Gym Class

La Folie - Gym Class

 Ever since I sewed M’s Groove Dress in NOSH autumn collection (here) that I’ve been wanting to make her this outfit.
School just started and usually we have warm days for a while longer, besides that M. gives preference to gym shorts over sweats pants in a heartbeat for as long as I allow. Unlike me she’s never cold that girl… So yep shorts and T-shirts still make total sense around here. hehehe

La Folie - Gym Class

I had my heart set on this OTTOBRE shorts pattern ever since my sweet friend Olu made them a while ago (see them here). I Loved her version and knew I wanted to give it a try sometime. As soon as I realised I would have some NOSH striped fabric left there was no way back…😉

The pattern (nº 12 from issue 3/2014) is pretty straightforward and despite not being able to read more than a few sentences in French (in Portugal we usually only find the French version) and being my first time sewing this type of shorts everything went pretty well. Well I didn’t manage perfect stripe matching…. (Eye roll…..) but apart from that I’m happy with how they turned out. This is size 116cm and I’m pleased with how they fit. You already know by now that I’m lazy so you won’t be surprised if I tell you that sometimes I pretty much select size by height and go with that, without looking at the rest of the measurements… I know!! Big time sinner… Eeek heheheh

La Folie - Gym Class

The pattern comes with front pockets and a back pockets that I skipped for pure laziness… sigh I’m the worst… hahah

For the T-shirt I didn’t have to think much either. I went with my favorite raglan pattern from Titchy Threads – the Safari Raglan Tee and Dress (you can get it here). This is size 7 (one size up from her height measurement), maybe still a bit long for my girl but she’ll grow to it.🙂

La Folie - Gym Class

Both fabrics are from NOSH and although these were given to me for the autumn collection post, I totally “practice what I preach” here; most of the knits I use are bought from them exactly because the quality is fantastic.

La Folie - Gym Class

Ha, those teeth are killing me with cuteness!❤

La Folie - Gym Class

La Folie - Gym Class

Yep, F. also started preschool this year, I can’t wait for her reaction regarding Gym classes. I bet she’ll love it, my little crazy gymnast/daredevil/ballerina.😀

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Flared Pullover

La Folie - Flared Pullover

The first item of clothing I sewed when I first started “self teaching myself” a few years ago, was from a Japanese pattern. I didn’t know a thing about sewing techniques so I just traced the pattern and guessed my way trough it with the help of the few construction steps that showed on the images. I think I didn’t even add seam allowance, Ha! But I was happy, and a big love was born. Ever since then Japanese sewing books are one of my biggest inspiration sources and I don’t really know how I only bought my first Japanese book with women’s patterns last year… But I’m happy I did because it’s a great one.😀

It’s called Clean and Natural and I bought it at Retrosaria Rosa Pomar; I prefer to actually see the books for real before making my choice, so whenever Rosa tells me new ones arrived to the shop I do my best to drop by and have a look.❤

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You can see a more thorough review of this book over at Japanese Sewing Books blog here, but I took a photo of the project list to give you an idea. I want to make almost everything in this book. I already tried Pattern E, the cover pattern (here), Pattern M (here) and I dream of making pattern Y soon.

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I’ve been wanting to try pattern A, Flared Pullover ever since I got the book. You see I had this beautiful and super soft eyelet from Michael Miller piece left from my STYLO spread (you can see that post here) and I knew it was just perfect for it.

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Last week I finally did.😀 The pattern comes in two sizes and from measurements I went with the largest size L/LL, though it’s a loose fit style better safe than sorry right?

La Folie - Flared Pullover

I’m happy with how it fits and the fabric really works beautifully for it. I had to carefully plan my way trough cutting the pattern pieces on the fabric since I had a limited amount. In the end I had to cut the top back part in the opposite direction from the rest but it’s hardly noticeable and I don’t mind. If someone asks it’s a design feature, heheh! Actually the back piece is the only one cut according to grain hahah For some reason I like it best in the opposite direction and since I had sewn it before like that, I knew it wouldn’t be a problem.😉

La Folie - Flared Pullover

I completely lost track of my Project Sew It challenge of sewing one item for me each month this year, but I hope to get back on track now that both, wait what?! Yep both my girls are at school now; F. just started pre-school last week and it’s going great so far.❤

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It was really hard to photograph this fabric with my current skills ahaha but I hope you can get a good feel on how the pattern and the fabric work together. I can tell you I’m very pleased and that it will be used tons for sure.😉 Successful makes are such a motivation right? Next I’ll be dwelling on pants Pattern Q… Eeeek hope it works…

You can see the whole collection of Michael Miller Eyelet here.

La Folie - Flared Pullover

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The fabric for this top was given to me by Michael Miller, but all the opinions are my own.

“She Wears the Pants” – Pom Pom Blouse

Tuttle Publishing has been editing english versions of Japanese Sewing books for a while now. Their collection includes great titles but somehow I never tried them. However we were lucky to have Tuttle as one of the sponsors of our London Sew Social goodie bag and each got to choose one Japanese book from their catalog, so here we are.

I ended up choosing the book She Wears the Pants from Yuko Takada. I really like to look at this book and love most of the patterns, but after browsing it a few times I became questioning if the styles would suit my body type. Since I couldn’t figure out what pattern to try first I kind of forgot about this tour we’re having this week. And then when my friends started discussing their posts this Sunday, I knew I had to pick something. Something fast, something easy, something that I knew I would be comfortable in.

Pom Pom Blouse from "She Wears the Pants"

That said, my choice went to pattern N10 Pom Pom Blouse. It’s designed for wovens but you know I’m a knits addict and when I saw this striped tricot knit in my stash I knew it would be perfect for it. The only changes made were skipping the pom pom trim and giving it a smaller hem. According to measurements I made size M.

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Yep I sewed this Sunday night and took photos the next morning… An absolute first! heheh So if you need a last minute top to go somewhere I can tell you this is a great choice.😉

I’m happy with the final result, well it’s a bit boxy for my wide shoulders but I don’t really care… Lol I bet it will be worn loads when the weather cools down. Its 40º celsius as I’m writing this… Gahhh I love warm much more than cold so I’m not complaining… seriously I’m not… I just want a pool… Sigh

Pom Pom Blouse from "She Wears the Pants"

Pom Pom Blouse from "She Wears the Pants"

If you love Japanese sewing books but get a bit afraid of “flying without instructions” from not reading Japanese😉  these are a great place to start. It sure felt good to finally be able to read the instructions for the first time. hehehe


Pom Pom Blouse from "She Wears the Pants"
My good friend Marta is hosting this series and also sharing her makings from the book she choose, so be sure to stop by DoGuincho to get all the info. She and sweet Eva from Eva Maria shared stunning creations yesterday!❤

Pom Pom Blouse from "She Wears the Pants"

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