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Sunday, February 22, 2015

JAPANESE BLOUSE AND SKIRT
















I am surely not the only one to be in love with the design of Japanese clothes and the styling of Japanese sewing books. I have four of them and want to make every single project. They are all so cool! Despite the fact that I love the books, until now I had only made one project (the A top from Sew Chic Kids), I made several versions of that same top, but had never adventured my self in other projects, I don't really know why, laziness I guess...  


Sunday, February 15, 2015

PINK AND GOLD


Here is Teresa's new tunic. I am totally in love with it. The fabric is Michael Miller's Brambleberry Ridge by Violet Craft (purchased here). It is pink and has some adorable golden birds. 





























I only bought a yard of it (I guess I can't get used to the fact that my girl is not a baby anymore) and had to do some magic to be able to sew this tunic.

The pattern is Agnes Tunic by Citronille. Due to the lack of fabric I had to make some modifications, like reducing the width of the bodice. Also, I added a peter pan collar. The collar is far from perfect, I had to self draft it, but I though that this fabric was really asking for something with a peter pan collar.  




























I think I got a little bit obsessed here and even used golden thread... I just couldn't help it.





























Teresa wore her new tunic today with her new denim skirt (more details here).





























I am glad that she is finally well and we could have fun outside!

Hope you liked it! :-)


Friday, February 13, 2015

The Holly Dress by Audrey & Tiffany



I was very lucky to get the chance to sew the new Audrey & Tiffany's digital pattern: The Holly Dress. (Thank you Allison and Deb!) The Holly Dress was designed by Allison from E+M Patterns and Deb Zalesky from Sprouting Jube Jube. Actually, this is not the first time that these very talented ladies get together to create a beautiful design. Last year, they made the Secret Garden Dress, which is so adorable. Check it out here.

The Holly Dress has a squared neck and an empire waist. It comes with 2 options for the bodice: pintucks or gathers; and it joins the 1/4 circle skirt with a contrasting band (I skipped that part though). The back closes with buttons and loops.


 

I chose the pintucks and I think they look adorable. I love the neckline and the little buttons on the back.


For the fabric I used Darlene Zimmerman's Lazy Daisy Basket (Robert Kaufman) in pink and red, that I purchased at my local store. This fabric is really soft. :-) 

If you are thinking of buying this pattern, please note that there is a 25% discount ending tomorrow, February 14! To get the discount, make sure to use the code ""HOLLY". You can also use the same discount to buy the gorgeous Secret Garden! Aren't these great news?   

Also, make sure to check other beautiful versions of the same dress herehere and here.

SOME SEWING AND.... SOME KNITING

Last year I made a very simple skirt for Teresa that I failed to blog about. Now that I am thinking about it, this was the first skirt that I ever made for her. I normally do not like to see little girls with skirts when they still have that baby tummy. It may be just me but I think that when they are little, skirts never fit them properly. We are over that phase now, Teresa is almost 6 and her body is much more slim now. So, I am guessing I will be making a bunch of skirts from now on. She loves them and I think they are more practical to take for school that a dress. 

As I said, this is the most basic skirt you can imagine: two rectangles, rolled hem on the top hem, 10 rows of elastic for shirring and a bow. It took me no more than an hour to have it done and I find it more interesting that a simple skirt with elastic in the waistband.


As mentioned above, I did not use any pattern. The fabric is a flannel in grey and blue plaid and the bow is in corduroy. 



The sweatshirt is the one I made for New Year's Eve. You can see more details on the sweatshirt here.

And for the final look: a heartwarmer (isn't this an adorable name?):


I don't knit! I know how to, but knitting is just not my thing. Yet, my husband's aunt (my aunt), who is a marvelous knitter, came over from Portugal to spend Christmas with us here in the US and while she was here she made a few things for Teresa. I will be showing those precious things here. :-)     


So, her first project was this heartwarmer from Sweet KM that I fell in love with when the last Stylo Magazine was release. I simply adore this!


We bought a 100% merino wool from a local store for this project and I can tell you that this is the most soft and warm piece of knit that I ever laid my hands in. Heaven! :-) 

Hope you like it! :-)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

KIDS CLOTHES WEEK - DAY 5

It's Kids Clothes Week!!! You probably know the rules by now: sew 1 hour a day for 7 days! This season, the theme (non mandatory) is "Recycle". Although I would love the opportunity to do some recycling again the truth is I don´t currently have any clothes that I could re-use. This is normally good - I love the fact that in our new house we only have the things that we actually need, nothing more nothing less - but in this case it would be real fun to make some refashion again. As such, this time I could not follow the theme. 


Anyway, although I have been able to sew around an hour each day I haven't been able to accomplish a lot. Also, my girl is sick, with a bug in her tummy, so I wasn't able to get her to try her new skirt and take pictures. Luckily I bought a dress form a week a go and it arrived just in time for me to show Teresa's new skirt. Here it is:




I did not use any pattern this time. I saw a similar skirt in a girl on Instagram and I though it was just too cute and easy to put together. Basically, it is a gathered skirt with a waistband with elastic in the back. 



In my opinion, the cutest details are the braces and the wood buttons.





I used a lightweight denim from Joann's. It is very soft... and that's it! Simple, easy and quick to sew. By the way the top is the Hemlock Top that I made a couple of months ago. You can check it here. In here I  love it! I am hoping Teresa loves it too.