A surprise to Annalisa!

A few time ago Jenya asked me if I would like to join a group of ladies to prepare a surprise to Annalisa, the person behind the Puperita Patterns and I promptly said yes. I believe that hard work should always be rewarded and besides, Annalisa is always so supportive in the Facebook group, that it is deserved. 🙂

I’ve used one of Puperita patterns before and those shorts got a lot of use. At the same time, I also bought a pattern to make a top that I didn’t had the chance to try before. I guess it was about time!!

The pattern is the “Liberty Style Blouse”, that is available from size 3 to 10 years old. How could I resist those cute butterfly sleeves?





For M, I made a size 5 and lengthened the bottom part to a size 6 as we still have a few months before Summer and I don’t want to take risks, just in case she decide to have a growth spurt. I really like the way it fits her. 🙂






The construction is simple but with a great care with nice finishing. In fact, I am the one who failed here! The instructions say to finish the sleeves’ bias by hand and I didn’t. I am not a handstitch fan, but I love the way it looks and am willing to do it. In this particular case I skipped it because I don’t think it would turn out any better due to my clumsiness while working with such a lightweight fabric.




The fabric used is a Clare & Emily Liberty Lawn from here and a white cotton broderie anglaise for the bow, to make some contrast.



Don’t forget to check all the lovely creations! I’ve loved what I’ve seen so far. 😉

Emi ~ Just Add Fabric     Jaime ~ Made By Jaime     Janice ~ So-Cal Sewing Mom
Soso ~Moineau & Petit Pois     Ula ~ Lulu & Celeste     Nuala ~ clootie dumplings
Pam ~ Threading My Way     Maria ~ Fairies, Bubbles & Co.     Shelly ~ Sew Shelly Sew
Chari ~ Take time to smell the rose     Helen ~ The DIY Fox     Karly ~ Paisley Roots
Sanae ~ Sanae Ishida     Candice ~ Candice Ayala     Melissa ~ Rebel & Malice
Janet ~ 7 Pine Design     Jenya ~ While she was sleeping


Say “Cheese!!”


Thank you Jenya, Emi and Kate for organising! 🙂

Hope you enjoyed your surprise Annalisa! 🙂

Refashion – Man’s shirt into skirt and shorts for the girls

It took me a lot more time than I expected to start sewing this New Year, but this is a great start.

Magda from the blog “House of Estrela” kindly invited me to be part of her “Refashion Week”. Magda is a master in refashion and is a nice and very talented lady, which increases my challenge 😉


As you might know I’m quite new to sewing and this was my first refashion project. I had a shirt from my husband that had a collar in bad shape but apart from that it was good. That let me with one shirt and two kids to sew for… I needed to be very careful in my choices. This is how I ended up with one skirt and shorts.


Let me start with the skirt. For the skirt I just cut the shirt’s bottom and with the measurements from another skirt, I’ve cut the height needed. The side seams remained the original and I just hemmed the skirt with bias tape and added a waistband using the same fabric. And here it is a skirt for Little Lady M, who found it quite good to dance!



Now the shorts! I used the pattern Funny shorts from Puperita. This pattern was already bought last Black Friday and was waiting for the right time to be used. I did it in size 5 and as directed in the instructions. For the waistband and leg band I used the same floral fabric already used in the skirt. Here it is Little Lady F wearing her new shorts.



As you might have noticed both outfits have some room to grow because, unfortunately, they are not expected to be worn during the next couple of month. Can you see how much I need good weather in my life? I am already thinking of summer… (now in my head Olaf is singing “In summer”) But I will have to wait because for now the forecast is snow!

Something else new in this project is the fact that I did not made the same outfit for both girls, I did different but matching outfits 🙂 (of course the girls did complain!)


Thank you Magda for you kind invitation, I really loved this challenge 🙂

Now you should go to Magda’s Blog to see who else is participating in this series and and over to Constança’s blog “Saidos da Concha” to see the refashion project that she is sharing today. I have to confess that I am really curious to see what everybody else is doing 😉


Wish you all a great week 🙂