Summer Sewing for the girls

Last post I shared a few things I made for myself and now it’s time to share what I’ve made for the girls, before start sharing Autumn makes.

I know that, regarding the girls’ wardrobe, things will get a lot more use around here, if there are matching outfits. That doesn’t mean two pieces of the same, but using the same fabric for a different pattern, or the other way around. As I didn’t have much time left, I thought some skirts would be easy, fast and would get a lot of wear, so I made two skirts for F, matching a couple of M’s dresses.

I used the Jolie skirt by Fille a Maman, that I’ve used before and knew it would be perfect for what I was looking for. Unfortunately, I don’t have good pictures, actually this is the only kind of decent one I got! But I used the same fabrics as M’s pinafore, with the seersucker as main fabric and the broderie anglaise for the waistband. For the other skirt, I used chambray as main and Liberty for the waistband (sorry for the lack of pictures!).


I also wanted to make a skirt for M, to match F’s Marlow dress, so I used the same pique fabric to make a Sadie skirt, a pattern by Jilly Atlanta. I’ve used this pattern so many times already!


Now, what I really enjoyed making and especially see the girls wearing, was the Macy pinafore, also by Jilly Atlanta. This time I opted for the pinafore version with flutters.


The fabric I used is a chambray from Merchants and Mills that looks good with almost everything and is great for transition weather paired with a cardi.


No need to say that the part I liked the most are the flutters, right? Don’t they look adorable?)


These got a lot of wear this summer!


I know you’re used to seeing two of my makes, one for each twin, but this time I made something slightly different. I made three of the same garment! I made one pinafore for each of my girls and a matching one for my niece. They looked so adorable matching!


Now I’ve finished sharing summer clothes 😉 Have a wonderful autumn!


Summer Sewing for Myself

This year I haven’t sewn much for Summer and I must confess, that later, I slightly regretted it. But, it is what it is and there’s not much I can do now, except sharing with you the few things that I actually made.

As I was going to spend the Summer in hot, sunny Portugal (already miss it…) I needed light tops and the Ogden Cami by True Bias seemed just what I was looking for. Indeed, as it turned out, it was just perfect!

The first top, I made using a beautiful viscose crepe from Atelier Brunette that I bought from Maçãs d’Amor. It is a pleasure to wear and so much easier to work with than I expected! I really expect to wear it during Autumn with a cardigan and a scarf.


I made both tops in size 0, without modifications. This one you probably saw already with my Sandbridge skirt. Perfect combo for summer, if you ask me! 😉


The second Ogden Cami I made using a dreamy Les Fleurs rayon from Cotton and Steel that I got from here, already over one year ago! It has been patiently waiting for the right project and I absolutely love it!


To go with this top, I also made a Dolores skirt from the Magazine La Maison Victor, that finally is available in the UK and in English! It took me some time to try this skirt length, just because I am not tall, but I really got into it now and enjoy wearing it.


Another top I made was the Alize by Atelier Scammit. How could I ignore these lovely ruffles?

I made the top in size 34, according to my chest measurements and once again, I used a viscose crepe from Atelier Brunette, also from Maçãs d’Amor.


It was my first time tring a Atelier Scammit pattern and I must say I really liked the fit. It’s fitted where it needs to be but loose which make it so comfortable yet stylish. I should have made a few more…


Now that I’ve shared my Summer sewing it is time to start my Autumn projects. 😊

Summer Waterfall Raglan for me

It has been a long time since I shared something in here and this post is long overdue. This top was made a long time ago and it’s about time I share it.

The pattern is the Woman’s Waterfall Raglan by Chalk and Notch. I’ve made this pattern so many times for me, for the girls and even one for my sister and one for my niece, so I know this pattern well, but I didn’t have one with short sleeve for summer, so I had to fix that situation.

Like the previous time, I made a size 0 but this time with a short sleeve.


This top was my third project for the Sew Crafty Design Team and I didn’t have many doubts (if any at all) about the fabric I wanted to use. The fabric is a Dashwood Paper Meadow Dots Cotton Jersey and is so soft! A pleasure to work with and to wear.


The part of this post that took me longer was the photos… I was pretty fast sewing it up and wearing but taking photos was another business. In the end F took all the photos, so I need to thank her. I think she is getting the hang of it! 😉

I’ve got a new skirt!

It has been years since I used a skirt. Not that I don’t like them, but it’s really hard to find one that fits me nicely, so I gave up. Until now that is!

Today Adrianna from Hey June Handmade released her new pattern, the Sandbridge skirt, a casual skirt available in two lengths, five pockets, zipper fly and belt loops. As you see, a real skirt!


The skirt is available from sizes 2 to 22 and I’ve made a size 2, based on my natural waist and hips measurements, the ones that are most important in this pattern.

I opted for view A because I am not tall, so I knew it wouldn’t be as short as it is intended to and I will wear it during the holidays, which is just perfect.


The instructions, as usual, are so clear and helpful. This was the first time I ever installed a zipper fly and I didn’t felt difficulties. If you feel put aside from making the skirt for being difficult, don’t. Not only the instructions are very helpful but there is also a sew along starting next week.


I absolutely love the fit of this skirt! The back yoke makes the skirt fit nicely and this one It fits me like any other store bought did.

The hem is meant to be raw but in case you prefer a hem, just need to add the correspondent length. I chose it raw and just add two parallel lines of stitches to keep it from fraying too much.


The fabric is a light denim that I bought long ago and already used before. The only thing missing are the rivets, that I found hard to find.


I know I said it before, but I am really pleased with how it turned out. It is a great feeling to challenge myself and achieve something that always put me way.


Have a wonderful summer. 😊

The Penny Blouse

The Penny Blouse is Jilly Atlanta’s new pattern. Released today, like all Jilly Atlanta’s patterns, I’ve made so far does not disappoint.


The Penny is an adorable blouse that goes from sizes 6 months to 12 years, with two back options, three collar options, fluttered sleeves or sleeveless. It is a fitted blouse, so that it can be used with the Macy pinafore, with a romper or on its own.


As usual in Jilly Atlanta’s patterns, the instructions are very helpful and the inside finishing is very neat! The instructions recommend French seams and the collar and armhole are finished with bias binding, so the serger wasn’t even needed.


The option I’ve made has gathered collar and fluttered sleeves, both favourites of mine. I made size 7 for height with size 5 for width and I am so pleased with the fit. Trust me when I tell you that Jill made sure the fit was the best possible.


The fabrics I used are a very light cotton swiss dot in light pink and Liberty Tana Lawn for the collar and bias. I can guarantee you that the blouse looks as beautiful inside as it looks outside 😉


In the first stage of testing I made a blouse using the same fabrics, but in different colours and although the fit was changed after, M will wear this one for sure.


For today only (29th July), you can get the Penny Blouse for $5 only! 😊


The Nova Dress Tour

Today is the second day of the Nova Tour and I’m so glad to be joining this amazing group of ladies! An’s patterns are adorable and the Nova is a wonderful pattern with lovely details and so many options, from size 3M to 12Y and available in paper or PDF.


As I mentioned before, the Nova has plenty of options to choose from. Four front pleats options, three sleeves, three back options and all can be made as a dress or blouse. How versatile!

As I am preparing the girls wardrobe for summer and there are always many opportunities to wear a dress I choose to make F a dress with cap sleeves.


I confess I felt tempted to make the honeycomb pleats, that I like so much, but because the fabric has a busy print, I think it wouldn’t stand out. So, instead, I opted for the flat pleats.

The only thing I made different was the collar. I made a ruffled collar using a beautiful broderie anglaise lace, gifted by the lovely Carla. Thank you so much!


As for the size, I made a size 7 based on F’s height. I could (and probably should) have blend sizes and made a smaller size for width but she didn’t complain, I think it’s fine and she can move freely. 😉


As if it was not enough this pattern being adorable, it has a special name, Nova, which is the Portuguese word for new (in the feminine form)! The colour of the fabric, I used, resembles the traditional Portuguese tiles (azulejos), so I thought it would be a good match.


I would say the fabric is a poplin weight cotton, from a Portuguese shop and I used a white cotton fabric for the lining. The pattern offers three options for the back closure and I opted for the ribbon. It’s a lovely detail for summer dresses, don’t you think?


There will be a giveaway on IG, tomorrow, so don’t forget to check it.

For more inspiration (and I’m sure there will be plenty) don’t forget to check out these amazing ladies:

Sisko by MiekeBel’EtoileZowiewo Petrol & Mint – sewpony – Fairies, Bubbles & Co

Elizabeth LittleMaker Mountain FabricsBetter Dressed Child Just Add FabricMy Petite Sophie

Frances SuzanneI Sew BlancheLily & WoodyMy Minnie Mie

I Love You SewThread Riding HoodAriane Blog


Have a wonderful week. 😊


New Striped Tees for The Girls

I love striped tees, particularly navy blue and white and especially this time of the year, when the weather gets better (occasionally it happens!) and we can enjoy more the seaside.


I usually start by talking about the pattern I used, but this time I must start talking about the fabric. As soon as I saw the fabric at The Sweet Mercerie I had to get some. The stripes and colours were perfect for what I had in mind. I also had the patterns already and when we planned this day by the seaside I didn’t wasted my chance to make these tops.


The pattern I used is the Lunch Box Tee from Oliver + S. I’ve used this pattern before and I knew that I would have to add some length to obtain the look I was after. So, I made size 6 for both girls, but added 8cm to F’s tee and 6cm to M’s. Apart from adding some length I didn’t made any other change.



I am very pleased with how the tees turned out and I know I might be partial here, but I think the girls look really cute in them. Also, I think the fabric and pattern worked well together.


The fabric is a very soft cotton/modal blend and apart from having to match the stripes it was good to work with. Having to match the stripes is an extra work while making the garment but it’s so nice to wear.


When I bought the fabric I also bought some to make something for myself. 😉

The fabric is the same kind and the pattern is the Bento Tee by Liesl + Co. that I had for some time now and really wanted to try. I made a size XS with ¾ sleeves.


I know this will not last long and soon they won’t think it’s cool wearing matching clothes with mum, but for this once it was fun. 😊