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La Sylphide

Pattern : La Sylphide, Papercut Pattern
Size : XXS
Fabric : Chambray Parme, from Little Fabrics


Today, I’m going tell you two stories. The first one is about a pattern I wanted to make for months : Sylphide dress from Papercut Pattern, a pattern compagny based in New-Zeland. I’ve seen this dress for the first time on Sophie’s blog (Ada Spragg). I loved her version, so nice and fresh. I kept this dress in mind but couldn’t pass the step to afford the pattern.

The second story is my discovery of chambray fabric. You see, as I started to sew again during automne, I never had the chance yet to try it, and shops in Montreal usually don’t have any. I looked online for nice chambray, and Cynthia, from the shop Little Fabrics, uploaded a picture on Instagram with all her new chambray. I nicely waited for her to put them on the eshop, and I couldnt believe it when she did. So many nice colours! Plain or with stripes, you can definitely find what you look for. You couldn’t believe how surprised I was when she proposed to give me some chambray of my choice for a project, of my choice! Thanks again Cynthia! It took me hours to choose the color of the chambray. You see, I’m usually a blue kinda girl. But tis time, I wanted to surprise myself and leave my confort zone, so I went for purple. By the way, there is a new pop up chat on Little Fabrics website, where Cynthia offers you really good advices and help.

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It was -indeed- the perfect time to order the pattern that I loved so much. I ordered it after I’ve seen the version of Craft Sanctuary in a blue chambray. You see, I had seen versions of this dress before but always in a very thin fabric like silk. I really liked her version and finally bought it. I had to wait around two weeks to receive the pattern, as it had to cross the entire world i guess! But I was really content when I finally had in the mail : very cute packaging, perfect thick paper and very clear instructions. Cynthia’s parcel went very fast from France to Canada, and was neat as always.

For once -I know I should do it every time – I washed my fabric! And the colour stayed the same. I did the exact pattern and follow the instructions, and haven’t changed anything. However, I’ve noticed that in every single version of this dress, the skirt is -very very- short. So as I had just enough fabric, I added 5 cm at the bottom. As I said already, explanations are really clear, but I’ve used Lladybird post (Sew along) about the collar as I wasn’t sure how to sew it.


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This dress is made with a circle skirt, and a top with too darts on the front, and two darts on the back, and a collar ending on the front by a bow. The collar is quite long so you can attach it and make a small or a big bow, depending on your choice. Personally, I went for a small bow, as I like to have the rest of the collar on the front. I finished the dress and when I tried it on….catastrophic. It was way too long and result really wasn’t nice at all. It looked a bit old on me to be honest. So I decided to cut the bottom as it’s supposed to be. I think I should have tried to leave about 2cm more anyway before cutting all 5…. As I didn’t want to loose more cm, I haven’t hemmed the bottom but added an interior bias.

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I ended up taking off 1cm of width from the sleeves. I bought the buttons in a shop in Montreal, I really like nacre colour. And if you have the chance to have a sewing machine which make automatic buttonholes, just go for it! It’s probably my favorite part now! The collar was a little displaced during the session because of the wind (and probably the way I ironed it) but I’ve noticed it once we were back home on the pictures. 

I’m very satisfied with this chambray fabric, and I just love all the colours available in the eshop. The stripes versions look perfect too and offers a proper change compare to the blue/grey chambray we are used to see everywhere. And you, have you ever tried this pattern? What do you think about this brand? And about chambray fabric? Have a nice week!

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Dress : Homemade, La sylphide (Papercut Pattern)

Bag : Little Burgundy

Nail polish : Sephora

Photographs : Rosemont-Petite Patrie, Montréal

** Disclaimer : I was not compensated for this post, although I did receive the fabric for free. All the opinions expressed in this post are mine and sincere.



  • 18 August 2014

    J adore la couleur de ce chambray ça te va à merveille et la robe est magnifique

  • 18 August 2014

    Elle est magnifique, bravo ! Au début, j’ai cru que c’était une version modifiée de la Réglisse de Deer and doe, je n’avais pas vu les boutons. Très très belle robe, magnifiquement ajustée et d’une très jokie couleur !

  • 18 August 2014

    J’aime beaucoup ce patron et je n’avais pas encore trouvé la version qui allait me faire craquer.. C’est choses faites ! Ta version est superbe. Et cette couleur te va très bien, tu as bien fait d’essayer ce joli parme ! 🙂

  • 18 August 2014

    Belle découverte pour ce joli patron! Ce chambray parme il fallait oser et il te va a merveille! Pour little fabrics je te rejoins cynthia est formidable et ses tissus sont de très belle qualité!

  • 18 August 2014

    Comme d’habitude, c’est vraiment très beau. Que j’aimerai savoir faire ça! Et ça te va à ravir!!

  • 18 August 2014

    Cette robe est vraiment superbe et j’aime aussi beaucoup le choix du tissu 🙂

  • 18 August 2014

    Je me souviens de la version de Julie/Jolies Bobines, la tienne est tout aussi magnifique ! Mais question : est ce que le haut se déboutonne ? Je suis toujours à la recherche de jolis patrons qui me permettrait d’allaiter Petit Paul…

  • 19 August 2014

    Elle te va très bien cette robe, tu es superbe avec!

  • 20 September 2014

    Cette robe est juste ma-gni-fi-que et elle te va à ravir!!!!! Superbe, j’adoooore!!! Ai-je bien compris que le col que tu as noué se rajoute, et il n’est donc pas fixé à la robe? Si on choisit de ne pas le mettre, ca donne quoi visuellement parlant?
    Merci pour le partage de ce super blog que j’ai découvert il n’y a que quelques semaines!!
    Bonne couture, Laurence.

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