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!!!!

 

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:

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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.

 

 

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.

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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.

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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!!!

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Happy Thursday and keep on sewing!!!!

Besos!!!

Sewing for myself

I have been making lots of stuff for myself and almost never have the chance to take pictures of myself. I’m busy all the time and when I have the time to do it, nobody is around to take photos of me!

Well, I warn you, this images might be disturbing…poor lighting, there’s a mess in my new sewing nook and kids running around me, not the best moment for a photo shoot, but we managed to get something decent, I hope, my husband helped me but I’m not satisfied…seems like the best light around here is mid afternoon with lots of sun in that room. Anyways, enough complaining and now some images…put some special shades to protect yourself from what you are about to see!!! Yikes!!!

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I made this top a long time ago and I like it a lot, but never get to wear it that much. I first saw it on Karyn from The Workroom and quickly went to buy the book. It is a very easy pattern but I took my time to do it, it was the first top I made for me out of a Japanese Book. The fabric is from Amy Butler and this one is a voile, if you try this pattern on a cotton or even linen the sleeves might tend to go up and they kind like look like “wings”. I think silk, chiffon, or voile is the right fabric to go with.

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This top-tunic made it like a two weeks ago. It was long to sew because is a chiffon and since I don’t have my serger with me yet I had to finish the seams with french seams, shoulders and side seams! I like it and it looks great with jeans and shorts or leggins. I made this one from this book.

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 A beautiful pattern and I should have added a centemiter to it more, but well, I still like and this one was so quick to make, maybe half an hour. I think I will make at least two more like this as soon as I get all my sewing stuff from Canada. Oh, the pattern is from this nice book, I’m a big fan of japanese culture and now that I discovered sewing I only sew from this books too. I couldn’t get rid of all my japanese books back home, so they are all being shipped as we speak, most of the boxes contain either fabrics or books.

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I really like this as well, and at the beginning before cutting it I had second thoughts, but went with it and I was very pleased with the final result. This one as well needs 2 cm on the hem, but not that bad. The pattern is from this book.

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Last but not least is this tunic. I bought two meters of this fabric, is a voile and I can not remember the name now, maybe Art Gallery??? But is a popular one out there too. I had so much fabric that made this tunic and a top that soon post about. Another easy piece to make, I have to find easy patterns all the time due to my few space during the day to sew, and in the summer with two little ones in the house is almost impossible to sit for two hours and sew with no worries…nope, not here in my house. The pattern is once again from this book, and I have seen more nice things to make for me out of this one.

This is it for today, now I’m off to make some lunch, lots to do this weekend and I will wait now for my stuff since I have no fabrics to play here, only a sewing machine my aunt kindly gave to me it’s a Viking Husqwarna 190 in perfect condition and that was not used that much.

Have a nice weekend everybody and hope you didn’t go blind with this disturbing images!!!!!

Besos.

 

 

 

Summer and some projects to finish!

Yes, summer finally came to Guelph. Beautiful blue skies, nice wind and some heat in the afternoons doesn’t bother me at all. But besides all the beauty happening outside my house, I have so many plans and projects (sew related of course) and can’t seem to start one thing, I have picked so many pretty patterns for me and the little ones but I feel stuck right now. Laundry, cleaning, cooking, playing, and running errands keeps me away from my sewing machine this days.

The herbs we planted last weekend are already coming out except for the cilantro!

Here are my images of this day. Have a nice week and hopefully I will have more sewing done this time.

Si, el verano finalmente llegó a Guelph. Lindos cielos azules, rico viento y el calorsito en las tardes no me molesta para nada. Pero a parte de toda la belleza que se esta dando allá afuera de mi casa, yo tengo tantos planes y projectos ( relacionados con costura por supuesto) y no logro iniciar ni una cosa. He escogido unos patrones de ropa lindos para mi y para los pequeños pero me siento atorada. Lavandería, cocina, juegos, y haciendo mandados son las cosas que me mantienen alejada de mi máquina de coser estos días.

Las hierbas que plantamos el fin de semana pasado ya están saliendo excepto por el cilantro!

Aquí las imágenes de este día. Que tengan una linda semana y espero terminar algo de costura esta vez.

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Some of my fabrics! Algunas de mis telas!

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Some of the patterns I’m working on right now. Algunos de los patrones en los que estoy trabajando.Image

I’m planning to make this top for this summer! Estoy planeando hacer esta blusa para el verano.

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Arugula is coming out quick! La arúgula esta saliendo rápido!

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I think these are lilacs and they smell sooo nice. This is right next door to our house. Creo que estas son Lilas y huelen tan rico. Esto es justo a la par de nuestra casa.

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Kaffe Fassett Top and shorts are some old piece of linen I had there. Blusa de Kaffe Fassett y shorts de un pedazo de lino que tenía por allí.

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Basti and me.