not so lazy

Stuffed hearts and pompoms necklace 2014-09-16 08:52

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This little necklace is so cute I just want to make many of them and give them away for a birthday, or just to say thank you.
my neighbors, little Elvira and her parents, were so nice when they gave Lucía Elvira’s now-too-small rain trousers without wanting anything back for it.
The rain trousers are the perfect size for Lucía, who’s still growing steadily (as her hair, that seem to grow a few centimeters every night! I even need to cut her bangs every other week, like her nails. Why does that never happen to me, why??)
I felt inspired by this unexpected gift and started to think about a nice present for Elvira.
Stuffed heart and pompoms have been on my mind for a while (since I discovered talented designer Tsumori Chisato and her dreamy universe) and they turned out being a necklace this time, for sweet Elvira.
More of them soon!

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The office tee – african print 2014-06-29 20:58

I love the idea of a dressed up tee – one you can totally use at the office.
This one comese from a pattern from Aenne Burda re-edited in Burda style magazine in their january 2013 issue and they really are timeless!

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Simple top with dots 2014-05-02 20:40


I believe that strong prints work best with simple designs. The bold dots on this simple and loose top will work wonder with skinny pants.

The best part is, this is a very easy top to make. As I wanted the top to have a loose fit, I just used a basic pattern for a short sleeved kimono top and added 2 more centimeters for a looser fit. Adjusting the pattern to your own measurements is not so important when it has a loose fit.


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Smart sofa with pockets 2014-03-17 21:00

A kid’s bedroom can quickly turn into boxes full of books or toys… We decided to get some help from our sofa.

Initially in a white/cream color that didn’t work at its best with the white walls, we bought a bright blue fabric with bird prints and made a new sofa cover that includes pockets on the 2 sides and front.
Plenty of room to keep books and small toys!

Both the sofa and the bird fabric are from Ikea.

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Baby pants with dots 2014-01-06 15:30


Colorful dots and white for easy winter pants… Lucía’s starting to be interested in pockets, it’s so fun to put shells, small toys, hands in them!

More baby pants here.


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Fitted african print dress 2013-12-15 23:18


A bright african fabric for the color happy wedding of Anma & Nico at a circus last month.
This is the first garment I made after my own measurements. It may have taken a lot more time compared to making a dress out of standard measures, but it’s really worth the effort!

The dress fits perfectly and it just makes all the difference. It makes you look leaner and puts the emphasize on the features that you want to. The comparison between a standard size and a custom made garment is mostly striking for a dress, as most people have actually 2 sizes: one for the top and a different one for the skirt. So it’s usually quite difficult to find a perfectly fitted dress from the ones made out of standard sizes.

So here are the 5 steps to make a perfectly fitted dress:

1-Take your own measurements, all of them… It’s a set of 13 different measures for a dress without sleeves, and there’s no skipping even one of them!

2-Do your paper work… Build the top and skirt pattern (that way you can easily reuse them separately for tops, skirts or combine them for a dress). You can either build the patterns from scratch according to your measurements, or take an existing standard size pattern that you like and adapt it. Always take the pattern that is closest to your own measurements, that way it’s easier to only adjust the parts you really need. Also, it’s easier to build the pattern first in a reduced size by using a 1/4 ruler, and then to use a real ruler and reproduce it full size on paper.

3-Prototype… If you’ve already come that far in the process, you probably won’t mind spending 1h more to try and test your design on a fabric similar to the one of your final version, but not as expensive. This is important especially if you want to achieve a close fit – you definitely want to ensure that the pattern fits you perfectly! I used old skirts from my boyfriends to test the pattern of the top of the dress as I made quite some adjustments to fit me. Your the best judge here! And as you try on your prototype, be impartial when it comes to readjusting the pattern. All the work you put in achieving the perfect fit to your body will very soon pay off!

4-Ready, set, sew!… That’s it, once you’re happy with your final pattern, you can finally cut your fabric and sew your garment, as you would normally directly from a pattern.

5-Enjoy… as you feel and see the difference of a custom made dress! This is the best part as you feel and see the difference of a custom made dress :-). And of course reuse your personalized patterns as much as you want!

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Baby hairband #2 2013-11-24 21:02


I’ve been busy lately with sewing birth presents for friend’s baby (and starting a new job, 100%… and taking care of Lucía and Romain…Though they’ll tell you that they are the ones taking care of me :-)

Anyway, here is the latest present, ready to be wrapped and sent!

It’s made of the african fabric I used to sew a dress for a circus / color theme wedding we attended lately (more of that soon). Very bright colors for a beautiful and bright little girl in Montpellier!

See more hairbands for little ones and grown ups here.

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Baby pants – african print fabric 2013-10-31 13:29

Jade, Jules and Célestin, your pants are on their way! Hope you like them.

The african fabric comes from a market in Mimizan in the south west of France, and the pattern I used to make them is the same as for this and this model.

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Baby hairband 2013-10-24 23:00


A baby version of this hairband. Playful, colorful, happy!

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Big bag for small little things 2013-10-18 16:59

This is a big version of the traveler’s friend that I use to put the many baby clothes and accessories that we need when we travel: socks, hats, bibs, scarves, bodies, cardigans, trousers, tops, you name it!


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