Black and cream polka dots 'La Boheme' skirt! / Jupe à pois 'La Bohême' en crêpe à pois noir et crème!

Vanessa Pouzet 'La Boheme' skirt made from an YSL polka dots viscose crepe / Jupe à pois 'La Bohême' de Vanessa Pouzet réalisée dans un crêpe de viscose Yves Saint-Laurent

Hey everybody! I haven't been sewing that much lately since I've been so incredibly busy, but here is a project from a bit earlier this fall: 'La Boheme' skirt (from Vanessa Pouzet patterns).

I've been wanting to make that skirt since I saw the beautiful versions of it coming up on the internet when it was released about a year ago. I'm always drawn to anything boho/gypsy, and that skirt is so feminine, swirly and classic at the same time - I knew I had to make it someday!

The pattern:

Vanessa Pouzet patterns is a french pattern brand; she has some pretty interesting patterns to offer. I bought the PDF version (only option available) and printed it on A4 paper I luckily had on hand at home. By default the PDF comes in the A4 format, and you have to email Vanessa if you wanna get the US letter format. 2 emails later, still no answer from Vanessa... mmm, not too impressed by the customer service.

I cut a size 38 by my measurements; usually I'm a size 36 but the measurements seemed so small I didn't want to end up with a skirt too small. If I make another version I will definitely make the 36 though - the 38 is a bit too big for me, so I'd say the pattern runs a bit large (as noted by other people).

This is the image from Vanessa Pouzet's website - a bit annoying she doesn't provide the technical drawing on the site / Voici l'image du patron sur le site de Vanessa Pouzet - perso je trouve un peu ennuyeux qu'elle ne montre pas le dessin technique sur le site

The instructions and diagrams are clear, and the pattern pieces fit beautifully; there are no notches to indicate where the flounce is supposed to end on the thigh, no notches either to place the belt, no indications for the buttonhole placement. At first I thought this was a bit sloppy, but when I had my hands on it I found it was easy to adjust the flounce and the belt and in retrospect I wouldn't change anything. Same for the buttonhole: you place it depending on how tight/loose you like to cross the fronts. 

That skirt is truly beautifully drafted and hats off to Vanessa Pouzet for that pattern!

Because of the cut, the sides are on the bias / À cause de la coupe, les côtés sont sur le biais

Vanessa Pouzet 'La Boheme' skirt - view of the back and CB seam / Jupe 'La Bohême' de patrons Vanessa Pouzet: vue de la couture milieu dos

The fabric:

I had bought this fantastic polka dots viscose crepe last summer at EOS. It's the stuff of dreams and can you believe it is actually from Yves Saint-Laurent (made in Italy)? The pattern is a classic cream polka dots pattern on a black background, and it has the most beautiful hand and drape, perfect for that pattern. It is slightly see through, but not enough to wear a slip underneath.

I had 3 yards of it, and was able to place the 3 big pattern pieces on it (the front and the back are the same, + the flounce and the belt).

The flounce has a snail-like shape (see picture). I used my serrated 7240-AS Kaï scissors to cut that slippery crepe (love those scissors!). I chose to finish the edge with a narrow rolled hem on the serger, which was a great choice, and I also assembled the skirt on the serger to speed up the process (except for the belt which I sewed on the regular SM).

Cutting the flounce which has a snail-like shape / La coupe du volant, montrant la forme de la pièce en escargot

Final thoughts:

'La Boheme' skirt is a fantastic pattern, beautifully drafted, fun and fast to sew. I can't wait to make other versions of it! If you want a skirt that will make you feel feminine, gypsy and romantic, this is your ticket!

Hopefully I'll get back to sewing soon; can't wait to be back at it and share my next makes with you! :-)



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