Day 5 of KCW!!

Happy Lunar Year!!!! As I promised, here is my contribution to today’s challenge. This dress is sooooooooo pretty and the pattern was perfect match with fabric choice. The fabric is from one of my favorite designers out there Alexander Henry and I got this fabric at Harts Fabric Santa Cruz. I used a japanese pattern from this Cotton Friend Magazine. Gaby went to school already wearing the dress so she might get compliments today for sure!!!


This pattern called for some snap buttons, but I didn’t have any so I went for two cute gold metal buttons. It has a bow up on the front, actually it is four pieces, two to each side, I went for a nice knot, it hangs better. i didn’t get a better shot of this part, it was hard for my model today, we had to wake her up, she was tired!!!


Beautiful dress right? I think so too. Now I’m going to clean up my studio and start with my project for tomorrow’s challenge. Maybe a knit one again or I feel like making another dress like this and I just thought of the right fabric!!!! Okay, see you then. Happy sewing and Happy weekend. Cheers!!!!!!


KCW 4th day!

Here I am again, on a productive morning and went to bed at midnight so I could post today something.

Seems like I have been able to make two pieces per day since day one, but today I’m going to work on something for tomorrow. My daughter’s school is celebrating Lunar year and tomorrow they have to wear lots of red and they will have later on the day a nice parade! So I have been thinking what to make and which fabric to use. I have an Alexander Henry nice asian fabric but I have a Nani Iro red and white fabric from Pocho Collection?

Right now I want to show you what I made for this day. I hope you like them.


So this dress I made out of this beautiful fabric I got from Pink Chalk Fabrics a while ago. It is called Elephant Lothus flower Haathi Organic and it’s from Mona luna Fabrics. I used a Japanese Pattern Book and changed a thing or two. It’s from this book.


This dress was so easy to make so quick, but I did try the pattern on a muslin like a month ago. The pattern is from this book, and the front bodice has two crossed pieces and they kind of opened.  I think is pattern C, I like it  a lot so I changed it and this was the occasion to give it a try. The fabric I used is a Joan’s Fabric, I liked it when I saw it and it was only five dollars the yard I think.

Sorry about not so nice pictures but I just took this photos and it’s kind of rainy here in Half Moon Bay today, so the lighting wasn’t the best. Gaby was cold and her brother Sebastián started cutting the lemons that with the first rain are blooming… the tree is loaded…I see mojitos and Cubas libres for this weekend!!!


Happy Thursday and keep on sewing!!!!


KCW Day 3!!

Hello everyone, yesterday I was not able to post something here, I have a cold that yesterday took over me. I still feel sick but I can survive, although I can’t survive without sewing just a tiny bit and KCW is the right excuse.

So, like I said on the previous post, I’m going through a KNIT phase and today is another day of KNIT sewing. I made this top with a hood  for Gaby and I decided after to put long sleeves like this one. While I sleep sometimes I have “sewing visions” and I even figure out patterns that I don’t know how to assemble sometimes, well the same thing happened with this piece. I made the same top only with a skirt.

The second one, I have to be honest, I made it on Monday afternoon but was not able to finish it so I finished it yesterday at night. Its a nice pink linen that I found at Discount Fabrics and after washing it had a lighter weight. The pattern is from this Japanese Book and I have been meaning to make it for ages now, but that placket was so intimidating that I would skip the project because of it. I was able to make it and it turned out so pretty, now I want to make another one!


This dress was so easy to make, but I was so tired maybe and I assemble the skirt to the waistband in the wrong way, so I thought of leaving it like that but it look funny. So I had to undo it and cut a new waste band since the first one was completely ruined. Here’s Gaby looking good but not too happy. She has discovered some kind a show on PBS kids “FETCH the dog”? and she’s was in the middle of that when I asked her to come out. Not happy about it, and a neighbor passed by and made her smile that’s this photo.


I love this one, and it’s so comfortable and besides the placket that took like half an hour to get it right, the rest was a breeze! Good thing about sewing for Gaby is that she still likes my clothes and the choices I make, she has never rejected something…we will see how long this will last.

That’s it for my 3rd day of challenge. I already have cut something for tomorrow, I hope you like is got elephants!!!

Happy sewing!!

Winter 2014 Sew along!


It’s been a wonderful long summer for us here in California. The weather just changed yesterday from nice warm sunny-blue skies to foggy and chilly. I can’t complaint because it has been nice since mid August until now. So I thought it was about time for me to start sewing something for the kids or myself that would be kind warm and cozy. Little Sebastián has refused lately to wear things I make, like he knows it’s handmade? So I will give him a couple of months and then force him practically to wear my “obras maestras” (master pieces). Gaby enjoys everything I make for her with no fuzz at all.

So I have decided to join the sew along from KCW Winter 2014 and try not to procrastinate to much about one outfit or the fabric, or pattern and just go with my gut.

I woke up today at four in the morning and had cut the patterns yesterday at night. I’m in a knit fabric fever this days, specially when I went to El Salvador I was able to find a good fabric source and bought almost a suitcase full of knits in different weights.

The first images are from a Nani Iro knit from the Pocho collection and bought it from my old beautiful fabric store in Guelph back in Canada, The Greenwood Quiltery. I had this fabric there for at least two years and I was wondering what kind of pattern I could use with it to make the use of it worth the cut. The second  fabric is from the stash I brought from El Salvador which is very light in weight and slippery too. This outfits are great for layering with long sleeve tops underneath or short sleeve tops, with leggins, with a skirt, with shorts, with pants!!! I want to keep making more of this. I went for a bigger size than what Gaby is, because the Nani Iro knit shrinks a lot, that I know from experience with some leggins.


This is the sweater done with Nani Iro, Pocho Collection in grey.


My beautiful girl nailed this photo shoot by the beach, she looks amazing and the top looks so nice. This is the same pattern I just omitted the sleeves on this one. It might not be the best thing out there but every time I make something out of a knit fabric and it turns out nice I feel up in the clouds!!! I bought this fabric in El Salvador, I bought 3 meters that are 60″ wide for 3 dollars each meter!!!! I’m surprise how expensive fabrics are not only here in the States, but Canada too. I remember my mom buying fabrics at this same place for me and her and she never ever spend more than 6 dollars!!! Anyways, I love my sewing for this first day of KWC!!!


Cherry flowers blossoming and Magnolia trees too. Beautiful days.


Perfect time to have some fun!!!! Happy and productive sewing to all!! See you tomorrow!