Monday, September 21, 2015

Citronille Pattern Challenge: "Lou" Pants



The Challenge. To make a garment using a pattern that was translated from French to English. I was like cool, I can do this, no problem. I contacted Kristin over at Sew Mama Sew and told her I was in. Sew Mama Sew is the host of the Citronelle Pattern Challenge with Abby Gilchrist at Fiddlehead. There were 12 bloggers chosen to participate in this challenge. We each choose four patterns and one of those patterns would be our chosen garment to make for the challenge, Abby gifted us with one other pattern on our list. I don’t know about anyone else but I always have room for another pattern in my stash.



The pattern included the original instructions in French, the translated instructions and a French to English translation key. The illustrations for this pattern were very helpful. The pattern that I was to sew is the Citronelle “Lou” women’s Pant pattern. This was my second choice on my list. I chose a pant pattern because I’m always in search of a pattern that requires the least adjustments. This pattern seemed pretty straight forward so I was really looking forward to tackling this one. When the pattern came, I opened it and noticed there were no pockets. I’m not sure how I missed that when I was choosing patterns. I really, really wanted to stay true to the pattern but I had to add some pockets and a few other minor changes but the challenge has been fulfilled because I did follow ALL the instructions. 




I am also part of a six week blog series for " Building Your Wardrobe" and these pieces are staple pieces to have in your wardrobe. The [DIY] bows are removable and can be worn with any other shirt. #buildyourwardrobe

How Abby Gilchrist, the owner of Fiddlehead Artisan Supply came to carry these French patterns by Astrid de Larocque-Latour. 

From Abby:  My story around how I am carrying these patterns is that I saw these patterns quite a few years ago, and really loved their style. What sweet children's patterns! And while I like a slimmer look than many of the adult patterns, there were some that I really wanted to make - but, they were all in French.... I read around on some blogs and found that many people were purchasing the patterns in French from Citronelle, and then either just trying to put them together based on the pattern pieces and the diagrams in the pattern, or trying to use Google Translator. So, I decided to try out carrying the few that she had translated into English herself, and when we got a positive response on them, we started making the translations so that we could offer a lot more of her styles.

The other Bloggers who were up for the challenge. Be sure that you stop by to check out their garments between 9/21 & 9/25 they are making some awesome pieces!
Sherri Sylvester of thread riding hood
Tenille Brien of Tenille's Thread
Maris Olsen of 
Sew Maris
Ari Green of 
Max California
Marisa of 
thirtynine
Sara Johansen of 
the Sara project
Natalie Strand of 
Vegetablog
Diane Reafsnyder of 
Gator Bunny
Jessica Wright of 
Willow & Stitch
Sara Homer of 
Now Try This
Kelly Donovan of Craftree


.....Oh Yeah, make sure you hop over to Sew Mama Sew between September 28 and October 8 for a chance to win a Citronille pattern of your choice. 


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  1. LOVING EVERYTHING AND I DO MEAN EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS ONE!!!! Yes Hunty those pants are HOTTTT! Your daughter is the perfect model! You did you thang once again!!!
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    Shari
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    1. Shari Thank you so much hun! This is a special one my baby looks all growed up i this outfit!

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  2. The pants are just beautiful! I just love the fabric you made them in too!

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    1. Thanks Karen, I fell into this fabric at Joann's, I didn't see it there when I last went to the store. hanks for stopping by.

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  3. You did a great job. The pants came out really great, BUT I am loving that removable bow. So cute!

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    1. I agree Johanna, I was excited about thjose pants when I finished them but at the last minute I came up with that bow and when I tied it on I was like "DAM!" that bow is tiggghhhttt!" So I did good on this one and already selling those tties.

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  4. All that I have to say is TO DIE FOR! These pants in the houndstooth...seriously...are AMAZING. Mori always looks FAB...but these are on my top 10 list of favs!!!! They look so sharp!

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    1. Thanks Boo! This turned out waaayyy better than I expected.

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  5. Wow!! How fabulous are those pants?! You look gorgeous in them, and it looks like an awesome pattern!!

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    1. Thanks Natalie, that's my daughter Mori in those fabulous pants and the pattern is a cool base pattern to work with.

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  6. Love the love that fabric I want to know more about that zipper technique! Shoot I need you too take my photos LOL

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    1. I am going to post that zipper install to my blog soon, it was too clever not to share....and the photo thing is a passion of mines! Thanks for stopping by the blog.

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  7. One word: GORGEOUS!!!!!! Those pants are just too Fabulous!!! Where did you find that amazing fabric!!! The detailed twist you put on the pockets took it to another level!!!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. Believe it or not I fell upon this fabric at Joann's. I was leaving the store , do you hear me, leaving the store and I saw out the corner of my eye this black and white hounds tooth fabric. I went over to that fabric picked it up and that is when I saw the all black hounds tooth print! I grabbed it sooo fast and went to the cutting counter!

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  8. Wow!! You did a great job on the pants and your daughter looks absolutely stunning in them!

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  9. I LOVE the pants! The fit is perfect! Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks they are as my daughter says, Grown Lady Pants, this is a sophisticated look for sure!

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  10. Nice, but I love the bow on her shirt!! #Needit

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    1. I Know that dang bow is stealing the show! lol!! Thanks for stopping by to chat with me.

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  11. I love these pants, they look so elegant. I am totally blown away by how you added those pockets - that's just genius, I am definitely going to be trying that myself.

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    1. Thank you Tenille. This was a easy make and put together a few pair and you will be set! I had to add pockets, Mori would have given me the "Stank" face if I didn't. Make sure you stop by the week of Oct 4th so you can see the other dress pants I'll have on deck and the patterns that i will review.

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  12. Fantastic job with this and your daughter is absolutely stunning! The pants fit her perfectly!
    Well done.

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    1. Thank you this was a win, win make, so simple and fabulous fabric...it didn't hurt that my daughter was the model either! LOL!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Your creativity is just awe inspiring! Love how you added the pockets to the pants with piping no less! I'm definitely stealing that idea. I also love the removable ties that you added to the blouses because each one gives the blouse a different look. Just awesome!

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    1. Carolyn, If I made my daughter a pair of pants with no pockets, that would be like throwing money out the window! Oh and you go right ahead and make those pockets, please share when you do! Let me tell you how those bows were a last minute decision that I came up with and everyone is loving those bows. Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. The pants look amazing on you! Great job! I just want to make the young childs robe from their pattern. My granddaughter is so funny, she crawks in mine....with me already in it. So I think she needs her own now and I saw it on one of the other bloggers page. These have all been so great and sew fun to look at!

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    1. The model is my daughter, I wish I still had a figure like hers! Little kids adore robes that sounds like a great ideal! Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Thanks Desiree, I love the fit of this pattern.

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    1. Lena, I agree! This pattern was a winner in my book and that fabric too.

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  17. did you make the white top w big bow love it which pattern or did you design yourself your daughter makes a great model makes all your designs look good

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    1. Hi Dorothy I did not make the shirt, this is a RTW men's shirt form Walmart. I did however make the big bow for the shirt. If you're looking for a shirt pattern, my go-to pattern is McCalls' M6124.

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