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! ❤

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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.

My own stripes

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

I’m not sure how to start this post but here goes. 😀 You see, a few weeks ago I decided to play a bit with the idea of designing my own custom prints in fabric. And though my skills on the matter are limited I couldn’t help myself. I came up with a series of coordinates, pretty basic designs and colors, but thing is they were exactly what I wanted. After sharing the idea in IG and FB and seeing people being so supportive I went ahead and ordered them at Spoonflower.

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

Since I wasn’t absolutely sure if the prints would end up like I wanted, I choose a less expensive fabric, their Kona Cotton Ultra for these stripes. It basically feels like a quilting cotton and as soon as I laid eyes on it I knew it was perfect pairing to this pattern from one of the A Sunny Spot books.

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

It is pattern #02 from Girls Simple Clothes, in size 110cm with 120cm length. You can see other projects from this book in a post from last year (here). The only changes I made were to the neckline finish and ruffle. After redrafting the neckline curve to be a bit wider I added a band in rib knit from Nosh, in a color that paired beautifully with the main fabric. Somethings are meant to be.

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

The ruffle is supposed to be cut on fold but I decided to change that and finish it with a zigzag stitch, I think this particular one is kind of an overlock stitch. The idea was to cut the excess fabric close to the stitches, but I became fond of how it looked when the fabric started to fray so I left it.

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

I always like to think that my style is happy and fun at least when it comes to the kids clothes, and I think this top really conveys that (I’m such a cliché hahaha). It feels amazing to look at the fabric and think I designed it too, even as basic as a striped fabric is. Even better was to see M’s face when I showed her the top, she was so so happy with it. ❤ Totally worth it!

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

Some of you asked if I would be making these available at Spoonflower. I’m not sure yet. I have been considering it but it seems a bit complicated so I’m a bit on the fence, I would definitely love to be able to sell them so I’ll keep you posted on that.

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

Ok I just had to brag about perfect stripe matching! hahaha It could be better pressed though… ahem… But still… stripes match thats what counts! hehehe

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

I won’t lie, I feel a bit proud of this. LOL I wish I could order tons of yards of my own prints hahaha I would love to have these stripes in jersey naturally, you know me, nothing makes me happier than sewing knits. Although I’m not sure I would have striped matched so perfectly if this was jersey! heheheh 😉

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

This book is a really great buy, it has many projects I want to make and all the A Sunny Spot patterns I tried so far are perfect. I bought my copy here, and you can read a review of the book here.

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

Thanks for stopping by. Hugs! ❤