La Casa Cactus

Ideas and Threads

A golden Asta dress

Posted on Jun 19, 2017

It was not hot news that we had a family reunion, no, really…and I already had sewn my outfit for this day: my lovely flowery Asta dress (I wrote about it here) and a Blixen blazer (about my testing the blazer, here). But then, I changed my mind…2 days before the D-Day…and a golden Asta dress I sewed!!!

The pattern was already cut and altered, I had the PERFECT fabric in my stash ( a slinky knit with a subtle golden glittery aspect) and in about 2h30 (I took a break to get lunch!), I had my golden Asta in hands!!!

Not many pictures, just this one, with the Teen who was so “happy” to have to wear a suit AND a tie AND ‘real’ shoes (i.e. no red Converse sneakers!!!).

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Look at this Beausoleil!

Posted on Jun 12, 2017

I don’t usually sew a pattern multiple times, but Beausoleil is the exception since I adore that top!!! Really, this cold-shoulder feature paired with this cute mustache fabric is perfect (in my opinion!). Itch to Stitch really hit the ball out of the park for me on this one!

I got this lovely fabric from Paprika Patterns destash sale on IG and since then, I’ve kept it under close scrutiny for fear of some tween unexpected love for it…!!!Mommy got it, Mommy sew it, don’t even think about it…!

I made some quick alterations to the original Beausoleil pattern because I had no teal zipper and, during the testing phase (more about it here), I found out that I could put on/off the top without actually using the zipper. In short, size 8 bust blended to s.10 waist-hips and 1/2″ removed from the bodice length.

A bit too much fabric on the upper bust means that I need to alter something there for next Beausoleil (either gravity claimed its toll unexpectedly or I was wearing another bra when I tested) …and I plan a knit Beausoleil, out of ponte…so we keep in touch and I’ll be back soon with what I had to alter to make it work in knits.



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I’ll be honest and state from the beginning that I didn’t make the teachers’ gift this year…! I bought it from Bronze-N-Roses, a shop on A Little Market. I had already bought bracelets for me and one of my goddaughters there and I had been so pleased that I knew that I would buy again.

Look at these cuties!!!

Mine, obviously, there are cats on it!

So end of the schoolyear AND end of primary for Miss G…Junior school, here she comes. Last year, I had sewn Dopp-kits for the teachers, but I had no idea for this year! Since her teacher likes having earrings, I thought that those would be cute (they say “Thank you Ms!”)

The shipping fees are very low (for France at least, I don’t know if she ships global). And customer care is great: I always have some extras in the package. This time there were two hairclips. I *might* indulge in some earrings for me soon…!

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Itch to Stitch: Beausoleil Top

Posted on Jun 7, 2017

I love taking time to test patterns for me! The Beausoleil Top is the latest pattern by Itch to Stitch and, as always, I wasn’t disappointed! I’ve already tested quite a few of Kennis’s patterns and I’m in awe at how clever her patterns are. This one is no exception: I’m completely in love with it and, for once, really enjoyed having my pictures taken (I paired the Beausoleil with my ITS’s Liana Stretch Jeans…ITS-total look)!

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When I was a little girl, I started knitting scarfs, but never managed to bind them off since I kept losing or adding stitches! My great-grand-mother was the epitome of the perfect lady of her age (she was born in 1889 and died in 1991!) and knew crochet and knitting. It took me quite a long time to take up any wool-work, but at the age of 39, I started crocheting because I thought that knitting was too difficult to learn by myself.

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Wardrobe By Me: Summer Breeze Tunic

Posted on May 30, 2017

Just released, Wardrobe by Me‘s Summer Breeze Top is my new favorite for the summer. Light and flowy, it can be sewn either with wovens or knits!!! You know my love for Wardrobe by Me’s patterns so…here’s my take on this new top that’s part of the blog tour organized by Christina, the awesome designer behind Wardrobe By Me!

And first thing first: GIVEAWAY!!! Every day, leave a comment on the Facebook page Wardrobe by Me Pattern Support under the post of the day and you may win some awesome patterns!!!

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Oh, sweet Juliet!

Posted on May 24, 2017

Dear Miss G really had a blast when she discovered our old CD’s…She instantly fell in love with a old French musical called “Romeo and Juliet” and sang one of the songs to the top of her lungs for days…!

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Posted on May 10, 2017

I never thought that knitting would bring me so much joy!

I may be a slow (very slow!) knitter, but I find the steps to knitting a garment so soothing, even if I make mistakes, even if I have to start again (and again…and again!).

With knitting I can be among my family whereas sewing puts me in my guestroom/sewing-room:laundry room…

Sewing is also more time-consuming to me. I don’t like stopping right in the middle of, say, a pocket or a waistband whereas I can stop knitting in the middle of a row and start again a bit later.

I’m so happy to be able to knit things for me (and for others too) apart from socks or hats.

I love wearing what I knitted (and a bit proud too…!)

Here’s I’m knitting a Humphrey Cardi whilst wearing my Gustav Cardi (I blogged about it here). I’ve got a thing for blue…

Knitting is soothing, especially when feeling the scrumptiousness of yarn. Drops Karisma is the yarn on my needles right now for Humphrey and I’m in love with the 1*1 ribbing. So soft, I can’t wait to wear this cardi.

I love learning new things and I felt a superstar when understanding how to knit the (future) pockets. I had a bit of a ‘bleh’ moment when I carried my yarn BEHIND my work but then, thanks to the magics of the Internet, I found the perfect video that explained everything to me.

I’m eager to go and find the loveliest buttons for Humphrey and then I’ll knit Sigrid (instead of Marcello because we’re going into summer, aren’t we?!?).

So the BIG question is: what color should I choose for Sigrid??? Oh, how I love asking this type of question (no black, my cats have white fur!)!!! A new project is always fun.



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