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.

 

 

KANA’s Standard for Kids: First Dress

A few weeks ago I spotted the new books coming out for this summer and right away I ordered them. One of them is KANA’S STANDARD FOR KIDS, it is such a gorgeous book with patterns for little girls, I can not wait to make most of the patterns in here, and yesterday I finished the first one.

Hace algunas semanas vi que ya estaban saliendo los nuevos libros de costura para el verano y sin vacilar los ordené. Uno de esos libros es de KANA’S STANDARD FOR KIDS, es un libro tan precioso con patrones divinos para niñas, es que estoy que no aguanto por hacer cada uno de los modelos, justo ayer terminé el primero.

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Fabric is perfect for this dress, happy print, light weight, 100% cotton and it has the colors that my daughter likes right now. I  got the material from Fabric.com and is by Rashida Coleman Hale”MOONLIT”. Pattern is B-4. The only thing I changed was the armholes, they were to wide-open and decided to close them a little higher up.

La tela es perfecta para este vestido, es alegre, no tiene mucho peso, cien por ciento algodón y tiene justo los colores que a mi hija le gustan. La tela la compre de la tienda en linea Fabric.com y es diseñada por Rashida Coleman Hale “MOONLIT”. El patrón es B-4. La única cosa que le modifiqué a este patrón fueron los agujeros de las mangas, estaban originalmente muy amplias y decidí cerrarlas un tantito más alto.

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Such a gorgeous fabric and dress!!!

Un vestido bellísimo!

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Now that I have shared this dress I can go and see if I can try out my new presser feet. I got a blind stitch and a roller hem. I’m looking for a couple of projects that involve this two techniques!

There you go, two post in one day…I hope not to get lost for too long from here.

Hang in there, I will come back with more.

Happy Week!

Ahora que he compartido este vestido con ustedes ya me puedo ir a jugar un rato con mis nuevos “pies” para mi máquina: uno para ruedo ciego y el otro para hacer dobladillos finos  y pequeños, ya estoy viendo en que puedo usar estas técnicas.

Allí está, dos publicaciones en un solo día…espero no perderme por tanto tiempo de este rinconcito.

No se me vayan, aguantenme que ya pronto regreso con más!

Feliz Semana!!!!

Finding Inspiration these days!

For the last month and a half we have been sick with flu, cold, and last week my kids got some immunizations that were a couple of months over due. We still have a dry cough that won’t go away no matter how much tea, honey, ginger we take, it is still there and hopefully we are almost done with it.

I haven’t done much sewing, oh, wait…maybe I did, but do not have any photos from those projects. I made two cute Inari Dresses, one out of Rayon and the other out of a nice light linen that I got from Miss Matatabi a while ago, but once I get photos ready I will share them with you, hopefully I won’t take me months for that.

Today I want to share a pair of cute shorts I made for my daughter a week ago, it is a bit cold still but I think the warm days are around the corner to wear shorts and skirts and sleeveless tops.

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These shorts are super easy and simple to make. Fabric is Nani Iro Pocho in silver pink and got it maybe 4 years ago in Canada at the Greenwood Quiltery. Love the metallic details. Beautiful fabric it feels like linen but it is a double gauze. Pattern is LESSON 1 A from this great Japanese Pattern Book “LESSON BOOK” by Yuki Katagai.

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I made this dress a while ago, maybe a year ago and like so many other clothes I haven’t been able to write a post about it.

So quick note, this one is my favorite one and I have done it twice now. Love the print with kitten faces (Girls are crazy about kittens lately, do you know why?) Fabric I got it from Miss Matatabi , and pattern is B2  from this good pattern book from my friend’s Etsy store Pompadour24.

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This is a short post but wanted to give you guys some life signals, I’m still here, just a bit busy and tired and trying to get my sewing mojo back.

Thank you for visiting, hope you had a great Easter weekend, we did here in Half Moon Bay!

Big hugs!!!!

 

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!!!!