Sunday, September 3, 2017

Simplicity 3833 Dress

Hi folks! I hope you all had a wonderful summer. I can't believe fall is around the corner and I didn't get to sew as much as I had planned for summer. This dress was part of my summer sewing plans and I finally got the chance to complete it. I really love the fabric - my co-worker brought it from China last year. It's very soft and feels great on the skin, plus it irons so beautifully. Since the fabric is so busy with the florals, I wanted to use a simple pattern with it - too much detail wouldn't show anyway. The pattern is a 1960s retro and really makes a quick sew; I made view C.

The fabric does wrinkle quickly, though. This was after wearing it to church. I wish I'd made it earlier in the summer, but we still have about two months of warm weather so I'll still be able to wear it a couple of times. 

I definitely want to make at least 2 more versions of this dress, and I think a heavier fall fabric could work, too. Now I need to work on my fall plans 😉.

Happy Sewing!! 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Another African Shirt For My Husband

I made another African shirt for my husband - yay! I'm starting to get the hang of making mens' basic shirts. It really goes much quicker than when I make my own clothing. I had some leftover fabric from a dress that I made for my sister-in-law. I definitely want to make more of these shirts. My husband and I really like African fabrics. I have another ankara print that I'm still deciding what to make with it. 

I used the first shirt I made for him as the pattern for this one, but lengthened it a bit. The fabric is lightweight cotton so it's perfect for our hot and humid weather in Texas. Now I can get back to making something for myself, lol. 

I hope you're all having a wonderful week. Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Inspiration │ Decorating Garments with Embroidery

This week in China there was a fashion show for garments decorated with Chinese embroidery. Their embroidery is hand-made using many different types of silk threads. This particular fashion show was for a type of embroidery called 'Suzhou', which was developed in Suzhou, China, more than 2000 years ago. I like how they were able to incorporate embroidery into the garments without making them look too much over-the-top. 

It's amazing how much time and dedication they put towards making the embroidery. Most of the Suzhou embroidery art features flowers and birds. 

My sewing machine doesn't have embroidery features, but I wonder how much decoration can be done using modern sewing machines. If done right, the embroidery can really make a garment stand out. 

Hope you're all having a wonderful week. Happy sewing!! 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Simplicity 1618 Top View C │ Wearable Muslin

Hey everybody, I'm back with a muslin version of S1618 - view C with a cold shoulder. I really like this style and it seems to be trending a lot this summer. I cut size medium, and the pattern has a lot of ease - for my final version I'll go with small. I also need an easier-to-handle type of knit, or just leave the seams unserged. I serged the center front and back seams and it caused wrinkling and pulling that wouldn't completely iron out even with a steam iron. The pattern is pretty simple, though, and the top comes together quickly. The cold shoulder wasn't as challenging as I thought it would be. 

From the side view you can tell how loose it is . The fabric is very comfortable so it makes a great top to wear at home and while running errands. I'm so behind on my summer sewing - I need a bunch of tops. Hopefully I can get a few done in the next couple of weeks. 
Part of the reason why I haven't been sewing is that we lost my father-in-law last month and it's been such a sad time for the family. I lost all my sewjo when it happened and I'm slowly trying to get back to normal. 

Hope you're all having a wonderful week. Happy sewing!

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!