The Parisian Lonsdale

This weekend I decided that I couldn’t wait any longer and I had to make up a dress with my new fabric from Paris. I decided that the purple/white geometric cotton fabric would work well with the Sewaholic Lonsdale dress so I went nuts and started cutting. This pattern looks like it would be complicated with all the ties and halter action with loops in the back and whatnot but I found this to be a pretty straight forward dress to assemble. The directions on the pattern were great, more so the picture diagrams. I barely read any of the directions because the pictures explained it all, well done Ms. Tasia!

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I m pleased with the fit overall, however there is a good bit of gaping in the bodice area. I definitely will need to go back and tweak it a bit. Sucks having to go back at this point and put in a dart or possible just pinch it in a little but it is what it is. I think it could possibly be from having a fuller bust and these patterns are adapted to pear shapes, or I may have just cut the bodice a size too big, or maybe both? Lesson learned for my next one though.

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Somehow when I was cutting I missed the little rectangle pieces for the loops so I created my own, I think they may be a tad long but they are functional and not too shallow so they work. Chris tied my bow for me, isn’t he sweet?

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I really love the skirt on the dress, the pocket are super cute, and I love how it flares. I think it could be cute as a skirt in its own right.

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Kid in a candy store!

Bon jour friends! We have just returned from a two and a half week trip to Europe. It was an incredible experience, we saw so many impressive sites, met so many interesting people, and ate sooo much good food! I think I gained 10 lbs in Rome alone. This was a family trip with my in-laws, all together we were 8 people. Quite a large group for such a big trip!  We all had a great time, but I am happy to be back home and continue my summer break 🙂  Much sewing time will be had!During the two and a half weeks we went to Athens Greece, Rome Italy, Dubrovnik and Split in Croatia, and the last leg of the trip Chris and I went to Paris on our own. Paris was so much bigger and bustling than I expected, and it was cold! Everywhere  else we went was HOT, we were sweating and sunburned the whole trip and then arriving in Paris we had to get out our jackets and jeans again. Truth be told it was nice to get a little break from the heat before heading home, it is muggy as crap here!

So Paris… ok let’s get down to it. The fabric shopping was unreal! I have never seen so many shops in one place with such a unique fabric selection. And it was so reasonable! I think the most I paid was like 15 Euros for 3 meters, sooo cheap! I did my best not to go crazy since we had to pack it all in our suitcases to bring home, but I ended up with 5. That’s not too bad is it? We went to the cluster of stores below the Sacre Coeur and started at the Tissus Reine. This store had all its fabric precut in 3 meters and you just pay a flat price for the bundle. I found some ridiculous deals in there!

 

 

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View from the street:

 

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A wall of buttons!

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There were many little hole in the wall shops that had drapery and upholstery material, sidewalk sales, notions, and little shops with all sorts of trim. My favorite shop by far was the Marche Saint Pierre, it was 5 stories high of every sort of fabric or sewing supply you could think of, it was a bit overwhelming! What I loved the most about the store was the displays that they used to showcase the fabric. Here at home all we have is Joanns, Hancocks, and other big box type stores. The displays that they put out are usually dresses made from simplicity patterns or little quilted bags. At Marche Saint Pierre they had all sorts of  over the top costumes! Some were really cool, and others were down right creepy…

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This guy will keep you up at night!

 

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Yes, I think I went a little nuts! Luckily Chris was pretty amused by how much I enjoyed fabric shopping and didn’t pull in the reins too much. He even helped me carry my bags, fabric gets heavy! Here are the spoils of my shopping trip, I pretty much just went for pieces that spoke to me and that I knew I wouldn’t be able to find at home.

This is a shiny satiny material that Chris actually found first. I love the retro printed flowers, I’m seeing this one for a fancier dress that I can wear to one of the weddings we have coming up in the next couple of years.

 

 

 

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Here is another slick, satiny fabric that I found. I generally avoid this slippery material because it is hard to work with, but I couldn’t resist these beautiful prints.

 

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Here is a plain old cotton, but I adored the purple geometric print. This will look so cute on a full skirted dress.

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This is another geometric print I found but it has such a cool border print. Not quite sure what I will use it for yet, but it will need to be fabulous!

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This one is a mystery fabric, some sort of polyester material. Chris picked this one out, I am loving the birds!

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And finally, here is a slinky knit that I found last minute on a sidewalk sale as we were heading back. Only 1.50 Euros for 1 meter, it was coming home!

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Ok so I know this is already an excessively long post, and everyone hates looking at vacation photos but I just have to share some of the highlights! Feel free to stop reading now if you’ve had enough 😉

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Arrivederci!!