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Ideas and Threads

Oh I’m so sad that we’ve come to the close of our international Pm-Patterns blogtour. If you missed a day and want to have a look at our wonderful bloggers’ garments, please click on Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4. You will be amazed at their skills (well, I AM amazed by them!!!).


Pm-Patterns Blog Tour


Shelby (Octaves of Colors) will show you her COLOMBINE. What a great way to end our blogtour. Unfortunately, her website is undergoing some troubles today…!!!




I would like to thank my fellow seamstresses for who they are and how they so graciously took part in this blogtour. Thank you so much Alex, Crystal, Deborah, Diana, Ilse, Linnea, Lori, Narelle, Natasha, Rachel, Shelby, and Tanya (yes, I put them in alphabetical order…!!!). Thanks for helping us making the Pm-Patterns better known in the English-speaking world! You were great to work with.




Thank you Karine (Pm-Patterns) for your patterns and your friendship 😉


Stay tuned: tomorrow, I will tell you here the name of winner of ONE Pm-Patterns. You still have time to take part in the Rafflecopter giveaway.

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{Test} Perfect Tunic, Wardrobe by Me

Posted on Mar 17, 2018

I’ve been pattern testing a lot lately, but I cannot show most of them yet 😉 !

But today, let me show you the new tunic by Wardrobe by Me: the Perfect Tunic.


perfect tunic, wardrobe by me


{The Pattern}

As per usual with Wardrobe by Me, this pattern is layered. That means no need to print all the size,s you just check the size(s) you need.

The following options are available:

  • Straight hem
  • Curved hem
  • Long sleeve with straight hem
  • Long sleeve with a buttoned cuff


perfect tunic, illustrations(source)


So, you can play a lot with the options and sew a whole bunch of different Perfect Tunics.

That might sound like a detail, BUT you can use either knits or wovens for this garment.


perfect tunic, Wardrobe by Me

I chose the simplest version. It’s a rather quick sew. I say “rather” because you’ve got to be focused when sewing the collar, but that’s not too tricky.

Sleeve tabs are included and I love the look they give to the sleeve, a little something casual-chic.



The fabric I sewed is some navy-blue viscose and I added a touch of Liberty to the collar and tabs. I think they do well together.

You will need some fusible interfacing for the collar and tabs pieces (and some if choose to sew the cuffed version).

I think that the Perfect Tunic calls for fabrics with some drape. I was a bit afraid before sewing this viscose, because my Janome is very fabric-sensitive!! I used a size 80 regular Schmetz needle and it went very well.

{My Alterations}

I started with a EU 40 at the bust graded to a EU 42 below, but since that’s not a fitted tunic, I could have sewn a straight EU 40. Next time!

I shortened the length by 1″ since I’m way below the height the pattern is drafted for!



Oh YES! Next time, I’ll sew a EU 40 with a tad of shortening the shoulder seam. My plan is to add tulip sleeves for the spring/summer. I found a really good tutorial on Craftsy.


Any version you would like to sew or keen on seeing sewn?


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We’re almost at the end of our first international Pm-Patterns blogtour and so far, we’ve seen a bunch of wonderfully sewn garments. Have a look at Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 if you want to admire what’s already been published before.

I’m so pleased to have those talented ladies on board. A real blessing! Don’t forget that you can enter a giveaway when visiting their pages.

So today, I’m honored to present you Crystal (Sewing Vortex), Rachel (Oakbluedesigns), and Natasha (Auschick). They all chose a GUS or Mademoiselle GUS! That pattern will become a staple because it can be dressed up or down, sewn out of woven OR knit, and is a quick sew.


Pm-Patterns Blog Tour


Sewing Vortex

Crystal sewed her Mademoiselle GUS out of this lovely fabric. Have a look at her garment here.

Mademoiselle Gus


Oakblue Designs

Rachel‘s Mademoiselle GUS is stunning. This voile has the most amazing design and you will learn more about it here.


Mademoiselle Gus



At last, Natasha sewed a GUS. Isn’t this fabric awesome paired with this ribbon??? Read more about it.

Gus Top

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Already at Day 3 of the Pm-Patterns blogtour and so far we’ve seen 5 amazing seamstresses’ works (Day 1, Day 2).

Today, I’m so lucky to welcome Deborah (SproutingJubeJube), Alex (Sewrendipity), and Tanya (Sewvolution).


Pm-Patterns Blog Tour

Sprouting JubeJube

Deborah‘s sneak peek is very promising!!! I cannot wait to see what she’s sewn here.




Alex went with a Mademoiselle GUS in a drapey viscose. Awesome! You can see more of it  here.

Mademoiselle Gus



Tanya chose a BLUE PRINCESS! She’s an Aussie maker of great taste. I’m sure you will love the outfit she sewed here.

Blue princess


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So what do you think about the lovelies sewn by our friends yesterday, using Pm-Patterns? I’m always humbled when I see how people love to sew and present us with their interpretation of a pattern.

Today, I’m pleased to introduce you to three wonderful ladies: Ilse (SewSewIlse), Narelle (Threadistry), and Lori (SeamsSewLo). You’ll just have to click on their names/pictures to go directly to their articles.

Don’t forget that you can enter a giveaway at the end of each of our bloggers’ articles!


Pm-Patterns Blog Tour


Sew Sew Ilse

Ilse went with a Mademoiselle GUS.

Mademoiselle Gus



Narelle chose a Mademoiselle JOSEPHINE. Spring can come with such a lovely dress! See more of it here.

Mademosielle Josephine


Seams Sew Lo

PIMPRENELLE was Lori‘s choice. Isn’t her daughter such a cutie??? And we all want to go to the beach and have fun. More pictures


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Today’s the day for kicking off our first English-speaking Pm-Patterns‘ Blog Tour. Yeah!

A Blog Tour full of lovely outfits based on Pm-Patterns and sewn with all the skills of our fellow international bloggers.

I’m Elsa and I’m really happy to be your host. So, to kick-off the tour, let me introduce you to the beautie sewn by Linnea and Diana.

Don’t forget to take part in the giveaway on their pages…! You might win one PM-Patterns.


Pm-Patterns Blog Tour




Linnea decided to sew a COLOMBINE blouse. You can learn what type of fabric she used here.




My Sewing Roots

Diana chose to sew a Mademoiselle BABYDOLL dress. Isn’t that sneak peek lovely??? (more about it here)


mademoiselle Babydoll

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Pm-Patterns…soon, a blogtour!

Posted on Mar 8, 2018

Hello fellow seamstresses! I’ve been pretty busy for the past few weeks, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy what I set up…


…a Blogtour!


Next week, you will be amazed by what the English-speaking community made out of the Pm-Patterns. You might happen to know the brand  “Papillon and Mandarine Patterns”. The designer re-branded into Pm-Patterns and to celebrate the launch of a new website at the beginning of the year and plenty of other things, I offered to host a blogtour! .


Pm-Patterns BlogTour


USA, Canada, Europe, Australia…or how PM-Patterns can be sewn all over the world!


New brand, new logo, and above all, all Pm-Patterns are now available in French AND in English, as paper patterns AND PDF patterns.

Everyday, starting March, 13th , you ‘ll be able to glimpse at what those wonderful ladies sewed, using Pm-Patterns. You might also want to take part in the giveaway organised on their page (you may win ONE Pm-patterns).

So, see you here next week to unveil the firsts of the Pm-Patterns that have been sewn!

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My Laura Cardigan (Sinclair Patterns)

Posted on Feb 23, 2018

I made myself a brand new cardigan, the Laura Cardigan by Sinclair Patterns. I’ve been following Sinclair Patterns vicariously for a few months and I saw on the Facebook page that they were looking for sewists that would like to take part in their Sew-Along…so I applied, got chosen, and received the pattern free of charge (many thanks to Chris for the opportunity!).

Gilet Cardigan

The Laura Cardigan Pattern

The Laura Cardigan is a layered pattern, but what is the most relevant to me is that this pattern is available in 3 heights: Petite, Regular, and Tall. What a sewist’s life-changer! I chose Regular and had nothing to alter in length (FYI I’m 5’4″). 15 minutes saved! I sewed a US size 10 and it’s spot-on.

The Laura Cardigan pattern is also made of 5 PDF files: a Memo file, the Instructions file, and 3 pattern pieces files (wait? 3 files…remember the 3 lengths…here’s why you get 3 files!!!).

Look at these pockets!!! Aren’t they cute and almost invisible! I’d say they are great for one tissue, but you won’t put your hand in it.


Gilet Cardigan

My own Laura Cardigan

My Laura Cardigan is the right length and it’s so comfy because of the woolen knit I used (from the closed shop Lolie-shop).

You must use some fabric with drape to get the full potential of the handkerchief-type of hem. And look at that curved hem at the back *swoon*.

As far as the hem is concerned, I decided to ditch the coverstitch this time and use a decorative stitch from my sewing machine. If the hem doesn’t need to stretch, it’s a bit different for the cuffs, so if you decide to use decorative stitches, please use one that can stretch. Because of the type of fabric, I chose to temporarily glue the hems with Dritz Washaway Wonder Tape. What a great invention, but it’s rather tricky to get it in France!

gilet cardigan


You can also notice that I sewed the hems with some Maxi-Lock Swirl thread. I do love the effect of such a variegated thread on hems. It adds a nice pop of colour on solid fabrics. This thread is not common at all in France and is rather expensive, but I love it so much!!!

Another Laura Cardigan soon?

Sure, but this time I will use some closure. I didn’t on this one, because I couldn’t find the right color for a frog closure.


gilet cardigan My earrings come from my favorite Etsy shop, Bronze-N-Roses (hum…it’s been a while since my last order LOL)


So, are you ready to sew yourself a Laura Cardigan? It really is a quick sew and totally beginner-friendly.


I think that I *might* need another Sinclair Pattern…I really like the Sandy knit tunic…or the Sofia sweater…which one should I choose???


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