Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Welcome to the Tea House Top and Dress Tour! The Tea House Top and Dress is a pattern by Sew House Seven that was realeased a few months ago.

The Tea House features: a V-neckline with front and back neck yokes, front seaming, in-seam angled pockets (for the dress versions), a back neck box pleat, cuffed dolman short sleeves and two different tie options.

I chose to make a top with inseam ties (View A) and I made size 8 without any modifications. I think the fit is spot on.


I love that there are no closures to the top/dress and the ties make it flattering and easy to wear. The pattern instructions are very clear and I had no issues. The sewing went smoothly.

The fabric is a cotton lawn from Robert Kaufman's collection London Calling available here.

I really love the fabric and I love how the top turned out, but next time I would like to try to use a different fabric for the front yoke. I think the pattern has really nice and original details that are not enhanced by the floral fabric. Also, I really want to try the dress version!

Overall, I absolutely love the pattern and I will definitely use it again!
Thank you so much Emi for inviting me to be a part of the tour and thank you Nelleke for hosting it!!

And now about the giveaway! If you want to win a pattern of your choice from Sew House Seven, just write a comment on Gaafmachine's first blog post and we will pick two lucky winners next Monday 15th of August using a random generator.
Now, go check other amazing tops and dresses versions of the Tea House Top and Dress Pattern. Here is the line up.

Tuesday August 9th
                                     Rebel and Malice   || Stahlarbeit   || Gaafmachine                               

Wednesday August 10th
In a manner of sewing  ||  Sew Happy  ||  Mottenfrosch           
Thursday August 11th 
Friday August 12th 

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Its been a while, I know. I have been sewing quite a lot... but it has proving to be really difficult to take photos, whether the weather is not cooperating or the model is not the mood... and  by "model" I mean not only Teresa but also me. Hope the weather gets better soon so that I can take photos of all I have been making.

That said, I was once again very lucky to be chosen by Olga (Coffee and Thread) to test her new pattern: the Wild and Free Lounge Pants. 

I saw the version that she made for one of her daughters a few months ago and I immediately fell in love with them. The design is so so clever. 

Last winter all cool kids were wearing these cute socks with faces of animal, being the most popular the fox socks. My kids have those socks and they love them. So, when I showed this pattern to my daughter she immediately said: YES, I WANT THESE!!

So, I am sure these pattern will be a hit! Aside from being very cute, the pattern is also very well drafted, as all of Olga's patterns.

The pattern comes with sizes 9/12 months through 12 years and with two views. In view A, you can choose to add the animals faces (kitty, puppy, bear, mouse and fox) and in View B, you can use knee patches, with a heart, a star, a lighting bolt, etc.). The possibilities are endless. I also love the pockets, which you cannot easily find in leggings patterns... ;-)   

Another very cool feature is that the face of the animal is actually painted in the fabric using a stencil. This was the first time that I painted fabric and it so easy and cool to do. I already used Olga's instructions to make other stencils. :-) 

I made a size 7 for my almost 7 years-old and the fit is great! 

The fabric is a jersey knit from Joann's and for the Kitty's ears I used some Liberty in pink.

The pattern is on sale for only $5.00 through Thursday, April 28. So just grab your copy here! 

Monday, February 22, 2016


I was so thrilled to be able to test Coffee and Thread’s new pattern: the Eleena Dress. I love Olga’s designs! I made the Mulberry tunic a zillion times (you can see some versions here, here and here) and it is still one of my favorite patterns ever. So, when Olga invited the testers to join the tour, I couldn't say no. 

Olga’s patterns are very clever and beautifully made. It is such a pleasure to use a pattern where everything matches perfectly.

The Eleena dress is a 1960’s inspired dress that features an inverted pleat in the front...

... and an invisible zipper in the back.

There are three sleeve options to choose from: short sleeve, long sleeves with cuffs and flutter sleeves. The dress also comes with a very original collar. 

In this version I went with a sleeveless version and no collar, which I also find adorable. I wanted to make a summer dress and I am really happy with the result.

The floral fabric is a cotton lawn (Kaufman London Calling Lawn Tight Floral Garden) bought here. The red fabric used for the front pleat and the lining is from Joann's.

The pattern is available in sizes 2 to 12. I made size 8 for my tall 6 and 1/2 year-old and I think the fit is perfect.

The Eleena Dress pattern tour starts today and will go on until March 7. Here is the list of amazing bloggers that will be joining the tour. Be sure to check their versions.

February, 22 
February, 24
February, 26
February, 29
March, 2
March, 4
March, 7
Les Reloux, Just Add Fabric, Lokakid, While she was sleeping

The Eleena dress will be on sale for US $7.00 (regular price US$ 9.00) through March 7th, 11:59 EST. 

There is also a giveaway!! Please be sure to use the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win two patterns of choice and one yard of Sara Jane fabric (photo below).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


My resolution for 2016 is to sew more for myself and so far I have been true to that. I went to Barnes and Noble the other day and when spotted this Japanese sewing book, I could not resist it! It is Simply Sewn by Michiyo Ito.

The book contains 31 very different patterns, from dresses, to pants, blouses, shorts, cardigans, scarfs, shawls, bags, etc.  As in all Japanese sewing books, the design is simple, timeless and beautiful. 

But what really caught my eye and made me bu the book immediately (it is much cheaper to get it from Amazon) was this Boho Blouse and the reason was because I had the perfect fabric in my stash to make it! 

I bought this indigo stripped cotton fabric back in November, in my last trip to Lisbon. It is from a local store named Feira dos Tecidos. The fabric is soft and lightweight and the colors are gorgeous. 

The blouse is very easy and quick to sew, mainly because it has no sleeves! Sleeves and the front are one single piece! I love it. I made it in the smallest size and the fit is perfect. The blouse, however, is very roomy and may not very flattering, but it is so comfortable that I am sure I will be wearing it time and time again!  

Hope you liked it!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


2015 was a great year! I tested for the first time for pattern designers, discovered new techniques, made something for myself and, the cherry on top of the cake, got to meet in person an amazing group of very talented Portuguese sewing bloggers.

What I tremendously failed in 2015... was to blog about my makings!

So, I thought that before starting to show what I have already sewed in 2016, I should redeem myself and show some of my makings that were never blogged: 

1- Aster Cardigan by LBG Studio for Willow and Co. in a yellow knit fabric from Joann's and some liberty.
2 - Elasticized gathered skirt (self-drafted)
3 - Elasticized raglan tunic (self-drafted)
4 - Myrantine Tunic by Citronille.

5- Baby Sunbonnet by Purl Soho and Bloomers from Citronille's "Intemporels pour Bebes"
6 - Roller Skate Dress and summer shorts by Oliver and S  
7 - Paneled Sunsuit by Call Ajaire.
8 - City Gym Shorts by Purl Soho

9- Boy Shorts by Ruriko Yamada (Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids)
10 - Marie Tunic by Citronille
11 - Night gowns (self-drafted)
12 - Baby Tunic and Bloomers both from Citronille's "Intemporels pour Bebes"

13 - Button-back Puffed Sleeved Blouse by Akiko Mano (Linen, Wool, Cotton)
14 - Summer Romper by Purl Soho
15 - Gathered skirt with braces (self-drafted)
15 - Myrantine tunic by Citronille turned into dress  

For 2016, I definitely want to sew more for myself. You can check what I have doing on Instagram! ;-)