Monday, May 26, 2014

Butterick 5235 Dress

This dress almost ended up in the trash. It's my second version of Butterick 5235 and I thought it would be a quick project, but nope! Everything that could go wrong certainly did; I used my seam ripper so much on this project. It should have been completed last week but I just couldn't seem to able to get it done. First I had trouble inserting the zipper, then the sleeves wouldn't fit well. I'm so glad its over; I'm looking forward to a much simpler project. 

As much time as I spent on this dress, I'm going to make sure I get a lot of wear out of it. 

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Window Shopping


The Daily Shoe has been making me drool over some really gorgeous shoes lately. These folks are really experts when it comes to shoe shopping; I always look forward to seeing what shoe they'll pick next. These are just a few of my favorite shoes from their recent findings.


The Jimmy Choo below is just gorgeous!

Jimmy Choo

I love a nice, stylish black shoe. You can pretty much wear it with anything.

Daniella Michelle

I love the dropped  heel strap design below:

Alexander Wang

Love the design below too.

Liam Fahy


Walter Steiger

I love, love, love this Sergio Rossi.

Sergio Rossi

Happy sewing!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Book Review│ How to Show & Sell your Crafts by Torie Jayne

A recent visit to my local library ended up with me checking out a copy of "How to Show & Sell your Crafts" by Torie Jayne (published in Jan 2014). It is a very visually appealing book from cover to cover, filled with lots of attractive pictures that really grab your attention. But unlike a lot of craft books out there, there is so much more to this book than its good looks. It is packed with so much useful information, tips and creative ideas. The book has five chapters:

Chapter 1: Getting Started - goes through how to organize your craft workspace, provides ideas on storage solutions, as well as info on creative boards and why you should make one.
Chapter 2: Branding - provides lots of great info on brand building, designing an avatar, making a business plan and conducting marketing research.
Chapter 3: Selling Basics - goes through selling basics such as pricing, packaging, payment processing, etc. 
Chapter 4: Selling in Person - provides info on selling skills and promoting your crafts.
Chapter 5: Marketing - gives great tips on how to develop marketing materials and promote yourself online, etc.

Craft desk
I love the "How to Make" pages in the book, which give step by step instructions on how to make items such as the craft desk pictured above, storage boxes, rubber stamp, etc. 

Throughout the book, there are also "Meet the Crafters" pages that introduce you to some of the world's most successful crafters, such as Vicki Trainor in the above picture. 

lots of creative ideas in the book, in pretty colors too!

I highly recommend this book. Even if you're not currently selling anything, I think every crafter can gain a lot of useful info from it; I certainly did!

The AuthorTorie Jayne
You may learn more about the author on her website,

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Simplicity (Sew Simple) A1489 Tunic Top

Right now, my sewing formula is: Simple pattern + Beautiful fabric = Gorgeous garment.
Simple, easy patterns help me to better be able to fit sewing into my busy schedule. That's why I love the Sew Simple pattern range by Simplicity. This tunic top was such a quick and easy sew. I didn't make any changes to the pattern, and as always, the instructions were easy to follow.

I bought 1.5 yards of this silk blend fabric on sale for a total of $7.99, and thread for $1.99, bringing the total cost of this garment to $10.  I only have a strip of the fabric left over, which I'm going to use to make a scarf.        

The top is very comfortable and will be great to wear during the summer. 

By the way, the braid trim is an optional feature and I chose to go without it on my top.

Happy Mother's Day and happy sewing!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Book Review│Threads Sew Smarter, Better, & Faster

I've been meaning to review this book for a while. It was published earlier this year and is basically a compilation of sewing tips by readers of Threads magazine. Its as if the whole sewing community got together and everyone just shared their special tips and tricks. I think any sewist would benefit from the wealth of information found in this book.

Don't expect detailed how-to's from industry experts; these are simply tips and techniques to help you become a more efficient sewist. It offers tips on everything from organizing your work space to working with fabric and patterns. There's even a section for quilters.

The book is organized into ten different parts, so you can jump straight to the topic that you need help with. For example, if you're having fitting issues, you can go straight to part six. The first five parts are:
Part One - Materials and more
Part Two - Sewing Secrets
Part Three - Mastering the Mechanisms
Part Four - Maximizing and maintaining your workspace
Part Five - Working with patterns and templates

I highly recommend this book; you'll be surprised by the creativity of some of the tips. Even if you've been sewing for a while, I think you'll definitely find this book useful. 

Happy sewing!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Butterick (See & Sew) 5235 Dress with sleeves

Front view of the dress

So, I put away my Simplicity 6209 dress pattern; it's been replaced by this Butterick 5235. This pattern only has two pieces! Only two! I love it. This is going to be one of my TNTs. I cut the pattern to a size 10 and I can't review the instructions because I didn't use them. I just sewed the way I wanted, and added puffed, short sleeves to it.

Another front view
I bought this fabric on sale at JoAnn's for $5.99 per yard. I bought 1.5 yards for a total of $8.99. I only lined the top part of the dress. After adding the cost of the thread and zipper, this dress cost me about $15 (USD). That just shows how much you can save by making your own clothes.

Right side view

This fabric frays a lot! I mean, a whole lot! I was surprised though, by how easy it was to iron. I thought I was going to have a hard time ironing it, but absolutely not. I used a steam iron on low heat and it just turned out beautiful!

Left side view

I have more of this fabric in my stash, in a different color, of course. I can't wait to make another dress with it.

Back view

Do you see that little imperfection at the top (back neckline)? I'm not quite sure how to fix it without undoing the whole neckline. Also, with my zipper already in place, I think it would be too much work to go through all that just to fix it. So, oh well, I'll have to live with it.

Pattern cover

If you'd like to try this pattern, I highly recommend it. It is simple; you can adjust it however you like. 

Until next time, happy sewing!