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Shopping for Lingerie Supplies: The English Couture Company

Some weeks ago I received some sad news: my go-to store for bra-making supplies in Barcelona stopped carrying several things, like cut-and-sew foam, many types of elastic and almost all underwire sizes. Oh, THE drama!! There isn’t any other place for buying those things in Barcelona (at least, not that I know!) and I decided to order them online.

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Valentine’s Day gift: the Soft Kitty Eye Mask! (Free pattern)

Hi everyone! Valetine’s Day is just around the corner and I wanted to celebrate it with you by releasing a free pattern: the Soft Kitty Eye Mask! 🙂 (Yes, it’s named after the “Soft Kitty” song by Sheldon Cooper, those of you who watch The Big Bang Theory will understand… 😉 I’m a nerdy seamstress!)

It’s a comfy and easy sleep mask with the addition of… cat ears! Of course, you can make it without the cat ears as well but, I mean, CATS! You can download the free pattern right here, clicking on the image below. Let’s sew it together!

Click on the image to get the cutest eye mask!
Click on the image to get the cutest eye mask!

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Refashion: From Shirt to… Bra!

I’ve been seeing some gorgeous shirt refashions at Portia’s blog since August began. They’re all part of the project The Refashioners and, if you haven’t heard of it, I highly recommend you to go read all the posts about it and search for the hashtag #therefashioners2015 at Instagram. You’ll find lots of cool stuff! I love seeing original projects and feel inspired by all that creative people, don’t you?

So, I thought that it’d be nice if I could grab one of  my boyfriend’s old shirts and do something for me. I was thinking about a sleeveless peplum top like this one, or maybe a cool wrap top like this (one of my favourites!). But Mr. SilverLining’s shirt had long sleeves, and I had to cut them before I started. And then I looked at those sad sleeves that had no place in my shirt refashion and I felt sorry for them. What can you do with two poor pieces of fabric like them? Well, when you have a weird lingerie-making obsession like I have, the answer is easy: a bra! 😛

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My bra supplies!

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Where to sew in Barcelona

As you remember, my sewing machine broke and I was all cranky and in a bad mood because I missed sewing so much (sewing withdrawal syndrome is a thing, by the way. If you don’t believe me, ask my boyfriend: he was a collateral victim. Poor thing). So, what could a girl do when she wants to sew but doesn’t have a sewing machine?

Well, I did my research and found several places in Barcelona where you can go:


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Meet Angerboda: My new Sewing Machine!

Fear not, my friends: I haven’t been kidnapped or abduced by aliens. I just was on holidays! When I returned from Stockholm, I had to visit my parents, grandparents and uncles, each one of them living on a different city! But now… I’m back!!

I managed to sew a couple of things the few days I’ve been at home, but none of them being lingerie… because the shop where I buy all my supplies is closed until September! *cries* I ran out of channeling and strap elastic, and I couldn’t find them on any other shop in Barcelona, so I’ll have to wait some more time to finish my last makes and blog about them. But, in the meantime, I’d like to introduce you to… Angerboda, my new machine!

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Say ‘Hi’, Angerboda!

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Holidays in Stockholm: Fabric shopping!

I’ve just returned from my summer holidays in Stockholm, and I wanted to share with you some of my discoveries 😉 First, you should know that Stockholm is an AMAZING city! I really enjoyed my time there, even if the weather was quite cold, compared to the burning hell we have in Barcelona! Apart from walking around the city, I also visited some museums, and my favourites were the Fotografiska (Photography Museum), the Historiska (History Museum, with lots of Viking stuff!) and the Vasa (a museum built around a huge 17th Century ship). Of course, I also fell in love with almost every designer shop I saw, and I discovered some Swedish clothing brands like Filippa K or & Other Stories, which made my student budget cry really hard. 😉

But I also had some time to dedicate to my fabric addiction, so I visited some fabric shops. Here they are!



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Buying Lingerie Supplies in Barcelona

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, I bet you’ve seen me complaining about how difficult it is to find lingerie fabrics and supplies in Barcelona. And it’s true that it’s difficult, but it’s not impossible!! So, today I’m going to tell you one of my secrets: the best places for buying lingerie supplies in my city!

Mercería Santa Ana (image via Santa Ana)

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New Serger & My Sewing Studio!

Actually, I planned to write this post some time ago. In fact, I was writing it when my laptop died and lost everything I had written, and short after that, my sewing machine broke for the first time (I honestly believe that all the machines around me have evil plans against my happiness). So now I’m writing this on my boyfriend’s computer and I don’t have my sewing machine with me because it’s broken again (I think that the guys at the repair shop never fixed it right…). All the photos you’re going to see are pre-catastrophe. But, despite all my misfortunes, I’m not curled in my sofa eating ice-cream (yet) because… I’ve got a new toy: my serger!!

The thing is that my lovely boyfriend (let’s call him Mr. SilverLining. And he’s reading this, so I should say again how lovely is he) gave me some financial help so I could buy a serger/overlock. Immediately after it, I started an epic quest for the perfect one! After reading really good things about Brother, Juki and Elna sergers, I was able to find a fantastic deal for the Brother 4234D. And here it is, my friends!

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That’s my baby!

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Buying Lingerie Fabrics in Barcelona (a frustrating story)

I’ve wanted to do a post like this since the beginning of this blog but, finally, today is the day. And why today? Well, it could be for a whole bunch of reasons, but on top of them it’s one: today I’ve had the WORST customer experience on a fabric shop EVER. And I wanted to share my frustration with you, because that’s what blogs are for! 😉

So, let’s join me in the fabric-shopping route I did this morning…

Ribes y Casals (Image via Anna Evers)

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