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.

The process started with swatch and calculated the gauge because I used smaller yarn than the pattern suggested. Then worked in the back side started with CO with smaller needle followed by 1x1 rib. Changed to bigger needle, purl in wrong side and knit in right side until the neck shaping. The final back looks like big square shape with neck shaping :)
The process continued to front side, joined the shoulder and worked on the collar, 1x1 rib with smaller needle.
Then I did the sleeves, attached it to the bodice and sew the sides. Too bad I forgot to take picture of the process.
Here is the final pullover with the whole turtleneck.
And this is how I wear it, I folded the turtleneck inside.
Back view of the pullover.
The closer look of the thumb openings.
And the high-low hem.
That's it, a short review of my latest hand knit pullover. I like it and looking forward to wearing it in the colder weather.
Have a lovely day/evening and happy sewing/knitting to all!


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 :)
For the first blouse, I made the neck tie longer than the original pattern but the second blouse was the same length as the original pattern suggested.
The gathered sleeve finished with cuff ( same as pattern view A) and pity that I made mistake on the pleat placements at the mid sleeves, it supposed to face the back side but I sew them face the front side.
Also, I have to reduce the sleeve length 3 cm and the bodice length 6 cm because they were too long for my taste.
After I have done my first blouse, I realized that the back neck was a little bit too big. So, I have to make sway back adjustment and reduced the back neck 2 cm in total for the second blouse.

The two pictures below shows the overall look of the first blouse on me and Ellie. I do really love the pretty floral prints and the blouse is so comfy and easy to wear :)

The second blouse was made from lightweight cotton, I have no idea what type. The seller said the fabric is typical Korean cotton and I didn't ask more because her English was so limited. I love the base colour, light blue reminds me of tenderness and the small dark blue prints is just enough to add sweetness.
As I mentioned before that I have to make sway back adjustment for better fit. And I decided to cut one piece fabric on fold for the lower back (the original pattern is two pieces).
The rest of the details exactly like the first blouse.

Picture below shows the look of the sleeves, oh well I never like anything puffy until I sew this blouse. I think it is really lovely, what do you think?

A little explanation of the sewing process, it started with trace all the pattern pieces, I didn't added seam and hem allowances on the pattern because it consumed a lot of time. So, I added directly when I cut the fabric by my eyes :) I think the eyes already knew because of a lot of practice in the past couple of months :))
Here are some of my sewing process, front and back pieces. I am sure you all can read them through the pictures.
The back neckline for the floral blouse finished with top stitching using sewing machine and the light blue blouse finished with hand stitching. I like both, but my favourite is the hand stitching.
And here the back views, the floral blouse has four pieces of fabrics and the light blue blouse has three pieces. I think with four or three they look and feel same :)
Finally we are in the last picture of today's post, the finished gathered sleeve with small cuff is really cute. I wonder why it takes me so long to sew and wear this type of sleeves :)
Happy Sewing!

Hana @velvetribbon_sew

This blouse will be linking to Facebook Group "Make A Garment A Month"

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.
For the fabrics, I used 2 yards of cotton poplin in red with white small flowers bought in Hongkong and 2 yards of Korean cotton voile in blue with printed floral bought in Seoul.

This dress is sleeveless, has front darts, gathered skirt, back zipper and inseam pockets. I love how easy to sew and easy to wear in hot humid weather.

Modifications and sewing process:
For the front bodice : I reduced the inner shoulder 3.5 cm and center front 5.5 cm, then drew a new line of the neckline. And reduced outer shoulder 1 cm and armhole 1 cm, then drew a new line of the armhole.

For the back bodice : I reduced the inner shoulder 3.5 cm and center back 4 cm, then drew a new line of the back neckline. And also reduced outer shoulder 1 cm and armhole 1 cm, then drew a new line of the armhole.

For the skirt, I don't need to worry about tracing the pattern because it is just like a rectangle shape (front on fold and back cut in two pieces). I added 1.5 cm seam and hem allowances.

I used neckline and armhole facings for the red dress and bodice lining for the blue dress.
Invisible zipper attached in the middle back with 2 cm seam allowance, I fused fusible tape in the wrong side area where the zipper attached.
Inseam pockets sewn 3.5 cm below the waistline for the red dress and sewn directly in the waistline and side skirt for the blue dress.
The hem finished with narrow hemming.

The sewing process was quicker than I thought, the only not so fun thing about this dress was to gather and remove the basting. I have to remove all basting carefully to avoid breaking my fabric. The rest of the process was easy :)

Here are the pictures of the first dress, I love the style and wore it so many times :)

And here is the second dress, I wore it for the first time when I visited Singapore two weeks ago. First picture taken in the area of Orchard Road, second picture inside Kinokuniya - where I found BurdaStyle magazine and Japanese Sewing book and the last picture taken inside Spotlight at Plaza Singapura where I found some buttons and two Simplicity patterns.

Happy Sewing and wishing you a lovely weekend!



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?

I was planning to make him the whole costume (a cape and vest) but I didn't have enough time, so I decided to make a vest and buy the cape in the local kid's store. His t-shirt is rtw and his black pants is me-made from last year.
I used BurdaStyle quilted vest 09/2014#146 size 128 and made modification in almost all the pieces so the final vest doesn't look like the original pattern.
  • I changed the front neckline to a V-neck with the front hem with V-shape as well.
  • Reduced the outer shoulder 2 cm.
  • I omitted the front armhole and made a straight line started from outer shoulder down to the hem (it looks a bit like triangle shape).
  • The back  has huge hole/space - the two things that hold the back were the back neckline band and another band at the bottom. I made the back neckline exactly the size of the shoulder and another band (6 cm wide) attached 5 cm on top of the bottom/hem.
  • Made front facings
  • The back neckline band and vest sides finished with bias tape.
  • Sewn 3 snap buttons and 3 black buttons for final touch.
For the fabric, I used red colour woven that I am not really sure which type. The fabric is the leftover from mickey mouse pants that I made for his costume last year.

The process was quite fast, I did the vest in one afternoon and then sew the snap buttons and black buttons at night. After all, I like how the vest turned out. The hole in the back is really great, he doesn't sweat and feel comfortable wearing with the cape over it :)

Here are the finished vest, front - back - side and the closer look of the front with snaps and buttons.

And more pictures of my son wearing it. He was very happy with his costume :):)

Happy Sewing and wishing you a wonderful Tuesday!



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.

The process of making the tank top started with copy the pattern from my old rtw tank top. Firstly, I folded the tank top in the position of front side on fold and back side on fold. I pin the center armhole down to the hem to avoid messing up in the drawing process. As shown in the picture below right.

After that, I placed the tank top on top of drawing sheet and carefully draw around it. Using scissor, I cut the center armhole down to the hem. Then added 3 cm on the sides plus 1 seam allowances, curved the waistline and lengthen the top until the middle of my hips.

I used 1 cm seam allowance in all edges and 2 cm hem allowance.

Here is my pattern after added the seam allowances and curved the waistlines,

After the pattern done, I cut the fashion fabric.
  • Front and back bodices on fold.
  • Front neckband 24 cm x 5 cm (including 1 cm seam allowance).
  • Back neck band 22 cm x 5 cm (including 1 cm seam allowance).
  • Straps 55 cm x 5 cm (including 1 seam allowance)

I pin and sew the right side of the front neck band to the wrong side of the front neck. Then folded the band to the right side of the front neck, pin and sew. I did the same for the back neck, as shown in the picture below.  

After that, I pin the right side of the strap to the wrong side of the front armhole and back armhole. Leave the middle strap free. Sew around both armholes.

I folded the strap to the right side of the front armhole, middle for the shoulder and back armhole - pin and sew them carefully.

After the straps done, I sew both sides of the bodices right sides together and sew the hem allowance 2 cm using twin needle. Done.

And the last three pictures of my tank tops. All of them are the same sizes but the denim colour is shorter than the others :) Also, I managed to match the stripes in the second tank top and I am really happy with it :)

Happy Sewing!

Love, +Hana Velvet Ribbon

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