Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fabric Shops: Lisbon

Hey friends,

Nothing like shopping fabrics while on holiday. The hotspots I visited during my last trip.

Around the town centre: Rossio

Feira dos tecidos Rua Aurea, 292, 1100

This store is large and quite busy but the staff is very friendly. I bought 7 metres of different chiffons around 8 Euros a metre. Interesting prints and good variety of fabrics. Loved the jerseys and swimwear fabrics.  Good place to visit.

On the same street 3 or 4 shops down there is a smaller fabric shop I forgot to take their card and just a few metres ahead there is a newsagency with sewing and knitting magazines.

If you looking for furnishing fabrics try Vidal tecidos Rua Saraiva de Carvalho, n.º 356 B e D. They sell online. 


Retrosaria Rua do Loreto, 61 - 2º Dto. Good for dressmakers and knitters. The shop has such a cute environment. Worth a little visit.

Source: Retrosaria

Menswear and Bridal, Casa Frazao.  Rua Augusta 259/265

Traveling tip: I hate getting taxis in Lisbon, taxi drivers always trying to overcharge you, grab your change as tip and normally they are not very friendly ( and hey!!!! I speak the language) 

From the airport to the centre, take the AERO BUS.  
It is comfortable and cheap. for £3,50 return. Links the airport to downtown Lisbon and Cais do Sodre. Most hotels are in route to this bus and I runs every 20 minutes from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Online Shopping:

Those were recommended but I haven't tried yet:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ultimate Summer Trousers

Hello friends, 

Have you seen my latest Blogging network make? A colourful pair of capri trousers. I love dresses and skirts as they suit my long legs but I find myself always reaching my favourite pair of skinnies. 

A pattern Re run?  Yes!!! Sew Over it, Ultimate trousers. My second pair, of a few more planned as I'm got a feeling it will be perfect pattern for "one pattern one week". This time, I haven't lengthen it.

I should be making a denim version as I already have two flower power print. 

Trousers have a terrible reputation of being hard to fit. I disagree. I feel bodices offer a lot more fitting variations: bust, shoulder, neck, arm cycle, shoulders etc…Trousers troubles are crotch high and general size ( too tight/ too loose).  Fear of the unknown... 

To get it right, make sure you measure yourself properly and check against the pattern pieces. Make a muslin, use the darts to adjust the fit between waist and hip ratio....

I understitched the facing in place. I would love to try to make the facings into waistband.

 Supper happy with this cotton satin, with 3 % stretch fabric from Minerva Craft.

I find this perfect for making summer trousers. If your fabric has too much stretch you may get soggy bottom (opps couldn't resist the punt) 

And as you can see, I can move freely…. 

So comfortable. The internet has amazing resources on making trousers, Sunny  has compile a very helpful list. Go on, join me on trouser making revolution. 

Housekeeping: The winner of Capital Chic Pattern was Danka from the peppermint store.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pixelated wiksten dress

Pattern deeds: Wiksten Tank dress. A simple shape tank top, curved hem and tiny pocket. All sewn in french seams, finished with self made bias binding. Perfect for summer.

It's been a while since I shared a muslin shoot. I don't make many muslins these days (I prefer flat pattern alteration) since I was about to teach some lovely ladies how to sew this top, I wanted to test it. When a pattern is too simple, like no darts, it often offer fitting problems, specially on me. 

Ready for very unflattering shoots! Why 'muslin' always look like hospital gowns?

Clearly too big. Low armholes drives me crazy! Wrong size. I recut the pattern size S on the front and xs on the back, lowered the neckline, adjusted for slopped shoulders and kept the size M length. 

Tah Dah!

Before you think I was at risk of flashing, I'm wearing a nice pair of white shorts underneath. If it cover my summer shorts surely the length is appropriated for a summer dress cover up. 

When I make 'shorter' outfits, it is really clear to see my body proportions... My legs are a lot longer than my torso! 

Fit is fantastic! I love how relaxed this feel but still sits nicely on the shoulders.

Instead of a narrow hem, I did a rolled hem on the overlocker with a contrasting thread. I had only a metre of this fabric from Classic textile. The pocket is tiny pokadots quilting cotton from Brazil. 

This was perfect outfit to be worn  during July heatwave when I taught at FQR. Yes, I'm so late on my makes. Instagram followers have seen a peak on my feed and from my students. 

It's that too OTT matching my nails to fabric?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ask me...

Got a burning question about my handmade wardrobe, a sewing technique, posing ideas, creative process, inspiration, what I eat for breakfast, what is my biggest fear, last book I read.. go ahead! 

I often get emails and messages asking a few things about me and I wanted to open the conversation here... you know... get to know each other better. Would be fun, right? I will be answering on a Vlog.

Surprise me! Most creative question gets a little surprise from my stash! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Handmade summer lace shawl

Hello friends,

This beautiful summer shawl and gloves was knitted by my talented MIL as a birthday gift. You probably remember last christmas we shared the cost of the wool for a sweater which I helped to pick the pattern. Those were a total surprise. Aren't these stunning?

She took so much care and you see that!
Both patterns were from 'Let's Knit' magazine. The scarf pattern: 'Sweet Jasmine' is designed by Helen Ardley.
The scarf was knitted on 3mm needles and mittens on 4.5mm and 3.25mm needles.
The Touché Mittens pattern is from 'Sublime Extra Fine Merino Lace Accessories Book'.
She used 3 x 25g balls of Sublime Extra Fine Merino Lace yarn to do the scarf and mittens.
I asked my MIL to share her experience and inspiration.

"I hadn't tried knitting with lace yarn before so thought I would give it a go. It was a bit tricky but after 3 false starts and having to start again from the beginning - I cracked it at the 4th attempt using a 'lifeline' after each CORRECT pattern repeat! I was determined not to give up because they are so pretty and feminine and I was hoping you'd love them! I shall have a go at some more lace projects in the future."-Mil

Awwwww, I do love it!How about you?