quinta-feira, 15 de março de 2018


It has been a busy week around here! But when a good friend launches a great pattern and asks if you feel like sewing it, is it possible to say no? Of course not! So I say yes!

PATTERN: The Nina Blouse by Coffee and Thread. When I went to my local shop with my almost finished Nina blouse to look for some nice buttons, the waitress said: “Did you sew this?! It looks amazing. So perfect and professional!” I blushed but I knew it was all Olga’s fault as she had put together not only a beautiful timeless design but also a great pattern. Plus the fitting is perfect! I made the cap sleeve version – there is a long sleeve too – with round collar – there is a scalloped collar too – in size 8 for my skinny 10 year old daughter as the sizing chart was pointing into that size. I made no changes to the original pattern but I added a couple of top stiches here and there because Teresa wanted her Nina to look more casual and denim shirt like.

FABRIC: Denim/chambray bed sheet from my local street market (buttons and bias tape are from my local shops.) Every Wednesday there is a street market in Cascais and sometimes it is possible to find real gems there. This fabric was definitely one! For 5 euros I got enough fabric to make shirts for all the family. The quality seems to be really nice as the fabric is incredibly soft and has good drape. Since Teresa asked me for a casual denim shirt, I thought having contrasting topstitching would make sense. And all other details fallowed that topstitching: the sleeves and neckline are finished with matching color bias tape and the buttons are the exact same color as the thread.

I am really happy with my Nina blouse. And so is Teresa. I just hope spring arrives soon so she can start wearing her new denim shirt.
Get your Nina blouse with a nice discount - 20% off - with the NINAPATTERNTOUR code. It is good through March 19, 11:59 pm Central (Chicago) time zone.
And visit Coffee and Thread blog for lost of inspiration!

terça-feira, 13 de março de 2018


Last year Lotte Martens, a Belgium fabric designer, asked me if I would like to try their fabrics. Of course I say yes! I made a blouse for me and a dress for Teresa with this gorgeous rayon that have been worn over and over ever since I made them.

When I was contacted again to try their new Spring/Summer Collection I felt really privileged to be able to work with such luxurious fabrics again.

FABRIC: Ciccioni05 from Lotte Martens Party Animals limited edition SS18. This beautiful lightweight jarcard comes in several colors but I felt in love with the silver/pink/green combination. The fabric is really rich and luxurious and, as it is not too heavy, it has a nice drape. Though it frays easily – after all it is a jacard! – it was not hard at all to sew with. The colors are vibrant but not too laud and that makes it perfect for garment sewing. I had 1 meter of fabric so I was planning to make a blouse but, to my surprise, the fabric was enough for this dress pattern so I went for it.  

PATTERN: View W from the Japanese book Stylish Party Dresses. I knew I needed a tried and trusted pattern so I would not ruined Lotte Martens precious fabric. This pattern has a simple but elegant and easy to wear shape that fits my body type nicely (or at least I think so!) plus I had made a linen version of this dress last year and I still like it so much… I am glad I made this decision! While last time I made the dress without any adjustments, this time I had to reduce about 10cm in height as I did not have enough fabric to make it as long and decided to add inseam side pockets. I am so glad I added the pockets! They are the perfect detail for this simple dress!

Thank you so much Lotte Martens for giving me the opportunity to sew with your fabrics once again! I am delighted with my new dress and I hope spring arrives soon so I can start wearing it.

domingo, 11 de março de 2018


I still can’t believe I missed a blog tour deadline. I am so sorry Suz! Things sometimes just don’t go the way we would like to…

But better late than never, right? So here is my Catherine Cardigan!
PATTERN: Catherine Cardigan by Sew Pony. Well, the Catherine Cardigan I’ve got to show you today isn’t actually a cardigan… Teresa was desperately in need of long sleeve tees so I made a couple of small changes to the pattern – inspired by the super talented Trine – and now Teresa has a new tee she loves. As she asked me to keep the pussy bow, I decided to cut a stripe of fabric to create a fake placket using the original placket pattern. Because I was making a tee, I’ve finished the neckline with a regular band, instead of the neckband provided, and the long sleeves with a hem, instead of a cuff. Hacking this pattern was super easy – for sure because it is such a nice pattern!

I am glad Teresa asked me to keep the pussy bow. Such a cute special detail, isn’t it?
FABRIC: Black slub cotton/linen knit from my local shop (Feiras dos Tecidos). I bought this piece of fabric long time ago not realizing it was too small to make something for myself. When I started sewing I didn’t think slub knit was appropriate for children clothes… I didn’t think black was suitable for children’s clothes either... But things change and now I feel like this combination is perfect for my pre-teen girl! Especially because I know she likes it and she will actually wear it. I wanted to make the central stripe and the bow in a different color but Teresa asked me to keep it simple so I did. It isn’t as photogenic – for blogging purposes -  but it works out so nicely in “real live”… We are happy!

Thank you so much Suz for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. Congrats on another great pattern!
Ines also wanted to take part of the photo shoot. Here she is wearing a couple of garments that never made the blog: After School pants by Oliver and S in denim from my local shop and Hemlock Top by Elegance and Elephants in Nosh Organic knit fabric.
Find theCatherine Cardigan Pattern at Sew Pony Shop and get inspired by all the gorgeous cardigans on the tour fallowing the links bellow.

quarta-feira, 10 de janeiro de 2018


My good friend Annika just had her third baby! What a courageous women she is!
Baby L was born just before Christmas and, to celebrate it, Annika’s sewing friends got together and organized a virtual baby shower for her and her baby girl.
This was, of course, the perfect opportunity to sew some cute little baby clothes…
PATTERN: Birdie Birdie Jersey Dress and Caterpillar Leggings both for Ottobre MagazineSpring 1/2015. I think you already know about my love for Ottobre knit patterns… I love their simple design and perfect fitting. But I also love how practical and easy to wear their designs are. So it was a no brainer to choose a little dress and a pair of leggings for Annika’s baby girl from one of the magazines I own. Baby L will look stylish and but super comfortable. I made no changes to the original patterns except for the neckline finish on the dress. Because I couldn’t find any matching ribbing, I made a simple neckband (serged and topstitched with a double needle) instead of a “proper” neck binding. I think this way it is slightly stretchier and hopefully easier to dress and undress.
FABRIC: Liberty Cotton Jersey from Mike Tecidos (sorry, it is out of stock!) and Striped Cotton Jersey from Maria Pirosa. It is hard to find nice Jersey fabric in Portugal but I got lucky with both these fabrics. I just hope Annika likes the soft prints!

Last but not least…
Because, with babies, there is always the need to store an extra set of clothing or a diaper, I though a nice matching knit bag would come handy. So, with the leftover fabric I had, I made a simple – but personalized – bag for Babby L.

Congrats Annika! I hope we can meet soon!
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quarta-feira, 20 de dezembro de 2017


I think my new sweater is actually a mini dress… 
PATTERN: Bento Tee by Liesl and Co. The Bento Tee is one of my all-time favorite knit patterns. It comes with two different styles: a simple tee with cuffed sleeves and a long sleeve sweatshirt with front pockets. Last year I made several simple tees and sweaters using this pattern but I didn’t try the pockets option as I thought the pockets were a little bit too high on the torso for my taste. When I got this gorgeous fabric from Nosh (more about it bellow), I decided it was finally time to try the pockets! Since I had some extra fabric, I could add some length to the bodice so the pockets would lay a little bit lower - hopefully at the waist line! I was thinking about making a long sweater to wear with skinny jeans but now I really like to see it as a mini dress. I think the boxy shape of the Bento works really nice as a mini-dress.  As long as I don’t have to lift my harms too high…  


FABRIC: Silmu Knit in Black – Vanilla by Nosh. I must admit felt in love with the structured knits collection Nosh has put together this year the moment I saw it. All colors and textures are simply perfect for winter sewing! As usually, the quality is top. But that’s not all. Though the Silmu is a cotton sweatshirt fabric, it looks a lot more luxurious. I actually feel like my mini dress looks quite fancy and not sporty at all. Sewing with the Silmu was super easy as the fabric is quite stable. I used my serger in very seam but sew the pockets seam first with my sewing machine. (I’ve also added a stripe of interfacing at the pockets to be sure they stayed crisped and nice looking.) The neckline is finished with a narrow neckband made with Nosh rib in black and all hems are finished with a double needle, just as the pattern calls for.

So, this might be my last make of 2017 and it is for sure one of my favorites. It was a pleasure to collaborate with Nosh Fabrics this year. Sewing and wearing nice organic fabric is a so, so good!

domingo, 19 de novembro de 2017



I could not believe when, a couple of months ago, I received an email from Lotte Martens asking me if I would like to try their fabrics and participate on their upcoming international blog. Every time I saw the amazing things my Belgium sewing friends have sewn with their exquisite fabrics I felt so overwhelmed… And now I feel really lucky – and flattered! - to be able to try them too!

FABRIC: Grus Crèpe from Lotte Martens. I was so in love with ALL fabrics from Lotte Martensnew collection, it took me ages to pick this fabric. I loved all the plissé so much! And, of course, every single hand printed is utterly special. But I knew this rayon was a lot more “my style” so I went for it. My plan was to make a dress but, when the fabric arrived, my daughter Teresa asked me if I could sew something for her with it too so I thought the right thing to do would be to share the fabric with her. This rayon is super, super soft (that’s one of the main reasons Teresa felt in love with it, I’m sure) but was surprisingly easy to work with! Even making the v-neckline went super smooth. I must admit I wasn’t expecting that at all! The color is a beautiful light aqua green and it is lovely to wear but hard to photograph and the little gold/mustard yellow dots (they are more drops then dots, actually) add the perfect combination! Maybe it is also hard to tell from the photos but while Teresa's dress was cut to the grain, my blouse had to be cut cross grain because that was all the fabric I had left. Never the less, the drape is perfect! Most Lotte Martens fabrics are sold by the panel (because they are hand printed) but this one is sold by the meter.

PATTERN: Both patterns are self-drafted based on ready to wear garments we already owned. One of the best things about sewing our own clouds is the possibility of making the design we want with the fabric we have chosen. It is easy to find nice designs in ready to wear but not that easy to find good quality fabric and nice craftsmanship. Sewing our own clothes gives us the power to do so! I absolutely adore the drape on my blouse. And I like that it can be worn every day because it doesn’t look too fancy it is fancy enough to be worn to a party too. Teresa is also super please with her dress. She says it is so comfortable, she wants to wear it as a nightgown!


And now we finally have matchy machy clothes!

Don’t forget to check all amazing fabrics and designs at Lotte Martens website.

At the moment you can find Lotte's fabrics at these European shops. But the good news are Lotte Martens is growing internationally so maybe you can ask for their fabrics in your favorite fabric store and they will be the next one caring it...

Thank you so much Lotte Martens for designing such special fabrics!

sexta-feira, 3 de novembro de 2017


My good friend Suz has just released a new pattern, the Issie Top! I am so flattered to have been invited for the pattern tour… And of course, and I am delighted to show you the Issie I made for my daughter Ines.

PATTERN: Issie Top by Sew Pony. The Issie Top is a pattern for a sweet and girly stretchy top and it comes with lots and lots of options. I choose the view with two side ruffles and no cuffs and I made a little change to the original pattern: I lined the ruffles. (Why can’t I just follow the instructions?!) Because my ruffles were lined, I made a small change to the construction of the top: I sandwiched the ruffles in-between the side and the front/back upper pieces. Of course, to do so I had to split both upper pieces into side front/middle front and side back/middle back and add seam allowances to those pieces.  Much easier to do then to explain, I must say… Anyway, the Issie top was a breeze to sew. The fitting was perfect and Ines was really happy to wear it.



FABRIC: Blue cotton french terry (main fabric) and printed viscose knit (ruffles lining) both from my stash. (Yeah! I feel so happy to sew nice clothes without the need of buying more fabric…) There is not much to say about the fabric I picked this time. It is ok quality (I’ve been spoiling my kids with the wonderful Nosh Organics and they are becoming kind of picky, especially when it comes to knits…) and I hope it survives the playing and washing as I am sure this top will be worn over and over again.

So, I hope I have inspired you to sew this cute top… You can get your copy of the pattern with a nice 10% discount throughout the tour with the code: ISSIERELEASE10 at Sew Pony Shop. By the way, the pattern is available not only in English but also in Dutch and French.

And don’t forget to check out the Issie Tops made by the other participants in the tour! Here are the links to their blogs:

MONDAY 23/10:  anaaisID . frl.love . naaisgerief
WEDNSEDAY 25/10: VINK . amore . MeToezie
FRIDAY 27/10: Beletoile . Flaflinko . Froleintilia . Ariane
MONDAY 30/10: Riddersenrozen . 128
WEDNESDAY 1/11: WithlovebyEva . ByDagbjort . Stannel
FRIDAY 3/11: Nah- connection . DoGuincho . Groovybabyandmama . liiviundliivi
MONDAY 6/11: Pistolwhip . Mendandmakenew . Kneesocksandgoldilocks
WEDNESDAY 8/11:  Creativecatoo . Justaddfabric . Casennina
FRIDAY 10/11:  Enjoyfulmakes . Kaatjenaaisels . Larth . Whileshewassleeping
PS: Can you tell Ines still has some leftover make up from her black cat Halloween costume? Well, I only noticed it after all the photos were taken...