Palm trees dress in Rayon.

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I made this dress for Gaby way before there were signs of warm weather, but I could not wait to make it and try the fabric as well. It is a light weight fabric, Rayon in a very summery print with palm trees and ocean waves, and sailboats…I hope she still fits in it by the time we make our trip to El Salvador this year in December. Pattern is from Kana’s Standard II and next time I will make it a little bit longer maybe just right at her knees…she was not confortable wearing it without leggings underneath, too short she said!!! So looks like I need to find or make capri leggings to pair them with the dress.

 

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Dabbing is part of our photo sessions now…anything for a photo I think.

 

I think I have a few projects already finished but I haven’t had the time to blog about. Maybe tomorrow I can post a couple more.

Thanks for stopping by…now I have some more sewing to do.

 

 

First signs of summer. Some sewing projects.

This year has been a year of changes in our lives, lots of obstacles, goals to accomplish, moves and transitions  and honestly is all my sewing that has kept me sane and motivated to keep going and hope for amazing things to come in the future.

But I want to thank a very special person in my life, an amazing human being, he’s a very unconditional friend, partner, son, brother, and my husband. We make a great team together and my love for him is endless, the love he gives me is inspiring and I hope more people around us would give themselves a chance to see him like I do. My kids are lucky to have a great father like him, I couldn’t have asked for more in this life. Thank you Philip.

I’m very grateful for what we have now, not for what we don’t have or wish to have. I have never taken things for granted, and life has taught me that since I was very young. But in these fast pace of life we are all having sometimes, you tend to forget your religion if you have one, your mantras, your spirit, your confidence, life puts you to the test constantly.

I thought that at my 40’s I would have had my life figure out, or that I was a very humble and tolerant person among other things…turns out I was not!! So, with my sewing space at home, that has been giving me all this time lots of courage, lots of “thinking time” and peace of mind without losing perspective of our main problems that need to be fix.

Thank you guys (sewing community: IG, FB, Blog) for inspiring me everyday, for the support that you guys give me without knowing your doing it. You crafty, artistic, creative women/men are amazing and I love each of you and the work you do.

I don’t want this to turn into a whiny little post. But just wanted to say that and put it out there, don’t know why.

Now, I want to share something I made yesterday and a few days back for Gaby my daughter.

Summer is here in Canada, and in most places around the globe. I always look forward to this season, until it gets unbearably hot and then I wish for cold winter days…?

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I made these cute overalls for Gaby. Pattern is from a japanese pattern book called Kana’s Standard for Kids, C-4 , instead of pants turned them into shorts.  Made a small mistake with the straps but I was able to fix them and you can’t see it. I think I cut them too short so I had to add 8cm to lengthen them. It all worked out. She has been asking them for a long time, and I couldn’t find the right material for this project. Then I went and look in my stash and found this gorgeous denim in such a soft drape. I need to find something like this again for some shorts or skirts for me or the kids. I bought this fabric last year on our last camping trip in California, in a cute fabric store up in Eureka named Eureka Fabrics!

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Happy Sewing and Happy Wednesday!

 

 

 

T-shirts for Gaby…Spring is here!

Hello!! I’m back, its been long again, this post will be short but I’m hoping to come back with a longer one soon. I just want to share something with you today.  I just made a couple of t-shirts for Gaby to start getting ready for some warmer weather around here. It was a long cold winter, I had forgotten what it was like after spending mild very mild winters in California.

So here I am, hopefully I can keep it up and stop being so lazy on my blog.

Hope you are having a great weekend!!

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Nice T-shirt with some woven floral print cotton on the neckband.

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Gaby is into braids lately, because she’s a big fan of Lilly Singh and thinks she’s a very cool girl with beautiful long hair.

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I made her a second T-shirt, this in navy blue polka dots that she loves so much.

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She’s pairing this shirt with her favorite leggings from Fallowfield store in downtown Guelph. So soft and colors don’t fade away. The brand is NUI and its from New Zeland.

 

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I hope to be back around these woods soon, it is easier sometimes for me to share what I’m doing on my Instagram @pattymadeit or @chiquitosclothier accounts that I forget to come around here.

Happy April month!

Bear shirt and a special Bow tie

Hello!! I want to share some photos of the shirt I made yesterday for my son Sebastián and his special request: A bow tie!

I’m in love with this fabric ” Bear Hug in White Metallic”  from Sarah Watts from her collection Black and White 2 . I only got one meter specifically for his shirt, but now I’m wondering if I should get some more for “future projects” or “future hoardings”. He’s having a celebration this Friday at school “Día del niño” or Childrens Day. It is a celebration that started after the first World War and the UN stablished November 20th as the official day. Universal Children’s Day is not simply a day to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring awareness to children around the globe that have succumbed to violence in forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination.

Every country celebrates this day on different dates in the calendar. In  El Salvador ( where I’m from) is on October 1st, in Mexico is April 30th, in Canada is November 20th in Germany September 20th, Colombia last Saturday of April, etc. So I think we are going with Mexico this time.

Shirt was quick and easy, I used a very old pattern that I found at my  moms house a few years ago, it is a vintage one.  I added  like 3 cm to the hem and sleeves length as well.

The bow ties I got the pattern from Grainline Studio, this woman (Jen is such a genius when it comes to creating patterns, basic pieces but you can do so many things with them. She has the tutorial and free pattern for this bow tie on her blog, it is meant for adults so I made it smaller so it would fit Basti. They are so quick to make and easy, now he’s asking for a necktie, and I’m searching for a good pattern for that, actually neckties scare me a little, they seem more complex with the folding and stitching…anyways, here are the photos of my little guy.

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He was so excited and happy while I was taking these photos, and then he lost his motivation…

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And I said: Actually I like it like that too (sad) and he cheered up again!

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He says the blue bow is for Ernie (Sesame Street character, and old old stuffy that used to be my husband’s when he was 3 or 4)

Which bowtie  you like the most, I like both and love this shirt so much.

Thank you for visiting, have a wonderful week!!!!

 

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!

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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.

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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.

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

 

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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.

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

Second outfit:

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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!!!

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

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The top is this one, from this book

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

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The third outfit:

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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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.

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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!

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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!!

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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.

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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. 

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

Cheers!!!!

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

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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.

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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!