make up my next dress. Can't wait!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

I (heart) Marcel Marlier - It's a wrap! And our GIVEAWAY WINNERS!!!

Today An and I are presenting you with our giveaway announcement, Sew Along overview, and a wrap up post of the amazing outfits created for our I (heart) Marcel Marlier sewing series. The creations were all so beautiful and we hope you have enjoyed seeing the sweet vintage inspired outfits. If you have missed any of the posts or would like to take another look, just click on the photo  below, and it will take you to the blog post.


(In order of appearance: left to right), a big thank you to Sara, Ines, Marte, Rachel, Maria, Nat, Anneliese, Teresa, Stephanie, Isa, Marta, Caro, Ana Sofia, Celina, Heidi, Hayley, Esther, Jess, Emily, Griet and Mie! You made this series so enjoyable to present!

And, if you have not yet seen all the amazing outfits entered in our sew-along, have a look at the link party below....Thank you so much to everyone who sewed along - we hope you had fun!!

And now on to the GIVEAWAY WINNERS!  This series was kindly supported by Pink Chalk Fabrics and the Fat Quarter Shop.  
Thank you so much for your generous prizes!!!!

The winners of our giveaway are below:
1st prize: $150 in fabric vouchers ($75 Pink Chalk Fabrics + $75 Fat Quarter Shop).  Winner: Sabine H. from France
2nd prize: $50 fabric voucher from Fat Quarter Shop.  Winner: Leentje P. from Belgium 3rd prize: $50 fabric voucher from Pink Chalk Fabrics.  Winner:  Flavia P. G. from Portugal
4th prize: $ 25 fabric voucher from Fat Quarter Shop.  Winner: Karen R. P. from the US
5th prize: $ 25 fabric voucher from Pink Chalk Fabrics.  Winner: Ivy J. from Belgium
6th prize: 3 vintage Marcel Marlier books (in Dutch).  Winner: Kelly J. from Belgium
Winners: Congratulations! We will be in touch within the next day or two with details of your prizes!

Thank you everyone and we hope you have enjoyed our series: I (heart) Marcel Marlier!!
Suz & An.