April 17, 2015

Where I bloom with a petal shaped neck collar

Hello there.
I hope life is treating you well, Mine is kind of bitching me right now, but I survive. 

I'm back today to show you a shirt sewn back in November (I think) but photographed a couple of days ago. It's a Chemise Margot by Republique du Chiffon. I bought it when I first started sewing and I was not able at all to even give it a try. But Géraldine was selling her first pdf at reasonable prices in order to get things started for her brand, so I kind of charity-bought it at the time, being confident that one day I would have been able to even understand where to start. 

I look like an old picture of a lady sighing about her lover longing at the sea. Also, I have a huge face

As you can see, I actually stated and finished it! One year after buying the pattern. The main feature is of course the petal shaped collar, which I like a lot because is different from a regular collar. I understand that now there might be three zillions French women who sewed it and wear it, but I have never met them, so I am still different from people around me. 

I like a lot the result, because of the small things that make it. For example, the buttons: bought in my favourite haberdashery in Toulouse, they are of two different kinds, but assorted. Wrists and collar are bigger and more of a statement, the others more discrete but not mundane.

The overall fit is quite boxy, but I have noticed it is quite a signature feature of RdC, and to be honest is the second main reason why I in theory love her patterns but hardly sew them. The main reason being the price.

I have learned a few new things with this project, which is always good for my sewing-self-confidence. I am looking forward to sew another shirt, maybe more fitted to better compliment my body shape.

This is an involuntary pose à la Jolies Bobines, only difference I am ridiculous, and she is not. She is amazing, but that's another story.

The fabric is a magnificent blue silk crepe de chine, I guess, since I still can not distinguish different kinds of silk. It's not chiffon and it's not charmeuse. I bought it in Toto Tissus in Toulouse and it's actually a leftover from a Flora dress I might, one day, get photographed and blogged.

I can go on and on about the beauty of the petal collar, but I will mercy you and stop right here. I will add though that the instructions are very basic since it was and old pattern as I explained before, but all in all you can follow and actually sew something wearable, like I did. Ah, and it's all French seamed, of course. 

I have been wearing it at least twice per months, with or without jumpers on top, so it's a wardrobe success.

I am deeply in love with silk, because it keeps me warm when is cold, and it's also pleasantly breezy in spring time.

I have been wearing it over skirts and trousers, so I can confidently and happily repeat: wardrobe success!

Now I go assembling the shell to the lining of my first Kim dress, and maybe cut a second one. I am in a sewing rush, because of my imminent trip to Scotland, and for me every occasion is a chance to sew a dedicated outfit.



  1. Love this and so glad you got around to blogging it! I am now off to buy it too! ;-)

  2. Thank you, I happy I have inspired you :) Can't wait to see your version :)

  3. I got this pattern (we were exchanging pleasantries over this shirt in flickr today) but how do I print it? there is no scale in the pattern?

    1. Alas, it's possible there are no scales at all, since it was a very early pattern of the brand (look at the poor instructions for example). I printed it over than one year ago, so I don' t remember exactly, but I always print patterns with no scale and no adaptation options, so I am quite sure I must have done the same with this too. Just keep the original size of the page and it should be it. Glad to have inspired you!

    2. thanks, I'll do that. Either way I can always use the pattern as inspiration and transform another shirt pattern. I'll post pictures in flickr. Have a wonderful weekend!

    3. Can't wait to see your pictures, then! Happy happy weekend to you too :)