Today's inspiration comes from the setting of The Painted Girls.
There are lots of great patterns that are either designed in France or that evoke France in many ways!
Let's start by exploring the offerings of our sponsors, all French pattern companies.
Louis Antoinette has many designs that could be made up in a lovely print such as this one, which comes as a kit with the perfect fabric & haberdashery included (and it's on sale). You'd have to add on the pattern for the Robe Lolita here.
Or you might want to go more 19th Century with a Gotham Cape to wear over your frocks on a cold Parisian night...
Orageuse has a modern, no-nonsense style that might represent a menswear element -- for example this high-necked view of the Prague Blouse in a lacy fabric plus the high-waisted Acacia Trousers and Amsterdam Blazer along with that very cute hat, makes for a very vintage inspired look.
And Deer & Doe offers up some choice dresses as well: the Centaurée Dress in its long view almost looks like something that might be worn on stage by dancers.
And their pretty Airelle Blouse could easily pass for a turn-of-the-century top if styled with a long skirt and button boots rather than bright short shorts!
Their Jolene Shirt Dress is also a vintage feeling one, less 50s retro, more turn of the century retro (I love it)
You could also check out English designer Tilly and the Buttons, as she has many patterns inspired by French style, even in the names she's chosen for them -- like the Coco Dress or the Francoise Dress -- and check out the styling of the new Nora Top pattern!
Maybe you'd just like to make some French style accessories, using this free tutorial for a stylin' French beret by Erika Bunker, on WeAllSew or this free head scarf pattern for the Brigitte Scarf from Tilly & the Buttons.
And if you want a whole lot of new ideas, try looking for this book: Home Sewn French Style by Amelie Morin-Fontaine for ideas ranging across France and from home decor to garments.
To find even more French pattern inspiration, you must explore this wonderful resource of French pattern designers compiled by Rachel of House of Pinheiro -- make sure you have enough time as there are tons of great links to explore. You've been warned!
Our next inspiration post will look more deeply into the characters for ideas about what to sew. Do you have any ideas yet? Share them in the comments!