Rita jackets created with thick crepe fabric. The Jacques Tati pink and midnight blue come from Sacrés Coupons, 4bis rue d'Orsel in the 18th and the buttons from La Dentellière, 17 rue d'Orsel 75018.
Hello little kitties !
Oh how I love you! How I dig you! The messages you posted yesterday made us so happy! We will take all your comments into account, it encourages us to go for what we want and make things happen, thanks for that too… Today we are back, just about a month after the blouse called Bianca, with the Rita jacket ! The Rita jacket is kind of like a mid-season trapeze coat, since it has no inner lining, I can hear your sighs of relief from here… With its four pockets, you will learn how to make box pleats, you’ll see, it’s not rocket science!
So this month, good news, there is no collar, nothing particularly hard to do, albeit a bit long because of the pockets, but you could also make classic ones with no pleats or flaps. But we know that you have a knack for this, judging from all of the creations you’ve shared with us… I did indeed read your suggestion for having a page on the blog dedicated to showing the creations of other readers, we are going to work on that, but in the meantime, you can find all these creations on Instagram and Twitter by typing the hashtag #DIYwearlemonade in the search bar!
Rita jackets created with thick, polka-dot cotton from Sacrés Coupons, the boutique "le coin des affaires" (Bargain corner), at 10 rue Seveste in the 18th and the buttons from La Dentellière, 17 rue d'Orsel 75018.
I apologize in advance for my verbal tics like “it’s up to you” or when I restate the obvious like “go over your seams with an iron,” yes, it’s true that it’s actually a good practice… In short, it’s really a profession of voiceovers! I wish you happy viewing… A bit of technical advice to make this jacket, you will need 1.75 meters of fabric maximum for a width of 1.40 meters, and if you want to make Rita out of a thicker fabric, plan for one size higher than your usual size.
In other good news, shipping and handling fees for the patterns, within France, have gone down to only 2.50€, it’s bananas! We are making improvements and finding solutions, by the way, on the template to be downloaded you will see, there is a test square measuring 5cm x 5cm... Once again, feel free to send us your feedback, we learn so much from your remarks.
And this Rita jacket was made with oil cloth on acid Marimekko.
And in the video, I was telling you about two great places in Paris to make your buttonholes:
- The first is "Mireille boutonnière", 21 rue des petits carreaux 75002 Paris, the stairwell at the back of the courtyard, count on about 0,20 cents per buttonhole.
- And the other one is the taylor shop in the Passage du Prado, 12 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris. Plan on spending about 3 Euros per garment.
I hope you like Rita! I’m sending you big kisses and we are looking forward to your feedback and pics of your own creations!
Hello kitties !
I was supposed to post this article yesterday, but as a result of overthinking it, starting to write and then doubting my words, I decided to simplify my life and stop trying to write lame summaries, it’s not an exercise in which I excel, birthdays… So I’m going to try to be brief, because, without me even realizing what was happening, Make My Lemonade has changed my life… I am truly moved because I realized it last week, without even really thinking about it – the blog celebrated its third birthday. Three years, that I’ve been running around for. Two years since I went out on my own and 1 year since the existence of the Lemon Team ! I’m emotional because within 3 years, my life has changed and it’s all thanks to the blog, and to you. When I decided to embark on my blog adventure, I felt like I was sending out a message in a bottle into the vast ocean of the internets and eventually, you found me me, a wave of love, there are more and more of you every day… I find it crazy to think that I tell you to meet back here in every article, I read your opinions through your comments, your e-mails, on social networks… I am filled with gratitude, and it’s so nice to get such great feedback on what you do. So thank you, for that, for being so sweet, so intelligent and so sensitive as well. You make me want to be a better person, tosurprise you, a bit like a love story, you make me grow up, and over time, I’ve learned to do things to please you but above all for myself… You have enabled me to achieve my wildest dreams, but we’ll talk more about that very soon…And despite me being a pile of doubts, you allow me to climb my way up the ladder of life, a bit higher every day. I apologize for not warning you that this would be a cheesy article with violins playing and heart-shaped chocolates floating around, but that’s just how it came out… THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
If you would be so kind as to help me out, all you need is two minutes, I would love for you to answer the following three questions which have been nagging at me, yes nagging, as it would greatly help me to better provide your daily dosage of lemonade…
- - At what point in your day do you usually consult Make My Lemonade, in the morning with your breakfast, at noon when you get back from your lunch break, in the evening during your commute home ?
- - What kind of feature articles would you like to see more of ? DIY, Outfits, Beauty tips, Making of, tell me what you think?
- - If you could optimize something in terms of navigation, would you like to have a lemonade forum for DIY helpful tips, fabric shops and sewing classes ?
Translated by Ida Driscoll
Happy Monday, folks !
I just wanted to briefly deliver the DIY for the moon… To be completely honest with you, I’m not really sure how all this came about in my life but I’ve got a real obsession for this satellite. What happened was, for my beloved, I registered at « Lisa from the Moon »… I went on and on with Pierrot La Lune at Christmas... I have a giant moon in my living room, which is back in stock by the way at our e-shop ! I dream of having offices on rue de la Lune, I watch every possible documentary, in short, I’m fixated…Then, the other day, I found a random globe of the earth and I decided to try to do something with it…So here is a super easy DIY for customizing your school globes. Send you kisses, I’ll be back very soon with a very special post !
- Time required : 1-2 hours including dry time
- Cost : no more than 15€ (not including the cost of the globe, which you can find in any toy store, antique shop or garage sale)
- Difficulty level : like taking candy from a baby...
For this DIY, you will need:
- - A globe,
- - Spray paint of various shades of gray (2 or 3 shades but not 50, ok !)
- - Gold spray paint,
- - Black acrylic,
- - White paint,
- - A picture of the moon to inspire you,
- - Some paper to protect your surface,
- - A toothbrush,
- - A small paintbrush,
- - A sponge,
- - A small roll of scotch tape.
To get started, take your globe off its stand and spray it entirely with light gray. Now take your dark gray and make spots by pressing down gently with the cap of the spray can.
Now spray the globe stand with gold, make it golden ! Then we cut the power wire that turns the globe on because the remains of earth appear super-brightly when it’s turned on and our lamp didn’t work anymore… Now let’s get to the craters, to create them, make short strokes with lighter colored paint while maintaining a circle shape in the center, and drag the paint outwards.
Using your slightly damp sponge, but not too damp, that’s important, pat out your strokes of paint so that they blend into one another to give that lunar aspect. You’ll know that the result is perfect when you no longer see any strokes of paint from when you started.
Now take your dark gray spray paint and press on it slighly to mist the surface of your moon. Second technique for the craters : take a small roll of scotch tape and cover the sticky side with paint…
Now use the scotch tape like a stamp to delineate the base of your crater. Continue as before applying strokes of paint around your craters (alternate using the different shades of gray for a more realistic-looking result).
Dab all over with your sponge ! Moving on to the final phase : take your toothbrush, cover it in white paint…
Scrub with your tootbrush to project the paint to the surface (remember ? like we did for the the advent calendar) ! Let it dry, and Ta-Da !!
Translated by Ida Driscoll.
Happy Sunday, my kittens !
I am writing to you from my window sill where the sun is poking its head out of the clouds…It’s oh so nice… It smells like Spring in the air and even the slight bouts of insomnia at the end of the night are not so unpleasant when I hear the birds chirping. We’re on the right track, my friends ! So today I’m here to talk to you about a special, new hot spot…The Café Lunettes from Jimmy Fairly... Special because, in addition to being brand new, I’m the one responsible for the interior design… And of course you know that my history with Jimmy Fairly goes back a while now. I came up with the "Lemon" pair of glasses last September (new colors will be arriving soon by the way, but I will keep you updated !) And so since January, I’ve been working freelance for them as Artistic Director.
So what does all that mean exactly ? Well, it means that I assist the founders, Antonin and Sacha, in all their decision-making regarding the design of products as well as the interior decorating of their boutiques. From ideas for the design of glasses to the finishing touches on the blinds in the boutique, to the packaging. It’s a real exercise to enter into a realm that is not your own… to put your own stamp on things while staying true to the DNA of the brand. But with the help of mood boards and compromising, it’s been great to see such a large-scale project in evolution. Imagine opening boutiques throughout France, what a challenge it is to establish your brand and spread your style to new cities ! I am thrilled to be part of these various projects, so today I give you their new boutique located at 45 de la rue Montorgueil.
In fact, the boys wanted the boutique to evoke a New York City coffee shop. So we thought, might as well really push the concept to its limits and treat customers, who try on or buy a new pair of glasses, to an actual coffee. And it’s also a great way to establish a presence in the landscape of the rue Montorgueil, which is mainly populated by food-related businesses. I hope you like the boutique, in as much as it was such an enriching experience for me to work on the interior design and merchandising of this place ! Right now, take advantage of their offer – the coffee at Jimmy Fairly is on the house and the marble macarons are from Griottes... I’ll be back to talk to you real soon about the return of the Lemons !
Jimmy Fairly, Café lunettes, 45 rue Montorgueil, 75002 PARIS 01 79 72 60 20. Monday to Saturday from 11 am – 7:30 pm ! So, do you like it? I am planning to do a DIY on wooden pearl suspensions very shortly, does that tickle your fancy ?
Translated by Ida Driscoll.