30 janvier 2013

Folk little blouse

This is the first time I used my Akiko Mano book: "Jolies tenues pour fillettes coquettes". It comes in French or in Japanese, I couldn't find it in English. This book is a treasure with so many lovely patterns!!! Here is the ballon sleeves blouse, size 110. Just a bit too large for my 2yo... The length is good but it is still a bit too wide. Because my machine is VERY basic and does not work perfectly with very fine fabric, I made french seams everywhere. This already trimmed a bit of this extra width. But not enough. No button... [Lire la suite]
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30 janvier 2013

Lolita gets dressed up!

Poor Lolita!  She stayed naked for two long months (some warm and sunny months, I'm not a monster). But when autumn came, we had to take action! I made a combination of all the tunic and bloomer patterns I found and tataaaaaa: Citronille DIY dress found on Happy Doll - Bloomer homemade pattern Liberty Plum Dog grey, charcoal linen (Fabric.com)  
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30 janvier 2013

Because of the snow....

 A looong time ago we were bathing, basking in the sun and happily cracking stones with my dear future husband on a lovely Island. But DFH decided he had enough of sun and wanted some fresh air. Totally in love with the jamaican concept of "push car" (proof is a big scar on his right arm), we landed in snowy Calgary. We found a nice yellow house whitened height months a year but not enough stones to crack for both of us. In this quite fresh country - fresh like incredibly cold - young mothers like me rather look at the snow from... [Lire la suite]
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30 janvier 2013

Lovely dolls

When I was pregnant for the second time, people kept telling me it would be nice to find a present for my 2yo girl. And of course, the best for her was to have her own baby just like Mom! That in mind I began looking after lovely Waldorf dolls on etsy and I found out that it might be not so difficult to make one by myself... I finally ordered a kit from a great french doll maker (Bulle de Gum) and it came with all the supplies and a very well done booklet. In the end it was long, very long, but totally doable. And I loved so much to... [Lire la suite]
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30 janvier 2013

Simple, easy, fast, nice, cheap, pink and puffy shorts

After my first painful sewing attempt, I wanted something SIMPLE and EASY and FAST and... NICE of course. I found all this with the wonderful patterns from Ah Non Pas Elle. They come in PDF. They're also very CHEAP. Just GREAT. I tried the cute little shorts called Sweet Boudoir. I love the shape, both puffy and classy, the idea of the belt that turns in suspenders and the finishing touches are perfect (french seam and bias tape everywhere). I know I am repeating myself but just to be sure it is written in your mind: the perfect... [Lire la suite]
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26 janvier 2013

First steps...

First thing I learned: when you want to enter the Homemade world, it's good to choose a pattern that matches your skills. A year ago, I had absolutely none. And after spending hours drooling over nice blogs, I found a cute french pattern from Her Little World: a raglan blouse with nice pleats on the front (Délicate tunic): not too difficult, not too simple either... The very first time I turned on my brand new sewing machine, I realized it would have been wiser to work with a simpler pattern, and most importantly with very... [Lire la suite]
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26 janvier 2013

Maman les ptits marteaux... but France is not enough!

I just opened my blog a few days ago... I mean my french blog, the one called "Maman les ptits marteaux..." after a kid song, and after my favourite tool: my hammer. But I don't use it a lot these days because I am not a geologist anymore. Well, not right now.... If I had to choose what I am, I would say a Mom (and that's already big enough, right?) and a sewer. A passionate mom and a passionate sewer.  I only began sewing a year ago and since then I've been hooked, body and soul. When I started my blog I naturally did it in... [Lire la suite]
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