Monday, 30 January 2017

Vientiane Skirt & Toaster 1

Itch to Stitch Vientiane-skirt (November) and Sew House 7 Toaster 1.
The roomy turtleneck neckline is flattering either folded in half, slouched, or upright, it depends on the fabric and I was wearing a teeny sterling silver necklace which flops over the top.

I love this skirt and it works just as well with a sporty top as it does with a smart shirt or pretty blouse. The flare of the skirt makes it easy to walk, play with the dogs and cycle in!
I originally purchased the 'vanilla pod' cotton jersey for a Hepburn turtleneck last February but then folded it away and forgot about it,  It's soft and easy to coordinate. Size M.
I'll make another in hot pink French terry.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Surgiton Calanques - Landscapes

From Marseille, walk to Castellane and take the 21 Bus to Luminy (last stop). Walk through the National Park and follow the arrows, we walked to the top view point of Surgiton then around the  white limestone Puget Cliffs and hiked down to the calanque. The views of the mountains, greenery and water were spectacular. I wish we had time to see the other calanques too! 

 It was like the land before time.
View of Morgiou Calanque. Take the 22 bus to go there.
Snapped a cool pic of my friend in the right!
 I am sure the water will look more turquoise in summer. I couldn't quite capture it on camera.
 It was cold in this part as the cliffs shaded the sun.
Couldn't decide which calanque to visit but I was very happy with Surgiton! I would like to go to Cassis to see the Calanques En Vau, and see the Gorge Verdon which is accessible by bus 30 minutes from Marseille airport.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Bonn Shirt, Les Calanques

I loved wearing this shirt, it was the perfect (and comfortable) accompaniment to the best place I've ever visited in Europe! Surgiton Calanque. 
The top view was amazing!
 After hiking down to the Calanque. I could do with an extra invisible button at the bust line on this one.
For the next Itch to Stitch Bonn I will choose long sleeve and a flowing white fabric. I loved the fit of my polyester cream s/s version and the cotton version is still nicely shaped. The cotton is ideal for warm days or trekking! Blouse patterns are my favourite for a tried and tested as you don't have the fitting issues that come with store-bought shirts such as tight arms or bust and there's something special in the handstitching finishing touch. I imagine this shirt looks great in any print because it has a simple and neat neckline. A Hawaiian shirt would be fun!
This shirt has a mandarin collar and a beautiful relaxed fit. Cotton from a small shop in Nice, France (made in France).  I used tortoiseshell-marble buttons. The all-in-one shirt facing is interfaced with light interfacing. with the seam edge stitched and the shirt front understitched. I loved sewing this (one evening) and it has the perfect neckline for a pretty pendant. This is my second version. Size 4-C. You can't see the sleeve cuff detail to well with this print, they are folded twice, and then folded up from the front and topstitched close to the edge. I learnt in 2015 not to sew poplin raglan tops anymore, but shirts are fine!

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Hepburn Turtleneck in Aix en Provence

Aix en Provence! It cost 16 Euros return from Marseille. I think Cassis would be better to visit personally as you can see the Calanques En Vau! I wore Hepburn-turtleneck-digital-sewing-pattern-pdf over a white vest. The fabric is very stretchy and drapey but it has excellent recovery - it just was rolled up in these photos.
 A little walk through the centre ville with Ratatouille!
Towards Paul Cezanne's childhood home
View from on the hill, Le Terrain des Peintres
A new friend for Puppy!
Marseille train station Hepburn photos!