The 12 Days of Christmas: doguincho

December 5, 2013

I hope you are all enjoying the series so far. I’ve been so impressed with everything the guests have made and today is no exception. Marta from doguincho lives near Lisbon in Portugal and loves sewing, baking, crafting and windsurfing. She makes some stunning clothes for her two daughters, including this amazing 3D pleated dress (with a tutorial) and a pattern for these cute bubble shorts. I’m also really looking forward to the Mailbox surprise series Marta is organising with Marte from Compagnie M.


Hi everyone! Merry Christmas! My name is Marta, I blog at DoGuincho and I live in Cascais – a seaside village near Lisbon – with my husband and our two daughters.

I am thrilled to be part of this great Christmas series! Thank you so much for inviting me, Laura and Suz. What a great idea this is!

For me, this time of the year is all about having my family together! My mother had 7 sisters and brothers and my father 5, so we are a big family. Some of us are not living in Portugal so this is the perfect occasion to see all my cousins and their families.

Since we have dinner at my grandmother’ on Christmas Eve and my daughters always come home (very late in the evening) already wearing their sleepwear, I decided to make them pajamas!

(Ines and Teresa with just out of bed hairstyles!)

Though I am not a great fan of Christmas prints, I found this lovely fabric (Holiday Frost by Jan Shade Beach for Henry Glass & Co.) at my favorite local sewing supplies store and bought it even before knowing what I was going to sew… Then I matched it with a polka dot “everyday” fabric and added some details made of bright green ribbon and vintage buttons for a real Christmas look.

As I wanted a tuxedo like shape on the blouse neckline, I had to draft myself the pattern for these pajamas. I absolutely love the look as it is clean and simple but has some wonderful Christmas details. Teresa and Ines were already having fun with the fabric stars I added at the end of the blouse ties during the photo session…

I think my daughters were really please with the result too. But they were a lot more excited about our advent calendar (it will be hanged on our living room wall as soon as I find a way of doing it…) with all its little presents and treats!

That’s it! Don’t forget to check Emily and Ashley creation at Suz’s blog, Sew Pony! Can’t wait to see what everyone else has come up with. But I know there will be more kids wearing new Christmas pajamas this year…


That’s such a lovely idea to make some special pyjamas your daughters can change into at the family party. It sounds like a perfect way celebrate. I love the advent calendar you’ve made as well.

Today’s guests over at Sewpony are Emily and Ashley from Frances Suzanne, who always make the most immaculate clothes for their nieces. Click on the button below to see what they’ve made.


Also, don’t forget to add any Christmas outfits you’ve been sewing to ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ Flickr group.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.


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  • Reply Laura - Behind the Hedgerow December 5, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Yay for pjs! These are so classy and stylish without over-doing the Christmas. I love the sound of your traditions and your daughters look so snuggly wearing them…I particularly love the just-out-of-bed look! x

  • Reply Suz December 5, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Sooooooo cute Marta!!!!! I absolutely love these. I just love comfy pj’s and your daughters look so super sweet in them. I bet they get lots of cuddles in these! Merry Christmas and thanks for taking part in our series!!!!

  • Reply Trine December 5, 2013 at 10:47 am

    What a great idea making pj’s!! They are so cute:-)

  • Reply Yeka December 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Cute PJs and models! I like your choice of fabrics too, simple prints suit for sleepwear!

  • Reply Olga Becker December 5, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    So cute! Love all the details, really make it look special.

  • Reply Mie @ Sewing Like Mad December 5, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Oh how cute…and those stars…and the just-out-of-bed-hair…I love it!

  • Reply Elisa December 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    So sweet! Beautiful pajamas!

  • Reply Ana Sofia December 5, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Seriously the cutest pjs ever!!
    The fabric stars make them extra special!!
    I also made a couple of PJs for my girl – but obviously mine aren’t as cute 🙂

  • Reply April December 5, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Cutest, happy girls! And the style of pjs are just too cute. Love the star you added, who wouldn’t love that!

  • Reply Natalie December 6, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I am totally in love with all the little details Marta… the stars, the cuffs, the necklines… great job!!


  • Reply erin December 6, 2013 at 2:49 am

    so adorable Marta! love the contrasting fabric. 🙂

  • Reply abby @ thingsforboys December 6, 2013 at 10:56 am

    So cute! PJs are great for Christmas!

  • Reply Lucky December 7, 2013 at 9:11 am

    How do you make these pajamas? Ive never sewed before.

    • Reply Marta DoGuincho December 7, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Hi! This was my first time making pajamas too! The patterns is self draft and I’ve actually just tried to make them comfy and loose. If you have and elastic waistband pants pattern and a nice simple blouse pattern it shouldn’t be too hard to turn them into pajamas.

    • Reply Laura December 7, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      This pattern from oliver + s is fairly similar to the ones Marta made if you’re not comfortable with adapting patterns

      I’ve used it myself a few times and really like it.

  • Reply Jenya December 7, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Absolutely adorable, Marta!

  • Reply Marta DoGuincho December 7, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Thank you so much for all your nice comments!
    And thank you Laura for having me on your blog!
    I am loving this series!

  • Reply Celina December 12, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    oh super cute! love the polka dots and the green little details. And your kids hair is amazing 😉 Really great photos.

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