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Bleuette ~ 1905 Capeline pour les Sorties du Soir

Capeline pour les Sorties du Soir – a cape for going out in the evening. The pattern states that it is an “informal headcovering, but extremely useful”. It’s a very simple crochet pattern using basic stitches.

For my Bleuette, Nadine, I made the capeline up in cotton crochet thread. The pattern suggests that if the “ball” stitch around the hood seems to complicated for a younger girl, she could use the “lace” trim (shell stitch) that was used around the rest of the cape instead, and then trim the left side of the hood with a ribbon bow. I chose to do the “ball” stitch AND a silk ribbon rosette on the left side of the hood.

Left: 1905 Capeline pour les Sorties du Soir    Right: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1905 Capeline pour les Sorties du Soir


Top:1905 Capeline pour les Sorties du Soir ~ Hood Detail    Bottom: 1905 Capeline pour les Sorties du Soir ~ Front Detail


Sweet Dreams, Bleuette

My Bleuette, Mae, has her cuddly pillow and bedcover and is ready for slumber in her 1911 Robe de Chambre and 1915 Chemise de Nuit. The pillow and bedcover are from the 1917 Taie D’oreiller (pillowcase) and La Couverture de Berceau (Crochet Bedcover) patterns.

Sweet Dreams, Mae!

The body of the robe de chambre, or dressing gown, is made from a very soft vintage fabric with a beautiful surface sheen. The vintage contrast fabric has a little more body, but also has a lovely sheen. It was suited to the chain stitch embroidery quite nicely. The pattern suggested the robe be made of flannel since it is a winter dressing gown. Although I had some in my stash, I didn’t use it since it wasn’t the right color to keep within the blue and yellow color scheme. The pattern illustration does not have chain stitching around the neck of the robe, but the pattern piece showed the chain stitch design. I debated whether to make the collar like the pattern or  save myself some time and make it look like the illustration. In the end I spent the extra time and I’m glad I did. The chain stitch around the neck adds just the right detail to the overall look of the robe.

As the pattern states, the chemise de nuit, or nightgown, is ”piece indispensable au trousseau de Bleuette“. In other words, the nightgown is an essential and indispensable part of Bleuette’s trousseau! Every dolly needs a nightgown! Mae’s chemise de nuit is made from new fabric of a very fine cotton/linen blend. It is a basic and simple nightgown, with blue feather-stitching.

The pillowcase is embroidered in hues of the yellow and blue color scheme. The embroidery is a combination of  lazy daisy stitch and french knots that produces a charming design. I used a piece of beautiful vintage lace for the ruffle that my cousin’s wife sent me (thanks, RaNae!!), and made a faux closure on the back of the pillowcase with vintage mother-of-pearl buttons.

The bedcover was crocheted with fine wool yarn leftover from a needlepoint project I did years ago. Vintage ribbon is added for the embellishment.

Left: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1911 Robe de Chambre    Right: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1915 Chemise de Nuit
La Semaine de Suzette ~  1911 Robe de ChambreLa Semaine de Suzette ~ 1915 Chemise de Nuit
1915 Chemise de Nuit ~ Detail
1911 Robe de Chambre ~ Front Detail
1911 Robe de Chambre ~ Back Detail

Left: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1917 Taie D’oreiller    Right: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1917 La Couverture de Berceau
La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1917 La Couverture de BerceauLa Semaine de Suzette ~ 1917 Taie D'oreiller
Bleuette ~1917 Taie D'oreiller and La Couverture de Berceau1917 Taie D'oreiller ~ Pillow Back
Bleuette ~ 1911 Robe de Chambre

Bleuette ~ 1929 Ensemble Fleuri

Flowered Outfit. In the Ensemble Fleuri pattern Suzanne Rivière tells us that Bleuette wants this outfit for her wardrobe simply because of the “delicious name”. I supplied the outfit for my Bleuette, Violetta, by incorporating a flowered print from the 20s/30s fabric I found at an estate sale.

I’m not a big fan of the brown/tan/orange color combination of the vintage fabric. But I DO love certain shades of orange and burgundy together. The brown in the print fabric had enough red in it that I was able to combine it with the solid burgundy cotton. So in the end, I love the color scheme of the outfit.

The hem of the dress is trimmed with the burgundy bolero fabric. The belt is made from the bolero fabric as well, and the buckle was saved from a pair of sandals I wore years ago! Being a pack rat pays off sometimes!

Suzanne Rivière also comments at the end of the pattern that Bleuette is so spoiled and knows what she wants.
Violetta was clear that she also wanted a chapeau and shoes along with her new ensemble! In the 1927 Chapeau de Chenille pattern it states that hats of chenille are all the fashion and Bleuette has seen them and thinks they are very beautiful! So I again complied with her wishes by crocheting her the chenille hat. Her new shoes were then cobbled from the 1921 Petits Souliers en Peau de Gants (little shoes from glove leather) pattern from matching leather – but not from a glove.

The Chapeau de Chenille is a very fun hat to make. I’m sure I’ll be making more of these for my spoiled Bleuette!

Left: 1929 Ensemble Fleuri    Right: La Semaine de Suzette ~ 1929 Ensemble Fleuri
Bleuette ~ 1929 Ensemble FleuriBleuette ~ 1929 Ensemble Fleuri
Top: 1927 Chapeau de Chenille    Middle: 1929 Ensemble Fleuri ~ Detail    Bottom: 1921 Petits Souliers en Peau de Gants
Bleuette ~ 1929 Ensemble Fleuri

Bleuette ~ 1929 Ensemble Fleuri

Bleuette ~ 1929 Ensemble Fleuri