quarta-feira, 5 de Março de 2014
Last February I've been visiting Victoria and her blog, As It Seams, for her wonderful series Take One Dress. I've shared with her readers this tunic I made for Ines and also set a challenge for Jenya from While She Was Sleeping, this month's contributor: make an outfit inspired by the great TV series Mad Men and this vintage dress Miss Holloway is wearing.
Gosto tanto do estilo do guarda roupa da série que não resisti a fazer um vestido Mad Men para a Teresa... Será que a Sally Draper teria um vestido assim no seu armário?
I just love Mad Men's wardrobe, so I couldn't help myself and I made a little vintage dress for Teresa. I wonder if Sally Draper would have a dress like this in her closet?!
O corte é ultra simples. Basicamente é um vestido trapézio bastante estreitinho e curtinho, ao estilo Mod.
I drafted a very simple a-line dress, quite narrow and short, like the 60' Mod dresses I love and added a nice geometrical detail to make it special.
O tecido foi comprado agora mas tem um toque vintage. É azul muito escuro e, embora tenha bastante elasticidade, é algo grosso. As fitas que formam as riscas são em algodão branco (com uns 7mm de largura) e foram aplicadas com ponto zigzag - tal como já fiz neste vestido e neste outro vestido também.
The fabric was bought recently but has a vintage felling that suits this project perfectly. It is dark blue and, although it is a bit stretchy, it is also quite thick. The stripes are made of simple white cotton ribbon (about 7mm wide) and were sewn to the fabric with zigzag stitch - a technic I adore and have already used on this dress and this dress.Devo confessar que demorei mais tempo a aplicar as fitas do que a coser todo o vestido! Comecei por tentar cose-las prendendo-as apenas com alfinetes, como faço normalmente. Acabei por aplicar entretela no lado de dentro do corpo e alinhavar as fitas antes de as coser à máquina. Foi a única forma que encontrei para "estabilizar" o tecido e evitar que ele esticasse à medida que ia cosendo as fitas.
O forro foi feito com uns bocados de camisa de homem - quase poderíamos pensar que seria uma camisa do Don Draper! - e o botão das costas (igual aos que usei nesta camisa) é antigo e veio da minha caixa de botões.
You can't imagine how hard it was to sew those stripes! The fabric kept on stretching while I was sewing them! It was awful! I end up adding a bit of interface to the wrong side of the bodice and I had to bast (by hand) the stripes to the main fabric before sewing them. This was the only way I was able to stabilize the fabric and make it work.
The dress' lining is made out of an old man's shirt - it could even be Don Draper's shirt, couldn't it? - and the anchor button on the back is vintage and came from my ever growing button collection (I've got these buttons in different sizes and already used the small ones on this shirt I made for Ines last summer.) A realidade é que o facto de ser feito com tecido elástico faz com que este vestido seja super confortável e a Teresa adora-o! Mas não sei se não lhe estará um nadinha curto...
Teresa loves her new dress especially because it is made of stretchy fabric. It is so comfortable! But I don't know if it isn't just a little bit too short for her...
Não se esqueçam de ver o vestido Mad Men que a Jenya fez para a sua filha aqui e, se o tema vos inspira, participem no sewalong organizado pela Victoria!
Don't forget to check out Jenya's Mad Men creation here and, if you fell inspired by this tv series, feel free to sew a nice vintage outfit and share it at Take One Dress sew-along flirck group!
segunda-feira, 3 de Março de 2014
A ideia da série é super original: todos os meses uma bloger apresenta uma criação inspirada numa roupa escolhida pela bloger do mês anterior e, ao mesmo tempo, escolhe algo inspirador para a bloger do mês seguinte.
Espero que gostem da tunica que fiz para a Inês!
This series' idea is super original: every month a blogger presents a creation inspired by a garment chosen by the previous contributor and, at the same time, picks a nice outfit to inspire next month's participant.
I hope you like the tunic I made for Ines!
Last month Natalie, the girl being La Gang a Nat, not only made this lovely outfit for her little girl but also choose a superb vintage dress to be an inspiration for my creation.
Natalie’s dress had lots and lots of details I could use, but I decided to pick my favorites: color combination (pink/blue), big box pleats and contrasting zipper.
I’ve started by drafting my ideas on my sketch book (I knew from the start I wanted to use a lace zipper) but then a package from my friend Constanca arrived with these great vintage patterns she bought in New Zealand… One of them was just the right one for my outfit! Lucky me!
And I also already had the right fabric to make my Take One Dress outfit: a blue and white polka dot fabric from my grandmother’s stash. But this was not any polka dot fabric. Actually I had two pieces of fabric: one with “condensed” dots and another one with fewer dots per square meter. But the two of them together looked great.
As the fabric wasn’t enough to make a dress I decide to sew a tunic instead and match it with a pair of basic pink corduroy shorts (using the same self drafted pattern I've used for this denim shorts). I have to say I am in love with this outfit! It has just the right amount of vintage felling but it is also super comfortable! And now I fell like adding lace zippers to all my clothing!
Unfortunately Ines was not in the mood for a photo shot. These photos were taken under my bed sheets as this was the only way I could make her have fun while I was trying to take photos of her new clothes…
Well, choosing a dress to inspire Jenya, the great Russian/Australian blogger from While She Was Sleeping, was a lot harder than I thought. Especially because Victoria and Natalie had made such a great job choosing the previous dresses…
So I e-mailed Victoria asking her to give me some directions and she told me it could be anything! In her own words: “I don't mind what the next garment is, just as long as you think it's inspiring, it can be something you own, but I did also think it could be a historic outfit or film costume or anything really!”.
A film costume would be great, I thought. But a TV series costume would be nice too… I immediately though about Mad Men! Besides liking a lot this series, I love the vintage but modern filling of the costumes. So her it is! This is a dress for Miss Holloway (in a great illustration by Stanley Chow) but, Jenya, fell free to check out other Mad Men costumes and be inspired by them.
Entretanto eu não resisti a fazer algo inspirado por este vestido da Miss Holloway... E, se tudo correr bem, amanhã estará aqui no blog.
And you know what? I couldn't help myself and also made a Mad Men inspired outfit for Teresa. The dress is finished and I hope I can blog about it tomorrow. Stay tuned!
sexta-feira, 28 de Fevereiro de 2014
Fico sempre impressionada com o aspecto professional da suas roupas! Aqui fica mais uma!
Today's Mailbox Surprise guest is my friend and compatriot Ana Sofia! Her blog, S is for Sewing, is widely known for the impeccable and stylish clothes she makes for her daughter. Ana Sofia always uses gorgeously chick fabrics (I always get a bit jealous of her Liberty fabric collection...) and simple, classical and practical patterns (once again, I wish I had - almost - all Oliver and S patterns, as Ana Sofia does...).
I'm always so impressed with the professional look of her creations... Check out this one:
One of the best things of sewing and having a blog are ... Sewing Series :)
There are quite a few amazing Sewing Series going on and (sometimes) I get lucky and find myself involved.
Back in 2013 (I know, seems so far away now ...), Marta and Marte invited me for the Mailbox Surprise (more here) and soon afterwards I received the best package (ever) from Laura (love, love everything in it and the pincushion is already my new best friend. I don't know how I managed so long without one).
The challenge, of course, was to sew something from the fabric (gorgeous and utterly perfect Liberty knit) I got from Laura. Seriously, that's the sort of challenge everyone loves, right?
To be honest, the sewing part was the easiest one. I used the Boat Neck Dress pattern from the Wee Muses Sewing Pattern Collection (tested and approved here) and followed the tips provided by Laura(huge, thank you!).
The doll dress was self-drafted but I could easily have duplicated the Boat Neck Dress pattern in a smaller size (It would have been too cute, but I just missed the opportunity).
The challenge was, as usual, convincing my girl to model a summer dress in the winter (while she was still recovering from a recent flu).
It took us several days to get the final pictures - and these were only possible after my older boy suggested a "music lesson" (bribery with candies and nail polish are not working anymore).
quinta-feira, 27 de Fevereiro de 2014
A Loja do Burel vende tecidos é uma das mais bonitas lojas novas do Chiado. Que mais se pode pedir?! Embora não seja propriamente uma loja de tecidos e menos ainda uma retrosaria, na cave da Loja do Burel é possível comprar burel – um tecido artesanal português feito totalmente em lã, semelhante ao feltro - de todas as cores e outros tecidos 100% lã. Tudo “Made in Portugal”!
A origem desta loja está numa empresa tradicional e muito antiga, a Lanifícios Império (“tecendo desde 1947”), que utiliza ainda máquinas e equipamentos tradicionais mas tem vindo a reinterpretar e reinventar o seu passado de forma a tornar os seus produtos mais contemporâneos.
This store is owned by a traditional and very old company, Lanifícios Império ("weaving since 1947"), which still uses traditional machinery and equipment but has reinterpret and reinvented its past in order to make modern and stylish products.
Rua Serpa Pinto, 15B
212 456 910
SITE / BLOG / FACEBOOK
Segunda a Sábado das 10:00 às 20:00
Loja do Burel
Rua Serpa Pinto, 15B
+351 212 456 910
SITE / BLOG / FACEBOOK PAGEwww.burelfactory.com
OPENING HOURSMonday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm
O QUE COMPREI NA LOJA DO BUREL DA ÚLTIMA VEZ QUE LÁ ESTIVE
Comprei duas tiras de burel (uma amarela outra castanha) para fazer bolsas para oferecer no Natal mas acabei por não ter tempo de as terminar. Fica para o ano!
WHAT I USUALLY BUY AT LOJA DO BUREL
Burel, of course!
WHAT I BOUGHT AT LOJA DO BUREL LAST TIME I WENT THEREI bought two small strips of Burel (gorgeous colors, right?) to make tissue holders for Christmas but ended up not having time to finish them. I will do it next year!
O QUE GOSTARIA DE TER COMPRADO DA ÚLTIMA VEZ QUE ESTIVE NA LOJA DO BUREL
Por mim tinha comprado a loja! Gosto de tudo, dos tecidos aos bonecos, às carteiras e malas... Uí, as malas!
WHAT WOULD HAVE LIKED TO BUY LAST TIME I WENT TO LOJA DO BUREL
I think I would have bought the all store, if I could! I like every single thing on Loja do Burel: fabric, dolls, handbags,… Oh, those handbags are calling for me!
PORQUE GOSTO DE IR À LOJA DO BUREL
É uma loja muito bonita que aposta no design contemporâneo aliado às técnicas tradicionais. E é uma loja 100% portuguesa.
PROJECTOS QUE FIZ COM PRODUTOS DA LOJA DO BUREL
Infelizmente por enquanto o burel que comprei ainda não foi posto a uso…
WHY DO I LIKE TO SHOP AT LOJA DO BUREL
It is a modern concept store that joins together traditional techniques with modern design. The store itself is really cool. And it is 100% Portuguese.
sexta-feira, 21 de Fevereiro de 2014
terça-feira, 18 de Fevereiro de 2014
When Katy invited me to be part of Sew All 26 series I immediately knew which letters of the alphabet I wanted to pick: “T” or “I”. You know why? Because these are the first letters on my daughters’ names: Teresa and Ines.
But I could only pick one… So I picked “T” and made:
I usually draft my own patterns but this time I’ve decided to use two patterns from my beloved Japanese sewing books. The tunic is from Sew Chic Kids . Happy Homemade (view “N”) and the trousers are from Carefree Clothes for Girls.
I haven’t changed almost anything in those patterns (most of the times I can’t help myself and I always add or change a detail on the original pattern) so sewing everything together was incredibly fast and I end up really please with the result.
Teresa is on her first year of elementary school so I thought it would be fun if she would write down all “T” words on pieces of paper to show us during the photo shoot. It turned out to be a really fun photo shoot as she was having a great time choosing which card she wanted to show us.
At the end she even grabbed my camera and made some photos of the cards…
(photo: Teresa Piedade)
Well, I have to admit, the tunic is not really a tunic but a shirt and its color is more aqua then turquoise and the trousers are actually sweet pants with legwarmers attached… But those are just minor details, aren’t they? The most important thing about this outfit is that Teresa loves it! I hope you like it too…
PS.1. I don't knit so I asked my mother to make the legwarmers. Thank you mum!
PS.2. I’ve actually also sewn an “I” inspired outfit for Ines as I thought she should not be left behind. I’ve shared it on “I” sew along pool last November and you can check it out here.
sexta-feira, 14 de Fevereiro de 2014
Conheci o blog da Rachel, Stitched Together, quando estava a organizar a série com a Marte e fiquei imediatamente fã das roupas que faz para os seus filhos. São simples, práticas mas divertidas.
Aqui fica o vestido que a Rachel fez para a sua filha adoptiva Tarikua.
Today I have a great friend visiting DoGuincho!
I didn't know Stitched Together before Mailbox Surprise but, as Marte told me to check out Rachel's blog, I got immediately hooked. I love her simple but special creations, her photos and they way she speaks about her life in Texas with her fun family.
Today Rachel is sharing with us a lovely dress she made for her daughter Tarikua.
I'm Rachel from Stitched Together. I'm so happy to be here today with my creation for the Mailbox Surprise Series. I feel like I won the fabric lottery having An from StraightGrain as my 'sender'. She sent me three yards of gorgeous and unique Belgian fabrics. I can't wait to make something in each of them!
I decided to start with the fabric with the turquoise dots, which I felt paired well with the Geranium dress pattern.
An sent me bias binding in one of my very favorite colors - mustard. I ironed it flat and then turned it into piping by inserting some cording and sewing it closed.
And there you have it - one geranium dress in Belgian fabric with mustard piping!
Thanks so much for having me, Marta and Marte. And thank you, An, for the gorgeous fabric. Anytime my Tarikua wears this dress, I will undoubtedly think of you!