Monday, March 4, 2013

Sewing Stream: The French Pattern

Over the last few months I have observed the cutest girl's top floating around twitter and sewing blogs. I started looking into it and discovered it is French pattern; the Columbine Blouse from Papillon & Mandarine.  I couldn't find any US companies selling it online, but I discovered a shop in Ohio, Murray Hill Bold and Spool, that indicates they carry them in their shop. They don't have an online business yet, but if you email the shop, the owner will sell via paypal and ship one for you!

I received my pattern about 3 weeks ago. It took me several days to translate/decode it. I am thankful for Google Translator and help from a friend who took 4 years of high school French and a cousin who is fluent in French. Once I started cutting and sewing, I realized that I didn't need to be as apprehensive as I felt when I began. There are excellent illustrations in the pattern instructions, and if you've sewn much, it will just make sense what your next steps should be. 

After measuring Miss H and comparing her measurements with the pattern, I made a size 2. It fits perfectly, but I am afraid it won't fit for long. 

I decided to make a second shirt with short sleeves, ruffles, and bias tape hem/sleeve bindings in a size 3. The bigger size doesn't look terribly sloppy-big and will last much longer. Adding the ruffles was a little more time consuming than I anticipated, but it made it even cuter. 

This is a very easy and fairly quick pattern to sew if you don't add too many modifications. I used my favorite snaps for both of these, rather than buttons. Both took 1 yard of fabric. I will be making more for sure! 

If you need more inspiration for this pattern, make sure to check out this post and this post by Ana Sofia. 


  1. Very cute! I have some French patterns too and have found their pictures to be all I need. ~Major Moma

  2. Lovely!
    You did such a great job with these blouses! (you could have send me a note for the translation. I would be pleased to send you mine).
    And I do love the short-sleeve, ruffled version so much - I had wonder if it would look good (great inspiration for summer).
    Thank you for the links to my blog.
    xx, Ana Sofia


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