The more I learn about pattern making and garment construction, the more interested I become in the meta of sewing. I call meta everything that has to do with sewing: the research, the thinking about it at night, the sketch, looking for the right fabric and accessories, drafting or choosing the right pattern. In short, what leads to sewing. Daria from Kittenhood said something very interesting in a comment to my post about understanding fabric gain lines: I completely understand! I’m sometimes so excited about a project when I think about it (usually at bedtime), that I feel like getting…

About The Sartorialist, by The Sartorialist: Founder/blogger/photographer Scott Schuman began The Sartorialist with the idea of creating a two-way dialogue about the world of fashion and its relationship to daily life. Oh, yet another street fashion blogger, you’ll say. Yeah, but this one’s curating skills are flawless. No, that’s not it. They’re… inspirational. He almost tells the story of the person he shoots. And the people he shoots look so good being themselves (like my friend Andreea, remember?) Now, if you’re reading this blog for a while you’ll remember I don’t care much about fashion. Fashion is like a soap opera, always…

This post was inspired by my friend Andreea, who always had an eclectic, fun style. It was pleasure to see her entering the room; at an important meeting or client pitch, when everybody was wearing dark colours, she would catch your attention and steal a smile with a bright orange blouse and glossy lollipop pink hair. She’d wear stuff that you’d only see in fashion magazines spreads and look – apart from awesome – perfectly natural. She’d wear bright red lipstick and big earrings shaped like grapes! But what’s more delightful, is to see how good she feels about being herself. Even though…

Behold, my latest creation: a new skirt in an old style. I got the pattern for this skirt from a swap with lovely Carmen. I was very excited about it because it had lots of instructions about sewing at fitting. And illustrations! I am more used with sewing from Burda or Patrones patterns, and their instructions usually come written. Not drawn. In my own sewing tutorials I try to make as many photos I can – sometimes way more than necessary because I need to see how the steps of making a garment are to understand. When I read, I…

If you’re like me, you probably already have a huge collections of sewing patterns and you still, from time to time buy new ones – because you “need” them for a new dress. The truth is, there are many commercial sewing patterns that can be minorly altered to make the piece of garment you have in mind. (That’s another reason why I think you should draw sketches of the clothes you want to sew – it will help you recognize the shape and cut you need – quicker.)And if you’re planning to sew a new dress, a new jacket or…

One day or another we all have to face it. We are not (at least not all of us ) geniuses who can draw beautifully, cut flawlessly and sew magically. In case you sew – and probably you do – or maybe you’re planning on learning how to do it (good for you! – check out the sewing tutorials  page) – ok, in case you sew but you can’t draw there’s one thing to do: draw. Umm… but the whole point here is that we can’t draw. Yeah, I know, I can’t either. This shouldn’t stop you. Why? For a…

This Sunday, all day I am having a summer sale on my Etsy shop. 20%off everything. That is, of world map fabric bags, shorts patterns and accessories. Check back here on Sunday for the coupon code or send me a tweet @skyturtle on Twitter. later edit: and the sale is ON. Use SUMMERSALE11 at checkout :>

What you need (to do): freeze 4 bananas and a handful of raspberries get 4 spoons of dehydrated milk and a teacup of skimmed milk and 4 big ice cubes no sugar Cut the bananas in pieces – it’s better if you do this before you freeze them. Add the raspberries, the ice, the milk and blend for a couple of minutes. Ta-da! Tip: How to make a smoothie without a blender Smoothies are quick, delicious and healthy snacks. They are so easy to do, you won’t believe it. Yeah, if you have a blender. If you don’t, prepare to…