Friday, June 27, 2014

First Version Of Burda T-Shirt 06/2008

I am so happy that I finally made a t-shirt. It was a very fun project to make and I am so surprised that making it was not scary at all :)

My June Magam plan is making an outfit (white knit t-shirt and floral skirt) - I am working on the skirt now and as I am not sure about the t-shirt pattern, I tried to make it first with another fabric. So, I will not ruin the white knit fabric if the t-shirt didn't came out well.
I use the left over fabric from my husband pajama shorts, it's knit cotton in dark blue color and I decided to top stitch the t-shirt with orange thread around the neckline, armholes, sleeves hem and hem line. This idea came out suddenly during sewing and I think this t-shirt will match with my orange skirt. And the result, as shown in the picture above is just lovely and perfect for everyday wear :)

More details of the t-shirt,
Pattern and modification :
Burda t-shirt pattern 06/2008 - 113 size 34. Sorry I couldn't find the link about it. I had the magazine in Spanish edition.
As I mentioned in the last post, the minimum size of the pattern is 38. So, I have to draw the new pattern lines by myself. I decided to use size 36 but in the end I used size 34. Even so, I still need to reduced both side of the top 1 cm and make the front neck a little bit higher 1 cm.
I also decided to cut the sleeves length a little bit shorter about 3 cm and finished the sleeves hem 2 cm.
For the neckline, I used pattern 114. I added the neckband and sew it around the neckline. And for the t-shirt hem, I just fold the hem line and sew it - I used 3 cm hem allowance. The original pattern with elastic inserted in the hem line didn't look good on me, so I decided to use the normal hem line.
Here is the original pattern from Burda 06/2008 - 113 and 114,

Knit cotton fabric in dark blue color from the left over fabric - more or less 1.5 yards, fusible interfacing to replace the stay tape - I use it for the shoulder line and threads - in dark blue color and orange color for top stitching.

Sewing process:
  • I cut the fashion fabric and change my sewing machine needle with ballpoint needle. 
  • Sew the front and back pieces right sides together at the shoulder, then sew the sleeve to the armhole. After that, I sew the sleeve hem and then top stitch the armhole line and the sleeve hem at the hem allowance using twin needle and orange tread. I followed this tutorial on how to use a twin needle, here is the link of the video from stitchless tv
  • Sew the front and back t-shirt right sides together at the side, starting from the sleeve under down to the body and the end of the t-shirt.
  • Sew the neckband onto the neckline, I followed this easy tutorial from Here is the link How to sew classic t-shirt neckband. And then top stitch around the neckline using the twin needle and orange thread. The result of my neckline is not so perfect, as you can see the neckband didn't lay flat but I'll try to find the right solution later on the second t-shirt.
  • Fold the hem line 3 cm, sew it and top stitch using the twin needle and orange thread. Done!
The picture below is the finishes neckline and sleeves,

And the finishes hem line, right side and wrong side.

And some more pictures of t-shirt front and back views,

I really love my new t-shirt and can not wait to make another as soon as I finish the floral skirt. I also have done some other projects but still too busy to take pictures. I will try my best to photograph it and publish them here.

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sewing Plans

Hello everyone,
Today post is about my sewing plans for Magam Challenge and about other things that I want to do in the next couple weeks.

For Magam June plan, I want to make an outfit - a very comfy t-shirt and a skirt.
For the fabrics:
T-shirt, I will use 1.5 yards of knit cotton in white color and for the skirt, I will use 1.5 yards of floral stretch cotton.

For the patterns,
T-shirt, Burda pattern 113/114 from Burda Magazine from June 2008 in Spanish edition. I saw the minimum size is 38, so I have to draw size 36 by myself and I saw that the t-shirt had nice detail in the armholes and sleeves, but I am not sure which one will suit me. So, I will try both styles - with or without gather. I will see later...
Skirt, I will use Burdastyle pattern 10/2013 - 123 size 36 - for sure I have to make adjustment on the waist. The skirt has a slight flare and decorative large hip-yoke pockets.
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And for other plans, I want to make four summer dresses. I will use my orange floral cotton, grey gingham, dark blue polka dots stretch cotton and green batik. I will post the details of each dress when they are done. I already started work on the orange floral cotton - it's a sleeveless shift dress with square neckline.

Also, I want to make four t-shirt. I will used the fabrics below, all of them are knit cotton. I will post the details of each t-shirt when they are done.

I already made a pajama shorts for my husband with the dark blue fabric and planning to make the second one with the green fabric. I bought two of the fabrics (dark blue and green) 3 yards each, so for sure I still have left over fabric to make t-shirt for myself :)

I think is enough for today post and I hope I manage to make it all :-)
Happy sewing!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Me Made May 2014

Hello everyone,
Here is the compilation of my outfits that I wear during Me Made May 2014. It was a fun challenge and I am glad that I managed to wear me-made outfit everyday during the whole month of May :)

Well, I am not going to write here every detail of my outfits, you can check them all in my flickr album - Velvet Ribbon Me Made May 2014

That's it for my quick post everyone, I hope you enjoyed MMM as much as I do :)

Happy sewing!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Finished Magam May Trousers

Hello everyone,
I am very happy that I managed to finish my May project for  Make A Garment A Month Challenge and already wore it last Thursday for MMM day 29 - as shown on the picture above :)
It took so long to finish this trousers because I got some kind of laziness, I just want to sew something easy this moment. So, making trousers was really a wrong decision. But anyway, I am so glad that I've done it before the end of the month :)

For the pattern: I used Burdastyle Bootcut Trousers 10/2013#126 A size 38 with some adjustments.
And for the materials: I used 2 yards of stretch twill woven cotton in grey color, polka dots cotton for integrated pocket, fusible interfacing for the waistband, hook n eye, snap fastener, zipper and same color of thread.

Sewing process :
I mentioned on my last post that I will use size 36 but in the end I used size 38.
I made muslin first for better result and better fitting trousers ( as in the past I am not really sure how many pants muslin end up to the trash without any good result ).
I used my printed cotton from stash for the muslin, but this time I just make it until the top of my ankle. My muslin included side hips yoke with integrated pocket piece but without pocket pieces. I also added a waistband on the muslin. Here is the result,

I mark my muslin with orange color with a-b and c, that to show you some area that I need to make some fitting. I am not an expert on pants making but I'd love to show you how I worked on fitting.
  • a - The waist area is too high for my taste, so I reduced it 2 cm. I measured 4 cm from upper trousers. I did the same way for all pieces, front-back and side hip yoke.
  • b - As you can see the middle front of my muslin look bulky, so I added the dart with 1.5 cm with 10 cm length.
  • c - The muslin seem too big on the bottom, so I have to reduced 2 cm in both sides - in front and the back. It starting from knee area down to the hem.
I hope my explanations will make a sense and you can see below picture of my pattern drawing with adjustments

After all the adjustments, here is the result of my muslin. I think it look better than the first one :)

After my muslin done, I worked on the trousers according to the instructions. The only conclusion is inserting the zip slit, but I am safe because Sarah Liz posted an easy way on inserting zip slit last time. You can pop over her blog post here.

Well, I am not going to explain more about how I worked on the trousers. It was a tricky and boring project to make. But in the end of my work, I can smile and I say to myself that I did a nice work and I will wear this trousers more often for everyday wear :)

Here are more pictures of me wearing the trousers with my cowl top,

And the last picture of the details - trousers front with zipper, hook n eye and snap fastener - the integrated pocket with polka dots fabric - and the trousers inside, front view with zip slit detail.

I think is enough for my today post and now I am thinking of making a t-shirt or blouse to match with this trousers :) I have two fabrics from my stash that I think will look good for it. We will see later...

Happy sewing!!