Hi there!

I am entering my first… sewalong? sewing-fever? thematic-communal-inspirational-fiesta? Anyhoo, would be the first of any of these, whatever this is. Sophie from Ada Spragg is hosting a Two-Piece-Set-Acular fiesta! I grabbed a button and everything :)

She as put together very fashion designery silhouettes to inspire people to sew one of those matchy-matchy outfits, where you have a bottom and a top that match, like a dress or a suit, but not really. She explains better, hop there to see it.

I have been with one of these in mind ever since I saw Geneva’s cropped top and skirt set. And then I bought 1 metre of two matchy-matchy black and white prints on sale each…


two-piece-set-acular mood board | Catdoesit.


The prints are from Tecidos de Coimbra, 5€/m medium-weight cotton from their Spring sale. The skirt pattern is from the latest Burda magazine 08/2014 – full of summer goodness, BTW, I already ear-dogged half of it. As soon as gets on with the full collection I’ll link it here. The top is on the queue for sometime now, but I am still not sure if it will be the best match for the style of the skirt – it is Burda’s Princess Seam Boatneck Top 02/2014 #104. The pattern set has several things in its favor already: both allow for some print matching, both are easy-sew and easy-wearing pieces, and both have the magazine’s step-by-step instructions!


Are you joining the thematic-communal-inspirational-fiesta?

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A case of the hemstich with a mild shorts fever

Olá amigos!

This one goes to the book of zero cost: it is a fashion from *scrap* fabric, with a *refashion* thrown in just because.

Case of the hemstitch | Catdoesit.

First, there was the shirt. A dear old white cotton tee, bought on sale some years ago (probably out of kindergarten by now). Still, it is a white and easy top, there is always room for those, right? Alas, a small but irrationally persistent stain got in the bottom of the shirt.

If the stain does not get out of the shirt, the shirt gets out of the shirt.

You can quote me on that! I started pulling some strings – literally -, by aprox. 5 mm. Just enough to pull out the stain – again, quite literally. This took 2 minutes. With white cotton string, I did a simple hemstitch along those bare vertical threads, and got it refreshed and refashioned!

Case of the hemstitch | Catdoesit.

Note: this was a first for me. My Grandma is the one with all the talent, hemstitch-wise, so I went to the master for the simplest of techniques. Well, she hasn’t done this on a shirt before, either.

One thing about hemstitching to keep in mind: the only way is straight forward. You can see that the tee has a slight round hem, but it is perfectly on grain, which meant that the line of stitching would not be parallel to the hemline. Gotta go with the flow, I’d say.

Then, there were the scraps. Perfectly good scraps, left over from a quilt my Mom made years ago, almost upholstery-weight black cotton twill. And Burda magazine for July was just in, with its shorts season virus. So, two and two together, the simplest simple sample of shorts came to life - from the Wrap Shorts 06/2014 #124, minus the wrap. I keep going with the literal style, here.


The pattern came together in an hour.The fit was spot on right out of the magazine, although I added 5 cm to the hem, and I am glad I did it! Besides thrashing the wrap, I also kept with a general purpose zip instead of an invisible zip – that will keep my shorts from any ripping open business, thank you very much. I kept the party going with the waistband lining: a wax cotton print from the decade-old scrap bin as well.

Case of the hemstitch | Catdoesit.

The shorts were too bare to bear (!), so the hemstitch came back to the rescue. Just a simple line around the hem, to show the slightest slit of leg above legal hemline (sassy!). The hemstitching on the shorts was done in two hours, during a train ride, but I can tell a more advanced seamstress would whip up the stitch in less than half an hour. It is a great meditative soothing action, actually, I am getting into it.

Case of the hemstitch | Catdoesit.

I have used these a little around the house and to the beach, so I can tell this is only a mild shorts fever. Anyhoo, the outfit came out pretty cute from old tee and scraps, no?

Well, pretty far from the original shorts pattern (here)…

Case of the hemstitch | Catdoesit.

What ever happened to hemstitching? I haven’t seen it around the sewing blogs… It is a cross-breed from trimming and lace, it should be pumping on the sewosphere! Curious.

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Jammie pants

Yellow peeps! How ya doin’? What I have here are some of the jammie pants that have become socially acceptable to wear outside, on the streets, in public. (USA-ers friends, I know you were light-years ahead of the rest of the world on this matter, bear with us)*

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Great model, uh? I am a pro.**

This is super soft viscose, found at the remnant bin at Feira dos Tecidos (Lisbon) by 5€/m. I took 2, knowing I wanted to use one for each leg and get the most of that flowy goodness. And you can see I managed to use the border nicely on the waist! The selvage was plain navy, so it was great to hide a wide elastic without messing with the print. I had to take some care with the arabesques on top, though, so not to have some *unsightly* print positioning. Really like the result! _details1

I picked up a pair of *actual* pj bottoms and traced half a leg top (wut? see below, please). Simplified the curves, added seam allowance and 6 cm for the elastic – that way, the elastic doesn’t need to be super tight to hold these babies -, and cut each leg on the fold. Which means I had two seams to do: inside leg seam and rise. Pretty simple, huh? So I went fancy and french-seamed it.


Since putting these together, I wore them to the pool, to the city and to the bar. The rolled hem is long enough for some comfortable heels (that’s what I am wearing in the pictures), but if I roll the waist elastic I can wear them with flats or barefoot.

All in all, a great addition to my wardrobe, by 10€ and less than two hours of work! If done again, I would try and put some in-seam pockets and maybe tweak the pattern so that the front rise is lower than the back (although, this way, I can put them on with my eyes closed, eh).

What do you think?

Have you bought into the jammie street fashion?

* joking, lot a luv for my USA-er friends :)

** uh? please.

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Knitty witty

Have you met the Knit Princess? She’s hilarious!

This is exactly how I felt when trying to power through my latest Miette endeavour:


Eheh… Knitty witty :)

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Hey y’all, I am going social!

A sewcialist is a person who enjoys sewing and uses social media to engage with others who also enjoy sewing. (Quote) You can now follow me on wordpress, on bloglovin, see my pins, my facebook page and whatnot. Or not, I won’t hold it against you :) It is a sewing revolution outhere.

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May your bobbin always be full (or My latest motivational wall)

I recently moved to a new home so now I had all this wall space… What to do, what to do?…

Presenting: the *motivational wall*!

Motivational crafts wall | Cat Does It


I bought 4 small canvas in yellow gold and one big one in black on your over-the-mill dollar-store (euro, I guess).

For the gold ones, I wanted to make some funny quotes to inspire me to sew and knit more – this stuff is therapeutic, ya know? (check the latest discussion* on this topic on CNN and Craftsy - I could not agree more!)

So I searched the web looking for good quotes and found very cool stuff (made a pin board and everything). I wanted positive and light catchphrases (was not expecting such aggressive knitters, good knitting relaxes you), so I went with:

Veni, vidi, knitti (inspiration)

Knitting is the new yoga (inspiration)

Sew on and sew forth (inspiration)

May your bobbin always be full (inspiration)**

The ink is plain permanent marker and the type and drawings are from yours truly.

Now, the black canvas had a different fate. With some plastic-covered clips, gold pins and self-adhesive felt, I concocted a board where my jewelry and alike could hang out (get it? “hanging out”!). This way it would be easier to remember and grab some bling before getting out the door. Of course, other people around the web have been doing this for years (hop here, or here for more inspiration), so I thought it was time to catch on.

What do you think? Do you have a motivational board to get you in the craft-mood?

* I think there was a discussion within the sewing blogfere, have you seen it?

**I hope I got as close to the original sources as possible; if not, let me know :)

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Hey, world!

Thanks for stopping by.

I am Catarina, but you can call me Cat. I like to sew, knit, paste and paint, and all around doing (wishfully)pretty and useful stuff. I have been lurking around the webs for some time and saw how many cool and talented people are blogging and connecting out there, and thought – hey, that seems fun, I want to get me some of that!

So you can browse around, see what I have been making, comment, link or what else you feel like doing. I would also like to see your makes, so post your website if you have one.

Aaaaand let’s get doing stuff!


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