Showing posts from April, 2015

MAGAM April Dress In Progress - Part 1

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


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

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

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


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

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 . 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 for Show Off Saturday