Sewist Spotlight: Meet Elodie!

When we were searching for our muse for our latest pattern, we didn’t need to look very far. Almost immediately we realized the wrap dress queen (as we’ve dubbed her) was right under our noses. We had been paying attention to a lot of the beautiful makes that Elodie (@Elodieblueberry) was turning out in France and featuring on her delightful insta feed and beautiful blog. She is a master of many crafty passions, and I love how she brings the same feminine softness, unique colour palette and delicate details to all of her projects, regardless of the medium. Her aesthetic is so pretty and inviting, and I’m so happy she agreed to be our inspiration for the Elodie Wrapdress (probably our prettiest pattern yet!) So without further ado, let’s meet Elodie!

Sewist Spotlight // Elodie // Closet Case Patterns
Proof of wrap dress supremacy

What do you do for a living?

I sell embroidery patterns on my website and I teach sewing, knitting and embroidery classes.

Where in the world do you live?

I live in southern France, near Toulouse, in the countryside, surrounded by vineyards.

How long have you been sewing?

I started sewing approximately 10 years ago and started sewing clothes for myself 7 years ago.

How often do you spend time do you spend on your sewing practice a week (including planning, researching, sewing etc)?

I spend a lot of time sewing and even much more thinking about it… I would say several hours every day (I think I can say I’m obsessed with sewing!!) I really love to plan all my sewing and try to keep my (many) ideas in order at the beginning of every season.

Sewist Spotlight // Elodie // Closet Case Patterns
A special lining on a Kelly Anorak

What is your home sewing set-up like?

I have a little space above my living room with everything sewing related and I made a YouTube video about it (sorry it’s only in French!!)

And here is a sneak pic :

Did you have a gateway person or experience that brought you to sewing?

My grandmother is a very crafty person, she used to knit, crochet and sew a lot (and she’s also a perfect cook!). Her activity has always given me the wish to do the same myself. But I never really learned from her. When I discovered the social community around sewing it was a true revelation.

What was the first thing you remember wanting to sew?
I’ve always been a crafty person, and when my daughter was 1 year old, I decided I would sew a blanket for her. As I wanted to do it all by myself and didn’t take a sewing class before I started, it was really awful… but I didn’t get discouraged and kept on sewing!

How would you define your style?

I love to sew dresses, particularly romantic ones! But I would say that I try to sew clothes for an everyday style. I wear a lot of dresses as I think it’s easy to create a beautiful outfit with a good dress (a beautiful pattern meeting a perfect fabric), and I love comfortable garments to live my best mum-life!
What is your favourite thing you’ve made?
I really love my Trina Dress. I sewed it for a very special occasion and it always reminds me of a beautiful night. I think this was the perfect combo between a beautiful fabric and a romantic pattern. It was not a challenging pattern, or a difficult one, but it’s all about feelings when I wear it.

What is your favourite Closet Core Pattern?

It’s hard to choose between the Kelly Anorak and Charlie Caftan. I really love them both, but I would say Charlie is my favourite (so many possibilities, so little time!)

Sewist Spotlight // Elodie // Closet Case Patterns
One of her lovely Charlie Caftans

How does sewing affect your relationship to shopping and RTW?

I still buy a few pieces from RTW, but I tend to be really picky about the fabric choice and the garment finishes. I don’t buy pants or dresses anymore, because the fitting rooms are always a nightmare. I know my body size perfectly since I’m sewing, and it helps a lot to spot which garments would fit me just by looking at it. In France many RTW brands don’t care about plus sizes, so to me, it’s a blessing to be able to sew clothes in my own size with very few alterations.

How does sewing relate to your body image?

It has all to do with my body image. When I started sewing garments for me, I realized I was not the problem and it was all about measurements. It has been a real relief for me to understand that I could find patterns that would perfectly fit my body shape. Finding the right brand (aka Deer and Doe) has also helped a lot since I really recognized myself in the style and the shape of the patterns. It has been a long journey but sewing really helped.

Sewist Spotlight // Elodie // Closet Case Patterns
Another Charlie Caftan

What are your go-to fabric stores?

As I live in the countryside, I tend to order online most of the fabrics I buy. I love many French websites: Fairy Factory, Pretty Mercerie, Cousette, Rascol, Un Chat Sur un Fil. I also love the selection from Blackbirds Fabrics.

What are the tools you can’t live without?

I would say, my seam ripper. And also my Merchant and Mills pins: they are super fine and don’t make holes in the fabric.

What was the best lesson or skill that took your sewing to the next level?

I think the best lesson about sewing is to take your time, to try again and again. Being dedicated really helps to improve your skills and your level.

The perfect Kelly Anorak

What pattern release would you not be able to resist (aka what type of garment would automatically jump your queue)?

I think I easily fall for a new dress pattern! But it can be any garment with a beautiful detail which makes a difference. I’m very sensitive to details in a pattern I buy if it adds a personality to the pattern.

What are your sewing goals? What would you like to learn how to do to push your practice forward?

I think I really can improve myself about techniques as inset center panels because everyone I sew until now hasn’t been fully satisfying.

How was sewing impacted or interacted with your identity?

It really helped me to be more confident about myself, and my body. Thanks to sewing I can know my body better and accept my imperfections, understand my shape. Looking back through the years, I would say it totally changed the way I see myself and allowed me to be more forgiving about my body.

What makers or sewists in our community do you find inspiring?

I follow many seamstresses, and I think Instagram is a huge source of inspiration. I love many accounts, but the one which inspires me the most at the moments are the following ones (not all of them are sewing related)
Where else do you turn when you need inspiration?

I love Pinterest… It’s an eternal source of inspiration to me. I search for fashion ideas, fashion shows, palette colours for the following season. It always brings new ideas to sew!

What experiences have come out of your interaction with the online sewing community?
I really love sharing my experiences. In France, there are not many plus-size bloggers, and it’s always really rewarding when my makes can help other women to imagine themselves with a garment I posted on Instagram or on my blog. I receive moving messages about my sharing and that’s really a beautiful experience for me.

Thank you for sharing Elodie! Be sure to follow her blog and Instagram feed for lovely French sewing inspo!

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Hi! I'm Heather Lou, a pattern designer and sewing educator for the modern maker. At Closet Core Patterns, we transform your imagination into step-by-step implementation that helps you create a wardrobe you love - not one you're limited to buying off the rack.

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