Friday, October 23, 2015


Ottobre Design, the Finnish sewing magazine is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. As such, a group of 15 Portuguese sewing bloggers friends thought that it could be fun if all of us would sew a project from a magazine. We have been thinking about this for a while, but October just seemed the right month to do it. 

This was the first time that I sewed something from Ottobre Design. There are mainly two reasons for this. On the one hand, I can't easily find them here in the US, at least at a reasonable price, hence I only have two issues. On the other hand, most of the patterns that can be found in the magazine are designed for knits and I don't usually sew with knits, I guess I am more of a woven person. 

That said, I am very very happy with the pattern that I chose.  

I opted for a knit dress from Issue No. 4/2015. The dress has a very simple design, but the front pin tuck and the side pockets make it really special. 

I used a grey knit for the dress and quilted knit with hearts for the pockets. Both fabrics are from Joann's. 

After finishing the dress, the collar seemed way too simple, so I decided to make a reversible collar, using the quilting knit on one side and some liberty tana lawn cotton on the other side.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


My baby boy turned 4 this month! :-) I decided I would make new pants and a new shirt for him to use on his birthday, but eventually, I was only able to finish the pants.... I cut the shirt and started sewing it, but the fabric is too lightweight and my machine decided to eat it instead of sewing it... maybe I should have changed the needle or do some voodoo, or something, but the fact is that I have zero tolerance to sewing machine moods. Something tells me that if I go and try to finish the shirt now, I will have no problems... anyways, I really need to invest on more sewing patterns for my son, because I keep on repeating the same ones over and over again... 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Happy Birthday Sara!

Long time no see... I know, I know! I intend to post some of the outfits that I have been making for my kids soon on the blog, but today's post is different... 

There is someone, who unfortunately I never met in person, who has always been very kind to me. We "met" at a Portuguese facebook group and she always made very nice comments to my posts. Afterwards, she started following me on Instagram and eventually was the first person to comment on my blog! She doesn't know this, but her kind words every time I posted something I made, either on facebook or instagram, were essential in my decision to create a blog. So, basically, if you are reading this, its because of her. :-)