quarta-feira, 20 de maio de 2015


I am so excited to finally share with you a super exciting project I have worked on for the past couple of months… I still can’t believe it, actually… But guess it is true: I am a contributor for STYLO 04!

This is just a super-fast blogpost because I know you want to head over right now to Stylo webpage and dig in this wonderful and exciting mag. But let me just say thank you to:

-          Celina a Jessica for the invitation and for creating Stylo. You rock!

-          Antonio Moutinho (and Teresa and Duarte) for helping me with the photos. I couldn’t have done it without you!

-          Michael Miller for the amazing neon fabric. This fabric is truly special and gave Teresa and Ines’ dresses a special spark!

-          An (Straightgrain), Farrah (Mingo and Grace), Shauna (Shwin & Shwin) and Sarah (Cali Faye) for the wonderful patterns. Sewing with indie patterns is such a pleasure!

This was an amazing experience and I am truly honored to be part of a magazine packed with super talented bloggers! Hurray!

terça-feira, 5 de maio de 2015


As promised yesterday, here I am with something I made with a pattern generously given by one of the sponsors of the Kid’s Sewing Bloggers Meeting in Paris. I hope you like it as much as I do!

PATTERN: The Cappuccino Dress and Tunic by Liesl and Co. I felt in love with this pattern when I saw the dresses my friend Ines made for her and her sister. They looked perfect! So, when Maria from the Spanish online shop Telaria contacted us offering a super generous voucher to spend on her shop this pattern was my first pick. The design is quite simple but has some nice details and the fitting is amazing. Plus this is such a comfortable and wearable tunic but I find it also quite stylish.
FABRIC: Black with some very tinny grey dots light weight cotton (I am afraid this fabric might not be 100% cotton, but I am not sure) from one of my local stores (I am not sure if it is from Feira dos Tecidos or Park dos Tecidos…) This is actually not a very good quality fabric but I do love the print and, since I didn’t want to ruin one of the fabrics I got in Paris, I decided to make a wearable muslin with this one. I only had enough fabric for the tunic but I hope to make the dress very soon.

(my Iphone got crazy on this photo, the fabric has already some wrinkles, but I liked the way the fabric was drapping so much, I had to show you...)
I must say I am in love with my new tunic and I can’t wait to sew the same pattern with one of the Atelier Brunette fabrics I got in Paris. As usually, Leisl instructions are spotless and I absolutely love the fitting, especially the collar. I picked size 2, according to my chest measurements but, though I don’t plan to sew a size up next time, I think I might make the side seams just a little bit narrower on the chest area to make it ever so slightly looser…

(The tunic is the perfect match for my new Liberty of London Bensimon sneakers...)
Thank you so much Maria for the pattern. I can’t wait to go back to your shop! And, my lovely readers, do check out Telaria on-line shop as I am sure you will love it. There you will find gorgeous fabric and notions and amazing patterns, magazines and books,… (Plus Maria is one of the nicest persons I have ever meet!)

segunda-feira, 4 de maio de 2015


I am sorry if it has been a little bit quite around here but I have to confess you I have been busy. Super busy, actually!
And now it is time to tell you what I have been doing these last few weeks… Well, I’ve been working very hard to finish a big architectural project, but I will not bother you with that, I have been sewing for a secret project I can’t share yet, I guess you might have seen one or two sneak peeks on my Instagram, and I’ve been to PARIS!
But it wasn’t just a trip to Paris… It was a sewing bloggers meeting in Paris!
So let me tell you a little bit about this trip. It all started when Annika and Gioia decided to send an email to some European sewing bloggers asking if they would like to meet for a weekend of fabric shopping in Paris. I was so excited to receive the invitation! But, at first I didn’t know if I would be able to join them. You know: Who will take care of the children? Will I have enough money for this trip? But I finally said yes and now I am so glad I did!

(The group photo! . Photo by Annabelle from Anna Ka Bazzar)
(Top row: Marte, Miren, Goia, Annika, me, Maartje, Sophie, Nienke, Victoria and Laura . Bottom row: Maria, Nina (and her lovley daughter), LauraAn and Olu)

The weekend was amazing! We had such a wonderful time together! Everyone was so nice and it was so much fun to finally be able to actually talk to all my “virtual” friends. Though we had some visits and dinners already planned, we also had plenty of time just to walk around Paris and get to know each other a little bit better or discuss sewing/blogging stuff.
(Sophie and I at the Louvre . Photo by Annika)
(Victoria, Sophie and I having a picnic and a nice chat at Place des Vosges. Photo by Annika)

And, of course, I (we) bought so much fabric… Amazing fabric, I must add… Paris has some amazing fabric/notions shops. We didn’t have time to go to all of them but here are the ones I have been to. They are all amazing and, if you sew and ever go to Paris, you must visit them:
. Petit Pan . 7 Rue de Prague . Gorgeous and colorful fabric for children clothing. The store also has some lovely finished garments, just in case you don’t feel like sewing…
. La Droguerie . 9 et 11 rue du Jour . Amazing fabric and even more amazing notions on a beautiful shop. The shop is also famous around knitters, I think.
. Anna Ka Bazaar . 17, rue Jean Beausire . All fabrics from Atelier Brunette on a lovely shop. Annabelle was the nicest hostess!
(Annika and I at Anna Ka Bazaar . Photo by Olu)

. Le Coupons de Saint Pierre . 1, Place Sait-Pierre . This store is very different from the others. It is a 5 story store with lots and lots of fabric. I wasn’t particularly impressed with it but I did love some smaller stores selling mostly 3 meter cuts in the surrounding streets.
(Chilling out after some crazy shopping near Sacre Cour. Nina’s lollipop was gracefully provided by the super funny owner of the last shop we went to. Top photo: Nina and Marte. Bottom photo Marte, Olu and Annika.)

. France Duval-Stalla . 24, Rue Mayet . This might have been my favorite shop. Besides France’s designs the store also sells Atelier Brunette, Cotton and Steel, Liberty of London…
. Mokuba . 18, Rue Montmartre. I came across this store by chance and was so impressed with it! Can you picture a super fancy candy shop? Well, Mokuba looks like it but its shelves are full of top quality (and top price) ribbons and tapes.

I’ve also been to a couple of nice bookstores. Here they are:
. Artazart . 83, Quai de Valmy . Not a sewing related store but a super cool bookstore in a nice neighborhood. A great choice of photography, cooking, fashion and design books and magazines. And it is open on Sunday! .
Junku . 18, Rue des Pyramides . A big Japanese store in the middle of Paris with a very nice choice of Japanese sewing books and magazines. A must see if, like me, you love Japanese sewing patterns.
(Everything I got in Paris. It almost didn't fit my travel bag!)

And if you are visiting Paris in the next couple of months and you are already tired of shopping and need something else to do don’t forget to visit the new Philharmonie de Paris and the David Bowie exhibit. Though the building, by Jean Nouvel, is quite impressive, I was even more impressed with the show. I hope it gets to Portugal one day so I can see it again as I had a great time exploring David Bowie’s world.

So now I think you already have quite an overview of our wonderful weekend, right? So this might not have been possible without the contribution of our wonderful sponsors… Here they are!

Thank you so much: Bernina, Lillestoff, Cousette, Nosh, FabFab, Telaria, Alles für Selbermacher, Supercut, Imagine Gnats, Nutta, Mon Depot, Tuttle, Aurifil, Snaply, Joyfits, Ottobre, Compagnie M., Do Guincho, Titchy Threads, Made It, Kid Approved, Schneidermeistern , Delia Creates, Willow&Co, Mouse House Creations, Sofilantjes, Sewpony, LBG Studio, Loubee Clothing, Straightgrain, Elegance&Elephants, Hey June, Paisley Roots, St. Christopher's Inns & Paris Office du Tourisme

On our goodie bags we had fabric, notions, books, magazines, paper patterns, pdf patterns, coupon codes for online shops,… It felt like Christmas! (Or even better then Christmas!)
(My goodie bag. Amazing, right?)

Besides the amazing goodie bag, Bernina sponsored some fabric shopping at Anna Ka Bazaar and a delicious dinner in a French bistro, St. Christopher’s Inn gave us a very nice discount on their amazing hostel at Gare du Nord (well located, super clean and a nice place to stay in Paris), and Office du Tourisme de Paris offered us a nice boat trip on the Seine river.

But that’s not all! Our lovely sponsors also gave us something to offer our lovely readers!
(The first prize includes jerseys from Lillestoff (the rose print sponsored by Lillestoff, the ABC print sponsored by joy fits), a Andrea Lauren bag filled with goodies from Alles für Selbermacher, an Ottobre magazin, a 15$ voucher for Imagine Gnats Shop and a sewing magazine from Stoffe.de.)
(The second prize includes a jersey with roses from lillestoff, a fun dinosaur fabric sponsored by mon depot, some pink ribbing from Nosh, a lace zipper from Snaply, nice spools from Aurifil, a paper pattern by Compagnie M. and a sewing magazine from Stoffe.de.)
(The third prize includes a flowery popeline from Lillestoff, white jersey from Nosh, blue Lycra (?) with Cupcakes from mon depot, a paper pattern from Compagnie M., spools from Aurifil and a sewing magazine from stoffe.de.)

Nice, isn’t it? So for a chance to win one of these three prizes just follow the rafflecopter bellow. Good luck! And don’t forget to come back tomorrow as I might have already something new to show you…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

sexta-feira, 13 de março de 2015


I’ve sewn baby clothes for the first time! And it was fun. Really fun!

My blogging friend Patricia is expecting a baby girl and some Portuguese bloggers/seamstress decided to put together a baby shower for her with some handmade gifts. A fun idea, right? And the perfect excuse to sew sweet little clothes…

I’ve made a jumper for her (very) soon to be born daughter and a dress for her oldest girl, the adorable Miss Caracolinhos. I’ve also made a softie for them to share (or fight about… How knows!)
PATTERNS: Romper: selft drafted, Dress: View A nº4 from the book Vêtements Amples à Superposer by Mayuko Murata, Softie: Henry & Helga Elephant Plushies free pattern by Christina McKinney for Birch Fabrics Blog

FABRICS: Main fabric is a right flowered red cotton from a baby bed sheet I found on a Zara Home sale. Zara Home has some wonderful prints and I always visit the store at the end of each season hopping to find great bargains. For the romper’s lining I’ve used a white and red pocka dot fabric I had on my stash. The snaps are from Kam. (Oh! I love my kam pliers!)
The romper. I’ve only started sewing when my kids were toddlers so I didn’t have any baby clothes pattern I could use. So I went to my basement, picked one of my daughters’ baby rompers and drafted the pattern myself. I just hope the fitting is right as I have no one at home that will ever fit into such a small piece of clothing. The romper if fully lined with contrasting polka dot cotton fabric and has snaps both in the back and between the leg openings so it is easy to dress and undress as well as to change diapers. This was such an easy and fun garment to sew…
The dress. I love to dress my daughters in matching outfits so I had to make a matching dress for Miss Caracolinhos. I also love to see little girls dressed in simple girly dresses. So I made a spring dress with puff sleeves and gathered skirt. Simple as that! The book is a French version of a Japanese sewing book and I have to say I am in love with all patterns in this book. All clothes are stylish and wearable at the same time. Unlike the romper, the dress is not lined so I’ve finished the neckline with blue bias tape. But, like the romper, the back closes with bright red snaps.
The softie. I had already made a softie like this for my friend Asmita. This is such a great free pattern! It comes in two sizes but I have sewn the largest one both times and it is perfect. The elephant body is made with the polka dot fabric and its ears are made with the flowered fabric as I didn’t have much left after making the clothes…
And why didn’t I have any fabric left? Because Ines begged me to sew a dress for her too! And she also made me sew another romper and elephant to give to her school teacher that just had a baby girl, I must add…

Don't Forget to visit my friends' blogs and check all amazings things they have sewn for Patricias's baby shower:

terça-feira, 3 de março de 2015


Last December, Patricia from the blog Pequeno Mundo a 3 had the greatest idea ever: she decided to ask several Portuguese bloggers if they would like to make a Christmas gifts for the kids living in a Charity named Mum's & Kids , a nonprofit association that helps and shelters mothers and their kids. This was the kind of thing I was willing to do for long time so I immediately said yes.
Patricia created a spreadsheet for us to choose the kid we were going to sew for but, as usually, I was late signing in and all children were already taken. So I thought their mothers would also be glad to receive a Christmas gift and I made infinity scarf. Who doesn't like a soft and colorful infinity scarf?!
PATTERN: Infinity Scarf by Imagine Gnats. I love infinity scarfs! And Rachel has put together such a great tutorial with all the tips there is to easily make them. I love that these scarfs are all sewn from the wrong side so there are no raw edges showing on the finished garment. Perfect easy and fast project to sew and perfect piece of garment to wear!
(I had lost my dummy's "neck cover" when I took the photos but I am glad I have already found it. So sorry for the photos!)
FABRIC: Solid knits from my local shop (Feira dos Tecidos). I went fabric shopping with my blogging friends Ines and Rita and we all thought these fabrics were perfect for infinity scarfs. They are soft and have a beautiful drape. Plus, I had lots of fun matching the colors…
The Christmas cards were made with a helpful hand from my daughter Teresa. She was really fund of this project! And so was I!
 And don't forget to check all gorgeous clothes my blogging friends made:
Ana Sofia
Maria João


quarta-feira, 18 de fevereiro de 2015


So, as promised on my last post, I have another free pattern to share with you today. This time I have flipped it a bit so it could be worn in cooler winter days.
PATTERN: Sunny Days Shorts by Oliver and S. I love Oliver and S patterns! Even their free patterns are exceptional and this one is no exception. Super clear instructions that actually look like a sewing lesson! Though I think I would make a couple of adjustments at the crotch if I would sew pants or shorts with this pattern, its loose fit is perfect for pajamas.

FABRIC: Flower printed flannel from my local shop (Park dos Tecidos). I had this flannel on my stash for years! It is really soft and I love the print. I just hope it ages nicely and doesn’t peal much…

(This last photo as nothing to do with the pajama pants but I thought it was so cute!)
All this photos were edit with PicMonkey (thanks for the advise Ines!) and, as I am just starting to learn how to work with this softwear, if you have any advise please let me know!

sexta-feira, 13 de fevereiro de 2015


I am so happy to be, once again, part of Flip this Pattern! This is such a fun and inspirational series and Emily and Ashley are making such a great job by adding new challenges all the time...


So this month's challenge is to use free patterns. Great challenge, right? There are so many fantastic free patterns out there that, for me, the biggest challenge was actually choosing just one or two. So today I am showing you a tunic and a skirt but I must admit I have sewn also a pair of pajama trousers, a tee and an infinity scarf. I will try to photograph and blog about these projects next week so stay tuned!
But now let's get back to what I have to share with you today...

PATTERN: Simple Skirt by MADE for the skirt. Dana's simple elastic band skirt was my first ever sewing project so I had to make a skirt like this for Flip this Pattern! Though I wanted to keep it simple, I did add a couple of details to the original pattern for a little bit of extra fun factor. So not only the skirt is lined but also has deep side pockets. Never the less it was an easy and fast project.
Sweet Tea Tunic by Shwin & Shwin for the tunic. As soon as I saw the pattern for this tunic I felt in love! Such a simple but great design! The deep neckline at the back is so lovely... Though I haven't actually flipped this pattern I did change a bit the construction of the tunic, omitting the lining on the yoke, as I wanted the neckline and armhole to be finished with piping. I love the loose fitting of this tunic and I can't wait for warmer days to arrive so Ines can wear it without the turtle neck.

FABRIC: The skirt is made of bright red corduroy and lined with white and red polka dot chambray. I had just a little bit left of this corduroy so, to make it work, I had to cut it cross grain for the pockets. Sometimes these "challanges" make the garments look even more special (though you can not tell from the photos as it is such a small detail. Sorry! Better photos next time, maybe...)
For the tunic I mixed a bit of very lightweight denim with a beautiful printed linen from MissMatatabi (leftover from this project I made last September.) I love these two fabrics together! The piping was bought in Lisbon and it is vintage. I was going to buy simple red piping but them I spotted this one and knew I had to change my idea.

Thank you so much Emily and Ashley for this invitation!
And, I almost forgot, I have a couple of free tutorials too. Don't forget to check them out!