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Pinafore Dress

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Hello, I finished my pinafore dress at the right time when the winter arrived. For the pattern, I modified my basic dress sloper block and I used a wool blend fabric and a silk satin in black for the lining. I was planning to sew this dress for so long from the beginning of the year and I'm happy that I finally made it in December.  Also, this dress in my late entry to  #sewyourwardrobebasics  challenge with the theme "wool" hosted by  @seaofteal .  The dress detail: knee length pinafore dress with a deep front v-neckline, a scoop back neckline, front side darts, back middle darts, invisible zipper at the center back and fully lined. The sewing progress was fun and I finished in two days, I used mostly my sewing machine and hand sewing, also a lot of pinning and basting.  The picture below shows my work in the shoulder area. I sewed the front and back shoulders with the lining right sides together and turned out, flipped the seam al

Self drafted Cotton Dresses

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Happy Friday friends, I made two cotton dresses and I'm happy with how they turned out. I sewed the short sleeve dress last month and wore it a lot (from dinner out to the supermarket shopping) 😊  And the long-sleeve dress was finished yesterday and I look forward to wearing it in cooler weather with leggings and boots. I loved the simple design of these dresses, they suit my daily life without feeling too much dressing up, also I can wear them with sandals, shoes or sneakers.  For the short sleeve dress, I used printed cotton voile fabric in orange, purple, brown and off-white from the local shop. The fabric was light and perfect to wear in summer. The rest of notions (threads, fusible interfacing and invisible zipper) were from my stash. The pattern is based on my basic dress sloper, I moved the front vertical dart and made a-line design, also did the same for the back dart. I lowered the necklines and made new round necklines (fro

White Shirt and Hand Knitted Vest

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Hello friends, the weather is getting more fresh here in Macau and I'm glad I finished these two garments (shirt and vest) at the right time. I started to sew the white shirt last week, pattern modified from shirt dress - Fait main magazine May 2019 and I used cotton fabric that I bought from the local shop.  I started my hand knit vest in June. The pattern was self-drafted and the yarn was cotton in deep blue that I bought during our trip to Singapore two years ago. My plan was to wear the vest as it is with pants or a skirt for summer but as the winter is coming very soon, I decided to sew the white shirt to wear with it. About the shirt, this is my third version of the pattern, the first version  was in striped blue with a high low hem and  the second version  was in a gingham print with U-shape hemline.  For this white shirt, I used the same hemline as the second version, added two pockets, finished the sleeve placket with facing and reduced 2 cm in both

V-neck Ruffle Hem Dress

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Hello friends, I made another self-drafted dress with a ruffle hem last month. This dress is the second version of the pattern and I changed the round neck into a v-neck. You can see the first version here . For the fabric, I used cotton poplin that I bought recently in the local shop and the sewing notion (threads, fusible interfacing and invisible zipper) were from stash. After I modified the round neck into a v-neck, I omitted the vertical darts on the front side and made the dress a little flare at the bottom and then I cut the length far above the knee (25 cm), as shown below in the red mark. I made the neck facings and the rectangle shape for the ruffle hem (25 cm wide x 165 cm long).  The sewing process was fast, I finished it in one morning after I cut the fabric and fusible interfacing for the neck facings and zipper line the day before. I started with sewed the raw edges of the fabric using my overlocker machine, sewed the darts and the shou

Floral Cotton Dress

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I made this dress last month and I wore it twice since the day I finished it, the picture above was taken before swimming and I wore this dress for lunch and dinner outside as well. I love everything about this dress, especially the fit. Not too tight or too loose and I can wear this on any occasion, I just need to change the shoes and accessories 😊  Dress description: It has a v-neckline with three decorative buttons, short sleeves, knee-length, invisible zipper inserted at the center back, a little loose and flare style. Very comfortable to wear but stylish and girly at the same time. Fabric and notion: 2 yards of cotton poplin from the local shop that I bought it recently. Sewing notion: invisible zipper, fusible interfacing, threads, buttons were from my stash. Pattern:  Self-drafted. I modified the basic dress sloper that I made in May, I changed the neckline into a v-neck, drafted the v-neck facing, used side front darts and made full arm adjustment on th