quinta-feira, 18 de Setembro de 2014


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


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


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!

quinta-feira, 4 de Setembro de 2014


I have great news for you today!
Last year my lovely friends Emily and Ashley from Frances Suzanne have put together a great contest: Flip This Pattern. (I was lucky to be one of the contestants and flip the wonderful Bubble Pockets Shorts Pattern by Elegance and Elephants. Here it is!) This year they are taking their idea to another level with lots of new challenges and surprises and now it’s time for Flip This Pattern September Showcase!
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So what is actually going on?
Well, a lot!
You will be able to see lots of gorgeous creations made with some of the most amazing indie patterns on the market. Head over to Frances Suzanne every day to check them out! (By the way, I will be making a Serendipity Swing Coat, a pattern from an amazing new company called Sewlosophy. I loved this pattern so don’t forget to come back in a couple of days and see what I have sewn. I have to admit I have changed a bit the original pattern. After all it is Flip This Pattern, right?!)
You will also be able to win a bunch of patterns. Try your luck on the rafflecopter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And you will be able to buy these patterns for very nice prices. Check out the discount coupons here. (Don’t forget the coupons will run through September 19.)
Is this enough? No! There is more! There is a linky party where you can add any creation made with any pattern from any featured designer. Check them out and don’t forget to share your creations!

segunda-feira, 1 de Setembro de 2014


My kids school doesn’t have a uniform so, to make my mornings easier, I kind of decided denim trousers/shorts/skirts would be their informal uniform. The only problem is that it is so hard to find loose fitting trousers in our stores. Shinnies are all I can buy… So I decided to make a pair of Clover Denim Trousers Teresa could wear to school and be cool and comfortable ate the same time. Here they are!
The Pattern: Clover Shorts by Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House for Willow and Co. Besides turning the shorts into trousers by lengthening them, I’ve omitted a couple of nice features from this wonderful pattern because I wanted a super fast project to sew. So I kept the side pockets but left behind the belt and its loops. I love the fitting of these trousers! I think they are really unique!
Fabric / Notions: The fabric is light weight denim from an ugly women’s dress I bought at my local street market for 3 Euros. It is really soft and drapes nicely and that’s why I bought such and hideous peace of garment (sorry, but I forgot to take “before” photos). I’ve sew everything with contrasting white thread and I am glad I did it because it adds some texture to the plain and monochromatic denim fabric.

So here are a couple of last minute photos from my last sewing project just in time to share with Willow and Co. Back to School Contest!

And, good news, these trousers look great with the Aster Cardigan I made last week. I think Teresa already has a proper first day of school outfit!


sexta-feira, 29 de Agosto de 2014


I’ve made a cardi! A knit cardi! I am so happy!
I’ve always had issues sewing with knits but, when I saw Willow and Co. Aster Cardigan, I knew I had to give it a try. So I bought a new - but cheap and not fancy at all - sewing machine and a piece of not very stretchy knit and finally went for it. You know what? It wasn’t as hard as I thought! And I think I will be sewing a lot more with knits from now on.
The Pattern: Aster Cardigan by Vanessa from lbg-studio for Willow and Co. Patterns. This is such a simple and easy pattern to sew. Yet the result is super clean and professional! The original pattern comes with a collar (actually it comes with two lovely types of collar) but, this time, I’ve decided to make it a little bit different: I’ve finished the neckline with bias tape in order to close the cardigan with a bow.
Fabric /Notions: White and red striped knit from my local shop (Os Bispos) and white and navy polka dot bias tape I had on my stash.
We have been postponing the photo shot all week as Teresa was not in the mood for photos but today we really had to do it and all I got was this grumpy face…

..then, when Teresa started having fun, she wouldn’t show the cardigan!
Enough photos for today!
PS. Do you know Willow and Co. is hosting a fantastic “back to school” contest? Check it out here and don’t forget to add your Willow and Co. creations!
PS (for Portuguese readers). A minha nova maquina foi comprada no LIDL por 100 Euros e estou impressionada com a relação qualidade/preço desta maquina. Uma optima compra para alguém que se queira iniciar nas costuras!

quinta-feira, 21 de Agosto de 2014


Last year I’ve had the pleasure of testing Suz, from the Australian blog Sew Pony, first PDF Pattern: Debbie’s Birthday Dress, but I completely forgot to take decent photos and blog about the dress I made with the test pattern… The dress still fits Teresa and she wore it today to go to our local public library. When I saw her reading a Portuguese version of one of Marcel Marlier's books (she is actually reading not posing for the photo! she didn't even knew I was taking a photo!) I knew I had to finally show you this dress!
The Pattern: Debbie Birthday Dress by Sew Pony. What a timeless simple pattern this is! It has several options – you can check out here two different dresses I made with this pattern last summer – and it is perfect for a beginner seamstress. But, if you are more confident in making children’s clothes, this is also a great pattern to “flip” and add details.
Fabric/Notions: Main fabric is from a pillowcase I bought at my local street market for 1 Euro! It is super soft and I love the black dotted print. I’m sorry but I can’t remember where I bought the red lace...  I think it is also from my local street market but I am not sure.
We had fun during this photo shot!


And, at the end, Ines decided to take part too! She is wearing one of the few non handmade woven clothes she has. This dress is actually a nightgown I bought at fancy local children’s clothes shop (Anti Milk) before I knew how to sew…

The photos where taken (with my iPhone...) at one of my favorite buildings in Cascais: Santa Marta Lighthouse. Isn't it fabulous?!

After launching Debbie’s Birthday Dress, Suz has also designed a lovely shirt, The Little Betty Top (as soon as I can master knits I will have to sew this pattern!), and a gorgeous swimsuit, The Cosy Swimsuit (here is my version). Don´t forget to check out Sew Pony shop for more detailed information on these patterns!