Sunday, 13 June 2010

Happier Days

Piri Piri, the colourful children's clothes shop in Lisbon, Portugal,  has come out with a charity campaign in favour of the children's cancer hospital, together with the support of the Portuguese Cancer League.

All you have to do is make a sock puppet and leave it in their Lisbon shop by July 15th. Not so easy, I understand, if you don't live in the area. But it's still worth mentioning. Maybe you know someone you lives around there! Or maybe you can send the a handmade puppet by post!  Or why not run your  own campaign in your local area? It's a great cause, to cheer up the children who have to be in hospital. Your help is much appreciated!

Last year I made some sock puppets here and gave them to the local children's emergency hospital. And I wrote a post about it

One of the owners of the Piri Piri shops - who turned out to be an old school friend who I haven't seen for about 20 years - saw my post and thought that it would be a good idea to run a more extensive campaign using the sock puppet idea. I am very happy that my puppets have inspired this great campaign.

Next week we'll be going down to Portugal and we will definitely meet my friend and take a sock puppet with us!

Monday, 7 June 2010

Finally for the Boys - Shorts

"Keep Moving"
Fabric: "Traffic Jam" by Allison Jane Smith

People (my sister) have been wondering why I never sew anything for boys. I have two sons, my sister has two sons. So it would be more natural to sew for boys. But I do get caught in the flowery universe of the somewhat more feminine fabrics (to be really stereotypical here...).
But finally here are some shorts for one of my boys, which he wore for his birthday party yesterday.

I called these shorts "Keep Moving", which is not the name of the fabric, although it could be, because of the motif but also, and especially, because little children are hardly ever still!

The pattern I used is the same one I used for the other pairs of shorts I made for my boys last summer. The patter for Pajama Trousers in Heather Ross' Weekend Sewing. But I cut the leg bits shorther and added two pockets on the back.

It's a very easy pattern which you can make really quickly!

Tuesday, 1 June 2010


Youth is in our hearts and in a red polka dot skirt with a bright green ribbon!

I'm having a great day!

I started this A-Line skirt months and months ago, but decided to finally have it finished for today, my special day! The pattern is based on the skirt ideas from Wendy Mullin's book Sew U .