Sunday, October 25, 2015

Paris Wardrobe

I wrote this post a while back and wanted to get pics taken but that hasn't happened so I'm just going to post it as is.! I have to admit, my blogging mojo has deserted me and I can't seem to find it but here goes.

About my Paris wardrobe.
My daughter and I both decided to travel light and I'm here to tell you that never again!  Next time I want my stuff with me !

 I was so busy sewing for my DGD and my DG that I didn't take much time for anything too complicated for Paris.  However I did make a beautiful robe/nightie set that I absolutely love.

The fabric is a beautiful  lingerie weight poly/lycra. I added lace appliques to both the nightie and robe with Liquid Stitch

Sorry , no pics of me wearing this but I love it! I used an old OOP pattern for the robe and M6559 for the gown.

I also made a black linen jacket .

This jacket wasn't a real success due to fitting issues. I used Silhouette pattern 1825    ,which I've used before and thought I had worked out all the glitches, but no.. The collar and pockets were my own design.but there's just something really wrong with the sleeves and armscye of this one. But I did get a pic in  our Paris apartment. I was ready to go out to dinner.

Yes . I know . This dress is navy blue but .....

The only other pieces I made were two pairs of scuba knit palazzo pants, one in black, the other in 
winter white 

 and a pair of black slim legged pants.
No great wardrobe pics at all so none to show you.
Oh , and a Pamela Roland skirt which I love!

My Paris trip seems a distant memory now and I have done a little sewing since, again mostly  for Tamara. I'll show you another time.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Back From Paris

I'm back home  ( well I've been home for a while )and as always the trip seemed too short but am glad to be back .

I went to Paris with my DD, a friend of hers and this friend's aunt. We were all very compatible and had a wonderful time or we would have if it hadn't been for the weather which ranged from cloudy, a little bit of sunshine, rain and torrential downpours ( this last one being after climbing at least 250   steps to the top of the Arc de Triomphe only to get completely soaked and visibility being nil ! )

                              I know it looks beautiful but this was taken on a different day.

We visited the Louvre,


.D'Orsay Museum. ( I LOVE that place !)

I could have stared at this Renoir for hours it is so beautiful!


Notre Dame,

Being  Catholic,I  was quite  moved when I saw this statue of Pope John Paul II

the Conciergerie , one of my personal favorite things to do in Paris (where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned before dying on the guillotine),

This plaque is placed just beside the obelisk at the Place de la Concorde designating the spot  where the guillotine that took the life of many including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette in 1793, stood.

and many more .

We took a tour of the champagne region ( in the pouring rain ! ) and were suppose to have dinner at the Eiffel Tower but guess what? The tower was closed because something ! ? had fallen from somewhere up there and while we were waiting to find out if it would reopen, we were hit by another hurricane-like rainfall and wind storm which lasted 15 minutes.

 All the people waiting for the same reason  ,including us,were huddled together  under umbrellas which everyone shared. I had a young man taking shelter under my rain poncho ! but what could I do ? There was no question of us finding shelter because we couldn't walk against the force of the wind! We were then suppose to go on an evening cruise down the Seine but by this time we figured we'd drown so we cancelled.

Needless to say, we had some good times too and one of my very favorites was my solo trip to Montmartre

 to the fabric district, Oh my what fun I had there! And it didn't rain once that day !
And you know I got some goodies. I'll show those to you next time along with some wardrobe pics so please come back .

On Saturday, My daughter and I took a leisurely walk along the Seine. The weather was finally fine and we enjoyed just looking at the beauty that is Paris.

This is Pont Alexandre III which is very ornamental , to say the least,

Just look at some f the details.

From the bridge we walked past le Grand Palais which has been the venue for several Fashion Shows, (Chanel, Dior) watched on You Tube. It wasn't open so we peeked inside .

 and on to the Champs Elysee which is very large and very commercial. We saw MacDonald's and The Gap and to tell the truth  I found it disappointing . I forgot to take pictures.

Traveling back home was an ordeal when we missed our connection in Montreal and had to fly stand-by five hours later.  Needless to say I was glad to land in Fredericton and see my DH . 

In spite of the yucky things that happened on our trip I would love to go back one day and I probably will. For though I`m glad to be back in my routine and have some interesting pieces planned for fall. 

Happy Sewing and more later from