Sequin Linden T-shirt and Ninni culottes

Linden sequin T-shirt and Ninni culottes Linden sequin T-shirt and Ninni culottes

Have you seen the Spring/Summer 2017 collection: The Playground, from Named Clothing? It is inspired by the practicality and simplicity of childrenwear. I’m all about practical and comfort so I was very excited about this collection.

It is launched two days ago and I immediately picked the simplest pattern to make, The Ninni culottes. It is a pattern for wide-legged cullotes with elastic waistband and in-seam side pockets. I made it in very stable black jersey.

Linden sequin T-shirt and Ninni culottes Linden sequin T-shirt and Ninni culottes

To make my life easier, I keep a Google spreadheet for all alterations that I have to made for each pattern. For Named patterns, I use size 34 with these alterations: shortening 2 cm on the hipline, 5 cm above knee, and 5 cm below knee, at total 12 cm. Twelve centimetres might sound a lot, but it has worked very well for me. Named patterns are drafted for height 172 cm while my height is 150 cm.

I’m very happy with the result! My alterations has worked quite well, as you can see the length of the culottes is at the same proportion as the original pattern. These culottes are very basic, it means that it will have lots of wear in the future!

Linden sequin T-shirt and Ninni culottes Linden sequin T-shirt and Ninni culottes

Linden sequin T-shirt
Linden sequin T-shirt

Now for the not-so-basic T-shirt, I used knit sequin fabric for the bodice and the leftover black jersey for the sleeves and neck binding. The pattern is Linden sweatshirt by Grainline studio that has became one of my favorite.

I use overlocker for all the seams except for finishing the sleeve and bodice hem. The sequin on the fabric is very soft and can be cut easily, so they didn’t need to be removed from the seamlines.

I like how the sequins are a bit muted and not glaringly reflecting lights all over the place. It is quite a nice detail to an otherwise very simple black T-shirt!

Fortune cat tote bag

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My new tote bag! Actually I wasn’t planning to make more bags but then I found this canvas fabric with interesting panel print. One panel is showing a Maneki Neko or Fortune Cat, and the other panel is Mountain Fuji.

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The print is interesting enough that I want to show it off as much as possible with simple lines and no visible topstitching. That is why the straps and facing are tacked to the bag with small rivets.

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I left the bag unlined and bound all the raw edges with twill tape. The wide bag straps are quite wide so I stitched them together around the middle. This will make the straps stronger and easier to carry.

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The bag has two pockets inside. One is zippered pocket, the other pocket has key strap attached. As you can see the bag is quite big, enough for everything that I want to carry. In my bag usually I have water bottle, small towel, makeup pouch, stationery pouch, charger pouch, earphone pouch, tissue pouch. I have many little pouches inside my bag that is why I need big bag!

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Merckwaerdigh Wings (BHST2) and Harriet bra

Merckwaerdigh Wings (BHST2) and Harriet bra

Recently Amy from Cloth Habit has just released her newest pattern, the Harriet bra. You’re probably already familiar with her previous pattern, the Watson bra, that is very popular. The Harriet bra is an underwired bra with balconette neckline and 3 piece cup seam. The sizes range is pretty great, from 28A-42H. I think this is… Continue Reading

Esme maxi cardigan and Linden sweatshirt

Esme maxi cardigan and Linden sweatshirt

I’ve been wearing my wool coat that I made a couple of years ago everyday this winter. It’s a really great coat but I got a bit bored of it, so a simple long cardigan seem to be a perfect alternative. The pattern is Esme maxi cardigan by Named patterns. I made size 34 with lots of shortening alteration,… Continue Reading

Neon pink lace set and harness bralette

Neon pink lace set and harness bralette

Here’s another Merckwaerdigh BHS10 view C that I’ve made several times! The lace is stretch lace in neon pink that is very hard to photograph. I’ve used similar lace in different color to make a couple of set here. As usual, the cups are lined with non-stretch lining and the band is lined with powernet. I… Continue Reading

Red lace set

Red lace set

First post in 2017! I have so many finished sewing items that haven’t been posted yet. I’m trying to work through them though, taking pictures and posting eventually. I found this red stretch lace in a small fabric store in my neighborhood. It is sort of an outlet store that sells out of print and end… Continue Reading

Rosita’s jacket and Tokyo Comic Con 2016

Rosita’s jacket and Tokyo Comic Con 2016

A couple of months ago, my husband asked me if I would like to come with him and a friend to Tokyo Comic Con in December. I’m not really a big fan of crowd so I just told them to go ahead. But then our friend suggested that we’d picked a character and do a cosplay. More reason… Continue Reading

Yoga set OHM – Schnittchen patterns

Yoga set OHM – Schnittchen patterns

Here’s my contribution to Schnittchen’s Sewing Around The World project. In case you haven’t heard of it, the project features 12 sewing bloggers around the world sewing Schnittchen pattern. My pattern is called Yoga set OHM, it is actually from the Winter 2015 collection. As the name suggests, this is a set of patterns for tank… Continue Reading