Sunday, March 26, 2017

Polka dot Dress with Ruffle Shoulder

We are having crazy weather lately, from hot humid, foggy to cold. And not enough dealing with that, I got sick with cough allergies for some weeks 😢
But luckily I still sew some small garments for my son and finished this polka dot dress. This dress is my first based on Casual Sweet Clothes - Favourite Pieces For Everyday sewing book by Noriko Sasahara that I bought during my visit to Singapore in October last year. I also bought some fabrics, patterns and Burdastyle magazine, you can find them in my old IG post, here.
Material needed :
2 yards of polka dot cotton in light green colour, invisible zipper, fusible interfacing and thread.
Dress A with ruffle shoulder detail size S with following adjustment,

  • I reduced the middle center front and back 1 cm because the dress is a little bit too loose.
  • Lowered the CF neckline 5.5 cm and drew a new line of the front neckline.
  • Raised the ruffle placement 2 cm and trimmed the ruffle at the shoulder 3 cm down to the end 1/2 cm (hope this explanation makes sense).
  • I used 1.5 cm seam allowances in all edges and 3 cm hem allowance.

I actually like the instructions from this book, it is well explained with easy step by step to follow. Firstly I sew the middle front and back pieces right sides together and then gather the ruffles before attached to the bodice. I decided to raised the ruffle placement because it looks to me it doesn't gather enough. Also, I trimmed the ruffle at the shoulder 3 cm down to end 1/2 cm finished with rolled hemmed stitch. I did that because the original ruffles are too big for my liking.

After that, I sewn the front and back sides right sides together and attached it to the middle bodice.
As shown below, the neckline was too high for my usual style. So, I reduced 5.5 cm at the CF and drew a new line of the neckline. I carefully cut it and make a new facings. Fused the fusible interfacing on both front and back neckline facings and also fused on both armhole facings.
Before I attached the neckline and armhole facings, I fused fusible tape on the wrong side of CB and sewn the invisible zipper.
Then, sewn the front and back neckline facings right sides together and attached it to the bodice, clipped the curve areas and did the same for armholes facings. Turned all the facing inside and hand sewn some parts for the facings to stayed in place.
Here is the final look of the back side. Well, I am happy with it 😊
And the last work was sew the hem allowance 3 cm, the original pattern suggested for 2.5 cm but I used 3 cm and I did that for almost all me-made dresses.
Picture below shows the different look on the original neckline and my version. I know that some people look good on high neckline but not me.
I liked the final dress, lovely fit and it will be perfect to wear in summer without feeling too tight or too loose. For sure I will be making another one later but without ruffle and will make little tweak at the back. You can see in the last picture below that the back has little crumple, I am going to make better fitting in the future.
The ruffle shoulder looks so lovely and girly, isn't it ?
And here are more pictures of the dress and detail, front - side - back and hemline.

Thank you for reading, wishing you a happy weekend and happy sewing!

Hana, @velvetribbon_sew

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Poncho Hoodie And Elastic Slim Pants

I finished my February garments on time but it takes a little bit longer to publish in the blog. I wanted to make this outfit for so long and glad I did it. The poncho hoodie is based on BurdaStyle pattern 11/2016 -126B size 36, I didn't make modification on the pattern except shorten the sleeves length 5 cm, shorten the hem line 5 cm and made the high low hem at the back not so deep - in this case I trimmed the back hemline again 3 cm. I used 1.5 cm seam allowances in all edges and sleeve and hem allowances as well.
The slim elastic pants is based on Simplicity 1314 pants A - Cynthia Rowley size 10 (36) with some adjustments, I reduced the sides and inner pants 2 cm and shorten the length 6 cm because I am small 😀
For the poncho hoodie, I used 2 yards of sweatshirt fleece fabric in maroon colour and for the pants, I used 1.75 yards of double knit fabric in grey colour.

The process of sewing the poncho hoodie taking it's time because I never sew a hoodie before but BurdaStyle explained easily through their sewing course and glad I finished and liked the result. I didn't use serger to finish the raw edge because my fabric is knit that won't fray. And surprisingly my normal sewing machine needle works nicely, I used needle number 14 because the fabric is very thick. Besides sewing the hoodie hat, the nicest part of sewing this poncho was attaching the loops and the toggles.
The process of sewing the pants was easy and fast because it came in three pieces of patterns and elastic. No pocket or front fly. So, I just sew the pieces using blue tip needle, sew the waistband and insert the elastic on it, finished with top stitched the waistband at the lower side of the elastic using twin needle . And the last part was sew the hemline 2.5 cm using twin needle. I am done 😀

Here are the closer look of the poncho hoodie, front - back views and the details

I loved the pants, it is very comfy and easy to wear. Nothing beat elastic pants! And off course I want to make more of this but I will add the pockets and front fly. Also, I am curious to make more modification, we will see...
Here is the details of the finished pants, hope you can spot my sewing using the twin needle at the lower waistband and hemline.

And as usual, picture of me wearing the outfit 😁

And the last picture of the whole outfit on me, front, side and back views.

Thank you for spending your time reading today's post, hope you like it as much as I do. I will be posting this outfit in Magam Challenge - Facebook for February garments with the theme "fit and finish" and I think this outfit is truly fit my daily wear 😀

Happy sewing!

Love, @hana

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hand Knit Cable Hats And Cowl

Hello.. Hope you all have a happy sewing and crafting :)
Today, I'd love to show you the two finished cable hats and small cowl that I worked for so many months, especially the cowl - I started to knit in November 2016 and I forgot when exactly finished. The two hats were made in the beginning of January, but they finished faster than I thought - I did both of them in less than three weeks :)

The pattern for both hats and cowl are based on knitting book "Lovely and Pretty" in Chinese language that I found in the local yarn shop. I decided to bring it home because the book has 34 different hat patterns with easy diagram and symbol to follow.

Blue Cable Hat
Materials :
I used 2.25 skeins of soft feather yarn (40% acrylic, 50% nylon and 10% wool) in deep blue colour, 6 mm/40 cm circular needle for the hat bodice and 4 mm/40 cm for the ribbing and 6 mm dpn needles to shape the crown.

The process was a little bit confusing for my beginner knitting level, I did the bodice hat first with two combination of cable patterns and then the ribbing.
I did the ribbing two times, the first one was 1x1 rib stitch with 5 mm circular needle ( you can spot the rib stitch in the first picture - below) but I didn't like it. So, I unravelled the first rib stitch and knitted again with 2x2 rib stitch with 4 mm circular needle until the rib measures 1.5'' and bind off.😁
Then I did the rest of the process in usual manner, shaped the crown using dpn needle and fasten off the finished hat with tapestry needle.
And the last step, I decided to make pom pom from the same colour of yarn with diameter 3".

The final hat measurements: 11" length and 21" circumference.

Pink Cable Hat
I used two skeins of wool yarn in pink colour, 4 and 5 mm/40 cm circular needle, double pointed needles to shape the crown and crochet hook to make the button to put on top of the hat.

The process was easier than the first hat, I started with cast on, 2x2 rib stitch with 4 mm needle until the rib measures 1.5" and then I did cable stitch.
After that I shaped the crown with dpn needle followed with fasten off the finished hat with tapestry needle.
The last step was made the crochet button, I followed an easy video tutorial from New Stitch A Day. I actually made two buttons but in the end I used the small one and kept the big one for souvenir 😃

The final hat measurements: 9.75" length and 21" circumference.

Grey Cowl
I used 1.5 skeins of extrafine merino wool in grey and 3.5 mm/40 cm circular needle.
The process started with 2x2 rib stitch until measures 1.5", then continued with cable stitch until the whole piece measures 5.5". After that I did 2x2 rib stitch 1.5" finished with bind off loosely.

The final cowl measurement: 7" length and 21" circumference. The cowl is small and only cover around my neck, I like this type of small cowl - simple, warm and easy to wear 😊

That's it for today post, I am loving each of these little projects and so happy that I did them 💪💪

Until next...


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Plantain T-shirt Deer And Doe

I finished the two Plantain t-shirts for Magam challenge January "Sew New Start". This two t-shirts are my first make in 2017, I decided to sew basic top because I realised that I still need some of this for my wardrobe. Besides basic top I still need basic bottoms (skirts and pants) as well, so my general plan for 2017 is to sew more basic garments.

Below pictures are the finished t-shirts, green colour is the real one and grey colour is the wearable muslin. Before I continue, I want to mention here that I decided to make this Plantain t-shirts after I saw Lisa's version some months back. You can see her pretty Plantains over her blog at Lisa's Carolina Handmade.

Pattern detail and adjustment:
Free pattern Plantain t-shirt Deer and Doe long sleeves view A size 36. I decided to raised the center front neckline 2.5 cm because I fear the neckline will be too low. I had this experience in some of the patterns.
After raised the CF, I drew a new line of the neckline and left the back neck as it is. And as I raised the front neckline 2.5 cm, I reduced the neckline band 2.5 cm.
I added ease on both front and back bodices 1 cm and both sides of the sleeve 1 cm.
Also, I omitted the elbow patches and following the rest as the original pattern.

Both my fabrics are jersey knit, I found them on sale in the local shop. I bought the green colour 3 yards and grey colour 2 yards. I still have a lot left over from both that is enough to make another garments in the future.

The sewing process was fast, I did two t-shirts in eight hours. It started as usual, sew front back bodice at the shoulder right sides together.
Attached the sleeves to the bodices and sew both sides right sides together. After that, I sew the neckline band right sides together, pin and sew carefully to the neckline. Then top stitched the band with twin needle and trimmed the excess fabric.
And the last part, sew the sleeves and hemline with twin needle 1.5 cm.
I was so happy that the wearable muslin turned out nice and I don't need to make another adjustment for the real t-shirt 😃

I loved the finished t-shirts. The pattern is so easy to work with and I see so many possibilities from it. I can make it as a simple dress by lengthen the pattern. I can make turtleneck t-shirt or boat-neck t-shirt . Or I can make a short sleeve or sleeveless t-shirt to wear in the summer.
Besides that, this t-shirt has a little bit flare style at the bottom and I think it is great idea to hide the little tummy 😀

Here are more pictures of me wearing it, front - side and back views. Pictures taken during the Chinese New Year celebration.

Wishing everyone the best of luck in the year of the Rooster!



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