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Monday, December 29, 2014

CHRISTMAS OUTFITS

Christmas calls for special outfits! Although I have been sewing for some years for my children, this year was the first time that I made them their Christmas outfits. I always bought them traditional outfits from Portuguese brands, but, though I may be a little (a lot) biased, I think they have never been so well dressed! ;-)
Teresa wore a red corduroy dress with a white shirt, blue tights and blue velvet shoes. I used Straight-Grains' Hanami dress pattern. I made this dress a couple of months ago for the I heart Marcel Marlier series (when I made the dress, I already knew this was the one she was going to wear on Christmas Eve). The fabric is a lightweight red corduroy from Robert Kaufman. I wanted to add a belt also in red corduroy with a white ribbbig, but was unable to finish it on time...



For Manel I made shorts with the same red Robert Kaufman corduroy I used for Teresa's dress. I used the Two Haute Shorts pattern. Although this pattern is intended for girls, it is perfect for boys also! This is my second version so far! (you can see my first version here) I love it!




Here they are with their outfits. Cute right?




Thursday, December 11, 2014

YET ANOTHER ASTER CARDIGAN

I have only recently started to sew with knits. I always thought one needed a professional sewing machine and professional skills to sew with knits, so this was something that I never thought I would try. I have said it before: I couldn´t be more wrong! Though I have a serger, one does not really need a serger to make a t-shirt. Anyway, for me, sewing with knits went from a intimidating idea to an addiction. I can't get enough of it...

Although I have a ton of projects that I want to make with knits... I couldn't resist trying another version of Willow and Co's Aster Cardigan. I had some trouble with my first version, not because of the pattern, which is GREAT, but because of the fabric that was very slippery. You can see that version here. This time, I used a mid-weight cotton knit from Joann’s and the fabric was much easier to work with. It is far from perfect (don't look too closer to the collar, please!), but I will get there! :-)





The original pattern as a 3/4 sleeve and is short, so, to be worn during winter, I decided to increase the length of both the top and the sleeves for about two inches. Once again, the fit was perfect and very comfortable! Teresa loves it! 











 Hope you like it too! :-)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

PAJAMAS' DAY



Today is Pajama's Day at Teresa preschool! I was only informed of this yesterday afternoon, when I picked her up. Advising on such a short notice that our kids need to go to school on their pajamas may be ok for most mums, but that is definitely not ok for a sewing mum. If Teresa needed to go to school on her pajamas, for me this meant that I need to make her new special pajamas!
Luckily I had some cotton knit on my stash that I knew Teresa would love to take to school. So, after putting the children to bed I was able to make her new pajamas! I used Heidi & Finn's All you need Jammies pattern. This pattern is great, it has a lot of versions and the instructions are really helpful. So far, this is my favorite pattern for knits. I opted for a full tee and leggings, but I also wish to try the lounge pants and the gathered tee! For the fabric, I used 100% cotton jersey purchased at Joann’s. I added three little pink heart buttons to the top, because I knew she would love that.






She was so happy and proud when she saw it this morning!
Last week I also managed to sew a couple of pajamas for Manuel. I used the same pattern and also 100% cotton jersey from Joann's. I also added some cute lion and tractor buttons, for him to play. He loved it! Sadly, I wasn't able to get any proper photos. Sorry!


So, here are the three pajamas!