Bonjour! I just returned from our annual trip to France. Each year for the past eight years, we’ve visited different regions of France. This year we visited Brittany and the upper Loire Valley. We also made a stop to two of our favorite places in France, Saumur and Chinon. As always, I made new clothes to take on the trip. This time I had some left over striped knit cotton fabric from my Burda 6722 dress that I made this summer, so I made a long sleeved top from the same pattern. I had just enough fabric left over to make a matching scarf.
The fabric, from Stonemountain and Daughter in nearby Berkeley, rivals similar Saint James striped knits, and it sews beautifully. It is easy care wash and wear and it gets softer with each wash. It does not pill at all. This pattern sews up in just a few hours and can be made with a serger or a regular sewing machine. I used a twin needle on my sewing machine to sew the hem on the body and the sleeves.Burda 6722 is a great pattern. Both the dress and the top are very easy to make. I cut a size 14 and I did not make any adjustments. This pattern is quickly becoming a “tried and true” pattern that I’ll make often.
France is the perfect place to wear stripes and a beret! I bought this beret in Amboise, a beautiful village on the Loire river where we stayed. We had a wonderful apartment right on Rue Nationale, in the heart of Amboise, where this picture was taken. I had enough fabric leftover from the shirt and the dress to make a scarf. The scarf is very similar to an Armor Lux scarf I purchased on a previous trip to Normandy. It looks great with this top and with lots of other garments in my wardrobe.This top and scarf were perfect for the cooler weather in Brittany and the Loire Valley.A little history tidbit. While touring the Chateau d’ Amboise, we visited the gravesite of Leonardo da Vinci, in the small chapel of Saint-Hubert, which is pictured below. Before this trip I did not know that Leonardo spent the last years of his life in Amboise living at Chateau du Clos Luce, focusing on his scientific studies, and was buried there.
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