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It’s our final reveal for the Citronille Pattern Challenge! We asked twelve sewists to show us their versions of these classic Citronille women and children’s clothing patterns from French designer Astrid de Larocque-Latour. Fiddlehead Artisan Supply now carries a great collection of Citronille patterns for children and women, all translated into English!
Here are our challengers:
- 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
Comment on each Citronille Pattern Challenge post for a chance to win one of four free patterns. Tell us what you love about the sewists’ work, or which pattern you would choose out of any Citronille pattern at Fiddlehead Artisan Supply.
Maris Olsen of Sew Maris first learned about Citronille patterns years ago when she was traveling in France! She writes, “…First, Citronille patterns are written in French. If you are not fluent (and I am not), Fiddlehead has done you a favor and provided a glossary of terms plus a translation of the pattern instructions so you can figure how to put these garments together. Thank you, Fiddlehead! Second, the instructions are rather minimalist. If you have ever sewn with Style Arc patterns, the “depth” of instructional information is similar for Citronille. If you are an absolute beginner, you might have a little trouble. The patterns themselves are simple with only a few pattern pieces, but the finishing details assume you have some sewing knowledge. Finally, there are no fitting alterations/adjustment lines included. No biggie for me, and you can (should?) get this information from fitting books anyway.” Maris decided she wants to sew a few of the Citronille children’s designs for her granddaughter!
Learn more about her experience with the pattern– including some challenges– at Sew Maris. Maris teaches sewing classes and camps in Bellevue, Washington, and she’s taught us a thing or two as well, like how to make a Drawstring Backpack and a flattering Sleeveless Stretch Lace Tank.
Sara Homer of Now Try This sewed the Chloé Dress in chambray. Sara made some changes to the pattern, including altering the neckline for a look that fit her style a bit more. She writes, “This was fun and easy to sew, and required very little fabric. I will probably experiment a bit more with the neckline, as I think this a sticking point for me with this pattern. I also think that the shape and style of this dress would really lend itself to being made one size smaller in a knit fabric…” Take a look at more photos on the Now Try This blog and then we’ll all have to check back in with Sara to see if she makes the Chloé in knits!
Tenille Brien of Tenille’s Thread used the Tobias pattern to create three magical capes. She writes, “The length is just right– there is plenty of twirl, but they are still able to play in it, without tripping over it; the shape of the hem is lovely. And there is so much flexibility; depending on the choice of fabric and adding trims, this pattern could suit so many different occasions, and its also gender neutral.” Tenille added initials for a superhero vibe, and the result was three happy, twirling kiddos. Check out the photos and Tenille’s tutorial for how to add a lining to the cape at Tenille’s Thread.
That’s it! We’ll keep giveaways for the Citronille patterns open for a few more days, so be sure to comment for a chance to win. Would you like to participate in future fabric or pattern challenges? Sign up for our contributor’s newsletter (Contributor Community Newsletter option).