There is nothing wrong with my spelling, in case you were wondering, just a bit of French. It’s also a little nod to a song that sends me back to my childhood (I’ll add the video at the end) and I thought it made for a cute pun – keep on reading to see where I’m coming from.
So why am I turning Francophone on you all of a sudden?
Well, it’s because I am taking part in my second ever blog tour (the activewear one a few weeks ago was the first) for a new to me French pattern company, called Pm-Patterns. I have waxed lyrical about how much I love Indie French patterns and so when I saw the call for the blog tour, I jumped right on it. I was very pleased to be chosen, so here I am sharing my make with you.
So let me tell you more about Pm-patterns… (and make sure you read until the end for a Giveaway!!)
The designer behind the brand is called Karine and she initially started the brand as Papillon & Mandarine (Butterfly and Tangerine for the English speakers), dedicated to kidswear patterns. She is a mum of two lovely little girls, so that came naturally. However, at the request of her customers, she branched out into ladies patterns, with the same ethos of creating patterns that are well designed and easy to sew, and so the brand morphed into Pm-Patterns. The blog tour is supporting the relaunch and her translating the patterns into English and making them available for sewers from around the world.
I really liked all the designs, they do have that French flair, but as this year I am planning on sewing more separates, I chose a very cute top pattern, called Mademoiselle Gus (therefore the pun in the title).
The pattern is really great, with some awesome details, like the keyhole and tie closure on the back, the tabbed sleeves and the forward yoke with gathers instead of the darts. It’s a nice and easy pattern, but I could not just go with it and enjoy the simplicity. No siree, not this one.
So what do I go and do? Only choose the slinkiest, sheerest fabric in my stash. I have been trying to find a use for this fabric for ages, I got it in 2013, if you can imagine, deep stash shopping or what? BTW, a shout out to the #makeyourstash challenge by Kate from Time to Sew and Pillar from Pillar_Bear on IG. I felt that the pattern would benefit from the drapyness, so I decided to be brave and test my skills, as well as learn a few new tips for sewing with sheers.
As I said, the pattern is really easy to sew, with all the pieces matching beautifully. I used French seams throughout, including the sleeves, which were inserted flat. I made two deviations from the instructions, which were very clear and the English translation was really good too.
I omitted the bottom band, as I don’t particularly like that style of tops. I finished the bottom edge with a teeny tiny baby hem that I am really proud of, even if I do say so myself. I used a method I had seen on Pinterest before, but I fully understood using Sara Alm’s Sewing with Sheers class on Craftsy.
I also sewed the sleeve in half straight onto the shoulder seam, as I was using French Seams and the finish was really neat and clean. The instructions require you to hand sew the edge of the underneath layer to the edge of the shoulder sleeve seam allowance, but you know my deep aversion to hand sewing, so I chose my way instead. I think the end result is very close to what the designer intended.
I am very happy with my final garment, though I must admit that I will have to wear with a cami underneath for decency’s sake. My favourite details are the ribbons on the back and the drapey sleeves held back with the tab and I think the fabric choice was great to highlight them.
- Pm-Patterns Mademoiselle Gus Top, size 38
Disclaimer: Pattern was sent to me for free by Pm-Patterns for review. All opinions my own.
- Poly chiffon from the stash, originally from Abakhan
- Omitted the hem band and replaced with a narrow hem
- Maybe try the band version
I love it! I am looking forward to finding another suitable fabric to make it again.
Before you go please check out the other bloggers participating in the blog tour.
Pm-Patterns Blog Tour
- March, 13th: La Casa Cactus/ Lilla-Gumma/ My Sewing Roots
- March, 14th: Sew Sew Ilse/ Threadistry/ Seams Sew Lo
- March, 15th: Sprouting JubeJube/ Sewrendipity/ Sewvolution
- March, 16th: Sewing Vortex/ OakBlue Designs/ AusChick
- March, 17th Octaves of Color
HERE’S THE GIVEAWAY!!
And let’s not forget the video I promised. Enjoy Patricia Kaas and all the 80s glory!
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