Planning projects

Vogue 8787 and Vogue 1288
When I’m not sewing, I waste spend my time daydreaming about my next sewing projects. I have these flowy silk fabrics in my stash for a while and have been thinking what I would make them into. One is black with colorful bird print, the same print as this Marc Jacobs wrap dress, and the other has pinkish nude base with black heart print, the same as this Juicy Couture dress.

I didn’t want to make copies of those dresses though, instead I’m planning to use Vogue 8787 for the bird print and Vogue 1288 for the heart print, both are Vogue 2012 spring patterns. I’ve finished watching The Couture Dress videos from the Craftsy online class that I took, and the techniques can be used to make the Vogue 8787. Vogue 1288 is quite simpler, basically a basic one piece dress with overlay. Maybe I can make this without muslin and adjust the fitting along the way (lazy me!).

I have never sewn with slippery silk before, so I’ll be browsing first for tips and tricks. Here’s some helpful posts on CraftstylishSewaholic and Colette on sewing with silk. Will I be able to conquer silk? I’m so excited!

Cambie dress in Sakura

Cambie dress Cambie dress

My most favorite dress at the moment! The pattern is Cambie by Tasia at Sewaholic. This pattern confirmed my love for Tasia’s patterns, they don’t require too much alteration and the results are always flattering on me.

I made the dress in size 2, and my pattern alterations are:

  • shortened the bodice 3 cm.
  • swayback alteration
  • shortened the skirt
  • changed the sweetheart neckline to straight neckline, following Tasia’s tutorial here.
  • I also tucked the center front a bit to prevent gaping neckline as most of my dresses tend to have this problem.

The fabric is medium-weight kimono fabric by Kokka with Sakura flowers pattern and interesting raised texture from the weft thread. Other sewing notions are blue rayon for lining and invisible zipper.

I didn’t make a muslin (!), and cut the pretty fabric rightaway with the altered pattern. Fortunately everything went well. The only thing that needed to be fixed was the gaping armholes. I just pinched them about 1 cm on each side of underarm.

I love love love this dress. The fabric was pretty but when it started to change into this dress, it seemed to get prettier. I wore it the next day when taking my son to his aikido class in the community center. Nothing special, really; but I don’t need anything special to go to wear my favorite dress!

Cambie dress Cambie dress

Cambie dress Cambie dress

Cambie dress Cambie dress

 Pattern is Cambie dress by Sewaholic, size 2.

Banksia top and Iris shorts

Banksia top and Iris shorts Banksia top and Iris shorts

Actually I’ve finished this top sometime ago before we moved to this house, but haven’t got time to take proper pictures. I’m still looking for a nice spot for taking pictures, I kinda miss the blank wall in my old apartment.

The pattern is Banksia top by Megan Nielsen. From the pattern envelope: “Semi fitted with button up placket front, and large peter pan collar it also features elbow length sleeves and shaping darts at the bust line. Pattern includes two different placket finishes based on skill level.” 

It was my first time sewing a button placket like this, and I’m happy that I learned something new from making this top. I made the top in size XS, no alteration. The fabric is very thin black cotton with red heart-shaped buttons on the placket. (edited: the fabric is quite cheap so it shrunk after washing, so I probably would need to do an SBA for my future Banksia top)

I think it is quite a cute little top, the shape is simple enough to be made in different fabrics for wardrobe addition. I’m planning to make another in print fabric for summer.

The shorts were made with Iris shorts pattern by Colette, it is one of their newly-released patterns for spring. I was pretty excited when Colette released these patterns, especially because they are now available in digital forms. It means that I don’t have to wait several weeks for shipping, I can sew it rightaway! Anyway, it turned out that I didn’t sew the shorts just until yesterday….

Pattern description: “These simple and cute shorts are so quick to sew, you could make them in every color. Pockets are set into a front side seam and optionally close with buttons. The shorts sport a 4 1/2 inch inseam length and close with an invisible side zipper..” I made them in size 2 with no alteration. Usually I’m a size 0 in Colette patterns, but the finished size measurements showed that there is only 1/2  inches ease around the waist. I thought that this is too little to be comfortable so I chose size 2. As usual for all Colette patterns, the instructions are very clear and constructions went quickly.

It fits perfectly well around my waist and not too big around my hip, although it is size 2. The crotch is quite close-fitting, and I think it makes the back area looks better than the usually low-crotch RTW pants. However, there is a lot of lines around the center front, also there’s a bit of diagonal lines in the back side. Maybe I should have made some fitting alterations to the pants, but I have no idea what kind of alteration that I need to eliminate these lines.

Anyway, the fabric is a meter of twill that I found in my stash, and I have completely forgotten where I got it from. I think it is linen/cotton mix and it is very comfortable against the skin, perfect for summer.

I’ve been sewing standing up since moving to the new house, and I like it! It saves space and I can sew in the kitchen/dining room. The sewing machine and serger are placed on the window ledge, which is quite the ideal standing desk height for a small person like me. I will get a bar stool later so I can have option for sitting down. The room is now called ‘mama area’ in the house because that is where I spend most of my time 🙂

Banksia top and Iris shorts Banksia top and Iris shorts

Banksia top Iris shorts

Banksia top Iris shorts

Top pattern is Banksia by Megan Nielsen, size XS.
Shorts pattern is Iris by Colette patterns, size 2.

Red lace set

Red lace set

A little sewing project that I did yesterday, my instant gratification! Of course it was a new set of bra and two panties. This time I didn’t used my usual Pin-Up Girls pattern, but Merckwaerdigh PBH30. The pattern is for push-up underwired bra, bustier, bodysuit, and thong bodysuit. I’ve used the pattern before to make this blue bodysuit.

Merckwaerdigh PBH30

I made a little alteration to the bridge between the bra cups. They were a bit too wide on me so I simply shaved both sides a little bit to narrow it.

The fabric was 4 m of red stretch lace from Merckwaerdigh ebay store and I wanted to use it for the whole set without using lycra fabric at all. When I was looking for a panties pattern that can fulfill this restrictions, I found this Lace Tanga Panties pattern at Burdastyle. It is a PDF pattern, and it’s free!

The lace was only 13.5 cm wide (5.3 inches), I just made the top lower than what the pattern specified. This panties style was actually not my usual style, and I was a bit worried that they were not comfortable. I made only one at first and tried them on, and they were surprisingly quite comfy! Just a little bit too big but it was easy to fix by stitching deeper on the center front and center back seams.

I must say that this set is quite pretty!

Red lace set Red lace set

Red lace set Red lace set

Red lace set

Red lace set

Red lace set

Red lace set Red lace set

Bra pattern is Merckwaerdigh PBH30 (bra, bustier, bodysuit, thing bodysuit), size 30C.
Panties pattern is Lace Tanga Panties, free PDF pattern downloaded from Burdastyle, size XS.
Fabrics and notions set is from Merckwaerdigh at ebay.

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