Sara’s Baby Shower

When I first started sewing, my girls were already 5 years old so, the opportunity to sew for babies doesn’t happen often and when it does I grab it!

Most likely you already know Sara from Made by Sara (I’ve mentioned her here before!) just had her 4th child, a lovely baby boy and we are here to celebrate it!

In fact, sewing for boys was a first for me! I confess it was not easy for me to choose a project as don’t have many baby patterns and even less for boys, but I enjoyed it and in the end choose something for when the baby gets a little bigger and because by then he will be moving a lot, also something comfortable but I believe, quite cute as well.🙂


I made a long sleeve tee and sweatpants so that he can be comfortable while starting to explore all around him! The tee is the Safari Raglan by Titchy Threads in size 6 months. I have made this tee for my girls before and I knew it would be perfect! The fabric I used is a super soft jersey from Nosh that I really like and believe it is perfect for babies.


For the bottom I wasn’t sure what I was going to make but then I remembered the Ottobre magazines I have and had a look. These sweatpants are from issue 6/2016, pattern number 2 in size 74cm.


The recommended fabric for the trousers is sweatshirt knit but instead I used a denim look jersey also from Nosh, that is very comfortable but stylish and worked really well.


The constructions is really quick but with a method for the waistband different from what I am used. My first thought was, I will do it as I usually do, but then I decided to try this method and I am happy I did. I made a small change anyway but love how perfect it looks also on the inside.


Hope Sara and her baby boy like what I’ve made and most of all wish all the best for the new member and, of course, for their lovely family!🙂

Don’t forget to check all the blogs that are part of Sara’s Baby Shower! I’ve seen such lovely things already.🙂

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

The Tulip Dress

I have been following Eva from With Love by Eva and enjoying her work for some time now so, when she released her first pattern I was very pleased for her. Sometime after the release of the Tulip Dress, Eva asked me if I would like to take part in the tour for the English version and of course I said yes! I showed my girls both versions (top and dress) and they both said they loved it and wanted the dress!

The Tulip Top and Dress was made by Eva and Katrien and the English version was released yesterday, the same day the Blog Tour started to help celebrate it!🙂



This pattern can be made as a top or dress and has the option to close at the back with an invisible zipper or buttons.

Like I mentioned before, my girls immediately said they wanted a dress, so dress it is! For the closure at the back I used the invisible zipper option and made a size 7 for F that most likely will be used by M next summer. Meanwhile she can wear it with a cardigan and knee socks.


I love the bodice and how the two layers overlay making the lovely tulip shape and how the skirt drapes from under. For the lining I used a light cotton fabric and because there are quite a few layers is recommended not to use thick fabrics for the bodice. This dress however can be used with a shirt under for colder temperatures.


For the fabric I used a Nani Iro double gauze that I really like and had bought for me a while ago to make a dress, but the dress never came to life and I thought it would look much better as a Tulip Dress than in my shelf! I guess I was right as I love how it turned out! The piping was also bought for that same dress that never happened and F loved the idea of having a dress with some sparkling and declared it her new party dress.


I really like the bodice in this dress and how well the layers overlay!



If you are looking for some inspiration than this week will bring you loads as the line-up is amazing and the sneak peaks left me really curious.

To help celebrate the release there you can use the code HAPPYTULIP to get a 10% discount, until 9th October.

The Toaster Sweater

Back in July, Peggy from Sew House 7 asked me if I would like to try one of her patterns that would be released in Autumn and I felt really happy with that for two reasons. First, Peggy was trusting me with a pattern that hadn’t been released yet and second, I was looking for a nice sweater pattern for the following season! Perfect timing!

Last Friday The Toaster Sweater was released and in fact there are two patterns, the #1 and #2, that are sold separately or as a bundle.

The one I made first was the #2 which is fitted at the shoulders but loose at the hem, semi high neck and vents with hi-low hem.



I like how comfortable it is without looking like a usual sweater. My favourite parts in this pattern are the semi high neck that makes it so cosy and the vents with hi-low hem that adds some stylish touch.



The pattern is available from sizes XS to XXL and I made size XS without modifications, based on my bust measurements.

The recommended fabric is knit with, at least, 20% stretch and I’ve used a sweatshirt fabric from Nosh that worked well and is so comfy that I’ve been wearing this sweatshirt already!


I think this pattern would look wonderful with a wool knit but I’m having a difficult time finding it! Anyway I have some nice fabric ready to make another version as I know these sweaters will have a lot of use around here.

Until the 4th October you can get the Toaster Sweater with 20% discount!

Have a great week!🙂

The Elskan Dress

It has been a while since I last published in the blog! The truth is, since I returned from holiday I have been really slow and taking my time. It looks like after such a long break it is difficult to get back to reality… But I have been doing a few things, just at a different pace.

One of the things I’ve made was a really cool dress, the Elskan Dress by Charlotte Kan I “met” Charlotte’s work thru Diana and have been following her work since then.

The Elskan was released yesterday and it can be made as a dress or a top and is available in the sizes 0 to 16, with option for long sleeve.



The option I made during the test was a dress in size 0, without sleeves. The dress has a loose drape on top and a fitted bottom but very comfortable.



This is a very stylish dress/top but the construction is really simple and easy. Apart the sleeve cuffs and neckband there are only two pattern pieces which make it a really fast sew and the instructions are helpful so, in no time, you have a cool dress ready to go out!



The fabric recommendation is for fabrics with 50% stretch with at least 5% spandex but, because I was making a dress and wanted a fabric a bit heavier for the bottom part I have chosen a fabric with only 4% Elastane. The fabric is the Denim College+ in navy from Nosh and although I know it is a bit heavier then recommended, I like how it looks and how comfortable it is. The top part is not as drapery as it should be, but I actually like it as well, although for a top version I would go with a lighter fabric.


Now good news, you can get your copy of the pattern with 25% discount until Monday 23:59 CET using the code sweetie!

Some more summer sewing for the girls

At the moment we are still on holidays, enjoying the good weather as well as friends and family’s company. :-) Nonetheless, sewing was not forgotten and I brought a couple of projects with me.

Part of our time here in Portugal is spent in the countryside and some clothes suitable to run, jump and play freely were required. I opted for the Ash Jumpsuit by Petit a Petit and Family for M.


What I like about this particular jumpsuit is the neckline and its back. M liked it as well. She is paying more attention to what she wears and about her own style. So, I knew she would like this kind of details.



For M I made size 6 without any modifications apart the waistband elastic, to which I took some centimetres as her waist is a few sizes down and she opted for the playsuit. We are having really hot weather this year, so I believe she made a wise decision.


The neckline and back of this pattern makes me think of the 60’s, so I thought a vintage style fabric would make a proper match. For that reason, I used a vintage cotton from Sew Crafty and I like how it looks. Now M has a really cute but stylish jumpsuit to play freely.



Talking about having her own style, F is also mentioning how grown up she feels and although I keep telling her to slow down I want them to have their own opinion and express themselves.

Since I made the Fishtail Kimono for myself, I wanted to make one for the girls. For now, I made one just for F and she loved it!


This time I made size M (6/7 years old) with some changes. I omitted the neckband using instead, lace that I also added to the sleeves, much to my surprise by F’s suggestion! Also, this time I didn’t used hem facing, making a rolled hem.



The fabric used a super silky crepe de chine with some really bright colours (F’s favourites!) that if I had touched before I would have kept for myself!😉 Both fabric and lace trim are from the Sew Crafty store.



Although I love them, both pattern and fabric are not my usual choices for my girls but I thought it was about time I make some clothes for my daughters with a more grownup look. I am glad I did as I like how she looks and she totally rocks it!


Hope you’re having a wonderful summer!🙂

The Tea House Dress Tour

Short after the release of the Tea House Dress pattern from Sew House Seven I was asked if I wanted to be part of this tour, organised for Nelleke and I couldn’t say no! I liked the pattern as soon as I saw it, but I thought I wouldn’t have the time to actually make it. So, the invitation was just a push to make it and I am glad I did it! I did the yoke hand stitching part already while on holidays, it was totally worth my holiday’s time!




First of all, what attracted me in the dress: I like dresses that have an accentuated waist, I believe they fit my body type the best, the V-neck and dolman sleeves are also favourites.

This photo might not be the best one but I couldn’t resist taking a picture in this street while staying in Tomar, Portugal, as I love the colours.



Beside the dress option I made, B, there is also available a top, or below the knee length and spaghetti waist threads. As for the sizes, the pattern includes sizes 0 to 20. To celebrate the tour, Sew House Seven is having a sale and you can get the pattern with 25% off, so this is a good opportunity to get a copy!😉




The option I made was the B, in size 0, without any modification other than shorten 6 cm, just because I am not tall! As for the fabric I used a Nani Iro double gauze from here that I just couldn’t resist. It was quite a treat for me, but well… I think I deserved it and for some reason I believed that this pattern and fabric matched really well.😉



Hope you are enjoying this tour and getting inspired, as for me I surely enjoyed this tour even before it started. This group of ladies is not only talented but also very supportive and fun.

Don’t forget to check the all the other posts and Nelleke’s blog to enter the giveaway, for a chance to win a pattern and fabric!😉


August 9th: Rebel and Malice/Gaafmachine/Stahlarbeit


The Everyday Blouse

The Everyday Blouse is a pattern from Rachel Pinheiro from the blog House of Pinheiro and UpCraft Club that is being released today.



The pattern includes sizes from XXS to XXL and some lovely details that make this blouse really unique, like the neckline with elastic or the exposed side zipper.



I believe the name is very adequate for this pattern as this is a blouse that can be used for different occasions just by changing the print, the kind of fabric or only the accessories.



I made a size XS without modifications and I honestly love the fit of this blouse and I can assure that Gabriela from Chalk and Notch did a great work to make this pattern of great quality. I know I’ve said before how I like Gabriela’s work and it is really the truth, I like the way she works and the effort she puts in making each pattern the best pattern possible. This one is no exception.



Besides the details mentioned before (that I really love!), this pattern has bust and elbow darts. It was the first time I made elbow darts, but it is a nice detail for a ¾ sleeve and although it is not very visible, the fit is improved. 



As soon as I saw the pattern I immediately knew which fabric I wanted to use. Just a few weeks before I had bought a laser cutted cotton fabric from here and I thought I would work well with this pattern. The thing is I love white blouses and this pattern has interesting details that makes the blouse stand out.



The instructions are clear and well written and you can get the pattern with a reduced price, so you have really good reasons to get a copy!

Have a wonderful week!🙂