Slow fashion october

mercredi 4 octobre 2017

 Slow fashion october is a concept created by Karen Templer of Fringe association : here is how she describes it on her blog :

"I still think the best description I’ve ever given of this event is the one in the @slowfashionoctober profile: “A celebration of the small-batch, handmade, second-hand, well-loved, long-worn, known-origins wardrobe.” Slow fashion, to me, is all of those things — from the thrift-store find to the me-made to the special purchase, and everything in between. Slotober is meant to be fun, thoughtful, enlightening and challenging, and has been for the past two years, so I’m looking forward to this year’s conversation."

I don't think I even noticed this event in the past years, but this year it did strike a cord and I do want to be a part of it, even in my humble , very slow way!

This school year has started very differently from the last one, leaving me more time to breath and more energy to give to myself and my creativity. Time to think also, and wonder what I want to do creatively. And also time to be inspired by others, which is so important to me. 

One of the first topic for conversation given to us by Karen is "WHO?" :  here is how she puts it:
 "THE WEEK ONE TOPIC IS: WHO. As in not only who are you (i.e. introductions) but who has influenced or inspired you to think or do differently with regard to clothing yourself, and in what way? And if you’ve set any goals or plans for yourself this month, include them in your introduction!"

 And here is my answer:
I have been making part of my clothes and my children's for 5 years now. I find great joy in the process. I also started knitting 2 years ago. It liberates me, it empowers me and it heals my soul. 

However, I realized in the last 2 years, that I had not always "made" things for the right reasons: there was a lot of ego and pride involved, trying to impress others. It kind of burnt me out after a while. I used to spend so much time sewing all the new cool patterns, trying all the most recent fabrics.And blogging a lot.  But it took me away from my family. It took too much of my time. I am not saying it a bad thing to sew intensively or to blog regularly. A lot of other crafters do it brilliantly. But it didn't work for me: my job, my kids, our daily rhythms and my own personality are not fit for this kind of frantic creativity.

Now I knit and I sew when I have time. I  do it for myself, I don't always share everything I make. I do it slowly, one stitch at a time, 15 minutes here, 20 there. It took ages to put this outfit together. But I feel good about it because it didn't take time away from other important things. And it is still here, perfect as it humbly is. It reflects my style at the moment, my desire for comfort and beautiful materials, my love for oldfashioned designs and soft colors.

I also only recently became aware of the importance of considering what type of fabric or yarn I am using, where it is coming from and how much I am buying. I don't want my craft to be another source of ecological or economical burden.

I have became conscious of these aspects of my crafts thanks to a few ladies, mainly people I am inspired by online. To name a few:
- Ute  from ute_ig 
- the talented Hilary from entropyalwayswinsblog: she is a true artist and she creates every thing with meaning and thoughtfulness. 
- Ashley Yousling and her ever inspiring Woolful podcast
- the very talented and utterly cool Meg Mcelwee from Sew Liberated : her style, her patterns and her philosophy of creativity is a number one for me this year.  I actually found my "wardrobe sewing mojo" back after reading a few posts form her blog.
- of course and forever: my dear Rachel of Stitched together, for her love of making and the way she still finds time for her creativity in the midst of raising and teaching her 5 beautiful children.
 - and many others. Our fiber community is a beautiful one: there is so much talent and so much support. 

These women are such a great source of inspiration for me: they teach me that creating is not another way of consuming. They teach me that we can knit and sew in a thoughtful way, a way that is good for our world, our community and our souls. 

So here is my first outfit for Slow Fashion october:
  • a Cleo skirt: pattern by Made by Rae: as per usual a great pattern with great explanations and lovely details. 
  • fit: I chose a size XS because I was between XS and S and Rae recommended using the smaller size on her sew along. 
  • I used a 14 inches elastic and it works great for me
  • I used a french made linen that is so soft and oldfashioned looking, I am in love
  • I added contrasting pockets in Atelier Brunette Gauze
  • I made a view A but I lengthened it to under my knees.

 And I added this Schooltunic pattern by Sew Liberated, in gauze and the same linen:
  •  I really wanted to achieve the same kind of look as Meg's one , so I made a size 10-12 instead of my normal 6-8.
  • I chose the 3/4 sleeves

 I am wearing my old boots and a Top I bought years ago.

 I love that I look like a school teacher from the 19th century with the tunic and skirt layered.

Well that's it for me folks!
Have a great October, enjoy the weather and wonderful colors.

Quilting bee à la française: mon joli mois de Mai ...

lundi 1 mai 2017

 Please note: I am not the inventor of this block: I found a tutorial for it here. 
But as it is in English and that I am using this block for a french quilting Bee, I am basically making a new tutorial in french for my fellow bee quilters!
I am planning for a quilt for my boy's room and he chose this design! what can I say, he has awesome tastes!
So here is my version of this block, in french!

A noter: je ne suis pas "l'inventeur" de ce block. C'est un block d'improvisation très courant pour lequel j'avais trouvé un tutoriel en anglais ici. 
Mais comme je propose ce block à mes amies quilteuses de notre cercle de couture française, je me permets de proposer ici ma version française d'un turotiel de ce bloc. Les photos sont donc les miennes, ainsi que les explications.

Le but est de créer un bloc final qui mesurera 12.5 pouces de haut  x  20 pouces de long.
Ce bloc est en fait constitué de 2 blocs : dont les mesures finales (avant assemblage ensemble)  sont:
- bloc 1: 12.5" X 7.5"
-bloc 2: 12.5" X  13 "
ATTENTION: toutes les dimensions sont en pouces (inches).

les couleurs:
-le fond est constitué de bleu unis ou à petits motifs "masculins " et modernes. On peut utiliser toutes les nuances de bleu.
-les croix sont faites de tissus coupés en bande de 1" qui peuvent être aussi des assemblages de différents tissus: bleu, jaune, vert, rouge peuvent être utilisés.

  • bloc 1: 
- coupez un tissu de fond à 8.5" x 13.5" (13.5" étant la hauteur)

-choisissez un tissu pour la croix et coupez une bande de 1" qui soit assez longue pour faire les 2 diagonales.


- puis coupez dans une diagonale: cela n'a pas à être exactement la diagonale, il est sympathique de varier l'angle de la croix!

- assemblez endroit contre endroit avec la bande, un côté du fond puis l'autre.

 - puis couper le block dans l'autre diagonale:

 - et coudre la deuxième bande :
attention: pour être sûr que la branche de la croix soit bien alignée: cousez un premier côté, puis marquez l'endroit où les bandes se croisent . Utilisez ce repère pour épingler le dernier côté.

- enfin, recoupez votre block pour qu'il mesure 7.5" par 12.5"!

  • bloc 2: même processus mais, pour commencer, coupez un moreau de tissu de 14" x 13.5"(13.5 étant la hauteur) :

 - choisissez le tissu pour la croix, amusez-vous à assembler de petits bouts de tissus contrastants, sans mesurer...

- assemblez la première bande:

- puis la deuxième: toujours en marquant l'emplacement de la première bande et en l'alignant sur cette marque:

- enfin recoupez à 13" x 12.5"

-assemblez les 2 blocks: et voilà!!! vous devriez avoir un bloc de 12.5" de large x 20" de long:

Pour mes abeilles du quilting bee à la française: j'espère que ce block vous inspirera et que vous apprécierez la liberté de l'impro en quilt!
Merci à toutes , je vous embrasse!

Horse riding queen

mardi 18 avril 2017

Spring has sprung, and it is so good!
Many things make me happy these days, and one of them is my daughter's passion for horse riding and her great talent at jumping obstacles.
We went to that beautiful place in our area for her to attend a jumping competition.
The place was so beautiful. And so was my girl!

She rode like a queen on her little poney, it was the most amazing thing to watch. 

 She was so concentrated on her race, so focused ! It made me feel good to see her so determined.

 She has so many qualities and her strength gives me hope for her future.
I am hoping I am raising a future strong woman, determined, independant and kind.

 I have never made a handbag that I could use daily.
But I could not resist anymore making the Compass Bag by Noodlehead . I know I can trust her for making the best bag patterns ever! and this one does not disappoint. Everything falls into place perfectly, she gives great trips too. And all in all it is a pretty easy sew.
The only hard part was to find the proper hardware in France.

Voici ma version du Compass bag de Noodlehead. Un patron en anglais de très bonne qualité comme tous les patrons de cette créatrice. Le plus dur n'a pas été de coudre le sac mais de trouver les bons anneaux, crochets, ... J'ai eu du mal à trouver une boutique qui ait tout ce qu'il me fallait.
Si vous êtes en France et que vous connaissez une bonne boutique en ligne pour le matériel de fabrication des sacs , je suis preneuse!

 For the fabrics I chose some Les Fleurs Canvas and some Essex Yarn Dyed in Nautical for the pockets and the lining for more sturdiness.

  The lining is also made out of Essex Yarn Dyed. I did not include the zipper pocket but I am really proud to have installed this magnet closure!

 I chose the long adaptable straps.

 I have already adopted this bag and got lots of compliments for it!
On my computer I saved the photos under "compass bag #1" because I know there will be more versions of this pattern!

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