2021-03-03

Burda Style 8/2015 |Pattern #125 B version|

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Não sei dizer há quanto tempo, mas há mesmo muito que na minha lista de desejos de costura estavam uma calças largas para mim. Tenho várias Burdas com algumas, e até já tinha feito o download das Aster Pants, molde grátis da Mood Sewciety, bastante semelhante a estas, mas faltava algo. 

I don't know for how long, but it's been quite a long time since I had the sewing wish to make myseld a pair of wide pants. I have several Burdas with a few, and I also had download the Aster Pants, a free pattern from Mood Sewciety, very similar to these I made, but there was something missing. 


Acabei por usar este molde em especifico porque tinha o meu tamanho (34) disponível, muitas das peças Burda só começam no 36 e tenho de ajustar, o que nem sempre me apetece. A parte de passar moldes e tal, é a minha menos preferida de toda a costura, assim que, quanto mais exato for, melhor. 

I ended up using this specific Burda pattern, because my size (eu 34) was available, many of their pieces only start at 36, and I always have to make adjustments, and not always feel like it. Pattern tracing and all that, is my least fave when it comes to sewing, so, if I can have things down for me, the better. 


Ainda assim, tive que apertar a cintura porque tenho as costas muito fundas em relação ao rabo, e mesmo em calças ou saias de compra é algo que tenho quase sempre de fazer, apertar a cintura e a parte superior do gancho traseiro. 

Still, I had to fix the waistband because my back is too deep comparing to mu bottom, and even in ready to wear pants and skirts I have to take them in most of the times, waist and upper back crotch. 


Uma vez que sou baixinha, tive também de cortar uma boa parte da bainha nestas calças. Deixei-a um pouco mais comprida para poder usar com saltos altos. Raramente uso saltos desde que fui mãe, mas que gosto, ai isso gosto de um bom salto. E para mim, estas calças só ficam bem com um belo de um salto alto. 

Also, because I am quite short I had to take a few inches off the lenght. I left it a little longer so I can wear it with hight heels. I rarely use them ever since I had kids, but do I love one, oh I do. And for me, these kind of pants only look good with a pair of heels. 


O tecido veio de casa da minha mãe. Era um bom pedaço e a cor é uma das minhas preferidas. O caimento também era o ideal para as calças que eu tinha em mente, sem ser demasiado pesado, mas também sem ser demasiado leve. 

This fabric came from my mother's house. It was a good piece of it and in one in my fave colors. It falls just right for the pants I wanted, being not too heavy ror too light.  


Das últimas peças que fiz, e segundo a minha filha, esta é a preferida. Embora também goste muito da camisa que mostrei no último post, tenho de concordar com ela. As calças são também as minhas preferidas. Com bolsos nas laterais, grandes pregas na frente, e fecha com fecho de correr e colcheta. 

From all the latest clothes I sewn lately, this is my daughter's fave. Although I also like the previous blouse I showed here, I have to agree with her. These are also my fave. They have side pockets, big front pleats, and closes with a zipper and bracket. 
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2021-02-22

Blouse Nancy |Sewing for your life|

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É com muita alegria que o digo: Tenho costurado para mim, sim, tenho! E uma dessas coisas que costurei foi a Nancy blouse que trago hoje. 

I am soooooo happy to say it: I have been sewing for myself, yes, I have! And one of those things I made was the Nancy blouse I am bringing in today.
 

Juntei-me ao teste do molde depois de ver o anúncio para o mesmo no facebook. Não conhecia os moldes Sewing for you Life mas agradou-me o estilo da camisa. Fui espreitar a página da criadora e gostei bastante da vibe vintage dos moldes. 

I joined the pattern test after a call through facebook. I didn't know the Sewing for you Life pattern company, but liked the design of the blouse. I checked the designer's page and really liked the vintage patterns vibe.


Bem bom ver que o molde começa no número 32 (que nem sempre disponível) que foi o que fiz. De ajustes só precisei de encurtar o comprimento das costas, tirando uns 3 cm, pois sou baixinha, e tenho um tronco curto. Não fiz outros ajustes. 

It was great to see it starts at Europe's 32 size (not always available) which is the one I did. I just had to adjust the back lenght because I am short and have a short torso, so I took abut 3cm out. I did no other adjustments and it fits pretty well.

 

Esta camisa pede tecidos mais leves, perfeitos para o tempo mais quente. O que eu usei comprei-o num mercado na Espanha - que saudades de lá ir. Com um estilo peplum, mangas curtos tipo morcego, pinças nas peças da frente e fecha com vários botões em toda a frente. 

This is a blouse that calls for lighter fabrics, perfect for the warmer weather. The one I used was bought in a market in Spain - I miss going there. With a peplum style, short dolman sleeves, dart on the front pieces and closes in the front with buttons.

 

Para a decore, tem duas opções disponíveis, uma em V e outra arredondada, que é esta da minha camisa. Para a minha primeira prova fiz a versão em V, e não tenho uma preferida. Gosto de ambas. 

There's two options for the neckline, a V-cut or a rounded one which is this one I have on mine. I did a V-cut for my first one, and I don't have a favourite. I like them both.


Não é engraçado como as nossas roupas nos podem mudar o humor? Eu aperaltei-me (um pouco) para as fotos e senti-me muito mais poderosa. Continuamos neste confinamento, embora eu continue a sair todos os dias, porque sou dos que continuam a trabalhar, e sinto saudades de me vestir com pimpa para passear, para me encontrar com as amigas, para um café, cinema, concertos... qualquer coisa! Todas essas coisas das quais nos temos privado por quase um ano já. Estamos todos no limite com esta situação, não estamos? Haja costuras para manter alguma sanidade. 

Isn't it funny how our clothes can bring our mood up? I dressed (a bit) up for the photos only, and felt so much more powerful. We're still on lockdown here in Portugal, I get to go out everyday because I am one of those who still goes to work everyday, but I miss dressing up for a trip, a meeting with friends, a cup of coffee, cinema, concerts... anything! All those things we don't have for about a year now. We're all burnt out with this situation, aren't we? Bless sewing for saving us some sanity. 

2021-02-04

Knit Pencil Skirt

Olá, olá! Este ano vou costurar mais para mim outra vez. Preciso daquele entusiamo que tinha quando comecei há uns anos. Preciso mesmo! Posso até começar por umas peças mais fáceis e rápidas, que dão satisfação instantânea, e gradualmente ir para aquelas que levam mais tempo, são mais detalhadas e complicadas. Não sei. Não posso dizer se será assim ou não, isso sim, é o que eu planeio. 

Hello, hello! I'm going to sew more for myself again this year. I need that sewing enthusiam from the early years back. I really need it back! I might be starting with the easy and quick, instant satisfying things, and gradually move into more time consuming, detailed or more complicated garments, I don't know. I can't tell I will or not, but sure that's what I plan to.


Participei no primeiro teste de molde do ano, com esta saia super simples e tão rápida de costurar da Pier Avenue Patterns. Digam lá, o que são três peças de molde e uma passagem rápida pela máquina de costura, para logo ter uma saia que embora simples, dá perfeitamente para uma situação mais prática ou mais aperaltada.
 
I did my first pattern test of the year, this amazing, quick and so, so easy pencil skirt by Pier Avenue Patterns. I mean, three pattern pieces, and a quick sew on your machine and you get a simple skirt that you can style up or down, according to your current mood. 



Claro está que este é o tamanho mais pequeno do molde, apenas tive que ajustar na parte mais alta da anca - já que perdi algum peso neste últimos meses e preciso mesmo de o ganhar de volta! Espero que a saia continue a servir depois.
Of course, this is the smallest size, I only had to take in a little at my upper hip - I lost a bit of weight these past few months, and I really need to get them back! I just hope I'll still fit in the skirt once I do.



Este ano estou determinada a usar o máximo possível de tecido da minha coleção antes de comprar mais. Sei que é uma cantiga que todas cantamos com frequência, mas tenho mesmo de o fazer desta vez. Assim que vou costurar com o que já tenho sempre que possível, e comprar o mínimo necessário. Dito isto, usei este tecido vermelho que comprei numa loja local. Não sei ao certo que tipo de tecido é. No molde aconselha um tecido que tenha elasticidade nos quatro sentidos, o que não acontece aqui, mas resultou, ao que parece. Tem alguma elasticidade, mas nada de por aí além. 

I am determined to use as much as possible from my stash this year, I really have to get my fabric pile down before getting more fabric. I know, that's an old song all of us sing often, but I really mean it this time. I will sew from my stash anytime possible, buy the least I can. So that said, I used this red fabric I had bought locally. I can't tell you what type exactly this is. The pattern calls for a 4 way stretch fabric, but this one isn't. It worked though, I guess. I has some stretch, but not much though. 


A cintura vem em duas alturas e eu escolhi a mais alta porque adoro este estilo muito mais que a cintura normal. Quando era mais nova não vestido nadica de nada acima do umbigo, mas depois aconteceram os filhos e o meu gosto também muito bastante.

There's two waist lenght options for this pattern and I chose to make the high waisted one because I love it so much more than regular waist lenght. When younger I wouldn't wear anything at all over my belly button, but then kids happened and my taste in waist highs changed along.

Esta foto dos bastidores tirada pelo meu marido enquanto me aprontava, mostra a cintura muito melhor que todas as outras fotos que tirámos nesse dia. / This backstage picture my husband shoot while I was getting ready, shows the waist better than any of the other pictures we did that day...


E querem saber o melhor? Podem ter este molde GRÁTIS, sim! Podem comprá-lo por 5$ na Pier Avenue Patterns, ou podem subscrever o newsletter e receber o molde grátis com a subscrição. Eu não vejo a hora de experimentar a minha saia com um look mais descontraído e confortável para o dia a dia. Consigo imaginar a saia muito bem com uma camisola e ténis, não?

Do you want to get to know the best thing though? You can get this pattern for FREE, yes! You can buy it for 5$ over at Pier Avenue Patterns, or you can sign for their newletter and get the pattern for free. I can´t wait to style mine in a more comfy way for the daily basis look. I can totally picture it with a sweater and some sneackers, don't you?! 

2021-02-01

Fabric Tissue Case Keyrings


Two years ago I posted this fabric tissue case keyring that I made as a gift for my daughter's teacher, and although I also made some for my son's carers too, I never got to post them here on the blog. I was going through some unposted photos of items I've made in the past, and came across these. I started this post right away... in was a couple of weeks before Christmas. 


I was hoping to post it as a sugestion of easy and quick gifts, you could make for others to show you care. Yep, the good thing about these really is how quick an easy they are to make. It's easy to see I failed to post it on time, but there's always good reasons to show others you care, right?



By finding these photos though, I was inspired to make two more. 


One for me...  


and one for my daughter. Yes, my 9 year old is crazy about animal prints! 


We both have matching face masks to go with our tissue cases. For these new ones, I made them fully lined with neat finishes inside too. 

2021-01-28

Mochi bags |FREE pattern by Sew Chibi|

Hello again everyone! How's 2021 been for you so far? We are in lockdown once again, and suddenly Portugal became the country with more covid cases when looking at numbers by population. Personally, me and my family have escaped from the virus so far, hope as many as possible of you are save too. We all have enough about this already, so let's move to the good stuff, and the good stuff is always about sewing, of course. 


One of the few things I sewed this past year for Christmas was this Sonic waistbag for my son. I made my first Mochi bag, a free pattern by Sew Chibi, back in June 2019, a girl's L.O.L. version for my birthday girl. I sure had a very bad day when I sewed that one up because when you compare both it's hard to believe the same person sewed them. 🤣🤣 As you know though, we're not here for the bling and I have no problem at all to show you my failures too. 


Well... is it still a failure if your kid adores it and wears it like crazy? Maybe it's not such a failure after all! Just saying! Anywayssss... So, I made that first one as a birthday present for my girl who was turning 8 and had a LOL themed party (I also sewed her a dress to match, should look for those photos), which she was crazy about back then... One year and something forward, and there goes her love for such dolls. 


For hers I used the same fabric I had bought to sew the dress, and the L.O.L. applique was a sticker she gave me. I then ironed some plastic on top and sewed it to the front piece. It still lasts, shiny as new. I clearly failed the sewing lesson this time, I was even able to mess the side tabs by placing them upside down. 

Ever since, my youngest also wanted one for him too. I said I would make it, but time just kept passing and nothing. Every now and then, he would see his sister's and remind me he had asked for one too. As her love for the L.O.L. dolls decreased and with lockdown keeping us at home, she barely used any bags and this was forgotten. 


Every now and then we visited a flea market where kids love to buy some second hand toys or books with their own money, so I like them to have a small bag they can carry their wallet on. Covid cancelled our markets, and he won't take his new bag to one anytime soon, but I had to make this for him. 


He loves Sonic, and so I stamped the front piece after printing the image. I then handstitched his name on it too - and I was so happy I did when he opened the present on Christmas Eve. The boy was crazy about it! This one is not flawless, but it is sooooo much better than his sister's. I should make her a new one, really! It's just that the sewing list is always growing, and I don't sew as much as I'd like anymore. 


I also have the adult version of the Mochi bag but didn't get a chance to try that one too. I should make some matching ones for me and hubby... ahahah... I wonder what he'd think of it?!

What have you been sewing?!

2021-01-04

Happy New Year!

How could any of us ever forget this past year, right? So much going on, so much sadness. If anything could go wrong, 2020 was the year to happen. I'm so glad we've just kissed it goodbye, though I don't believe that by miracle, everything will be different in January. Let's pretend, even for a while though, and be so happy for 2021 to be here, and with it, new hopes and dreams for us all. May it bring us the most important in life: health, love, goals and the strengh to achieve them. 

I didn't make any resolutions for 2020, as I am not making any this year. It looks as though, I somehow had low expectations for the year that was approaching. If you look back, I posted for the last time in May (back in 2019). Covid helped a little and pushed me back into sewing a bit more, and posting about some of my makes again. I actually didn't just sew a little bit more this year, I did sew a lot more, most of which were masks, I still have people asking me to sew them some, basicly every week. 

As I just said, I made no resolutions for 2021 either. There are a few things I'd like to achieve, and I'd like to go back to, such as sewing more for myself and posting more about all the things I sew/create. I already did one shirt for me in the weekend, and have also put up together, a little video with all the makes from the past year. Not only sewing, as there are cement weights too, and christmas last minutes gift ideas. There's also some Barbie pillows and a blanket that Gabriela sewed for her dolls. Some pieces made it to the blog, others did not, and might still make it here sooner or later. I only forgot to add my last make of 2020, which was a gift for a little girl, but I'll surely post about that later. 


2020-11-12

Rerelease of The (Buzz Puffer Coat and) Mackinaw Coat by DbCA


I just had the chance to work with one of my favorite people of the sewing community, again, that is Ajaire, from Designs by Call Ajaire... and it was great. I had my mind all set on sewing only the things that were really necessary for my kids, but somehow I found myself signing to sew yet another coat for my daughter... of course, she has at least 5 more, but I just couldn't pass on the chance to try on the Mackinaw coat. 


And it payed off. The girl loved it so much! She's been a picky rat and it kinda makes me frustrated when I think she's gonna love something and then she doesn't. Oh well, so happy it wasn't the case, because, this little fellow here needs a little love, time and dedication to be finished. 


I won't lie and say it is the easiest project out there. It isn't, but IT IS one of those so worth the time and work you spend on them! Besides, in case I just scared you away because you've only sewn a t-shirt in your life; don't worry, you can still sew it, the pattern comes with great instructions you just have to follow, and with patience, you'll end up with a great coat for your little one, and you can drool over it.


Don't believe me? Just look how beautiful it gets on the inside? It is fully lined and depending on your choice of fabric it can be pretty warm and cosy too. I used a medium weight cotton for the main, and this absolutely adorable polka dot satin in one of her fave colors. I actually bought this one and the same day, I knew where I'd use it. Not what I bought it for - as I had a cute set of top and shorts, as in pajamas for me, but well, I gave it a use use anyway. 


What about this back? I love the back. I love when I sew a pattern and it has something new to me. I had never sewn a belt loop like this before, so interesting. And just one more thing... How did this girl grow up so much? Or when? Because I look back and it seems she was just a tiny little human not long ago. Her shoulders are nearly as wide as mine, I know I am small, but gosh, she's 9. I made her a size 10, which fits her as you can see, BUT, if it wasn't for the too short sleeves, it would fit me to - as a shorter kinda coat, of course (yes, I do like to try her clothes too...ahahaha). 



And there you go. Happy girl, happy mom. Check out all the features of the coat on Ajaire's shop, both the Mackinaw Coat and the Buzz Puffer are on sale until November 15th, 50% off people!!

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