An Easy Embellishment Project

My husband wanted a new pair of slippers.  I could have made them, but I have so many projects that are piling up, that I decided to buy a pair of Giesswein slippers in plain wool and embellish them with yarn. I traced my design onto the slipper with chalk (not very visible in the pic) and then used yellow yarn and a needle for yarn, to sew the design.

Simple. And my husband loves them 🙂 

Pattern Storage Idea

I have been looked for an efficient way to store Patterns.  I needed something that would not take up too much room in my my small atelier.  There are many methods to store Patterns but my husband had a brilliant idea.  Why not use a shoe organizer ?!  You can put it pretty much anywhere, it is suspendable and it’s large enough so that you don’t have to fold your patterns up too small. 

I used a shoe organizer from IKEA. It is plastic and has 3 boxes that you can separate and install where you want.  I used poster paper to make dividers.  All you have to do is install the boxes in your space, create your dividers, and finally decide how you want to sort your patterns.

I chose to separate & suspend one of the boxes 


I don’t have as many patterns as I have space to store them, but I’m definitely prepared 😀

Feeding the bees for the Winter

Winter is settling in, although it’s been warmer in the Ardeche mountains than in the valley the past week.  Today we put some sugar feed paste into the feeders of the hives. The feed paste doesn’t freeze in cold weather and will provide food for the bees during the coldest winter months.

We make an opening in the pack and then place it over the opening in the feeder, so that the bees can get at it easily. 

We will check on their consumption of the feed over the next months. The colder it is, the more they will consume for energy to keep the hive and the queen warm, so we will add more feed depending on the weather.

Claudie Pierlot Inspired Top

The inspiration: a Claudie Pierlot top from the 2016 F/W collection.

My version is a little different however.  I decided to go with a bordeaux viscose (rayon) main fabric and black dotted tulle for the 3/4 sleeves.  I used the Sorbetto pattern from Colette Patterns as my base and adjusted the neckline to a boat neck, rather than a ruffled scoop neck. For the sleeve, I used a pattern by The Sew Weekly.

What you will need (for a size 4 Sorbetto):

  • 1m main fabric
  • 50 cm dotted tulle fabric
  • Thread (in this case, bordeaux and black)
  • French curve (to adjust your pattern to a boat neck)
  • Pencil & craft paper, if you are tracing a new pattern, which I did.

I traced my pattern onto craft paper and re-designed the neckline to a boat neck using my French curve. The Sorbetto and sleeve Patterns include seam allowances. The Sorbetto pattern calls for bias tape hem, but instead I created interfacing for the neckline.

For the neckline interfacing, I traced the neckline that I created on the shirt pattern for the curve and made it as wide as the shoulder seams.  Be sure to add a seam allowance at both ends (I put a 1cm or 1/2in.)   You’ll need 2 of your fabric.

Once you have your pattern pieces, and have traced it onto your folded fabric (be sure to mark your bust darts on the fabric) you can cut out your main fabric pieces. Here, I already sewed the darts. 

Sew the shoulder seams and the side seams. I used the the same seam allowance as the Sorbetto pattern, 5/8″in.  Finish your seams. I zig zag stitched the seams and trimmed the excess fabric.

On to the neckline. Sew the ends of your interfacing together. I used a 1cm (1/2in.) seam allowance.  I had intended to use fusible Interfacing on the neckline pieces, but it wouldn’t stick, so I gave up and did a simple zigzag stitch to prevent fraying. Then right sides together, align the interfacing along the neck line and pin. Sew in place. I used a 1/4″ seam allowance, so as not to change the shape of the neck line too much.

Fold right side out and press.  Top stitch so that it lays flat.

Tack the interfacing to the shoulder so that it stays put, by sewing a couple of stitches  and couple back stitches.

Now, it’s time to sew in the sleeves.  You should have 2 sleeves of your tulle fabric.  Fold your fabric, right side together and sew the arm seam (5/8″in seam allowance).  Finish your hem with a zig-zag stitch and trim the excess fabric.

Place right side of the sleeve to the right side of your top, putting the sleeve inside the armcye, aligning the fabrics and pin. Be sure to align the sleeve seam and your side seam. 

Straight stitch in place, then finish your seams and trim the excess fabric.

Turn back to right side and topstich along the edge of the seam.

Hem the sleeves at the length you prefer.  I folded over the hem a 1/4 in. twice, pin and stitch closest to the fold.  Sew a second seam close to the end of the sleeve, so that the hem lays flat and  shoulder seam.

And voila ! My version of the Claudie Pierlot top.

Hemlock Sweatshirt

The past couple of weeks have been hectic between travelling for work and then catching up because you were traveling.  Granted my training was in Paris, but alas the workdays are so long that you never have any time to go out and actually enjoy where you are (i.e. Go fabric shopping 😉  Next trip, I will definitely go fabric shopping in Paris and write a post.

I did manage to sew a sweatshirt this week  after work.  The pattern is a free Grainline Studio pattern, the Hemlock. Jen from Grainline Studio put together a tutorial for this pattern. It’s a large long sleeve t-shirt pattern, that I figured would work as a pattern to copy a boxy sweater I have.  I actually only shortened the pattern.  It’s an easy and quick pattern to sew up.  

I used a black, white and gray sweatshirt fabric, and black jersey for the trim.  The jersey trim maybe was not the right choice…I’m still having difficulty choosing the right fabric for the pattern and adjusting it based on my fabric.  I usually start from the fabric, and look for the pattern. I’m still in the learning process, so it’s trial and error 😉