Completed: The cutest thing ever (wearing a pair of LMV Lou trousers)


La Maison Victor Lou trousers

Less than a week after my last blogpost a little girl was born. A year has already passed and it is amazing to see how a tiny baby evolves into a small person within such a small timeframe. Naturally, like every parent before us and every parent after us, we feel she is the most adorable, delightful and cute thing ever.

Also, a very time-consuming thing. I have sewn over the past year but nothing too complicated and there have been many weeks during which I didn’t even enter my sewing room. I am currently making an effort to sew more often because for me sewing is a relaxing activity. Creating something useful and beautiful gives my day just that little extra in between all the endless cleaning of messes, sterilizing stuff and wiping of runny noses that you have to do as a mother.


For my birthday my friends got me a subscription to La Maison Victor, because even if you don’t have a lot of time for sewing it is nice to get a little bit of inspiration in your mailbox every now and again. The September/October issue of 2017 has a pattern for baby trousers that I liked the look of so one day, when my daughter was napping, I decided to give it a go with a remnant of green sweatshirt fabric.


That’s the front on her bum, people!

I decided to leave out the drawstring detail on that first pair because it is purely decorative and finishing something quicker is a plus when you don’t have a lot of time. However, every single time my daughter wears that green pair to daycare she is wearing them back to front when I pick her up. Apparently, the curved line at the front screams “This is the back!” when there is no drawstring (my husband also put them on back to front the first time). Needless to say, the fit is not so great when you put them on backwards.

180331_4When they are worn correctly, I do really like them and since a lot of her trousers have suddenly become too short I decided to make another pair. This time I included the drawstring to avoid any more confusion. I used a nice thick organic sweatshirt fabric. The back of the fabric feels super soft and is a lighter shade of blue than the front which makes for a nice detail when the cuffs are turned up. The seams were overlocked and the hem was turned up and sewn down with a triple stretch stitch.

Changes made to the pattern for this second pair:

  • Lengthened the legs by an inch or so because I figured that she can wear them with the cuffs folded up at first and that way she’ll hopefully be able to wear them for a couple of months longer.
  • The pattern calls for 3 cm wide elastic but I only had 2.5 cm on hand so I made the waistband narrower to fit my elastic.
  • Because I narrowed the waistband I didn’t bother with the original buttonhole markings of the pattern because the buttonholes would have ended up in the wrong position. When I made the blue pair I simply drew some markings on the fabric where I wanted them to be. Looking at the line drawings mine are probably spaced somewhat closer together than in the pattern.
  • I forgot to interface the area around the buttonholes, even though I made a practice piece with interfacing to test buttonhole sizes. Can happen to anyone right? I think it will probably work without interfacing in this fabric since it is quite sturdy.
  • The pattern has you thread the ribbon through the gap at the back of the waistband. Uhh, doesn’t it make more sense to thread through the buttonholes in the front since you need both ends coming out of a buttonhole? I also think it makes more sense to sew the ends of the elastic before inserting the ribbon.
  • I think that a piece of ribbon or string that can be pulled out in a garment that is meant for young children is dangerous. Therefore, after threading the ribbon and making certain that both ends were the same length, I stitched in the ditch at the back of the waistband securing the ribbon in place. This also secures the elastic and prevents it getting twisted.

I like to freehand embroider the size in children’s clothes.


Completed: LMV Indigo sweater – not just for teenagers

I suppose I was 12.... 18 years ago.

I suppose I was 12…. 18 years ago.

Meet my new favourite sweater. The Indigo sweater from the July/August 2015 issue of La Maison Victor, a Flemish sewing magazine. I didn’t know this magazine existed until my co-workers gave me this issue for my birthday. When I saw the shapes of the pattern pieces for this sweater I was sold.

Indigo Sweater pattern pieces.

Indigo sweater pattern pieces.

It is a guest-pattern by Valerie Boone, author of Remi & Cosette for teens, a book with sewing patterns for teenagers. The Indigo sweater pattern is also featured in this book. Since it was designed for teenagers the size range is, unfortunately, rather limited. I made the largest size, 36, which corresponds to a 88 cm bust. This sweater has no side seams, the only shaping comes from the princess seams on the front. The front and back pieces are sewn together in one continuous seam, which even includes the pockets. The sleeve seam is not on the bottom of the sleeve but is sewn continuously with the shoulder seam. I think the whole construction is quite ingenious.

Indigo sweater backI made a muslin and one of the first things I did was to sew the pockets closed. I really like them in theory, but on a person with hips I thought they added too much emphasis on said hips. I moved the shoulder seam forward by 1.5 cm and also shifted this seam on the sleeve since shoulder and sleeve are sewn together. The sweater length was reduced by 2 cm at the waist.

Adjusted pattern. Pockets removed. Shoulder seam moved 1.5 cm forward. Reduced length 2 cm.

Adjusted pattern. Pockets removed. Shoulder and sleeve seam moved 1.5 cm forward. Reduced length 2 cm.

The fashion fabric is a mystery knit that came from the stash of a friend’s mother. She decided that she wasn’t going to sew anymore and wanted to get rid of the fabric she still had, lucky me. I thought it might not be opaque enough on its own and feel scratchy against my skin so I decided to underline it with black laguna jersey. To do this, I cut all pattern pieces twice, layered underlining and fashion fabric on top of each other, pinned so that nothing would shift and then stitched with a wide zigzag stitch around all edges. This basically turns the two layers into one which is much easier during construction later on.

underliningThe seams were stitched with a narrow zig zag stitch using my walking foot. Instead of pressing the seam allowances to one side as instructed, I pressed them open because I found the 4 layers of fabric too bulky otherwise. The neckline and sleeves are finished with black ribbing. The bottom hem should also have been finished with ribbing, but I did an invisible hand sewn hem instead. When I was testing fit during construction I already liked it a lot without the ribbing and I realized that I don’t really like the ribbing on the hoodies that I occasionally wear so decided to skip it. One of my co-workers gave me some tags to use for my handmade items and I sewed one to the interlining of the back.

150826_tagThe downside of the fabric I used is that it completely hides the interesting seam lines, unless I wear it inside out…

Indigo sweater insidesNow all I have to do is wait for cooler weather so I can actually start wearing this sweater…


All outside pictures were taken by my brother who I should probably turn into my official blog photographer because he only took a couple and nearly all of them turned out great.