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!