thank you to louis antoinette for providing the kit used to make this garment.
I often think about the wonderful sewing blog community I'm lucky enough to call myself a part of as being global, but a quick glance at my stats is enough to tell you that's not quite true--London, New York, Sydney? All English-speaking cities! I know based on my preliminary research that there are loads of sewing bloggers--and pattern designers--worldwide, that I never hear of because they exist in the parallel universe that is "sewing blogs in (insert non-English language here)."
When Louis Antoinette reached out to me, I was so excited to hear of a new pattern brand. Actually, they are definitely not new--but they did just launch an English language website! In honor of the launch, they offered me a kit of my choosing. Their being French and located in Paris, I just had to go with their dress "La Parisienne"--plus, it has that mock-crop top look that I love! How could I say no?
My fabric choice ("pearl") ended up being a bit darker than I was expecting (my fault) and it's not the most flattering color to have directly next to my face, so I popped on my little dickie collar (from this post) which I think adds a little touch of Parisian charm and brightens it up a bit. This color would be gorgeous on someone tanner/darker complexioned than me but if you are pale like me, maybe stick to the navy or black options?
As for the construction, I made a straight 38 for the top and 40 for the bottom, altering the pleats slightly to fit (same as I did for my Basel dress--the perils of pear-dom!) and I think the fit is quite good, although looking at these pictures, I think I could have done with a sloping/forward shoulder adjustment or some shoulder pads (or better posture... working on it! #yogalates). I followed the instructions, which were clear when it came to construction order, but had some confusing translations. For example, "oversew" was used throughout to mean overlock or finish your seams, and they switched all metric measurements into imperial, so what would be 2 cm ends up as 13/16ths inches (actually, often written ".13/16" with the period beforehand--that's really small, haha)! I think most machines have markings for both mm and eighths of an inch on the throat plate, so it would have been less confusing to just leave in centimeters, but its easy enough to figure out what they mean with a side-by-side ruler or switching to the French section occasionally. I would say if you are used to the "hand-holdy" instructions in many indie patterns, you might struggle, but if you know how to decipher big 4-to-burda quality instructions, you'll be fine.
Louis Antoinette kit would be the perfect holiday gift for the dressmaker in your life, don't you think?
If you'd like to try out a Louis Antoinette pattern, they also sent me a copy of a their pattern "Imagine," a very cool dress with an optional sheer back, unique yoke cap sleeves, and a center front zipper. I'm not doing a great job of describing it, but you can see on their site that it's not your typical twee fit-and-flare vaguely 60s indie designer pattern (although they have that too!). Plus, they just finished their second #hacklamode contest in which everyone made versions of this pattern, so there's no lack of inspiration available! Enter below to win a print copy of the Imagine pattern--I'll ship it to you wherever you are!
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Have you ever used a Louis Antoinette pattern or a pattern from another French designer, like Wear Lemonade? Isn't Named Patterns French? The French are largely thought to be more chic than the rest of us, do you find that true of their sewing patterns as well as their style?
ps: does anyone have any stellar sewing, style, and/or fashion blogs in French for me to read??
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