Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Stuffed Elephant Toys And I Won A Giveaway

Hello everyone,
Look what I've made! Two very cute stuffed elephant toys for my DS :-) 
Pattern     : free elephant toy pattern from
Materials : I used two fabric scraps from stash - both of them are printed cotton, fusible interfacing for the ears, polyester stuffing, buttons for the eyes and threads.
The sewing process is very fast and enjoyable, I did two of them in two hours. The only tricky part is hand sewn the elephant body but the rest is so easy.
Here is a picture of my sewing in progress,
a. My fabrics after cutting
b. Sew  all the edges according to the instructions
c. Turn it inside out
d. Stuffed with polyester stuffing and ready for hand sewing the opening area, done!

More pictures of the final project,

And I have a very good news that I want to share with you all, I won a giveaway from Sew Melodic - Thank you so much Melody Murdock, I will make some pretty garments from the pattern :-)

If any of you didn't know Melody yet, please feel free to check over her blog - she made a lot of pretty vintage/modern garments.  Sew Melodic

That's it for my today post, happy sewing and have lovely Tuesday to you all:)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Sunshine And Shine On Award! Me-Made-May'14 Pledge and April Garment In Progress

I'd like to say a big thank you to Dorothy of Sewing Fun Things for nominating my blog for the Sunshine and Shine On Award.

WHAT IS SUNSHINE AND SHINE ON AWARD? This award is meant to help you know your fellow bloggers better and network with other bloggers, as well as reveal fun facts about you to help your readers know you better.
  • Use the logo below in the post.
  • Link to whoever nominated you.
  • Write ten pieces of information about yourself.
  • Nominate ten fellow bloggers (or less if you have less followers) “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
  • Inform the nominees on their blog.

Ten pieces of information about me:
  1. My nickname is Hana
  2. My hair is black and only one time dyed my hair to brown color. One time only!
  3. I love perfumes, lipsticks, nail colors, flowers and candles 
  4. I used extra virgin coconut oil for my body and hair.
  5. Apart from sewing, I love cooking, baking and gardening. I had a tiny garden in the balcony filled with sweet basil, coriander, parsley, egg plant and orchid
  6. I love coffee, vanilla ice cream, candies, my home made cookies and whole wheat bread with honey
  7. I hate waking up in the morning listening someone who's talking too much and I get uncomfortable being around someone who's complains in every little thing
  8. I hate seeing a person wearing pajama in the supermarket or walking around the block. I also hate seeing a women wearing shorts so short that the pockets are coming out.
  9. I can stay inside house the whole day sewing :-) but with bonus: internet and music
  10. I am dying to learn how to knit and sewing a great fitting pants
And I AM VERY SORRY that I can not nominate 10 other bloggers for this award. I am following many blogs and I adore them all. So, it's very difficult for me to choose :-( I hope you will understand my decision.

Me-Made-May is an awesome challenge to wear self-stitched garments, refashions or anything handmade during the whole month of May, hosted by Zoe of 'So Zo...'
I am not going to write here more about it, please click this link for more details MMM'14

Here is my pledge,

'I, Hana of Velvet Ribbon sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to wear at least one me-made item including refashion or accessory each day for the duration of May 2014'

And the last post of the day is my April garment in progress for MAGAM Challenge. I am making a simple summer dress based on Burdastyle Sewing Vintage Modern - Louisa Drop Waist dress size 34 for a dress bodice and self-drafted circle skirt. Don't mad with me, as I couldn't find my self-drafted circle skirt that I made some years ago, I hacked my self-drafted peplum top. I just added some more centimeters down to my knee :-)
I had done my muslin on Wednesday, I only made a bodice dress muslin. I'll show you more details on my later post.

For the fabric, I will use 2.5 yards of printed viscose

 Happy sewing everyone!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fabric Easter Eggs

Hi everyone,
Easter is almost here and today I finally finished my Easter eggs. They look really delicious but I can not eat them :-) I wanted to make it since the beginning of the month but time always flies - oh well that's life!
I didn't sew any garments during this past two weeks but I have time to clean up my sewing space and separate some of the fabrics that I want to sew on the next couple weeks. Beside that, I also worked on the blog, if you noticed - I changed the blog header and organized my pages tab. I think it looks nicer now :-)

Well, I am not going to bore you more with explanations.  Now I am going to show you my delicious Easter eggs,
For the materials - I used my fabric scraps from stash, polyester stuffing and threads.
For the pattern - I used free pattern and easy step by step tutorials from Retro Mama - Fabric Easter Eggs - I found this easy and quick crafts to make through Jessica's blog, she also made these cute eggs and hosting "Scrap Basket Sunday Link-Up". So, I decided to join her fun party. Please feel free to head over her blog, The Sterling Thimble if any of you are interested to join.

If you follow my facebook page, you have seen yesterday that I posted my fabrics for these Easter eggs. I did 2 eggs yesterday and continue working with it this morning. It was a very fun little project to make :-)
Here is my sewing in progress,
my fabrics scrap after cutting
sew the edges according to the instructions and turn it inside out

fill all of them with polyester stuffing, hand sew the final part and done!

That's all my quick post for today. Happy Easter to you all!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Megan Draper Dress From Mad Men TV Show

Hi everyone,
I finished my Megan dress yesterday - exactly on the deadline of Mad Men Dress Challenge 3 but I couldn't publish my project in the blog. I took some pictures last night but the result wasn't so clear, so I took pictures again today and publish it as soon as I finished.

My dress is inspired by Megan Draper 60's style yellow dress, but I made some changes according to my own style,
  • Make the dress length a little bit longer
  • Sewn 6 buttons on the skirt front flap instead of 4 buttons
  •  The belt finished with snap-fasteners in the back side of the dress
image source
As I couldn't find any plain yellow fabric in my local shop, I bought 2.5 yards medium crepe fabric in very deep pink ( the fabric has shiny part in one side and hard in the other side) according to the shop owner I can use both side of fabric. I used the shiny one facing inside.
And for the skirt flap lining, I used silk polyester fabric.
med weight crepe fabric

silk polyester lining fabric

For the pattern, I used Vogue 8228 with modifications. The original pattern has front slits on the neckline and the end of the dress skirt front at the center, I just connected the center dress front. Then I added skirt  front flap and self-made belt. Here are a little bit details of my sewing process,
back and front pieces

For the skirt front flap, I copied the center front skirt panel on a new sheet of paper. Started 3 cm above the waist line to the end of the center front skirt, and then I added 1.5 cm on both side right and left side.
I sew the skirt flap and the lining right sides facing- on the skirt top and sides only - leave the bottom open, turn it inside out. Press it with iron and hand sewn the bottom.
front skirt flap and lining
I hand sewn the skirt flap bottom
pin and hand sewn the skirt flap on to the skirt
I sew 4 cm wide belt from the same fabric x 84 cm long. Then I sew the belt on the top of the flap with my sewing machine, sew the buttons and snap fasteners.

And the last work is hand sewn the hem. Done!
Here are more pictures of me wearing my dress,


Happy sewing and have a wonderful Wednesday to you all!