Hi my friends! Are you still there?!
I hope you are as today I have a really cool blouse to show you. I hope you like it as much as I do!
PATTERN: Lana Blouse by Coffee and Thread (women's version). I had lost my sewing mojo and Olga's invitation for Lana's pattern tour was just the right kick I needed to get it back. This pattern was a perfect project as, though it was a really quick sew, it was also just enough challenging and fun. Plus I was quite impressed with the fitting of my new blouse. Thought it is slightly more fitted then I am used to, it is super flattering. The pattern comes with several options. I made the blouse but there is also a dress version and a long sleeve version. I can't wait to try them both!
FABRIC: Silver Lurex Light Cotton Jersey Fabric from Mike Tecidos. I bought this fabric a couple of summers ago when I visit for the first time Mike Tecidos store in the north of Portugal. I think they carry mostly leftover fabric from local ready to wear factories and sometimes it is possible to find really nice fabrics for amazing prices. This light cotton has just the right drape for the Lana Blouse. The color is a cool shade of mint green/blue and the shine of the sliver lurex makes it look a little bit special but still wearable on my everyday life.
Get your Lana Blouse pattern with a nice 20% discount during the pattern tour with the code "lanatour". Don't forget to check the children's version too! Or maybe get the bundle and sew a matchy matchy outfit…
quarta-feira, 7 de novembro de 2018
sábado, 31 de março de 2018
We had so many rainy cold days this winter… I hope sewing summer nice clothes will bring nicer weather.
So let’s start with the right foot by sewing my favorite girl’s summer pattern in a super cool new print from my also favorite organic cotton fabric brand.
FABRIC: Tyrsky Jersey in Light Blue/Vanilla and Solid Black Rib by Nosh Organic. I am always super exited when Nosh releases its new prints. They always have something nice for me and something cool for the kids. This spring/summer is no exception! The wave print is perfect for our summertime since we live across the street from the beach and we spent lots of fun times there. This print comes in several colors but Teresa picked the light blue one – my favorite one too – so I ordered it to make her something nice for the summer. Choosing the right rib was not easy as I had in my stash both solid black and stripped black/vanilla rib. I would have picked the striped as I think it would had a fun detail to the dress but Teresa asked me to keep it simple so, as I really wanted her to like and wear her new summer dress, I went for the solid black. As usual, it was a pleasure to sew with Nosh knit. It has the perfect stretch and recovery and it is easy to sew. Plus I know the dress will look exactly the same at the end of the summer, after having been worn and washed to exhaustion.
Racerback Dress by Hey June. This is my “to go” summer pattern. It is easy to
sew, even easier to wear, I love it and my kids love it too. The only down
side: size 8 is the biggest size… Thankfully Teresa – how is already 10 - is
quite skinny and size 8 still fits her pretty nicely. I made no changes to the
original pattern but I added a couple of centimeters at the hem as I wanted
this dress to last as much as possible. This pattern is perfect for the Nosh’s
bold wave print and, though it is still a simple racerback dress, the small
detail with the back contrasting yoke and the gatherings makes it super
So all we need now is the sun to shine and the temperatures to rise so Teresa can wear her new summer dress!
Thank you Hey June for such a wonderful free pattern! Can we please have this pattern in bigger sizes? Maybe even a teen or women’s pattern?
Thank you Nosh for such nice fabrics! I think you are spoiling me and the kids and it will be hard to sew and wear other knits after having tried Nosh!
quinta-feira, 15 de março de 2018
It has been
a busy week around here! But when a good friend launches a great pattern and
asks if you feel like sewing it, is it possible to say no? Of course not! So I
The Nina Blouse by Coffee and Thread. When I went to my local shop with my almost
finished Nina blouse to look for some nice buttons, the waitress said: “Did you
sew this?! It looks amazing. So perfect and professional!” I blushed but I knew
it was all Olga’s fault as she had put together not only a beautiful timeless
design but also a great pattern. Plus the fitting is perfect! I made the cap
sleeve version – there is a long sleeve too – with round collar – there is a scalloped
collar too – in size 8 for my skinny 10 year old daughter as the sizing chart
was pointing into that size. I made no changes to the original pattern but I
added a couple of top stiches here and there because Teresa wanted her Nina to
look more casual and denim shirt like.
Denim/chambray bed sheet from my local street market (buttons and bias tape are
from my local shops.) Every Wednesday there is a street market in Cascais and sometimes
it is possible to find real gems there. This fabric was definitely one! For 5
euros I got enough fabric to make shirts for all the family. The quality seems to
be really nice as the fabric is incredibly soft and has good drape. Since
Teresa asked me for a casual denim shirt, I thought having contrasting topstitching
would make sense. And all other details fallowed that topstitching: the sleeves
and neckline are finished with matching color bias tape and the buttons are the
exact same color as the thread.
I am really
happy with my Nina blouse. And so is Teresa. I just hope spring arrives soon so
she can start wearing her new denim shirt.
terça-feira, 13 de março de 2018
When I was
contacted again to try their new Spring/Summer Collection I felt really
privileged to be able to work with such luxurious fabrics again.
FABRIC: Ciccioni05 from Lotte Martens Party Animals limited edition SS18. This beautiful
lightweight jarcard comes in several colors but I felt in love with the
silver/pink/green combination. The fabric is really rich and luxurious and, as
it is not too heavy, it has a nice drape. Though it frays easily – after all it
is a jacard! – it was not hard at all to sew with. The colors are vibrant but
not too laud and that makes it perfect for garment sewing. I had 1 meter of fabric so I was planning to make a blouse but, to my surprise, the fabric was enough for this dress pattern so I went for it.
View W from the Japanese book Stylish Party Dresses. I knew I needed a tried
and trusted pattern so I would not ruined Lotte Martens precious fabric. This
pattern has a simple but elegant and easy to wear shape that fits my body type
nicely (or at least I think so!) plus I had made a linen version of this dress
last year and I still like it so much… I am glad I made this decision! While
last time I made the dress without any adjustments, this time I had to reduce about
10cm in height as I did not have enough fabric to make it as long and decided to add
inseam side pockets. I am so glad I added the pockets! They are the perfect
detail for this simple dress!
so much Lotte Martens for giving me the opportunity to sew with your fabrics
once again! I am delighted with my new dress and I hope spring arrives soon so
I can start wearing it.
domingo, 11 de março de 2018
late than never, right? So here is my Catherine Cardigan!
PATTERN: Catherine Cardigan by Sew Pony. Well, the Catherine Cardigan I’ve got to show
you today isn’t actually a cardigan… Teresa was desperately in need of long
sleeve tees so I made a couple of small changes to the pattern – inspired by
the super talented Trine – and now Teresa has a new tee she loves. As she asked
me to keep the pussy bow, I decided to cut a stripe of fabric to create a fake
placket using the original placket pattern. Because I was making a tee, I’ve finished
the neckline with a regular band, instead of the neckband provided, and the
long sleeves with a hem, instead of a cuff. Hacking this pattern was super easy
– for sure because it is such a nice pattern!
I am glad Teresa asked me to keep the pussy bow. Such a cute special detail, isn’t it?
Black slub cotton/linen knit from my local shop (Feiras dos Tecidos). I bought
this piece of fabric long time ago not realizing it was too small to make something
for myself. When I started sewing I didn’t think slub knit was appropriate for children
clothes… I didn’t think black was suitable for children’s clothes either... But
things change and now I feel like this combination is perfect for my pre-teen
girl! Especially because I know she likes it and she will actually wear it. I
wanted to make the central stripe and the bow in a different color but Teresa
asked me to keep it simple so I did. It isn’t as photogenic – for blogging purposes
- but it works out so nicely in “real
live”… We are happy!
Thank you so
much Suz for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. Congrats on another
Ines also wanted to take part of the photo shoot. Here she is wearing a couple of garments that never made the blog: After School pants by Oliver and S in denim from my local shop and Hemlock Top by Elegance and Elephants in Nosh Organic knit fabric.
Find theCatherine Cardigan Pattern at Sew Pony Shop and get inspired by all the gorgeous
cardigans on the tour fallowing the links bellow.
quarta-feira, 10 de janeiro de 2018
Baby L was born just before Christmas and, to celebrate it, Annika’s sewing friends got together and organized a virtual baby shower for her and her baby girl.
This was, of course, the perfect opportunity to sew some cute little baby clothes…
Birdie Birdie Jersey Dress and Caterpillar Leggings both for Ottobre MagazineSpring 1/2015. I think you already know about my love for Ottobre knit patterns…
I love their simple design and perfect fitting. But I also love how practical
and easy to wear their designs are. So it was a no brainer to choose a little
dress and a pair of leggings for Annika’s baby girl from one of the magazines I
own. Baby L will look stylish and but super comfortable. I made no changes to
the original patterns except for the neckline finish on the dress. Because I
couldn’t find any matching ribbing, I made a simple neckband (serged and
topstitched with a double needle) instead of a “proper” neck binding. I think
this way it is slightly stretchier and hopefully easier to dress and undress.
Liberty Cotton Jersey from Mike Tecidos (sorry, it is out of stock!) and
Striped Cotton Jersey from Maria Pirosa. It is hard to find nice Jersey fabric
in Portugal but I got lucky with both these fabrics. I just hope Annika likes
the soft prints!
Last but not least…
Because, with babies, there is always the need to store an extra set of clothing or a diaper, I though a nice matching knit bag would come handy. So, with the leftover fabric I had, I made a simple – but personalized – bag for Babby L.
Annika! I hope we can meet soon!
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quarta-feira, 20 de dezembro de 2017
Bento Tee by Liesl and Co. The Bento Tee is one of my all-time favorite knit
patterns. It comes with two different styles: a simple tee with cuffed sleeves
and a long sleeve sweatshirt with front pockets. Last year I made several
simple tees and sweaters using this pattern but I didn’t try the pockets option
as I thought the pockets were a little bit too high on the torso for my taste. When
I got this gorgeous fabric from Nosh (more about it bellow), I decided it was finally
time to try the pockets! Since I had some extra fabric, I could add some length
to the bodice so the pockets would lay a little bit lower - hopefully at the waist
line! I was thinking about making a long sweater to wear with skinny jeans but
now I really like to see it as a mini dress. I think the boxy shape of the Bento
works really nice as a mini-dress. As
long as I don’t have to lift my harms too high…
Silmu Knit in Black – Vanilla by Nosh. I must admit felt in love with
the structured knits collection Nosh has put together this year the moment I
saw it. All colors and textures are simply perfect for winter sewing! As usually,
the quality is top. But that’s not all. Though the Silmu is a cotton sweatshirt
fabric, it looks a lot more luxurious. I actually feel like my mini dress looks
quite fancy and not sporty at all. Sewing with the Silmu was super easy as the
fabric is quite stable. I used my serger in very seam but sew the pockets seam first
with my sewing machine. (I’ve also added a stripe of interfacing at the pockets
to be sure they stayed crisped and nice looking.) The neckline is finished with
a narrow neckband made with Nosh rib in black and all hems are finished with a
double needle, just as the pattern calls for.
might be my last make of 2017 and it is for sure one of my favorites. It was a
pleasure to collaborate with Nosh Fabrics this year. Sewing and wearing nice
organic fabric is a so, so good!