Sewing & parenting

Sweet mini monster 2014-10-15 20:40

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It feels so good to welcome new members in the family! Lucía has a baby cousin who’s already 6 months. Big and small at the same time. To celebrate his 6 month birthday, and the unfortunate loss of his favorite “doudou” (that’s how we call a half stuffed animal, half bib in french), this sweet mini monster is on its way and hopefully will become a new favorite! And by the way, it’s the first time that I give a real try to embroidery, look at the mouth! (it’s just a simple chain stitch, but  you always have to start somewhere).

Happy 6 months, Gabin!

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Cooking with kids 2014-10-10 15:01

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This blog has always been about sharing my sewing activities with you, as explained here.
However, since I’ve become a mother, I’ve been trying to discover tips to simplify my parent life in order to have more time to make fun activities.
I’d like to share those tips with you and also here from you and your tips!

When your toddler is awake, the time allowed for your own activities is often shrunken to a few minutes a day because toddlers require a lot of attention.
I like to cook, and I found out that my toddler loved to be involved in cooking activities. She takes it as a game that we do together, and I take it as time for me to play with her and prepare a nice meal. Win-win situation as they call it!

Here is what has best worked for involving my daughter in cooking so far:

– Ask her to put the molds ready. Always a success with the cupcake molds as you can see on the picture.

– Let her be the one who smells or taste all the ingredients (if the nature of ingredients allows it, for instance fruits, vegetable, flour, milk, but no raw meet or eggs). That will broaden her smell and taste and make her discover the many ingredients we can use for cooking.

– Delegate the part of the stirring to her (always with close supervision in my case!)

– Give her an own set of bowl, spoon and seeds (small enough not to be of any dangers if swallowed, like linseeds or poppyseeds) so that she can “cook” alongside with me but without interfering. She would be so proud of making you taste her “soup” or “pasta” or whatever is her favorite food right now.

– Pretend that the big package we got from the mail is an oven and give her some “food” to bake with a protective glove so that she can bake her own cake.

Give her the cookbook and ask her to read the recipe and lead the cooking!

– Let her decorate the cakes, especially cupcakes with frosting and all kind of fruits on top.

– And finally, enjoy and eat what you have cooked together!

Happy meal to all our little chefs!

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Pompom necklace tutorial 2014-10-02 21:54

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Making these necklaces is such an instant reward it’s almost hard to believe!

Once you made mini pompoms, you just need to choose a lace of your choice (here a 2-color cotton lace, and a thin leather lace would work beautiful too) and thread the pompoms on it.

Then tie the 2 ends of the lace so that the necklace can be adjusted.

Kids loved it at Lucía’s birthday party!


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Mini pompom tutorial and 6 fail-safe tips for a great looking pompom 2014-09-25 21:15

Had I known making a mini pompom was so easy, I would have already made many pompom garlands, necklaces, hats, tops, animals, you name it!

You just need a fork, wool or acrylic yarn and a pair of scissors.

The trick is to:

– do enough turns around the fork (I did 15 for the one in the video, using 3 different yarns at the same time. I would do at least 30 with only 1 yarn if it’s medium size)

– use a fluffy yarn will make a fluffy pompom! Feel the yarn between your fingers and rub it a little back and forth to ensure it is fluffy, otherwise your pompom won’t look good or hold together

– Tie your pompom very tight. If you don’t do that, you won’t get a ball shape. Ensure the yarn you cut at the beginning to do that is around 15cm long.

– Rub the pompom between your hands once you have tied it, to create fluffiness

– Cut through all the loops

– Trim the pompom to have a perfect round ball


Happy pompom making!

Close-up - trim4 mini pompoms

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Stuffed heart and pompoms necklace 2014-09-16 08:52


This little necklace is so cute I just want to make many of them and give them away for a birthday, or just to say thank you.
my neighbors, little Elvira and her parents, were so nice when they gave Lucía Elvira’s now-too-small rain trousers without wanting anything back for it.
The rain trousers are the perfect size for Lucía, who’s still growing steadily (as her hair, that seem to grow a few centimeters every night! I even need to cut her bangs every other week, like her nails. Why does that never happen to me, why??)
I felt inspired by this unexpected gift and started to think about a nice present for Elvira.
Stuffed heart and pompoms have been on my mind for a while (since I discovered talented designer Tsumori Chisato and her dreamy universe) and they turned out being a necklace this time, for sweet Elvira.
More of them soon!

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The office tee – african print 2014-06-29 20:58

I love the idea of a dressed up tee – one you can totally use at the office.
This one comes from a pattern from Aenne Burda re-edited in Burda style magazine in their january 2013 issue and they really are timeless!

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Simple top with dots 2014-05-02 20:40


I believe that strong prints work best with simple designs. The bold dots on this simple and loose top will work wonder with skinny pants.

The best part is, this is a very easy top to make. As I wanted the top to have a loose fit, I just used a basic pattern for a short sleeved kimono top and added 2 more centimeters for a looser fit. Adjusting the pattern to your own measurements is not so important when it has a loose fit.


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Smart sofa with pockets 2014-03-17 21:00

A kid’s bedroom can quickly turn into boxes full of books or toys… We decided to get some help from our sofa.

Initially in a white/cream color that didn’t work at its best with the white walls, we bought a bright blue fabric with bird prints and made a new sofa cover that includes pockets on the 2 sides and front.
Plenty of room to keep books and small toys!

Both the sofa and the bird fabric are from Ikea.

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Baby pants with dots 2014-01-06 15:30


Colorful dots and white for easy winter pants… Lucía’s starting to be interested in pockets, it’s so fun to put shells, small toys, hands in them!

More baby pants here.


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Fitted african print dress 2013-12-15 23:18


A bright african fabric for the color happy wedding of Anma & Nico at a circus last month.
This is the first garment I made after my own measurements. It may have taken a lot more time compared to making a dress out of standard measures, but it’s really worth the effort!

The dress fits perfectly and it just makes all the difference. It makes you look leaner and puts the emphasize on the features that you want to. The comparison between a standard size and a custom made garment is mostly striking for a dress, as most people have actually 2 sizes: one for the top and a different one for the skirt. So it’s usually quite difficult to find a perfectly fitted dress from the ones made out of standard sizes.

So here are the 5 steps to make a perfectly fitted dress:

1-Take your own measurements, all of them… It’s a set of 13 different measures for a dress without sleeves, and there’s no skipping even one of them!

2-Do your paper work… Build the top and skirt pattern (that way you can easily reuse them separately for tops, skirts or combine them for a dress). You can either build the patterns from scratch according to your measurements, or take an existing standard size pattern that you like and adapt it. Always take the pattern that is closest to your own measurements, that way it’s easier to only adjust the parts you really need. Also, it’s easier to build the pattern first in a reduced size by using a 1/4 ruler, and then to use a real ruler and reproduce it full size on paper.

3-Prototype… If you’ve already come that far in the process, you probably won’t mind spending 1h more to try and test your design on a fabric similar to the one of your final version, but not as expensive. This is important especially if you want to achieve a close fit – you definitely want to ensure that the pattern fits you perfectly! I used old skirts from my boyfriends to test the pattern of the top of the dress as I made quite some adjustments to fit me. Your the best judge here! And as you try on your prototype, be impartial when it comes to readjusting the pattern. All the work you put in achieving the perfect fit to your body will very soon pay off!

4-Ready, set, sew!… That’s it, once you’re happy with your final pattern, you can finally cut your fabric and sew your garment, as you would normally directly from a pattern.

5-Enjoy… as you feel and see the difference of a custom made dress! This is the best part as you feel and see the difference of a custom made dress :-). And of course reuse your personalized patterns as much as you want!

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