Saturday, 28 August 2010

For the Portuguese Cancer League

As I had posted earlier the lovely children's clothes shop Piri Piri in Lisbon, Portugal, has been driving a campaign for the children's cancer hospital in that city. They are collecting sock puppets which anyone can make and will then donate them to this hospital. It's a fabulous campaign and they already have a few hundred puppets!

It turned out that one of the owners of Piri Piri was an old friend from school! 
And over 20 years later (!!!!!! Am I WE that old????) we met up again! In her shop!

Me with Cristina in Piri Piri
Here we are! And Cristina still looks exactly the same! With her contagious and always so so happy smile!
Isn't the shop just beautiful! If you visit Lisbon don't miss a visit to the shop, for a browse, a buy and a lovely chat with Cristina!

What are we holding? 
I was so happy to be able to personally donate the two puppets I made at home with my kids for the campaign. And there we are, holding them!

If you want, join the campaign! Make a sock puppet and send it to:

Loja Piri Piri
R. Almeida e Sousa, 39-A 
1350-008 LISBOA

This is also the adress where you can visit the shop! It's located in a beautiful part of town which is really worth visiting!

Check out the link for this campaign on Facebook!

Friday, 13 August 2010

1 Year!

Yes! My blog is 1 year old today!
And to celebrate - although modestly - I've made a pair of Quick Garden Gloves because that was also the first project I posted about exactly a year ago! And also because it's a nice introduction to the next theme starting  very soon on this blog!

This time I added little loops so you can hang the gardening gloves. And I think it really gave them a nice little extra detail which is also very useful! What do you think?
The fabric is from a children's top from a second hand shop. And, as usual, I like using contrasting thread.

 Although I don't normally use gardening gloves when I'm gardening it's so fun to sew your own and to have them hanging there where you can always look at them and feel happy!

 Gardening gloves in action on my balcony! 
Hint to the next few posts! ...

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Now, back to the blog business. Many times I feel I should just stop blogging as I have enough things going on anyway. Many times I'm not even sure why I blog. But when these questions pop into my head, someone drops in a sweet comment, or someone sends me a gift, or someone commissions something... and then I feel that maybe there is a point with my blog.
I have met so many creative and kind people. Some of you I've now even met personally! And the positive and constructive attitude of all the bloggers I've come across has in itself been one of the biggest sources of inspiration.  It's been wonderful to get the support of those who pop in for a look and a read.

So thank you so so much for your company! And I hope you will continue to visit me! I have definitely enjoyed having you all around!

And although today is Friday the 13th I'm sure this is the start of a new and very happy and productive year!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Yard Sale Skirt in Vintage Fabric

Finally, a year after sewing it, here is my Yard Sale Skirt from Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross
It took a year to get some photos of it!

Although at the very beginning of my sewing phase, it was an excellent item of clothing to sew:
  1. It was a skirt, and I love skirts, all year round. 
  2. It didn't require a zip
  3. It had just enough challenges that both made it accessible and took me a step further in my sewing. 
  4. It taught me how to do a french seam (look here, for example) and gave me plenty of practice on how to do it 
  5. It gave me one of my favourite summer skirts!
I found the vintage fabric (60's?) in a flea market last year, here in Sweden. It was sold as a large table cloth and the minute I saw it I knew I just had to have it! I loved the yellow and the leafy pattern on it and after saying I was a student I got if for a great price!
So, with the perfect fabric I got a fresh and very practical summer skirt which I've worn a lot both last year and this year. I like the casual feel of the wrap around and it has a lot of twirl perfect for busy playful summers with my children.

Yard Sale Skirt
With my lovely L. giving me flowers 
in the Caldas da Rainha market in Portugal

Now, I wasn't aware of the errata for this book until much later, after finishing the skirt... When I had problems understanding how to sew the waistband on I thought I really should not even have dreamt that I could sew my own skirt, so I just did it how I htought it could be. And it works. But after coming across different customer reviews I realised that maybe it was really the instructions which weren't so clear... And luckily enough I didn't need the extra 7th panel which is really reccomended for the Small size.

So, if you plan to sew this skirt I reccomend you read through the errata and the customer reviews first.
But, I can still say I am extremely pleased with my Yard Sale Skirt in vintage fabric!
And for the book, I still highly reccomend it for its varied and inspiring projects, which you can actually do in a weekend! And use them and enjoy them for a very long time!