Friday, October 7, 2016

Self-drafted Tank Tops

Hello sewing friends..
As promised in the previous post, here are the finished tank tops. I made the first one in denim colour (right side) to wear under my lace crop top, then I decided to make two more from the leftover fabrics to wear at home :)
For the fabrics, I used denim jersey knit, yellow and grey striped jersey and strong blue cotton knit. I think I like more jersey knit fabric than the cotton knit, because it draped so nicely :)

The pattern is self-drafted based/copied from my old rtw tank top and I will show you the process in the below post.

The process of making the tank top started with copy the pattern from my old rtw tank top. Firstly, I folded the tank top in the position of front side on fold and back side on fold. I pin the center armhole down to the hem to avoid messing up in the drawing process. As shown in the picture below right.

After that, I placed the tank top on top of drawing sheet and carefully draw around it. Using scissor, I cut the center armhole down to the hem. Then added 3 cm on the sides plus 1 seam allowances, curved the waistline and lengthen the top until the middle of my hips.

I used 1 cm seam allowance in all edges and 2 cm hem allowance.

Here is my pattern after added the seam allowances and curved the waistlines,

After the pattern done, I cut the fashion fabric.
  • Front and back bodices on fold.
  • Front neckband 24 cm x 5 cm (including 1 cm seam allowance).
  • Back neck band 22 cm x 5 cm (including 1 cm seam allowance).
  • Straps 55 cm x 5 cm (including 1 seam allowance)

I pin and sew the right side of the front neck band to the wrong side of the front neck. Then folded the band to the right side of the front neck, pin and sew. I did the same for the back neck, as shown in the picture below.  

After that, I pin the right side of the strap to the wrong side of the front armhole and back armhole. Leave the middle strap free. Sew around both armholes.

I folded the strap to the right side of the front armhole, middle for the shoulder and back armhole - pin and sew them carefully.

After the straps done, I sew both sides of the bodices right sides together and sew the hem allowance 2 cm using twin needle. Done.

And the last three pictures of my tank tops. All of them are the same sizes but the denim colour is shorter than the others :) Also, I managed to match the stripes in the second tank top and I am really happy with it :)

Happy Sewing!

Love, +Hana Velvet Ribbon

Monday, September 19, 2016

Lace Crop Top Sweater

I finished my first project for Magam and September Sew For 30-2016 and happy with the result :)This crop top has a boat neck style and 3/4 sleeve length, I think it will be nice to wear with trousers or high-waist skirt.
I didn't wear it yet but I will when the weather getting fresh :)

Materials: I used 1.25 m of lace fabic in light blue colour and same colour of thread.
Pattern: BurdaStyle Crop Top Sweater 08/2016 #106 size 36. I didn't make any change to the pattern, I used the same length as the original pattern and the result is little bit longer on me than on the model, which I liked :) Also, I used 1.5 cm seam allowance in all edges and 4 cm hem allowances.

The process of making this top was enjoyable, except matching the lace lines. I spent one morning matching - pinning and sew them in place :)

I used my overlocker machine to sew all the raw edges and sew the neckline using sewing machine. The pattern suggested to hand sewing the neckline but I prefer sewing machine. I trimmed the seam allowance to 7 mm and sew the raw edge using an overlocker. After that I pinned along the neckline and carefully sew around it.

What I like most about this top is my work on matching the lace lines, it does match each other nicely :) Hope you can see it...

The sleeve hem finished with a lovely detail as shown in the picture below. All done by sewing machine, I pinned and sew along the folded area and sew around the sleeve hem.

As the lace is transparent, I decided to sew a tank top to wear under it. I used the leftover denim jersey knit from Shift Dress and copy the pattern from my RTW tank top.

The process of sewing the tank top is quite fast and easy. But I think it deserves to write the detail in the separate post. I will do it in the next couple of days :) Here is the sneak peak of the tank top in progress...

This top is part of Magam September Challenge  hosted by Sarah Liz and September Sew For 30-2016, you can find out more about this on Star's Threads.
Happy Sewing!

Love, +Hana Velvet Ribbon

Monday, August 29, 2016

Lucky Cat Dress

Hello friends,
As promised in my previous post, here is my second holiday dress. I wore it during our visit to N Seoul Tower, South Korea, pictures below taken in the park around the tower.
I am sure you aren't surprised with the pattern I used, BurdaStyle Jamie Shift Dress size 34. Well, this dress is my sixth version so far :)

For the fabric, I used 1.5 yards of polycotton fabric in lucky cat printed that I bought in Hongkong last year. I don't know why I only bought 1.5 yards, if usually I use 2 yards for a dress. Anyway, with very careful calculation I made it :) I used bias tape instead of usual facings and cut the stripes of same fabric for hem allowance.

This dress I made exactly like the original pattern, without back darts as I always added in my previous dresses.
The process was fast, I finished it in five hours :) The process started with sewing the front darts and followed by all the usual manner that I don't need to explain here because you all already master it :)
The only a bit more work was to sew the hem. I have to add two stripes of the same fabric (five cm each) for hem allowance. I placed the stripes right sides together and sewed one side only. And then attached it to the hem, sewed right sides together and closed/sewed the opening area (the unsewn stripes). After that, turned the fabric to the wrong side, serger the raw edge and sewed the hem allowance 4 cm. I am done!

Here are two more pictures of the closer looks of the dress on me, front and back views.

After all, I am loving this dress more and more, I think BurdaStyle made this pattern for me :) I can not stop making more. Beside the pattern, I also love the fabric. I was looking for lucky cat prints for years and so happy to find it in Hongkong. Hope the lucky cat will give me a good luck and fortune :)

Also, this dress is my second dress for MAGAM Challenge that Sarah Liz hosted in facebook. I didn't follow the August theme but I will post it there anyway.

Thank you for reading and hope you have a happy sewing!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lace Curtain Dress

Hello everyone,
I made two new dresses before my holiday, but today I will only show you the first one. The second dress will be in the next post.
We visited Seoul - South Korea and enjoyed the place very much, good foods, great shopping for skincare ( I do love their masks and serums) and I was so surprised that we found fabric and yarn markets during our visit to the area of Dongdaemun market. Well, the fabric market is huge with so many collection of Korean cotton, I bought five kinds and I think is more than enough to make nine garments. Also, I bought eight skeins yarns for my future sweater :) All the souvenir was posted in my Instagram :)

Okay, enough said about the fabric market. Let's talk about my new dress :) The dress was made out of lace curtain fabric in green colour that I bought in the local market many months ago. I also made tank dress to wear underneath, used knit cotton in dark green.
For the pattern, I used Burdastyle Embellished Tunic dress 11/2013 size 34 with modification on the neckline and sleeves.

Here is the final dress that I wore during my holiday, picture taken by DH just before we went out for dinner :)

The process of making this dress was faster than my norm because I don't need to trace a new pattern, I did my first dress in January 2014. The original pattern was 3/4 sleeves tunic dress with front slit. As I wanted a very simple dress with short sleeves and round neckline, I just cut the sleeves length, omitted the slit and drew a new line of the neckline. I also added back darts to make the dress fit better on my body.
The only annoying thing to work with this dress was the fabric, it's hard/sturdy with terrible sizes between the lines - some bigger than others, I couldn't match the lines properly no matter how I tried.
You will spot the bad matching lines in the second picture in the back dress :(

The sleeves and hem finished without sewing them, I just cut the fabric along the edges and the result was as nice as I expected :)

And here is the tank dress that I sewed especially to wear under the dress. I used BurdaStyle Vintage Modern Jamie Shift dress size 34 with modification in the neckline, shoulder, armhole and omitted the darts. Also, I have to make adjustment in the sides of the dress because I used knit fabric instead of woven as the original pattern suggested.

That's it about my lace curtain dress everyone, I will be posting this dress for MAGAM August challenge. My July jacket is still waiting for me to sew the buttons and snaps, it was delayed because I run out of snaps and the shop was closed for holiday.

Happy Sewing and hope you have a lovely summer holiday :)

+Hana Velvet Ribbon


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