Mision camisa para Joeria

Over Christmas I did a variation to the Lydia shirt for my sister in law.. My original idea came from the following limitations:
1. time frame: xmas pressie
2. who the present was for: my sis in law who was pregnant
3. the material I wanted to use for her: a green silky fabric that i thought would look great with her skin tone, but was not elastic. See my jpg mark up of the original pattern for details

I made it ;-) On time...

I got the pattern from http://www.burdastyle.com/ , as usual... but of course.... i changed it .-) Like this
Lydia 3197 was modified to give it more room around the tummy, as she was pregnant at the time... and as the material was not stretcheable .. the neck too was changed, and so was the neck line...

Pj number 2 (For David)

This time was for a present (I can hardly consider sewing for my niece as a present... she is family if you know what i mean :-)... the little one is a boy.... his parents from very far apart lands (hence the plane...which he better get used to as he will need to use it frequently to visit all grand pas and mas)...
I used my grandma´s fabrics mixed with some of the african wax cotton i used in the past for a dress... I am glad that I dont believe in pink and blue life... this way is simple . You mix as you like! Green IS the answer.
I also made him one of the birds from that lovely mobile....

Completed. I like it. And took me much less to make. Still i am nowhere near the speed of a profitable enterprise... Oh well.

Etsy is the online marketplace for buying and selling all things handmade.

This website is very interesting... if you ever wondered what to do with everything you might have made :-) or do wonder what could you buy which is a bit different.

Penguin pattern

This is a proposal for the Christmas presents.... A penguin

Material World

I have not tried this one yet, but... 

I found a very nice blog in which someone recommends this shop in Acton and I must admit to be interested in exploring as it sounds a bit like the Ali Babah cave.

Clone yourself... a fitting assistant

And so you might have thought by now that I have lost my marbles.... well not quite.

When you are sewing for yourself, there is one thing who can drive people mad without failing... and that it, that besides you, there is nobody around to try your cloths on to adjust. The problem being that if you do, you will never be able to , say, adjust the length of a skirt successfully... You could buy one of those stands, but lets face it: they are so very expensive!!

So imagine my surprise when i came across the following website, where they tell you how to clone yourself ... DIY style... Great entry by David Coffin

The most beautiful gift

And so I was wondering what could it be that one could make as a present to the new niece/few... when this wonderful idea appeared in front of my eyes...

Although I do, as it happens, have a machine, this gorgeous toy can actually be done by hand... with all those bits of fabric one always have in the back draw...

Nani iro

An amazing Japanese website where you can download free patterns and get fantastically beautiful fabrics...

I came across this one through the Burda website... which as it has an international follower profile it is a deffinitive open source of inspiration....

My take on the "Nikkishell's baby pajamas"

This is a super cute pj I made with some fabrics which I got from my grandma, using a free pattern from one of the collaborators in the burdastyle website...

I basically took the Nikkishell's baby pyjamas pattern and cut all the pieces in a bright fabric, to then realise it was a bit too bright and maybe be good to "turn it down in the from, and adorn it with a pocket....

My sister in law loved it, and i hope so will my niece...
The size is meant to be 2 year old, but the trousers are too small... so I would say more like 12 to 18 months...
I also added a "neck piece" as an interface to the inside of the pyjama... as it was my own idea (this is... i had no instructions to make sense of the sequencing) i made a mistake fixing it to the pack piece first ... i took pictures of my mistake in case anyone finds it useful...

Took these photos to show the sequence of fabrics around the neck line.... Rather anoying to get it wrong, so I reccommend to pin it and flip it to the "right" side before stitching.

DIY pregnancy skirt

My sister in law was pregnant, second time, and after discussing with her what she wanted, she explained that her dream would be a skirt she could grow into, as this time around, she was growing faster that before.

So… I drew one of the 6 parts of an existing skirt and cut 9 pieces like it… 3 front, 3 back, and 3 front again…

I then added some little bows in the outer hip side and the inner hip side, to allow for some “expanding".

As the original size was the right one to suit the time when I measured, there it was plenty of skirt to grow into.
Best was that she liked it!

Since I made this skirt, I have found a free pattern at make-baby-stuff, in case anyone needed.

Digital Textiles

Today, whilst searching for a piece of fabric to print on for a exhibition stand which I am working on, I came across this company.

Although Spanish based, they have world wide sales people you can discuss their products with... to me it was like a candy shop!

A company who can print in almost any material, any pattern you might imagine to have in any of your fashion statements... without a minimun required! This is... you want 1 m? you can have it!!!

Amy Butler

This website is full of beautiful fabrics and free patterns to inspire even the most demanding people....

Come on, do have an alternative Christmas... spend time doing your presents to those you love... dedicate them some special creation ;-)

Todler dress

I love my niece... She is so refreshing... when i grow up i want to be like her! Meanwhile, I thought I made her a dress using a wonderful vintage pattern i bought on Ebay ... with a twist.

Her mom, my sis in law, is from Uganda and so I am keen that she embraces all the layers of her culture...yes, I am making her aware subconsciously if you want to see it that way.
The pattern is super easy and i think, that even if i am saying it myself, the result speaks for it self!
You will need 1 m of washed (to allow any shrinking to take place)  wax dyed African cotton fabric from one of the shops at Middlesex street (by Petticoat lane market), London. I particularly enjoyed making the most of the fabric´s graphics, so that they read as part of the dress.


There is a great pattern to make a summer pyjama in BurdaStyle, it is called Jane 7997 and you can find it here.
I chose it as the first piece of wearable clothing to make, as it was rather low risk. If it turned out wrong, nobody (apart from Mr T ) would see it, so it was worth the trial.

It is a nice project for a beginner, and you do not have to buy an expensive fabric either, so it really is great. Come on, have a go!


Say you want to make an "Almost Pollini dress" ... well, this is your website ;-) As if one would ever think about doing such a thing, eh? Maybe not, but since you have seing the pic on this post... you might want to now .-)
There are loads of patterns for you to work your sewing magic ;-)

IKEA panel curtains

So this is the IKEA curtains we have bought for the kitchen... and the living, and the bedrooms....

IKEA has two models : KVARTAL (the posher one) and DIVISION (this one)

We chose the KVARTAL for the main bedroom because there was no other available system at the time, but we then found this one... which we found very easy and practical ...

Only one down point is that the panels are fixed to the frame by velcro, and the one which is part of the system is sticky on (not suitable to sew) and does not hold the fabric... Luckyly, Wooolworth and Sainsburys sell iron on or sewable velcro...

Make up bag

This is a useful bag I made with a bit of left over material I had....

You will need 2 pieces of A3 (59.4 cm x 42cm) size of fabric, for the bag itself, and 1 piece of A5 (29.7cm x 21cm) of the same material for the inner pocket. Any ribbon you might have around the house will also be useful.

Firstly you sew the pocket to one of the a3 pieces folding 2 cm inwards around.

Then you fold each of the a3 pieces in half and sew the sides right to the edge. Turn them inside out and fold the top of the bag 3 cm in. Place one bag inside the other one, pin them and sew them cose to the edge, but leaving both ends opened. Then same 2 cm lower.

Finally slip the ribbons into the opening and tie them.