chemisier berthe (aka french sleeveless shirt)

This pattern comes from Un Ete Couture, a French sewing book that is so imbued with everything that I love about French fashion. And that, for me, is an amalgam of many things. The way Parisian dresses up is… girly but not overly. Feminine but playful. Simple, yet detailed. I could see myself running around in a park chasing some imaginary butterfly in any of the dresses featured in the book, then proceed to have a nice evening meal with wine and giggle throughout dinner just feeling like a prissy princess. Un Ete Couture features timeless pieces, with a much considerably better fit than the comfortable muumuu dresses its Japanese alternative usually offer. I will do a book review in due time, but for now let me brag about this top I finished just in time for me trip to Japan: Chemisier Berthe in M size, in swiss dot fabric.

Testing the top before sewing the buttons
Testing the top before sewing the buttons

Wood buttons are cheap where I come from, and they look lovely. I went to market and purchased three different sizes, ended up using the smallest one.

And here’s the end result!

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I’m going to make more of this top, in various colours and fabric. Though I would personally lengthen the top by 13 cm. Why? Because 13 is my favorite number and that’s usually the number I use to lengthen anything. If you use the pattern as it is, you will end up with a top that hangs on top of your bellybutton. I prefer to wear longer tops that cover my belly because I don’t own many bottoms that go above the bellybutton. In any case, this is a fun top to make and should not take you more than half a day to make.

Stay tuned for more chemisier berthe (in the future)! 😉

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