Thursday, November 30, 2017

DIY Jeans And White Cotton Blouse

Hello everyone,
I made a new outfit and these garments are my entry for #magamsewalong October and November. My plan for October Original was a self-drafted skirt and white blouse in the picture below, the skirt turned out fine but I'd love to make adjustment next time. So, I will post the skirt detail separately later.
For November Needs, I was planning to make jeans and bought two pieces of jeans fabrics in dark blue and black. I decided to sew the blue colour first as wearable muslin but in the end I like the result and I am in the middle of finishing the black one but no time to complete this month, so I will continue next month.

Coincidentally the jeans and white blouse are lovely match, so I just wear it together 😁

I modified both blouse and pants patterns to my liking Burdastyle Shirt Blouse 03/2013 size 36 

For the blouse, I changed the button down to a v-neck style by omitted the collar, button down, sleeve and hem bands. 
I laid the front piece pattern, omitted the button placements and made it on fold instead of cut in two as original pattern had. Reduced the shoulder length and drew a new line of v-neck. 
After I am done with the modification, I made a wearable muslin using floral cotton lawn in pink leftover from the previous garment.
As shown in the picture below, I wore it with a self-drafted a line skirt with side pocket which I promise to write more details in the future post.

The white blouse fabric is cotton embroidery that I bought in my last trip to Bangkok in summer. I love the fabric so much and still have a leftover enough for a sleeveless blouse. 
The neckline finished with facing from the same fabric fused with lightweight fusible interfacing in the wrong side of the fabric. Also, decided to used the scalloped end of the fabric for the sleeve and hem.

For the jeans, I used the straight pants pattern as a base and copied my rtw jeans for detail.
I omitted the back darts and made the back piece in two, added back pocket and changed the shape of front pocket.
Also, I shaped the leg slimmer - started by reduced the from both inner and outer ankle 2 cm up to the top of my knee. Also, I added belt loops and top stitched with brown colour thread for real looking jeans 😁
Picture below is the start of the process, I forgot to cut the front pocket hole before taking the picture and only noticed when I sew. Also, I used floral cotton lawn for pocket bag.

The rest of the process was a little bit confusing, especially because I never worked in the jeans before but glad I survived and like the result of my jeans. The fit is fine and I like a little high waist more than the lower waist that I normally find on rtw jeans.

The only thing I didn't like was the pocket, I felt that too low for my liking. So, will raise a little on the second jeans.

The button is a dark brown plastic button from stash that I think suits the jeans nicely. The back pocket finished with a very simple straight top stitch decoration done by regular sewing needle.

Happy Sewing!

Love, @velvetribbon_sew

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Handmade Halloween-Lloyd Garmadon

Happy Halloween everyone! 🎃🎃🎃
I made this costume for dear son to attend a party at his school. So glad that he liked and wore it this morning complete with plastic sword that we bought in the local supermarket last day.

The process of making the costume started with sew the black t-shirt and sweatpants as a base, I used Burdastyle patterns for both Boy's raglan t-shirt 03/2013 size 134 and Boy's sweatpants 10/2013 size 134 with adjustment on the length for both patterns and also omitted the hem band on the sweatpants.
I added the green decorative pieces in both garment based on Lloyd Garmadon character that I found in Google. I cut and sew them directly on the garments. Easy and consumed less time.
All the materials I used for these costume are knit cotton in black and jersey knit in greens.
The t-shirt has raglan sleeve and finished the neckline with sew the ribbing knit fabric in black. The sweatpants have pockets, front fly and finished with elastic inserted in the waist band.

I used a lot of pins on the process and gladly I didn't baste anything, pins and sew 😀
After I am done the garments, dear husband help me to paint all the symbols and let them dry overnight and continue paint the final touch in the next day.

The costume completed with balaclava pattern from Pinterest with adjustment to his size, bandanna in green with hand painted yellow symbol and belt in dark green colour.

And here is the whole look of the front and back views. He looks pretty cool and happy in his costume 💗😀

Thank you for stopping by and see you soon on my #magamsewalong garments.

Hana @velvetribbon_sew

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cosy Cardigan and V-neck T-shirt

Hello fellow sewists,
I made a cardigan and t-shirt for my entry in Instagram sewing challenge #cosycardichallenge, both garments are based on Simplicity pattern 8059 size xs for the cardigan and xxs for the t-shirt. I was planning to make the cardigan only but decided to make the t-shirt after I finished because I don't have a matching t-shirt to wear with it.
Luckily that the pattern came in five different models and one of them is a asymmetrical tunic that was easy to modify to a simple v-neck tee.

About the cardigan - the fabric is knit jersey in brown from stash which I don't really like the colour but I have to use it to reduce my growing stash.
And the pattern is Simplicity Misses Separates 8059 knee length cardigan size xs. I reduced the cardi length more than 17 cm and sleeve length 9 cm to adjust to my size. But the rest are fine and happy that the instruction was easy to follow.
The process of making the cardi was enjoyable, especially that I never made one before. I used an overlocker machine more than the sewing machine.
The only tricky part was the band, I used a lot of pins and baste the band before top stitched it. After all the effort and some serious job in steaming with iron, the cardigan is done nicely and I am happy with it.
The front tie finished with two small wooden beads, also from stash.
The pictures below shows front and back views, I really like the tie and right amount of the deep V shape on the front cardi. Also, I decided to follow the original pattern and added the band with elastic gathering in the back.

For the v-neck t-shirt, I used the tunic pattern with asymmetrical hem size xxs but changed the hem to a normal hem and adjust the length to my liking. Also, I lengthen the sleeve length until my wrist and adjusted the fit to the armhole because the sleeve was little tight.
I found out that sewing the v-neck wasn't so difficult after I followed the pattern instruction but mine didn't come out perfect but I'm okay with it. The sleeve and hem finished with twin needle - 2 cm allowances.

As the weather will be cooling down soon, I will sew some more long sleeve t-shirts. I will use stash fabrics and also recycling some garments that we don't like/use it. Also, I will use this pattern as a base and modify it according to the plan, I am excited and will make the plan come true after I finished the garments for #magamsewalong.

Before I say good bye for today's post, I'd love to say thank you to AmandaSodbury Sewing School and Rachel D for hosting #cosycardichallenge in Instagram. Feel free to click over the hashtag for some inspiration and lovely handmade cardigans.. 😍

Happy weekend and happy sewing everyone!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Shirt Blouses

Hello everyone,
I am back after my last post in 31 August with two new me-made shirt blouses that I made to participate #magamsewalong September with theme "Shirty September" hosted by lovely @sarahlizsewstyle.
I decided not to publish the blog post for Artwear August dress and jump to Shirty September instead. Also, I had some garments to publish but no time and energy for all of them. So, I will give you a link on my IG in case you want to see the dress Open Back Butterick Dress.

Fabrics: stripes cotton shirting that I found during our trip to Bangkok and printed rayon snowman from local shop.
Pattern: I used Burdastyle 03/2013 size 36, model 124 for stripes shirt blouse but I omitted the sleeve and hem bands. And the snowman shirt blouse with addition of sleeve cuff, pattern from model 125. I also used different button placements, stripes blouse with original style and snowman blouse with individual style.

The processes of two garments were okay because I already work on the pattern before. The only step that I need to pay more attention was sewing the collar onto the neckline, I decided to use bias tape instead of the same fabric for the collar band and I think it looks nicer and neater. I used hand sewing to attach the band on the inner collar.
Also, I am thrilled that my new machine has automatic buttonhole. So, I did all the buttonholes faster and neater than the two step buttonholes on my old machine 😁 

The length of the sleeve on my stripes shirt blouse is until bottom of my thumb, finished with 1.5 cm sleeve allowance. And I decided to skip the sleeve band because it is fine for me, I just fold the sleeve up and leave it as it is. 
Also, I skipped the hem band and finished the hem allowance with smaller hem 1 cm.

The most adorable thing on this shirt blouse for me is the button placement, looks very nice and arty.

The second blouse is cute, especially the snowman print and the softness of the rayon fabric against my skin. I am planning to wear this shirt blouse for Christmas, just hope that mild winter in my place wouldn't change. 
I used the usual (individual) button placement. I fear that the original button placement will be too heavy for soft rayon fabric and I added sleeve cuff, pattern copied from model 125 but I added few centimetres to make the cuff wider and finished with sew one button in each cuff. 
I did smaller hem allowance as well in the second garment.

That's it for today post everyone, thank you for stopping by and happy sewing. 💗💗


Hana @velvetribbon_sew

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Asymmetrical Top with Bell Sleeve

Hello everyone,
I started a new top yesterday and glad I finished it this afternoon. I was planning to make it weeks ago but life has been busy and we got two typhoons in a week ( Hato and Pakhar), glad we are safe and I managed to finished my August Magam dress and this asymmetrical top. I decided to publish the top today and the dress later. But actually you can see the finished dress on my IG post two days ago.

I made this top especially to participate #sleevefest2017 on Instagram hosted by the two lovely ladies Helen of @valentine.and.stitch and Diane of

For the pattern, I used Simplicity Misses 8059 pattern view B with adjustments because I used size S instead of XXS. Also, added bell sleeve to match the challenge #sleevefest2017 and to celebrate #yearofthesleeve.
For the fabric, I decided to refashion my bathing cover that I wore during my mini holiday in Bangkok. The fabric is cotton jersey in pink colour.
I traced pattern view B size S finished with normal hem and I will cut the asymmetrical hem later directly on the top. 
As the neckline seems too deep for my liking, I raised the CF 3 cm and CB 1 cm then drew a new line of neckline for both front and back as shown in the second picture below.

After I did the half sewing process, I found out that the shoulder and both sides were too big. But the neckline was good and sit nicely 😁 I followed exactly the width and length the pattern had, but in the end I trimmed the excess fabric 0.75 mm.
I decided to pin and sew the darts at the shoulder 1.5 cm down to the waist front and back - I did for both sides.
Also, I sew the side of the top 1.25 cm from the sleeve to the bodice - I did for both sides too. 
After the two methods done, I am glad that the top fits me okay, not too big and not too tight.
For the bell sleeve, I used the same method of making the half circle skirt. I found an easy link to calculate the radius from By Hand London
After I got the radius and drew my own sleeve pattern, I cut the sleeve fabric 20 cm long included seam and sleeve allowances 1.25 cm.
Sew the both end right sides together. Pin the bell sleeve and the sleeve right sides together. Sew with the overlocker machine and sew the sleeve hem with sewing machine. 
Below are pictures of the process,
About the asymmetrical hemline, I decided to cut it after I almost finished the top. I measured according to the length that I think looks good on me. Then I sew the hem allowance 1.25 cm using sewing machine.
Well, after I spend the morning and afternoon working on this top, I am happy that I saved the top and will wear it in the coming autumn.
Happily showing you three more pictures of the top on me, front-back and side views. I wore it with me-made skirt based on Burdastyle 03/2013, skirt detail here.

Happy Sewing and thank you for reading!

Feel free to take a look of other sewists who participate Sleevefest2017 on Instagram with hashtag #sleevefest2017  I bet you will love it and find some inspiration for the next project 😍


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