Fashion Revolution 2017

Yep, another year has gone by and here am I spreading the word on the Fashion Revolution Movement. Created in sequence of the devastating tragedy of Rana Plaza’s collapse in 2013, Fashion Revolution movement and others similar are finally starting to get traction and I believe slowly but effectively changing collective consciousness regarding the Fashion Industry terrible practices.

This year I decided to share with you my own choices during 2016, the clothes I made and the clothes I bought for myself. A bit of a reality check.

I was definitely surprised when I looked back at all the things I sewn for myself last year, a total of 15 pieces: 1 Jacket, 2 Blazers, 3 T-shirts, 3 Dresses; 3 Tops, 1 Sweatshirt,  1 Sweater and 1 Swimsuit. Most of these were sewn with either Organic Cotton or Fabric bought locally, which I know comes, in most cases, from factories located here Portugal. It makes me really happy that all of those, apart from 2 T-shirts (that I’m not so sure if suit me well) have been on heavy rotation and are getting plenty of use.

I’m getting close to sew all the things I need for myself, I already sew practically all my kids clothes and this year I already started sewing for my sweet husband, but I’m only human (can you believe that? hahaha), “succumbing” to consumerism from time to time and making plenty of mistakes when it comes to my action on this planet; from mostly using a car in my everyday life to not being very good at recycling or taking longer than needed showers with super hot water (I don’t know if I can ever survive without that LOL), there’s still so much I have to adjust…

So last year I still bought a few “fast fashion” pieces: 1 skirt, 1 T-shirt, 2 Jumpsuits, 1 pair of Jeans and 1 pair of Trousers. I feel guilty, yes, and I know I’m very moderate on my consumerism both from natural self-control and family budget constraints. But what troubles me the most is that I’m privileged, I get to make most of my clothes, I get to choose Organic Cotton lots of times, I even get to have time to reflect on all of this. Most people aren’t able to do that or afford buying all their clothes from sustainable brands, and that’s exactly why it’s so important to force big chains to change their business. I really hope this Revolution will have power to set higher standards for the industry and improve worker conditions, I hope brands start caring for basic human rights and I hope we can all benefit from changing our consumer paradigms in the future. Even small steps in our action will definitely make an impact so whenever you can, choose better, I sure will keep trying. ❤

This week check out Fashion Revolution website (here) and ask your favorite brands “who made my clothes” or if you’re a maker join #makersforfashrev, a fun challenge created by Emily from In the Folds, you can learn more about it here.

And don’t forget to Spread the Word. Join the Revolution!


Striped Jumpsuit


Today I finally get to show you what I made for the Coffee and Thread 2017 Tour. It has been an amazing two weeks, I’m seriously blown away by all the gorgeous outfits I’ve seen and I’m hoping you like my crazy idea too. 😀 Rock Vibes anyone? 😉

A couple of months ago my friend Olga asked me to be part on her 2017 tour and I jumped in immediately; I’ve always loved her patterns and they are great quality so it was a no brainer. I had some trouble deciding on what to make… I just wasn’t able to choose and I’m the worst procrastinator ever so, I always end up doing things on the last minute. I wanted to make an Antalya dress for M, this one is among my favorite projects to date or a Mulberry Tunic turned dress in sweatshirt fabric. But then another idea started forming and being a bit obsessive like I am I just had to try it.

The Polina Dress is the most recent pattern from Coffee and Thread and if you have kids who love beautiful girly dresses then look no further, this one is perfection. However my sweet girl isn’t very interested in dresses lately so she immediately turned down the idea of having a Polina. Good thing my youngest still loves twirly dresses with all her heart heheh 😉 Anyway, that was when I thought about mixing the Polina bodice with the Wild and Free Lounge Pants and yes, you guessed it, I made another jumpsuit.

I knew exactly what I wanted to make but as I progressed I started second guessing myself, all the way until finishing it and seeing the excitement on my girls face. I chose this striped jersey from NOSH Organics, which is just the perfect thing to have around for all sorts of projects. 😀 As soon as I finished the pants I knew I would have a hard time with it, I was getting too much of a Baseball vibe, my husband even told me to tag it with #cubsuniform hahahah. But then again I was also able to see a Bowie/Jagger vibe in them for some reason so I decided to keep going. 😉

Looking back I realized vertical stripes are particularly prone to weirdness on the front and back crotch seams, I will take that into account next time I make something like this hahaha M. and I laughed so hard when we saw her “behind”, it looks totally weird to say the least LOL, the good part is my girl has a great sense of humor and doesn’t care. 😀 The only thing I changed was adding leg cuffs, I’m kind of kicking myself for not having made a waistband in navy rib, I think it would be a great contrast between the top and the bottom.

I also think I could have made the Polina ruffles in navy, I’m not totally convinced by the way these stripes work. Skipping the lining wasn’t the smartest idea either, I was afraid of bulkiness but I think they should be lined even in knit since they would curl less and look prettier.

I made a few changes to the bodice of the Polina to make this work, changing the closure to the front and cutting the back on fold to make it easier for my girl to dress herself. I couldn’t find the perfect matching blue for the snaps but I’m liking these lighter ones. The pattern has instructions for a lined bodice and since I wasn’t doing it I removed the SA from the neckline and finished it with rib in navy. I didn’t remove the seam allowance from the armholes because I wanted them to hit a bit higher and, since I was working with knits, I knew they would still feel comfortable. I believe I could have added a bit of length to the center front just too, well I know all the tricks for next time, Its fair to say this should have been my muslin and not the final tour thing, but you know me right? hehehe

Gahh not sure why all the close up photos I took have that annoying “wave” on the fabric that makes it look like the stripes aren’t matching but I promise they are. ahahah Maybe that top snap is responsible for it… grrr The things that bother me these days… Well crooked things always bothered me to be fair, you should see me freakin out when I found crooked lines on technical drawings… not pretty hahahah (and I’m talking about deviations in the 0.0000001 order so you can say I’m a freak LOL I would spend hours correcting them because there was no way I would work on a file with that crap… ahhh good times, sometimes I miss technical drawings, but don’t get me wrong there’s nothing else I miss about working as an architect blah sewing is much much better). Anyway totally digressed here… Lets stick to the plan shall we? 😉

For the pockets I decided to cut the stripes horizontally, I cut the top pocket bag from white jersey so that the stripes weren’t visible on the outside. Its a rare thing but sometimes I think before I act hahahah 😀

Man I’m super biased but she’s super cool heheh 😉 I secretly hope she forms a band someday, but I know we shouldn’t impose our own failed dreams on our kids… I’ll behave, promise. hahah I made a size 7 for both the Wild and Free pants and the Polina, the fit is great with a bit of room to grow length wise, she’s only 119cm and size 7 is for 122cm.

Bottom line I’m very happy with this mashup and most importantly so is the girl. Olga’s patterns are such great quality and she has gorgeous designs that always inspire me, I’m grateful for being able to be part of this tour along with all the amazingly talented makers. Don’t forget that there’s a giveaway with a fantastic prize going on, just follow this link: a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’m pretty sure you’ve been following this super cool tour but just in case, here’s a list with all the participants, be sure to check things out, so inspiring. ❤

April 4 Handmade Frenzy || Replicate Then Deviate || Fairies, Bubbles & Co || Coral + Co April 5 Made By Sara || Naeh-Connection || The Bag of Unexpected || Circle Meets Line April 6 Skirt Fixation || Sewing Like Mad || Hello Holli || Buzzmills || April 7 Little Cumquat || Thread Bear Garments || Pearl Berry Lane || Plus 2 is 5 || Sew Chibi April 10 Stahlarbeit || Knee Socks and Goldilocks || Bonnie and Lottie || Sew Sophielynn April 11 Mouse House Creations || While She is Sleeping || Mix it Make it || By Dagbjort April 12 Gaafmachine || Beletoile || LBG Studio || My Cozy Co  || As It Seams April 13 Moineau & Petit Pois || Just Add Fabric || Sweeter Than Cupcakes || Frances Suzanne || Sew Liberated April 14 Stitched Together || S is for Sewing || Boevenbende || Lafolie Sewing Booth || Sew Pony ||With Love By Eva 
You can check out Coffee and Thread patterns here and NOSH striped jersey here.
Thanks for stopping by. Hugs! ❤

Hearts Dress

A couple of months ago I had the impulse to learn how to make seamless patterns that I could use to digitally print on fabric. I love the idea of being able to decide exactly how I want my fabric to be.  I ended up with a mini “collection” with 4 designs, and although they are super simple and not really original I’m really happy with how they turned out. One of the prints is this one with little black hearts over blue, that I chose to order in lightweight twill from Spoonflower. 

Pretty much since the Loveralls pattern was released that I’ve been dreaming of making a circle skirt version, and as soon as I got this fabric I knew it was just what I was looking for that project. Since I had just finished testing the Spin Dress from Madeit Patterns I figured I could mix both patterns to save time. Yep it worked out perfect, except I should have made one size bigger, I keep forgetting my youngest has a sweet baby tummy that I have to take in account. Anyway, after realizing it was tight and super hard to dress I added an invisible (sort of ahem) zipper to the side seam, and for I while I was happy it worked but, after using it for a full day after these photos my girl still complains that it is tight and doesn’t want to wear it. Sniff Sniff Sniff I feel I could die hahaha this is my first total sewing failure size wise, up until now everything ended up being used, and I’m sad (that is an understatement). But enough with that… lol

For the straps I used black elastic instead of making them from fabric, kind of like suspenders, fastened with plastic snaps in black. Lastly I hemmed the skirt part with bias tape also in black for some contrast and I love it. I figured the fabric would be hard to hem, we can say circle skirts are not my forte when it comes to hemming so I decided to play it safe. Heheheh

Despite the fitting issues, I’m really happy with the result of this, I’m still deciding what I’ll do with it, I will probably sell it. I’m even considering opening a Facebook group to sell some things that no longer fit my girls but that are still in perfect condition like this swimsuit (here) or this dress (here), and also some new items like the dress in this post, anyone interested in that? 

My mini collection of prints is available at my Spoonflower shop. I think this one would be super cute for swimsuits too, just sayin’. 😀 You can check it out here.

You can get the Loveralls Pattern here and the Spin Dress pattern here.

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs! ❤