domingo, 26 de Outubro de 2014

KIDS CLOTHES WEEK. LOLA DRESS

Teresa and Ines love Charlie and Lola books. And so do I! Lola is such a fun character and I absolutely adore the brother and sister relationship these two have. They are so sweet together. These books are entertaining and educational at the same time.
(Thank you so much Ines for the help with this photo! I couldn't have done it without you!)

And, of course, I love the way Lauren Child dresses her characters. Not only the illustrations are gorgeous and imaginative but also all clothes are simple, comfortable and stylish. So, as this season’s Kids Clothes Week theme is Storybook, I had to make a Lola dress.


The Pattern: The Norah Dress and Tunic by Mouse House Creations. I’ve been wanting to try this pattern since it as released and now I had the perfect opportunity! I loved sewing it and it was quite a simple and fun project to make. The pattern is impeccable and the instructions are spot on. I love the fitting and Teresa loves her new dress too.
Fabric/Notions: Main fabric is Sugar Hill by Tanya Whelan for FreeSpirit and it was bought at my local quilting shop (Patch-Mania) on super sale. Lucky me as this is a gorgeous fabric! I love the colors and the way the plaid is printed on bias. For the collar I picked from my fabric stash a bit of white birdseye pique that I had left from these dresses I made a couple of weeks ago. The button at the back is vintage and was bought at a local street market (Mercado de Benfica) last winter.





 
 
And, you know what? I was not the only one making a Lola dress for KCW. My good friend Suz has also made this gorgeous Lola dress on the other side of the world. I wish I could find a bit of that vintage fabric on my local shop. Stunning, isn’t it?! Head over Sew Pony for more details!
 

terça-feira, 21 de Outubro de 2014

THE HEMLOCK TOP BY E+E TURNED INTO DRESS

If you have been following my blog I think you already know I love Elegance and Elephants Patterns. The Bubble Pockets Shorts (Heidi is improving this pattern and it will be available again very soon)was actually the first indie pattern I bought and it is still among my favorite designs! I’ve sewn my first pair of Bubble Pocket Shorts last summer and, a month later, I flipped them into rompers for Flip This Pattern contest. Then I’ve sewn this colorful Spin Skirt and it has turned out so simple but gorgeous… This pattern is now my “to go” pattern for simple skirts (I’ve got another pair on my cutting table right now!) Finally, this summer I made a Bohemian Babydoll for Teresa and love it! Once again a simple, well draft pattern that fits my daughters to perfection!

So when Heidi asked me to sew any pattern from her new Fall Collection I had to say yes!
The Pattern: The Hemlock Top by Elegance and Elephants. Since I am trying to start sewing with knits I picked the Hemlock Top but Teresa needed a knit dress she could wear during the winter with leggings so I’ve turned it into a short dress. I love the simple but stylish design of the pattern and this dress was so easy and fast to sew! As usually, Heidi’s instructions are perfect and, even if I am not very used to sew with knits, I think I did a great job with her help. I love the overall fitting and I have to confess I can’t wait to try the original pattern! I actually am waiting for some gorgeous fabric from this shop to arrive to start sewing!

Fabric/Notions: Main fabric is a nice polka dot knit in blue and turquoise from my local shop (Ouro Texteis) and, for a little bit of fun, I added a couple of details in a gorgeous Liberty of London woven fabric. While the shoulder ruffles are from the original pattern and are perfect, the kangaroo pocket is self-draft and, next time, I might have to make it slightly bigger…


It is still too hot in Portugal to wear long-sleeved dresses but I know this drees will be worn again and again in the cold winter days!
Finally, I've got good news: all Elegance and Elephants' patterns are on sale (1$ off) until October 24th. Use the coupon code TOUR at the check out!
(Enough photos, now!)


quinta-feira, 16 de Outubro de 2014

I (HEART) MARCEL MARLIER


A couple of months ago I received an email from my friends An and Suz asking me if I would like to join them on a series celebrating Marcel Marlier’s work. Of course I had to say yes! Anita’s books (that's the Portuguese name for Martine) were part of my childhood and are a great inspiration for the clothes I make for my daughters now.
Our public library has an amazing collection of vintage editions of Anita’s books so I went there for some inspiration last September (here is Teresa reading an Anita book and wearing a Debbie's dress). I knew I wanted to sew a dress for each of my daughters and, when I saw these two dresses, I thought they were perfect.
So my first thought was to make an exact copy of the dresses and then take some photos at the park with the right accessories.
(Teresa was really committed to play the book character but Ines not so much so this was the best photo I manage to take...)
But then I couldn’t help myself… These dresses were too classical! I needed to add something to make them look a little bit more edgy…  So I draft a couple of ideas and went back to my local store to get new zippers. Yellow zippers! (Thank you Ines and Sara for helping me on the difficult task of choosing the perfect color for the zippers when I was in between these two options!)
So my daughters look a lot like Anita and her friend here…
..but I don’t think Marcel Marlier would dress Anita and her friend like this.
The Pattern: Hanami Dress by Straightgrain. I love this pattern since I’ve tested last year. The fitting is perfect and it has so many gorgeous options. Besides changing the back invisible zipper for an exposed zipper I kept the pattern original and I think it fits right into Anita’s vintage style.
 

 
Fabric/Notions: All fabrics and notions are from my local shop. The white fabric on both dresses is cotton birdseye pique and the colored (red and blue) fabric is lightweight corduroy. I love working with these classical fabrics and I think they look really great together.

I hope you liked my Anita dresses. Teresa and Ines were delighted with them. The photo shoot took place at our wonderful local park that, I think, resemble a lot with the park in the book.  
And one little detail: I didn't cut Ines hear short for her to look more like Anita. A couple of weeks ago she cut her hair by herself and, when I took her to the hair saloon, they told me this was the only way they could fix what she had done. But it was perfect for this photo shoot!
 

 

An ans Suz had put together a nice giveaway with some wonderful prizes. Feel free to take part on the rafflecopter below.
And don't forget to check out all other amazing creations on this series! As you can see below I was lucky enough to be posting my creation on the same day as Caro from La cabane d'Elilou. She makes incredible clothes for her and her kids so don't forget to head over her blog and delight yourself with her Marcel Marlier creation.
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quinta-feira, 9 de Outubro de 2014

JAPANESE SEWING BOOKS + ORGANIC FABRIC = LOVE!


Today, as autumn is finally arriving to Portugal, I will share with you a couple of dresses I made this summer for Teresa and Ines. I hope you like them as much as we do!
Pattern: View “O” from Girls Style Book by Yoshiko Tsukiori (check out here the blouse I made with another pattern from this book). I think you already know I am a huge fan of Japanese Sewing Books. The garment’s design is always gorgeous, mixing classical styles with great new ideas, the styling is clean and simple and all instructions have wonderful drawings that allow me to understand (almost) everything without speaking a word of Japanese (though, I have to admit, my book is an English version…).
(Teresa was not in the mood for photos...)
Fabric/Notions: Main fabric is Meadow Stroll from Birch Fabric’s Storyboek Two Collection and came from Fabricworm (I think it is out of stock there but I think you can still find it here and here). It is a very nice organic cotton with those super soft and special colors only Birch Fabrics has (check out here a blouse and here a couple of tank tops I made with their wonderful fabrics). I paired it with a basic green and off-white star cotton from my local store and added a bit of pink piping between the bodice and the skirt. At the store I was in-between green and strawberry red (the fox color, can you spot it?) and I am still not sure if I made the right decision… And, I almost forgot, there is a vintage pink button at the back of each dress.
We took these photos at Quinta do Pisão, a beautiful farm near Lisbon. My intention was to make the photo shoot at its gorgeous meadows but, with my kids, things don't go as planed most of the times...
 

 
...So I leave you with the girls feeding these nice donkeys!


quinta-feira, 18 de Setembro de 2014

FLIP THIS PATTERN . THE SERENDEPITY SWING COAT (TURNED INTO SHIRT BY DOGUINCHO!)

I am so happy to be back to Flip This Pattern!  It is such a great and inspiring series. I love it!

So it is time for September Showcase! This month Flip This Pattern is featuring  ten great patterns from ten rising indie designers. Great idea, isn't it?
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I was lucky enough to pick the awesome Serendipity Swing Coat from the new pattern company Sewlosophy. What a great pattern this is! I am totally overwhelmed! But I wasn't able to keep the pattern as it is... After all this is Flip This Pattern, right?
The Serendipity Swing Coat

So I made a shirt, instead of a coat and I love the over all result. It is a comfortable and stylish shirt Teresa can wear to school while the weather is still fine. (Hopefully that's until the end of October...) And then she can wear it again next spring as the shirt has plenty of room for her to grow...

Now let's talk about my flip! I actually made no changes to the original pattern pieces. I have just cut the front panel on fold and that was enough to turn the coat into a shirt!
But, since I decided this shirt would not be reversible (yes, the original pattern is reversible!) I had to change a lot the way all pattern pieces were sewn together. I've finished the neckline with contrasting bias tape (I think that's way the wonderful shoulder gathering looks a little bit "flat" on my shirt) and added a bit of striped fabric on the sleeves to be able to have a nice finish when the sleeves were rolled up. The yoke closes with snaps, instead of buttons, and I added a couple of snaps to the sleeves to keep them in place.


The main fabric for this shirt comes from one of my favorite online shops, The Fabric Stash, and it was actually bought with my prize for winning last year's Flip This Pattern. It is Dainty Blossoms Posy Pink by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Designs and it is still available, so check it out here! For the sleeves lining I picked a bit of blue and white stripped fabric from an old man's shirt given to me by a friend long time ago.

Sewing this coat was a fun and I guess I will have to sew all Sewlosophy patterns now! Not only their fitting is impeccable, but I love the design. And did you know the instructions come with a video? Amazing!

 (It was an early morning photo shoot, this one...)

Thank you Emiliy and Ashley for such a great series!
Thank you Destri for such a great pattern!

And, I almost forgot, there is a great giveaway going on and lost of discount coupons for you to get these patterns at a great price. Check it out here

sexta-feira, 12 de Setembro de 2014

SEW JAPANESE SERIES . NUTTA (TAKE 02!)

Today I am visiting for the second time this week my friend Shino, in Japan, for her great series Sew Japanese. And I am taking Ines and her new outfit with me!
Oh, and how I love this outfit!

Both blouse and shorts patterns come from the Japanese book Handmade Little Girl's Clothes by Yuki Araki and this was the first time I actually sewn with original Japanese instructions. (Ok, I admit almost all my Japanese sewing books are English or French versions. I am a cheater! This book was gently borrowed by my friend Carla. Thank you!) Not fully understanding the instructions wasn't such a big deal as the diagrams where great but, for the size chart I had to get some help from the great sewing dictionary at Japanese Sewing Books Blog...
Though I love the shorts - they are super comfy and have the cutest pockets at the front - I have to admit I am super proud of the blouse as it was made with linen thrifted from my grandmother's old bed sheets!
Courtney from Sweeter then Cupcakes is also sharing a super cool knit jumper so Ines is in great company.
Head over Nutta and check out all the details! And, if you have missed it, you can check out the blouses I shared Wednesday here!

quarta-feira, 10 de Setembro de 2014

SEW JAPANESE SERIES . NUTTA (TAKE 01!)

This week my kids and I are traveling to the other side of the world to visit my good friend Shino from the Japanese blog Nutta and be part of her first series: Sew Japanese.
Today I will be sharing a couple of tunics from the book Girls Clothings by Akiko Mano made with a lovely Japanese linen I bought at Miss Matatabi. (If you don't know yet this etsy store, you should check it out! It has the most incredible choise of fabric and great shipping rates to Europe!)

Now don't forget to head over Nutta and read what Shino has to say about this book and its author. It is super interesting! Plus, I got to answer a couple of questions about Japanese Sewing Books myself... Plus, we will be in great company as Teri from Climbing the Window will also be sharing a lovely piece of clothing!
And feel free to come back on Friday as our journey is Japan will continue!