Friday, November 21, 2014

DIY Friday : Shoulder Pads

Hello everyone,
Starting today and on every Friday you will find a new episode about DIY in this blog. I mentioned about this plan in my last post some weeks ago but only now I manage to make it true... :)

So here is the first DIY Friday, it's something very easy and fast to make and using fabric scraps. Believe me, this little DIY only took me less than one hour to finish.

The idea came up when I needed shoulder pads for my BurdaStyle jacket that I have been working on since last week.
I didn't want to buy ready made shoulder pads in my local shop because they look too big and bulky for me. I like kind of soft and not so stuffy, so I prefer to make it myself.

I followed step by step tutorials in here is the link how to make your own shoulder pad.
The tutorial were easy to follow, but they didn't mention about the finishing shoulder pad. So I just sew around it using an overlocker sewing machine after sew it with normal sewing machine. I think this method is the best way to avoid the fabric from fraying.
And also, I only used one layer of quilted batting because I just want soft shoulder pad :)

Polka dots silk satin from the left over this top and the lining of this cape, floral silk satin from the left over kimono dress that I never blog about and quilter batting.

As it was so easy and fast, I decided to make another two sets from floral silk. So in the end, I made four sets :)
I am using one set for my BurdaStyle jacket now and the other three sets will be staying inside sewing box for me to use anytime I need.

Happy sewing and wish you all a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Finished October MAGAM Outfit

I made this outfit after finishing my second version of New Look 6225. The idea came up suddenly when I realized that I didn't make any plans for October MAGAM Challenge. As I only have a little time to finish it, I chose this outfit to work with. And luckily the outfit was completed before the end of October but to publish it here took me more time :)

For the top - I used 1.5 yards of printed chiffon and black thread.
For the skirt - I used 1.5 yards of linen in black color, fusible interfacing, invisible zipper and black thread.

Patterns And Alterations:
For the top - I used Simplicity New Look 6225 B  size 34.  You can see my first and second version here. I made the top length a little bit shorter and the neckline not so high than the two previous  tops.

For the skirt, I used Burdastyle Tie Skirt 08/2012 # 134 size 36 but I omitted the tie. You can see my first version of this skirt here. I made the skirt length 4 cm longer than the first one.

The sewing process is the same as my previous works, you can pop over them for more details. Here is the link of my first and second New Look 6225 Tops and here is the link of My First Skirt.

The only surprise for me was how the neckline behaved, I was planning to use ready made bias tape for neckline finishing but the result was so disappointing. I think that the bias tape was too heavy for chiffon fabric.
Then I decided to remove the bias tape by picking out all the stitching carefully because I don't want to ruin the top. It was not such a fun thing to do :(
After that, I made my own bias tape from the same fabric. Sew it along the neckline right sides together and flip them to the wrong side of the top. Top stitched it and I am done :)

For the black skirt, there's really nothing more to say because you can not see the detail. The skirt has sections seams in both sides and no waistband, so it was easy and quick to sew.

Well, I think is those are enough explanations for my outfit. I just want to show you more pictures of me wearing it and some more pictures of top and the skirt details.

front view of the outfit

back view of the outfit

front view of New Look top 6225 B

back view of New Look top 6225 B

front view of Burdastyle Skirt 08/2012

back view of Burdastyle Skirt 08/2012
wrong side of the skirt - you can see in the picture that the skirt has sections
in both sides and no waistband

Happy sewing!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mickey Mouse And Ghost For Halloween

I made two Halloween costumes! A Mickey Mouse for my son Eduardo and a ghost for my stepson Rafael :)
Eduardo celebrated the Halloween with his teachers and classmates in his kindergarten school. In the morning they had parade around the school and then they had party in the afternoon in the classroom. I managed to come to join them in the afternoon party, it was so much fun :)

Rafael attended the Halloween party in the friend house. And he said that he had a nice party as well :)

Before I continue writing more about the detail of the costumes, here is the picture of "costume in progress" which I want to share earlier in the blog but I don't have time to do it.


Eduardo love Mickey so much, so it's a good opportunity to make something that he loves. Two weeks before Halloween, I looked for the material inside my stash and luckily I had 2 yards of black knit cotton which is more than enough to make the top with hoodie. I also had polyester felt that is perfect to make Mickey ears.
But unluckily there is no red fabric inside my stash :(  Then I went to the fabric shop and bought 1 yard of cotton drill.

Pattern And Alteration:
Inspiration from Mickey Mouse costume in Pinterest, here
For the top, based on Shark costume pattern from BurdaStyle size 110. I used the top part of the pattern with the hoodie, skip the tooth, skip the front zipper and make a short sleeve.  Then I made Mickey ears, which I inserted in both side of the hoodie.
For the shorts, based on Boys sweatpants pattern from BurdaStyle size 110. I made a shorts out from pants pattern, by cut the pattern right on the knee and slash a little in both side of the pattern to avoid tightness. I skip the pocket to make it faster. I made the tail and two big white button.

Sewing Process:
I sew the top/t-shirt complete with sleeves and hem. Then I cut the polyester felt to make Mickey ears, overlocked around the ear with an overlocker  sewing machine.

After that I prepared the hoodie pieces. I put the Mickey ear 6 cm from the top of the back hoodie piece, then put the front piece in the top of the ear - so, the ear is in between the hoodie pieces right sides together. Pin and sew it. As shown in the picture below,

After that, I pin and sew the hoodie right sides together. Also sew the lining.
Then sew the lining to the hoodie right sides together. Turn inside out and sew the hoodie to the t-shirt. Done!

For the Mickey shorts, I sew the shorts front pieces right sides together and sew the big white in circle shape that supposed to be button. As I don't have a big white button, I replaced it with white knit cotton in circle shape that I sew on the top of polyester felt.
After that, I worked on the shorts back. I made the Mickey tail from the black knit fabric first. Then, I put the tail in between the shorts back pieces - right sides together. Pin and sew it.
Sew the front and back shorts right sides together at the side and middle area.
Sew the waistband and then sew another side of the shorts.
Fold the waistband, sew it but leave 10 cm opening to insert the elastic.
Insert the elastic and sew the opening area. Hem the shorts. Done!

I searched Pinterest and found at least two ideas of making the ghost costumes, you can see them here and here. After have the idea in my mind, I went to the fabric shop nearby and bought 3.5 yards of knit cotton in white color.
To make a ghost costume is very easy. I just put the fabric all over Rafael body, draw his eyes and mouth.
After that I drew the scary eyes and mouth on the black knit fabric, iron fusible interfacing and sew the eyes and mouth. Then I made hole on the eye and topstitched around it.
Then sew 30 cm long for sleeve. Just like I sew the batwing top. 
The last part is cut the bottom area with big zig-zag. Done!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Simplicity New Look Top 6225 View B

Hello everyone,
I have been so quiet for a while because I was busy with some stuff that distracted me for updating the blog. But in between my busy hours I am still sewing, making two muslins for my BurdaStyle jacket, tracing a new pattern and preparing a Halloween costume for my boy.
And today, I wanted to show you my two new lace tops. One in strong blue and another one in strong pink. Both of the fabric are from stash that waiting for the right pattern to make.
This will be my first experiment of using Simplicity pattern. In my opinion, the instructions were easy to follow but the size is too big for me, I am petite. So, I have to make some adjustment.

I bought four sewing  magazines two months ago when I visited Portugal, one of them is in Spanish language called MODA de Pasarela. I checked the magazine when I arrived home and I noticed that the content of the magazine is all from Simplicity pattern. Well, I am very happy to have a chance to try Simplicity pattern.
My first choice went to Simplicity New Look Top 6225 view B, you can see the pattern detail here.

Project descriptions:
The top has scoop neck and raglan short sleeve. It looks cute to wear as everyday wear but still feel girly, especially if using lace fabric. I also think that the top will match well with A-line skirt or skinny jeans as the model in the pattern envelope wearing.

Both of the fabric are lace in strong blue and strong pink color, bias tape in same color for the neckline and same color of threads.

Pattern and adjustments:
For the pattern, I used Simplicity New Look Top 6225 view B size 34. As the original pattern from the magazine come in minimum size 36/38, I have to draw a new line of size 34 by myself.
image source from
And some adjustments according to my preference:
  • I raised the neckline 2 cm
  • The bust dart is so low and almost reaching my waist, so I have to move it more to the upper area - 8 cm under my armpit
  • The sleeve is a little bit too big and too long, so I have to reduce the amount of the sleeve 4 cm and cut the length 3 cm. Finished with sleeve allowance 3 cm for the first top and 1.5 cm for the second top.
  • The top length is too long, so I have to cut it 7 cm. Finished with hem allowance 3 cm for the second top.
The sewing process were easy and fast. But I messed up with my first top, I cut the top length too short. I reduced it 11 cm instead of 7 cm. So, I have to cut the same fabric again and make a band for the hemline.
The neckline finished with a bias tape which is very easy and fast to sew and the result is nice.

The funny thing is, I made the two top exactly the same way and the same type of fabric. But the result weren't the same, the blue one has wider neckline than the pink one :)

Here are more pictures for you guys to see the top detail,
Full front and back views of me wearing the blue lace top

The closer look of the neckline, raglan short sleeve and the bust dart

The closer look of the hem line, which I messed up and in the end I added a band on it :)

Two more pictures of the top in the dress form, front and back views

And the last two pictures of the pink lace top, front and back views. I didn't wear it, so there is no picture of me wearing this top.

Happy sewing and have a great Friday to you all!


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