Friday, September 19, 2008

Simplicity 4020 - Take 2

Hi everyone!
Thanks for the good wishes that you sent my way :)
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Bad news is, I have no computer anymore. It was kind enough to let me finish my thesis and write up my conf. paper, but too much was too much. I have lost many emails and it's obviously been very difficult to get online and everything.

Apparently, though, I am so addicted to blogging that I found a way to load my pictures and blog no matter what.
Here Simplicity 4020, once more.

(Ah, yes... frantic rhythm + not enough sleep = tired-looking Isabelle)

Looking at this, I realize the bustline is perhaps a bit too high. I'll have to remedy that next time I make one of these.
The fabric comes from Amsterdam and has been absolute heaven to sew and wear. You may not see it on the pictures, but the background is a pale blue-grey. Gorgeous. I'll be certain to stock up on similar fabrics next time I'm up there. Especially as my favourite fabric store in Paris, Bouchara, is now no more. Sigh.

For a more relaxed look, I made a matching hair scarf with the fabric remnants.

This top hasn't got a name yet, so feel free to throw in ideas! :)

That's it for tonight. I can't stay online long, plus am in a state of too much exhaustion and slump to be much chatty.
But - I forced myself to shake off my lethargy and make a Burda blouse over the past few days. It felt like a downright pain when I started, but I knew I'd feel better after I got going. Sure enough, it worked. It is blouse # 107 from the June 08 issue, and turned out real cute, if I may say so myself.

Normal life is slowly resuming its rights... be prepared therefore for regular updates and for little notes on your blogs, as soon as the computer is replaced - if not, probably, earlier. Miss you guys too much!

32 comments:

La Bergère Brodeuse said...

Allo Isabelle!
J'espère que tout ira mieux maintenant. Je ne savais pas pour le train (vivant au Québec), mais ton histoire m'a ébranlé. J'espère que tu es correct. Ton petit haut est tellement joli!! J'avais aimé la version asiatique, mais celle-ci est encore mieux!!! Quant à savoir si le buste est trop serré, à moins que le haut soit inconfortable, moi je trouve qu'il te va très bien. J'ai bien hâte de voir ta blouse Burda! Et en passant, FÉLICITATIONS pour la thèse!!!! J'ai pensé très fort à toi ces derniers mois même si je n'écrivais pas!

Summerset said...

It's good to see you again! While I don't have any suggestions for a name for this lovely blouse, I do know that you look beautiful in it and the colors suit you very well. Get some rest and pop back in when you have computer access!

Lindsay T said...

Un nom japonaise, je pense. Jolie blouse.

Jill in CA said...

What a lovely blouse, as always! How scary to have the tunnel fire just after your train passed through; so glad you are alright!

Vicki said...

Lovely to "see" you and in such a nice blouse too. The bust position looks perfect to me, but maybe it feels uncomfortable?

Kathryn said...

Take your time to rest and get back to full strength. You certainly look lovely in that blouse. The colors look great on you.

Little Cat said...

A beautiful top Isabelle. Soo pretty and you look lovely in it.

Nice to see you back.

((hugs))

Vicki W said...

It's a beautiful top and looks great on you! The fabric is lovely and the colors really compliment your complexion - a big win!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I'm so happy everything went well at the conference and that you are back amongst us! Love this top and can't wait to see the Burda one!

coonieandplume said...

Oh I love it! And the fabric is so beautiful! You look lovely in it.

I'm glad to know the conference was great and I thought about you when I heard about the fire {{{hugs}}}.

Can't wait to see the blouse :)

{{{big hugs}}}

AllisonC said...

What an absolutely beautiful top, even if it has no name! The fabric is perfect for it and it really suits you.

Martine22 said...

Coucou Isabelle, Je suis ton blog de loin en loin mais je ne t'oublie pas ! Bon courage pour tout ce que tu as entrepris ! Ta blouse est réellement très jolie .J'aime beaucoup le tissu et les coloris qui te vont vraiment bien : bravo ! Bises !

Wendy said...

You may feel exhausted, Isabelle, but you look wonderful! So nice to see you again and in yet another lovely blouse!!

Allison said...

The top is lovely, Isabelle. I can't wait to catch up once you get a computer! I've missed you!

Little Hunting Creek said...

Que bella camisa japonesa! And I hope you get a new computer soon.

Sigrid said...

Lovely blouse, where did you get the fabric in Amsterdam? You must know the Amsterdam fabric stores better than I do now! Glad to hear you will be posting more regularly.

stitcherw said...

So sorry to hear about your computer, what a pain to lose all that information. However, I'm glad it waited until your paper and stuff was done. Your top turned out lovely, I can't believe all the gorgeous outfits you make.
Sue

shakatak66 said...

Another stunning sewing accomplishment - love this new top of yours, and the headband really finishes the ensemble off beautifully. Lovely to see you back again - great news you got your paper finished, done and dusted! :D

KayB said...

Yep, that's one pattern I have in my stash too and you confirmed it again - I have to do this. It's simply, but gorgeous. Thanks for reminding me.

stacysews said...

You look great! It was like the fabric was for this pattern! I'm going to have to dig mine out and make this again....

LauraLo said...

Welcome back, ma belle, je suis tres contente que tu es de retour! You look very beautiful in this blouse, like an exotic princess. You remind me of those exquisite Japanese stamps. Gros bisous

Ana Carina said...

Hi Isabelle,

Very beautiful this blouse! I love the Oriental Style!
The fabric is perfect to this model.

Congratulations!

Maria said...

OMG! This is such a lovely top.
I think I really need to copy this :)

ViRginiE said...

Trop belle!

Anonymous said...

Hello Isabelle, thank you for sharing some news! Fingers crossed that you can take a real holiday real soon! Ann

Dénia said...

Coucou,
J'adore ton haut, et il te va si bien!
ça devait être horrible d'attendre pendant que le tunnel avait pris feu!
Je te fais mile bisous doux

Lisbeï said...

Ma chère Isa !
Je suis ravie d'apprendre que tout s'est bien passé à Londres (malgré les problèmes de train ...), et surtout que tu vas pouvoir souffler un peu !
Ce haut est magnifique, je crois que je l'aime encore plus que le premier !
Je t'embrasse bien fort !

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Hello Isabelle, nice to see you back and sewing. You look great in the top, you look Geisha like :) especially in the second picture.
I'd call it your Gesisha top:)

Dine2Paris said...

Long time no see (OK, surtout a cause de moi, j'avoue !)
Ta tunique japonisante est tout simplement magnifique. Et "Waiting for Blossoms" me vient a l'esprit, en ce debut d'automne... Les Japonais sont tres forts en expression poetique, je devrais prendre des cours !
Bravo pour ta these, btw. Soulagee ?

Eden said...

Hello Isabelle.
The top looks fabulous and it looks great on you!
Keep up the good work.

Tany said...

It's a lovely top, dear friend and you look terrific in it!

I'm so sad to know about Bouchara... I will always remember our time together buying fabrics there...

mavalca said...

C'est superbe, j'adore la forme, j'adore le motif!!! Ouah! j'aadooore!