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Our Citronille Clothing Pattern Challenge continues! You saw Michelle’s Lou Pants, Diane’s Citronilla Top and Sherri’s Jackie Jacket.. We also had Sara’s Susanne Dress, Jessica’s Thadee Coat and Marisa’s Paloma Dress. Citronille patterns are from France, all designed by Astrid de Larocque-Latour in French. Fiddlehead Artisan Supply carries an extensive selection of the patterns for children and women, all translated into English! It’s your opportunity to imbue classic, sophisticated French style into your sewing!

Comment on each Citronille Pattern Challenge post for a chance to win one of four free patterns. Tell us what you love about what you see here, or which pattern you would choose if you’re the winner (choose from any Citronille pattern at Fiddlehead Artisan Supply).

Do you want to learn more about why Fiddlehead Artisan Supply carries these beautiful patterns in English?! See our first Citronille Pattern Challenge post.

Kelly Donovan of Craftree selected the Violette Dress for our challenge because she liked the versatility and clean lines. She writes, “The pattern came together beautifully and very simplistically. I found myself over thinking and anticipating certain elements, when I should have just followed the instructions as written and had faith that it would all work out correctly, as is usually the case in puzzling sewing situations! Sure enough, the finished garment did not disappoint! I used a fine wale Liberty of London corduroy which provided the perfect drape and weight for chilly fall days. The pattern features an empire waist with a gathered skirt and button-up back, and is just the style for either casual school days or Sunday church!”

Learn more about the Craftree sewing and party studio in Huntington, NY, and check out the Craftree blog for more on the Violette Dress!

Natalie Strand of Vegetablog selected the Emile Pattern to make robes! She writes, “I loved working with the pattern. It was very easy to follow the English translation with the illustrations in the original pattern. I thought the way the pockets were constructed was a genius little detail, and I will be using that trick in the future! It took me about four hours total to complete my daughter’s robe from cutting out to finishing. There was just the right amount of description to complete each step.” Natalie liked the pattern so much she headed back to the fabric store to purchase more chenille for a robe for her son! You’ll want to check out the adorable photos of these two in their robes at Vegetablog, where you’ll also find garden updates, sewing, crafting and more.

Vanessa Lynch of Punkin Patterns selected the Solveig Blouse. She writes, “It is a perfect little feminine blouse. So simple and yet, so stylish… The blouse came together in less than an hour and it was so simple. The instructions… were clear and very easy to follow. The placket construction was easy to follow and turned out really well. Those can get a little tricky if you haven’t sewn many of them, but the illustrations and clear instructions made that step a breeze.” Vanessa liked the pattern so much she ordered the adult pattern too!

See more photos at Punkin Patterns. Vanessa has joined us here at Sew Mama Sew before; take a look at her Scalloped Headband tutorial and the Insulated Picnic Tote. Vanessa has sewing patterns in her shop and lots of free tutorials too.


Our twelve talented challengers have outdone themselves with the Citronille patterns! Check out their sites: