Madeit Fashion Week . Drop

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If there’s something I never imagine  I’d be doing one day was to be part of a Fashion Week, even a virtual one. But here we are hehehe It’s Madeit Patterns Fashion Week and I’m so very happy to take part. I had so much fun!

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For this Fashion Show we were asked to sew their latest pattern called DROP. It’s a knit dress or top super easy to sew but that looks super cool and stylish, so do I want it? Yes please!!!! The perfect fabric for it was already in my stash and all; who cares that I bought it to make some hopefully cool pants from a Japanese pattern? I didn’t even blink, it was destiny! Haha 

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Just reading through the instructions made my day and I couldn’t help myself from sharing a silly photo for #droptashtic, yep we are starting a movement; it’s impossible to resist! Check out the hashtag on IG and laugh with us. 😉 I laughed so hard, Olu really has a wonderful sense of humor!! 

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Sooo back to Drop. From the first moment I knew I wanted to go with the dress version and luckily I had enough of my choice of fabric to make it. I don’t really know how long it took me from printing to pressing the final seams but it felt like a blink of an eye. Seriously so fast and such a perfect result! Yes!! I want more! 

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The fabric is NOSH jersey Fantasia again, which I become obsessed with after making a Groove dress this summer (here). I love it so much! I do think I might have messed up a bit while placing the pattern according to grain but I still Love it anyway. You know I can leave peacefully with most of my mistakes heheh 😉 (although that sure doesn’t mean I don’t notice them)

La Folie - Madeit Fashion Week - Drop

La Folie - Madeit Fashion Week - Drop

The pattern asks for a lighter weight fabric but this one still works great, if only I had some more of this fabric in black… I think I need it… for a DROP top, totally legit basic need IMO hahah I keep asking Santa for fabric but he never listens sigh… hahaha You think maybe he doesn’t read my blog?! hahahahah 

La Folie - Madeit Fashion Week - Drop

La Folie - Madeit Fashion Week - Drop

Where did I Drop those pins? If I don’t pick them from the floor Bruno will kill me… hahahah This is a classic pose if you have to take photos of your DROP. 😀

We were asked to photograph our DROP’s with some cool backdrops… Humm taking photos outside isn’t one of my favourite things particularly of myself. Even with my sweet husband helping me, so I went with my boring white wall again… yes I know… don’t be disappointed with me, we all have our strengths hehehehe If you’d know me a few years ago you’d never even imagine I’d be keen on taking and sharing photos of myself… soo this already feels like a big victory hehhehe 😀 

However you know I’m a sucker for having fun with photo collages so here you go: the most amazing backdrop is mine!! Bahaha Because I’m part alien and can turn into a giant, who can just fly to the moon  (superman style but no cape needed) and survive without atmosphere! You love it right? Hahahaha just look at those pretty stars! Amazing! Hahahaha

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Ok I’m so silly hahahah I hope my kids don’t be embarrassed by their mom when they go through this blog one day hahahah

But then again today is the first day of December so yeah I’m feeling Christmas vibes people!! Hope you like my new Christmas Card! hahahah 😉 This is so Fashion Week appropriate don’t you think? hahahah

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There are some incredible ladies taking part in this Fashion Week so check Olu’s tour posts to keep up with everything (here). Ohh and be sure to have a look at Madeit Patterns pattern shop since they’re offering 20% off DROP during Madeit Fashion Week by using code ‘MFW2016’.

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Or if you’re feeling lucky today there’s also a giveaway! Only one comment allowed per person. Good Luck! 😉

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Thank you so much Anna and Olu for inviting me to Madeit Fashion Week. I love DROP a lot and I can’t wait to get some cool fabric to make another one! 

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And since I’m always in silly mode I just can’t help myself from sharing this song (go on and press play! just do it ok? Indulge me please Bahah) I know Olu already shared it but I’ve been singing it ever since I got the invitation so I had to do it! hahahah

You can get your copy of DROP here.

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Thanks for Dropping by! 😉 Hugs! ❤

1st Japanese Sewing Week

A few months ago Sara and Monica decided to create a facebook group where Japanese sewing book fans could share their makings and be inspired. And soon enough Sara had the idea of creating this event (read more about it here). I had to jump in naturally. I love sewing Japanese patterns. The very first garment I sewn was with a pattern from the book Handmade for babies. I’m kind of a snob and still buy them in Japanese lol, though it makes my life much harder because well I don’t speak Japanese hahah But that will probably change soon with all the great titles being released in english. And for once I’ll be able to know exactly what I’m doing without having to be “creative”. heheheh

La Folie - 1st Japanese Sewing Week

It was only this summer that I bought my first Japanese book for Women and I only used one pattern so far (you can see it here). The book is called Clean and Natural and I bought it at Retrosaria, they always carry a beautifully curated selection. I really love pretty much all the styles on the book so this event was the perfect excuse to give it another go.

La Folie - 1st Japanese Sewing Week

La Folie - 1st Japanese Sewing Week

I decided to use pattern E, which is a peplum pullover. I’m not certain I could pull a peplum off so I decided to turn it into a dress. Yep I like to complicate stuff… hahahah Why not just sew a pattern for a dress?! I know… But truth be told this is a basic alteration, just added length to the peplum and its done. 😀 This pattern only has one size and I was really happy to fit in it. I couldn’t figure out the size it was and I did not make a muslin, yes I’m absolutely crazy, but it’s a loose fit style so it’s probably good for a few sizes.

La Folie - 1st Japanese Sewing Week

Besides adding the skirt part, I also changed the neckline finish; I preferred to make a facing for the front but also for the back, since I opted to cut the back piece on fold and not two separate pieces has instructed. So my back facing had to include the neckline opening.

La Folie - 1st Japanese Sewing Week

Yep I have to change that elastic on the button loop since its way too stretchy… I new what would happen but sometimes I just can’t help myself and my stubbornness on going for the easy path… lol

La Folie - 1st Japanese Sewing Week

La Folie - 1st Japanese Sewing Week

And now the psychedelic fabric… I’m loving it! 😀 Perfect for a crazy person like yours truly hahah No seriously, I bought it this summer clearly under the influence of Farrah’s amazing spread for STYLO Magazine (see it here). It’s probably rayon crepe or something (yeah again I don’t have a clue – I’m a terrible blogger heheh), great drape and much easier to sew than what I expected. Yay!! It’s from local fabric shop Feira dos tecidos – portuguese people don’t go there because I want all the good stuff for me ok? hahahaha 😉

La Folie - 1st Japanese Sewing Week

La Folie - 1st Japanese Sewing Week

La Folie - 1st Japanese Sewing Week

To my sweet friends who I nagged talking about my lack of appropriate shoes, thank you for listening… heheh I finally remembered I had boots, crazy boots that I never ever wear but that were fine for taking the photos, or at least I hope hahaha I have zero trend sense lol…

La Folie - 1st Japanese Sewing Week

I really love the sleeves. 😀 If I saw a dress with a similar print on a clothes store rack I would probably never would have tried it on because its a bit out of my usually “plain” wardrobe :D, but I’m really happy that when I’m buying fabric I’m less judgmental and give myself the opportunity to try different things… Yay for sewing! hehehe

La Folie - 1st Japanese Sewing Week

I was planning to call this one “The Rufus” since I made it to wear to Rufus Wainwright concert on the 27th. (ha ha I’m a crazy fan and made a special dress… hehehe What can I say I never go out anymore so going to a concert is considered a night out heheh, particularly if it’s from one of my heart favorites in the great company of my beloved sister right?) But now that I see it finished I know this dress is a “Beetlejuice“. hahah I had so much fun making this! I think there will be many more “Beetlejuice” dresses in my future. Don’t make me say it 3 times… 😉

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This series has a super cool line up. I’m already blown away by all the beautiful things I’ve seen so far. ❤ Be sure to check them out.

In a Manner of Sewing  |  Conversas de Hermanas  |  Pequenos e Verdes  |  Climbing the Willow
Bartracks and Singletrack  |  S is for Sewing  |  Sew Happy  |  Mamacosesola
Fairies, Bubbles & Co.  |  Sewing Like Mad  |  As it Seams  |  Sewing For Mini Me
La Folie Sewing Booth  |  Just Add Fabric  |  Blogless Anna  |  Sweeter Than Cupcakes  |  Needle and Ted
Miss Castelinhos  |  Made by Toya  |  Lil Luxe Collection  |  House of Estrela
Patty Made It  |  Paisley Roots  |  Rita Pirolita  |  Call Ajaire
So-cal Sewing Mom  |  Kiwi Crafty Chemist  |  Sew Shelly Sew  |  Made by Sara

There is also a giveaway running along with this tour thanks to our amazing sponsors!
There will be three lucky winners among all of our lovely readers. Each winner will win one of the following prizes:
– One pack of 2 two Japanese Sewing books from Tuttle Publishing
– One pack of 2 two Japanese Sewing books from Tuttle Publishing
– A $40 fabric voucher from Urban Sew
All you have to do is to try your chances by entering the Rafflecopter bellow. The more entries you validate the more chances you have to win! The giveaway will be open from Nov. 16th to the 25th.

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Thank you so much Sara for organizing this. I had the best time. ❤

And as usual I leave you with some silliness, just to keep that psychedelic 60’s vibe going ok? hahaha

La Folie - 1st Japanese Sewing Week

La Folie - 1st Japanese Sewing Week

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

Hugs

Celebrating 15 years of OTTOBRE design

So here we are on the last day of Portuguese Bloggers Sew Ottobre Tour.

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In the rare possibility that you still don’t know what I’m talking about… haha (as if that’s even possible hehehe) I’ll introduce you to it. A few months (ok a year ago) some friends and I were talking about how cool to finally have Ottobre Design magazine on Portuguese newsstands, and sweet Marta suggested it would be cool to celebrate it,  later we discovered that it’s Ottobre’s 15th birthday this year so it made even more sense to prepare something fun. And so we did! 😀

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It took me a while to decide what to make, but when I finally settled I sewed everything real quick, it is pretty easy to work with these patterns. I decided to make a coat, top and skirt. The top is from issue 1/2015, and its number 11 – Smart Guitars. I made no changes to it. The fabric is from NOSH Women’s summer collection, that I had  left from this top (I know… I know, I seem obsessed, but the fabrics are gorgeous and amazing, what can I do?… heheh).  I’m really happy and M. is too. 😀

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The skirt is only partly Ottobre because I only noticed I didn’t have enough fabric for the pattern’s design after making my mind on the fabrics, and I was so smitten on this pairing, that I couldn’t change… So I used the waistband of pattern number 25 Montmartre from issue 4/2010 and added a basic gathered skirt. 😀 I had some trouble understanding how to cut the waistband because of a dashed line in the diagram of the instructions, but I’m lucky to have good friends with whom I can share my dumbness, and that help me figure out basic things ahaha. 😀 😀

La Folie - Celebrating Ottobre Design

The fabric is an adorable print in quilting cotton from Cotton and Steel, I bought at Miss Matatabi a few months ago. ❤ I also have it in white… Madalena really loves her skirt, and she already styled it as a top too after the photos… Whatever, as long as she’s happy right? hahaha The waist piece is made with some thick rib knit I had on my stash from my local fabric shop a.k.a. Feira dos Tecidos.

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And the coat… This was actually the first thing I decided to make. It’s pattern number 23 Blue Monday from issue 6/2014. I used organic interlock from Organic Cotton Plus, and I really like the result. It’s super comfy and M. didn’t want to take it off, which made my heart smile naturally. 😉

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I chose wood buttons after a small indecision between these or mother of pearl ones, but I’m happy with the final choice. Lets not talk about the automatic button hole feature of my machine because we ARE NOT friends for now, and until I have patience to give it another try, I even dedicated it a particular verse of this Smiths song; let me know if you can guess it :D, or don’t because it’s not a nice thing heheheh. My good old sewing machine solved my problems, it makes good enough button holes and not a massacre like the one you see on the photo. LOL I used a ribbon to finish the hood seam for a clean finish. This one is special because it was part of a beautiful wedding present I got from good ❤ ❤ ❤ friends, miss you L.

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I’m becoming quite a fan of Ottobre, and I can assure you that you’ll see many more of their patterns around here. I used a few on my last post too and I’m loving the perfect fit and cool designs.

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Photo shoot props were her idea, I think she’s way better than me at this!! heheheh 😀

La Folie - Celebrating Ottobre Design

We had a fantastic time and lots of fun (I’m sure I can speak for my fellow bloggers who took part) and we even managed to inspire Kristi to join us, how cool is that?!

Don’t forget to check everyone’s beautiful makings, I’m dead curious to see Magda’s post who is sharing this final day with me. 🙂

Here’s a list with all my dear friends posts:

Thursday, October 15 – DoGuincho
Friday, October 16 – Miss Castelinhos  |  Rita Pirolita
Monday, October 19 – In a Manner of Sewing  |  Conversas de Hermanas
Tuesday, October 20 – Fairies, Bubbles & Co.  |  Maças d’Amor
Wednesday, October 21 – Made by Sara  |  Saídos da Concha
Thursday, October 22 – Pico Pico  |  Pequeno Mundo a 3+1
Friday, October 23 – S is for Sewing  |  Sew Happy
Monday, October 26 – La Folie Sewing Booth  |  House of Estrela
And lets not forget the super cool giveaway that comes along with this tour.

Ottobre design(R) was outstandingly kind – a huge thank you for your generosity!

Seven lucky readers from all of the participants blogs will win one of the following:
– five one-year subscriptions for Ottobre magazine (kids+women’s issues)
– one gift card of 50 euros to Ottobre’s fabric shop on Etsy
– one gift card of 30 euros to Maças d’Amor fabric shop (where you can find nani IRO, Cotton and Steel, Dashwood Studio, Soft Cactus prints and many more), brought to you by all the Portuguese bloggers participating on this tour.

The giveaway will be open from October 15th to October 29th. Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win!
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*Open internationally. You must have +18 years old to enter. Void were prohibited by law.

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Naturally I couldn’t go away without leaving you with a silly fun gif! Thank you for stoping by!

xoxo

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