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1st Japanese Sewing Week - Day Five!

Welcome to day five of the 1st Japanese Sewing Week! 
I bet by now you have already add lots of patterns to your to-sew list and lots of Japanese books to your wishlist, right? I know I have! 

If you missed the previous round up posts here they are: day One, day Twoday Three and day Four. And the introduction post where you can find the link up! 

Today we have more gorgeous women clothes and some lovely girls outfits!

This is all so beautiful! These ladies are amazing! 

Don't forget to enter the giveaway from this tour's amazing sponsors - Tuttle Publishing and Urban Sew

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

And if you want to join the fun show us your Japanese makings by linking them up here! There is going to be one lucky winner for a prize from our wonderful sponsors, Miss Matatabi fabric shop and Just Add Fabric blog!

Happy Japanese sewing! :) 

1st Japanese Sewing Week - Day Four!

You are halfway on this fantastic Japanese Sewing Week! Are you enjoying so far? I hope so! I am amazed by so many wonderful creations from all these talented sewing bloggers and very grateful that they joined this fun tour!

If you missed the previous round up posts here they are: day One, day Two and day Three. And the introduction post where you can find the link up! 

Today we have not four but five fantastic outfits! And most of them are women clothes - woo-hoo! :) 
Click on the links to see everything.

1st Japanese Sewing Week - Day Three!

Welcome to day three of the 1st Japanese Sewing Week

Here's day One and day Two, just in case you missed them. And also the introduction post for this series where you will find the link up with many more Japanese creations that our lovely readers are linking to!

Today we have four more amazing outfits! One women's tunic that goes along with a placket tutorial and three adorable girls tops/dresses. Can you notice the common thing? I love flowers...
Click on the links to check all the details.

Wow!! I have no words... Everything is just absolutely gorgeous!

Don't forget to enter the giveaway from this tour's amazing sponsors - Tuttle Publishing and Urban Sew

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

And if you want to join the fun show us your Japanese makings by linking them up here! There is going to be one lucky winner for a prize from our wonderful sponsors, Miss Matatabi fabric shop and Just Add Fabric blog!

Happy Japanese sewing! :) 

1st Japanese Sewing Week - Day Two!

It's day two of the Japanese Sewing Week

If you missed day one, go here! Everything is just so amazing... These ladies rock!

And now, here's what we have for today. Aren't these sneak peeks wonderful? Follow the links to each blog to see everything!

Wear to Where? - a sewing challenge

Hi everyone! Today it is all about style (or the lack of it in my case... but more on that later...) and what to wear to where. And now say that again. :) 

A bunch of sewing and fashion bloggers were challenged by the amazing ladies Katy (Wild and Wanderful blog) and Angelica (Gardening in High Heels) to dress according to the occasion. We were given a theme and we had to dress accordingly. Of course that for the group of sewing bloggers that could only mean one thing: sew an outfit. 
An opportunity to make clothes for myself is a no brainer. So, I was more than happy to join the "Wear to Where?" blog tour.

My theme was "Date night out". I must admit that I usually dress up a bit more than I seem to on my outfit choice for this tour but I was eager to make these two patterns (top and wrap) and so I just went for it. 

M is for Moto Joggers

Hi! Today I am on the M is for Moto Joggers Tour, or should I say, M is for More Dressed-up Joggers. :) I really don't wear sportswear nor joggers. I am not of a sporty type - I should, I know, look at me and all that fluffiness crying out loud for some calorie burning activities. :) So what I am doing on this tour? Well, first of all I really love trying new patterns from new-to-me designers and I also love to modify patterns just a bit to make them my style or something that I really need on my wardrobe. I always see that as a challenge and I can't say no to a good challenge.

When Elizabeth kindly sent me an invitation for this tour I realized that this pattern could also be made in woven (instead of knit) and in several styles - you have to check all the options! -, so there was hope for my non-sporty self and I accepted the challenge.

Happy 15th Anniversary Ottobre design!

Happy Birthday Ottobre Design!

Just in case you missed the announcement, 15 Portuguese sewing bloggers joined to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Ottobre Design, a pattern magazine specializing in children's and youth fashion, designed in Finland. 
And what time frame did we choose to have this tour? In October (what else?) :) , and starting on the... 15th, of course. :) 

Back in the Spring of 2014 I was perusing all the craft and sewing magazines on my news stand, which always takes me some good 30-45 minutes... and a huge amount of money... (Sewing magazine addict, anyone? Raise your hand!) 
As I was saying, I was looking through the magazines when I spotted Ottobre's magazine! I might have squealed!... I couldn't believe that Ottobre was finally selling in my country... 

A Modified Paulina Top

Hi! School has started around here three weeks ago and we are all still adjusting to the new routines. There is a 3rd grader that goes to school #1, a first grader that goes to school #2 and a kindergarter that goes to school #3... Good thing is, school #2 and #3 are close to each other and are only 5 minutes away from school #1 so isn't as bad as it sounds, although having them all at the same school would definitely simplify our lives... 

They all start at 9am, come home to lunch (it is a common thing around here, although school canteens serve great healthy food), go back to school, leave at 3.30-4pm and a few days a week there are extra curricular activities (ballet, judo, arts & crafts). Time flies during the day...

Today I am joining the Itch To Stitch Birthday Tour! I have been following Kennis work since the beginning and have tested one or two of her patterns. Her patterns are really good and professional. If you don't know them, well you should! :)

A Summer/Fall transition mini capsule wardrobe for a first grader

I made a mini collection for the first time! It is a capsule wardrobe for my first grader. I can't believe this little monkey of mine started Primary School this week! Eeeek! She is so, so excited! Every day when she comes home she asks "Today I haven't learned to read yet. When will Miss L. teach us how to read?". She will be an avid reader, I can tell you.

I have made seven different pieces that can mix-and-match between themselves to create several different outfits.

Six of those were made (printed, cut and sewn) two days ago in less than 24 hours... Yeah, you read that right. I am that sewing addict (aka crazy). 

Life really got in the way these two last weeks. Between last week of Summer holidays with activities, shopping for school and parents-teacher meetings in all three schools, and the beginning of school on Monday with a new routine (that we are still adapting to...)
So, on Tuesday I finally took hands on this and between pick-ups, cooking meals, cleaning the kitchen between meals, feeding the kids, bathing the kids and doing homework with them, I managed to sew six things. Everything is understitched, topstitched, edgestitched, all seams are finished and all stripes are matching. In all honesty I don't know how I was able to do it all! Well, maybe the fact that I only slept for 4 and half hours that night helped a bit... I am lucky to live well with 6 hours of sleep, so it wasn't that bad. Gladly I am only this crazy once or twice a year. :)

The Ravenna

Hi! Today I am joining the celebration of the 1st anniversary of Straight Stitch Designs at the "Remix The Stitch" tour. I am proud to be part of this journey since I have been testing and touring Kimberly's wonderful patterns since the very beginning. 

You may have seen the children's free Mae tunic pattern I made here. Then the Ballard (knit), the Bellevue (knit and woven) and recently the Greenwood tank (knit). Love them all and they are in heavy rotation on my wardrobe.

Today I am showing off one of my new favorite tops. It's the Ravenna, and you can find it here. I changed the pattern a bit to make it suitable for the Fall weather that arrived last week and I made it out of an amazing navy blue silk crepe with a swallow print. Not an easy fabric to sew but it drapes beautifully... I wish I had a V-blog so you could see it. :) 

The Paneled Sunsuit - Not Just a Sunsuit Tour

Hi! First of all, please excuse all the pink overload on this post. I really hope you don't get... hummm... nauseous... and that you can make it to the end. :) 

This has been a super busy week. Last week we were away on vacation and this week started with the 4th birthday of this little (not-so-little) girl and then lots of sewing and blogging. I guess September really is the month of new beginnings and going back on track, after a long unscheduled Summer. :) (Actually it is still Summer around here, and my kids are still on vacation, at home. Yes, really. Two more weeks to go.) 

I finally posted about this great toy I made last December (!) which helps toddlers learning the different colors. Then I guest blogged over Patchwork Posse with a tutorial on how to make the most quick & easy girls skirt and another tutorial on how to sew French seams

Today, I am sharing with you my last making - this cute Summer PJ's - for the "Not Just a Sunsuit tour". When Ajaire (Call Ajaire) invited me to sew her very first pattern I couldn't say no!  

Little Artist Palette - an add-on tutorial and a pattern review

Hi everyone! I found the most perfect sewing project to teach toddlers all the different colors! It is the Little Artist Palette, a pattern by Swoodson Says. My 3 year-old (who actually just turned 4 last Monday) was learning the colors by the time I made this (last December) and it helped immensely! She loved (and still loves) to play with it all.the.time. 

When Stephanie put out a testing call I missed it. Well, I actually answered it but it was too late, she had already picked her testers. A few days later I got the most lovely response from Stephanie offering me the Little Artist Palette pattern in exchange of a blog post! (Nonetheless all opinions are my own!) Wasn't she sweet? She got a new fan immediately! :) 

Alice in Wonderland - Sewing Series Day 8

Today is the last day of the 150th Alice's Adventures in Wonderland sewing celebration with this Alice in Wonderland series! Can I hear a global "Ohh no!.... Already?..."? :) 

All good things come to an end, they say. I like to think that is not true for some things in life, but in this case it is... But we still have two more blog posts to share with you today! And then I will be sharing a few other Alice inspired sewing ideas during the week! So, it is not really over yet. :) 

Our last guest for this series is Renee from Nearest The Pin blog. Renee is a good blogging friend from Australia - one of the countries I have been dreaming to visit since I was a child! -, and today she is sharing with us a tulle dress inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

Alice in Wonderland - Sewing Series Day 7

Are you enjoying all the Alice in Wonderland sewing so far? So much inspiration and creativity!

I am truly thankful for all these amazing bloggers who decided to join this crazy idea of celebrating the 150th of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with a sewing bloggers event

How amazing is that dress? That perfect shade of blue and those stripes?...

Alice in Wonderland - Sewing Series Day 6

Hi lovely readers! If you think you have seen all possible takes and inspirations regarding Alice in Wonderland's books think again. Today is day 6 (and still two more days to go - yes we are having an extra day!) and you can marvel yourself with three more amazing creations! I am loving all the subtle takes on this theme as much as all the obvious ones! So much creativity! 

Maartje from Huisje Boompje Boefjes blog made a fun outfit perfect for the every day inspired by the White Rabbit, with some of my favorite PDF patterns! 

Refashion Month at House of Estrela

Hi! Today I am over House of Estrela as a guest blogger for her Refashion Month series - 2015 edition!

I am sharing a simple alteration I made on this blouse I had only used once. It was too tight on the armscyes so I took the sleeves off and applied bias facing to make it a sleeveless top (after some adjustments on the armscye curve).

Alice in Wonderland - Sewing Series Day 5

Today is day 5 of Alice in Wonderland sewing series! Are you being inspired? So many amazing creations so many ideas, so little time...

First today we have Tara from Girl Like The Sea with two lovely practical creations. A Cheshire stripes-on-stripes cat and a flowers & mushrooms inspired Alice outfit. :) 

Alice in Wonderland - Sewing Series Day 4

Hi everyone! It's day 4 of Alice in Wonderland Sewing Series and I hope you are enjoying it so far! So many absolutely amazing creations, right? And we are still mid way! :) By the way, a huge thank you to everyone who accepted my invitation to join this fun series and to everyone who has been following and commenting. Thank you!

Alice in Wonderland - Sewing Series Day 3

It's day 3 of Alice in Wonderland Sewing Series (read more about it here) and we have two more amazing bloggers!

I hope you are enjoying this fun sewing event that celebrates the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland children book. And don't forget to take your chances on the giveaway (below): two winners will get 7 PDF patterns each!

"Drink me!", she read on the bottle. And as she drank, Alice got smaller and smaller...

Alice in Wonderland - Sewing Series Day 2

Hi! We are back with Alice in Wonderland sewing series for day 2 and three more amazing creations!