I like to have “standout” pieces in my wardrobe, like style enhancers, character pieces that alone will set the tone for a look. And the beauty of hand-sewn is to be able to reflect this type of item down to the smallest detail, because the magic works especially when this piece really looks like us.
I created the pattern for the Nage Libre jacket with this idea, that of a half-elegant, half-bohemian jacket that can be a show stopper depending on the choice of fabric. We can then wear our creation with as much nonchalance as if it were a denim jacket or a mid-season blazer.
These ultra colorful models are super inspiring. Whether we choose graphic prints or more figurative patterns, the mix with a perfect white shirt and jeans takes us away from an outfit reserved for the seaside and gives it a modernity that does not make the whole thing out of place in the city.
The Sewing Pattern Nage Libre
For the 'La Piscine' shoot, we showed the pattern sewn in a duo of Twist jacquards and Sable cotton sateen. We navigate between the shimmering and elegant mid-season jacket, and the over-the-top jacket, plus goes everywhere with the touch of color that brings it all to life. It is therefore a completely different version that I want to present to you, the colorful: Nage Libre with Mini Lemon Ultra Violet Poplin.
The features of the pattern
The construction of Nage Libre is distinguished by its raglan sleeves, its collar band which is stops at waist height to "build" the silhouette, and of course its back cutout. The choice of the Mini Lemon fabric pattern, very graphic and abstract lemons, visually brings a beautiful movement which will be further reinforced by the flexibility of the fabric. It then seemed important to me to break up this all-over print effect a bit and I played with all the elements of the pattern, highlighting them with golden piping, which adds a defined note and allows you to "read" the pattern better.
Playing with colours and patterns
Under my Nage Libre jacket hides another strong piece: the Palma top sewn in Léo Vert Scarabée viscose jacquard. The Palma pattern is a beginner's sewing pattern, with a slightly boxy, loose and cropped cut, and a round neckline. Its back is nicely highlighted with a yoke closed by ties and a set of large stitched pleats. The depth of the green matches perfectly with the intense purple. And to stick to my inspirations, I wear my duo with faded jeans (Sézane) and pretty black La Botte Gardiane leather sandals.
I really like this look, it's comfortable while having a real signature. These two patterns are not technical and complicated to sew: the Palma top is an easy pattern (which comes with a video designed for those who are new to sewing clothes), and the Nage Libre jacket has no high technical points, just take your time (the video will guide you through each step, and the lining assembly is really very simple).
I know I'm going to wear this flexible and colorful version of Nage Libre a lot. Because that's where the success is: sewing beautiful clothes that we know we will enjoy wearing for a long time, even if they are not our usual everyday items!