Refashion Month @ House of Estrela

Today I’m “bringing home” a post I made for Refashion month, a cool series hosted by my sweet friend Magda from HOUSE OF ESTRELA. Hope you like it, in case you didn’t catch it last summer. 🙂

Hi Everyone! I’m so happy to be here posting chez Magda’s today, and during such a cool series, along with so many talented ladies. I absolutely love this idea, refashion makes total sense to me, though I’m more of an up-cycler than a “refashioner”, since I never buy thrifted or any kind of cheaper clothes with the intent of making alterations (mostly because it’s not natural to me, but I do love to see what other people can do in those types of projects); well I sometimes buy giant sweaters/T-shirts to make stuff but even that is pretty rare.

So I today I have two quick up-cycle projects to show you that have been on my “to up-cycle drawer” for more time than I like to admit!! 😉 Gladly Magda invited me for this or they would still be there…

The first thing I made was turning a Boden dress (I may or may not have bought it from the girls section for me a few years ago – insert the I’m shocked emoji here – and I may even have used it for a while before realizing I wasn’t 10 anymore hahaha) into a skirt. Easy peasy. I adore the fabric so much, and I knew that it wouldn’t take much to make a cute piece of clothing, yep Lazy old me as usual hehehe.

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I only have this really bad photo of the dress, forgive me I’m not used to this heheheh, but you can get an idea of how it looked, and please don’t imagine how I looked in it!!! hehehehe

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To make the skirt I simply cut bellow the pink trim and back zipper and added a rib waist in pink. I have no photos of the rib, M wasn’t in the mood for photos so I had to be quick, sorry. But it’s the same I used on this Rowan Tee. (new edit – and on the skirt of my last post here)

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I felt the need to add patch pockets (I used ones from the Japanese book 1 pattern 1 week, and Michael Miller’s black eyelet seemed the perfect choice. I finished the top seam with visible bias in black.

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These type of projects are so very gratifying, it’s really cool how quickly you can turn a forgotten piece of clothing on something wearable again. YAY

Well this was such an easy make that I decided to make a second quick project using a maternity nightgown I wasn’t using anymore (it wasn’t really a proper maternity nightgown I just bought the large size and used it during pregnancy and after).

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I used the nightgown to make… Surprise Surprise, a nightgown for Madalena. WOW My creativity amazes me every-time LOL

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To make it I just cut the bodice, and ended up with a large rectangle (sorry I have no photo, I have lots to learn when it comes to refashion posts); I drafted the armholes front and back to each side of the top piece using Mingo&Grace Charlie pattern to do it (no particular reason other than it’s a good pattern and I had it on hand in the needed size). I also drafted the neckline using Charlie has a guide, though later on decided to make the front a bit lower than the original pattern.

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After finishing the armholes, I finished the neckline just by folding and making an elastic casing, adjusted the elastic to her size and it was done. I also added a little bow to the front just for cuteness. 😀

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There you go, two super quick modifications, hope you like them. I had the best time making them, easy gratification!!! 😉

Thanks a million Magda for having me. xoxo


You can see the original post here on House of Estrela.

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. 😀 😀

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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 😀

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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  |  SaĂ­dos 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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Sewing for Kindergarten

Wait what, for kindergarten? Yes I know Madalena started first grade this year, but:
a) this is the most cool series to take part in blogland IMO
b) I didn’t get the chance to be part on the series last year when M. started kindergarten

Sooo my sweet friend Mie from Sewing Like Mad the host and creator of this great series, gave me a wild card and so I can take part this year! YAY You can’t imagine how happy I was when she invited me, this series has been such a great source of inspiration, it really is a huge thrill to take part.

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This is my first take on Madalena’s Autumn/Winter clothes. I managed to make almost everything I had planned for the series, missing here is a black/dark grey cardigan to coordinate with most of these pieces. But I can say I’m really happy with these outfits.

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First I made this green dress that I love so much, sorry for the lack of modesty but I really do and there’s no point in denying it heheheh. I knew what I wanted to make with this fabric has soon as it arrived. It’s another Andrea Lauren print from her Ink Spots collection; I got it from Spoonflower in their Modern Jersey, which is a lightweight jersey with good stretch.

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I used Titchy Threads Rowan Tee pattern as a start point and adapted it to dress (I love making dresses from the Rowan Tee, you can see one of them here; but I already made 3 more just never blogged about them).

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These are the changes I made: added length and bit of width, kind of an A-line shape on the bottom part; added something like 4 cm total to the center front of the Tee front pattern piece to create a bit of gathering and raised the neckline by 1 cm; elasticized the sleeve seams and the waist. Super easy! 😀

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Look at her so focused while fake writing! 🙂 Since school started she already told me she wants to become President of Portugal when she grows up, a dramatic change from her last choice which was DJ heheheh!

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Next, I made a skirt with this adorable bulldog print also from Andrea Lauren and also bought at Spoonflower (the fabric is voile). I used Mingo&Grace latest sewing pattern, which features this skirt and a super cute crop top. I made no changes to the skirt itself but added a lining since I was using voile for the main fabric, Madalena is super happy because it added to the fullness of the skirt. I already have another complete set of skirt and top cut waiting to be sewn, and I can tell you that Farrah did a great job as usual with this pattern. I feel like making tons.

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For the top I made a Safari Raglan also from Titchy Threads, and if you follow this blog you already know how I feel about this pattern (if you don’t just click here or here).

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Yay for almost matched stripes hahahah! 😉 The fabric is super soft, amazing quality organic jersey from Nosh, available here. I think I have to get some more because I absolutely love it!

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As you can see she loves the entire outfit so much she even hugs it! 😀

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I was super happy to see it looks great with this fur vest from last year H&M collection, perfect for when the days get a bit colder.

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I could not be part in this series without using a pattern from my friend Celina, both her posts for Sewing for Kindergarten previous editions were beyond epic and, as everything she makes,  absolutely inspiring to me! I’ve been wanting to give a go at the final version of the beautiful Tip Top pattern since it was released (I had already made a quick pre-test version that I’ll blog about soon) and so I did.

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The pattern offers many beautiful options but this time I opted for the top version with elasticized neckline. To tell the truth I wanted to make a dress but didn’t have enough fabric. I had my mind set in using this beautiful double gauze Nani Iro print (yes I finally caved and shared a bit with Madalena heheh) because I just new it would be perfect match to this pattern, and I couldn’t change my mind about using it even after realizing I didn’t have enough, soooo I made a top. I love it! I mean those sleeves… ❀ ❀ ❀ This is a really beautiful design and a great pattern, no doubt  it is a must have.

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You’d think this is a spring/summer pattern but actually I think it works beautifully layered with a long sleeve top as you see in some of these photos, so I’ll probably end up making the dress version soon too! 😀

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I think the top works perfectly with this denim skirt, no I did not make it because I’m still trying to find courage to sew denim again, last time my machine had to be serviced sooo yeah… maybe when Laura releases the lovely skirt pattern she made for her STYLO spread I’ll give it a go. For now we’re ok with the RTW one. hehehe 😉

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I’m a huge fan of out focus photos!! heheh I just had to show some twirling action. 😀 Seriously combining PERFECT patterns with perfect fabric (I bought this Nani Iro at Retrosaria, they don’t have this one anymore but they have others just as beautiful) is a no brainer and you know how I like to keep it simple. 😉 Madalena naturally didn’t want to take it off after the photos were taken… I’m seriously jealous of her top! 😀

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Finally a super quick self-drafted skirt and another Rowan Tee, this time with no modifications. For the Tee I used the very last piece (insert cry me a river emoji here) of Nosh dark yellow flame jersey, the same I used on my STYLO spread. Gosh I love this color so much,  it’s the same Tee used as bottom layer in the previous outfit, it goes well with so many things, WIN.

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And then the skirt… Just a really basic jersey skirt in this super cute zebra print from my local fabric shop, that place is my doom. hahah I wanted to make pants with this fabric but I know it’s dangerous ground with Madalena, trousers/pants can be severely neglected by her… She really needs clothes because I’m aiming to buy very few items and make most of her wardrobe sooo better safe than sorry. I’m really happy with how it turned out and I’ll probably make a few more of these skirts (I have a giraffe print of the same fabric in mustard, yeah I definitely should have bought more of both prints heheheh).


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If your still here after all my blabber and feel like wasting some more time with me 😉 here are a few questions Mie asked and my answers.

Is this your first time sending a child to Kindergarten? If not what number child is this? Yes, Madalena is my oldest daughter and the first to go kindergarten and now first grade.
 Do you feel like crying or celebrating? Celebrating definitely! I love to reminisce on the past but I never feel sad for the years to be passing. It’s a joy for me to see my girl grow and become more and more the unique person she’s destined to be.
And what about your child? She was super nervous before the school year started, but from the first day she has been super motivated and always happy!
What kind of school does your child attend? (public, charter, private, homeschool) She attends a private school, she started there when she was 3 so she’s pretty familiar with everyone and everything by now.
Question to your kindergartner: What has been the best and worst part so far? “The best is learning maths and there’s nothing bad. I love it all!” hahah Yeah that’s my girl! 😉 ❀
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 I really hope you like my makings! Thank you so much Mie for the wild card. Can’t wait to take part again when Francisca starts Kindergarten too (yes I’m totally making myself invited for the 2018 edition hehehe).
Since this is the last day of the Series I’m pretty sure you have already seen all the amazing outfits my fellow bloggers made but here’s the tour calendar just in case. 🙂
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xoxo