Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Classic V-neck Dress

Hello, I made this dress to wear in a friend's wedding party in the end of the year. My plan was to wear the sleeveless dress that I made some years back but I gave up because of the cold weather. So, I decided to make this dress. I am glad that the dress finished on time and it fits me fine even I didn't make a muslin.
For the fabric, I used wool blend with a little stretch in very dark blue colour from stash.
For the pattern, I used Burdastyle Power dress 08/2016 size 36 with a modification on the neckline and sleeve. After all, my dress is nothing like the original pattern :) I changed the neckline from round neckline with front slit to a v-neckline, also I changed the short sleeve to a long sleeve.
The dress has princess seams, knee length, back zipper, V shape at the front and back neckline - finished  with lace elastic band sewn around.
The sewing process started with sew the princess seams at the front and back bodices. Below picture is the original style of the back bodice, I decided to cut the back to a v-back bodice and did the same with front bodice.
For the front, I measured from the CF down 11 cm and made a new line of v-neckline. For the back, I measured from CB down 14 cm and made a new line of v-back as well. Too bad no more pictures to show about the process because I didn't have too much time for that, I just want to finish the dress as fast as possible :)
The sleeves has two pieces, front and back. I don't need to make adjustment, it fits nicely on my arm - not too tight or too loose, finished sleeve hems with 1.5 cm blind hem stitched.
The skirt has back darts that connected to the same line as the back seams. No darts at the front and finished with 3 cm blind hem.
The final dress is lovely and glad that I decided to sew it, I am sure I will wear it in another occasion.
Here is the front and back views of the dress on Ellie my dress form, 
The closer looks of the front princess seams and the finished neckline. Well, the lace elastic band is actually use for lingerie. I bought 6 yards to make undies one day. The elastic did a very good job here in my dress, it keeps the v-neckline stay in place nicely 😀
And here is the back side, invisible zipper inserted at center back. The dress looks a little bit bigger for Ellie but actually it fits me nicely.
The inner side/wrong side of the dress.
And more pictures of me wearing it. I decided to share rare pictures of me and DH here in the blog. Pictures taken at home before the party and the last picture taken in the place. It was a lovely wedding party.

That's it for today post, wishing all friends a happy sewing! I still have two more projects to share from 2016, hand knit cowl and oversize coat. Hope to blog about them next week.


Friday, January 6, 2017

Blouses, Pink And Yellow.

Happy New Year 2017 everyone. May your new year be blessed with peace, love and joy.
I finally managed to take pictures of my November blouses, the first blouse is a wearable muslin in pale pink colour cotton and the real blouse is yellow lightweight jersey knit as shown in the picture below.

My first plan was to make the real blouse with knit tulle dot fabric in salmon colour but it was ruined because I accidentally cut the sleeve while trimming the excess fabric at the seam allowance. The same day when my overlocker machine broke. Uh oh, that must be the only day that I had two consecutive bad luck.
Anyway, I put the knit tulle fabric plus the leftover inside plastic bag and will be making another garment later. And gladly that the overlocker machine fixed after three days stayed in the shop for repair.
To paid my disappointment, I choose lightweight jersey knit in yellow colour to replace the salmon fabric that went disaster.

Pattern: BurdaStyle Blouse 11/2016#109. I made the first blouse (wearable muslin) exactly like the original pattern with a little bit higher neckline and finished sleeve with sleeve band. And the second blouse with some changed in the neckline, I added a long strip that I can tied or used it as pussy bow.

The sewing process of the wearable muslin - pale pink blouse was quite fast. I raised the center front at the v-neckline 2 cm because the neckline was too deep for my taste. I did all the work same as the pattern instruction, except the finished sleeve hem. I used hem band instead of elastic band as the original pattern suggested.
I gathered the sleeve hem and sew the band right side together, then fold another band to the inner side, pin along and sew carefully around the sleeve hem. Removed the gather, press with iron. As shown below,

The blouse has gathers at the rounded front yoke and I decided to sew a long dart at the center front 0.75 mm wide with the length until the top of my belly button. I did that because the V-neck was little bit too big. I also sewn invisible zipper at the center back.
Closer looks of the long dart at the center front and sleeve band.

The yellow blouse was a little bit different than the original pattern. I added a long strip from the same fabric and attached it to the neckline. My idea was to use the strip as a bow or just tie it together as it is.
Also, I used little pleats instead of gathers at the front side under the rounded yoke.
The back blouse just simply on fold, no zipper inserted here because of the knit fabric.
And for the finished sleeve hems, I inserted the elastic as the original pattern suggested.

Finally, here are last two pictures of me wearing the blouse. Pictures taken last weekend in the shopping mall at Cotai Central. I supposed to publish this post last week but my blogging mood was really slow at the moment.

After all, both fabrics - cotton and knit are works well with the pattern. I chosen size 36, the cotton blouse is fit just right and the knit blouse is a little bit loose but not sloppy. I love both :)

I will be posting this blouses in the facebook group MAGAM (make a garment a month). You are all welcome to join us in the monthly challenge.

Happy Sewing!


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Drop-Shoulder Pullover

Belated Merry Christmas to all friends! Hope you had a great Christmas celebration and happy holidays. I am back after a long silence with brand new hand knit pullover that I knitted for three and half months :) I took so long to finish because I only knit 10 rows per night while I am relaxing in front of the television :)

Pattern: Drop-Shoulder Pullover - Designer Knitting magazine early winter 2015 size S.
Needles: 3 and 4 mm circular needles.
Yarn: eight skeins - 1720 m of "Blue Jeans'' indigo dye cotton and acrylic yarn in green colour, I never heard about this yarn until I visited Dongdaemun market in Seoul, South Korea.

The most I like about this pullover is the elongated sleeves with thumb openings, as shown in the picture below. It feels so good and warm, I don't need to wear gloves or mitts to keep my hands warm :)
My Final pullover looks a little bit different than the original pattern. I made the turtleneck smaller and the finished hem smaller with a very little high-low.

The process started with swatch and calculated the gauge because I used smaller yarn than the pattern suggested. Then worked in the back side started with CO with smaller needle followed by 1x1 rib. Changed to bigger needle, purl in wrong side and knit in right side until the neck shaping. The final back looks like big square shape with neck shaping :)
The process continued to front side, joined the shoulder and worked on the collar, 1x1 rib with smaller needle.
Then I did the sleeves, attached it to the bodice and sew the sides. Too bad I forgot to take picture of the process.
Here is the final pullover with the whole turtleneck.
And this is how I wear it, I folded the turtleneck inside.
Back view of the pullover.
The closer look of the thumb openings.
And the high-low hem.
That's it, a short review of my latest hand knit pullover. I like it and looking forward to wearing it in the colder weather.
Have a lovely day/evening and happy sewing/knitting to all!


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Bohemian Blouses

Hi sewing friends!
Finally the weather is getting colder here in Macau and I am glad I finished my two bohemian blouses (floral voile and blue cotton with small prints) on time. Both fabrics are new bought during my trip to Seoul in August. The floral voile blouse is my second garment of MAGAM October with the theme Sew October One, my plan was sewing two garments from one fabric (a dress and blouse). You can see the finished dress here.

I used BurdaStyle Bohemian Blouse 10/2016 #121 B size 36 with the finished sleeve with cuff as pattern #121A. The blouse style is very sweet, it has V-neck, shaping pleats and gathered sleeves. Those details caught my eyes for the first time I saw the magazine and I immediately put the pattern on my working list.
Before I continue, here is the picture of me and my bestie Ellie wearing our new blouses. Oh, hey.. Ellie is my mannequin that is working along with me since 2011, she is not good on fitting but at least I can use her for modelling my garments :)
The fabric suggestion is softly draping fabric and my fabrics don't drape too much but it is fine for me :)
For the first blouse, I made the neck tie longer than the original pattern but the second blouse was the same length as the original pattern suggested.
The gathered sleeve finished with cuff ( same as pattern view A) and pity that I made mistake on the pleat placements at the mid sleeves, it supposed to face the back side but I sew them face the front side.
Also, I have to reduce the sleeve length 3 cm and the bodice length 6 cm because they were too long for my taste.
After I have done my first blouse, I realized that the back neck was a little bit too big. So, I have to make sway back adjustment and reduced the back neck 2 cm in total for the second blouse.

The two pictures below shows the overall look of the first blouse on me and Ellie. I do really love the pretty floral prints and the blouse is so comfy and easy to wear :)

The second blouse was made from lightweight cotton, I have no idea what type. The seller said the fabric is typical Korean cotton and I didn't ask more because her English was so limited. I love the base colour, light blue reminds me of tenderness and the small dark blue prints is just enough to add sweetness.
As I mentioned before that I have to make sway back adjustment for better fit. And I decided to cut one piece fabric on fold for the lower back (the original pattern is two pieces).
The rest of the details exactly like the first blouse.

Picture below shows the look of the sleeves, oh well I never like anything puffy until I sew this blouse. I think it is really lovely, what do you think?

A little explanation of the sewing process, it started with trace all the pattern pieces, I didn't added seam and hem allowances on the pattern because it consumed a lot of time. So, I added directly when I cut the fabric by my eyes :) I think the eyes already knew because of a lot of practice in the past couple of months :))
Here are some of my sewing process, front and back pieces. I am sure you all can read them through the pictures.
The back neckline for the floral blouse finished with top stitching using sewing machine and the light blue blouse finished with hand stitching. I like both, but my favourite is the hand stitching.
And here the back views, the floral blouse has four pieces of fabrics and the light blue blouse has three pieces. I think with four or three they look and feel same :)
Finally we are in the last picture of today's post, the finished gathered sleeve with small cuff is really cute. I wonder why it takes me so long to sew and wear this type of sleeves :)
Happy Sewing!

Hana @velvetribbon_sew

This blouse will be linking to Facebook Group "Make A Garment A Month"


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