Thursday, July 14, 2016

Joyful Sweetheart Dress

Hello friends, hope you have a happy sewing day :)
As promised in my previous post, here is the finished Joyful Sweetheart dress for Magam June challenge.
Fabric : 2 yards of printed cotton poplin.
Pattern : BurdaStyle Vintage Modern Elizabeth Gathered-Waist dress size 34 modified to a sweetheart dress. I did the wearable muslin but I modified the bodice again to princess seamed. Also, the dress has facing, gathered skirt, side zipper and finished with narrow hem.

The process was a little bit tricky because I have to copy the bodice from my wearable muslin, remove the darts and make princess seam bodice for both front and back - as shown in the pictures below.

After I had all the pieces, I sewed the bodice and carefully clip the seam allowances and sew the raw edges using the zig zag stitch.
Then sewed the shoulder right sides together. After that, I prepared the skirt by gather them all and attached it to the bodices. Followed by sewing the right side of the dress and inserted the zipper in the left side.
I fused the facings with fusible interfacing and attached to the bodices and sewed the bias tape around the armholes. Then I did the last step, narrow hem.

After all, I really love this dress and happy with the fit. Hope I will wear more this summer :)

Happy Sewing!

+Hana Velvet Ribbon

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Basic Crochet Top

I have been very enthusiastic with crochet and knitting lately and so happy to finish my first ever crochet top after almost two months :) The pattern is made by me, I usually use size M. No special rule to crochet this top, I just double crochet and measured the length in rectangle shape. Finished the neckline and armholes with single crochet. Very easy, isn't it?
For the yarn, I used 7 skeins cotton yarn : 875 m. And for the needle, I used 3.5 mm crochet hook.

The finished top is just so comfy and roomy in the sleeves. I was planning to wear it this summer but can not, it is too heavy to wear in hot humid weather. But it is okay, I will wear it during colder month, on top of long t-shirt :)

The process started with back piece, I worked from the middle bodice - 90 chain stitches followed with double crochet stitches until measured 23 cm. Then continue worked in the back neckline by marked both shoulders 16 cm, and shaped the neckline until measured 3 cm. After that I did the bottom bodice, marked both sleeves 5 cm and double crochet until measured 28 cm.

After the back piece done, I worked on the middle front bodice - 90 chain stitches followed with double crochet stitches until measured 18 cm. And then I marked both shoulders 16 cm and carefully shaped the front neckline until measured 8 cm.
After the middle front done, I did the same as the back bodice, marked both sleeves 5 cm and double crochet until measured 28 cm.

Then I did the last three parts of finishing this top, seamed both shoulders right sides together and both sides of the top right sides together started from sleeves down to the hem. After that single crochet the neckline and armholes 4 rows and then hemline 2 rows. Done!

A little note : The finished top was a little bit big at the sleeves but I did that in purpose of confines, If any of my reader want to make the same top with better fit, feel free to reduce the sleeve size in both length and wide :)

Here is detail of the pattern, hope you enjoy it :)

And some process in pictures.

The final top, front and back views.

That's it for my today post, I am wishing everyone a lovely day and a happy crafting!

+Hana Velvet Ribbon

Video tutorial "Double Crochet" from VeryPink Knits

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sweetheart Dress - Wearable Muslin

Hello sewing friends,
I finally finished the wearable muslin for MAGAM Joyful June, Sweetheart dress :) The pattern is based on BurdaStyle Vintage Modern Elizabeth Gathered-waist Dress size 34, I modified the bodice at the neckline and armhole. And for the fabric, I used cotton voile that already stayed inside my stash for a while.
Before I write more about the challenge of making this dress, let's take a look of the final dress that I wore this morning. I went out with husband and son visited Leal Senado, then walked around Sao Domingos market.

I always enjoyed flat sketch and I made this one especially for the Sweetheart Dress.

I mentioned before that this dress is based on BurdaStyle Vintage Modern Elizabeth Gathered-waist Dress size 34. I modified the front and back bodices to a Sweetheart neckline and used the skirt as the original pattern had.
My work started with front bodice, I measured the dart center line 8.5 cm above the apex and drew using the French curve to the CF in the shape of half heart, and then drew a line of neckline.
For the armhole, I reduced the shoulder line 6.5 cm and drew a new line of armhole.

I did the same for the back bodice, I measured the dart center line 8.5 cm above the apex and drew a new line of the back neckline in a square shape. Also reduced the shoulder line 6.5 cm and drew a new line of armhole.
The front and back darts is exactly same as the original pattern.
I also made the facings and fused them with fusible interfacing.

I like sewing this dress, especially the fabric was so easy to work with. I sewed the darts and attached the front and back bodices right sides together at the shoulder. Then prepared my skirt by gather them before attach to the bodice.
After that I sew the right side of the dress and sew the invisible zipper to the left side.
Then sewed the facing and hem the dress. Done!

Oh well, I tried the dress as soon as finished and so disappointed with the fitting of the neckline. Both front and back were too big 3 cm :(
So, quick decision I added the darts in both sides - 1.5 cm in both corners of chest area and the same for back side.

These pictures below are the final dress in my dress form, hope you can spot the darts on the wrong sides of the dress. Also, forget to mention that I sewed the bias tape around the armhole facing.

That's it for my today post everyone, hope you are having a lovely weekend :) I am going to share this post to MAGAM Facebook Group and ready to work on the real dress with Joyful fabric :)

Happy Sewing!

+Hana Velvet Ribbon

Monday, June 6, 2016

Me Made May 2016 Round Up

Me Made May 2016 has come to an end. It was a great month and I am glad that I managed to wear self-stitched garments and refashioned for the whole month.
My special thank you to Zoe for organizing the awesome challenge, my dear husband who took photos during the whole month and to all my sewing friends for the lovely comments through Flickr. Also, my last thank to my followers in my Facebook page for the likes and comments :)

Well, I am not going to say more, here are the outfits that I wore during the whole month of May. For more detail of each outfit, you can visit my album on Flickr ME MADE MAY 2016

May 1st - 8th

May 9th - 15th

May 16th - 23rd

May 24th - 31st

I think it is enough for my today post, hope everyone have a lovely day and a happy sewing.



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