quarta-feira, 18 de outubro de 2017

INES INSPIRED

The sewing/blogging community is amazing and sometimes I can’t even believe how lucky I am to be part of it and to have turned so many wonderful, creative and lovely girls into my good friends.

When I think about my sewing friends Ines is always on top of my list. We live quite near and we have met many times already. Not only is she as nice and warm as her smile, she is also a huge inspiration. And I know I am not alone in this… That’s why a bunch of bloggers got together today to celebrate: INESPIRATION!
 
 
PATTERN 1: Sleeveless Top from the Japanese Book Knitwear for Kids. I was already a JSB fan when I meet Ines but I was afraid of getting the original books in Japanese – as I thought I would not understand the instructions - and only got the English translations. Ines was the one opening the doors of the “wonderful world of real Japanese sewing books”. And what a world it is! The instructions are not that hard to follow and there is a myriad of amazing designs waiting to been sewn. The pattern for this top comes from a book that covers all basic knits patterns for kids. I really loved this specific design as it gives a girly twist to a basic sleeveless top. I made no alterations to the original pattern and the fit is perfect.  (Thanks Andreia for borrowing me this book! We need to get together so I can return it.)
 

  
FABRIC 1: Pyry Jersey in Maple Sugar/Black and Rib Knit in Black both from Nosh. Whenever I think of Ines I think of sewing with knits, I think of sewing with organic knits, I think of sewing with good quality organic knits and finally I think of sewing with Nosh! My kids need to thank Ines for making me sew clothes using these amazing fabrics as they say they make the most comfortable clothes ever. They also need to thank Ines for making me try to change my style and trying to make (slightly) edgier clothes for them…


 
  
PATTERN 2: Waterfall Raglan by Chalk and Notch. I know Ines is a great fan of Gabriela’s patterns and so am I. As usual everything in this pattern is simply perfect. For the first time I went to the copy shop to print the pattern and I got totally addicted. So easy. So fast. Not that expensive. And, lucky me, the copy shop is across de street from Teresa´s new school. The pattern was design for jersey knits and I used not as stretchy sweatshirt knit but it still worked really nicely as I sewn one size up to be sure Teresa could move freely. I think next time I will will rise the neckline just a little bit as this one works beautifully for a shirt but is kind of low for a sweatshirt (you can see the tank top rib popping...) Asked by Teresa - yes, she knows what she wants when is come to her clothing - I changed a couple of things to the original design: I added very narrow sleeve cuffs made from the same rib as the neckband and I cut the hem ruffle cross grain. Teresa loved the final result and Ines has already asked me to sew a Waterfall for her too.


FABRIC 2: Loopback Sweatshirting in Black/Vanilla and Rib Knit in Maple Sugar both by Nosh. Teresa picked this striped fabric long time ago but I only got to sew it now… When my kids were younger I though black was not a color children would wear. Ines has proven I was totally wrong and now they wear black a lot and I love it! Actually Teresa wardrobe is mostly black/white/light pink so this sweater fits the bill perfectly. I was thinking about using black rib for the neckband but then I spotted the light pink rib and asked Teresa if she would prefer it. She said yes so light pink it was. I am really happy with the final result and so is Teresa!
 


Thank you so much Ines for all the inspiration and friendship! I hope we can meet again very soon!


Get Inespired by all this super talented girls by clicking on the links below:
 

sexta-feira, 6 de outubro de 2017

A COUPLE OF TEES FOR INES . IN LOVE WITH NOSH ORGANIC JERSEY

I never thought I would ever make tees for my kids and now tees are among my favorite sewing projects. Especially when made with wonderful organic cotton jersey…

Tees are quick and easy to sew and, most of all, are worn a lot more then woven dresses and shirts. So it is a win win-win situation!
PATTERN: “Smart Guittars” (hacked) from Ottobre Magazine 1/2015. I LOVE Ottobre knit patterns! The fit is perfect for my kids and the designs suit their pre-teen taste to perfection. This pattern is actually for a long sleeve but, since the weather is still quite nice around here (and, I must confess, I didn’t have enough fabric!), I hacked it and turned it into a short sleeve tee. The sleeves are actually cuffs and were inspired by Liesl and Co. Bento Tee, one of my favorite women’s patterns. I decided to sew one size up hopping that this tees would still fit Ines nicely next summers. Let’s keep our fingers crossed…

FABRIC: KatseJersey in Blue/Light Blue and Midi Stripes Jersey in Vanilla/Blue Grey both from Nosh. When I order fabric from Nosh I always ask my kids to pick one fabric they really like. Last time I knew Ines would for sure chose this lovely printed jersey and I wasn’t wrong! I also ordered a small piece of the striped jersey as I thought both would look nice together (something Mini Boden inspired: printed bodice and striped sleeves) but, when my order arrived, we all loved so much the striped jersey – the blue grey is absolutely gorgeous! – that we decided to use them on their own. So Ines got two new tees instead of just one!


There is not much to say about Nosh fabrics that hasn´t been said before… The quality is top and that makes it wonderful to sew and wear. The fabric never gets distorted and the color does not fade so clothes last forever!
I had the perfect example a couple of days ago: Ines went to school wearing this printed shirt and, when she arrived, she had two big red ink stains in the front. I used a very powerful stain remover, had to scrub out the stains and the color is still perfect. I’m happy!
(That's enough Mum! I need to grab my things and go to school!)

P.S. Thank you so much Olga, Mie, Jenya and Suzanne for all the advices on editing my photos. Though they are still far from perfect, I think I finally got to understand the basics of Photoshop. I hope that, with some practice and help from my good friends in this wonderful sewing community, I will one day be really happy with the photos I share with you.
 

quinta-feira, 11 de maio de 2017

JULIETTE TOP AND DRESS PATTERN TOUR

Ines words when she put on her Juliette Dress for the first time say it all: “Oh! I look so cute!”

I haven’t sewn dresses for my girls for quite some time. I used to make lots of nice dresses and they would always end lost at the bottom of my daughters’ closed, not worn at all. They are quite sporty girls and we live in the country side so dresses are not that convenient for our lifestyle…  

But I couldn’t resist saying yes to Suz when she asked me if I would like to join her blog tour and sew a Juliette for my kids. Especially because my friend Rita told me she loved the pattern… I am so glad I am back to sewing nice dresses!
PATTERN: Juliette Dress and Top by Sew Pony (a collaboration with Kneesocks and Goldilocks) I’ve sewn almost all patterns by Sew Pony and I must say this might be my favorite. Such a cute and simple design. Perfect! The pattern as many options: it can be a top or a dress, it can be sleeveless, sort sleeved or have a ¾ sleeve and, besides the ruffle collar I choose, there is a cute faux placket that can be made with or without the collar. Plus, by joining Sew Pony FB page, you can get a free peter pan collar. Oh, and the pattern comes with inseam pockets. That’s a lot, right?!
So… what about Ines dress? Well, I made the ruffle collar sleeveless dress version and made almost no changes do the original pattern. I really like the fit as it is a little bit loose on her body so it allows her to move freely and gives plenty of room to grow. I loved the way the armholes are finished! Definitely facings are my favorite way to finish armholes as they look so sharp and clean.


 
What did I change from the original pattern? Because I was working with printed fabric and didn’t feel like having a seam in the middle of the back I made my back panel in only one piece. I used a facing for the back opening and then… Disaster! I only read the instructions after finishing the back opening! Why, oh why, do I never read the instructions properly?! The ruffle is supposed to be sewn to the back opening and my back opening was already finished… Unpicking it would be tricky so I left the ruffle free instead. I think it doesn’t look bad this way but it looks nicer on the original pattern for sure.
I must admit I have made another little change to the original pattern, purely out of laziness! Instead of hemming the ruffle, I lined it with a bit of very thin white cotton fabric. It was much easier to sew and, because my fabric wasn’t too heavy, I think it looks nice too.
 
 
FABRIC: Flaming printed Linen from my local shop (Feira dos Tecidos). Can you believe this fabric actually comes from Zara Kids collection? In Portugal we are lucky to have many clothes and fabric factories and sometimes we have access to some wonderful leftover fabric. I got this fabric long, long time ago and made a couple of dresses for my girls. Unfortunately they don’t fit anymore… Luckily I still had enough fabric to make this Juliette as I think linen has the perfect drape for the ruffle collar. The back button was also bought long time ago in a wonderful local store that sells vintage sewing supplies (Retrosaria Fantasia) and I think it has a really nice design for this pattern.




So I guess I am back to sewing dresses… I am glad I took some time off but I am truly happy to be back!

So, the JulietteTop and Dress is for sale on Sew Pony store and, until June 2, there is a 10% discount (valid for all Sew Pony patterns) with the code DRESSEDINSEWPONY. So get it while you can!

And, when you finish sewing all your gorgeous Sew Pony creations, get a change to win some wonderful prices by taking part of the contest Dresses in Sew Pony.
 
Last but not least, don’t forget to check all blogs taking part of this tour. You will be amazed and inspired by all the wonderful Juliette  Tops and Dresses that Suz talented friends have sewn.

quarta-feira, 3 de maio de 2017

A NOSH SWEATER . YEAH FOR BEAUTIFUL ORGANIC COTTON!


How doesn’t like to sew and wear garments made of the nicest quality organic cotton? We love it!

So, last month, we were really existed to receive a package full of wonderful organic cotton by the finish brand Nosh. The girls were allowed to pick a couple of fabrics and I picked some for myself too. And, when the package arrived I started sewing…

I’ve already used almost all the fabric we got, and believe me, we are a much better dressed family now! ;-) Slowly, we will find the time and the mood for the photo shoots so I can share with you all the garments I made. Here is the first one!

 
 
 
 
 
 

PATTERN: Raglan Tee (138) from Burda Style Magazine 3/2014. This spring I saw a sweater from Zara I really loved (it looks like it is no longer available, sorry!) and though I could make one for my kids by hacking a simple raglan sweater pattern. Burda Magazine had the perfect pattern but it needed a couple of changes to be exactly what I envisioned… So, what did I change from the original pattern? Well, I’ve cut the back panel halfway through the sleeve line to create a yoke so I could play with the two different fabrics. Also at the back panel, I made the hem not straight but slightly curved for a high-low look. Because I was using two different fabrics, I also created size vents as I thought the hem would look better this way. Finally, I screen printed (not that successfully, I must add…) the front panel. My kids are super happy with the final result! Actually, this sweater was made for Ines but Teresa picked it first and didn’t want to give it to her sister. That’s why it is a tiny little bit small on her, as you can see from the photos…


 
 


FABRIC: Loopback Sweatshirting in Maple Sugar (main fabric), Tahiti Gauze in Maple Sugar-Black (back panel fabric) and Rib in Black (neckband), all from Nosh. One thing I always loved about the Nosh catalogue was the possibility of having different fabrics in the same color or color combination. It is absolutely wonderful to find rib in the exact same tone as, for example, a sweatshirt knit or tee shirt jersey, right? So I thought I was in even when I saw gauze that would match french terry! This french terry (or loopback sweatshirting) is beautiful and super soft. Plus it is 240cm wide! The color is not uniform – it has a touch of white - and that gives it a special look. I think I need the striped version too… It is gorgeous! The gauze is quite a fun fabric, not as soft as Japanese double gauze, but still nice and cool to work with. The rib – THE RIB! – I remember hearing my friend Annika talk about how wonderful Nosh rib was and, believe me, she couldn’t be more right! I never liked to work with rib but this one… Loved it! I think I need it in every single color!
 
 
 


Many things went wrong when I was sewing this sweatshirt... (see photo above)

Can you tell the neckband is a little bit “not that good looking”? Well, one of the serger’s needle threads got tangled while sewing it… Can you tell the “You are my star” stencil is too close to the hem? (Even my 7 year old daughter Ines pointed that to me!) And the stencil is actually far from sharp? Oh well… At least Teresa loved it and is willing to wear it. Many, many times I’ve sewn “the” perfect garment and it stayed in their closet all season…
 



The fabric I used in this post was given to me by Nosh Organics, but all the opinions are my own.
 

 

 

quinta-feira, 27 de abril de 2017

RABBIT HOODIE FOR INES . THE SWEET MERCERIE

Second blog post of the week? I still can’t believe it. But here it is!
 
PATTERN: Self draft. I draft this pattern last November for my students so they could practice working with knits. The original pattern - I shared a sneak peak on my IG - had cuffs and a waistband so it could be totally made without a sewing machine, only using a serger. This time a made it without the cuffs and waistband because I didn’t have matching rib and I think I like it this way even better… Not only is this a fast and fun project to sew, it is also great design to play with contrasting fabrics. Plus, with the rabbit ears, it is a great success with my daughter Ines…

 
 
FABRIC: Bear,Rabbit and Heart Printed French Terry from The Sweet Mercerie. Last week I applied for a chance to sew something for my kids with a fabric from the online shop The Sweet Mercerie. I was so happy when Yvone contacted me asking if I liked this cute fabric. I showed it to my kids and Ines said a big yes! The fabric has the perfect weight for a spring sweater and, not only is the print adorable, it is also a very nice quality french terry. For a bit of contrast, I mixed it with a some black/white striped jersey from my stash.


So thank you so much The Sweet Mercerie for this wonderful fabric. It was a pleasure to sew it and Ines thinks it is a pleasure to wear it!

segunda-feira, 24 de abril de 2017

BURDA STYLE PATTERNS . A NEW LOVE AFFAIR?

Burda Style is THE sewing magazine in Portugal. When I started sewing I bought a couple of issues and, though I liked several designs, I never got to sew any of them. Why? Because the sewing instructions where totally impenetrable. It was as if I was reading Chinese! So I put them aside and continue sewing with more friendly indy patterns…

Fast forward a couple of years and I started reading my friend Mie blogposts about her Burda Style creations and loved them so much I thought I had to give them another try. And I am so glad I did! I still can’t understand a word of the sewing instructions but the fitting of these patterns is absolutely great for my body type.

So here is my last Burda Style make!
PATTERN: Triangle Back Blouse from Burda Style Magazine 04/2016 Pattern 114. This is an easy fitting and easy to make blouse. Though from the front it looks like quite a simple blouse (I skipped the front opening), there is this really cute v-line neck opening at the back. The neckline is finished with a facing, my favorite way of finishing this kind of blouses. And there are bust darts… Oh how I feared bust darts… But, but after watching a couple of Youtube videos about it, I am ok making them now. This blouse has been in heavy rotation and I have already plans to make another one. So can this be the beginning of a new love affair?
FABRIC: Liberty Mitsi from Cousette. A couple of years ago Cousette, a lovely French online shop, was kind enough to sponsor Paris Sew Social and I got this gorgeous piece of Liberty fabric from them. Of course, I was so afraid of cutting it stayed in my stash all this time. But I am glad I waited! This fabric has the perfect drape for this pattern. Of course sewing with Liberty was a pleasure and wearing Liberty is also a pleasure…

Did you know Fashion Revolution Week just started? This is such a great movement! Check all the details about it here. And there is also a fun challenge going on, courtesy of In The Folds. Check it all here and don't forget to publish your makes with #makersforfashrev.

sexta-feira, 17 de fevereiro de 2017

MISS MARLENE

It’s already mid-February and I finally manage to write my first blogpost of the year… I have actually been sewing quite a lot but haven’t been much into taking photos. Even my IG seems to be asleep… I feel bad about it but sometimes, especially during winter time, I can’t help myself and I feel so lazy! And then I feel bad for feeling lazy…
So want a better way to change that than blog about a pattern I am in love with?

PATTERN: Miss Marlene by Fritzi & Schnittreif (English version available atNah-Connection). I love boat neck-tees. I think they are as comfortable as regular tees but they look a lot fancier. Plus I feel like they really flattering for my body type… So when my friend Annika told me she would soon be releasing the English version of the German pattern Miss Marlene I immediately told her I would be delighted to sew it.  And I am so glad I did it! I am in love with my new boat-neck tee! It is simply perfect! The fit is spot on, the boat-neck collar looks super nice, the sleeves are long enough for my extra-long arms (though I am only 1.63cm tall, it looks like I have super long arms and almost every single long sleeve garments is too short for me!), the overall length is perfect. I am in love! (Can I say it again?) And, of course I think the little shoulder piece is perfect the perfect detail to play with…


FABRIC: Black/white striped cotton/elastane jersey from The Sweet Mercerie and camel faux suede from my local shop (Park dos Tecidos). This striped jersey has the perfect weight, stretch and drape for this pattern. Because of the wide boat neck, it feels to me it is better to use a fabric with a little bit more weight to keep the collar in place but then, because the tee is quite fitted, there is a need for some stretch and recovery. So this striped fabric had it all! Though I now think they actually look pretty nice, at the beginning I was a little bit afraid about the horizontal stripes (we all know they are supposed to make you look fatter, right?) But what I love the most about my Marlene are the shoulder pieces! I have been waiting for long time to use leather or suede on my clothes and this was the perfect opportunity. I guess I just need to cut my hair short so it doesn’t hide the shoulder details all the time.

Do you feel like sewing a Miss Marlene for you too? Well, you can get the English version of the pattern at Naeh-Connection store for a nice price until Monday. Happy Sewing!