My Favourite Places in Paris

objets de notre memoire paris

Friends, it’s been a whole year since I came back from nearly a month in Europe – Berlin and Paris were my two destinations. It’s about time I shared some of what I saw and found. My very favourite place that I went to was in Paris – a little store I found on a blog before I left and I was excited to visit. It’s called Objets de notre Memoire on rue St Paul in the Marai area. Loosely translated it means object in our memory.

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First Spring by Wonder Art

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Friends I know this little pre-stamped dress doesn’t look like much, but I love it. It’s called ‘First Spring” and it was made in the USA by Wonder Art – probably in the 1940s or 50s. I bought it and its matching gertrude slip last year or early this year. The set came with another identical dress and gertrude set and both sets are in beautiful condition. The fabric appears to be a sheer Batiste type fabric.

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I’m Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot

Vogue 5270 -  ca 1950s Australian pattern

Friends, if you’re not familiar with a Southern Hemisphere summer here Down Under, then I’m here to tell you it’s hot hot hot.  Believe me when I tell you, you could fry and egg on the footpath in a few minutes. It’s so hot, I’ve kept Brown Dawn in the house for three days straight in case he melted into a puddle of Lindt’s finest dark chocolate!…no hyperbole here folks; just pure fact! The heat has kept me out of the sewing room and firmly planted in the air-conditioned living room, but today with a little relief I got to photographing ‘weather appropriate’ sunsuit/playsuit patterns.

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American Smocking Gown

American Smocking Gown

Friends, this darling little gown was bought here in Australia, but I’m not convinced it’s an Australian gown in origin. There are some things about this gown that raises some questions for me. Firstly, although I bought it in Australia, it has North American smocking on the two front shoulders. English smocking is the norm in Australia…not so much American smocking. The difference being that English smocking is pleated and North American smocking, whilst can be pleated by drawing up the dots, is usually stitched on the dots drawing the fabric together to create a design.

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In The Beginning There Were Onesies – We All Started Somewhere.

chloe's onesie dress

Friends…are you aware of the current phenomenon of making little girls dresses from pillow slips? I’m not a fan, but hey; each to their own. Even though I’m not a fan of the garment, I am a massive fan of the concept as it allows beginner sewists to create a simple garment and experience success. That sense of success and pride, no matter how simple the skills and dodgy the garment, is what will be the motivation for a beginner sewist to move on to the next project and the one after that and so on and so on.  Back in the best decade ever, the 1980’s, we had the ‘onesie’ dress. It was the equivalent of today’s pillow slip dress.

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