Friday, March 17, 2017

McCall's M5847 Denim Dress

My first time sewing with denim - yay! I always thought denim would be difficult to handle because it's so bulky but it was actually very easy to sew with. I love the pinstripe denim; I knew right away that I wanted to make a shirtdress. I used McCall's 5847, which I've had for quite some time so I'm glad I finally got to it. Warning - this pattern involves a lot of hand sewing, so if you don't like to sew by hand then you may want to stay away. Other than that it's a really great pattern and the instructions were easy to follow. I made view A and the only change I made was to skip the pockets. I think the pinstripe really doesn't need a lot of detail. 

I'm very pleased with the way it turned out so I'll definitely be making more versions of this pattern. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Happy sewing!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Indonesia Fashion Week 2017

Indonesia fashion week was held earlier this month in Jakarta. It's always so interesting to see what designers around the world come up with each year. I love eastern styles - the fabrics are so amazing and the outfits always look so feminine and elegant. They showcased a lot of beautiful pieces this year. 

I love the combination of the ethnic print and the chiffon on the above dress. 

Wow! It must have taken forever to attach the stones to the fabric. Lots of great detail on the whole outfit. 

Have a wonderful week and happy sewing! 

Monday, February 6, 2017

African Shirt For My Hubby

I finally made something for my husband, yay me! I was very scared to try sewing menswear but my husband has been wanting an African shirt for a while. I didn't have a pattern so I used one of his shirts to cut the fabric. This is something I learned from Myra's blog - you simply lay the garment of your choice and cut around it, adding seam allowance of course. I used one of his favorite polo shirts and the process went so well. I actually liked it much better than using a pattern. For the sleeves I used an old shirt that he no longer wears, and I actually cut them out and laid them on the fabric. 

Sorry I didn't take more pics. The fabric is from JoAnn [Ethnic African Kente fabric]. I saw it online and it was only available in one store near me. It was definitely worth the drive because it sewed really easily and ironed very well. It made the whole project go quickly. I'm planning on making another one soon; he actually would like several versions for the summer. Anyway, next week we're celebrating our 10 year anniversary; I can't believe how time flies!

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Happy Sewing!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Simplicity 8254 For My Mother

Happy New Year everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed some quality time with family. It's been quite busy for me but I managed to get a little sewing done. My mom was in town for the holidays so I decided to make her a dress with the fabric left over from my african print dress that I made a year ago. These pictures were taken in the evening so the color of the fabric looks a bit pale, but it is actually a beautiful deep blue. The fabric is so easy to work with and it irons so well. I used a vintage pattern - Simplicity 8254.

I really love the pattern and the instructions were quite easy to follow. It was my first time making a dress for someone else, so my biggest challenge was trying to get the right fit. In the end it worked out well and we were able to take some family portraits with her wearing it. I also made a shirt for my husband, which I'll post soon. 

Hope you all have a wonderful week and Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New Look A6053 Skirt

I finally made something out of the fabric stash that my co-worker brought me from China. This skirt is view C of New Look 6053. I've made views A and B before. It's a very simple pattern with a zipper on the side. I fully lined the skirt because the fabric is pretty lightweight. The fabric was very easy to sew with, and it irons so beautifully but it does get creased quickly too. Overall I'm very pleased with the way it turned out; unfortunately with the cold weather coming up I won't be able to wear it much until spring. 

The print is so beautiful. I love the length of the skirt as well - it reminds me of the gabriola by Sewaholic. A couple of more views below:

This skirt will be my garment for November MAGAM. The theme this month is 'natural' and I think this fabric fits the theme well with its beautiful flowers.

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Happy Sewing!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Simplicity 8053 Shirt

Hello everybody, I hope you all are having a wonderful Fall/Spring depending on which part of the globe you live in. I finally got my sewjo back and completed this shirt that I'd started a while ago. I used View A of Simplicity 8053. It's such a great pattern and can be used with just about any type of fabric. I found the fabric on sale at JoAnn; as much as I love plaids I'm really surprised I hadn't made anything with this type of fabric yet. It's so soft and feels great on the skin, irons very well and is just perfect for fall. I'm already thinking of going back and getting more of it in different colors. 

I completely forgot to match the stripes before cutting the fabric, but I still love how it turned out. There are two pockets on the front - they're not very visible on the above picture though. 

The pattern has the yoke being made with a single layer of fabric, which I thought was really strange so I went ahead and cut two pieces of the yoke and attached them with the wrong sides together. I've decided to participate in the MAGAM challenge, so this shirt will be my garment for October. I think with my current schedule making one garment a month is definitely doable. 

Have a wonderful week everyone, and happy sewing!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fabric Haul From China

One of my co-workers just came back home from China and brought me some really beautiful fabric. I'm so excited - I think this is going to help bring my sewing mojo back. I've been under the weather with seasonal allergies. This year the pollen count seems to be higher than usual. 

I love the feel of the fabrics - I can't wait to figure out what to make. They are really great quality and the prints look  beautiful. 

The one above is silk - it feels soooo great!

I hope you all are having a great week. Happy Sewing!!