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MAGAM April Dress In Progress - Part 1

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Hello.. I am making a dress for April - Make A Garment A Month  (magam)  with the theme "Blooming Flowers". After thinking and looking for the right fabric and pattern to work with, I chose this beautiful watercolour floral chiffon that I won from Ariation's  giveaway. As the chiffon is transparent, I will lining the dress bodice with jersey net fabric in white color and I will make half slip to cover my lower body. For the pattern, I am using BurdaStyle Smocked Maxi Dress 04/2013 size 34. I have to grade down the pattern because the minimum size from the original pattern is 36. I decided to change the loops and buttons to three little bows or just one bow at the center front. I will see... Also, I will reduce the dress length from maxi to tea length.  image source Sewing Process: I cut all the fabric pieces, fashion fabric and lining. Also cut the belt and bias tape for the neckline and armholes. I placed the lining fabric right side facing the wron

Cushions

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Hi everyone... Here is the continuation of my weekly update "DIY Friday" . I gave a new life to my two cushions :) The idea came up when I arrived home the other day and looked at my cushions, I felt that I needed to change the covers. I wanted something fresh and summery. I checked my stash but I couldn't find anything to suit my plan. So, I went to fabric shop and bought 2 yards of printed home d├ęcor fabric that was on sale. Yay!! Inspiration and pattern: I found this tutorial with pattern from Larissa of mmmcrafts  but instead of making new cushions, I used my old cushions. I skip the piping and straps. And as I don't have enough buttons, I used four instead of eight. Sewing process: I prepared the yellow knit fabric for the self-covered buttons. I cut eight fabric pieces and attached them to the buttons. I took out my two old cushion covers. Measured the old cushion cover and give 2" more in all the edges. Transferred the measurement to the fabri

Button Down Shirt Dress

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Hello.. I was planning to make this shirt dress for 13th April  Share In Style  with the topic "Your Own Style". But for some reason I only finished yesterday. This dress has short sleeves, button down, knee length and easy to wear with or without belt. Pattern: Based on BurdaStyle pattern Shirt Blouse 03/2013 size 36. To make a dress out of a shirt pattern, I lengthen the shirt hem until my knee. I also cut the sleeves length, from 3/4 sleeves to a short sleeves 16 cm long. Added 1.5 cm seam allowances in all edges and 3 cm hem allowance. Materials: 2 yards of printed rayon, bias tape, 10 small black buttons, fusible interfacing for the collar and thread Beside all the pattern modification above, I also added 4 cm in the center back at the neckline. I pleated the center back, sew it down 10 cm and leave the rest as it is. I added this method to allow my dress flown nicely without feeling too tight. I sew the collar and attached it to the neckline and finish

MAGAM March: 50's Inspiration Mint Dress

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Hi everyone.. Finally I finished my mint dress for Make A Garment A Month  - March. This dress has princess seams, round neckline, short sleeves and fully gathered skirt with finished zipper at the back.  Pattern and alteration: I used two BurdaStyle patterns for this dress, pattern from 01/2013 for the bodice and sleeves and pattern from 09/2014  for the skirt. As the minimum size of the two patterns are 36, I have to grade down to 34. I also made some changes on the neckline, omitted the collar and change the 3/4 sleeves to a short sleeves Materials: 2 yards of printed crepe in mint color, jersey net in white color for bodice lining, invisible zipper, small vintage button and thread. Sewing Process: After I grade down the patterns to size 34, I made the bodice with sleeve muslin. I tried the muslin and found out that the sleeve was too tight. I added 4 cm to allow my upper arm to move freely. In this case, I draw a new sleeve pattern and spread in four. Then ad

Petticoat

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Hello.. Here is my quick update of "DIY Friday" . I made a petticoat yesterday and I am happy with how it turned out. I was planning to make for so long, I bought the fabric many months ago but always distracted with other things. And only after I finished my mint dress for March MAGAM challenge, I realized that I need a petticoat to wear with it.   Pattern and Materials: The pattern is based on BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern - Elizabeth Gathered-Waist Dress size 34. And for the materials : I used 2.5 yards of petticoat fabric in white color 1.5 cm self-made bias tape (I was planning to use store bought bias tape in grey color but it was too small). In total, I used 124 cm long of bias tape - 76 cm for the waistline trim and the rest for knot in the end. And white thread The sewing process was easy and fast, I transfered the skirt pattern on the fabric and cut it - my skirt is 35 cm long. And cut four pieces of ruffle - 20.5 cm long. After I have a

DIY Friday : Bunny Treat Bags

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Hello... I made these bunny treat bags this afternoon and so glad that they were fast and easy to sew. I will fill them with candies, chocolates or jelly beans for Easter treat. I am sure the kids will love it :) Pattern: Free downloaded pattern template with easy step by step tutorial from  sewcanshe.com . And here is my bunny treat bag in progress :) More pictures of the finished bags. They are very cute isn't it? Happy Easter to all my lovely followers! P.S. I also linking to Caroline at sewcanshe.com for Show Off Saturday