sexta-feira, 2 de dezembro de 2016


Do I need a fancy mini dress? Living outside of the city and having two small children I guess I don’t. But I couldn't resist Olu's challenge to be part of Made It Fashion Week...
I had to give this new Made It pattern a try and I had the perfect fabric on my stash to sew it so “no” wasn’t the right answer…
And now I have a fabulous new mini dress! (To wear from the kitchen to the living room and from the living room to the kitchen, as a good friend of mine says when she thinks about her social live after having kids…)

Anyway, today it is party time and I am rocking it! Thank you Olu for inviting me to Made It Fashion Week. It is the most glamorous party I’ve been in the past 10 years… So let’s party!!

PATTERN: Drop Dress and Top by Made it Patterns. I picked the Top version but, since I am quite short (1.65m), it works nicely as a mini dress… And I love it! The pattern pieces are truly unique but the construction is so simple. Looking at the pictures on Olu’s shop I thought it would be a more complicated pattern to sew but instead it was incredibly fast and rewarding.  Since my fabric is on the fancy side, I made a small change to the original pattern for a less casual look: I changed the neckband for a neck facing. I was a bit afraid of doing it, as I have very little experience sewing for myself, but I am really pleased with the final result.
(I might need to practice my hand stitching, as you can see on this close-up photo...)

FABRIC: Grey Rayon Rib Knit from The Sweet Mercerie. I felt in love with this fabric the moment I saw it! So I bought it… Then it arrived on the mail and I got really afraid of cutting and sewing it. It is quite a drapery and thin fabric. I knew my sewing skills might not be enough for it… But it looked so perfect for this pattern I finally gave it a try. And you know what? I am glad I did! I am really pleased with my new mini dress and I think the fabric has the perfect drape for this pattern. Plus, since the pattern is so easy to sew, it was a great way to start sewing with a more challenging fabric. I am really tented to make another one in black... And I might need one in navy blue too...
Do you also feel like a fast and easy sewing with a cool and edgy final result? Head over to Made It shop and get your Drop Dress and Top during Made It Fashion Week with 20% discount using the code "MFW2016".  And don't forget to check out Olu's blog for the links to all other participants blogposts. It is a bunch of super talented ladies in some amazingly cool tops and dresses. You will love it!

But that's not all! Made It Patterns is offering 2 yards of fabric to the 2th person who purchases a Drop Dress and Top pattern today. Go for it and good luck!

quarta-feira, 12 de outubro de 2016


My friend buddy, Sara, just had a baby and I am delighted to be part of her Virtual Web Baby Shower! It is the perfect excuse to sew something tiny... Oh! How I love sewing baby clothes!

PATTERN: Meow Meow Sweater from Ottobre Magazine 1/2105. I don't own any baby PDF patterns (as my kids were already toddlers when I started sewing) and I wanted to try something different from my "to go baby shower gift" so I browsed through my collection of Ottobre Magazines and found this sweater that looked pretty cool. I can't give you my opinion about the fitting - Ottobre never disappoints when it comes to fitting, right? - but I did enjoy sewing it. Super simple and fast project!
I made a couple of changes to the original pattern, though... Since I think pull-over clothes are not very baby friendly, I added a back closer with some plastic snaps. As Ottobre patterns don't have seam allowances that was a really easy modification to do. Beacause I was sewing with "boring" solid navy blue fabric and thought a little colorful detail was needed, I sewed a cloud appliqué at the front.


FABRIC: Navy Blue Sweatshirt Fleace from my local shop (Feira dos Tecidos) and Cloud Printed Cotton from Stof2000. Sometimes I get lucky and find little gems on my local fabric shop. This was one of those! This sweatshirt fleece is incredibly soft and warm. I just hope it is not too thick for baby wear... But, since Sara lives in the north of Portugal, where the temperatures get quite chilly in the wintertime, I think her baby boy will enjoy some warm and cozy clothes. The appliqué fabric was bought long time ago on a trip to Copenhagen. I felt in love with the print but, as usual, left it in my fabric statsh for too long as I didn't feel like cutting my precious fabric... I am glad I had the perfect excuse to do it now!

Teresa is wearing a matchy-machy navy blue sweatshirt with the same appliqué I made for her last year. The pattern is Simple Plain Sweatshirt also from Ottobre 6/2016. The sweatshirt fleace was, once again, found on my local fabric shop but it is not as soft as the one I used for Sara's baby sweater and the appliqué fabric came from Petit Pan in Paris.

Here is a list of the baby shower participants. Fallow the links for some serious baby sewing inspiration!

As it Seams
By Eva Maria
Do Guincho
Fairies, Bubbles & Co
Groovy Baby and Mama
In a Manner of Sewing
Just Add Fabric
La Folie Sewing Booth
Made by Toya
Miss Castelinhos
Naeh Connection
Needle and Ted
S is for Sewing
Straight Grain

Congratulations Sara!

domingo, 9 de outubro de 2016


It’s the last day (check out the first two here and here) of the Nah-Connection Shop Opening Tour! And I am back with a mother and daughter look. I’ve been willing to do this since I’ve started sewing but, somehow, I never seemed to find the right pattern. Well, it looks like I did now…
PATTERN: Bethioua for Women and Bethioua for Kids by Elle Plus for Nah-Connection. Though this is the last pattern from Nah-Connection Shop I am blogging about, it was the first one I choose to sew. It is such a simple but special design! Plus it is super comfortable to wear and versatile to play with fabric… Perfect of everyday clothing both for me and for my kids. I do like the fitting of both tees but next time, if I am sewing with lightweight jersey, I think I will go a size down on mine. I found both patterns quite long (both sleeve and over-all length) but maybe that’s because they were design for tall German women and children while Ines and me are petit Portuguese girls. Anyway, I am sure these two tees are just the tip of the iceberg of my Bethioua sewing carrier…

FABRIC: Pretty Panda sweatshirt fleece from Poppy and solid black sweatshirt fleece from my local shop (Park dos Tecidos) for Ines’ sweat shirt. Solid black cotton knit from The Cloth House and striped cotton from my local shop (Feira dos Tecidos) for my t-shirt. Though I love Ines sweatshirt – how cool is that panda fabric we got from one of our lovely London Sew Social sponsors? – I had to try the striped sleeves version… Matching the stripes might not be super easy, but it is such a cool detail. Love it! By the way, because I wanted the stripes to be perfectly aligned, I didn’t cut my fabric on fold. Instead I used the first sleeve to cut the second one and be sure all stripes were in place. Then, when sewing, I machine basted the back seam before sewing it one my serger. It takes a little bit longer but it is worse it.

(Ines has so much energy she some times so hard to photograph... Well, at least she is not camera shy as I am...)
Well, that’s it for this week! I hope you enjoyed my Nah-Connection creations…
Don’t forget to check out Nah-Connection Shop and use the coupons Annika has made for you:
- buy1save10naehconnection (buy 1 pattern save 10%)
- buy2save20naehconnection (buy 2 patterns save 20%)
- buy3save30naehconnection (buy 3 patterns save 30%)
All coupons are valid for the whole week (until Sunday midnight CET).

terça-feira, 4 de outubro de 2016


As promised on Monday, here I am again with one more garment made with a German pattern –beautifully translated to English by Annika - from the just opened shop Nah-Connection. I couldn’t be more delighted to be a Nah-Connection Ambassador and be able to try all these wonderful patterns first hand. Thank you Annika!
I never know what to do with my hands when I don't have pockets...

PATTERN: Twist(it) Blouse by Schneidernmeistern for Nah-Connection. Let’s start by saying I love my new blouse though I completely screwed it while cutting my fabric… As usually, I read the instructions so “carefully” I did notice I had to add seam allowances to the pattern. Thank God I am petit – and the design is quite loose - so the blouse still fits me nicely!
The all blouse is made with only one pattern piece and it has a center seam that can be worn at the back or at the front. Clever, right? The neck line is beautifully designed and really flattering (though mine is a little bit too wide because I forgot to add seam allowances...) and the cuffs are the perfect detail to finish the sleeves. But my favorite thing about this pattern is that it is such a fast project to sew… I already have a couple of fabrics on my stash I plan to turn it Twist (it) blouses!

FABRIC: Printed rayon from my local shop (Feira dos Tecidos). I must admit I wasn’t planning to sew this blouse until I saw Jenya’s version. It was so good I couldn’t help myself and immediately printed the pattern and started sewing. The rayon is perfect for this design! Since I am quite small, more structured fabrics give a tent-like look to these loose designs but the rayon has the perfect drape. Plus it is super comfortable and it is still a (kind of) natural fiber.
By the way, have you seen the gorgeous striped Twist (it) my friend Gioia made? Because of the unique way of cutting the fabric, the stripes run in a really interesting way. So cool! I really need to find some nice striped rayon as I can’t wait to sew a striped version of this blouse.

I had bought this rayon to mach a nice pink jersey I turned into a bolero last month. I still can´t believe how perfect they look together! Matched with jeans, they are so comfortable and stylish. I can't believe I am finally sewing wearable clothes for myself...

Don’t forget to check out some really amazing creations by the super talented Nah-Connection Ambassadors on Annika’s blog. And head over to Nah-Connection Shop for some nice pattern shopping with these coupon codes:
- buy1save10naehconnection (buy 1 pattern save 10%)
- buy2save20naehconnection (buy 2 patterns save 20%)
- buy3save30naehconnection (buy 3 patterns save 30%)
All coupons are valid for the whole week (until Sunday midnight CET).

segunda-feira, 3 de outubro de 2016


I am sure you already know Annika and her great blog Nah-Connection but did you know she has a pattern shop and she will start selling the English version of some really nice German this week?
I could not be more excited to be a Nah-Connection Ambassador and, hopefully, help my good friend with her new project. So, for the next couple of days my –almost dead – blog will be alive and kicking with some cool clothes for my kids and me…
Here is the first one!
PATTERN: Girls . Undies by Die Erbsenprinzessin for Nah-Connection. If you would ask me a couple of years ago if I would sew undies for my girls I would have replayed “Are you kidding me? No way!” but I am so glad I gave it a try now... It was such a fun project! Not that I plan to sew every single pair of undies Teresa and Ines wear but it was such a fun project
So, about the pattern… This pattern is so complete! It actually composed by three patterns: undies, cami bra and tank top. For all of them are given several ways of hemming: fold over hem with invisible elastic, fold over hem visible (picot) elastic, fold-over elastic, visible elastic, knit ribbing and knit binding. Plus, the instructions are full of helpful tips to help sewing the perfect pair of undies.
I knew my kids would be over the moon if I would sew them a cami bra so I started with an undies/cami bra ensemble and hemmed it knit ribbing. So simple, so cute! We all love it! I am sorry for no modeled photos (I hope you understand it!) but trust me, the fit is spot on. The knit ribbing is super comfortable (compared to elastic/store bought underwear) so they have been wearing it as sleep wear. Plus, Teresa has already ordered me a bikini made with the exact same pattern…
For the blog - because it would not be fun if there were no modeled photos on this blogpost, right? - I made an undies/tank top ensemble. Once again, as you can see, the fit is spot on and the tank top can actually be worn by itself.
FABRIC: Laguna Stretch Jersey Knit Flower Stripe Vintage Autumn by Robert Kaufman bought at (it was bought long time ago and, I'm sory, it looks like it is out of stock now) and solid red cotton jersey kint from my local store (Park dos Tecidos) for the undies/cami bra. Solid blue and flower printed cotton jersey kint from my local store (Park dos Tecidos). All of these fabrics were left-overs from bigger projects I made before. This is the perfect project to use littles pieces of fabric I had left on my stash. And how cool is it to have undies that match my kid’s dresses and shirts, right? I am already looking on my local stores for some nice picot elastic as I really feel like trying this new (to me) technic...

So I hope I have inspired you to sew underwear for your kids (by the way, there is a boys pattern on the shop too) and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday for more Nah-Connection sewing.
Meanwhile, check out what the other ambassadors have sewn on Annika’s blog and indulge yourself with some new patterns on Annika's shop as she has put together these nice coupon codes for you:
- buy1save10naehconnection (buy 1 pattern save 10%)
- buy2save20naehconnection (buy 2 patterns save 20%)
- buy3save30naehconnection (buy 3 patterns save 30%)
All coupons are valid for the whole week (until Sunday midnight CET).

sexta-feira, 9 de setembro de 2016


Last day of London Sew Social / Tuttle Publishing blog tour and today Gioia, Olu and Sara are joining me with some wonderful Japanese inspired creations. Head over to  their bogs for inspiration and don’t forget to come back to check the fancy outfit I made for myself…
PATTERN 1: View Q (Liberty Print Jumpsuit) from Stylish Party Dresses. So where is the jumpsuit?! Well, I’ve turned it into a blouse… I really wanted to make the jumpsuit but I knew it would not be flattering for my body type and it would end at the back of my closet. So I changed the side seams using the bolero’s pattern as guideline, omitted the back zipper, as it was not needed anymore, and added gathering (about 14cm total) at the back. Et voilá! A really nice blouse was born! One think I really love about Japanese sewing pattern is how easy they usually are to customize. As hard as it is to me to like patterns without seam allowances, I always feel glad these patterns are drafted that way.

FABRIC 1: Dotted rayon from my local shop (Feira dos Tecidos). I could not believe how lucky I was when I saw this fabric for 1 Euro at my local shop remnants been. I love the color and print and the drape is perfect for this pattern. Since I had to buy a spool of matching thread, this blouse costed me the fabulous amount of 2,90 Euros! No one can tell, right?

PATTERN 2: View G (Lace Bolero) from Stylish Party Dresses. On the Bolero I haven’t made as many changes but I’ve sewn it with a very different kind of fabric (more on that later)… I’ve cut the sleeves are slightly longer so I could roll them up and turned both front and back pieces (yoke and main) into one single piece, omitting the gathers. At the front edge I added some lines of parallel topstitching for some extra fun and, I completely forgot to take photos so you will have to trust me on that!, finished the neckline hem with lace. See what I was talking about? These Japanese patterns are perfect to customize and turn the garment into what you have dreamt of. Super fun sewing!

FABRIC 2: Double knit cotton from my local shop (Feira dos Tecidos). Once again I think I got lucky to find this fabric on my local shop. It looks like it is really great quality and the color is beautiful – a very light greyish pink. Plus it is perfect for this pattern! Or, at least, it is perfect for this modified pattern… I really like the fitted look of this little bolero and I am glad the fabric has a little bit of stretch as is makes it so easy and comfortable to wear.

As you can see on these photos, I prefer to wear neck ties loose instead of made into a lace, as it is shown on the book. I think it gives the blouse a younger and more relaxed look…
(After party look...)
Don’t forget to check out all posts on this tour:
Monday: By Eva Maria and DoGuincho
Tuesday: La Folie and DoGuincho
Wednesday: As it Seams and DoGuincho
Thursday: Craftstorming and DoGuincho
Friday: DottaMade By Sara and Neddle and Ted

Well, that it my friends! Thank you so much Tuttle Publishing for sponsoring London Sew Social! Keep on doing the good work translating these wonderful sewing books to English (check them all here)!

quinta-feira, 8 de setembro de 2016


It’s day 4 of London Sew Social / Tuttle Publishing blog tour. I hope you are enjoying it! Today the lovely Laura is joining me with this beautiful dress for her sweet baby daughter Willow while I am sharing yet another garment from my favorite book…
PATTERN: View nº04 (Top with Epaulettes) from She Wears the Pants. This is the perfect project if you are starting to sew with knits as it is incredibly simple and fast to sew. Just pick a fabric with not too much stretch (like I did) and you will be amazed with the final result. For the first time in this book I had to sew size S, instead of the usual XS, as this pattern doesn’t have that much ease and size XS was too small for my shoulders. I made a couple of changes to the original pattern: skipped the epaulettes and finished the sleeve seam with contrasting bias tape. I am pretty pleased with my sweater. I especially like the boat neck collar and the very slightly bell shaped sleeves. Such wonderful details for a simple pattern!

FABRIC: Stripped French terry from my local shop (Feira dos Tecidos) and Liberty cotton lawn for the sleeve detail. This French terry is so nice! Soft but sturdy. Really good quality stuff. Plus I love the color (I have this thing for yellow…) and the stripes. It doesn’t have much stretch and I think that was good for this particular pattern. The liberty bias was a leftover from my stash and I think it goes really well with the stripped cotton. It is always fun when you can incorporate a little bit of fancy nice fabric in your daily wardrobe, right?

Plus, I think I got lucky here! Monday’s warp is also perfect for Thursday’s outfit. Yeah!
Have you checked the other participants’ creations for this tour? You must do it! Here they are: Eva’s here, Ines’ here and Victoria here.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for more Japanese Sewing fun!