2015-04-17

Do you really wanna dance? Queres mesmo dançar?

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Desta vez diria não. Este foi mais um vestido que me foi pedido o ano passado, por outra mãe, e que não correu nada bem em vários aspetos. O pior deles, foi eu ter sido enganada. Mas comecemos pelo princípio. Se a outra mamã sabia o que queria, esta tinha apenas uma ideia e tivemos que andar a trabalhá-la. Se a outra mamã comprou os materiais, esta pediu-me que os metesse eu. Se o outro vestido foi trabalhoso mas prazeroso de fazer, este só me deu dores de cabeça. Era a cola que ficava na agulha, eram as agulhas a partir (foram umas 3 ou 4), e foi o pouco tempo que tive para o fazer. Para cúmulo, o vestido ficou larguíssimo à miúda e tive que praticamente refazer a maior parte do mesmo. Para terminar, depois de entregar este vestido e ainda mais o tutu e a t-shirt da Barbie que já vos tinha mostrado aqui, fiquei à espera que a dita mamã me pagasse o trabalho e o material, e até hoje nada de nada. 

This time I would say no. This was another dress ordered last year, by another mom, which didn't go so well in a whole lot of different ways. The worst of them all, was that I was deluded. Let's start from the beginning though. If the first mom knew exactly what she wanted, this one had a slight idea that we had to work out. If the other mom bought the materials, this one asked me to. If the other dress was a lot of work but an easy going to make, this one has only given me headaches. The glue would stick to my needle, like 3 or 4 needles broke, and the little time I was given to make it. If it wasn't enough, the dress was huge on the little girl and I  had to redo most of it. To finish, after delivering this dress, plus the Barbie t-shirt and the tutu I showed you here, I was never paid for my work or the supplies I bought for it. 


Não usei nenhum molde comprado, desenhei-o eu. Não tenho fotos melhores porque mesmo estas foram tiradas 2 minutos antes de o virem buscar. É mais curto à frente do que atrás, onde foi adicionado um folhe extra. As costas são completamente abertas e têm apenas uma tira para segurar e assentar melhor. Apenas a parte da frente de cima é forrada. 

I didn't use a bought pattern, I drafted it on my own. I do not have better photos, even those were shot like 2 minutes before they picked the dress up. It is shorter on the front, the back has an extra ruffle to make it longer. The back only have a strap for support. And, only the front bodice is lined. 

2015-04-14

Do you wanna dance? / Danças?

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Mais um projeto realizado o ano passado e que nunca chegou ao blog. Foi uma encomenda. Geralmente, estes, caem sempre no esquecimento na hora de fotografar, por isso são muito poucas as coisas que tenho para mostrar, no que toca a trabalho para outros. No entanto, alguns ainda são possíveis de partilhar e este é um deles. As fotografias, foram ainda tiradas com a minha antiga máquina, por isso deixam um pouco a desejar. 

Another project from last year that never made it to the blog before. It was an order. I usually fail photographing these, and that's why I never have too many things to show when it comes to things I made for others. Some though, are still possible to share and this project is one of them. Pictures were still taken with my old camera, that's why they aren't that good. 


Pediram-me para fazer um vestido de dança para menina. A mãe sabia bem o que queriam o que facilitou bastante. Ela mesma comprou todos os materiais, e ainda me ofereceu umas coisinhas como bónus. E apresentou-me um desafio: forrar um fato de banho. Felizmente comprou um número acima, pois com a aplicação das lantejoulas nas alças, o fato de banho ficou mesmo justinho à miúda. Basicamente foi isso que tive que fazer, forrar o fato de banho, o que implicou ter de desfazer algumas costuras existentes e voltar a refazer. E também a aplicação das franjas no corpo e tipo saia. As brancas eram mais compridas que as rosa, no corpo ainda as aparei, mas na saia a mãe gostou delas assim mesmo. 

I was asked to make a dancing dress for a little girl. Her mom knew well what she wanted which made it so much easier. She bought her own supplies and even some bonus supplies for myself. And then she presented me a challenge: cover up a swimsuit. Luckily she bought a size bigger because when adding the sequins to the straps it made it quite tight on the little girl. Basicaly, all I had to do, was covering the swimsuit, which added unpicking existant seams and redo them again. And also, applying fringes to the main body and as a sort of skirt. The white ones were longer than the pink. I did cut them in the main body but according to the mother, I left it as they were in the skirt.

2015-04-07

Sarah the Starfish Pattern (testing)

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Alguém se lembra do jogo de bowling, cujo molde, de Mignon Prider testei o ano passado? Gostei desse teste, e da ideia de fazer algo diferente do habitual. Por isso, quando a Mignon me contactou com um novo molde por testar, fiquei feliz pela oportunidade. Desta vez, testei um peluche, em forma de uma estrela do mar (com guiso, ou não dentro), a Sarah Starfish. tão fofa, não é? E, testar para esta designer é tão fácil. O molde é super simples, e as instruções já estavam perfeitas, só um erro ou dois ortográficos (no teste, já foi corrigido, claro!).

Can you remember the fabric bowling game pattern by Mignon Prider, I've tested last year? That was a fun test, I loved to do something different from what I usually do. So, when I heard from Mignon again, with a new pattern to test, I was happy and of course, jumped in. This time, I've tested the Sarah Starfish pattern. How cute? And, testing for this designer is so easy.  Sarah the starfish, is an easy to make softie, with (or without if you want to) rattle inside, the pattern is quite simple, and the instructions were nearly perfect, not much to note. 


O tecido sugerido para este projeto é pelucia ou polar, mas porque sou atrevida, cortei uma saia de lã que tinha por aqui, mesmo antes de confirmar se tinha estes tecidos no meu stock pessoal. À partida são tecidos que não costumo ter. Na verdade, gostei muito do resultado. Ainda bem que a saia era bem comprida, porque acho que vou ter que fazer pelo menos mais um par de Sarahs, já que ambos os meus filhos a adoraram. Mas a Sarah não ficou cá por casa por muito tempo, já que no dia seguinte a ter sido costurada, participei no encontro linhas & agulhas em Faro, para o qual nos foi pedido que contribuíssemos com algo feito por nós, para doar ao Refugio Abuim Ascenção, e eu levei a estrelinha. Mas antes de ser doada, levámos ela a passear até à praia, para que nos deixasse com boas memórias... hehehehe... 

The suggested fabric for this project is minky or fleece, but just because I dare, I've cut into a wool skirt I had, before even looking through my stash. I already knew those were fabrics I don't usually have a lot (or any) of. I actually really like how it turned out. I am glad the skirt was long because I just might have to make a pair of Sarahs. Both my kids loved it so much, but this one wasn't going to stay around for too long. Last weekend I attended a meeting of knitters, sewers, etc. We were asked to bring something to donate to a local charity organization, and I loved the idea. Sarah the starfish was donated the day after she was made, but before she left us, we visited the beach, so she could leave us with a good memory of her... hehehehe... 

Podem adquirir o molde na loja: 
you can get your pattern over Nittens & Patches Shop

2015-04-05

Easter Bunny

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A Páscoa já está aqui! Se precisarem de um projeto de última hora, aqui está um também. Este ano, no infantário da G. foi-nos pedido que fizessemos um coelhinho da Páscoa. O ano passado fizemos um ovo, e eu não fiquei muito feliz com a nossa criação de última hora. Este ano correu melhor, eu já tinha uma ideia do que queria e o sr. google ajudou-me a concretizá-la. Comprei os materiais* que me faltavam e estava pronta a seguir.

Easter is here! if you need a quick, last minute craft, here it is too. This year, G.'s daycare teachers asked us to make a bunny for homework. Last year we had to make an Easter egg and I wasn't really happy with our last minute creation. This year went better, I already had an idea of what I wanted and mr. google just helped me achieving it. I bought the supplies* I didn't have at home, and was ready to go. 


Não tirei fotos do processo. Na altura nem me lembrei, nem tinha tempo, já que o coelhinho tinha que ser entregue na manhã seguinte (e foi feito à noite). Por isso, experimentei fazer algo novo aqui no blog. Um passo a passo com ilustrações feitas por mim... Já me dirão de vossa justiça e se ficou capaz ou não.

I didn't take photos through the process. At the time I didn't even remember to, nor did I have the time since it should be delivered the next morning, (and I crafted it in the evening). Because of that, I am trying something new here in the blog. A tutorial with illustrations drawn by me... You will tell me if they are ok and if they're good or not. 

Usei:
*1&2. 2 bolas de esferovite de tamanhos diferentes
3: uma base de esferovite
4. lã
5. palitos
6. olhos de plástico
7. pedaço de feltro branco
8. pedaço de feltro rosa
9. fita
10. collants velhos

11. caixa de cartão
12. arame muito fino

I used: 
*1&2. 2 sizes styrofoam balls
3: styrofoam base
4. woolen thread
5. toothpicks
6. plastic eyes
7. white piece of felt
8. pink piece of felt
9. ribbon
10. old tights

11.. cardbox  12. very thin wire


Antes de começar cortar as formas em feltro. Usar o branco para cortar os dentes, e para cortar rectângulo arredondado para a barriga.
1. cortar um pé da meia 2.coser a base 3. enfiar a bola maior, apertar com uma linha para fechar, enfiar a bola mais pequena, voltar a apertar com uma linha para fechar 4. cortar duas orelhas na perna que sobra da meia 5. passar arame à volta de cada orelha para moldar 6. colar os olhos em 1º lugar 7. depois os dentes 8. e o nariz sobrepondo os dentes (colar a barriga do coelho também - sem imagem) 9.cortar um circulo no cartão (mais pequeno que a bola menor), no interior desenhar outro circulo mais pequeno e cortar formando um buraco - cortar outro igual 10. enrolar a lã toda a à volta do cartão 11. abrir ligeiramente para ver o cartão 12. enfiar a ponta da tesoura para separar os dois cartões e cortar tudo à volta 13. passar uma linha/lã 14. dar a volta com a linha e atar firmemente 15. retirar o cartão e o pompom está feito 16. colar o pompom na parte de trás da bola grande 17. enfiar quatro palitos na base e na parte de baixo do coelho para que se mantenha de pé, e pronto, já está!

Before you start, cut you felt shapes. Use the white for the teeth and cut also a circular rectangle shape for the belly. 
1. cut a tight foot 2. sew the base 3. pass the bigger ball through, tight a thread around it to close it, pass the smaller ball through and close again 4. cut the ears shapes from the rest of the tight leg 5. use a thin wire all around the ears to give it shape 6. glue the eyes first 7. then the teeth 8. and finally the nose (glue the belly too - no images) 9. cut a small circle in the cardbox (smaller then the head ball), and cut another circle hole in the middle - make it two. 10. wrap the wool thread around the cardbox 11. open a little through the thread in order to be able to see your cardbox underneath 12. get your scissors tip into both cardbox circles and cut the thread all around 13. pass a thread through the one you've cutted 14. get it all around and tight strongly 15. take the cardbox out and your pompom is ready 16. glue the pompom into the back of the bigger ball 17. stick the 4 tooth through the base and the rabbit bottom so it can stand, and you're done!

P.S. - mete um laço no teu coelho!
P.S. - add a ribbon to your rabbit!

2015-04-01

|March Wrap Up|

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Andei a pensar muito, e decidi escrever este blog em português também. Quando comecei aqui, não conhecia muita gente do nosso país com os mesmos interesses, por isso o inglês apenas pareceu-me bem. No entanto, o número de visitas vindas de Portugal tem vindo a aumentar, por isso, para vós, escrevo também na minha língua. 
E, WOW! Acreditam que Março já passou? Pfff não me acostumo a este passar de tempo veloz. As coisas andaram calmas pelo blogue, houve cerca de uma publicação por semana, but não significa que não tenha andado a costurar... não não não, tem sido apenas o não publicar. De qualquer forma, fica aqui uma resumo do que foi este mês, nas publicações e nas nossas fotos também. 

I thought it through, and there's something new around here. I am starting writing in my own language too. When I first started the blog, I didn't know as many people from Portugal that shared my interests, and writing in english seemed enough for me. Lately though, i get more and more traffic from my own country, which makes me happy, so I am writing for them too. In portuguese. nothing changes for my other readers except that you'll have to scroll down to read it. 
Now WOW! Can you believe March is already over? Pfff I get that feeling over and over and I just can't get used to time passing by this quickly.Things slowed down a bit in the blog, I posted like once a week (almost), but it doesn't mean I haven't been sewing... no no no, I just haven't been blogging as much. But, here's a little round up of the things that I did share last month, and some photos of our own too. 


Devido à minha participação em alguns testes a moldes neste último mês, a G. ganhou imensas roupas novas, nas fotos mostro quatro vestidos e um novo fato de banho. Fomos algumas vezes à praia e o S. adorou brincar com a areia, não lhe fez qualquer confusão. Fiz também algumas compras de tecidos e outros materiais de costura, alguns foram uma pechincha. O V. fez alguns arranjos por casa. Tentei dar comida aos pedacinhos ao S. mas ele ainda é muito preguiçoso. A G. pediu-me uma torrada e preparei-lhe o prato com morangos e ela simplesmente delirou. 

Since I was in a few pattern tests this past month, G. got a lot of new clothes, four dresses in the pictures above and a new swimsuit. We've visited the beach a few times, and S. loves to play with sand, he didn't find it weird or anything. I also did a few shopping for fabric and other supplies, and some were really good deals. V. did some repairs and improvements in our home. I tried to give finger foods to S. but he's too lazy. G. asked for a toast, I added strawberries to it and she felt like she had discovered gold. 

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Comecei por mostrar projetos que tinham sido feito anteriormente, a Mara Blouse que fiz em Fevereiro, e o saco de dormir, feito para doar numa iniciativa de várias bloggers. Partilhei as fotos dos dois Geraniums que fiz para duas princesas (uma delas nasceu ontem!!!) e que tinha começado durante a KCW também em Fevereiro. Houve também um sling para uma menina e as suas bonecas, uma participação numa pattern tour da Bella Sunshine Designs e para finalizar, trouxe para casa um post que fiz para o blog Sew McCool. 

I started by showing you projects that had been sewn before, the Mara Blouse I made in February, and the sleeping bag I made for charity, together with other bloggers. I shared photos of both Geraniums I started in february too, which I had started during KCW. There was also a baby doll sling, I was part of the Bella Sunshine Designs pattern tour as well. Last on the line, I brought back a guest post I wrote for Sew McCool blog. 

  

    

2015-03-30

DIY BABY TOYS |Tutorial|

I've been MIA lately. It's not that I haven't been sewing, in fact I have done a lot, I just haven't been blogging. I am trying to get back to it slowly though, and just to kick off I am bringing home a guest post from last year. Enjoy!


Hello Sew McCool readers. My name is Magda E. and I blog over House of Estrela. Today I am here to show you how to make a baby toy on your own. I have to tell you though, that I made a commitment with myself, I will not buy any fabrics or other supplies because I have too many already... well, actually, after a couple of years sewing from what I have, my stash is quite smaller now. so, everytime I make something, I use from what I already have. For this one, I have used a scrap from a baby shirt and a small stuffed dog (we got years ago from a very well known fast food chain). 


If you have any fury fabric, that would look good. I had this one and a plain white one as choices, but I went for this one, because I think the contrast would be more interesting for my baby. It is a very quick sew, you don't even need a sewing machine. I handstitched mine too. And here's how I made it:


You can use any animals you'd like. The rectangle for the tube is folded in the photo. 


I didn't, but you can also include a rattle within the filling to make it even more sensorial for the baby. 


And we're so close to finish! This is a great quick and easy last minute gift because you can make in a few minutes. Or you can make a few of these, with different animals and tell a story to your little one with them. If your baby can hold objects already, this is a perfect one. 


I hope you've enjoyed it! If you'd like to see lots of refashioned/recycled projects visit my blog
Magda E. 

2015-03-19

Holiday Cutout Dress & Top |Pattern Tour|


Today I am happy to be part of the Holiday Cutout Dress and Top Pattern Tour. The very first tour for the designer Melissa Prendergast from Bella Sunshine Designs, and in my daughter's opinion this was one of the most fun things I made her recently. So I guess it was very much approved. 


I think the idea behind this pattern's design was really good. A simple and easy to make top or dress, that can become quite unique and so appropriate for the different holidays that we have through the year thanks to the feature of 6 different cut outs to make your holiday outfits shine bright. Each one of them comes in different sizes and there are instruction to use them as appliqués instead of cut outs. Check the other ladies in the tour (below) to get some good inspiration. 


It was really easy for me to chose the cut out I wanted to use. You see, my last name, Estrela, means star, mixing it with the hubby's, my kids got "brave star" as surnames. I couldn't find a better partner to name my kids I guess, because they truly are my brave stars, especially G., my little girl, after all we struggled while trying to concieve. More than a brave star, she was really our little miracle. Anyway, she will be four in a few months, and only three days after, her little brother will be one, and yes we are thinking about their birthday party already. We were unsure between the rainbow and stars as the theme, and since we hadn't decided yet when I sewed this, I went with the star cut out. This might be the trickiest cut out to sew because of all the corners, but there are easier ones that even begginers will be able to sew. 
Later she told us she'd prefer a rainbow party, but I guess I won't resist squeezing a few stars to the theme... 



I used one more of the fabrics I got from my friend Maria. Is it appropriate or what? And it is red! I so love red. Curious fact - apart from last year's, I've always make something red for my daughter for her birthday parties, and it was not planed to be like that. I usually make my own bias, but I was really lazy to do so this time and had to leave half way through my sewing process to buy it. I was so happy to find the red from the bias was exactly the same shade of red in the fabric. Couldn't be better. 


This is clearly a pattern for girls, starting at size 12m up to s10, labeled as confident beginner. And it comes with print by layers option, which is great. 

There's a coupon code for 20% off for the Holiday Cutout Pattern during the tour, so you don't have that long to get yours at a lower price, tomorrow is the last day. 

Not convinced yet? Visit these ladies and you will be (click on the day)... 
Day 1: Rebel & Malice - Clever Catastrophe
Day 2: The Berry Bunch - Amanda Rose
Day 3: Candice Ayala - Keep Calm & Carrion - Felt With Love Designs
Day 4: Create 3.5 - Young Whimsy
Day 5: House of Estrela - Huckleberry Love
Day 6: From A Box - Lulu & Celeste

I got this pattern for free but all opinions are my own.
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