Bonjour mes amis,
A few months ago my talented friend Kerry posted the Grains the Couture book over her Instagram. She posted a picture of an amazing trench coat. Instantly in love with that pattern. I girl must have a few trench coats for spring showers, don’t you think? Two clicks later I bought it with some left over christmas money.
Je ne parle french. Granted, everyone that speaks latin derivate languages has an advantage of understanding some. I could just ask my french speaking friends or look at the dictionary. No boundary for style.
The book offers both female and male sewing patterns. Yeahhh! I only have 3 men patterns in my stash (Newcastle cardigan/Albion Coat/ Cooper bag) so it was great for me to stash a few more for Hrh to pick. Each of the patterns offer a few variations, like tops into dresses etc…
|Source: Grains de Couture. Photos made by Vanessa BUREAU|
The patterns come in a hard paper, printed double sided and nested (colour coded). I cannot comment on the written instructions but the illustrations were so clear I used it as my only reference. Very impressed!
The fabric I used is a delicious wash linen. Pure luxury. I was drawn to it. My intention was getting some V&A Liberty during my visit to Fabric Galore for a complete unrelated project.
I even asked for your opinion on which one to pick. Wasn’t until a little bit of bantering with Michael and the Boss (who doesn’t take pictures), the talk about the advantages of sewing and wearing natural fabrics that this wrinkle resist fabric touched my hand.
Forget plans, forget fabric shopping ban. Give me that fabric. As I was almost running with the whole bolt out of the shop when guys decided it would be fun to set me a challenge.
|Michael and my fabric|
Make something that highlights how beautiful this fabric drapes with a design feature you haven’t made it yet.
Went home and decided to pull out my new shiny book. The diamond blouse totally fits this criteria. Loose fitting, pleats on the kimono sleeves, keyhole and cross back. Perfect fabric and pattern match!
I originally cut size 40 without realising the pattern doesn’t have seam allowance- opps, Luckily size 38 fits me perfectly. I still had to shave a little of the back.
Ivanne said that I could tack the crossing but I didn’t need to. The front button is self covered with contrasting linen.
I have a thing about not sewing kimono sleeves because of the excess fabric near the bust but as this pattern has pleats and is loose fitting, the overall shape looks good. I’m very pleased with this make.
The high low hem suits both loose fitting and fitted bottoms.
This is already packed to Brasil, where I’m hoping to take better pictures in the winter sun. Holiday cannot come quick enough!