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We’re featuring classic, beautiful Citronille clothing patterns! Fiddlehead Artisan Supply carries a comprehensive line the French Citronille patterns for children and women, all translated into English! In addition to seeing these patterns all sewn up for fall, you can 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).
We asked twelve sewists to show us their versions of favorite Citronille patterns:
- Michelle Morris of That Black Chic
- Sherri Sylvester of thread riding hood
- Tenille Brien of Tenille’s Thread
- Maris Olsen of Sew Maris
- Marisa of thirtynine
- Vanessa Lynch of Punkin Patterns
- Sara Johansen of The Sara project
- Natalie Strand of Vegetablog
- Diane Reafsnyder of Gator Bunny
- Jessica Wright of Willow & Stitch
- Sara Homer of Now Try This
- Kelly Donovan of Craftree
We showed you several gorgeous women’s designs: Michelle’s Lou Pants, Diane’s Citronilla Top and Sherri’s Jackie Jacket. Now we have some of the darling kid patterns for you “ooh” and “aah” over… All we want to do right now is sew a couple of sweet dresses and whip up a new fall jacket!
Sara Johansen of The Sara project made the Susanne Dress for her two year old. She writes, “I am so happy with this adorable dress, and my two year old loved modeling it for me (which is a good sign). It looks like a very comfortable dress for a toddler to wear. How cute will this be in the fall with tights and a sweater!? And good news: this dress comes in women’s sizing as well!” Sara said she had to read the instructions a few times to get it down, but everything came together easily. Find more photos and thoughts at The Sara project, plus some great .
Sara recently showed us how to make the Comino-Inspired Top Pattern + Tutorial here at Sew Mama Sew!
Jessica Wright of Willow & Stitch created a beautiful version of the Thadee Coat for her daughter. This pattern can be sewn as a lined coat or as an unlined robe or dressing gown. Jessica made her Thadee in wool with a fun lining. She writes, “I really love this sweet little coat, but most of all I love how much Ella loves it! I suppose that the pixie hood and the wide sleeves make it feel almost like a dress up to her, there is certainly something about it that has captured her imagination which is always a beautiful thing to see!”
Marisa of thirtynine sewed the Paloma Dress for her daughter, as she loved the “high degree of ‘twirlability'” and the “flounce!” Marisa writes, “While Citronille patterns are quite simple in design and straightforward in construction, they are best suited to those with a bit of sewing experience. The instructions are quite sparse– although they do include diagrams– and they don’t mention anything about seam finishing, nor do they give details about techniques such as gathering (for the record, I top-stitched the gathered sections of the skirt to make the gathers lie nicely). Rather, the patterns assume a basic knowledge of sewing and provide you with classic styles that can be made ‘as is’ or customised as desired. The beauty and simplicity of Citronille patterns is evidenced by the enormous following they have in France; check out the French-language site Je couds Citronille for numerous examples of every pattern in the range.”
Take a peek at all of the photos on Marisa’s blog, and more of her thoughts on the pattern. You also might want to check out the Nude Food Sandwich Wrappers Marisa developed for Sew Mama Sew (a useful gift you can start sewing now, assembly line-style, to give away for the holidays!).
For more on how Fiddlehead Artisan Supply came to carry these French patterns by Astrid de Larocque-Latour, see our first Citronille Pattern Challenge post. We’ll have more finished items to show you next week!