domingo, 19 de julho de 2015

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Alice in Wonderland book is 150 years this year and my good friend Sara from Made by Sara has put together a wonderful series to commemorate it. Of course I am delighted to have been invited to join a tremendously talented group of bloggers in this series and to share my Alice inspire outfit with all of you.

I must admit I have never read the book and I am not too familiar with the story or its characters but I was so amazed and inspired with Sara’s Pinterest board that I’ve decided to search a little more and now I think I might have to buy the book and read it during this summer vacation.

 
 
What about my Alice outfit? First of all I wanted to make something Teresa would actually wear this summer. I didn’t want one more dress. I wanted to sew everyday cool and wearable clothes. So this outfit is actually kind of a collage of many things that inspired me while I was checking Alice pins at Pinterest:

. Tweedledee and Tweedledum black and white stripes,

. White Rabbit ears,

. Playing card palace guards (the green version!)

. And, most of all, the wonderful Alice quotes!

Is it “Alicy” enough? I don’t really know but I like it anyway…

 
PATTERNS: Twisted Tank by Titchy Threads (untwisted version), Montparnasse Hoodie by Ottobre Magazine 4/2010 (the hood was slightly modified so I could add the rabbit ears) and City Gym Shorts by Purl Bee (I have used the bias tape as facing on these shorts because I wanted them to be as simple as possible). All patterns are absolutely amazing! The untwisted version of the Twisted Tank and the City Gym Short have become my favorite patterns for this summer (I’ve made so far 3 tanks and 5 pair of shorts!) and I think I will sew a couple more of Montparnasse hoodies next fall…


FABRIC: The tank and the hoodie were made in matching black and white striped knit (can you believe this is the same fabric An has used for this series too? We have actually bought it together on our trip to Paris!) While the hood and its ears are lined with a bit of green cotton with some minuscule playing cards black and white clovers and pikes I found on the remnant bin at my local shop (Feira dos Tecidos), the tank has a wonderful Alice quote printed in light blue. The shorts are made with so black denim I found at my local store (Ouros Texteis, Cascais) and it is super soft. The bias tape is blue, to match Alice’s dress and – sorry, I forgot to take photos! - I have also used a bit of the green playing cards fabric on the waistband facing.


But that’s not all! Sara is such a sweet girls, she has put together a giveaway for you. Try your luck on the rafflecopter below and you might win 7 PDF patterns!
 
 
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And don't forget to check out the other Alice in Wonderland crations. You will find some pretty amazing clothes!


Monday July 13th ||  Kid Approved  |  Call Ajaire
Tuesday July 14th ||  Sew Country Chick  |  Feathers Flights  |  StraightGrain
Wednesday July 15th ||  Sewpony  | As It Seams  |  Dotta
Thursday July 16th ||  Boy, oh Boy, oh Boy Crafts  |  Brooklyn Pattern Co.  |  Pienkel
Friday July 17th  ||  While She Was Sleeping  |  My Cozy Co. |  Girl Like The Sea
Sunday July 19th ||  Paisley Roots  |  La Inglesita  |  DoGuincho

terça-feira, 14 de julho de 2015

DEAR PRUDENCE BY SEW PONY


Today I am really happy to be part of the Dear Prudence Pattern Tour! Dear Prudence is the latest pattern designed by my good friend Suz and, like all other Sew Pony patterns, it is absolutely gorgeous!
PATTERN: Dear Prudence by Sew Pony.  Are you into unique and special designs with a touch of vintage style and some cool technics that might challenge you just a bit? Then this is a pattern for you! The ultra-complete instructions will guide you through out the all process and you might learn a couple of things while sewing your Dear Prudence.
What have I learned? I am happy to tell you that this pattern made me face an old fear of mine: shrinking shirring! It was actually my first time shrinking shirring with elastic thread and, though my shrinking shirring is far from perfect yet, I think it is quite acceptable for a beginner... I hope I can master this technic really fast as I love it and want to use it more often. (Thank you Suz for helping me  distinguish shrinking from shirring!)

 
For Teresa’s dress, I chose the cap sleeve option and I have only changed three things to the original design: 1. Instead of 9cm of shrinking lines, I have sewn only about 5cm because, as I told you before, I was afraid of shrinking! 2. I’ve hemmed the dress with piping because somehow I messed with the dress length and didn’t have enough fabric to make a regular double folded hem… 3. I added a belt. I don’t really know why I did it (because I do like the dress the way it is) but it just felt right! Maybe it was because I was using a solid color fabric. Anyway, I think the belt looks nice and Teresa and she likes it too.
Teresa was the one picking the hat for this photo shoot. She is starting to like to take photos! Should I be happy about it or not?... I really don't know if I am happy about it...
FABRIC: White cotton from a bed sheet I bought long ago at Zara Home. This is a super soft fabric with some nice little wrinkles (I’m afraid you can´t see them on the pictures…). Nothing special but Teresa wanted a white dress so I had to make her a white dress. As I was afraid the white cotton might be slightly see-through, my Dear Prudence is fully lined with some white voile from my local shop too. All notions were found on my very big notions stash (don’t you love when that happens?!): both piping and buttons are vintage and the belt buckle was bought on my trip to Copenhagen at Hadler Tekstiler, a great haberdashery in the city center.  

I hope you liked my Dear Prudence! Now please check all other gorgeous dresses from the pattern tour and, if you feel inspired to make one – as I am sure you will!-, don’t forget to use the code PRUDENCE15 to get 15% discount on your pattern.

And for more inspiration check out my Paris Sew Social post. There you will find a quite free approach to this pattern…

sexta-feira, 10 de julho de 2015

THE BEDFORD DRESS AND TOP BY BROOKLYN PATTERN CO.

I don’t know if I have already told you but, lately, Teresa has been really hard to please in terms of clothing. I have been struggling to find patterns and fabrics she likes but this time, thanks to Erin from Brooklyn Pattern Co., I think I have nailed it!

As soon as I showed Teresa her new Bedford Top made with the silver star France Duval-Stalla fabric I got in Paris she said: I LOVE IT! And I thought to myself: HURRAY!

(Do you like her new, kid of pirate without one front tooth, look?)
PATTERN: The Bedford Dress and Top by Brooklyn Pattern Co. I must confess I also felt in love with this top/dress the first time I saw it. It is such simple but so cool design. Perfect to make a 7 year old girl look really stylish!

Teresa needed tops more than dresses so I made the top version. According to her chest measurement, I should sew a size 5 and so I did. I really like the fitting but I must confess I have already sewn another Bedford in size 7 because I love this top so much I want it to last. So, though on the blog photos Teresa is wearing the smaller top, in reality she will be wearing the bigger one and Ines will wear the smaller one. (Confusing?! That’s what happens when my kids wear matchy-matchy outfits!) And you know what? Both size 5 and size 7 do fit her nicely and that's a really great thing on a pattern.

This was the first time I have sewn a Brooklyn Pattern Co. pattern and I was amazed with the quality of the overall design, the super clear instructions (I prefer diagrams to photos and Erin’s diagrams are perfect!) and, as I said before, the impeccable fitting. But, though the instructions really easy to follow, the technics are kind of challenging… A perfect project if you are an intermediate sewer looking for a nice challenge!
On my second top I have actually used this technic to close the harmholes. It is a great "backup" technic if you don't want to topstich though the way Erin tells you to do it perfect too.


FABRIC: Grey Silver Stars Glossy Coated Cambric from France Duval-Stalla (I think this specific color is out if stock now but there are some other quite amazingcolors on sale right now.) Have I already told you that France Duval-Stalla shop was my favorite shop in Paris? (And there are some pretty amazing shops there!) I felt like buying the all store! But instead, I got this beautiful silver stars chambray and a peace of blue linen I have been selfishly saving to make a dress for myself! This chambray is truly soft and has the perfect drape for this pattern. I feel happy because I have used it to sew such a great pattern but I think I might have to go back to Paris soon to buy some more…

The zipper and matching bias tape I’ve used to hem the tunic (the only thing I have changed to the original design) are from my local shop and I just adore the contrast between the pink and the bluish grey.


So do you feel like trying this pattern too? Or the Henry? Or the Franklin? Brooklyn Pattern Co. is offering a special launch discount until July 15 (11:59p.m.)! You can get 20% off any pattern with the code SUMMERFUN15.

And don’t forget to check all other Henry and Bedford dresses and tops on the blogtour. The lineup of bloggers is amazing and I am sure we will all be super inspired!

Thank you Erin for such a great pattern!

terça-feira, 30 de junho de 2015

PARIS SEW SOCIAL (AND A GIVEAWAY!)

I still can’t believe I actually went to Paris in April to meet some amazing sewing bloggers I only knew before through their blogs or emails. It was the most incredible weekend and I already miss all the chatting about sewing, fabric, patterns and blogging....

But that’s not all! We also had the support of many wonderful sponsors how were kind enough to give us the most amazing pack of sewing supplies: from fabric to thread, from patterns to books and magazines, from pins (great pins from Snaply!) to zippers. I was truly amazed with their generosity and the quality of the products we got.

 So today I am sharing an outfit for Teresa I made (almost) exclusively with my Paris Sew Social goodies... These are the kind of clothes she likes to wear now and though she was not in the mood for photos she really did like her new tee and shorts and has been wearing them non stop.

PATTERN: Dear Prudence by Sew Pony and City Gym Sorts by The Purl Bee.


Dear Prudence is the newest pattern by Sew Pony and it is actually a pattern for a woven dress. Since I had already made the dress for next month’s pattern tour and I though the design would be great for a tee (and actually Teresa was in need of new tees), I modified slightly the bodice pattern and turned it into a tee. I must admit am kind of obsessed with the design of the collar. I love every single detail in it: the fact that it is an open collar, the piping, the little buttons… Love it!


The City Gym Shorts is a free pattern from the NY shop Purl Soho. Not only it is a free pattern but it is also a great pattern! And it comes in children and women sizes. Perfect for matching mother and daughter outfits, if you are into it! These shorts are a must have for summer time. The fitting is great and the design is simple but cool. I must admit I have changed slightly the shorts construction because I didn’t have enough bias tape… But I think the overall result is still pretty nice and I am sure I will make many more City Gym Shorts in the near future. Actually I have already made a couple more using a wonderful cotton chambray from Merchant and Mills and some Liberty bias tape. There is a sneak peek on those shorts on my Instagram. Check it out!

FABRIC: Solid dark blue organic cotton knit from Lillestoff and plaid woven cotton from MonDepot.
These too fabrics are such good quality! And I think they go together so nicely… The dark blue knit from Lilletsoff has the perfect weight for tees and, since it has a little bit of spandex, it is super stretchy and comfortable. Plus it is organic. Great fabric!
The plaid fabric from MonDepot is super soft and it was a pleasure to work with. I was kind of scared about making bias tape and piping with it but the fabric was so easy to sew… I really like the contrasting bias plaid on the shorts and I am so proud of the plaid piping and buttons on the tee. I think Teresa will not wear this two pieces of clothing together very often as they are kind of too matchy-matchy for her taste but I am sure she will wear them separately all the time as she thinks the plaid is really cool.
 

So, are you ready for the giveaway now? Well, I’ve got a pattern from Sew Pony to give in the rafflecopter below.

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But that’s not all… Actually all sewing bloggers that went to Paris have a different pattern from one of our sponsors to give on their blogs. Here they are! Do check them out!



 

 


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sexta-feira, 29 de maio de 2015

NINA CULOTTES AND SKIRT BY COMPAGNIE M. PATTERN TOUR

I still can't believe I am on a women's clothes pattern tour! I am really excited about it though I am a little bit scared too. Will you like the clothes I make for myself? Will the photos be good enough? Will you actually feel like buying the pattern after seeing what I have sewn? Well, let's hope so...
When we were together in Paris, Marte from Compagnie M. asked me if I wanted to try her new pattern, the Nina Culottes and Skirt. She was wearing a Nina skirt and the design and fitting seemed perfect but I was not sure if culottes were my style so I told her I would think about it. I gave it some thought and I am so glad I said yes! I actually made a skirt and a pair of culottes and I love them both!

Let's start with the skirt. Since, according to the size chart, I am a XXS at the hip and a S (almost a M!) at the waist I decided to make a muslin and I am glad I did! I don't like to make muslins but I am learning they are very, very important! Well, my muslin "told me" I should make a size XS and so I did!
Then I had to choose one of (so many) different options for the pockets and enclosure this pattern offers... But that was easy! I knew right from the start I wanted the diagonal side pockets and side invisible zipper (next time I hope I have the courage to add the double welt pockets!)
I made only a couple of changes to the original pattern: I added interfacing to the waistband and shortened a bit the hem (I'm sorry but I don't know how much...). The fabric is Simply Color, Metro Dots Dotty Ombre Grey by V and Co., a quilting cotton I had on my stash for ages! I am not a great fan of women's clothes made with quilting cotton but I think it works quite nicely for this pattern. Plus I love the design! These dots are so much fun but it is still quite a discreet print. Finally, I was lucky enough to have the perfect matching color piping on my stash too so I finished the hem with it and I am glad I added this little detail to my skirt.
While I was sure I was going to love the skirt, I was not that sure about the culottes... I thought culottes were for tall women and I am kind of short. Guess what? I was wrong! The Nina Culottes really have a nice and flattering fit.
My pair of culottes are not made of woven fabric though... I made them with french terry! They were super fast to sew (no side zipper needed as the fabric stretches) and they are so comfy! Plus I think they fit quite nicely and look much fancier then a pair of yoga pants. What have I changed from the original pattern? Not much! Of course I didn't add the side zipper and since I was making the culottes with stretchy fabric I cut a size 14 and used slightly shorter waistbands in order to get a better fit. Once again the hem is slightly shorter then the original, maybe about 5cm, I think.

The fabric is, once again, from my stash and I think I got it on my local shop. The qualities is quite nice and I hope the black will not fade when washed... Because I want to wear these culottes for a long, long time!
Well, do you feel like sewing a Nina skirt or a pair of Nina culottes? You can win a copy of the pattern here! Good luck!

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