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!

quarta-feira, 6 de Agosto de 2014


This week is LoubeeClothing Week at Glitter+Wit, so I thought this was a great opportunity to show you some photos of the Shadiin tops I made for Teresa and Ines a couple of weeks ago.
The Pattern: Shandiin Tank and Tunic by LoubeeClothing. I only have nice things to say about this pattern! Gorgeous design, great instructions, perfect fitting,…  What more can we ask for?! The Shandiin was a fast and easy project and I beet this will be a pattern will go back to again and again. It has several options and I hope I will have time, one day, to sew them all.
 Fabric/Notions: Birdie Spokes Mod Basics by Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics in Sea Green and Coral. I was so happy to be able to squeeze this pattern into half a yard of fabric for each top, since that was all I had… The lining of Teresa’s top is made from scraps of Ines’ top and vice versa (I’m sorry I didn’t take photos from this detail but trust me, it looks really great!) The bias tape is from my local shop and it has some lovely “baby whales”. It is great quality and gives a fancy look to this relaxed and sporty pattern.  


Teresa and Ines thought their new tank tops were super comfortable and I loved to see them dressed alike but with contrasting colors.

Don’t forget to check out all patterns from LoubeeClothing at Sarah’s store. You will love them all, I am sure! And, great news, you can get 25% off through the end of the week by using Glitter+Wit LoubeeClothing Week discount coupon. Just type GLITTER25 at the check out!

terça-feira, 22 de Julho de 2014


It’s Kids Clothes Week again and here is the first garment I managed to sew (actually it was sewn during the weekend…)
 The pattern: Charlie Dress by Mingo and Grace. What a lovely, easy to sew pattern this is! It is actually a perfect pattern for a beginner seamstress and a fast fun project for a more experienced one.  I made size 5 for Teresa (she is 6 and a half years old right now) as I like short and fitted dresses and I think it looks amazing on her. Although I think the pattern is really well draft, I’ve changed a couple of things to the original design: I turned the back panel into just one piece (as I didn’t want to cut the flamingo print) and closed the back with straps instead of a single button. For extra fun, as I did on Teresa’s swimsuit, I added beads to the straps.
The fabric: Linen blend from my local store (Feira dos Tecidos) with a great flamingo print. The fabric is actually a remand from Zara as I saw jumpers and shorts made with the exact same print at Zara store this summer.

Teresa had to take some interior photos for her summer school homework so we went to Paula Rego Museum for the photo shot.

First we took the photos she needed…

…then we went to the bookstore to look for some books…
…and crayons… 

…and finally we went to the garden to play.

 It was fun!

sexta-feira, 11 de Julho de 2014


Quando recebi um email da Toni, a criadora por trás da marca de moldes Make It Perfect, para participar na sua Pattern Parade costurando um molde à minha escolha pensei que a escolha seria fácil porque há muito tempo que andava de olho no vestido Zip-It.
Ao dar uma olhadela na sua loja acabei por vacilar porque tão giros… Lá escolhi o Zip-It mas tenho a certeza que este será apenas o primeiro de muitos moldes Make It Perfect que irei usar.
When I received an email from Toni, the designer behind Make It Perfect Patterns, asking me if I was willing to be part of her Pattern Parade by sewing a pattern of my choice, I thought I already knew the one I wanted as the Zip-It was on my wish list for a long time.
I went to her on-line shop and soon realized that, with so many gorgeous patterns, the choosing just one wasn’t going to be that easy... I end up picking the Zip-It but I'm sure this will be just the first of many Make It Perfect patterns I will sew.

O design deste vestido é tão original! É prático e confortável mas, ao mesmo tempo, tem um ar “vintage” que adoro. O fecho torna-o facílimo de vestir e os bolsos são, além de muito úteis, divertidos.

This pattern’s design is so unique! This practical and comfortable dress has, at the same time, a vintage feel that I absolutely adore. The front zipper makes it extremely easy to put on and off and the pockets are useful and fun.

Com as instruções e dicas impecáveis da Toni, costurar este vestido não custou nada! Para dizer a verdade estava com um bocadinho de medo que o remate da gola não ficasse bem ou de não conseguir colocar o fecho como dever ser… Mas ficou tudo impecável! E o fecho, para minha grande surpresa, é incrivelmente fácil de aplicar!
Como o molde me pareceu ligeiramente estreito, fiz o tamanho 6 para a Inês (que fez agora 5 anos) tirando-lhe uns cinco centímetros na altura para que o vestido ficasse pelo joelho. Ficou perfeito!

With Toni’s clean instructions and great tips, sewing this dress was a pleasure! To tell you the truth, at first I was a little bit afraid of not being able to finish the yoke or attach the zipper properly... But everything was flawless! And the zipper, to my great surprise, was incredibly easy to attach! As the pattern is a little bit slim, I made size 6 for Ines (who just turned 5 years old) and reduced a couple of inches in height as I didn’t want the dress to be too long.

A Inês adorou o seu novo vestido (chama-lhe o vestido das bolachas porque acha que as bolas amarelas e cor de rosa parecem bolachas!) e eu fiquei impressionada com o bem que ele lhe assenta.
Ines loved her new dress (she calls it “the biscuit dress” as she thinks the yellow and pink bubbles look like litte biscuits!) and I am impressed with the way it fits her. Perfect fiting!

Passem pela loja on-line e vejam todos os moldes da Make ItPerfect! Para ficarem inspiradas passem também pelo blog da Toni onde, este mês, são apresentadas as restantes criações desta Pattern Parade!
So don’t forget to check out all (children and women) patterns at Make It Parfect online store! And, if you feel like getting inspired, head over Toni’s blog for a quite amazing Pattern Parade!

The Make It Perfect Pattern Parade Virtual Catwalk introduces...

quarta-feira, 9 de Julho de 2014


Hoje estou no blog alemão Nah-Connection com uma entrevista e dois vestidos novos feitos com o molde Stellar Tunic da Figgy's.
Passem por lá!
Today I am at Nah-Connection. There is a small interview and two new dresses made with Figgy's Stellar Tunic Pattern (Ho boy, I am in love with this pattern!...)
Check it out!