Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fabric Shopping in Paris

Before our trip I read several magazine articles about fabric shopping in Paris and my husband located some of the stores that interested me the most on the map.  Once we were there it became clear that there was no way we were going to make it to everything we had planned and I began to say it wasn't necessary to go fabric shopping.  I mean talk about an activity that only one family member would enjoy right?  Thankfully he insisted that we go check out the garment district that is at the base of Sacre-Coeur and encouraged me to buy a few things.  Honestly, the experience was so overwhelming that I really had trouble making any decisions.  Most of the fabric stores in this area sold coupons better known in these parts as remnants.
This was the first piece that I picked out.  It is 3 meters of soft knit fabric.  I want to make myself a dress of some sort.  Any suggestions are more then welcome.  I have a few ideas but whatever I do will likely get a test run first even though this fabric was pretty cheap.
There are several stores in this same area that sell by the meter.  One of those was Tissus Reine. Talk about some great stuff but the most exciting thing for me were the 2 full tables of  Liberty of London fabric.  Now as you know Liberty fabric is not cheap so I was going to limit myself to 1 meter I ended up not being able to choose between these two so I got 1 meter of each.  I plan to make an infinity scarf out of the blue.  I'm thinking of doing one of those tops with the woven fluffy back with the other but again I will have to practice first.

This there was this one.  I saw it in the same shop as the first piece I shared but it is real silk.  OMG it is so unreal.  Its only 1.5 meters so I have no idea what to do with it but I'll figure something out.  There were two of them and if I had it to do over I would get both but I was starting to feel bad about buying so much fabric.  Remember we were at the end of a pretty pricey trip at this point.

This one is from the same shop as the silk.  It was in a huge pile of velvet all of which were yummy.  I'm probably making myself a skirt out of it though I'm not totally sure.
This one was in a bit outside one of the stores.  Its 3 meters and it was super cheap but feels rather nice and its a nifty print.  Not sure what to make it into either.  Again probably a knit dress since there is so much of it but we'll have to see.

Here is the store where most of my fabric came from.  It was pretty much just a huge pile of fabric.
Here is the inside.  Though some of it was not nearly this organized.
We did finally make it up the hill as well.
Then we hopped on the metro and went to check out some upscale shop windows and world famous treats.  One of the big things we learned on this trip was it really doesn't matter so much how close things are to one and other what matters is if they are on the same metro line.

So seriously let's here some pattern suggestions.  I have a few here that I'm thinking of and a few more pinned but I always love extra ideas.

Monday, October 28, 2013

You Rock Hoodie

Guess what!  This is yet another project that I meant to complete in September.  Honestly, the best thing I did last month was look at what I had on hand both fabric and pattern wise and think of a bunch of different things to make. 
This is the same hoodie pattern from Sewing Clothes Kids Love that I used for his "This is how I roll." hoodie.  That is one of the great things about boy sewing as far as I'm concerned.  There aren't a lot of options so once you find something that works there is not much point in tracing something else.  Plus he really likes this style of top and I think using the solid for the body and the print for the arms helps prevent the pj top look.  so does the hood for that matter.

I used the last little bit of my D and G "You Rock, You Rule" fabric.  I was starting to think he was too old for this print but he saw it and really wanted me to use it so yeah!  Oh and if any of my little kid having friends are wondering that cute toddler boy in the pictures is the same kid he's just big now.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Emily Dress

The new camera and I are still bonding so I didn't get many usable pictures of this one.  I think I had it in the wrong mode and probably should have turned on continuous  shooting so hopefully next time will be better.  Its still a super cute dress though.  It was one of the many ideas that I came up with during September but did not get finished before the end of the month.
This is the Farbenmix Henrika with Lil Blue Boo leggings.  I did not retrace the dress so its the same size I made for her Valentines Day Dress when she was 3.  I probably could have added a bit of length but since she is wearing it with leggings it will be just fine.  I added the full bell cuff this time but that was too long and bothered her so I cut them much shorter.
The striped fabric was in the box of fabric from my friend.  The yellow is from a solid color tee shirt I bought a while back for some reason or another and threw in the sewing room.  I bound the neck of this one with fold over elastic and put bias tape around the bottom.  I also stenciled the front with and Emily stencil from the silhouette online store.

The best thing about this dress is its twirl power which is probably my so many of my pictures were blurry.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Guess Who's 6

Truth time.  I didn't actually plan a birthday outfit for Emily this year.  I sort of meant to but her birthday kept getting closer and closer but I never actually got around to planning and making something specific.  Good thing its the time of year when I end up making her lots of new clothes since the season is changing and she has outgrown most of her things from last year.
The shirt she is wearing was from a souvenir shop in Paris but I made her this skirt.  Yes, its another one of the things I planned out in September but didn't get started or finished until October.  Its the Insa skirt from Sewing Clothes Kids Love.  I thought that I was using the next size up but I think I may have overestimated a bit.  Oh well it will fit her for a while and she does not mind.
I had the pink fabric and polk a dot ribbon on hand.  I had to buy the fun underskirt print and the print bias tape though.
The Eiffel Tower stencil is from the Silhouette store and I used black sparkle paint to make it even more fun.  She was super pleased and had a great day.  I stenciled a long sleeve shirt to go with the skirt as well but it wasn't long sleeve weather on Wednesday so oh well. 

I've made this skirt a bunch of times now and it never disappoints us.  I'm sure she will grow out of this look one day but I'll be making these cute skirts until she does.  Added bonus I'll probably be using these same tracings for a year or two.  If you want to see an earlier version click here.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Eiffel Tower Day

OK I'm sure that its possible to go to Paris without going to the top of the Eiffel Tower but probably not if you have a 5 year old and a 10 year old in tow.  Now the line for Eiffel Tower tickets can also put the Disney at Christmas lines to shame but you can buy them online ahead of time.  Really you almost have to buy them online ahead of time because on our day at least they ran out of tickets to the top so if you stood in the super long line you still only got to go half way up.  Ladies think of it link booking your Disney dining ie you really should figure out the first day that you can buy the tickets, mark your calendar, and buy them then. I'm getting ahead of myself though as our tickets were for 2 pm and even on a Parisian schedule we had time to do some other things first.

We started our day at the Orsay.  For those of you who like me didn't already know this the Orsay is where most of the impressionists are shown and I actually preferred it the the Louvre.  We started at the top floor where Monnet and his cohorts are shown and the kids did really well there.  Emily liked the pretty ladies, pretty flowers, and dancers.  Elijah liked lots of things including spotting paintings in person that he had seen in books.  Then we checked out some sculptures and went to see the Toulouse Lautrec pieces.  I could have spent hours in this museum but the kids were done so we headed onward.

After a nice walk along the river to the Eiffel Tower we grabbed a quick lunch and played in the park until it was time to go up.  Since we had tickets we just got to go right in.
The ride up was pretty cool in its own right.
The view from the top.
We took a good bit of time at the top just looking down.  Then it was time to run back over the the Louvre so Elijah could see the Mona Lisa.  We felt bad but we ended up being the crazy Americans running through the Italian masters just to see Mona Lisa but it was getting close to closing time and we didn't want to miss her.

He was pleased and we did stop to look at some other neat things on the way out.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


On day 4 we decided to take the train up to Versailles now let me begin by saying that I'm pretty sure going on a Saturday in August was a terrible idea but let me be clear that it was truly bad at the start.  We got there and even with our passes to skip the ticket line the line to get in was quite possibly the longest line I had ever seen.  This line put the Disney lines to shame and I mean the Disney over Christmas break lines.  Then once we got in it was so crowded you could not move or really see much so I was not in a great mood to begin with.  I also think that as an adult the complete access was hard to stomach.  We did take some pictures though and things did get better.
Here are the kids on the inside of the gate.
Neil and I have both take lots of math so we needed a picture of Lhopital.
Here are 2 hungry and cranky kids in the hall of mirrors.
At this point we were all so hungry and tired of crowds we almost hugged the lady when she said there was a table for 4 in the sit down restaurant with just a 5 minute wait.  Yes it was overpriced but it was very pretty, the food was good, and we were ready to eat.
Now while we were inside we kept looking out at the gardens and thinking gee I wish we were out there so right after lunch we went to the gardens.  You do have to pay extra for this but it was totally worth the money.  Honestly, if we had it to do over we would have just gone to the gardens and called it a day.
We didn't even come close to finishing the gardens because we were totally worn out from our morning and early afternoon of standing in line and shoving our way through the indoors but man were they cool.
Emily had to climb up and pretend to be a statue .
We ended the day eating crepes on the bleachers in front of Notre Dame.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Paris Day 3

So I don't have nearly as many pictures from this day bc we spent most of the morning riding around the bus tour again and getting our professional photos taken.  It was a great day  though we enjoyed both of those things and did a bit of other fun stuff.  I'll go ahead and tell you now though we also did our boat tour that afternoon and while it might be fun sometimes it was not fun in the summer sun so I'd give that a pass and do a dinner cruise if I were planning again.

The kids had a great time checking out the area around the Eiffel Tower including holding the baby bunnies.
 We also thought it was totally cool that this is what the snack bar looked like.  Yes you could also get some great cotton candy and ice cream but seriously doesn't this look yummy and like something you would not see in the states.
Here we are waiting in line for Notre Dame.  This is the type of photo that makes we so glad we hired a professional to get some really good ones.
Here we are part way up.
Here are the stairs to the top.  these steps were really no joke and Emily was starting to get very tired.  Thankfully she made it though bc I do not think either of us could have carried her safely.
This is the view from the top.  It was great and totally worth the steps.  That said the next day my legs did not even like climbing up out of the metro stations.
We were up there right at dusk.
Here is a shot looking straight up at the top where we were.  Notre Dame was one of my favorite parts I think partly bc we saw it a lot since we were close but there was also something unreal about it in person.

Friday, October 4, 2013

How He still Rolls

I know you don't see much of my son around here and there are many reasons for that but here is the sad thing.  He loves it when I make him things.  The problem of course we all know is finding fabric and patterns for things that he will actually wear.  The Imke hoodie from Sewing Clothes Kids Love fits the bill though.  It nice and simple but a great pattern for when I want to use a cute print but make something that does not look like a pj top.  
This was one of the remakes that didn't quite make it to the blog by the end of September but I have actually made this exact hoodie once before.  Sadly it is both worn out and too small so it was time for a new one.  The print is David and Goliath "This is how I roll" and the brown is a heavier Chez Ami knit that has been hanging out in my stash forever.
The only change I made to the pattern was adding the front pocket.  I also had to add length to the sleeves and body of the largest size.  The sleeves came out a bit long but he really prefers them like that so I guess that counts as a win.
He liked it so much that I have another one cut out using different fabrics of course.  Emily is pouting in this picture because I had the sheer audacity to say she didn't need to be in the pictures.  

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Skirt that Inspired the Month

As many of you know last year I tried to go new pattern free.  I think I ended up buying 4 or 5 patterns last year but believe you me I lusted after a lot more.  One of those was Vogue 1247 in particular the skirt part of that pattern.  I'm reminding you of all of this so that you can understand how excited I was to give it a go a few months ago.  I made 2 muslins and used all of the techniques from the fitting course I bought from craftsy and then made a brightly striped skirt that fit well but really isn't my favorite and realized that as great as it would be in denim I was awful about reusing my patterns.  Well even though I haven't gotten as many remakes done as I wanted I am really enjoying re-imagining the patterns that I have here on hand and this skirt may be one of my all time favorite things that I have made.  I already have daydreams about making a wool one.
I bought this denim from a good while ago.  Supposedly it is stretch denim but it doesn't really seem to be so it was prefect for this skirt since I fitted the skirt in a woven fabric with no stretch.
I couldn't resist using a cute scrap to line the pockets though.
Hope you all had some fun with remakes lately or perhaps this month has inspired you to think of some of your own.  I have a few more things coming bc I'm a bit better at thinking of fun things to sew then I am at actually getting them sewn.