Lately I’ve been expanding my wardrobe with more skirts and tops. I have lots of dresses already, and I feel that I need to introduce something different to my wardrobe. My style always changes subtly from time to time, otherwise I will get bored of myself!
I bought Pendrell blouse pattern by Tasia from Sewaholic sometime ago but only had the chance to try it now. I must say that I love it. So much that I made two in one day! The instructions are very clear and I only need a couple hours to make one blouse, from tracing the pattern pieces to finish.
The fabric is found in a local fabric store with a cheap price. I don’t really know what it is made of, felt like some kind of polyester. I planned to use it as some kind of wearable muslin, and it is wearable indeed! The shape of the blouse and the way the sleeves drape are very lovely. I made view A of the blouse in size 2, the only alteration I made was shortening the bodice about 4 cm as I have a short bodice.
Since I really like the blouse, I made another Pendrell with red lurik fabric that I bought in Indonesia. This is the same fabric as my green button-up skirt but in different color. Initially I made the same view A of the Pendrell, but the sleeves didn’t drape well due to the stiffness of the fabric. I ripped the sleeves and made new seam ruffles from view B, leaving the sleeve ruffles because I didn’t have enough fabric.
But I didn’t have anything to wear them with! I turned to Burdastyle and found this all-time favourite, the Kasia skirt. This is not the first time I made Kasia skirt, a couple of years ago I’ve made it for my friend in polkadot corduroy. This time I used dark gray fabric that I found in the denim section of Yuzawaya. The label said that it was denim, but the fabric felt more like tweed or something. I don’t know, I really don’t have enough knowledge about fabric other than cotton and linen…. Anyway the fabric is perfect for my skirt!
I shrunk the pattern by 92% and used size 38. This time I made it differently by moving the zipper to the back side of the skirt. The buttons are merely decorations and the front flap is sewed to the skirt. The skirt also has lining because the fabric looks like it is going to be itchy.
The front flap, pockets, and waistband are lined with leftover green lurik from my button-up skirt. I also reinforced the waistband with rigilene boning for added stability. I used thin bias tape as casing for the boning and sewed them on the wrong side of the inside waistband. The boning makes the high waistband stay up and prevent them from rolling. I couldn’t eat too much while wearing this skirt, but I love the whole outfit!
Blouses pattern is Pendrell Blouse by Sewaholic, size 2.
Skirt pattern is Kasia, free PDF pattern by Burdastyle, size 38 shrunk by 92%.
I still have leftover corduroy fabric from Sidra’s Henry shirt, which is just enough for a little skirt for myself. Although it looks purple in the pictures, the fabric actually has more blue in real life. The pattern is 10/2010 Wool Skirt #115A by Burdastyle. The smallest size is still too big for me, so I shrunk the pattern to 92% and used size 38. I added a dark blue lining and shortened the hem considerably.
It is long weekend right now in Japan, and yesterday we went to Yokohama to spend the day at Aqua museum in Sea Paradise. Hope you are having a great weekend too right now!
Pattern is 10/2010 Wool Skirt #115A by Burdastyle, size 38 shrunk by 92%.
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A quick project that I did yesterday. The fabric is called ‘lurik’, a traditional handloom from Central Java, Indonesia, that I bought in our this picture. The one I have is a a modern interpretation with very subtle darker stripes.
The fabric was sold already cut in 3 m package, but the width is only 90 cm. Since they were quite cheap, I bought them in several colors, green, purple, red, and black with stripes.
The pattern is Helena skirt, a free PDF pattern download found in Burdastyle. I was prepared to add seamline on the center back because of the narrow fabric. Fortunately, 90 cm was just about right for the back piece (I use the smallest size). This pattern is quite simple, with only 3 pieces: front, back, and waistband.
The pleats were adjusted a bit to my measurements. Instead of six pleats like the original pattern, I ended up with four deeper pleats. A pair of side pockets were also added.
I don’t have too many separate pieces so the only top I can wear with the skirt is this old grey T-shirt. More reason to sew! Actually I’m still not too sure about the skirt. I think it makes my hip looks huge. Maybe the fabric is a bit too stiff for skirt. Or maybe I need to make it shorter….
Pattern is Helena skirt, Burdastyle free PDF pattern download, size 8.
I bought the corduroy fabric with the thought of making a pair of pants for Sidra. But when I showed the fabric to him, Sidra said that he wanted a shirt from this fabric. His reason? He said, “Everyone would say that this fabric is better as a pair of pants, so I want to be different and use it as a shirt.” You can’t argue with that, can you? So a shirt it is.
The Henry Shirt
In fact, it was a good opportunity to try my hand on one of the pattern from the Sewing for Boys book that I talked about in my previous post. The Henry shirt is the first project in the book and I really love it. It looks like a simple shirt in a glance, but a closer look reveals more details like the wide pockets, the sleeves and back yoke, and the all-in-one collar. Instead of fabric with different pattern, I placed the corduroy in different direction to create a subtler texture.
I use size 6/7 for Sidra’s shirt. Although he’s 8 years old this year, Sidra is a bit small so the size fits him fine. No alteration was made on the pattern, but I did make a few changes when sewing the shirt.
Only one layer is used for the pockets, instead of doubling the fabric per the instructions. The sleeves/back yoke of Sidra’s shirt is unlined and double- topstitched along the seamlines. I also use double topstitching on the front-to-side and back-to-side seamlines to emphasize the curved lines of the yoke.
Sidra loves the shirt! He likes to wear it over a T-shirt and let the buttons open. “It looks better like this,” he said. I love it too!
Pattern is Henry shirt size 6/7 from Sewing for Boys.