Who made my wedding dress?

Hello everybody!

It’s not the first time I mentioned the book Overdressed: the shockingly high cost of fast fashion, by Elisabeth Cline, but it really was a turning point for me as my wardrobe choices are concern. I slowly but surely started making more ethical choices with the clothes I did buy, and also started to build a more thoughtful and functional wardrobe by refashioning clothes I didn’t wear anymore and also by sewing my own clothes. Then, when I saw that Fashion Revolution was organising an online course along with the University of Exeter to learn about Who Made My Clothes, it just seamed like the perfect next step on this way.

So the aim of the course is to become aware of the conditions that garment workers usually are, to learn how to investigate and ask brands about the origin of your clothes, and finally to do something about it. I have to say I am thoroughly enjoying this course and as heartbreaking as some of the research I’ve done is, it has also filled me with hope for a better and more sustainable future.

So, since my wedding anniversary happened during the course, I thought it’d be a great idea to research who made my wedding dress. I have to say that the sole idea of finding out nasty stories that could potentially be related to it did terrify but I still took the plunge and went for it.

My dress is from Pronovias, a well know brand all over the world. For the Tier One research,  I Goggled the brand’s name along with all the key words (sweatshop, child labour, strikes,…) as suggested on on of the course’s articles and I didn’t find anything, not even a mention, which I guess put my heart at ease if only a little bit. I couldn’t really find any “high fashion” or “luxury brands” garment workers sotries, which makes me think that their working conditions must be above de average, and hopefully a bit better than that.

My dress was made out of silk for the outside layer and polyester lining.The Tier Two research brought some nasty stories about silk worms farming and production, and I couldn’t help but hope that the silk of my dress hadn’t damaged anyone’s health along the way, although I’ve come to terms that it may well have done. Both materials probably come from China too, maybe even from the very same region, Zhejiang, where most the silk and polyester is made.

So with the bits and pieces that I’ve collected along the way, I’ve dreamt of the person that made my dress:

I haven’t learnt where and by who my dress was actually made, but what I have learnt to look with respect to every single bit of clothing that I see in a shop. Now I imagine stories about them and the people behind them. Next time I see a t-shirt with a coverstitch thread hanging out of the seam I’ll think of a last minute order coming in and that person seeing a massive increase in the garments per hour that she/he must fulfil. Yes, that PERSON, that person that is alive and breathing but with no much room for dreams and hopes. That person could be you or me, and in the same way I wouldn’t want that life for myself, I don’t want it for them either, and it’s on our hands to do our bit.

Apart from being more conscious about my purchases and also sewing my own clothes, I hosted a worldwide refashioning event along with an Instafriend. You can read all about it here. It’s been a great experince so we are already thinking about next year’s exchange!

I want to end with this beautiful interpretation of the pyramid of Maslow for makers, it’s always on the board above my desk as a reminder!
Thank you everyone that have made this course possible, it’s been an absolute joy to be part of it! Hope there are many more!

Thanks for reading!

Pilar

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The Restyling Exchange is here!

Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I’m about to say it… the first Restyling Exchange ever is here! After a few weeks of thinking, preparing, scheduling, designing, etc… this project is finally ready to see the light and hopefully it will become a yearly community-wide event for many many years to come (can you tell we like dreaming big??). This global refashion swap has been lovingly organised by Amy and me and we are just so so excited to bring it to all of you guys. The best thing about this exchange is not just that you’ll get a restyled garment at the end of it, but also you’ll connect with other seamstress around the world, you’ll get loads of inspiration for future restyling projects and all of this whilst being eco-friendly! So it’s an all round feel good – do good project, don’t you guys think?

 

 

The Restyling Exchange is a global fashion swap connecting restylers all over the world to promote the value of refashioned clothing, deepen the online sewing & crafting community, and challenge your creativity.

I must acknowledge that I am fairly new to restyling garments and I only got into it last year after reading Overdressed: the shockingly high cost of cheap fashion, the widely acclaimed book by Elisabeth L. Cline, as part of the Colette Book Club. This book had a great impact on me, and although the mention of garment refashioning is just that, a passing mention, it was enough to really get me thinking about this process and its endless possibilities. The first ‘victim’ of my restyling attempts was my baby boy (and my husband’s ever diminishing wardrobe) resulting is this supper cute dungarees. I was hooked!

Once you get interested in restyling, then you’ll surely come across Amy’s IG feed sooner or later because she’s got plenty of stunning examples, and therefore inspiration, including the most beautiful and delicate refashion of her mum’s wedding dress. Then, our paths crossed again when she took part in the Pilar Bear Pattern Share (a worldwide pattern exchange project that I started a few months back) and got lucky enough to get her hands on the pattern bundle. This way, we got to know each other a bit better and have been following each other’s posts much more closely.

As part of another IG initiative that I started with my Insta friend @katerelton, we swapped garments in order to get them restyled and then returned to each other. I posted a picture of what she had sent me to restyle for her and explaining what we were up to, when Amy quickly saw the potential and left an innocent (but highly motivating/exciting/can’t-believe-what-we-are-about-to-do) comment saying: “what about doing this community wide?” Both my brain and my heart immediate went ‘Oh yes, we must do it!’ and I message Amy with some initial thoughts on the project. I think we were both amazed at how much on the same page we were! I love that about the sewing community, it just seems like sometimes we are just one big soul, but I guess that happens when your do something out of love and passion.

We decided to launch during Fashion Revolution Week because we feel that raising awareness on refashioning and giving a new lease of life to unworn garments is a powerful message that resonates with this project’s moto. The Fashion Revolution week was created in response to the Rhana Plaza collapse in April of 2013 that killed 1138 people, mostly garment workers. Fashion Revolution is a movement that calls for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. If you can’t take part on the Restyling Exchange for any reason, we still encourage you to get involved in the Fashion Revolution week by asking brands #WhoMadeMyClothes over on social media. It’s about time we realise that the £5 top that we pick and then never wear has serious consequences that we fail to grasp, mainly due to lack of awareness.

 

 

Well, this is the fun bit! Unless you are Marie Kondo, I’m sure you’ll have a few (or a lot?) of clothes that for whatever reason you don’t wear. Maybe they got passed down from a sibling and they’re not really your style, maybe you love the fabric but not the shape of the garment, or they simply don’t fit anymore. Well, it’s time to get those out for a ride!

Once you’ve signed up (big pink sign up button below), you can start going through your not-quite-my-style pile of clothes and pick one or two items. You then will mail off these items to your Restyler (assigned by us based on your location and size). At the same time, you will be someone else’s Restyler (not necessarily the same person that has you), and you will receive a package of garments from them. In order to keep postage costs down, you will be assigned someone in your own country. We will also do our best to match people of similar size (you will enter your measurements in the sign up form).

The sooner you mail them off, the longer your restyler will have to think about and transform your garments, but they idea is that each restyler has a minimum of two and a half weeks to work on the refashion and then post them back to their owner.

After that, we will be having an Insta Party to show off all our restyled garments! I’m already excited about the amount of inspiration that will be floating around over that weekend and also to ‘hang out’ with like-minded people from around the Globe. And the best thing, I think by then we’ll all have been bitten by the refashion bug and will never look back!

 

 

Just to make sure we are all clear.. here are a few guidelines!!

WHO CAN JOIN:
– The exchange is open to everyone that has a public Instagram account AND feels they can restyle and give a new lease of life to an unworn garment. Deadline to sign up is April 30th (sign up link below!).
– Again, you will be matched up by general size & location (no one will have to pay for international shipping).

GARMENTS:
– You can include more than 1 garment as long as they are intended to be restyled together. Not for sending 20 garments to get the 20 refashioned!
– Please do not mail valuable or precious family heirloom garments.
– Please ensure that the items to be restyled are clean.
– We encourage you to print, fill in and send the downloadable questionnaire (found below) along with the garments to be restyled. That way you’ll let the other person know a bit more about your tastes and preferences. But don’t include specific instructions, the end result has got to be a surprise!
– You are welcome to use fabric from your stash in addition to the garment(s) sent to you to be restyled.
– There are no limitations to how you restyle the garment you are sent. Go all out as if it were your own! You can cut, paint, dye, embellish… the possibilities are endless!
– It may help you to have a little browse of the owner of your restyled garment’s social media accounts to get a feel for their style.

MAILING:
– The pieces to be restyled must be mailed by May 6th, 2017 at the latest. The sooner you send them, the more time you’ll allow the restyler to plan and refashion your pieces.
– The finished pieces must be returned by June 2nd, 2017. Please post them back to their owner as soon as they are ready.
– No one likes getting mail lost in the post, so we encourage you to keep on the safe side and send it with tracking & signature required. If the packet did get lost in the post, either before or after being refashioned, neither the sender nor the recipient can be blamed for the loss.
– By entering, you are committing to pay for any post costs involved in this exchange.

– In the odd chance that only one person was to sign up from a given country, and was not willing to cover international postage, then we may cancel their request to join in the exchange due to a lack of restyling partner in their country.

SHARING:
– You can use the hashtag #restylingexchange2017 throughout this time to keep us posted about your process. Maybe you want to post about the garments you’ve mailed off for restyling, or maybe you want to share your creative process and how you are approaching the refashion. Before and after shots are also very effective, don’t forget to post yours!
– We will be having a dedicated weekend so that we can all share and see the restyled garments at once, so even if you’ve been posting about your make, don’t forget to join the community over the 9th, 10th and 11th of June.

All of that sound good to you? Click to sign up –>

Beyond in love with my Moneta and endless fun at the Moneta Party!

Hello everyone!

Last weekend was pretty intense. I am not one to be glued to my phone all day, let alone to social media, but the #monetaparty… well, that was something else. I guess it should have been called a Moneta rave since it lasted for 3 days non-stop! I wasn’t sure how an IG party was going to be but it definitely passed all my expectations. I was just so amazing to see all the different monetas made by sewists around the world! Different fabrics, different body shapes, different alterations, different styles… it was just unbelievable! So many good ideas, so much inspiration… but the most amazing thing was all the kind words that went around from seamstress to seamstress praising the goodness and beauty of their dresses. That was the real party to me, a party where kindness and encouragement was celebrated, where there was a place for everyone, and where even those who sadly got to it a bit too late, still could share their beautiful makes.  I can’t but thank again @sewpositivity, @rach_wain and @sewabigail for organising such a fun, delirious and heart-warming party.

Apart from attending an amazing party (can we do this every Saturday night, please?) this dress doubled up as the mommy make for this month’s @sewingmamasproject, and I’m so glad we joined the party because mamas not get many chances to do that often, do they?

Before I got making my Moneta, I spend a couple of quiet evenings to put some thought on the dress. I don’t really wear anything remotely vintage-y, mainly because I don’t feel it suits me, so I tried to keep the Moneta style with a slightly spotter look to it. After quite a few sketches, I decided on going for a ballet inspired dress, which allowed me to keep the style lines pretty much as they are but giving it a twist that felt much more like me.

My mods were very simple:

  • Raised front neckline by about 2 cm so nothing is on show (because there is nothing to show)
  • Lower back neckline up to the lowest point I could without my bra showing
  • Cut the skirt two sizes bigger than the waist for extra fullness on the skirt
  • Lengthen the skirt to mid-calf

In my opinion, these simple adjustments really transformed the style of the dress whilst keeping true to the original shape.

I recently discovered the pleasures and the skill of mixing sizes within a pattern so actually fits, so this dress it’s the first one in my sewing life ever that I feel it’s the right size all around it. I cut size XS for the bust area to ensure a snug fit around the bust and back and avoid gapping on the back scoop. I think the lined top of version 1 really helps to keep everything in place around the back area, especially with such a low scoop. Then I graded to size S around the wait. And then I cut size L for the skirt.

Fabric wise, I used a grey cotton jersey with tiny glittery blue spots to add a bit of sparkle to this affair. For me grey jersey is a synonym of sportiness, so I think the fabric choice really helped to create the style I was after. For the lining I chose a electric blue powernet to keep it in tune with its sporty/ballet nature.

By this point I was totally nuts and deep into thought and love with my Moneta that I had the “brilliant” idea of wearing my old ballet pumps to style the shoot. When I took them out of the box where they were, I loved seeing their handmade bag that I cross stitched and made for them when I was only twelve. That was a real trip down memory lane and it just made me realised that my passion for sewing had started way before I thought it had. The not so good thing about this wearing-my-pumps idea is that they are flipping painful!! How did I ever managed to dance for hours on those? It will always remain a mystery.

If you’ve read all the way to here, then we must be very good friends because this post turned out much longer than I intended! Thank you so much for reading everyone!

Loads of love!

Pilar

 

Baby Chef Outfit (with a Smurf twist)

Hello everybody!

I can’t believe it’s the end of February already, I thought NYE was just yesterday! The good thing about being the end of the month is… that it’s time to reveal my makes for this month’s Sewing Mamas challenge!

So in this occasion, lovely Kate and me decided on a Let’s Pretend theme for the little ones, which I loved because it is just such a broad concept that left room for pretty much anything we wanted to make for them. In my case, and since the Three Wise Men got Mateo a lovely kitchen for Christmas, (and he spends so much time playing with it) I decided on making him a Chef’s outfit.

I originally planned the outfit as a set of apron, hat and trousers, but unluckily this month my sewing time was veeery limited and I just managed to make the apron. To compensate, he just happened to be wearing a blue tee and white tights when I took these pictures so I guess he could also pretend to be a smurf cook.

I self-drafted a pattern for the apron and I added adjustable ties that I fed through the to layers of fabric that make the apron in a way that it was easy to get in and out and also future-proofing it a little while. I also added a big pocket for extra keeping-things-in-it fun.

Hopefully I’ll be finishing the rest of the set this weekend, so I’ll make sure I get him to model the whole outfit!

 

Thank you for reading!!

Pilar

Baby Blanket PJs – a total winner

Hello!

A bit more love than in my previous post, I am thrilled with the blanket PJs I made for my “baby” boy for this month’s Sewing Mamas challenge.

So what is a blanket PJs? Yes, it’s exactly what you are thinking. I made a PJs out of the million baby blankets we got given when he was born. I don’t know about yours, but my little boy moves as if it was going out of fashion when he sleeps, so he’s usually lying on top of the duvet after about a minute of falling asleep. Worried (like mums do) of him being cold, I thought of making a PJ with a blanket so he keeps warm through the night. Genius!

For this project I wanted to use just fabrics and bits that I had so I chose this stripy blanket and I use an old baby grow to do the cuffs and the neckline. I also had the right length zip, so this was a total stash buster! As per the pattern, I chose a PJ pattern from one of my very dear Ottobre Magazines.

I sewed pretty much everything with the overlocker, except cuffs, neckline and zip, and it came together very nicely and very quickly. The only changes I made were the exposed zip instead of  an invisible one, and I added a little bit of fabric at the top so the zip didn’t scratch his little beautiful face. This fabric turned out to be quite tricky to sew mainly because the fluff keeps you from seeing the actual edge of the fabric so I had so re sew a couple of bits that I didn’t catch with the overlocker. Probably next time I’ll sew everything first to make sure there are no little gaps here and there and then overlock the insides.

 

Oh, I’m so glad I made this, it’s been so cold here in Zaragoza and I think I slept a little bit better safe in the knowledge that my little angel was nice a warm. As I write this, I can’t help but think of all the kids that are not nice a warm, because they don’t have a home, or because they had to flee, and I think of their mums and I admire that they are some how pulling it together for their little ones. We should never forget how lucky we are and help those that we can on the way.

Thank you so much for reading!

Pilar

African Fabric Malvarosa Top – heartbroken

Hello everybody!

It’s 31st of January with means… I get to share my makes for the Sewing Mamas makes! If you don’t know what that is all about, make sure you check this post.

So for this month we went a bit nuts and instead of suggesting a garment as we usually do, we set the fabric to use instead. I know, it’s totally bonkers! My lovely Kate had mentioned a while back that she like to make something with African fabric since she had seen the awesome stuff that Vicky from SewVee usually posts about, so we thought what better than gloomy January to embrace colours and patterns to bright up our days? And there we went.

I chose some lightweight cotton fabric from my stash. It was actually quite lucky that I had some from when I lived in England because here in Spain is actually quite difficult to find (or at least I don’t know where to get it). I love the stripy pattern on this fabric and whilst it’s quite bold it’s also not too crazy.

For the pattern, I chose the Malvarosa Dress pattern, but with the intention to make a top instead of a dress. I had been wanting to sew this one up for a while and I thought the busy fabric with the simple lines of the top would marry well.

The pattern itself it’s easy to follow and it’s pretty straight forward, but there is one thing that made me fell out of love with it pretty much straight away: the facings. In my opinion, the facings are way to big and way too ugly. They overlap at places and it just makes the garment to feel so clumsy finished inside. I know it is perfectly wearable, but I probably won’t because of this and I’ll just take this make as a toile. I may even shed the cap sleeves off if I make it again and just try to line the whole thing instead of using those damn facings. I’ll also try to do French seams next time just to make it a bit prettier in the insides.

And this is how it looks from all angles:

So overall, I enjoyed sewing with the African fabric, but I’m just gutted that it’s not going to be something I’m going to wear. I’ll probably give it another go, but with a different pattern.

Hope you enjoyed the post even though it’s a sewing failure one!

Thanks for reading!

Pilar

A SOI Molly Christmas dress

SOI Molly dress

Hello everybody! Happy Christmas!

Today is the day to be merry, have lovely food in great company and… reveal my makes for this month’s sewing mamas project! If you remember, Kate and me proposed Christmas related makes for this month, a dress to wear on Christmas day for the mommy and a toy for the little one.

Choosing a pattern for this make was especially difficult and I toyed with different project ideas before I committed to this one. Since this dress has been made to be worn on Christmas day it had some very specific requirements to meet: first and most important, it had to be warm! Since we are over in England for the holiday period, my main concern was keep warm no matter what, so long sleeves were compulsory. Secondly, it had to be forgiving in order to fit (and disguise) all the Xmas foodie excesses so it could not be a fitted dress. And thirdly, it had to be a dress that I could wear after Xmas and that adapted to my full time mommy life, so it couldn’t be something too dressy or seasonal.

After much umming and arring, I came across the Molly dress pattern from the SOI City Break e-book and I knew I was onto a winner with this one. It had the long sleeves (and oh man I love those sleeves, so flattering!), it called for jersey fabric and I could definitely wear it after the merry period. Since the pattern itself is quite simple and comes together in a breezy, I decided to face all my fitting fears and decided it was about time that I (at least) attemped to fit the pattern to my actual measurements. As I said, since it is quite a simple shape, I thought it would be a great starting point to step into the unknown world of fitting.

I started with the sleeves because every single sleeve of every single pattern is massive on me. I never considered my arms especially thin but it turns out they must be to judge by the sizes they come in most patterns. I think the baby lifting has definitely help 😉 So I chose size 10 for bust and shoulders and I graded the sleeves down to size 8 (keeping the length for size 10).

Also, I wanted more of an A-line dress so I graded the dress out from 10 to 12 at the waist and to 16 at the bottom hem. I do realise that these adjustments are super basic and far from complex, but to me they felt like if I was doing magic and the result was a lovely fitting dress that didn’t make me look like a ghost in an oversize bed sheet (that’s how I used to feel in my makes before I started fitting them).

Fabric wise, I choose I green bottle super soft and warm ponte from my local fabric shop. I tend to be notoriously bad when choosing fabric for a project, but this time it seems like I got it spot on.

Result, I LOVE my dress!! I find it both super flattering and super comfy, so I can foresee many more Mollies populating my wardrobe in the coming months 🙂 Maybe a summer version?

So how was your Xmas? What did you wear?

Thanks for reading!

Pilar

 

 

Nani Iro Linden Sweater love

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Today is a very important day because… it’s the last day for our Sewing Mamas November challenge! And this means that I can finally share with you my makes for this month. If you remember from my previous post, the projects to sew this month were a jumper for mama and a dungarees for the little one, and well, here there is one of them: my lovely Linden Sweater by Grainline Studio.
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The Linden had been on my sewing list for far too long and it was about time I gave it a go, and I love it! I can foresee many more Lindens popping up in my wardrobe over the next few months and years. It’s definitely become one of my go to patterns.

To be totally honest, I had been brewing this jumper for a long time. I had bought some quilted knit jersey from Miss Matatabi. Then I realised how beautiful it’d look mixed the the Nani Iro quilted cotton fabric. And then I just left everything in a draw being too afraid of cutting into my lovely fabric. I believe this happens to many of us so I don’t feel to guilty, but when Kate suggested we made a jumper as our first project for the challenge, I knew straight away it was time that I cut into those beauties.

Another thing that concerned me is the fact that the Nani Iro quilted cotton is a woven (a pretty stiff one too), not a knit, so when I started to cut and sew my Linden I had already come to terms with the fact that it may just be a disaster. I did modify the lower end of the jumper and avoided the elasticated band at the bottom. Instead, I lengthen both front and back of the main pattern pieces and finished them with a straight hem. Also, I just overlocked the Nani Iro fabric because otherwise it would have been the bulkiest of seams. You can see the detail in this pic:

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The back is all made in knit jersey:

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Another adjustment that I had to do was reducing the bulk in the front seams. Since the Nani Iro fabric doesn’t adapt very well to the body, I decided to readjust the front seams so they fitted a bit better. I found a great tutorial on Madalynne and it is a simple adjustment to make:

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Nani Iro Linden Sweater

What else can I say? Well, that I am totally in love with my new jumper. It is soft, it is cozy, it fits me, it’s flattering, it’s made of beautiful fabric, it’s unique and… it’s mega warm!! I’m never cold when I wear it, and that’s to say a lot from someone that is pretty much always cold.

That’s it for now! And don’t forget to check the second make for this month’s challenge, some very British baby dungarees! Here you can see both 🙂

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Thanks for reading and hope you join us in our Sewing Mamas monthly challenges!

Pilar

 

A woollen check dungarees. Mateo’s most British version yet

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Hola my friends!

Apologies for always starting my posts in the same way but… this post is very special!!! Not only is the first baby make as part of the Sewing Mamas monthly challenge, but it is also a self drafted pattern AND I’ve managed to finish it before Mateo has outgrown it, so a big hurray!

Before you continue reading, if you don’t know what the Sewing Mamas monthly challenge is yet, please head over here and read all about it, I’m sure you’ll love it 🙂

I bought this fabric last winter when Mateo was just a tiny little peanut, and guess what? Despite my attempts to being a super organised new mama, I fail miserably at finding any sewing time for the first six months on Mateo’s arrival. So like most of my other fabrics, this one just went straight into the drawer to never see the light again… until this winter!

When I started browsing for a baby dungarees pattern, I didn’t quite find what I was after so I decided to have a go myself. As you will see I went a little bit too far with unnecessary detail for a baby dungarees, but in the end I’m glad I did because they’ve turned our quite special.

The fabric is a woollen mix that can go in the washing machine, so it’s perfect for little ones. It’s a bit itchy to the touch, so I decided to line the whole thing so Mateo was nice a comfy wearing it.

Now the fun bit, pictures!

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A functioning welt pocket, why not? Apart from the fact that looks supercute, it was a great way to practice a new skill with less risk. I think the interfacing I used for the pocket was a bit too think and that’s why there is that slight bump on top of the pocket. Lesson learnt!

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Full back view:

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The straps are totally removable and are made in fake suede so the can be machine washed too.

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woollen baby dungarees

And they are sooo stretchy! All ready for little crawlers 🙂

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It is also fully lined:

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I love the little turn-up effect, it makes them a bit less formal:

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They’ve got an elasticated back but I kept the front flat to recreate that tailored effect. I added some folds on the front for the same purpose (you can see that better in the pics above).

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I have to say, I don’t usually make this kind of formal-ish clothes for my baby, but I have to say he looks super cute in it so I’m glad I did! It is totally the most British look Mateo has rocked all these months, and of course he will be wearing this when we go over to England for Christmas!

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! Don’t for get to check the Nani Iro Linden sweater that I made for the November challenge. Aaaand… hope you can join the fun next month, the makes will be announced on the 1st of December!

Thanks for reading!

Pilar

Sewing mamas and new friendships

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Hello everybody!

Today is 1st of November, which means the #sewingmamas monthly challenge starts! What?? You don’t know what this is about? Well, then keep on reading!

I had written a very long, thoughtful post about new friendships but I then I realised it was turning out quite brainy and boring so I started again!

A few weeks ago I met Kate. No, I didn’t meet her in a cafe, in a shop or in nursery, I met her on Instagram. Excuse-moi? Yes, it turns out that if you engage with someone, listen to them, give them advice when they ask for it and generally care about what they do or feel, you are most likely to meet other people too, regardless of where they or you are. Kate hooked me with her year-apart-pictures post: one from her hen night; the other in her kitchen and with a baby wrapped around her. I knew straight away we were on the same page. A few comments here and there and we soon realised that we had similar views on motherhood and also faced similar challenges in our every day lives, one of them being finding time to sew.

Yeah ok, sewing time may not seem like a great deal to most people, but it means a lot to us. Like A LOT. When you dedicate your days and nights to your little one, it’s very easy to loose sight of your own self, and that can be very frustrating in the long term. For me sewing is that little bit of sacred time where I can focus on something that is not baby related, do something for my self and on my own time, reminding me that my old self is still there. You just can’t imagine how much life this gives me.

In an attempt to encourage each other and make sure we get a little bit of time every month to do things we enjoy, we’ve prepared the #sewingmamas monthly challenge and of course everyone can join!

It is very simple:

  • The main premise is to sew two things a month, one for the mama and one for the little one
  • To keep it focused, we will suggest a general idea on what to make, for example it could be a top for the mama and trousers for the little one. You can use whatever pattern and fabric that you like. Personally, I am going to do as much stash busting as I possibly can.
  • We will announce the garments to make on the 1st day of each month, and you need to post your finished garments using #sewingmamas by the last day of the month. Easy to remember, right?  You can also tag us too @katerelton and @pilar_bear

Of course, it’s not a problem if you only manage to make one thing or there is a month when you just couldn’t find the time, we understand! This is to have fun and finding a little bit of time for ourselves, so no pressure!

Do you want to know the garments for this month? Head over to IG and find out!

Hope to see you in the challenge, you sewing mama!

Pilar