Saturday, June 3, 2017

Me Made May 2017 Round Up

Me Made May 2017 has come to an end 😢 It was a great International sewing month and glad that I managed to participate again for the fifth year. Nothing changed from the previous years, my outfits were dresses with very little separates garments in between. Before I write more about the outfits that I wore, I want to say thank you to Zoe for organising this great challenge, my dear Husband who very patiently took pictures and all sewing friends in Instagram and Facebook Page for the comments and likes during the whole month of May.

Well, I am not going to bore you with all the outfit details but I will highlight the new garments only because for sure you have seen all the old dresses/separates before 😁 

Day 1 to 7.
For the start of the month, I was wearing my brand new v-neck shift dress with ruffled cuffs in floral print. Another two new garments were Refashioned t-shirt on day 3 and unblogged Crochet Amma Top, free pattern from Maria Valles Handmade on day 6. 

Day 8 to 15.
I forgot to put the dress that I wore on day 9  and the only new dress was Green Polkadots dress with ruffle shoulder on day 10.

Day 16 to 23.
There are three new makes : the yellow tunic dress on day 17, unblogged Green cape sleeve top on day 20 and Elastic waist pants in floral pattern Simplicity 8059 C on day 23.

Day 24 to 31.
I couldn't resist to wear my new yellow tunic dress again on day 28. The two new garments were, printed baby blue ruffle sleeve blouse on day 30 and unblogged new dress on last day, sleeveless floral dress with v-back pattern modified from TNT jamie shift dress - I made it to an a-line dress with more flare on the bottom, omitted the dart and made a v-back.

After all, I realised that there is a big hole in my wardrobe. I need a lot of separates garments (top, skirt, shorts and pants), light cardigan and some undies. I was lucky that I made two lace kimonos in black and cream colours, they were perfect to layer up in air-con or windy area.
Also, I was able to say goodbye to my blue polka dots Jamie shift dress. The dress was really old and I need to sew the new one to replace it.
Besides, I decided to refashion some of the dresses to tops or skirts. I will see...

That's it for today post, wishing you all a happy weekend and happy sewing. I am working on a muslin for a dress that I will wear in a very special occasion next month and also cutting some laces for panties (yes, I am dying to sew them since so long) and also crocheting another Amma Top in between sewing and busy life 😀😀


Hana @velvetribbon_sew

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ruffle Sleeve Blouse

Ruffle sleeve is on trend now, so I decided to make this blouse for myself and I love it. For the pattern, I modified the dress pattern H from Casual Sweet Clothes by Noriko Sasahara and for the fabric, I used the leftover Korean cotton from previous garment. 
The original dress pattern has v-neckline and finished the sleeve with two pieces of ruffles, you can see my dress version here. And as I want a round neckline blouse and a little bit fuller ruffle sleeve, I have to change the pattern pieces, 
  • Raised the center front 5.5 cm and drew a new line of round neckline, the back neck remains the same.
  • Made the neckline facing for both front and back.
  • Cut the length of the dress bodices right on the fuller hips.
  • Omitted the zipper 
  • Reduced the sleeve length 5 cm and added ruffle sleeve 10 wide x 56 cm long.
The sewing process was enjoyable, because I always felt relax when I sew 😊 The ruffle sleeve was gathered with two lines of stitching/basting using sewing machine after I sew both sides together and hem it. And then slowly, I pulled the threads and spread evenly along the sleeve. 
Pin and sew the ruffle onto the sleeve and removed the basting threads. As shown in the picture below,

The neckline was finished with facing, I used 1.5 cm seam allowances in all edges, 1 cm sleeve hem at the ruffle and 2 cm hem allowance. Also, it was a good decision to omit the zipper because the neckline is big enough to pull my head in and out 😃

And glad that I wore this blouse this afternoon with me-made Culottes from last year for mmmay'17 day 30. We visited Galaxy Macau for a walk and enjoyed public holiday. 
Well, time flies so fast and we are in day 30 of Me Made May 2017. I was thinking to publish a weekly outfits that I wore but I changed my mind, I will be posting the round up of the whole month. But you can take a look at my everyday outfit on my Instagram
Happy Sewing!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Sew Merry May, Tunic Dress

I finished MAGAM sew along May dress with theme "Sew Merry May" in the middle of the month and so glad that I recovered the dress and it turned out so good. You can see how happy I was, wearing me-made dress for mmmay day 17. The print truly made me happy and the black piping match perfectly with yellow 😊

Pattern: I used Burdastyle Tunic Dress 04/2017 size 36. I omitted the sleeves and finished the armholes with black piping the same as for the front and back panels but I didn't use cord as I did for the two plackets.
For the fabric, I used 2 yards of printed cotton that I bought in Seoul, South Korea last year. Other materials I need for this dress were same colour of yarns, fusible interfacing, me-made black bias tape and cord for piping.
The sewing process was taking longer than I expected because I have to remove the finished dress again because the neckline was too high for my liking and so glad I managed to remove all the stitches without ruin the dress.
After that, I lowered the neckline 1.5 cm and drew new line of front and back neckline but the slit remain the same.
I also decided to choose sleeveless because summer in my place is really hot and humid. So, easy and airy garments are a must 😊
The rest of the process was enjoyable, except sewing and attaching the cord piping in between panel and dress body. But glad that I survived, here is the look of the plackets and piping, right and wrong side.
The front slit is lovely and fits nicely on me. I fused the fusible interfacing in the wrong side of panels as Burda suggested, sew the two pieces right sides together, carefully trim the curve areas and then turned inside out. I did that for both front and back panels. Then sew the front and back panels together.
After that, I sew the front and back dress at the shoulder right sides together then sew the piping with cord in the seam allowances ( I did the opposite of Burda suggested, it said attach the piping and cord on the panel but it doesn't work for me). So, I pin the panel onto the bodice right sides together, the piping cord should be in between, and carefully sew them using piping foot. Clip both front and back corner, turned inside out and trimmed the excess fabric using an overlocker machine.
The armholes finished with black piping as well but I didn't use cord.
That's all the process, the hem finished with blind hem stitch. The only thing I'd love to add if one day I make this dress again is inseam pockets.
And here is the last picture of the back side of the dress, I couldn't have straight picture because it was windy.
Besides, I posted this dress on MAGAM sew along - facebook I also posted on Instagram with hashtag #magamsewalong

Thank you for reading, wishing you all a lovely day/evening and happy sewing!

Hana @velvetribbon_sew

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Refashioned T-shirt

I refashioned my dear stepson brand new t-shirt that didn't fit him to my active wear 😀
Actually the t-shirt fit me as it is but I didn't like the style. It looks too manly for my preference and I like more loose style t-shirt, so I decided to add colour block in both sides. I used left over black knit cotton from stash and I think black and grey are matching nicely.

The process was fast and easy. I started with cut both sides of the t-shirt from the end of the armhole to the hem.
Also cut two pieces of long stripes as shown in the picture below from black knit cotton. The smaller shape (8 cm wide) is for armhole and bigger shape (15 cm wide) for the hem. 
I attached the black stripe onto front and back t-shirt. And sew them with an overlocker machine. I did for both sides.
After I did the colour block and trimmed the sleeves, I sew the sleeve hems with twin needle. And then shaped the hemline with U-shape. I measured 10 cm from the bottom t-shirt, marked the shape and cut it. 
Here is the look of it after the cut and then I sew the hemline 1.5 cm with twin needle. Done! 😁
 And here is the result, I like it. Looks a little bit flare at the bottom.

Today is the third day of Me Made May 2017 and it is holiday in Macau - Buddha Day. So, I decided to walk around Taipa hill with my dear son and husband. And took some pictures to publish here in the blog 😊 I am wearing the t-shirt with old favourite Burdastyle black skirt and refashioned tote bag from old denim pants that I will blog about in the end of next week. Actually I made two totes and one in progress 😀
Far away in my back is Macau, I think you can see Macau Tower and MGM building with orange, blue and yellow colours. Too bad that we have hazy day with high humidity, otherwise you can see beautiful Macau from here.

And last picture taken in last month, two days after I refashioned this t-shirt. I wore it with my latest active wear Simplicity pants.
That's it for today post everyone, I am joining MMMay'17 through Instagram this year and will be making weekly recap to show here in the blog. 

Happy Sewing and thank you for reading. 



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