54 – Sewing Tutorial – Heidi Style Dress

I made this dress thinking of apron-like dresses. A friend of mine told me it looked more like an dress belonging to Heidi of the Alps. SIZES M to L (10 to 12)– The dress is worn tight at the top and ample below the chest. It is composed of three kinds of silk fabric: […]

53- Sewing Tutorial – “Jane Austen” Dress Pink Skirt and Flower Top

I made this very pink dress with a longing for the French Second Empire dresses and the world of Jane Austen. SIZES 10 TO 12 / S TO M  – The dress is worn tight at the top, and rather ample at the bottom. This dress is composed of two kinds of silk fabric: for […]

52- Sewing Tutorial – Cape Dress with vase painting in the middle

A cape-overcoat inspired me to design this cape dress. It makes me think of a flying squirrel.   1- THE TRUNK SIZES S TO XL – 8 TO 14 – The dress is worn ample. The main part, the trunk, is composed of two kinds of fabric in silk: an orange one (3 panels of […]

50 – Sewing Tutorial – Upcycled kimono bird dress

I have made this dress for my mum’s birthday. The bird is magnificent and I wanted to show it off. The delicate character of the pattern in the background has enabled to support the grandeur of the bird. The rest of the kimono fabric should yield two more dresses and they will be nice and […]

48 – Sewing Tutorial – Patchwork dress with kimono silk

  This dress is composed of fabric strips that were left from a kimono I had almost used up. The front and the back consist of strips of different width. On each side, one long strip (18 cm wide) covers the front and the back. At the center, two smaller strips (18 cm and 9 […]

47 – Sewing Tutorial – Large top with cleavage made from sleeves

    This kind of top is rather large and can fit someone with a size between the French sizes 38 and 44. The sewing allowance  (the space between the edge of the fabric and the sewing) is narrow: 0.5 cm. For a tighter effect, enlarge it.   Fold two pieces of kimono sleeves of […]

45 – Tips and Hints – How to attach a bias tape

  Here is my first dress. I have chosen the easiest pattern of a book. The dress is riddled with beginner’s flaws but there’s one thing I am happy with – the attachment of the bias tape. If you wish to preserve the length of your dress as much as possible, attaching some bias tape […]

35 – Butterfly-Ribbon Dress

Upcycled Kimono dress- I am rather happy with this dress, with a mao-style collar and a sixties touch… It is made out of polyester, but when you touch it, the fabric does not look artificial. I have lengthened the collar ribbon, which enables to make a kind of belt tied under the chest. You cannot […]

34-TIPS AND HINTS : Lined Sleeves

When you reach a certain level, it is much more stylish to not let people catch a glimpse of the reverse of the unlined fabric. It is laborious to line the dress everywhere, lining the whole outfit gnaws some time and some fabric. Yet, some strategic spots deserve the investment, like the reverse of the […]

31- Super Patchwork Marguerite

Upcycled kimono – What can you make when you have loads of small patches sleeping in your cupboard? A marguerite.   The “marguerite” is the name given to the bolero by the Japanese people. This model is composed of the last patches of a silk kimono. I have used most of the fabric to make […]