Friday, December 19, 2014

Xicara de cha de pano// Fabric tea cup caddy

Can you believe how fast Christmas is approaching us? The years are going by faster and faster.

At first I wasn't going to be making any handmade gifts but I gave into temptation.  Mainly because I always loved crafting but the hipper fun of dressmaking projects never really leave me with much time for small crafts. Christmas and birthdays are a great excuse. Don't you think?

I have made this adorable fabric teacup before, the pattern is from Brazilian artesian Regina Moreno  available for free part of a craft Tv show. You can see how she makes it but If you are unsure I can help out on the portuguese translation. 

The fabric was part of the prize huddle I won on Project sewn.{"Pepe in Paris" Riley Blake}

It was late at night and I cut my moustache fabric upside-down, oppssss! Well if you pretend to drink it will be in the right direction!

This particular teacup caddy was made for my not-so-secret santa Janene.{Ooobop} We had a wonderful sewist Christmas party. I really enjoy the social side of sewing.

You probably noticed that I been blogging less and less and that's because I haven't made many outfits lately- I technically don't need any extra clothes in the closet at the moment. 

Since I don't make stuff just to make it/blog... feels good to be taking a nice break. That is so rewarding to know I can take my creative energy somewhere different for a while. I may invest some more time crafting...  I always have so much fun!

Something I really want to return next year is to my kitchen. I'm thinking on a series on Brazilian cuisine. Would that be interesting for you? I feel I need to reconnect with my roots.

I had a recent disaster dress for my MCBN that will be live soon for your viewing pleasure. I don't know about you but I love reading about misadventures as much as the successes. Looking back I'm quite proud of my learning curve for this year. It doesn't matter how long/well you been sewing there is always a mess up project to keep you humble, don't you think?

I'm currently nursing a really bad flu (booo) so fingers cross I will be in good shape for Christmas day. I'm glad I'm not cooking this year! I will be away with Hrh Family. Loads of wedding plans to discuss. I am getting so excited but still 6 months to go. Ps: no dress yet! panic??

Ps: suggestions for filling the teacup caddy: add chocolates, tea bags+ homemade biscuits!

ps1: I just made another one... there are so addictive to make. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Roxanne Tunic. Victory patterns +atelier brunette discount code

I made a loose top (Shock!!!!) but wait!!! This is not for me, It's for my mom. My very glam mum love wearing jeans and beautiful blouses to work and she been preferring loose shapes recently. The roxanne fits the bill perfectly because the pattern is super cute, specially the triple folded collar. 
Bare with me on these very funny poses but otherwise it's hard to showcase the shape of the pattern when you are just standing straight. 

Roxanne Victory was made size 8, no alterations. All french seamed and double hemmed. I have interfaced the back slip for extra strength.
Fabric: delicious viscose {Tissu Swoon*} from Atelier Brunette. A gift from Annabelle. She is adorable!  I had the pleasure to visit the store in Paris in September. I had a total crush! 

Annabelle has kindly offered all my readers 10% discount till 31 January 2015 + you get a lovely tote bag.  Happy shopping! Use code: LOVEPINHEIRO .

The inside//details view:
Grainline has a great tutorial for french seam armholes.
The pattern was a delight to sew, so easy and quick. The only pain was setting the triple crepe collar. When picking the fabric for the collar I would recommend something that likes the iron: like cotton or linen. I had to be so careful to not leave any iron marks. Some readers recommended me to tack some pieces of the collar but I managed to settle them without.
Am I convinced to wear loose tops? On the fence here...

I'm too tall and the excess of fabric makes me feel large. I love the concept but just don't think it works for my personality.

I do like the idea of making this tunic in a semi transparent fabric so the body shape don't get lost/ overwhelmed. Is there something/shape you don't like wearing ? 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Back to Basics: Linden and Mabel

Hello friends, just a quick hello. 

I have two basic projects to share with you today. I have worn them so much since they came out of the sewing machine. Having a few good basics to build upon is always a great investment. And they don't take much time to make!

The patterns:

The Linden sweater from Grainline. A relaxed fit, raglan sleeves, and scooped neckline modern sweater. Size and modifications: Neck/shoulders size 6, bust size 8, waist size 2 and hips size 6. Lengthen the pattern by 7cm.   Used ready made knit band-black.

Worm with my denim shorts. Pattern Runaway -Scallop shorts . Original post.

The mabel skirt version 3 from Colette.  Version 2 was made size M, but is very loose fitting after a few times wearing it.

Size and modifications: I sewn size S. I love this skirt so much but I'm not happy where the front seams are. I think they need to be more central to the body so I will reduce the pattern front piece and re-distribute the extra width on the side panels on the next version.  Fit is great.
The waistband height was reduced by half.
Between the front seams faux leather piping were applied. Left over from my ensis tee.

Fabric: The 2m jersey fabric is a beautiful 'dark mood' flowers I bought at Goldhawk rd, around £4.50/metre. I have seen similar prints in a few designers and RTW. I'm thinking to go back for more.

A while ago I was reading an interview with Michael Kors and he said that most women face the "I have nothing to wear" dilemma because their wardrobes don't have enough "meat and potatoes". In his mind, that should be 70 percent of the clothes we own. "30 percent should be icing and fluff — that’s colour, pattern, shine, accessories. Too many women get the proportions the other way round, then can’t figure out why they can’t get dressed." — Michael Kors, Times Online

We (sewing community) have been using terms like cake and frosting after great analogy by Tasia.
I been trying to manage to keep my makes in-between. Fashionable and comfortable. Like cake with jam. Meat and potatoes with fancy gravy! How about you?

Monday, December 08, 2014

Digital age: sewing books.

Saturday night, tucked under my handmade quilt I found myself looking at my amazon wish list. Mainly sewing books I want to buy at some point to grow my personal studies. Somehow I notice the option for an online version. On a whip of "one click buy", 2 later minutes I was eagerly devouring the contents of my new book.

Even though I mainly read fiction books from my tablet these days (actually I'm addicted to listening to books) I love paper books. 

There are positives of a digital book:
  • This book was cheaper than the original paper version, not the case for all electronic books.
  • Space save. With over 100 crafts books in my library at some point I won't have the space to accommodate more.
  • I didn't need to wait for delivery. I was reading immediately.
  • I can read on the go. Studying at journeys or on trips. There is no time to loose.
  • Forgot my glasses? I can just make the letters bigger and make annotations and notes. I actually love how all notes and highlight items are kept for easy reference. 
  • Modern books actually have digital versions that don't affect display of pictures.

And negatives
  • Traditional books turned into digital: Pictures aren't necessary on the same page of their index/information, so is a little annoying having to slide back and forward.
  • Nothing compare to the pleasure of holding an actual book. It's not the same. The digital book lose it's impact. 

Even with more positives points favouring digital books, I think I will continue to buy most of my sewing books on paper. That's mainly because I love holding and browsing them on my library. Older books don't tend to get made into digital copies. Those books are great for more advanced sewing techniques. Somehow I wish they were made digital as they are hard to trace and some of the knowledge will eventually get lost. 

How about you? Have you moved to digital sewing books yet or like me, you love the pleasure of turning the pages? What are you reading right now?

Book pictured:  Vintage Couture Tailoring Von Nordheim, Thomas
Ps: So far, the book doesn't disappoint. I love how the author share his knowledge of old techniques in the modern world. Forget that 'vintage' description. The book offers a current resource list that the book being digital, work as a direct link. This book is recent and the author teaches at London College of Fashion. His book isn't glossy.