[sewing] Sewaholic Gabriola Skirt

We’ve seen maxi skirts make a great come back these last few years and of course I couldn’t resist after seeing all the beauties over the internet. There are more and more patterns being released and it gets easier to find exactly what you’re looking for. I knew I didn’t want a knit skirt so I had to chose between two candidates: the Gabriola by Sewaholic Patterns or the Fumeterre by Deer and Doe. Looking at the techical drawings, I found the first one to be more interesting and with a more flattering overall silhouette.

Sewaholic Patterns – Gabriola

Dee and Doe – Fumeterre

The skirt panels of the Gabriola flare out a little, which means the swoosh factor will be better than a simple elongated A-line skirt.


I found the fabric when we went to Bennytex with my friend Catherine. It is a stretch cotton, maybe a gabardine and I chose the matte side of the fabric, which I think was originally the wrong side. I hesitated between this solid colour and a print fabric but really wasn’t sure it wouldn’t be too much for me. The length of the skirt is already a statement in itself, so I thought I’d stay on the safe side.


As to the construction, there’s nothing very complex, especially since it doesn’t have pockets : a few panels, the yokes pieces, a zipper and the waistband. I’m not happy with what I did with the waistband – I should work on these, since I’m not really good at waistbands.

I still haven’t worn it a whole day, mostly because my tops don’t really go well with it. Since it’s a high waisted skirt, I would need a top that is fitted at the waist and not too long. Typically the kind of top I’ve stopped wearing after my pregnancy. I am going to think about it, I thought it could look good with a plain white t-shirt. What do you think?


Pattern :  Gabriola Skirt – Sewaholic Patterns / Fabric : stretch cotton, gabardine (?) from Bennytex / Size : 14-16 / Modifications : length shortened, waist cinched

  • What I liked most:

The overall line, the pattern pieces, the instructions.

  • What I liked less

The absence of pockets, the straight waistband, the difficulty in fitting the skirt.

I would add that I’m not used to wearing this kind of skirt, so I have to be very careful in the stairs, either when going up or going down,  but it’s inherent to this kind of skirt.


[podcast] episode 2: midnight blue

Welcome back for the 2nd episode of the podcast and thank you to all of you who left comments, I’m touched 🙂

[podcast] yeah for Episode 1!

I’m thrilled today to be broadcasting my first ever video podcast! I’ve been thinking about creating my own video podcast for a long time now and finally jumped into it. I knew next to nothing about video recording and editing but thanks to online research, youtube tutorials and the help of other poscasters, I did it! 🙂

Sorry for all the wiggling: I really need to stop moving my arms and shoulders like this when I’m recording 🙂 I’m not happy with the quality of the image and sound, so I’ve upgraded to a new camera and depending on the results, I might also invest in a little microphone. Please do send comments and feedback, I hope you enjoy it!

1/12/2016 edit: sorry but since posting this, Steph C from the Cake Patterns and 3 hours past the edge of the world seems to have closed her websites

Show notes

[other] Let’s digress with jewellery

Yes, it seems I have too much free time on my hands, I need to find another hobby such as jewellery! No seriously, the reason I made these is that I love earrings, I have loads of them and I want have many more. I had my ears pierced rather late (I was 22, my father had always said no) but I think I’ve made up for all this time without earrings by now.


When I went to the CSF fair in November with my friend Catherine, there were many booths selling jewellery items and how can you not be tempted to try some. In one of those booths, I don’t remember which, I picked up a little card of this online blog and shop: “Mon bijou facile” (you can translate it as ‘my easy jewel’). The blog offers tutorials for easy necklaces, bracelets and earrings and they sell everything in the little online shop. What’s not to love?! As I’m not particularly creative, I copied the tutorials with the same exact colours 🙂 So far I’ve made one bracelet, one necklace and 4 pairs of earrings. And I’m going to make many more.



As for overdiversification, it’s not getting any better: after seeing this photo on Instagram, I had to order a Constellation Quilt Kit by Haptic Lab. If you don’t know them already, go and see their work, it’s amazing! And no, I’ve never made a quilt, but I can always learn, no 😉 ?


[knitting] FO: Millisande

Finally finished! Phew, that took ages… I started this jumper last August, hoping I could finish it in time for winter. Alas, it didn’t go according to the plan. Firstly because there are lots and lots and lots of cables, and no stockinette portion to rest your hands and brain. Secondly because I ran out of yarn when I only had about 10% of the knitting left (top part of the left front and collar). I had to purchase more yarn, secretly hoping the difference in dye wouldn’t show too much. Yes, because I didn’t tell you that this yarn has been sitting (or lounging) in my stash for four years now – so I had absolutely no hope that I could find the same dye lot. ah and back in 2012 when I ordered this yarn, for some reason it took more than 2 months (!) to reach my home. No way would I buy from the same shop.. 




I then crossed my fingers and lo and behold, the colour is really really close and I don’t think anyone can see the difference. However, the new yarn felt much thinner than the original one. I checked my ball bands to see if I had mistakenly ordered another yarn but no. The label design had been updated, but it was still my Drops Lima. Let’s have a closer check: nope, it’s not exactly the same. In the meantime Drops has apparently decided to change the yardage of the yarn. The difference is huge: it goes from 90 m (98 yds) for the old version to 100 m (109 yds) for the new version. I can assure you that you feel the difference! 




Thankfully, I can’t really see the difference in colour or thickness – but I promise I’ll try to use up my stash before the next century – or at least try to pick patterns with the right amount of yarn 🙂


  • pattern: Millisande – Ann McCauley published in Brooklyn Tweed Wool People vol. 8
  • yarn: Drops Lima colour 7810 – 17 balls


[knitting] Olive You Too baby cardigan

A little bit of knitting today, since I finished this cute little cardigan a few days ago. It is for a baby due at the end of February, so for once I’m on time! The pattern is Olive You Too by Taiga Hilliard, it’s a free pattern on Ravelry and it goes from 0-3 mo to 12-18 mo. Obviously I made the smaller size and used the rest of the Cascade 220 I had used for a blanket knitted last year for my nephew (unblogged of course, sigh).

Tricot pour bébé 2

It is a very quick knit if you don’t forget to account for the 2nd sleeve… It’s a top down cardigan and I had knitted right to the part where you separate sleeves and body and realised I only had one sleeve. Hum, so everything was frogged and started all over again.

The pattern is clear and easy to follow, except for the cable chart: the way it’s charted, you don’t know which way the cables are crossing so for begginners it could be a little hard to understand. Other than that, it’s quick and easy.

Tricot pour bébé 1

I didn’t want to bother with buttonholes so I knitted the whole cardigan and then added bias tape to make button bands and buttonholes bands and used some snaps to close everything. I like the clean result and I think new parents have other things to do than fiddle with buttons and buttonholes 🙂

  • Pattern: Olive You Too – Taiga Hilliard – free on Ravelry
  • Yarns & Needles: Cascade 220 (a little more than a skein) – 3.75 mm & 4 mm
  • Size: 0-3 mo
  • Modifications: omitted the buttonholes and used snaps

[sewing] Octobre Blazer Sew-along with Gail – part 2

I’ve made some nice progress on my blazer the last couple of weekends.


After adding the muslin stays, I’ve added the ones that are supposed to be in hair canvas which I didn’t have. The under collar is done as well as the reinforcement for the shoulders and all the elements of the front.





Next step was to sew the vertical seams, press and take care of the pockets and all that’s done!

Front lapels folded

Front lapels folded

I haven’t checked what the next step is but it Sunday evening and in leaving it all for next weekend: week time sewing is rare and usually involves less complex parts.

[sewing] Octobre Blazer Sew-Along with Gail – part 1

I’ve been wanting to do a proper blazer for a couple of years now, I enrolled on the Craftsy class about tailoring and received the pattern that goes with it (Butterick 4610) more than a year ago. Last August, I finally traced the pattern pieces and made a muslin but that was it. I think I was too scared to start it so it was just lying there in the cupboard where I leave all my UFOs?

And then Gail announced that Octobre was Blazer Month and she was hosting a sew-along where she specifically talks about machien tailoring. I hadn’t heard about machine tailoring before, so I’m thrilled to see there is a line between classic hand tailoring and plain fusible interfacing. She has already published many detailed post – it’s a huge job! so if you want to start a blazer but you’re a little worried about the process, now’s the time to start!

Adding the muslin stays

Adding the muslin stays

Thankfully my muslin for Butterick 4610 showed no major fitting issues and the only modification I made was to (as usual) grade a size up from the waist to the hip. The shoulders still look a little wide, but the pattern calls for shoulder pads so I think they will make a difference. If not, then tough, it’s only my first proper blazer.

My outer fabric is a wool blend, some kind of twill weaving which show fine stripes of red and yellowy-orange. My husband did not sound enhusiastic about the colour 🙂 I haven’t chosen my lining fabric yet, but Gail said that she cuts it at the very last moment so I still have some time to go and buy some nice fabric.

So far, I’ve cut the outer fabric, and the reinforcements in muslin and in a heavier and very stable woven stash fabric as I didn’t have hair canvas. As this fabric has absolutely no mechanical give, it should do the job. I have also basted my muslin stays to the outer fabric. The next step is to do the machine tailoring on the under collar. I do all these steps in small bites, my daughter is getting better at letting me sew whilst she’s awake, but there’s always something to do to help her, dress her doll, bring her to the toilet, etc. I don’t think in the end I’ll  be able to say how long it takes, because it will probably be about 4698 times 10 minutes!

[sewing] Sewing Lessons #1 and #2

This year I’ve decided to take sewing lessons at l’Atelier sur le Fil with Rébécca. I’ll be joining 8 other ladies on their 2nd year, and working on 1st year projects too. Lessons take place every tuesday from 8 to 10 pm.


Here are the fabrics chosen for the class projects : a kind of chambray for the skirt, with darts already pinned. Top right, the fabrics for my bag: black for the outside and pink for the inside

On my first lesson, I came unprepared and didn’t have all the right stuff such as pattern paper and a ruler. It brought bak to my mind memories of school year when you don’t really fit in! Thankfully, I was ready for the 2nd lesson and had everything on hand.



My class stuff

The first project for the 2nd year is a lined tote bag and I will do a 1st year project too: a simple A-line skirt. Other ladies have also started tracing a buttoned blouse pattern and I hope to join them soon. It’s great to be able to meet other sewing enthusiasts, to see different creations from the same pattern and to have some time for myself during the week! yes mister dad works far away and I have to do 80% of the “work” at home and caring for our daughter, so it’s a welcome creative break 🙂

[sewing] Jasper Sweater

Hi, I’m back after a very long summer break! As usual, I did continue sewing but forgot to blog about anything! Here is one of my latest makes: the Jasper Sweater by Paprika. It’s already been worn several times, and highly approved. I did the view without the hood as you can see – as much as I liked the hooded versions I saw, I don’t wear hoods.


The pattern is not very complex, but I did have some issues with the pocket welts. I really like the sleeve pattern, it has a very unusual shape. I also appreciated the fact that bigger sizes are made from a different block, resulting in two different files for the pattern.


For those of you not aware of it yet, this pattern comes as a sweater but also as a dress. I don’t think I’ll ever make the dress, as I’m not sure it will suit my body shape. I omitted the collar tab, as Carolyn did, primarily because I didn’t have the right button on hand. And finally I’m glad I didn’t sew it on, as I like being able to pull the collar up.


The fabric comes from Mamzelle Fourmi, it’s a moderately thick sweater fabric form Lillestoff and I really fell for its colour! It wasn’t too hard to match the stripes though obviously I didn’t succeed at every single one 🙂 I forgot to take pictures of the inside (might not be too bad considering the quality of the pictures), but I serged all my seams with a bright yellow thread for some nice contrast.


All in all I’m very happy with this sweater, it’s confortable, well fitted and a great colour! I just need to find a thicker sweater knit for the next version.

  • pattern : Jasper Sweater/Dress – Paprika Patterns
  • fabric: sweater knit Lillestoff – organic ribbing – Mamzelle Fourmi
  • total cost : pattern (12.36 €) + fabric (58.15 €) = 70.51 €