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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Summer Dresses And Quilted Tote Bag For Average August

Hello everyone..
I have been away from this blog for a month. I was super busy during summer holidays but in the end I relaxed for ten days in Bangkok with my family. Enjoyed the city, spicy foods and celebrated two birthdays - my dear husband and my younger son :)

I managed to make two simple dresses, one quilted tote bag, pouches and two kimono tops for swimsuits cover before I left home. But for today I will show you the dresses and the tote, the kimonos will be posting in the later post.

Now, let me start from my first dress, I called Elastic Waist Dress. I used 2 yards of printed chiffon in grey and black from stash. I have love hate relation with chiffon, I hate it because it will make me sweat especially in hot days and I love it because it will never crumple. 

Pattern and modification:
This dress is my own modification from Built By Wendy Dirndl Dress size S. I made the neckline bigger and a little V-back.
I skip both front and back darts and added 2 cm in back bodice sides. 
Added 3 cm for both front and back skirt and sewn elastic at the waist.

The sewing process was quick, I sewn the bodice lining but I let the skirt without lining. Nothing special I can say about sewing this dress. It was easy, even the beginner can do it :) No zipper but elastic at the waist.
Here are the pictures of the dress on me, front-side-back views and the closer look of the dresses including the inner dress,







The second dress was super easy, I finished in two hours. This dress is my second dress from BurdaStyle Summer Dress
I used 2 yards of printed cotton voile in blue, black and yellow. I love the fabric, especially the print.

Pattern and modification:
I used BurdaStyle Summer Tank Top 05/2013 size 34/36
To make a dress, I just lengthen the pattern until my knee and reduced both sides 3" because the original pattern was too big, the armholes are almost reaching my waist :)
source from BurdaStyle
The sewing process was fun, quick and easy. I sew all pieces according to the instruction. I sew the shoulder strip first then sew the armholes.
After the armholes done, I folded the neckline and sew it in both front and back. I left the both sides of neckline open to insert the strip.
I sew both sides of the dress right sides together.
Insert the strip in the neckline and leave some centimetres for the shoulder, and knot the strip in another shoulder.
Hem the dress and done! :)
Here is the final dress on me and the closer look,



The last projects are quilted tote bag and pouches.
The bag size is 17" x 16.5" x 5" , no zipper but I used snap fastener. The inner bag has one big pocket with zipper in one side and two pockets without zipper in another.
The bag pattern is self-drafted. I did the work same as my previous bag, except the quilted block.
I never did a quilt before, so this is a good opportunity for me to try a quilt block. My first attempt in quilt was nine patch block, I found the easy tutorial from sewcanshe.com I love it and can not wait for the next project to start :)

Here are the pictures of my finished bag and pouches and the closer look of the inner bag with pockets. I wore these a lot during my holidays, especially to put all my swimming stuff.


The bigger pouch size is 11" x 8", no lining and finished with zipper and I sewn a holder in one side of the pouch.
The smaller pouch size is 7" x 6", also no lining and finished with zipper.

And here is my quilted in process, I used all the fabric scraps from stash :)

I think that's it for my today post, finally all things are settle after my holidays and more sewing to come :) Hope all my sewing fellow had a great summer holidays. I miss you all and can not wait to read your posts and see your projects.

Happy Sewing!
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21 comments:

  1. First of all Welcome Back! Sounds like you had a relaxing, fun holiday with your family. Cute dresses! Perfect for the lovely pool and lush surroundings in your photos. Love the bags! Quilting can be 'addicting', I've found too, and is a great complement to garment sewing. Your nine patches align perfectly. I like the way your bags coordinate with each other, yet each one is a little different. :)

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. I inspired by your quilted projects and agree that it can be addicting :) I am planning to make a blanket for my son but still looking for the right fabrics :)

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    2. Oh I will look forward to seeing what you make for him! I'm making the Fancy Fox by Elizabeth Hartman for my daughter, who adores foxes, as a surprise for Christmas, and am in the process of picking out the fabrics for her. Such Fun!!!

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    3. Sounds great! Can not wait for your Fancy Fox, Lisa :)

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  2. Hi Hana, I've really been wondering where you had gone off to! ;-) I hope your holidays were also relaxing?! But with children you usually have plenty of mostly positive stress, too.
    I like both dresses you've made, but I think the blue one looks especially great on you. Love those colours!
    The bag looks lovely, too, and will surely prove useful.

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    1. Hi Kathrin, I usually announce my holidays on the blog but I was so busy that I didn't have time for that. The blue one is my favorite as well. Thank you :)

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  3. Hana, Love your two dresses. Looks pretty on you, and so cool and comfortable..

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    1. Thank you, Judy. They are very comfortable, I just pull in and out :)

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  4. Great projects! I really love the first dress...simple and chic.

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    1. Thank you, Margo. Hope to see your new projects soon.. :)

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  5. Hope you had a relaxing holiday! Glad to see you are back.

    The blue dress is very pretty on you. I hope you get a lot of wear out of both dresses and you can never go wrong with a tote!

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    1. Hi Annie, thank you. I had a relaxing holidays and always great to be out of the country and refill a new energy :)
      I love the blue more than the grey and I think I need to make a belt to wear with it.

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  6. Dear Hana!
    You really look very beautiful in your new dresses. And I like your beautiful bag, very nice quilting work.
    Love this wonderful fotos, Bangkok seems to be very beautiful city.
    LG Carolin

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    1. Thank you, dear. Bangkok is beautiful and friendly city ☺

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  7. Lovely dresses, perfect for a holiday.

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  8. What lovely collection of makes Hana. Glad to hear you had a wonderful summer break also :) x

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  9. Such pretty dresses! I also have the Built by Wendy Dresses book and have been wanting to try a pattern for ages...you are inspiring me!

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    1. Thank you, Melwyk. The book is fun to work with but I have to make a lot of adjustments. I hope you make muslin first before the real dress. Good luck and can not wait for the finished projects :)

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