lundi 25 juillet 2011

Newsboy cap

 So here's what I've been working on for the past few days. It's two  upcycled little newsboy caps, or gavroche hats, or Huck Finn hats, whatever you want to call them.  I made them in a 2-4 year size.

So I started from this, a woman's tweed vest (sorry the picture is blurry):

And this (tweed winter coat):

And ended up with this for the first one:

And this with the second one: 

You can clearly notice that the two are slightly different. it's intentionnal. Only the finishing touch was done differently, creating two totally different styles!

I admit it, these two were made from a pattern. It's by Sew Liberated. So of course, I won't sell these.  Very nicely made pattern actually. But there are a few things I would change. I'll try to make a different version eventually, and see what happens.

And If you're wondering about the little ''head'' I'm using, it's a papier maché head model I made to verify the size of my hats. It's basically a baloon that has been blown up to the desired size, and then I applied about 5 layers of papier maché (bits of newspaper with a mix of flour and water for the glue),  letting it dry in between every layer. In the end, I applied a bit of white acrylic paint to make it pretty. 

Updates and Mr. Paddington

Hi there! Sorry it's been a while! I've been a llittle busy this week. I've been working on some old-fashionned newsboy caps, or gavroche hats. More on that later.

As I said earlier, I'm also thnking of making a period costume, probably Regency. The only thing is that I already have loads of fabric, and the challenge will be to make something with the fabric I already have, without buying anything else. To be continued...

Also, I have re-opened my Etsy shop, please stop by and have a look! Some more stuff will be added soon.

Now, for Mr. Paddington. It's a contract I had about a year ago and I wanted to show it.

This lady friend of my mother's had this Mr. Paddington stuffed toy for over 30 years, and it ended up loosing all his clothing, except for the wellies. So she asked me if I could make him a new coat and hat. Here's what it ended up looking like:

The pictures aren't that good but I'm quite pleased with the result. I didn't use any pattern to make the coat, I just measured the bear and drew some pattern pieces. I used some kind of crafting felt, and put two layers to give the coat a nice shape. Anyway, that lady was really happy with how it turned out! 

samedi 16 juillet 2011


Well, I've been home for a few days now. I'm still getting adjusted to the jet lag and getting my things organized, but I'll be posting some more soon. I'm seriously thinking of making a Regency outfit. As soon as I get my things together and manage to buy a pattern and some fabric I'll do it. I'm also going to re-open my etsy shop soon, and I've got a few children's clothing projects lined up as well.  Stay tuned!

lundi 11 juillet 2011

Bye Bye Bali

Today is my last day in Bali. We (my mom, sister, and I) leave for the airport late tonight, and after 33 hours of travelling and waiting in airports, we'll be back in Montreal! We stayed in Bali for two months, and it was unforgettable. Here are my posts about Balinese costumes and traditionnal wear. You can also read all abour our trip (and see the pictures) on our travel blog. I'm not sure if I'll ever come back, but I'm really grateful for everything that happened here!

Here are just a few pictures!

mango juice! mmmmm

My mom and sis at a live portrait session

By the sea

Rice fields

Byebye Bali!

samedi 9 juillet 2011

The Duchess

I just re-watched ''The Duchess'' with Keira Knightley. Great film. And, of course, the costumes are magnificent. Every single one of them. Anyway, I just had to make a post about it! Here are just a few pictures of some of the costumes!

Love the Chemise dress!

I don't really like the cut of that one, but that green silk is just gorgeous!

And Just for fun, here is a painting of the real Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. So pretty!

Thanks to the costumer's guide for the pictures.

mercredi 6 juillet 2011


First of all, I have a little announcement: I'm going back home! We've been in Bali (you can read all about our trip in our travel blog) for almost two months now, and, with a little help from Indonesia's really expensive visa renewal policy, we decided to go back to Canada. I don't even know why they do that. They ask you over 150$ per person just to stay in the country, but in the end, people like us just end up leaving. We call it the ''kick the tourist out of the country'' policy. Anyway, there's no place like home, right? And it's gonna feel good to see my sewing machine again, too!

I'm also starting to run out of yarn. I had filled half of my little backpack with yarn, and now it's all been knitted. And since I make a lot of baby hats, these never take the whole skein, so I was left with a lot of leftovers. Not enough for a big hat, and too much for just a pair of baby booties. The solution? Newborn beanies! They really don't take a lot of yarn and it gave me the opportunity to experiment with different eyelet patterns. Anyway, here are some photos!

This one is actually the same as the blue beanie from this post. I didn't like the first version, it was too short and too wide, so I entirely re-did it, with a new eyelet pattern! I like this one much better.

This one isn't a newborn beanie. I had barely enough yarn left for one mitten, so I made a teeny beanie. I probably fits on a 8-9 inch doll

Here it is next to the newborn size one. 

samedi 2 juillet 2011

Prom and gala dresses

In the same line as the few last posts, here are some more of my past confections. I have had a few prom dress contracts, and here are some photos!

If you appear in one of these photos and do not want to, just tell me and I'll remove them.

chiffon and crepe Gala dress

cotton and chiffon gala dress

eyelet, chiffon and cotton gala dress

This one is a prom dress in a sort of ''ancient greek'' style made of satin

my sister's prom dress. It's made of chiffon woth cotton lining. You can't see because of the hait but it's sleeveless.

There is also a braided belt. It's simply three long fabric strips all braided together. 

simple satin prom dress

The pictures are not that good, but I don't have any really good photo of these dresses. Most of these were made in 2010. There are two or three more of these dresses, but I don't have any photos. 

I would have made one for my own prom in 2008, but I didn't even attend so it would have been useless...