I have a thing for French pattern companies – Deer and Doe, Wear Lemonade. They always seem so chic and cool to me! I think they usually win on the presentation as well – everything is beautifully designed and photographed. It makes me wish I was French!
I recently discovered a whole bunch of new (to me) French indie pattern companies – Aime Comme Marie, DP studios and Orageuse. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are loads more around, literally a whole new world of pattern designers to find out about and explore. It’s so exciting!
Today’s post is all about Aime Comme Marie though. They sell patterns in print and digital format for men, women and children. They also do a few novelty homeware items too. They’re a bit like Wear Lemonade in that they also sell their designs as RTW garments. So if you can’t be bothered to make it, you can buy it!
I decided to purchase a few of the paper patterns and a couple of digital ones. Their PDF patterns were super cheap – just €4 each – and the printed ones were quite reasonable too. Be aware neither version comes with seam allowances included. They do offer an English translation of the instructions though and that’s always useful!
I wanted to compare it with the camisole I drafted and at €4 I felt it was worth trying out.
It’s a super simple pattern – a simple loose fit dartless camisole with rouleau loop straps. It’s designed to be reversible which I thought was a clever idea!
I made a toile in some leftover black and white gingham (I originally used it here) as I was really unsure about the sizing and fit. I didn’t make it reversible yet, I just cut a short panel to use as a facing instead.
I decided I could get away with adding a little bust dart to each side and still keep the pattern as is. It was definitely worth making that toile to find that out before cutting into my final fabric!
I used a couple of new purchases from Stof & Stil (another company I’ve recently discovered and fallen in love with) for the final garment. I picked out 2 cottons in similar(ish) colourways with this pattern in mind.
I knew the straps would only be in one of the fabrics so I had to pick a fabric for the reverse side that would go with straps made from the other side.
And here it is!
I actually think it works pretty well both ways. Though I think in future a lighter drapier fabric would be nicer. I made this final version a little longer than my toile for more booty coverage in case I wanted to wear this with just leggings.
Looking at these photos, I think I’d make a change to the back of the camisole for any future makes. The pattern uses the same piece for the front and back but I think the wide V (which looks great from the front) isn’t very flattering from behind.
At least that’s a simple change to make in future. Plus it’ll make life even easier to figure out which round to wear it!