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!!!!

 

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!!!!

 

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!!

Rain+cold= sewing time!

The rain has made it finally to California. Well, is not quite like rainy season in Latin America, but seems like Californians are in deep need of water even if it is only for two or three days. This has given me an excuse to stay home and sew a little bit. At the same time I’m trying to get my store going with more items in it, but every day I get new ideas that quickly new and better ones take over those at the beginning.

But here I am and hopefully you will like these images.

Gaby, my daughter is off the whole week due to Thanksgiving, we are having friends over, even though we already celebrated Thanksgiving in October (the Canadian way). Our friends are vegetarians, so I might need to dig deep into my vegetarian-latino recipes that are already popular amongst our friends.

I wanted to wish all of you who visit my blog everyday a Happy Thanksgiving, if you celebrate it of course. You might be driving tomorrow off to see parents, friends, or they all might come to you. I hope your holidays are full of love and gratitude. Be safe!

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This is a beautiful fabric I found at Hawthorne Fabrics, one of my favorite stores here in the States and online. I decided to put black bias tape on pockets and neckline to highlight the dress a little. I didn’t have much black fabric but lately I’ve invested some money in buying remnants of japanese fabrics from Miss Matatabi Fabric shop on Etsy. There was a tiny double gauze piece of black fabric and used it! How do you use left over fabrics? Do you throw them away or do you treasure them and store them, thinking that the perfect project will come along and then you will use them? I save every bit, even more if it is a nice fancy fabric that is out of print.

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Gaby is so happy with the scarf I managed to make, she went to school today like this, looking so pretty!

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I call this dress, The Monet dress, it looks like a painting and the colors are so bright and its almost like an oil painting. I got the fabric from Fabric.com . I wasn’t sure what to make out of this fabric, I was scared that the print would be too bold. Everybody loves it, everybody ask me “where did you buy it” to what I proudly answer once again: ” I made it”.

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Now the next image is of a dress I have made for Gaby several times before. This time I decided to try something different. I’m always worry about ruining a fabric, and this time I got to play with two different fibers, a  Knit fabric and quilting cotton.

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The lighting in my sewing room is so bad sometimes. But the green is pretty much like this image and the feel of this fabric is just amazing, and it has a quilted pattern which makes it a very special fabric. I love this fabric so much I have decided to buy more of it from Miss Matatabi, she has a great  variety of fabrics, all of them japanese and high quality.

Thanks a lot for coming to my little corner, I get so excited to see that people all around the world come and see what I make. You definitely make my day every day! Besos to all Happy Holidays!