Paris Sew Social Blogtour and Giveaway

Louisa_002 Sewing was always something, I did alone in my sewing room. Spending time just for myself, surrounded by beautiful and inspiring stuff, doing something that`s exciting and relaxing at the same time. I do not speak about my hobby that much. Even closer friends do maybe know that I like to sew, but do not notice the handmade clothes and I`ve probably never mentioned my blog. With the Paris sew social meeting back in April this habit changed. I found like-minded people who share my passion. And i actually love to talk about fabric, patterns, clothes, scissors, sewing machines and big dreams. Louisa_001 I sometimes writes e-mails in the middle of the night, just to say hello to someone living miles away. Knowing the one will be still awake as well. Friends that I found through my blog. That`s amazing! Louisa_2__007

Today I`ll share two Louisa dresses by Compagnie M, I received the pattern as a sponsoring for Paris sew social. Marte, who`s the designer of this beautiful little A-line dress named Louisa (you surely all know it by heart), even hosted my family for a few days at her home. We got friends during the weekend in Paris. I never thought of things like that could happen, when I started this little blog. We had the best time!

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The one with the red dots, is made from a Nani Iro, I`ve choosen at Atelier Brunette in Paris. This fabric was kindly sponsored by Bernina. The only change I made to the pattern was adding  tulip sleeves instead of the regular ones.

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The second one is made with a little piece of fabric I had in my stash for a long time (bought at Miss Matatabi). I was inspired by this Louisa from Marte. I added the cap-sleeves of the Lotta dress.

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Today we`ll give a big thank you to all our sponsors, everybody sewed something with a Pattern or a fabric received in Paris. Check out all the other creations. There is a giveaway on every single blog!

      So if you would like to be the lucky winner, of a free copy of the Louisa dress, just leave a nice comment on my blog (tell me if you like to win) and visit Compagnie M to give Marte some love.
      Giveaway winner will be announced 10/07/2015
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    Nina Culottes Pattern Tour

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    Marte of Compagnie M just released her newest pattern for women and teens. It`s a two in one pattern with a basic A-line skirt and a culotte option. I never ever thought of wearing a pair of culottes before, I can remember that I owned a pair as a child but that doesn`t count. It`s a totally new type of garment in my closet. I really wasn`t sure about it when I started to sew. Can you imagine a pair of pants that looks like a skirt? I couldn`t. But after all, Martes pattern are always great and the culottes are called Nina (kind of named after me).

    And look at them, they`re stylish, airy and functional in one. Perfect.

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    I sewed a muslin first and I was happy that I did so (I seem to be able to learn from my faults!). A pair of pants is something done to personal taste. The muslin fitted perfectly well. But there were a few things I didn`t like. As a girl who wears low waist skinny jeans all the time, I was not used to the high waist. I took away a few cm of the waistband.

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    And I added pleats to the front. That`s something you can do really easily without changing the shape of the garment.

    I sewed a size XS with the length of size 12 y.

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    The fabric is from a local store. Tiny little dots all over. The waistband is finished with hand-stiching on the inside. So worth to take the time, the result is really neat.

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    Marte`s pattern comes with a lot of options and very detailed instructions. From the beginning seamstress, who`ll try her hands on the very first skirt, to the skilled sewists, who will sew a pair of culottes with welt pockets and zip fly. It`s something there for everyone.

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    A comfy new pair of pants for my summer-wardrobe. How great is that!

    If you wanna try one`s luck enter the giveaway to win a copy of the new Compagnie M Pattern.

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    for all of you who can`t wait you can get your copy straightaway here.

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    Paris je t`aime – GIVEAWAY

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    The weekend in Paris is already over, but I still remember how nervous I`ve been the days before. Retrospective, I do not know why. I went to Paris, to meet a few strangers who all share the same passion for sewing. I arrived said hello to everyone and I started to feel like meeting friends I`ve known for a long time. You have to know, I`m shy. Really. I like it, if i can sit on a table and just listen to all the other people without having to say anything. I can do so a whole evening. That`s me. But those ladies made me feel so welcome. It was a great experience! Thanks to everyone who made this weekend so special to me!

    From the left, behind: Marte from Compagnie M. Miren from Solo Sewing, Gioja from Dottasews, Annika from Näh-Connection, Marta from Do Guincho, Maartje from Huisje Boompje Boefjes, Sophie from C’est la vie, Nienke from Pienkel, Victoria from As it Seams, Laura from Craftstorming.

    Front from the left: Maria from La Inglesita, me with my little bean, Laura from Behind the Hedgerow, An from Straight Grain, Olu from Needle and Ted.

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    Here we are (An, Annika, me, Marta, Marte, Gioja, Olu) after a few hours of fabric shopping around Montmartre. Marte was my companion during this afternoon. She really is amazing. I appreciate her a lot! We had such a blast to rummage in all those beautiful fabrics. And we found a few treasures…

    You can have a closer look at my findings on Instagram.

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    Hem… (Me, Marte, Olu)

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    As i better sew than write i`ll just let the others tell the whole story…
    If you want to see more pictures and read more about what we did, then check out those posts.

    Annika, Maria, Gioja, An, Sophie, Victoria, Marta, Maartje, Nienke, Others are going to follow during this week.

    We had some generous sponsors who overwhelmed us with goodies.

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    That`s what I took home. Like Christmas and Birthday together!!! I already started sewing! Stay tuned, the next weeks are going to be busy around here! I took home so much inspiration and motivation.. amazing!

    Bernina sponsored a dinner and some fabric at Anna Ka Bazaar. We got a lot of gorgeous fabric from several fabric companies and shops (Lillestoff, Nosh, joy-fits, mon depot, Cousette, Nutta, Stoffe.de, imagine gnats), Telaria sponsored the most beautiful sewing book I ever owned (and i`m a sucker for sewing books i own quite a few ;)). I`ll write a review and sew something out of it soon!

    Alles für Selbermacher packed a bag with personalized gifts, threads from Aurifil and Supercut, sewing stuff from Snaply, japanese sewing books from Tuttle, Ottobre magazines and a bunch of Indie Designers offered their PDF patterns to us.

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    Bernina, Lillestoff, Cousette, Nosh, FabFab, Telaria, Alles für Selbermacher, Supercut, Imagine Gnats, Nutta, Mon Depot, Tuttle, Aurifil, Snaply, Joyfits, Ottobre, Compagnie M., Do Guincho, Titchy Threads, Made It, Kid Approved, Schneidermeistern , Delia Creates, Willow&Co, Mouse House Creations, Sofilantjes, Sewpony, LBG Studio, Loubee Clothing, Straightgrain, Elegance&Elephants, Hey June, Paisley Roots, St. Christopher’s Inns & Paris Office du Tourisme

    A big Thank you to all of them! But they didn`t just think about us. They also sponsored a few more goodies to Giveaway. So 3 lucky readers can win a huge prize, each packed with amazing goodies from our sponsors.

    Let`s see what`s in there!

    1st prize:

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    The first prize includes jerseys from Lillestoff (the rose print sponsored by Lillestoff, the ABC print sponsored by joy fits), a Andrea Lauren bag filled with goodies from Alles für Selbermacher, an Ottobre magazin, a 15$ voucher for Imagine Gnats Shop and a sewing magazine from Stoffe.de.

    2nd prize:

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    The second prize includes a jersey with roses from lillestoff, a fun dinosaur fabric sponsored by mon depot, some pink ribbing from Nosh, a lace zipper from Snaply, nice spools from Aurifil, a paper pattern by Compagnie M. and a sewing magazine from Stoffe.de.

    3rd prize:

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    The third prize includes a flowery popeline from Lillestoff, white jersey from Nosh, blue Lycra (?) with Cupcakes from mon depot, a paper pattern from Compagnie M., spools from Aurifil and a sewing magazine from stoffe.de.

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    Ready to… wear?

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    When I felt in love with the Lotta dress by Compagnie-M, my little bean was much to small for a size 1Y. But, that`s exactly where the size range starts. As I`m not a very rational being, i couldn`t wait until she`ll be big enough. And of course, I was much to lazy to size it down. I just sewed the smallest size, prepared to wait more than half a year until she`ll be able to wear it, actually. Kind of silly, I know.

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    I seems like she`s rather small, I thought, that she could probably wear it on her first birthday. But nope. I had to wait, until she was 16 months old. Every time, when I opened her closed I saw this nice dress. I don`t know how many times she had to try it on, just to put it back on the hanger for an other month.

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    She doesn`t understand, what`s the meaning of the pockets. Nonetheless, they`re seem to be funny.

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    I can`t remember why I went for the button closure (that`s just one of three options). It looks nice on the hanger. But when she`s wearing it, I do not really like the look. Do you see what I mean? Next time, I would install a zipper for sure!

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    The dress is lined with silk. It`s so soft, it feels good on the skin. Silk is such a beautiful material, it`s like water to sew with.

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    Oh, I nearly forgot to introduce you to Rosalie, the co-star in this shooting. It was her first stuffed friend (and is still her only one), she`s much loved!

    Julia`s Secret

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    I had the chance to test an other Compagnie M Pattern, the Julia sweater. It seems like i make it to a habit, to test her patterns. But, it`s just because they`re truly great. I always find a way, to make them my own. You probably saw a few Julia`s by now. Then you`ll notice, mine is a bit different. Not a big thing. I just changed the back piece to a low-backed one. It gives the sweater an entirely different look.

    You can find a small tutorial on the end of the post.

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    That`s julias Secret, it`s a versatile pattern who can change his appearance easily. I wan`t go into all the various options. Marte showed all her gorgeous version during the last week. Just have a look and you`ll get an idea!

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    In the front, it`s a basic dolman sleeved sweater. Truly one to live in. I didn`t pull it off since I finished it. That speaks for itself! And that`s why… I had to sew a second one.

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    In a very wonderful quilted knit fabric I found at Miss Matatabi (yes, I do shop there a lot).

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    You may ask about the yellow stripes. It`s kind of a flat piping. I just cut a strip of yellow knit fabric, press it in half and sew it into the seam. Exactly, as you would do it with a piping. I think there is a special serger foot to do so, i do it without. No big deal. But if you ask me, a very cool detail.

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    You would like to give it a go?

    Here is my how to… it`s quite easy! I`ll give you a view on my altered back-pattern piece.

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    You just measure down the fold on the center back, until your taille. Draft a new neckline with the help of a curved lineal. Start at the shoulder seam head down until your taille high on the center back. Easy as pie. You could even draw it free hand. Just be sure to draft it on fold. You want it to be exactly symmetrical on both sides. If you think that you don`t feel comfortable without wearing a bra, you can draft your new neckline just as deep, so it will still cover it. Be creative!

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    To finish the raw edge I attached a self-made double folded knit-band. I do that with my coverlook (great to have!). You can do it your prefered way, everything works. Because the sweater has a loose silhouette, I attached a knit-strap on the shoulder seam, to hold the sweater in place.

    You can get your Julia here.

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    Charles is a princess

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    Charles is cool, Charles is versatile and Charles is female (in this case). And, the best thing is, Charles is on offer. Compagnie M did it again. An other great pattern of Marte is going to steal our hearts.

    Pants, shorts or maybe dungarees? Suitable for a little prince or a princess? Everything is possible with just one pattern. Looks like a lot of sewing-fun? I can tell you, it is! The instructions are clear and the pattern comes in a big size range.

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    Charles_Fliegfederfrei_007You probably already know, there was a second test necessary. This one is my first test. So the final pattern is a bit different. I made some loose fit dungarees-shorts. This option, is not included anymore. For my 1-year-old with the diaper packed back is it not that bad. I like it.Charles_Fliegfederfrei_011

    Marte recommended not to use the most expensive fabric as the pattern was in the testing phase. The perfect occasion, to upcycle an outworn pair of jeans, you can never know. The striped fabric was a scrap from my stash. I like the contrast, id adds some interest to the grey jeans fabric.

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    The whole lining piece is striped. A little hidden treasure. The inside looks clean and as you would expect it from a Compagnie M pattern, nicely finished.

    What can I say. I loved that pattern so much (There must be a weak point in my heart when it comes to overalls). I had to sew up a second version. I wan`t bother you with more details. Just enjoy the pictures.

    As I already mentioned. Charles is versatile. So Charles can be a sailor as well.

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    At the moment, her walk remember me on a drunken sailor on shore leave. She`s the cutest little girl.

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    Haha that did she hear.

    Back to the pattern. This time, the fit is spot on. I just had to shorten the pants length by a few cm. My girl doesn`t already have 80 cm. When I look at her I can`t believe how much she has grown the past year. My tiny baby. And as I didn`t want to waste the fabric. I just used it, to sew up some cuffs. A fast way for finishing the hem and such a cute little detail when you ask me.

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    Do you feel like give it a try? During the pattern tour, you can get a 10% discount just use the code charles-launch.

    Thanks for having me Marte.