IKEA backpack (Kanken backpack knockoff)

Once in a while, I make something just because of curiosity. Like this backpack that I made a couple of days ago. Perhaps you’re familiar with the general shape, that reminds you of the Kanken bag made by the Swedish company Fjällräven. Or perhaps you recognize the material, that is the Frakta shopping bag by IKEA. I have several Kanken backpacks, from the mini, original, and big. My son and husband also use them. They’re perfect everyday bag, made from strong materials in many choices of colors. This is not an advertising for Kanken backpacks though, I just really like them. […]

Lingerie Sewing Club – Guest posting at Studio Costura

Sometime ago I was invited by Karu from Studio Costura to join her Lingerie Sewing Club. It is a series of posts on her blog by sewing bloggers who make lingerie projects using materials from Studio Costura shop.   I chose these kits from Studio Costura shop and made a couple of lingerie sets: You can read more in my guest post at Studio Costura blog here! Disclosure:  The bra kits were sent to me for free. However, all views and opinions expressed are purely my own.

Recycled denim jacket

While shopping online, I impulsively bought myself a huge tiger embroidery patch (does it often happen to you too?). It arrived a couple of weeks later, and the patch is just as beautiful as the photo. However I didn’t have any clothing item that would provide enough space for this patch. So I made one! I used Maisa denim jacket pattern by Named Clothing, a classic button-down denim jacket with collar. This pattern is often recommended for jacket made of recycled denim pants. The fabrics are from a couple of my husband’s pants that I made in 2013 and 2014. Two pants […]

Aeolian tees

These two tees have been in rotation for my daily wear recently. They are easy and comfortable, with enough details to make it more interesting than ordinary store-bought tees. The pattern is Aeolian tee by Pattern Fantastique. I was very happy with my Terra pants that I started to look at other patterns from the maker. This tee immediately caught my eyes, as it is perfect for the warmer weather at the moment. The pattern is quite simple and straightforward. It has a boxy shape, with several length options from tee length to ankle length dress. Other interesting details are […]

Ginger Jeans

I’m sure you’ve known about the famous Ginger jeans pattern by Closet Case Files, I just realized that I’ve never made it. My usual pattern for jeans is Style Arc Sandra jeans pattern, but it is now too small. I only have one size of this pattern since it is the paper pattern form. A good time to try a new jeans pattern! The Ginger jeans pattern has two options, view A is low rise with narrow legs and view B is high-waisted with skinny legs. I made view B in size 6. As usual, my alteration is shortening the […]

Denim Persephone pants

Nowadays I get most of my inspirations and news in the sewing world from Instagram. Like these pants for instance, the news about the pattern launch popped out a few days ago in my feed and I was instantly attracted to the shape. The Persephone pants by Anna Allen is a pattern for high-waisted pants and shorts, inspired by US Navy sailor pants. I find it very interesting that the pants don’t have side-seams, the front and back are cut from one piece. This must be some magical drafting! Other interesting details are the concealed button fly and front waist in-seam […]

Lempi button down dress

I had been wanting to make the Lempi button dress by Named patterns for sometime, but hadn’t found the perfect fabric and occasion. My son Sidra was going to graduate from junior high school and I thought it would be a great reason to finally make this dress!   This is a midi-length button down dress with self fabric belt to cinch the waist. All the details are simple, and that’s what attracted me to this pattern. With the right fabric, I think it can also be worn as a spring coat. I made mine in size 36, one size bigger […]

Green Terra pants

Terra pants by Pattern Fantastique! Actually not a newly launched pattern, but I got more interested in it after seeing multiple versions around the internet. At first sight, it is a pattern classic pleated pants. But the more I look at it, the more I understand the great shape of this pattern. The legs are wide with almost a cocoon shape. These pants are slouchy but not too exaggerated. The pants are supposed to wear with the waistband sits lower at the front and higher at the back. If you choose a size down, these pants become high-waisted like a […]

Favorite pattern: Merckwaerdigh high-waisted panty

Once in a while, I found a pattern that fit almost everything that I want and it is always a great day when it happened! This time it is a panty pattern by Merckwaerdigh called ‘Waistband’. It is a pattern for high-waisted panty with scalloped stretch lace around the waist and back leg. I have had this pattern for a while about never thought too much of it. This is the first version of the panty in size XS. I was surprised that it actually looks good when worn. However, the waistband is too high-waisted for me because I’m petite, […]

Red Kochi kimono

Hello and happy new year! It’s winter and I’m surrounded by the darks and greys that people are wearing. I thought something bright would make me feel better as I’m still not used to the cold winter, despite having been living here for several years. The pattern is Kochi kimono by Papercut patterns. From the description of the pattern:  “A boxy cropped jacket for any season. Make it in wool for winter or soft chiffon for summer, our three variations provide plenty of options. Features optional lining, 3/4 sleeves, drop shoulder, side seam splits, tie front and front patch pockets.” The simple […]

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