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!!!!

 

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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!!!!

 

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!!!!

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!!!

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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.

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

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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 😉

Gabriela will turn 7 soon!

Our Gaby will be 7 in less than 3 days!!! I can’t believe how fast it all happened. One day I was breast feeding this girl, changing pampers to a newborn, the first fever, the first tooth, solids, potty training…now she’s adding and subtracting, she’s reading the comics on the Sunday morning paper. All this is happening too fast, I wish she could stay seven forever!

Her birthday is on December 30th but most of her friends are gone on the holidays or are busy having family over and friends. So for the first time we celebrated her birthday with more than 4 friends. We had at least 10 kids in the house and it felt like 30 to me, but it was nice to hear all the voices and screams, and running around, we were very happy that she was enjoying the celebration.

Of course, I had to make a special dress for her that day so I got inspired from a photo a saw at Pinterest one day and went from there.

This is the image where I got the idea:

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I think it is a such a cute idea, but I didnt have a nice solid like this pink or a cool print like the triangle section on this coat.

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The birthday girl was a bit worried her friends were not there yet. This was taken 2 hours before!! So the waiting was long long long!

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I love this fabric. I pre washed it just in case it would shrink a lot, but it didn’t much. I just got the last 3 meters from a store in Ventura called Superbuzzy, but this pink one from Nani Iro, I got it from Missmatatabi one of my 4 favorite fabric stores. You can see the dress I made has a cut on the sides almost similar to the narrow triangle shape that the Pinterest dress has. Now I’m thinking of trying it out with a solid and print.

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She was so excited when she saw the bouncy house in the back of our house. They all jumped for at least two hours, and the screaming made the boys run away!

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We had to move the fiesta into the garage since it was a bit cold and chances of rain. We played some Loteria (Bingo) in spanish! Some got very excited at the end.

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Little Sebastián was overwhelmed with all the kids in his house. But he loved it too.

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It was a nice day. Thanks to the parents that day that made it possible and brought their kids to our place, they made Gaby’s birthday extra special.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Happy days!!