Project Sew It – March

Spring has arrived and I can’t think of anything else but warm sunny days. Unfortunately someone forgot to tell Mother Nature because its super cold, windy, and rainy here in Lisbon… sigh Nevertheless I’ve set my brain to spring/summer sewing so my March Project Sew It make is definitely in tune.


This month the theme was Pants, which was scary because up until now I only had made one pair for myself (you can see them here). I quickly decided I wanted to try a Japanese pattern from the book “Clean and Natural”; ever since I got the book I wanted to try them in some sort of stable knit and as soon as I saw this gorgeous blue flamé jersey from NOSH (available here) I knew it was meant to be. You can see a review of this book over at Japanese Sewing Patterns (here).


As per my measurements I choose size L, with no changes apart from adding 2cm in length; I quickly realised I could have sized down but I still like this relaxed fit and I’ll wear them plenty for sure. They’re similar in style to the ones I made from Named, except they have less fabric on the front which I like. Since I was making them in knit I changed a few things construction wise but the final result is pretty much the same thing. 🙂 I’m super in love with this color, I think I have enough left for a sleeveless top, maybe mixed with some off white flame from my stash… ohh ideas ideas, I need more time or maybe less procrastination. Heheh

It seems I should have pressed better that center seam before taking photos, that weird shade… whatever LOL looking at this makes me think that maybe I shouldn’t size down after all. 😀


As I was thinking on what to wear with the pants to take these photos I remembered this top, made back in January, that I had only shared on IG. Gosh I’m digging this outfit, totally random match because it didn’t cross my mind when making the pants but I think the two pieces really work good together.

This is from a previous photoshoot, I figured there was no point in making another post for this top. 🙂

It’s a free pattern from Nani Iro, well it’s actually measurements for you to draft but I promise it’s super easy and totally worth it if you’re into this style; it only comes in one size but I believe it’s pretty easy to adjust.


The only thing I changed was the knit binding on the neckline, which is one of my current favourite things. It’s easy to make and to put on, double win! 😀 Fabric wise I choose a rayon something off cut from my local fabric shop, with a kind of ethnic print, it’s super flowy and I really love the colours.


And that’s it, so far I’m really sticking to my Project Sew It commitment, so much that I just finished a second pair of pants, actually it’s a jumpsuit, in similar style but more fitted, stay tuned. 😉  You can check out NOSH fabrics here; a great selection of Japanese sewing books here and the Free Nani Iro top pattern here.
Thanks for stopping by. Hugs! ❤

SPIN SPIN…

La Folie - SPIN Dress

A couple of weeks ago Madeit Patterns released the first of their “No Frills” patterns: the SPIN Dress.  Its a super cool skater dress and since I had never made one before and had the perfect fabric for it I subtly (or maybe not so subtly) managed to get a spot in the testing process… heheh

La Folie - SPIN Dress

This was my second test version, in size 3Y for F., she measured a perfect size 3 at this point so you can get an accurate idea of the fit. Its perfect. ❤ It comes in sizes 2Y to 10Y, but when you buy it you get Teen sizes for free, yep you read me well. 😀 There are pattern pieces for short sleeves too, and you can use the necklines of the Groove Dress pattern which gives you plenty of variety.

La Folie - SPIN Dress

The “No Frills” patterns from Madeit are exactly the same quality you have on their “regular” patterns but they’re intended for experienced sewers. Meaning you don’t have a super detailed, step by step illustrated tutorial, instead you get more simple directions just like you have on a regular sewing magazine pattern. But if you ask me, anyone who has sewn a few items can make this one, its so simple that there’s really no need for the step by step illustrated tutorial. So in sum, you get a perfect, great quality pattern by a really great price, whats not to like right? 😉

La Folie - SPIN Dress

La Folie - SPIN Dress

La Folie - SPIN Dress

The fabric I used is from Lucky Shop, which was a sponsor for Madeit Fashion Week, and I got it as a prize, talk about feeling lucky heheh. 😀 The shop carries lots of gorgeous prints but this one with its gold glittery squares won my heart. Its a stretchy rib knit, super cozy and perfect for a autumn/winter dress. F. has worn this a lot already.

La Folie - SPIN Dress

La Folie - SPIN Dress

La Folie - SPIN Dress

La Folie - SPIN Dress

Ohh the twirly dressed sure can make someone happy! And yes Elsa’s crown was a must to take this photos, or so she said. heheh I take what their willing to give when it comes to photoshoots. 😀

You can get your SPIN Dress pattern here and the Square Fabric here.

La Folie - SPIN Dress

La Folie - SPIN Dress

Oh and I just have to leave the link to Spin the Black Circle, a Pearl Jam song that’s always in my head when I think of these dresses. Gosh how I would Love to have learned to play this one in the electric guitar, so cool!! 😀 😀 😀 Yep Mie you’re right I can be a “rock chick” sometimes heheh ❤

La Folie - SPIN Dress

I guess she’s happy! I sure am.  Thanks for stopping by, Hugs! ❤

101st

La Folie - NOSH Fabrics - Butterflies Dress

Never in a million years I thought this blog would reach 100 posts, but its true, here we are on number 101! Yay! Apparently making clothes never gets old around here and I still get butterflies in my stomach when I finish a garment that I’m happy with, yep I guess its love. 😀 Today’s make totally fits this category, although its a super simple dress I’m really pleased with it and I think its a great kick off for M’s spring/summer clothes.

La Folie - NOSH Fabrics - Butterflies Dress

The dress pattern is from this A Sunny Spot book (pattern G – Summer Dress), its designed for wovens but with slight changes worked perfect for this flamé jersey from NOSH. This particular jersey is pretty stable and doesn’t have much stretch so its a safe bet if you want to adapt a woven pattern.

La Folie - NOSH Fabrics - Butterflies Dress

I choose size 120cm for M. who is 118cm, at least she was last time I checked heheh, don’t worry it was less then a month ago, I’ve been trying to behave to avoid heartbreaks; I can say I’m happy with the fit. Since the pattern is intended for lightweight wovens I removed about  15 cm to the each skirt piece, I was afraid of it ending a bit too bulky. I also skipped the back closures and cut the pattern piece on fold.

La Folie - NOSH Fabrics - Butterflies Dress

La Folie - NOSH Fabrics - Butterflies Dress

Best part is that she can start wearing it already, just by adding a long sleeve tee and some tights/leggings, smart thinking right? heheheh

La Folie - NOSH Fabrics - Butterflies Dress

These butterflies are one of my favorite prints from NOSH so far. I got them last year in green (you can see what I made here) and I was super happy to see them again in the new collection. This rust/brick color is just perfect! ❤ ❤ ❤

La Folie - NOSH Fabrics - Butterflies Dress

M. Loved it, and F. woke up this morning asking if I had made hers already… I guess I have to get some more of this fabric. 🙂

You can check out the new collection from NOSH here.

La Folie - NOSH Fabrics - Butterflies Dress

La Folie - NOSH Fabrics - Butterflies Dress

Thanks for stopping by. Hugs! ❤


This fabric was given to me by NOSH, but all the opinions are my own.