Home-Sewn French Style

I’m very excited to let you know that my first book in english and in print  has just been released. Excited and really proud! It’s called “Home-Sewn French Style” and is published by the London-based publisher Cico Books.

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It’s all about classic and contemporary French style. With 35  projects for homeware and clothes, i tried to capture the beauty of French design.

Each chapter is focused on a specific style : L’élégance des Châteaux de la Loire, with toile de Jouy and textured fabrics; A la campagne, inspired by effortless rural chic; La belle Provence, in a brighter colour palette; Au bord de la mer, with Breton stripes and vibrant Basque fabrics; and Paris, je t’aime, using solid colours and graphic prints. I included some advice on using French style in the home, and another one dedicated to sewing techniques.

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You can buy it at your local bookstore or order it online. And if you’re in the mood, you can try to win a copy! But quick, you only have until the 19th of may!

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I really hope that some of you will get your hands on the book and that you’ll enjoy it. And of course, I would love to know what project inspires you and what you’ll be making…  Please leave a comment and let me know!

 

Petit Pattern Book

Le rythme du blog a sévèrement ralenti ces derniers mois. Ce n’est pas faute de coudre et de bricoler pourtant. Mais je vais tenter d’être plus présente désormais. Promis: c’est une résolution 2011! Commençons donc avec du beau, du graphique, des imprimés…

Pour noël, j’ai reçu de mon adorable belle-soeur un très bel objet, le “Petit Pattern Book”. Il s’agit d’un livre japonais de 300 planches de motifs graphiques agrémenté du cédérom comprenant tous les fichiers numériques (formats jpeg et eps). Délices des yeux que ce joli livre, sans compter que j’ai de quoi m’amuser des heures avec Gimp et Photoshop, les motifs pouvant être utilisés pour embellir son site web, imprimer des cartes de voeux, et même imprimer sur tissu. Les conditions d’usage précisées à la fin du livre sont assez larges, y compris dans un cadre professionnel. Allez, je file m’amuser…

Le livre a été acheté à la Tate modern (chic, chic, chic) mais il est également disponible en ligne notamment chez Junku.
ISBN : 9784861006531

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The blog has not received all the attention it deserves lately. But i am now very serious about making the effort to share articles more frequently with all of you (still reading?). After six months of very slow blogging, i’m back !
Let’s start with the review of a very precious gift i received from my sister-in -law for christmas. It’s the “Petit Pattern Book”, a japonese book with 300 graphic design patterns and the corresponding files (jpeg and eps). Apart from flipping with delight through the book, i will also be playing for hours with  the files with Gimp and Photoshop. The licence agreement associated to the files allows you to do many things, professional use included : designing websites, flyers, even fabric prints! Excuse me now, i’m off having some fun with this beauty.

PS: The book was bought in London at the Tate Modern (so chic!) but can also be ordered online. Junku japonese bookstore in Paris has it in stock but you may aslo get it from Amazon. ISBN is 9784861006531.


Patternmaking / Patronage

Je viens de recevoir deux livres commandés il y a peu : “Design-it-yourself clothes” de Cal Patch et “How to make sewing patterns” de Donald H. McCunn. Le premier est sorti cette année. Le second est paru pour la première fois en 1977!

J’arrive à un “plateau” en terme de techniques de couture. Je suis une autodidacte. Outre ma belle mère qui m’a montré comment enfiler une machine à coudre, j’ai tout appris sur le tas en me laissant guider par les patrons commerciaux et par mes navigations sur le net. Pour autant, j’avais l’impression de ne plus guère m’améliorer ces derniers mois. Il est temps de passer au patronage! A quoi bon? Tant qu’à coudre autant avoir des vêtements réellement sur mesure. Les techniques permettent aussi de reproduire des vêtements achetés dans le commerce qu’on a adoré et qui sont abîmés ou des vêtements repérés dans une boutique (trop) chic. Personnellement, bidouiller avec les patrons japonais (les manches d’un modèle, le haut d’un autre et l’encolure d’un troisième…) me laisse un peu sur ma faim.

Evidement, les deux livres ne se ressemblent pas du tout mais m’ont semblé complémentaires : d’un côté une belle mise en page, des modèles contemporains, et une pédagogie actuelle.  De l’autre, l’exhaustivité et des techniques plus pointues. J’ai feuilleté ces deux livres aujourd’hui et ils méritent chacun un billet. Et si vous possédez ces livres, j’aimerais savoir ce que vous en pensez! A suivre dans les semaines à venir donc…

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I received a couple of books i had ordered a while ago : “Design-it-yourself clothes” by Cal Patch et “How to make sewing patterns” by Donald H. McCunn.The first bok came out this year. The second one was first printed in 1977!

In terms of sewing techniques, i’ve come to a plateau. I’ve learned everything i know by myself. Apart from my step-mother who guided me to thread my sewing machine, i’ve been learning reading commercial patterns and documenting on the web. But for the past few monts, i’ m feeling that i don’t learn anything anymore. It’s time to take it a step further and start learning patternmaking! “What for?” you might ask.  Well, if i’m going to bother making my own clothes i might as well achieve perfect fits that match my not-so-perfect body. The techniques to reproduce clothes might be of some use as well (like duplicating this piece in my closet that i adore but that is worn out). It might also be helpful to reproduce clothes seen in (overly) chic boutiques. I have to admit that fidling with japonese patterns (sleeves from one pattern, top of another and collar of a third…) is not totally satisfying anymore.

Of course those two patternmaking books haven’t got much in common. The first one has a nice layout, contemporary models, and offers a fresh and modern learning process. The second one is complete and much more detailed. I’ve had a quick look at both and decided that each of them deserves a post. If you own these books, i’d love to hear what you have to say about them. To be continued indeed…