La Casa Cactus

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Back to School Shopping Spree

Posted on Aug 13, 2017

Last Tuesday, Miss G and I had a Mommy-and-Me shopping spree! Actually SHE had a shopping spree (I just had to buy some -boring- school stuff). The French economy really bounced back that day thanks to what she bought!

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A maxi dress for the win! Terri hit the ball out of the park with the Studio pattern. For the price of one pattern, you get plenty of possibilities!!! Jumpsuit, jumpshorts, dress, maxi, 2 bodices etc.

I had to test the maxi and View A. I fell in love with View A instantly because it enhances the shoulder line beautifully.

Studio Maxi Dress (Sew Straight and Gather), La Casa CactusLook at my lovely earrings (I’m fond of this Etsy shop, Bronze-N-Roses!)

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Itch to Stitch: Oceanside Dress

Posted on Jun 27, 2017

Let me introduce you to the Oceanside Dress pattern by Itch to Stitch. This year’s a dress year for me (yeah!!!) so I couldn’t resist testing this knit dress with many intesreting details like hthe inset at the front necklline and those cute raglan sleeves.

Navy stripes and red stars screamed “Vintage editing” for …

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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…!


EDIT (07/12/2017): A Little Market will go out of business by August, 31…so sad…BUT Bronze-N-Roses opened a shop on Etsy, yeah!

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