It’s Japanese Sewing Week!

Wow! I can’t believe it but I was able to finish a few pieces just in time for this week most special week, Japanese Sewing Week. Sara from Made by Sara is hosting this amazing sew along and I was able to sneak in right before the last spots were taken. I’m so excited to be part of such amazing sew along and to be posting along with these other incredible seamstress as well. You can read all about this sew along here. Also, there is a great giveaway, but I will talk about that at the end of this post. Oh! you can hashtag using #japanesewingweek and #JSWTuttle if you are using one of their books!


It is so hard to choose one or two patterns from so many books. They are all fabulous and the most interesting thing about Japanese Pattern Books is that they are very graphic and they explained things so well…it seems like they have very good step by step instructions, but for me the drawings are just enough to get me through each project. I can identified a few sewing terms now, after a few years of using them you get so used to them and thanks to some good sources out there like this one, then you pretty much can sew almost anything from them.


This is just half of my collection!!!

I want to share now my first project. I made it on Monday and I love it so much. I chose a nice flannel from Robert Kaufman that I got from Harts Fabrics in Santa Cruz. I could not think of the right pattern for this fabric, and I have been just flipping through patterns every once and a while trying to find the one. I decided to go with this one book that I adore. It is from A Sunny Spot  “Heart Warming Life Series” Pattern #17. So cute and easy to put on. My daughter loves it and perfect for the Fall or Winter. You can layer it with leggings or stockings, with long sleeve shirt or just a T-shirt. So cute.


I took everybody for a walk and the lighting at that time is just perfect for photos. I hope you like them.





It is such a beautiful dress (Jumper). Sebastián jumps into action when I say I have to take some photos. It was hard to keep him out of the rest of the photoshoot.


It was a very nice walk. This is one of my favorite beaches near us here in Half Moon Bay.

Second outfit:


My daughter was having Pijama Day today (Friday 20th) and I have been meaning to make a nice fancy pair of PJ’s for a long time. In my fabric stash I had a couple of meters left of this beautiful Knit fabric from Art Gallery  designed by Leah Duncan “Mojave Knit in Aloe” that I got from Hawthornethreads a while ago. Gaby loved it, she thought the fabric was nice and soft, soft enough to go to sleep in it. I love the print, and most of all, I love the fact that no little girl around here  has the  nicest PJ’s than my Chiquita!!!


I took this photo today in the morning before she went to school.


The top is this one, from this book


Pants are from this one with the girl in purple on the front page.


The third outfit:


I could not avoid using this great book. I mix two patterns from the two books, Vol 5. 1 y Vol. 2 of Happy Homemade. I have a thing for ruffles on little girls dresses or tops, and I wanted to try this eyelet fabric that I got at Discount Fabrics in San Francisco a year ago.


I have made a few pieces for me out of Japanese Sewing Books, but there’s never time to take photos or blog about it or…it is easier to make an excuse when I talk about sewing my own clothes.

Here are a couple of pieces I made in the last few months, some in the last few weeks.


This voile blouse I made it from this book . Fabric was from Ana Maria Horner, I bought from The Greenwood Quiltery in Canada.


First time I saw somebody making clothes out of these books was Karyn from The Workroom in Toronto. I felt in love with them and with her blog. She has a very unique way of finishing every piece and very creative too. She always has her own way of adapting or transforming a pattern. The fabric she picks, the changes she makes and how she photographs each.


This is my favorite cardigan. This book is pretty cool, the patterns seem to be for teens or for “younger” girls than me. But I guess that concept of being “young” it is subjective…right? I gave it a try and loved it. This is  the only photo of wearing it.


I promised to put a photo of this top. I made it a while ago and the first time I spot it was on Pinterest, somebody had made it and I decided to try it. Sorry about the yellowish image but I was running out of light in my studio so I ran outside to catch the last light of the day.


This is the blouse. Mie from Sewing Like Mad just made another version of  it. Very nice double gauze in blue. That is the beauty of Japanese Pattern Books, you can change them, add, or take in and they always turn out nice.


Talking about adding or taking in, I turned a dress pattern into a top. Karyn from The Workroom made the LONGER version and it is gorgeous, and I bumped into Grains Du Custo blog like 2 years ago and she had made a top out this pattern too and I thought it was a great idea, hers is very adorable it has lace on the yoke instead of a solid color like mine. So here is mine version. Cotton and Steel Rayon (grey and orange) with a voile yoke in mandarine orange from Free Spirits Fabrics.

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Thank you  Sara for letting me be part of a great event.

There is a giveaway for a chance to win a pack of 2 Japanese Sewing Books from Tuttle Publishing and a $40 fabric voucher from Urban Sew

to enter:

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Big applause to each of the amazing participants.

It has been a great experience but most of all an honor. You can check each post of each participant here.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog.



The latest around here!

Hello, Hello! I really try to get to my blog often but I just can not do it. I have been so busy lately, with things around the house, volunteering for school field trips for both kids, and also I’m trying to sell my stuff (sewing) through friends and contacts i make, and that leaves not much time for blogging, trimming my hair, or have a romantic dinner with my husband, who happens to have a lot on his plate these days as well.

Enough lamenting about my chores and all, I will share now some images in a random order of what I have done since July 22 I think was the last time I blogged.

Hola, Hola! De verdad que trato de venir a mi blog más seguido pero se me hace difícil. He estado bien ocupada con cosas de la casa ( lo usual) voluntariado en paseos fuera de la escuela de los niños, y también estoy medio vendiendo lo que hago de mis costuras a través de amigos y contactos que he hecho, y pues todo eso no me deja mucho tiempo libre para venir a mi blog, ir a cortarme las puntas del pelo, o tan siquiera tener una cena romántica con mi marido, quién por cierto tiene más tarea y cosas de que preocuparse en estos días.

Bueno, ya me dejo de lamentos sobre cuestiones cotidianas, y me voy de un solo a compartir algunas imágenes que tengo, no están en orden cronológico pero muestra lo que he hecho desde Julio 22 que creo fue la última vez que pasé por aquí.



My best friend came to visit us a month and a half ago, and did some tourism around the city. Since we moved here we have avoided all the famous touristic stops in the city, the crowds, the lineups, the traffic, are not really our favorite things to do. We prefer to go to a park, have a picnic and play with the kids, or go to the beach or have a nice hike in any of the state parks ( there are lots and very nice ones).

This visit was the first week of September and we had such a good time. I can not wait until we meet again and remember good old times when we were only 14 years old!

In the last photo above the text here, we wanted a nice photo of the two of us together, but Gaby photobombed us!!!!

Mi mejor amiga vino a visitarnos hace como un mes y medio, y hicimos turismo en la ciudad. Desde que vinimos aquí hace casi tres años, jamás habíamos visitado algunos de los lugares turísticos que tiene la ciudad, los hemos evadido porque no somos muy amigos de las multitudes, colas para entrar a restaurantes or algun tipo de atracción, el tráfico, no son nuestras paradas favoritas. Preferimos ir a un parque y tener un picnic allí y jugar con los niños, o ir a la playa o ir a una caminata en alguno de los parques estatales de aquí ( porque hay muchos y muy lindos).

Esta visita tan especial fue en la primera semana de Septiembre y nos la pasamos muy bien. Ya no me aguanto por que nos volvamos a reunir y poder recordar viejos tiempos como cuando teníamos 14 añitos!

En la última foto arriba de este texto, ambas queríamos una foto del recuerdo de las dos, pero la Gaby nos robó la photo!


I had my first arts and craft show in Santa Cruz with some of my sewing. I made bibs for babies, eco bags, snack bags, pencil cases, and some girls clothing. It was a very nice experience!!

Tuve mi primer show de manualidades y artes en Santa Cruz con algunas de mis costuras. Hice baberos, bolsas ecológicas de manta cruda, bolsas para refrigerios o lunch, bolsas portalápices, y ropa para niñas. Fue una experiencia muy bonita!!


This is some of the stuff I made. I love how they all turned out.

I have a few favorites, like the Monet dress right on the right corner below the polka dot one. The Frida Khalo skirts and the skulls are super cute and made the hem out of voile  from Free Spirit Fabrics that I got at Hawthornethreads a few months ago.

Esto es una muestra de lo que hice para el show. Me encanta como me salieron.

Yo tengo algunos favoritos entre ellos, como el vestido Monet en la esquina derecha justo abajo del vestido con puntitos. La falda de Frida Khalo y las calaveras es super linda y el ruedo se los hice de un algodón muy fino llamado Voile de la marca Free Spirit Fabrics que compré hace meses en Hawthornethreads.

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Then I made some clothes for Gaby, the school year started and I felt the need of making a few essential pieces for her, and since the weather permits us with wearing shorts and tank tops from time to time here, then I don’t hesitate too much and go for it. This shorts are from the Japanese Book Happy Homemade Vol. 2. I made them out this fabulous fabric that I got from Miss Matatabi, is a canvas but not heavy weight. The print, the feel and the colors are perfect for Gaby who happens to be entering the Pastel Stage lately.

Luego me puse a hacer una ropa para Gaby, el año escolar ya había iniciado y sentí la necesidad de hacerle algunas prendas esenciales, y ya que el clima aquí no es tan rudo y nos permite usar shorts y camisetas sin mangas algunas veces, pues ni lo dudé y me puse a hacerlos. Estos shorts son del libro de patrones Japonés Happy Homemade Vol. 2. Se los hice de esta tela fabulosa que consigue de Miss Matatabi, la tela es canvas pero no es pesada. El diseño, la textura y los colores son perfectos para mi Gaby que resulta estar pasando por una Etapa de colores Pasteles últimamente.



Had a couple of field trips this month, Pumpkin patch at Pastorino’s with little Sebastian, you can spot him wearing a fish T-shirt, and with Gaby we went to San Mateo to a place called CuriOdyssey, here in the photo they were making bridges out of wooden sticks and load them with old batteries and see how much that would hold, then they tracked the weight and compared it with their friends weight numbers. They also have a small Zoo, they showed us a big snake, a Boa and explained to us what they eat, how long they live, and how they hunt.

Ya tuve que ir a un par de paseos este mes, a buscar calabazas a Pastorino’s con el pequeño Sebastián, lo pueden ver en la foto que tiene una camiseta con pescaditos, y con Gaby fuimos a San Mateo a un lugar llamado CuriOdyssey, aquí en la foto ultima estan pesando baterias con la ayuda de puentes que ellos hicieron con palitos de madera y cinta adhesiva, veían cuanto aguantaba y luego registraban ese número y lo comparaban a lo que otros compañeros habían hecho. También tienen un zoológico pequeño, nos mostraron una serpiente Boa y lo que comen, cuanto viven, como cazan. 


Then I went back to my sewing machine again, this time was something I have never tried before or done, sewing for somebody else besides my kids and myself.

The result was so nice, made this beautiful skirt for a friend and my son’s teacher Sulema. She’s Mexican and I have not met a Mexican who doesn’t love their country and culture and family so much, okay maybe I have met one maybe, maybe two, but that doesn’t say anything about Mexicans. Well, this woman loves her roots and embraces them, she loves her community and helps everybody. She’s amazing with kids, besides Gaby’s grandmother Astrid who loves kids and does wonders with them, Sulema also is to me a natural. We are very happy to know her and to be part of this nice friendship we have built in a few months.

So back to the skirt, she wanted something long, with flow and that she could wear anytime during the year. She’s being Frida Khalo for Halloween  and I thought of making a nice top for  her so she could wear it with the skirt. Went fabric hunting and found this “Calaveras” print with the right colors in it, specially Fuchsia, she loves hot pink!

Regrese a las costuras después de los paseos con los niños, esta vez fue con algo que jamás había intentado antes: coser para alguien que no sean mis hijos o yo.
El resultado fue tan bonito, hice esta falda color fucsia para  mi amiga y maestra de mi hijo, Sulema. Ella es Mexicana ( descendiente) y hasta la fecha no he conocido un Mexicano que no le guste su país, cultura o se avergüence de sus raíces, okay talvez si he conocido un par solamente pero esos no hacen diferencia ni tienen relevancia en el resto del país. Bueno, esta mujer ama su país, sus raíces y las acoge. Ama su comunidad y siempre ayuda a quien puede. Su gran habilidad son los niños, además de la abuela de Gaby, Astrid, quien ama los niños y hace maravillas con ellos, Sulema para mi también es alguien con un Don natural.

Estamos muy felices de conocerla y ser parte de esta bonita amistad que hemos construido en los últimos meses. 

De regreso al tema de la falda, ella quería algo largo con movimiento y que pudiera usar todo el año. Esta tela es Rayon y super suave y fresca. Ella ha decidido ser Frida Khalo para Halloween, y decidí hacerle una blusa que combinara con la falda. Busqué la tela para la blusa y la encontré, calaveras y flores en color fucsia…su color favorito!!


This is the skirt and it is from this japanese book I got from Pomadour24 on Etsy.

KANA’S STANDARD is on my favorite top list of Japanese Books for women sewing!

Esta es la falda y es de este libro que que compré en Etsy de Pomadour24.

KANA’S STANDARD esta ahora entre los libros japoneses preferidos para coser ropa de mujer

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Here it is, Sulema wearing her Day of the Dead top. This was yesterday after going to the Pumpkin Festival in Half Moon Bay, it ends today by the way.

It looks just beautiful on her and she says she got nice comments on it and was the talk of the day! It just gives me satisfaction to see something I made on somebody else different than my kids or myself. Below is an image of the top itself and it was unfinished still. I love it, I really would love to make one for me like this and with a similar fabric print, but only a person with a funky style like Sulema can really pull this one off. The skulls and flowers are a very bold design and print, we are not talking here about fine stripes, o polka dots or solids that are way easier to wear. This book has some gorgeous tops and bottoms, I want to try to make something for me, they look confortable and CHIC, clean cut and easy to combine, you could also altered them o mix and match, options are endless!

Aquí esta Sulema el dia de ayer usando su blusa que llevo al Festival de Calabazas en en Half Moon Bay. Se le ve tan lindo y dice que le dieron muchos piropos y fue la envidia del día! Me da satisfacción ver lo que yo hago en alguien que no sea yo, o mis hijos. Abajo es la foto de la blusa que aun no había terminado. Me encanta, yo quisiera hacer algo para mi con una tela así, pero solo alguien con el estilo de Sulema puede lograrlo. Las calaveras y flores son bastante atrevidas, es un “print” fuerte, no estamos hablando de rayas aquí, o puntitos, o solidos que son más fácil llevarlos puestos. Este libro tiene unos patrones divinos que quiero intentar hacer, son super cómodos y “CHIC”, cortes limpios y fáciles de combinar, también se pueden mezclar y alterar, es una infinidad de opciones.


Finally, made some tunics for Gaby, first two are out of Nani Iro fabrics. Last one is a plaid flannel from Discount Fabrics in San Francisco.

Finalmente, le hice unas túnicas a Gaby, las primeras dos son telas de Nani Iro. la última es un tipo franela cuadriculada de Discount Fabrics en San Francisco.


Thank you, I hope you are having a good weekend! I just signed up for a japanese pattern books sew along, I will let you know more about it soon!!!


Northern California Camping trip part 2

This is the second part of our little road trip around the California Mountains, and I have to tell that I was very impressed with the landscaping and the amount of green around that area. I think I definitely prefer this part of California than the south, maybe because I’m so used to the weather in San Francisco and the Bay that I just feel like the intensity of the sun these days is strong and to much for me ( says it me, a 40 year old woman that doesn’t do sun tanning anymore and that is constantly taking care of the her skin so she doesn’t too old too soon).

So our second stop was at this campground called Panther Flats part of the Six Rivers National Forest Campground and very close by was the Jedediah State Park a stunning place, I recommend it to all if you haven’t been around this area.

Here are some of my favorite images. Enjoy.

Esta es la segunda parte de nuestro pequeño viaje por las montañas en el norte de California, y tengo que decirles que quedé muy impresionada con el paisaje y la cantidad de verde por esas areas. Definitivamente prefiero esta parte de California más que el Sur, quizá es porque ya me acostumbre al clima de San Francisco y la intensidad del Sol estos días a veces es demasiado ( lo dice una mujer de 40 que ya no quiere broncearse o que esta constantemente cuidando su piel para no hacerse muy vieja antes de tiempo).

La segunda parada fue en un campamento llamado Panther Flats  parte de Six Rivers National Forest Campground  y muy cerca de Jedediah State Park un lugar increíble, se los recomiendo para los que aun no han venido por esta area.

Aqui están las imágenes prometidas.

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At Panther Flats we found a creek just for us!

En Panther Flats encontramos este riachuelo solo para nosotros!


Then we got to our campground and made dinner and prepared some Cubas Libres (Rum and Coke) with a Rum that a good friend of mine that lives in Panamá sent to us a few weeks ago. Thank you Jenny, you saved us for a couple of nights.

Luego llegamos a nuestro campamento a hacer cena y tomar unas Cubas Libres con un ron que mi gran amiga me envío desde Panamá. Gracias querida Jenny nos salvaste un par de noches.

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When we go camping kids have no choice but to make up games and play with whatever they find in the woods.

Cuando vamos de camping los niños por supuesto no tienen otra opción que jugar con lo que encuentran en el bosque o inventan juegos.


Jedediah Redwoods State Park was very close to our campground. So many trees it was amazingly beautiful in there. I really want to go there again…soon!

Parque Estatal Jedediah Redwoods estaba bastante cerca de nuestro campamento. Habían tantos arboles allí, fue asombrosa la belleza. Quiero ir otra vez…pero pronto!

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This tree was one of the big ones, but not one of the biggest ones. There were giant trees in there you can’t believe they can grow that tall.

Este árbol fue uno de los grandes arboles pero no el más grande de todos. Allí habían arboles tan gigantes que uno no puede creer que puedan crecer tan altos.

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Our kids had so much fun, they are pros now at hiking and exploring! This was a great experience for the four of us and we are glad that we have check this one off our list, but will gladly put it back to do it again and again!

Nuestros niños se la pasaron muy bien, ya son profesionales en caminar y explorar! Esta fue una gran experiencia para los cuatro y estamos encantados de que ya le podemos poner un cheque en nuestra lista, pero con gusto lo ponemos de nuevo en la lista y hacerlo una y otra vez.

Tomorrow I will come back with more images and maybe some sewing projects I had just finished.

Thank you for visiting my tiny little corner here, see you soon!

Mañana regreso con mas imágenes y talvez con un proyectito más de costura que hice por allí. 

Gracias a todos por visitar esta pequeña esquina, nos vemos pronto!!!!

Northern California Camping trip Part 1

Hello everybody, we are on Monday the beginning of the week and I’m happy because this strange phenomenon  here in Half Moon Bay we are having, with hot weather, blue sky and sunny at 8 in the morning. We haven’t seen rain yet and even though is alarming, I have to admit that on a day  like this I feel more like doing stuff around the house and out.

Today I want to share with you some of the photos of our little camping trip we did a couple of weeks ago. There were many hours of driving and almost 9 days of camping up north in the mountains and by the pacific coast too, it was worth it the driving and the days with no shower ( something I’m very much used to now) and mosquitoes that didn’t even get my ankles, but the kids were their favorite main dish, those dammed bugs, blood suckers and quite annoying little guys!

We started our trip in Napa but we didn’t camp there, it was too hot and to be honest it was not the place we had in mind, NOT that day! I mean, if it was about going there for wine it would be paradise, but not the ideal place to start our little summer adventure with little kids. We had lunch there and then we drove up north all the way to Trinity Lake part of the Shasta Trinity National Forest.

These are some of the images of our first camping spot.

Hola a todos, estamos en Lunes inicio de semana y feliz porque como fenómeno raro aquí en Half Moon Bay tenemos sol y cielo azul a buenas 8 de la mañana y con mucho calor. Todavía no hemos visto lluvia y a pesar que es preocupante, tengo que admitir que en un día así me dan muchas más ganas de hacer cosas en la casa o afuera. 

Hoy quiero compartir con ustedes algunas imágenes de nuestro viajecito de camping que hicimos hace un par de semanas. Fueron muchas horas de manejo y 9 días de acampar en las montañas y por la costa del Pafícico, pero valió la pena la manejada y los días sin bañarse ( a lo cual ya estoy muy acostumbrada) y los mosquitos que no me picaron pero ni los tobillos, los niños si fueron platillo preferido para esos chupa sangre, condenados y fastidiosos!

Empezamos nuestro viaje en Napa pero no acampamos allí, estaba tan caliente y la verdad no era el lugar que teníamos en mente, no ese día!. Digo, si se trata de vinos claro que es el paraíso, pero no era el lugar ideal para iniciar nuestra aventura de verano con niños chiquitos. Almorzamos en Napa y de allí manejamos hasta Trinity Lake parte de Shasta Trinity National Forest. 

Estas son algunas de las imágenes de nuestra primera parada. 

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We were happy that our camping spot was right by the lake…or not? The lake use to come all the way where I was standing and up to the edge where the trees are.

Estábamos tan felices de que nuestro espacio para acampar estaba justo por el lago…o quizá no? El lago solía llenarse hasta donde yo estoy parada y se llenaba hasta el borde de donde están los arboles.



Either way, we managed to find some water and cool ourselves for at least an hour. Little Sebastián is such a brave boy but when it comes to jumping in the water not so much.

Igual logramos encontrar agua y pudimos refrescarnos por una hora. El pequeño Sebastián is un niño muy valiente para muchas otras cosas, pero cuando se trata de mojarse o meterse al agua no mucho!DSC_0059

I think my husband won’t like it that I’m posting this “sexy” photo of him, but he is away this week, hopefully he doesn’t find out.

Creo que a mi esposo no le gustará que yo este publicando esta foto tan “sexy” de él, pero estará fuera toda la semana y espero que no se entere.


Kids had so much fun this day, and every time we travel anywhere they seem to bond more as brother and sister. This is the reason why we do it every year once or twice, to be closer to each other and forget about phones, TV, and all technology possible…except my camera!

Los niños disfrutaron tanto este día, y cada vez que viajamos a cualquier lugar nos damos cuenta que ellos se acercan más como hermano y hermana. Esta es la razón por la cual lo hacemos una o dos veces al año, para estar mas junto al otro y olvidarnos de teléfonos, televisión, y cualquier otro tipo de tecnología posible…excepto mi cámara!


These were the first of many more images. Tomorrow I will post more about our second camping spot.

Thank you for stopping by again. Theres no sewing going on today, but as soon as I get my mojo I will be back here with some more fabrics and needles .

Estas fueron las primeras imágenes de muchas. Mañana publicaré más sobre nuestra segunda parada.

Gracias por pasar nuevamente por aquí. Hoy no ha habido costuras, pero en cuanto agarre un impulso vuelvo con telas y agujas por aquí.

Nani Iro for Mama and daughter!

Yes, summer is here and it feels hot and dry, no rain in California makes me wonder how long is the draught going to last. And some people haven’t yet realize that this is an alarming situation and its affecting all of us, not only here in California but everywhere in the globe.

A plumber came one of these days to fix a toilette in the house and told me how much water fancy neighborhoods use to water their endless gardens. He said to me that there was a family that was watering their garden everyday and their monthly bill would be $7,000 dollars !!!

I have decided to take only 3 to 4 showers a week, and kids too, and they have to be quick. One day I will have to shower only once a week maybe,but for now 3 is good, not too clean not too stinky.

But lets do some sewing talking, I have completely been neglecting this blog and I have been feeling lazy honestly, Instagram is so easy and quick but not much space to post a lot of images at once and write about them in a extended form.

Today (Sunday, July 5th) we took some photos because Gaby and me wanted to wear similar outfits, and blogging about it is a nice way to show you how we wore our Nani Iro clothes. Little Sebastián poses just for the fun of it, and because he loves photos more than Gaby. As you can see on the images my hair was wet…Sunday was my third shower of the week!!!


I had a small piece of fabric left over with this print. I made a top for me a while ago and then thought I could make something else for myself again(selfish me), but a mother’s love is bigger and better than that, and right after our camping trip two weeks ago, I cut this one without much thinking.

It is an amazing fabric, you won’t go wrong using Nani Iro fabrics. It’s always a dream, I wouldn’t mind to make all my clothes out of double gauze like this one. Gorgeous prints and great colors! I got this one from my favorite shop on Etsy MissMatatabi(Frances). You should go and check out her store, very nice fabrics, she’s so nice and my fabrics always come very quick. If you are not into sewing, you will be after you get your hands on this beauties.



Another little cute detail on this top is that I made a special button for it, covered it with more  NANI IRO!!!!


Are you constantly daydreaming about her fabrics or any other pretty fabric?

I daydream every day, for breakfast, lunch, dinner and when I go to sleep too, and if I have trouble putting myself to sleep I just think about fabrics….I really do, and all the things I can make the next day. Only you guys can understand that feeling, nobody else!!!

Congrats to the United States on celebrating their Independence Day yesterday, we went for a walk down to the beach and it was madness, but nice,  everybody was waiting for fireworks at night and BBQs were going everywhere, I felt hungry!!!

So, I hope everybody is having a laid back Sunday with friends and family.

Happy Sewing ;)

Poppies, Big Poppie Flower dress for G

It’s been too long since I wrote something here. I can’t believe sometimes I can’t make it to the computer and sit for 45 minutes and write something. I try to set up a schedule and come here at least every 10 or 15 days, but either I’m lazy or I’m a unorganized person with my time.

Anyways, enough complaining and justifying myself.

I made a dress for Gaby yesterday in the morning. First I thought of donating it to an auction here in Half Moon Bay next month, but the dress looks so pretty on her, so we are keeping it.

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I love this print, the fabric I got it from HawthorneThreads Fabrics one my favorite places. I think this one is from Laura Gunn. My original plan and idea was to cut a dress that would involve a circle skirt, but that implies to use more fabric, and since this one comes in a 45″ width I find it harder to set a circle skirt on a narrow fabric. I don’t know, maybe it is possible. I will try it I think, because it does make a difference.

Now back to the photos


Lighting was not my best friend yesterday, and Gaby was not really in the mood of posing, she still recovering from the Flu, but I mainly think it was more that posing for her mama’s constant sewing projects gets her moody. But we managed and were able to get good shots.

Oh, and the pattern I used (#15) for this dress is from this Japanese Pattern Book, I got it from my friend Megumi’s etsy shop.



Even as a Cat. A friend of her from school and good friends of us too, got this cool mask for Gaby’s 7th birthday. She (the mom) got it on her way to London at New Orleans where they spent Christmas last year. Isn’t amazing!!! We used it yesterday as a photo prop, and since Gaby loves loves loves Cats this was another way to make the 10 minutes of photo shooting more dynamic.

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I have been trying to make some cute stuff for the Auction and I will donate this two baby girl dresses with doble gauze and linen bloomers. I love them, I wasn’t sewing like this when Gaby had this age, I wish I’ve had.

So I will make more stuff, I’m thinking two dress for bigger girls maybe 5 years and 7 and a pair of shorts and a button up shirt for a boy around 3 years old. I will post that once I’m done.

Happy Tuesday and keep on sewing!

Just the four of us on Christmas!!!

This year we are not traveling anywhere and we decided to spend it quietly with our kids, easy day at home. We went to the city (SF) around 10:30am to have lunch in Little Italy, and from there we were going to go to church at USF, they have a beautiful church and there was a kids choir singing that afternoon. How convenient it turned out for us, mass at 4pm!!! It is always at 6, or 7pm and by then this kids are loosing it or tired, or falling asleep already. But 4 was wonderful. So we went and they managed to stay put for at least 45 minutes…it was enough for them and it was fair for the rest of people who wanted to enjoyed the whole event. So I’m happy it was something nice at the end and nobody got “hurt”.

Well, two days before I remember Gaby didn’t have something special for Christmas to wear, since I was busy planning her birthday and family visits in between, I didn’t have much time to sew, but managed to finish a dress one day before.

Her brother ended up wearing something store bought not as exciting or special like her outfit but he looked “guapo” (handsome). Our little walk before mass was at Presidio a lookout that we have stopped by before. It was windy and cold that day, so photos were taken quick and not so good!


Not the best photo of me, but this is me these days, I feel tired…I always do, might be age. What can I do but to age gracefully! hahaha!

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This dress is so pretty. It is a light purple (lilac I would say) and is 100% cotton. Bought it a long time ago at the fabric store I had near by in Canada. I still have more of it and other colors!

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This boy looked so cute even though his clothes were not handmade by mama. For now I can only make pants sometimes for him, shorts, shirts and t-shirts. But find it more fun to sew for girls honestly, I won’t give up on him though.

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Basti and Papa

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Enjoying the sun that was not that warm that day.


Our kids love to walk around the university campus, and love eating there too…me too!


Before the mass.


I hope you all enjoyed Christmas day with family and friends. Lets hope for a better year, for less craziness around the world, less violence, more peace, more love, more humanism from us towards others less fortunate.

Happy Holidays to all!

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