Friday, January 19, 2018

My Image M1766 Coat

Hello fellow sewists,
I made a new coat and this is my first post of the year after a long absence. But before I write more, I want to wish you a Happy New Year, may 2018 be filled with happiness, love, health, prosperity and many sewing time to come.

I have been sewing and knitting lately but no blog post, I was thinking to make one post about all my makes but then I gave up due busy time. But you can see all the photos on my Instagram if you are interested.
About the coat, this garment is my entry for #magamsewalong January with the theme "Join In". To fit on the theme, I decided to make a garment that I really need at the moment and using stash fabric instead of buy the new one. But unluckily I don't have matching colour silk for the lining. I have black, three different blues, grey and white but no purple 😥 So I went to buy 4 yards of deep purple silk in the local shop that's enough to make two garments.

The main fabric of this coat is 2 yards of very deep purple colour wool from stash that I bought on sale some years back. As my fabric isn't enough to make a long coat, I decided to make whatever length can be for 2 yards fabric and it goes until below my hips. Which I think suits me better than the long one.
Other than the fabrics, I also needed thread, fusible interfacing, wooden buttons and snap buttons that they are all from stash.

Pattern I used: My Image Sewing Pattern Magazine #15 - M1766 Coat size 36. I was a little bit confused with the pattern detail, picture shows the coat has patch pockets but the pattern came with inseam pockets. You can see picture below but anyway, I decided to sew welt pockets 😁

The sewing process was enjoyable and the instructions from the magazine was easy to follow. Besides shorten the length, I changed the pockets as I mentioned above and changed the buttonholes to snap buttons with wooden buttons as decoration. I like the result and they are more practical.
About the welt pockets, I was searching so many tutorials on Pinterest and found such an easy to follow with step by step pictures from See Kate Sew and these are few details of my process...

I used so many pins on sewing the sleeve, I usually baste with hand before sewing but I wanted to try pin and love how fast was the process compare with basting. The sleeve and hem also done by sewing machine with a little hand sewing in the hole where I pull the hem in and out.

After all, I like the final coat and will use this pattern again when I want to make another coat or even better I would like to modify the style. 
I mentioned in my IG in the beginning of the month that I wanted to make a muslin first before the real coat but I gave up. I just measured the pattern and calculated according to my previous pattern fitting. Also added 1 cm bigger seam, sleeve and hem allowances for easy but in the end I have to trim it to the original allowances.
The only one thing I want to reduce is the shoulder length, I think it is 1.5 cm longer than my liking. But anyway, I don't want to add dart or redo the coat. I will be okay with it.

I was wearing my new coat with Plantain Deer and Doe t-shirt in grey and latest jeans in black pattern modified from Burdastyle straight pants 10/2013.

That's it for today post and hope I will be back to my routine to write a blog post at least once a month. Also, my special thank you to Sarah Liz Sew Style for organising this monthly challenge - magamsewalong again this year and all of you my sewing friends in both Blogger and Instagram for your comment, company and support 💗💗

Happy Sewing!


Thursday, November 30, 2017

DIY Jeans And White Cotton Blouse

Hello everyone,
I made a new outfit and these garments are my entry for #magamsewalong October and November. My plan for October Original was a self-drafted skirt and white blouse in the picture below, the skirt turned out fine but I'd love to make adjustment next time. So, I will post the skirt detail separately later.
For November Needs, I was planning to make jeans and bought two pieces of jeans fabrics in dark blue and black. I decided to sew the blue colour first as wearable muslin but in the end I like the result and I am in the middle of finishing the black one but no time to complete this month, so I will continue next month.

Coincidentally the jeans and white blouse are lovely match, so I just wear it together 😁

I modified both blouse and pants patterns to my liking Burdastyle Shirt Blouse 03/2013 size 36 

For the blouse, I changed the button down to a v-neck style by omitted the collar, button down, sleeve and hem bands. 
I laid the front piece pattern, omitted the button placements and made it on fold instead of cut in two as original pattern had. Reduced the shoulder length and drew a new line of v-neck. 
After I am done with the modification, I made a wearable muslin using floral cotton lawn in pink leftover from the previous garment.
As shown in the picture below, I wore it with a self-drafted a line skirt with side pocket which I promise to write more details in the future post.

The white blouse fabric is cotton embroidery that I bought in my last trip to Bangkok in summer. I love the fabric so much and still have a leftover enough for a sleeveless blouse. 
The neckline finished with facing from the same fabric fused with lightweight fusible interfacing in the wrong side of the fabric. Also, decided to used the scalloped end of the fabric for the sleeve and hem.

For the jeans, I used the straight pants pattern as a base and copied my rtw jeans for detail.
I omitted the back darts and made the back piece in two, added back pocket and changed the shape of front pocket.
Also, I shaped the leg slimmer - started by reduced the from both inner and outer ankle 2 cm up to the top of my knee. Also, I added belt loops and top stitched with brown colour thread for real looking jeans 😁
Picture below is the start of the process, I forgot to cut the front pocket hole before taking the picture and only noticed when I sew. Also, I used floral cotton lawn for pocket bag.

The rest of the process was a little bit confusing, especially because I never worked in the jeans before but glad I survived and like the result of my jeans. The fit is fine and I like a little high waist more than the lower waist that I normally find on rtw jeans.

The only thing I didn't like was the pocket, I felt that too low for my liking. So, will raise a little on the second jeans.

The button is a dark brown plastic button from stash that I think suits the jeans nicely. The back pocket finished with a very simple straight top stitch decoration done by regular sewing needle.

Happy Sewing!

Love, @velvetribbon_sew

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Handmade Halloween-Lloyd Garmadon

Happy Halloween everyone! 🎃🎃🎃
I made this costume for dear son to attend a party at his school. So glad that he liked and wore it this morning complete with plastic sword that we bought in the local supermarket last day.

The process of making the costume started with sew the black t-shirt and sweatpants as a base, I used Burdastyle patterns for both Boy's raglan t-shirt 03/2013 size 134 and Boy's sweatpants 10/2013 size 134 with adjustment on the length for both patterns and also omitted the hem band on the sweatpants.
I added the green decorative pieces in both garment based on Lloyd Garmadon character that I found in Google. I cut and sew them directly on the garments. Easy and consumed less time.
All the materials I used for these costume are knit cotton in black and jersey knit in greens.
The t-shirt has raglan sleeve and finished the neckline with sew the ribbing knit fabric in black. The sweatpants have pockets, front fly and finished with elastic inserted in the waist band.

I used a lot of pins on the process and gladly I didn't baste anything, pins and sew 😀
After I am done the garments, dear husband help me to paint all the symbols and let them dry overnight and continue paint the final touch in the next day.

The costume completed with balaclava pattern from Pinterest with adjustment to his size, bandanna in green with hand painted yellow symbol and belt in dark green colour.

And here is the whole look of the front and back views. He looks pretty cool and happy in his costume 💗😀

Thank you for stopping by and see you soon on my #magamsewalong garments.

Hana @velvetribbon_sew

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cosy Cardigan and V-neck T-shirt

Hello fellow sewists,
I made a cardigan and t-shirt for my entry in Instagram sewing challenge #cosycardichallenge, both garments are based on Simplicity pattern 8059 size xs for the cardigan and xxs for the t-shirt. I was planning to make the cardigan only but decided to make the t-shirt after I finished because I don't have a matching t-shirt to wear with it.
Luckily that the pattern came in five different models and one of them is a asymmetrical tunic that was easy to modify to a simple v-neck tee.

About the cardigan - the fabric is knit jersey in brown from stash which I don't really like the colour but I have to use it to reduce my growing stash.
And the pattern is Simplicity Misses Separates 8059 knee length cardigan size xs. I reduced the cardi length more than 17 cm and sleeve length 9 cm to adjust to my size. But the rest are fine and happy that the instruction was easy to follow.
The process of making the cardi was enjoyable, especially that I never made one before. I used an overlocker machine more than the sewing machine.
The only tricky part was the band, I used a lot of pins and baste the band before top stitched it. After all the effort and some serious job in steaming with iron, the cardigan is done nicely and I am happy with it.
The front tie finished with two small wooden beads, also from stash.
The pictures below shows front and back views, I really like the tie and right amount of the deep V shape on the front cardi. Also, I decided to follow the original pattern and added the band with elastic gathering in the back.

For the v-neck t-shirt, I used the tunic pattern with asymmetrical hem size xxs but changed the hem to a normal hem and adjust the length to my liking. Also, I lengthen the sleeve length until my wrist and adjusted the fit to the armhole because the sleeve was little tight.
I found out that sewing the v-neck wasn't so difficult after I followed the pattern instruction but mine didn't come out perfect but I'm okay with it. The sleeve and hem finished with twin needle - 2 cm allowances.

As the weather will be cooling down soon, I will sew some more long sleeve t-shirts. I will use stash fabrics and also recycling some garments that we don't like/use it. Also, I will use this pattern as a base and modify it according to the plan, I am excited and will make the plan come true after I finished the garments for #magamsewalong.

Before I say good bye for today's post, I'd love to say thank you to AmandaSodbury Sewing School and Rachel D for hosting #cosycardichallenge in Instagram. Feel free to click over the hashtag for some inspiration and lovely handmade cardigans.. 😍

Happy weekend and happy sewing everyone!



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