Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Me-Made-May'13 Pledge and Follow My Blog on Bloglovin

I am joining Zoe from 'So, Zo... in a challenge to wear self-stitched garments or anything handmade during the whole month of May.

'I, Hana of Velvet Ribbon, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '13. I endeavour to wear self-stitched garments or accessories each day for the duration of May 2013'

And also, as the Official Google Blog will soon retire Google Reader, I recommended everyone to follow Velvet Ribbon on Bloglovin .

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Burda Style Pleated Blouse

Look what I made on last weekend! a new pleated blouse from Burda Style 04/2013 issue , a very airy blouse that is perfect for summer. And I think this blouse will match well with jeans, pencil pants or even shorts. Yeah.. the type of blouse that suits my everyday life without feeling stuffy:)

Here are the details of this blouse,
I used pleated blouse pattern from burda style magazine 04/2013 issue, size 36. I did not make any alterations, I just copy the pattern to the transparent paper, transfer the pattern to the fabric, cut it and sew it according to the patterns instructions. Believe me, this is the easiest and fastest project that I ever worked.
I used 2 yards of light weight polka dot cotton, but I still have left over fabric that I can use to make a scarf or another small project. And same color thread.
And here are more pictures of me and my dress form wearing the blouse,

As this project is very easy and fast to make, I will definitely make another one with different fabric and color.
Are you interested in this blouse and wanting to make one for yourself? If the answer is yes, I'd love to see your version:)
Happy Sewing!

Burda Style 04/2013 Issue

Today post is about new sewing patterns from Burda Style magazine 04/2013 issue. I was very lucky that my sister in law brought me this magazine from Portugal. The magazine is in Portuguese language but I will add a link below the pictures to be redirected to the original post.

-satin dress
-pearl dress

-lace dress
-smocked maxi dress
lace short
back lace top and pencil pants

-halter dress
-tie blouse and skirt 042013

blouson jacket
draped tank and flared skirt

-bodice top and applique skirt
-wrapped blouse and capris
-short wrap blouse and tulip skirt

-hi-low blouse
-sweetheart dress

-slit neckline dress

-pleated blouse
-tuxedo vest

-hip length blazer
-shift dress 042013

-maxi dress (plus size)
-crepe jacket (plus size)
-summer dress (plus size)

-men's waistcoat
-men's jacket

-men's chambray shirt
-men's crease shirt and men's trousers


Happy sewing!


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Sheath Dress

Happy Tuesday to you all!
Today post is my latest dress for Mad Men Dress Challenge 2, this challenge is built by Julia from I never saw  Mad Men TV show but some of their dresses inspired me. I love Betty, Peggy and Megan style. And I am planning to make more dresses inspired by them in the future :))
For this challenge I chose Betty Draper dress, I love the simple yet elegant sheath dress that she wore on Mad Men season 5.

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Of course my dress is not exactly like her but I am very happy with it. Besides I will wear it on one of my special occasion, I will also be able to participate in the sewing challenge :)

This is a very simple style sheath dress with deep V back, middle back zipper and blind hem stitching. I used the pattern from BurdaStyle Sheath Dress size 34 for the bodice and size 36 for the skirts, so I have to make pattern alterations. Here is the original pattern from BurdaStyle,
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And here is the drawing of my dress pattern, the front dress is more like the original but the back dress is changed to a deep V back style and the invisible zipper inserted in the middle center back,

2 yards of linen in purple color, 2 yards of silk crepe de chine for lining, invisible zipper, fusible interfacing to replace vilene bias tape/stay tape and same color of thread.

Pattern modification:
- For the front bodice, I added 2 cm from the shoulder to the neckline and added 9 cm from the center front up to the neckline. And then I drew a new front neckline using French curve.
- For the back bodice, I added 2 cm from the shoulder to the neckline and measured 20 cm from the center back down to the waistline. And then I drew a new V back bodice using French curve and ruler.
- For the skirts, I shorten the pattern 15 cm.

I worked with this dress for almost 5 days including transferring the pattern, fitting the pattern, cutting the fabrics and sewing it. Mostly I enjoyed the sewing process :)  
And here is how the dress lined up with silk crepe de chine,

And here are the pictures of me wearing this dress, the pictures are not so good because we took it at night, but anyway I am happy with it:)

 Happy sewing!!