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why I sew: diana from miss castelinhos

Hello everyone!

It’s Diana from Miss Castelinhos. Sadly (for me, I’m sure!), this is my last post for this season of Kid’s Clothes Week. I had a blast and hope you enjoyed reading! Thank you so much for being there! 🙂

Sara and Miranda already told us why they sew, and today it’s my turn.

Why do I sew?

I first started sewing as a child. I would often draw and make my dolls clothes. In fact for most of my childhood, I hoped to grow up to be either a fashion designer or an architect. I grew up watching my grandmother by her sewing machine and she taught a few basic skills. Fast forward to 2012… I got my degree as an architect, but at the time was teaching an art class to 4th graders. All my free time was spent prepping classes, grading projects, writing reports… I needed some “me time” and so I decided to get an hobby! Around the same time, my grandmother gave me her old sewing machine. So I went back to sewing. A few months later, I was pregnant with my second child, and decided not to go back to work once the baby was born.

Since I became a SAHM, sewing as been a way to express myself creatively. I wanted to go on creating something… anything (besides a new life!)… I love exploring ideas, drafting, planning, organising… And sewing fulfils all that! I get the same feeling of accomplishment when I finish a sewing project, as I did when I was working full time.

why i sew_miss castelinhos-01Rowan tee; Rowan tee for KCW Wild ThingsSelf-drafted pants

I’m very picky when it comes to the way I dress my kids. I have two boys, so when I go shopping for them, it’s always a bit frustrating, because I often don’t relate to the styles I see in the “fast fashion” stores. Sewing their clothes allows me to put my sense of style into to it. I like to play around with prints and color blocking, making something unique, that matches their personality.

why i sew_miss castelinhos-03Rowan Tee for KCW Upcycled; Mini Hudson pantsTwisted trousers

It was never easy for me to make new friends, but being a part of this wonderful sewing community, has made me step out of my “shell”. I’ve met some of the most beautiful people (even though some I’ve never met face-to-face!), who I can share with my excitement about sewing! I’ve learned from them, laughed and cried with them and know I found true friendship! 😀

why i sew_miss castelinhos-02Lindy petal skirt; Bateau-neck blouse; Wonderland skirt

What started as an hobby is now such a big part of my life! Sewing truly makes me happy! Makes me enjoy my kids, my family, so much more! I’m a better person because I sew!

Well, I guess it’s time for goodbyes… but you can always visit me and say hi!

See you around! 🙂

kcw: mistakes

mistakes: diana from miss castelinhos

Hi everyone!

Hope you had a fun Kid’s Clothes Week. I had a blast! I made two t-shirts and they were WILD, if you don’t mind me saying. But the best part was seeing all the great clothes in the project pool everyday!

Today we go on talking about mistakes…

Let’s face it, we all made a few (or more than a few!). I’ve done my share! When I first started sewing, I would get really frustrated (I have to admit I still do, a little bit!), which was completely useless, because when you’re learning, you are sure to make many mistakes. That’s how you learn and improve. So just take a deep breathe and keep on going!

The main reason to why I make mistakes is that I’m always rushing to finish a project. I’m like a little kid… I want to be done as soon as possible! We have a saying here in Portugal (did you know I’m portuguese?), “A pressa é inimiga da perfeição”, which ruffly translates to “Haste makes waste” (now you know a little bit of portuguese!).

So let me tell you about some of the mistakes I’ve made…

The first pattern I ever bought was the Elm Poncho Raincoat. It was quite a task! I had never sewed with oilcloth and that was my biggest concern, but I figured I’d manage just fine. My first mistake was not reading about the amount of fabric I needed, in the instructions. I didn’t realize that I needed a bit more fabric to match the print in the different panels. I had to cut the back side panels with the print upside down. Lesson learned! I now always check the amount of fabric needed for each project.

The Twisted Tank is pretty simple, so I chose it for this last season of Kid’s Clothes Week and added a hood with some cute ears. Now, you probably are saying to yourself: “I know what went wrong! Adding the hood!”. Well, sorry to disappoint you… That was a perfect fit! What I did wrong was that I forgot to add interfacing to the ears and also sewed them with the wrong side up. I was so eager to finish, that I missed these simple steps. Don’t rush!


1. Elm Poncho Raincoat; 2. Regular Twisted Tank; 3. Small Fry Skinny Jeans; 4. Rowan Tee

The Small Fry Skinny Jeans were another project I rushed. I wanted my son to wear them on his birthday, and as a result, I forgot to topstitch all around the waistband. I’ve done a few Rowan Tee’s, so I have no excuse for this one. The neckline came out too big (you can see how bad it is, in the picture above), because of the red ribbing, which was too stretchy.


1. Sea Change Top; 2. Marthe Blouse; 3. Bubble Shorts

Every now and then, I sew a little something for myself. A little bit of “self-care sewing” as my dear friend Sara put it! And of course, I can’t wait to wear what I’ve made (again, always rushing!). If you look closely at the first picture, you’ll see that the stripes on the waistband are not exactly straight. That’s because, I didn’t iron the fabric before cutting, so it was all wrinkly and that happened. Another top I sewed for my self was the Marthe (did you notice how much I love stripes?). This one I didn’t even finish. I burned one of the sleeves while ironing, cut the fabric for the peplum all wrong and ran out of fabric.

I don’t usually sew for little girls, so there’s not a lot of gathering techniques and ruffles in my “portfolio”. The Bubble Shorts were a nice change.  Some how, the instructions, on how to sew the second leg, were not making sense to me, so I decided to do it my way. Of course, my way was completely wrong and I ended up doing it all over. This time I followed the instructions!

Hope you enjoyed reading about some of the many mistakes I’ve made.

No matter how many mistakes you make, big or small, the truth is, you made something from a piece of fabric, and that is AMAZING! And not many people can say : “Yes, I made that!” 😀

WILD THINGS: fur // kid's clothes week


Hi everyone!

It’s Diana again, from Miss Castelinhos. This week, Miranda already showed you how to play around with animal faces and bodies… So cute! Loved the shark teeth!… Today, I’m going to show how you can add (faux) fur to your kids outfits. You can make a full garment, or just add a small detail. I divided this theme into four categories: Fur vests, Fur detail, Fur accessories and Sherpa. Let’s do this! 😀

What better way to get started, then with a beautiful fur vest! You can never go wrong with a vest. Have fun with it… Add a hood or cap sleeves, make it reversible… Also, be bold and use a coloured fur. Let your imagination run WILD!


1. Faux fur vest; 2. Bunny vest; 3. Faux fur cropped jacket; 4. Curly fur vest; 5. Reversible faux fur vest; 6. Faux fur vest with a hood

If you think a fur vest is too warm for spring, why not do a little refashion! Add a fur trim to a plain hoodie and it will surely stand out. Besides, boys can wear fur, and this is a great way to do it! Instead, you can add a fury animal application to a sweater or t-shirt.


1. Faux fur hoodie refashion; 2. Vest with fur; 3. Amelie for boys

Accessories can be a great source of fun. You can add a small pom-pom to a beanie or hat. Or make a matching mother-daughter scarf, using animal shapes or plain fur. Turn those boring sneakers into the WILDest shoes in your kid’s closet!


1. Faux fur infinity scarf; 2. Removable fur lined high tops; 3. Faux fur pom-pom beanie; 4. Fox scarf

If you are not confortable using fur, Sherpa is a very good replacement. It’s not as warm, but just as stylish. Combine it with a floral print or pastel colours, for a trendy spring look. This fabric is so soft, it’s perfect for a baby sewing project, like a blanket or a bonnet. It also feels wonderful as a robe lining or a cozy cowl. But if you prefer sewing something unexpected,  try some leg warmers!


1. Leg warmers; 2. Cozy cowl; 3. Baby bonnet; 4. Kid’s Robe

Is fur something you like to sew with? Or have you never tried it? Why not give it a go… It will be fur-tastic!… Couldn’t resist! ;D