Japanese Sewing Week

Hi there you guys,

Japanese sewing week is almost over (just one day left to go!!!!!) and it has been amazing.

I love japanese sewing books, like everyone else in this series, but I do have a special story to tell you about me and them…

It was the late summer of 2008, I was exploring the web sewing community for a couple of months, amazed by all the beautiful things people from all over the world were making, when I came across a japanese sewing book.

I’ve never sewn anything in my life before, but that book, made me wan’t to start.

Head on first I ordered that book and another one from  (Yes, it’s in Japanese!!!, No, I don’t read/speak Japanese!!!). I don’t know how, but I think (!!!) I choose a more expensive shipping method and for some reason (!!!), those books were held at customs. So, in the end, they cost me the grand total of… $50 (Crazy!!!! I know)

But you know what, I couldn’t care less, I was so excited about them, that I didn’t give it another thought.

I came home and showed them to my mom (I didn’t tell her how much I’ve spent of course!!!). I belive she thought I was in some kind of feverish delirium and asked me where my sewing machine was (No, I didn’t had one at that time!!!).

I think she actually considered admitting me into a madhouse!!!

Long story short, I made the first piece of clothing of my life completely by hand, from a japanese sewing book. And, I didn’t stop sewing since then…

It has been one amazing journey ❤ ❤ ❤

So to all of you who are scared of trying a japanese sewing book… I’m the living proof… You Can Do It 😉

Are you still there?!? Ok, thanks for waiting!!!

Here it is my thirty… something, japanese sew!!!! A pleated skirt ❤


I had the best intention of sewing an entire outfit, but then reality sunk in, one week before this post, and I decided to KISS.

I do not regret this decision at all, because picture time was really hard to find during the week (days are soooo small!!!)


The pattern is from this book ( I ❤ you Ana Sofia ), and you actually have to draft it yourself. But the instructions are very clear and the measures are in metric, wich is a plus in my book.


I can see how that can be discouraging for some of you, but for me, if can skip that boring part of drafting and adding seam alloawnces, I’m in 😀

I admit I I’ve a soft spot for natural fibers, but this time I decided to indulge in the neoprene madness that’s going around 🙂


The fabric is from Sweet Mercerie, and it is a dream to work with. It makes the most gorgeous pleats, don’t you think ?!?


The girl loves her new skirt, so I couldn’t be more happy ❤ ❤ ❤


And for the best part… There is a giveaway… Yeahhhh!!!

There will be three lucky winners among all of our lovely readers. Each winner will win one of the following prizes:
– One pack of 2 two Japanese Sewing books from Tuttle Publishing
– One pack of 2 two Japanese Sewing books from Tuttle Publishing
– A $40 fabric voucher from Urban Sew
All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter bellow.
The more entries you validate the more chances you have to win!
The giveaway will be open from Nov. 16th to the 25th

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If you wan’t to join in the fun, you can go to Sara’s post and link some of your Japanese sewing of 2015. I would certainly love to see it ❤

Also, don’t forget to check the other participant’s posts

In a Manner of Sewing  |  Conversas de Hermanas  |  Pequenos e Verdes  |  Climbing the Willow

Bartracks and Singletrack  |  S is for Sewing  |  Sew Happy  |  Mamacosesola

Fairies, Bubbles & Co.  |  Sewing Like Mad  |  As it Seams  |  Sewing For Mini Me

La Folie Sewing Booth  |  Just Add Fabric  |  Blogless Anna  |  Sweeter Than Cupcakes  |  Needle and Ted

Miss Castelinhos  |  Made by Toya  |  Lil Luxe Collection  |  House of Estrela

Patty Made It  |  Paisley Roots  |  Rita Pirolita  |  Call Ajaire

So-cal Sewing Mom  |  Kiwi Crafty Chemist  |  Sew Shelly Sew  |  Made by Sara

Hugs and kisses

Refashion week @ house of estrela

Refashion week @ house of estrela

Hi you guys,

Today I’m here to show you something new in my sewing adventures… refashion.

Altougth I’ve been tempeted by the idea a couple of times, I’ve never, ever, ever, refashion anything (clothes, I mean) in my life. I usually use my clothes to exaustion, until nothing can be done out of them, except maybe “rag cloths”.

When my friend Magda asked me to participate in her refashion week – a special editon of the very inspiring refashion month – my first instinct was to say nooooo… it was too much of a chalenge for me…


Then, with her loving charm, Magda convinced me I could do this, without embarrassing me (and her) too much.

Start slow, make it simple, she said… and so I did ❤

As you can see, I started of with a stack of “old/wear out/don’t fit me anymore, cause I’m slimmer” jeans 😀

My first thought was to refashion them in to something for me – like chopping the legs off and make some 80’s inspired-Daisy Duke’s hotpants – but then I remember I’m actually not that thin 😉

Then I thought about doing something for my children, but I couldn’t quite figure out how to do a “simple” refashion for them.

Start slow, make it simple… was still resounding in my head…

So I decided to chop off the jeans legs anyway and with the kids still in my mind, I made them a floor cushion (can’t get more simple than that, right?????).


It look’s like a dog pillow I know, but although I don’t have dogs, my kids sometimes act like ones 😉

I don’t know about your kids, but those in my household have some particularly quirky ways of watching TV, especially the younger one. There must be something wrong about the couch, because he never sits there when watching his beloved cartoons. He actually likes to lay down on the floor.

Sooooo, just because I’m a loving mommy ❤ ❤ ❤ … I decided to stop wrestling him into the couch, and give him some comfort when he’s laying on the living room carpet 🙂





To be fair, not all squares are from my old jeans (they are all kind of the same washed version), some scraps from previous projects were also included 😛

The back side of the pillow, I could say it was made with my “grandma curtains”, but it wasn’t.

The fabric used on the back side is a typical Portuguese fabric named “chita”, used some generations ago to make… curtains (and other housewear). It is quite a sturdy fabric, that endures the not so delicate treatment my kids usually give to their things.

It was bought in an antique fabric warehouse that has been closed for a couple of years now.


It is really beautifull ❤ ❤ ❤

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And the boy stated it is his preferred side… and already managed to find one more quirky way of watching TV…

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I don’t really know if this falls in the refashion categorie, because I didn’t make clothing out of clothing, but I think it is definitely recycling. Remember I’m just starting… and I’m hooked 😉

Don’t forget to go to Magda’s blog to check her refashion, and the ones by my other amazing friends ❤



Hugs and kisses ❤