Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Drop-Shoulder Pullover

Belated Merry Christmas to all friends! Hope you had a great Christmas celebration and happy holidays. I am back after a long silence with brand new hand knit pullover that I knitted for three and half months :) I took so long to finish because I only knit 10 rows per night while I am relaxing in front of the television :)

Pattern: Drop-Shoulder Pullover - Designer Knitting magazine early winter 2015 size S.
Needles: 3 and 4 mm circular needles.
Yarn: eight skeins - 1720 m of "Blue Jeans'' indigo dye cotton and acrylic yarn in green colour, I never heard about this yarn until I visited Dongdaemun market in Seoul, South Korea.

The most I like about this pullover is the elongated sleeves with thumb openings, as shown in the picture below. It feels so good and warm, I don't need to wear gloves or mitts to keep my hands warm :)
My Final pullover looks a little bit different than the original pattern. I made the turtleneck smaller and the finished hem smaller with a very little high-low.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Bohemian Blouses

Hi sewing friends!
Finally the weather is getting colder here in Macau and I am glad I finished my two bohemian blouses (floral voile and blue cotton with small prints) on time. Both fabrics are new bought during my trip to Seoul in August. The floral voile blouse is my second garment of MAGAM October with the theme Sew October One, my plan was sewing two garments from one fabric (a dress and blouse). You can see the finished dress here.

I used BurdaStyle Bohemian Blouse 10/2016 #121 B size 36 with the finished sleeve with cuff as pattern #121A. The blouse style is very sweet, it has V-neck, shaping pleats and gathered sleeves. Those details caught my eyes for the first time I saw the magazine and I immediately put the pattern on my working list.
Before I continue, here is the picture of me and my bestie Ellie wearing our new blouses. Oh, hey.. Ellie is my mannequin that is working along with me since 2011, she is not good on fitting but at least I can use her for modelling my garments :)
The fabric suggestion is softly draping fabric and my fabrics don't drape too much but it is fine for me :)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Summer Dresses

As promised in the previous post, here are the two dresses that I made from the same pattern. The red one finished in May, exactly when the weather getting hotter and the blue one is a new dress that I made recently, just before my trip to Singapore.

I used two BurdaStyle patterns, BurdaStyle chiffon dress 01/2013#108 size 34 for the bodice with modification at the shoulder and BurdaStyle illusion neckline mini dress 09/2014#130  size 34 for the skirt.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Little Dracula For Halloween 2016

Happy Halloween to all!
I've been very quiet for a while, busy with a lot of things but so glad that I am still sewing 30 minutes - one hour a day and managed to finish some garments (a skirt, tunic and two dresses). I will be posting them in the next couple days :)

For today, I'd love to show you a vest that I made for my son for his Halloween party :) Isn't he a very cute little Dracula?

Friday, October 7, 2016

Self-drafted Tank Tops

Hello sewing friends..
As promised in the previous post, here are the finished tank tops. I made the first one in denim colour (right side) to wear under my lace crop top, then I decided to make two more from the leftover fabrics to wear at home :)
For the fabrics, I used denim jersey knit, yellow and grey striped jersey and strong blue cotton knit. I think I like more jersey knit fabric than the cotton knit, because it draped so nicely :)

The pattern is self-drafted based/copied from my old rtw tank top and I will show you the process in the below post.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Lace Crop Top Sweater

I finished my first project for Magam and September Sew For 30-2016 and happy with the result :)This crop top has a boat neck style and 3/4 sleeve length, I think it will be nice to wear with trousers or high-waist skirt.
I didn't wear it yet but I will when the weather getting fresh :)

Materials: I used 1.25 m of lace fabic in light blue colour and same colour of thread.
Pattern: BurdaStyle Crop Top Sweater 08/2016 #106 size 36. I didn't make any change to the pattern, I used the same length as the original pattern and the result is little bit longer on me than on the model, which I liked :) Also, I used 1.5 cm seam allowance in all edges and 4 cm hem allowances.

The process of making this top was enjoyable, except matching the lace lines. I spent one morning matching - pinning and sew them in place :)

I used my overlocker machine to sew all the raw edges and sew the neckline using sewing machine. The pattern suggested to hand sewing the neckline but I prefer sewing machine. I trimmed the seam allowance to 7 mm and sew the raw edge using an overlocker. After that I pinned along the neckline and carefully sew around it.

What I like most about this top is my work on matching the lace lines, it does match each other nicely :) Hope you can see it...

The sleeve hem finished with a lovely detail as shown in the picture below. All done by sewing machine, I pinned and sew along the folded area and sew around the sleeve hem.

As the lace is transparent, I decided to sew a tank top to wear under it. I used the leftover denim jersey knit from Shift Dress and copy the pattern from my RTW tank top.

The process of sewing the tank top is quite fast and easy. But I think it deserves to write the detail in the separate post. I will do it in the next couple of days :) Here is the sneak peak of the tank top in progress...

This top is part of Magam September Challenge  hosted by Sarah Liz and September Sew For 30-2016, you can find out more about this on Star's Threads.
Happy Sewing!

Love, +Hana Velvet Ribbon

Monday, August 29, 2016

Lucky Cat Dress

Hello friends,
As promised in my previous post, here is my second holiday dress. I wore it during our visit to N Seoul Tower, South Korea, pictures below taken in the park around the tower.
I am sure you aren't surprised with the pattern I used, BurdaStyle Jamie Shift Dress size 34. Well, this dress is my sixth version so far :)

For the fabric, I used 1.5 yards of polycotton fabric in lucky cat printed that I bought in Hongkong last year. I don't know why I only bought 1.5 yards, if usually I use 2 yards for a dress. Anyway, with very careful calculation I made it :) I used bias tape instead of usual facings and cut the stripes of same fabric for hem allowance.

This dress I made exactly like the original pattern, without back darts as I always added in my previous dresses.
The process was fast, I finished it in five hours :) The process started with sewing the front darts and followed by all the usual manner that I don't need to explain here because you all already master it :)
The only a bit more work was to sew the hem. I have to add two stripes of the same fabric (five cm each) for hem allowance. I placed the stripes right sides together and sewed one side only. And then attached it to the hem, sewed right sides together and closed/sewed the opening area (the unsewn stripes). After that, turned the fabric to the wrong side, serger the raw edge and sewed the hem allowance 4 cm. I am done!

Here are two more pictures of the closer looks of the dress on me, front and back views.

After all, I am loving this dress more and more, I think BurdaStyle made this pattern for me :) I can not stop making more. Beside the pattern, I also love the fabric. I was looking for lucky cat prints for years and so happy to find it in Hongkong. Hope the lucky cat will give me a good luck and fortune :)

Also, this dress is my second dress for MAGAM Challenge that Sarah Liz hosted in facebook. I didn't follow the August theme but I will post it there anyway.

Thank you for reading and hope you have a happy sewing!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lace Curtain Dress

Hello everyone,
I made two new dresses before my holiday, but today I will only show you the first one. The second dress will be in the next post.
We visited Seoul - South Korea and enjoyed the place very much, good foods, great shopping for skincare ( I do love their masks and serums) and I was so surprised that we found fabric and yarn markets during our visit to the area of Dongdaemun market. Well, the fabric market is huge with so many collection of Korean cotton, I bought five kinds and I think is more than enough to make nine garments. Also, I bought eight skeins yarns for my future sweater :) All the souvenir was posted in my Instagram :)

Okay, enough said about the fabric market. Let's talk about my new dress :) The dress was made out of lace curtain fabric in green colour that I bought in the local market many months ago. I also made tank dress to wear underneath, used knit cotton in dark green.
For the pattern, I used Burdastyle Embellished Tunic dress 11/2013 size 34 with modification on the neckline and sleeves.

Here is the final dress that I wore during my holiday, picture taken by DH just before we went out for dinner :)

The process of making this dress was faster than my norm because I don't need to trace a new pattern, I did my first dress in January 2014. The original pattern was 3/4 sleeves tunic dress with front slit. As I wanted a very simple dress with short sleeves and round neckline, I just cut the sleeves length, omitted the slit and drew a new line of the neckline. I also added back darts to make the dress fit better on my body.
The only annoying thing to work with this dress was the fabric, it's hard/sturdy with terrible sizes between the lines - some bigger than others, I couldn't match the lines properly no matter how I tried.
You will spot the bad matching lines in the second picture in the back dress :(

The sleeves and hem finished without sewing them, I just cut the fabric along the edges and the result was as nice as I expected :)

And here is the tank dress that I sewed especially to wear under the dress. I used BurdaStyle Vintage Modern Jamie Shift dress size 34 with modification in the neckline, shoulder, armhole and omitted the darts. Also, I have to make adjustment in the sides of the dress because I used knit fabric instead of woven as the original pattern suggested.

That's it about my lace curtain dress everyone, I will be posting this dress for MAGAM August challenge. My July jacket is still waiting for me to sew the buttons and snaps, it was delayed because I run out of snaps and the shop was closed for holiday.

Happy Sewing and hope you have a lovely summer holiday :)

+Hana Velvet Ribbon

Thursday, July 28, 2016

July Dress in Ballerina Print

Hello, I made a new dress :) It has princess seams bodice, V-neckline, sleeveless, flared skirt and finished with invisible zipper at the back.
Pattern : I modified BurdaStyle Retro Dress 09/2014 size 34. I made my first dress based on this pattern last year, so I am not worried to trace the new pattern pieces :)
Materials: 2 yards of ballerina print crepe in dark blue, fusible interfacing, invisible zipper, hook n eye fastener and same colour of thread.

The process of making this dress started with modification of the pattern, I removed the button down from the original pattern and make the center front bodice and skirt on fold. Skip the pockets and then added invisible zipper at the center back.
As the usual manner, I sewed the princess seams at the front and back bodices. Sewed the facings and attached to the neckline and armholes. Turned inside out and attached to the shoulder right sides together.
After that I attached the skirt pieces on the bodices, sewed the sides, sewed the invisible zipper with hook and eye fastener at the top of it.
The last work was narrow hem, a little bit more patience with ironing and sewing but the result was really good.

Well, I think this dress was done in 9 hours, much less than I normally did in my other dresses. And also this dress is just so perfect for hot weather and the skirt draped so nicely :)

Hope you are all having a nice summer holiday!

+Hana Velvet Ribbon

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Joyful Sweetheart Dress

Hello friends, hope you have a happy sewing day :)
As promised in my previous post, here is the finished Joyful Sweetheart dress for Magam June challenge.
Fabric : 2 yards of printed cotton poplin.
Pattern : BurdaStyle Vintage Modern Elizabeth Gathered-Waist dress size 34 modified to a sweetheart dress. I did the wearable muslin but I modified the bodice again to princess seamed. Also, the dress has facing, gathered skirt, side zipper and finished with narrow hem.

The process was a little bit tricky because I have to copy the bodice from my wearable muslin, remove the darts and make princess seam bodice for both front and back - as shown in the pictures below.

After I had all the pieces, I sewed the bodice and carefully clip the seam allowances and sew the raw edges using the zig zag stitch.
Then sewed the shoulder right sides together. After that, I prepared the skirt by gather them all and attached it to the bodices. Followed by sewing the right side of the dress and inserted the zipper in the left side.
I fused the facings with fusible interfacing and attached to the bodices and sewed the bias tape around the armholes. Then I did the last step, narrow hem.

After all, I really love this dress and happy with the fit. Hope I will wear more this summer :)

Happy Sewing!

+Hana Velvet Ribbon

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Basic Crochet Top

I have been very enthusiastic with crochet and knitting lately and so happy to finish my first ever crochet top after almost two months :) The pattern is made by me, I usually use size M. No special rule to crochet this top, I just double crochet and measured the length in rectangle shape. Finished the neckline and armholes with single crochet. Very easy, isn't it?
For the yarn, I used 7 skeins cotton yarn : 875 m. And for the needle, I used 3.5 mm crochet hook.

The finished top is just so comfy and roomy in the sleeves. I was planning to wear it this summer but can not, it is too heavy to wear in hot humid weather. But it is okay, I will wear it during colder month, on top of long t-shirt :)

The process started with back piece, I worked from the middle bodice - 90 chain stitches followed with double crochet stitches until measured 23 cm. Then continue worked in the back neckline by marked both shoulders 16 cm, and shaped the neckline until measured 3 cm. After that I did the bottom bodice, marked both sleeves 5 cm and double crochet until measured 28 cm.

After the back piece done, I worked on the middle front bodice - 90 chain stitches followed with double crochet stitches until measured 18 cm. And then I marked both shoulders 16 cm and carefully shaped the front neckline until measured 8 cm.
After the middle front done, I did the same as the back bodice, marked both sleeves 5 cm and double crochet until measured 28 cm.

Then I did the last three parts of finishing this top, seamed both shoulders right sides together and both sides of the top right sides together started from sleeves down to the hem. After that single crochet the neckline and armholes 4 rows and then hemline 2 rows. Done!

A little note : The finished top was a little bit big at the sleeves but I did that in purpose of confines, If any of my reader want to make the same top with better fit, feel free to reduce the sleeve size in both length and wide :)

Here is detail of the pattern, hope you enjoy it :)

And some process in pictures.

The final top, front and back views.

That's it for my today post, I am wishing everyone a lovely day and a happy crafting!

+Hana Velvet Ribbon

Video tutorial "Double Crochet" from VeryPink Knits

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sweetheart Dress - Wearable Muslin

Hello sewing friends,
I finally finished the wearable muslin for MAGAM Joyful June, Sweetheart dress :) The pattern is based on BurdaStyle Vintage Modern Elizabeth Gathered-waist Dress size 34, I modified the bodice at the neckline and armhole. And for the fabric, I used cotton voile that already stayed inside my stash for a while.
Before I write more about the challenge of making this dress, let's take a look of the final dress that I wore this morning. I went out with husband and son visited Leal Senado, then walked around Sao Domingos market.

I always enjoyed flat sketch and I made this one especially for the Sweetheart Dress.

I mentioned before that this dress is based on BurdaStyle Vintage Modern Elizabeth Gathered-waist Dress size 34. I modified the front and back bodices to a Sweetheart neckline and used the skirt as the original pattern had.
My work started with front bodice, I measured the dart center line 8.5 cm above the apex and drew using the French curve to the CF in the shape of half heart, and then drew a line of neckline.
For the armhole, I reduced the shoulder line 6.5 cm and drew a new line of armhole.

I did the same for the back bodice, I measured the dart center line 8.5 cm above the apex and drew a new line of the back neckline in a square shape. Also reduced the shoulder line 6.5 cm and drew a new line of armhole.
The front and back darts is exactly same as the original pattern.
I also made the facings and fused them with fusible interfacing.

I like sewing this dress, especially the fabric was so easy to work with. I sewed the darts and attached the front and back bodices right sides together at the shoulder. Then prepared my skirt by gather them before attach to the bodice.
After that I sew the right side of the dress and sew the invisible zipper to the left side.
Then sewed the facing and hem the dress. Done!

Oh well, I tried the dress as soon as finished and so disappointed with the fitting of the neckline. Both front and back were too big 3 cm :(
So, quick decision I added the darts in both sides - 1.5 cm in both corners of chest area and the same for back side.

These pictures below are the final dress in my dress form, hope you can spot the darts on the wrong sides of the dress. Also, forget to mention that I sewed the bias tape around the armhole facing.

That's it for my today post everyone, hope you are having a lovely weekend :) I am going to share this post to MAGAM Facebook Group and ready to work on the real dress with Joyful fabric :)

Happy Sewing!

+Hana Velvet Ribbon