Sunday, November 30, 2014

DIY Friday : Green Tote Bag With Trains

I hope you all had a lovely weekend :)
I am late for my DIY Friday post this week because I was busy with a lot of things. I was preparing the post in Friday afternoon but I couldn't finish it.
So, only today I manage to sit in front of my computer and continue writing the post :)

I love making tote bag. In the previous time, I made several in different colors and shapes. I used some for myself and I gave some to close friends and family.

And this time I made tote bag for my son Eduardo to put his stuff (blanket and pillow) to take to school.
I was thinking that this tote bag will look nicer/cuter if I put some sticker in it. Then I searched my stash box and found the train stickers that I bought last time. I showed it to Eduardo and he likes it :)

The sewing process of making this tote bag is easy and fast, I have done it in three hours and it was a very relaxing project to make :)
The size of this tote bag approximately 17" width, 11.5" tall and 5" deep.
I will show you my process in detail and I hope this post will help the beginner sewist.

1 yard of home d├ęcor fabric in green color, ruler, tailor's pencil chalk, thread, tailor's pins, fabric and multipurpose scissors, thread cutting clipper, train stickers, snap fasteners and a little fusible interfacing.

Sewing Process:
1). I measured and cut my fabric 17" x 18" on fold as shown in the picture below. Remember that the folding area is in the bottom
Also the measurement is including 1/2" seam allowance for all edges

2). In the corner bottom of the bag measure 2.5" x 2" as shown in the picture below. I did the same way for the other side

And then, cut the fabric using the fabric scissor

Here is the result after cut in both sides

3). I made the bag facings 18" x 2.5" - cut two pieces and the bag straps 24" x 8" - cut two pieces. Also prepared the snap fasteners and fusible interfacing 2" x 2" - cut two pieces to support the fabric when insert the snap fasteners.
Sorry, I forgot to take picture of the fusible interfacing
After that, I worked on the bag straps by fold the fabric right sides together. Stitch it. Turned the fabric inside out. I pulled the fabric with chopstick to make it easier :)
Then press the fabric using the iron and topstitch in both sides.

4). I folded the tote bag fabric right sides together and marked the middle line with the pin. Then I placed the bag strap 2.5" from the pin as shown in the picture. I did the same way for the other side

I put the bag facing on the top of the bag fabric with strap right sides together and pin it (as shown in the picture). Stitch it. And then sew the raw edges using an overlocker sewing machine. I did the same way for the other side

5). I fused fusible interfacing in the wrong side of the middle bag facing and inserted the snap fasteners. As shown in the two pictures below


6).  I folded the bag right sides together, pin it in both sides. Stitch it. And then sew the raw edges using an overlocker sewing machine

7).  I pin the bottom of the bag right sides together. Stitch it. And then sew the raw edges using an overlocker sewing machine.

8). I turned the bag inside out and topstitched the facing as shown in the picture

9). I fused the stickers using the iron (as the sticker instructions said) and I am done! :-)

And here are two pictures of the final bag.

I usually post DIY Friday in progress here in FACEBOOK PAGE and also made a special board of DIY Friday here in PINTEREST. You are all welcome to stop by :)

Happy sewing!

Friday, November 21, 2014

DIY Friday : Shoulder Pads

Hello everyone,
Starting today and on every Friday you will find a new episode about DIY in this blog. I mentioned about this plan in my last post some weeks ago but only now I manage to make it true... :)

So here is the first DIY Friday, it's something very easy and fast to make and using fabric scraps. Believe me, this little DIY only took me less than one hour to finish.

The idea came up when I needed shoulder pads for my BurdaStyle jacket that I have been working on since last week.
I didn't want to buy ready made shoulder pads in my local shop because they look too big and bulky for me. I like kind of soft and not so stuffy, so I prefer to make it myself.

I followed step by step tutorials in here is the link how to make your own shoulder pad.
The tutorial were easy to follow, but they didn't mention about the finishing shoulder pad. So I just sew around it using an overlocker sewing machine after sew it with normal sewing machine. I think this method is the best way to avoid the fabric from fraying.
And also, I only used one layer of quilted batting because I just want soft shoulder pad :)

Polka dots silk satin from the left over this top and the lining of this cape, floral silk satin from the left over kimono dress that I never blog about and quilter batting.

As it was so easy and fast, I decided to make another two sets from floral silk. So in the end, I made four sets :)
I am using one set for my BurdaStyle jacket now and the other three sets will be staying inside sewing box for me to use anytime I need.

Happy sewing and wish you all a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Finished October MAGAM Outfit

I made this outfit after finishing my second version of New Look 6225. The idea came up suddenly when I realized that I didn't make any plans for October MAGAM Challenge. As I only have a little time to finish it, I chose this outfit to work with. And luckily the outfit was completed before the end of October but to publish it here took me more time :)

For the top - I used 1.5 yards of printed chiffon and black thread.
For the skirt - I used 1.5 yards of linen in black color, fusible interfacing, invisible zipper and black thread.

Patterns And Alterations:
For the top - I used Simplicity New Look 6225 B  size 34.  You can see my first and second version here. I made the top length a little bit shorter and the neckline not so high than the two previous  tops.

For the skirt, I used Burdastyle Tie Skirt 08/2012 # 134 size 36 but I omitted the tie. You can see my first version of this skirt here. I made the skirt length 4 cm longer than the first one.

The sewing process is the same as my previous works, you can pop over them for more details. Here is the link of my first and second New Look 6225 Tops and here is the link of My First Skirt.

The only surprise for me was how the neckline behaved, I was planning to use ready made bias tape for neckline finishing but the result was so disappointing. I think that the bias tape was too heavy for chiffon fabric.
Then I decided to remove the bias tape by picking out all the stitching carefully because I don't want to ruin the top. It was not such a fun thing to do :(
After that, I made my own bias tape from the same fabric. Sew it along the neckline right sides together and flip them to the wrong side of the top. Top stitched it and I am done :)

For the black skirt, there's really nothing more to say because you can not see the detail. The skirt has sections seams in both sides and no waistband, so it was easy and quick to sew.

Well, I think is those are enough explanations for my outfit. I just want to show you more pictures of me wearing it and some more pictures of top and the skirt details.

front view of the outfit

back view of the outfit

front view of New Look top 6225 B

back view of New Look top 6225 B

front view of Burdastyle Skirt 08/2012

back view of Burdastyle Skirt 08/2012
wrong side of the skirt - you can see in the picture that the skirt has sections
in both sides and no waistband

Happy sewing!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mickey Mouse And Ghost For Halloween

I made two Halloween costumes! A Mickey Mouse for my son Eduardo and a ghost for my stepson Rafael :)
Eduardo celebrated the Halloween with his teachers and classmates in his kindergarten school. In the morning they had parade around the school and then they had party in the afternoon in the classroom. I managed to come to join them in the afternoon party, it was so much fun :)

Rafael attended the Halloween party in the friend house. And he said that he had a nice party as well :)

Before I continue writing more about the detail of the costumes, here is the picture of "costume in progress" which I want to share earlier in the blog but I don't have time to do it.


Eduardo love Mickey so much, so it's a good opportunity to make something that he loves. Two weeks before Halloween, I looked for the material inside my stash and luckily I had 2 yards of black knit cotton which is more than enough to make the top with hoodie. I also had polyester felt that is perfect to make Mickey ears.
But unluckily there is no red fabric inside my stash :(  Then I went to the fabric shop and bought 1 yard of cotton drill.

Pattern And Alteration:
Inspiration from Mickey Mouse costume in Pinterest, here
For the top, based on Shark costume pattern from BurdaStyle size 110. I used the top part of the pattern with the hoodie, skip the tooth, skip the front zipper and make a short sleeve.  Then I made Mickey ears, which I inserted in both side of the hoodie.
For the shorts, based on Boys sweatpants pattern from BurdaStyle size 110. I made a shorts out from pants pattern, by cut the pattern right on the knee and slash a little in both side of the pattern to avoid tightness. I skip the pocket to make it faster. I made the tail and two big white button.

Sewing Process:
I sew the top/t-shirt complete with sleeves and hem. Then I cut the polyester felt to make Mickey ears, overlocked around the ear with an overlocker  sewing machine.

After that I prepared the hoodie pieces. I put the Mickey ear 6 cm from the top of the back hoodie piece, then put the front piece in the top of the ear - so, the ear is in between the hoodie pieces right sides together. Pin and sew it. As shown in the picture below,

After that, I pin and sew the hoodie right sides together. Also sew the lining.
Then sew the lining to the hoodie right sides together. Turn inside out and sew the hoodie to the t-shirt. Done!

For the Mickey shorts, I sew the shorts front pieces right sides together and sew the big white in circle shape that supposed to be button. As I don't have a big white button, I replaced it with white knit cotton in circle shape that I sew on the top of polyester felt.
After that, I worked on the shorts back. I made the Mickey tail from the black knit fabric first. Then, I put the tail in between the shorts back pieces - right sides together. Pin and sew it.
Sew the front and back shorts right sides together at the side and middle area.
Sew the waistband and then sew another side of the shorts.
Fold the waistband, sew it but leave 10 cm opening to insert the elastic.
Insert the elastic and sew the opening area. Hem the shorts. Done!

I searched Pinterest and found at least two ideas of making the ghost costumes, you can see them here and here. After have the idea in my mind, I went to the fabric shop nearby and bought 3.5 yards of knit cotton in white color.
To make a ghost costume is very easy. I just put the fabric all over Rafael body, draw his eyes and mouth.
After that I drew the scary eyes and mouth on the black knit fabric, iron fusible interfacing and sew the eyes and mouth. Then I made hole on the eye and topstitched around it.
Then sew 30 cm long for sleeve. Just like I sew the batwing top. 
The last part is cut the bottom area with big zig-zag. Done!

Happy Halloween everyone!