Saturday, August 2, 2014

We Are On Vacation

Hello everyone,
I will be on holiday from today and will be back to the normal posts on the blog next month :)

See you later :x

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July MAGAM - Floral Shift Dress

I have finished my floral dress and I will be wearing this dress on a very special occasion next month :) So, I decided to just show you the dress in the dress form for now. Then I will post pictures of me wearing it on that day.

Well, I started work on this dress in the end of May but I was stuck with the neckline. I didn't know exactly what I wanted the neckline to be and then after the dress hanging for so long in the dress form, I just decided to make the neckline exactly same as my previous dress. Problem solved!

Pattern and materials:
For the pattern, I used Burdastyle Vintage Modern Jamie Shift Dress size 34 with some modifications. You can check the detail here in my previous dress
For the materials - I used 2 yards of floral cotton, fusible interfacing, ready-made bias tape in orange color, invisible zipper, hook n eye and same color thread.

Sewing process:
Most of the sewing process is exactly like my previous dress but this time the neckline finishes much cleaner and look smoother.
On my previous dress, I sew the bias tape on the neck facing and sew it again to the dress and the result is a little bit bulky. It's fine but I didn't like it so much. So, I tried another method - I basted the neck facing, pinned the bias tape on the outer neck facing and the dress at the same time. Then I sew it. The result is very good and I am happy with it :) I will show you what I did in the below post,
I cut all the facings pieces and fused it with fusible interfacing. As shown on the picture, above are front armhole facings and front neck facing - below are back armhole facings and back neck facings.

I sew the armhole facings, front and back right sides together. Then sew the neck facings front and back right sides together. As shown in the picture.
 I place the neck facing on the dress - with right side facing the wrong side of the dress. Pin it and sew it around.

I clipped around the neckline, especially in the corner area I clipped just like V as shown in the picture. This method is very important to make the corner neckline done nicely. I hope you understand what I mean.
After that, I turned the facing to the outside. You can see result... it's done nicely :)
Then I basted around the neckline, as shown in the picture.
I pinned the bias tape around the outer neck facing and the dress at the same time, then carefully sew it. And then I removed the baste.
After that, I sew the armhole facing on the dress right sides together and turn it inside - sorry that I forgot to take a picture.
And the last part is sew the hook n eye, I pinned the back facing as shown in the picture below - hand sewn around it and stitch the hook n eye. Done!
Here is the picture of the wrong side of the dress after I sew the hook n eye,

And the last three pictures of the upper dress front, back and side views

A little note: as I didn't plan anything for July MAGAM Challenge, I decided to put this dress as my finished July garment :)
Happy sewing and have a wonderful Thursday!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Easy Pajama Shorts

Hi everyone,
I made these pajama shorts especially for my dear husband. He needed some new shorts to wear at home, so I decided to make two for him. The two fabrics are from stash and I still have leftover to make t-shirt for me :)
I made the blue one a month ago and already made a t-shirt from the leftover fabric, you can see it here.
And I finished the green one two days ago, the leftover fabric is still huge. Maybe I will make a t-shirt, but I am not sure when I will work with it. We will see..

I followed step by step tutorials from - it's very easy and quick project to make. You can check out the link, here

Both of the fabrics are knit cotton in green and dark blue color, 1" elastic for the waist band, buttons as front decoration and same color of thread.

For the sewing process is very easy, I followed the tutorials from Craftsy but I added button on the front shorts and I sew the hem line using twin needle.

And here are two pictures of the pajama shorts, front and back views.

Until next...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Polka Dots Shift Dress

Hello everyone,
I mentioned on my last post that I will be making some sewing projects for summer and here is one of them :)
I have done this dress many days ago but only this morning I manage to take pictures.

Dress descriptions:
Very simple style sleeveless shift dress that is perfect for everyday wear, the dress has square neck with bias binding around the neckline,  front and back darts, knee length, middle zipper and finished with hooks and eyes.

2 yards of dark blue polka dots stretch cotton ( the amount of stretch is just very little ), fusible interfacing, same color invisible zipper, hooks n' eyes, grey color bias tape and same color of thread.

Pattern and modifications:
For the pattern, I used Burdastyle Vintage Modern Jamie Shift Dress size 34. You can see my first dress based on this pattern, here
I made some modifications on the pattern - based on my first dress ,
  • I change the front and back neckline to the square style. For dress front piece :  I made square neckline from the inner shoulder down to the middle front 14 cm. Then from the middle front to the center front 7 cm. Cut the pattern on fold. For dress back piece : I also made square neckline from the inner shoulder down to the middle back 14 cm. Then from the middle back to the center back 8 cm. Cut the pattern two pieces.
  • I made sway back adjustment and added the back darts. I also change the side zipper to the middle back.
Sewing process:
I am not going to write here everything about my sewing process because it is the same as any other sleeveless dress I've made. The only thing different is the square neckline. So, after I have done the dress body complete with the zipper, I fused the fusible interfacing on the facings (armhole facings and the neckline facings).
For the armhole facing, I sew the front and back facing right sides together. Then sew it to the armhole right sides together, clip around the curved area - turn it to the inside and top stitch in the right side.
For the neckline facing, I sew the front and the back facing right sides together. Then sew the bias tape in the outer facing. After that, I pin the facing right side on the neckline wrong side - sew it and clip it in the each corner of neckline - turn it from the inside out and sew again around the way the neckline at the bias tape.

The rest of the process is normal and I think all of you already master it :) So, I just want to show you some more pictures of the dress,

front views
back views

Until next time...

Friday, July 11, 2014

Finished Magam June Outfit

Hello everyone,
Sorry for my late post! Here is my June MAGAM outfit based on Burdastyle patterns..
T-shirt details,
Simple style t-shirt, nothing fancy but perfect for everyday wear.
Pattern and modification:
For the pattern, I used Burda t-shirt pattern 06/2008 - 113 size 34. You can check out my first version here. 
As you all see that my first version was fine but I am not so happy with how the neckline turned out, so I decided to raise the front neckline 2 cm and I used smaller neckband 1 cm.
1.5 yards of knit cotton in white color, stay tape for the shoulder lines, and white color thread.
For the sewing process, you all can see here in my first version. But I omitted the contrast stitching and made the neckband smaller. And  I think that the neckband turned out well :-)
Here are the pictures of the t-shirt - front and back views,
Skirt details,
Very cute and girly floral skirt, it has a slight flare and decorative large hip-yoke pockets. But I omitted the pockets because my fabric is too light. I will make another version of this skirt with pockets for my next project. I already have the right fabric from my stash :)
Pattern and adjustments:
For the pattern, I used Burdastyle skirt 10/2013  size 36 with adjustments on the waist and hips area. I also change the side zipper to the middle back, omitted the pockets and shorten the skirt length 4 cm.
1.5 yards of floral stretch cotton, fusible interfacing for the waist band and hem line, invisible zipper in white color, snap fasteners and matching thread.
Sewing process:
Easy and fun project to make. The skirt come with 4 slices of patterns (front skirt panel, front yoke, back skirt panel, back yoke) and self-drafted straight waistband 5 cm wide. I also change the side zipper to the middle back with 2 cm seam allowances.
Here is some of the process:
  • I sew the skirt according to the instructions, but as I mentioned above that I omitted the pockets. So, I just sew the front yoke to the skirt and topstitching it at the right side.
  • I did the same for the back skirt, but for the next time I'd love to remove the back yoke. We will see later..
  • Then I sew the skirt front and back right sides together. Sew the invisible zipper and prepare my waist band.
  • For the waist band, I fuse fusible interfacing on the wrong side and sew it to the skirt. Then finish it with two snap fasteners. Then I sew the skirt hem 4 cm. Done!
Here are the pictures of the skirt, front and back views with the details
And two more pictures of the outfit,
I wish you all a lovely Friday and Happy sewing!!

Friday, June 27, 2014

First Version Of Burda T-Shirt 06/2008

I am so happy that I finally made a t-shirt. It was a very fun project to make and I am so surprised that making it was not scary at all :)

My June Magam plan is making an outfit (white knit t-shirt and floral skirt) - I am working on the skirt now and as I am not sure about the t-shirt pattern, I tried to make it first with another fabric. So, I will not ruin the white knit fabric if the t-shirt didn't came out well.
I use the left over fabric from my husband pajama shorts, it's knit cotton in dark blue color and I decided to top stitch the t-shirt with orange thread around the neckline, armholes, sleeves hem and hem line. This idea came out suddenly during sewing and I think this t-shirt will match with my orange skirt. And the result, as shown in the picture above is just lovely and perfect for everyday wear :)

More details of the t-shirt,
Pattern and modification :
Burda t-shirt pattern 06/2008 - 113 size 34. Sorry I couldn't find the link about it. I had the magazine in Spanish edition.
As I mentioned in the last post, the minimum size of the pattern is 38. So, I have to draw the new pattern lines by myself. I decided to use size 36 but in the end I used size 34. Even so, I still need to reduced both side of the top 1 cm and make the front neck a little bit higher 1 cm.
I also decided to cut the sleeves length a little bit shorter about 3 cm and finished the sleeves hem 2 cm.
For the neckline, I used pattern 114. I added the neckband and sew it around the neckline. And for the t-shirt hem, I just fold the hem line and sew it - I used 3 cm hem allowance. The original pattern with elastic inserted in the hem line didn't look good on me, so I decided to use the normal hem line.
Here is the original pattern from Burda 06/2008 - 113 and 114,

Knit cotton fabric in dark blue color from the left over fabric - more or less 1.5 yards, fusible interfacing to replace the stay tape - I use it for the shoulder line and threads - in dark blue color and orange color for top stitching.

Sewing process:
  • I cut the fashion fabric and change my sewing machine needle with ballpoint needle. 
  • Sew the front and back pieces right sides together at the shoulder, then sew the sleeve to the armhole. After that, I sew the sleeve hem and then top stitch the armhole line and the sleeve hem at the hem allowance using twin needle and orange tread. I followed this tutorial on how to use a twin needle, here is the link of the video from stitchless tv
  • Sew the front and back t-shirt right sides together at the side, starting from the sleeve under down to the body and the end of the t-shirt.
  • Sew the neckband onto the neckline, I followed this easy tutorial from Here is the link How to sew classic t-shirt neckband. And then top stitch around the neckline using the twin needle and orange thread. The result of my neckline is not so perfect, as you can see the neckband didn't lay flat but I'll try to find the right solution later on the second t-shirt.
  • Fold the hem line 3 cm, sew it and top stitch using the twin needle and orange thread. Done!
The picture below is the finishes neckline and sleeves,

And the finishes hem line, right side and wrong side.

And some more pictures of t-shirt front and back views,

I really love my new t-shirt and can not wait to make another as soon as I finish the floral skirt. I also have done some other projects but still too busy to take pictures. I will try my best to photograph it and publish them here.

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sewing Plans

Hello everyone,
Today post is about my sewing plans for Magam Challenge and about other things that I want to do in the next couple weeks.

For Magam June plan, I want to make an outfit - a very comfy t-shirt and a skirt.
For the fabrics:
T-shirt, I will use 1.5 yards of knit cotton in white color and for the skirt, I will use 1.5 yards of floral stretch cotton.

For the patterns,
T-shirt, Burda pattern 113/114 from Burda Magazine from June 2008 in Spanish edition. I saw the minimum size is 38, so I have to draw size 36 by myself and I saw that the t-shirt had nice detail in the armholes and sleeves, but I am not sure which one will suit me. So, I will try both styles - with or without gather. I will see later...
Skirt, I will use Burdastyle pattern 10/2013 - 123 size 36 - for sure I have to make adjustment on the waist. The skirt has a slight flare and decorative large hip-yoke pockets.
Image source
And for other plans, I want to make four summer dresses. I will use my orange floral cotton, grey gingham, dark blue polka dots stretch cotton and green batik. I will post the details of each dress when they are done. I already started work on the orange floral cotton - it's a sleeveless shift dress with square neckline.

Also, I want to make four t-shirt. I will used the fabrics below, all of them are knit cotton. I will post the details of each t-shirt when they are done.

I already made a pajama shorts for my husband with the dark blue fabric and planning to make the second one with the green fabric. I bought two of the fabrics (dark blue and green) 3 yards each, so for sure I still have left over fabric to make t-shirt for myself :)

I think is enough for today post and I hope I manage to make it all :-)
Happy sewing!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Me Made May 2014

Hello everyone,
Here is the compilation of my outfits that I wear during Me Made May 2014. It was a fun challenge and I am glad that I managed to wear me-made outfit everyday during the whole month of May :)

Well, I am not going to write here every detail of my outfits, you can check them all in my flickr album - Velvet Ribbon Me Made May 2014

That's it for my quick post everyone, I hope you enjoyed MMM as much as I do :)

Happy sewing!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Finished Magam May Trousers

Hello everyone,
I am very happy that I managed to finish my May project for  Make A Garment A Month Challenge and already wore it last Thursday for MMM day 29 - as shown on the picture above :)
It took so long to finish this trousers because I got some kind of laziness, I just want to sew something easy this moment. So, making trousers was really a wrong decision. But anyway, I am so glad that I've done it before the end of the month :)

For the pattern: I used Burdastyle Bootcut Trousers 10/2013#126 A size 38 with some adjustments.
And for the materials: I used 2 yards of stretch twill woven cotton in grey color, polka dots cotton for integrated pocket, fusible interfacing for the waistband, hook n eye, snap fastener, zipper and same color of thread.

Sewing process :
I mentioned on my last post that I will use size 36 but in the end I used size 38.
I made muslin first for better result and better fitting trousers ( as in the past I am not really sure how many pants muslin end up to the trash without any good result ).
I used my printed cotton from stash for the muslin, but this time I just make it until the top of my ankle. My muslin included side hips yoke with integrated pocket piece but without pocket pieces. I also added a waistband on the muslin. Here is the result,

I mark my muslin with orange color with a-b and c, that to show you some area that I need to make some fitting. I am not an expert on pants making but I'd love to show you how I worked on fitting.
  • a - The waist area is too high for my taste, so I reduced it 2 cm. I measured 4 cm from upper trousers. I did the same way for all pieces, front-back and side hip yoke.
  • b - As you can see the middle front of my muslin look bulky, so I added the dart with 1.5 cm with 10 cm length.
  • c - The muslin seem too big on the bottom, so I have to reduced 2 cm in both sides - in front and the back. It starting from knee area down to the hem.
I hope my explanations will make a sense and you can see below picture of my pattern drawing with adjustments

After all the adjustments, here is the result of my muslin. I think it look better than the first one :)

After my muslin done, I worked on the trousers according to the instructions. The only conclusion is inserting the zip slit, but I am safe because Sarah Liz posted an easy way on inserting zip slit last time. You can pop over her blog post here.

Well, I am not going to explain more about how I worked on the trousers. It was a tricky and boring project to make. But in the end of my work, I can smile and I say to myself that I did a nice work and I will wear this trousers more often for everyday wear :)

Here are more pictures of me wearing the trousers with my cowl top,

And the last picture of the details - trousers front with zipper, hook n eye and snap fastener - the integrated pocket with polka dots fabric - and the trousers inside, front view with zip slit detail.

I think is enough for my today post and now I am thinking of making a t-shirt or blouse to match with this trousers :) I have two fabrics from my stash that I think will look good for it. We will see later...

Happy sewing!!


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