Tag: sewing

Girl Boxers

Sorry for putting my underwear on display here, but I’m kinda proud of them. I believe this type of underwear is called girl boxer, and I find them very comfortable to wear. But I rarely find one that fit, and two of my girl boxers were stolen when they were hung to dry. Perverts. So I think I’d make them myself. I traced the pattern from a Uniqlo girl boxer that I have, and the fabrics are jersey scraps from another project. Instead of elastic, the waistband are made from long strips of the same fabrics. It can’t be seen […]

Denim dress

This dress uses the same denim as Sidra’s denim pants. I have about 3 meters of this denim, and even after the pants and this dress, there’s still about half a meter left. I use JJ Bodice block from Burdastyle size 34 to make the upper part. The sleeves was drafted from an old book called Pattern Drafting vol. II, published by Kamakura-Shobo Publishing in 1970. I bought the book very cheap a couple of years ago in a secondhand bookshop. The lower parts were drawn on the fabrics without pattern. As I always like the selvedge part of a fabric, […]


Sidra asked for a new backpack, so I made this one from some fabrics in my stash. The outer fabric is brown gingham, and the lining is dark blue cotton with tiny patterns in grey. This backpack didn’t use any pattern. I just made a simple sketch and then drew some rectangles directly on the fabric. The flap is a bit thinner than I imagined because there were no more fabrics left. I sew several buttons on the flap, they’re mostly leftover from other projects. One of the button is the kabuto-mushi button used on Sidra’s muffler. They come in pair, so […]

Ipod case

A simple ipod case from leftover fabrics. I use thick felt for the inside and some elastic for closure. The bottom of the case has a hole for earphones cables. The stitches are not so neat, but at least it’s useful.

Some kind of tutorial for cowl and hand-warmers

My first tutorial! Well, sort of. As I’m being asked about how I recyled a scarf into a cowl and hand-warmers, I made this, uh, simple drawings on how to make them. I hope the drawings can explain itself. The scarf I used measured about 120×45 cm. It has to be a bit stretchy as it’ll be worn over the head. I think old T-shirt can also be made into this cowl and hand-warmers. Basically, the scarf is cut along the dashed lines (and also along the middle width of the scarf). The upper part will be made into 2 […]

A cowl and a pair of hand-warmer

Today is Cultural day holiday, but we all stay at home because the three of us has got a cold. I got a little bit bored, so I make this cowl/neck-warmer for Sidra and a pair of hand-warmer from a scarf that was thrifted from a secondhand store nearby. I think I still have a little fabric left for another pair of hand-warmer. It’s a super easy project. Link: Some kind of tutorial for cowl and hand-warmers

Striped shirt

I’ve heard about Nippori textile town from sometime, but never got a chance to go there myself. It’s an area where the main street has about 100 fabric stores on each side. And last week, I finally had the opportunity to go there with three beautiful ladies who invited me to join them in a fabric shopping trip. They were so wonderful to show me around and told me which store to go for certain fabrics. As most names of the stores are in Japanese letter, they also marked the stores in the brochure map so I can find them […]

Denim pants

Another pants for my son. I use denim with a bit of stretch in it, and scraps of corduroy from my husband’s jacket for the waistband and pockets. The pattern is the same as all his previous pants, but the legs are slimmed down this time.

Birthday Jacket

I almost can’t believe I finally finished it! This jacket is supposed to be my husband’s birthday present, but I miscalculated the working time. His birthday was last Monday, and I’ve forgotten that there would be two days weekend before that, in which I wouldn’t be able to sew. And I couldn’t sew on Monday too because Sidra had one school day off after the Sports Festival. The pattern is The Stinchcomb, downloaded from BurdaStyle, and after printing it, I ended up with 67 A4 pages that I was supposed to tape together. The whole living room floor was covered […]

Leg-of-Mutton top and Kasia skirt

When I saw this Kasia skirt pattern in Burdastyle, I really wanted to try it out. The pocket and waist area are so interesting. But since I don’t like wearing skirt (my wardrobe is all dresses) and I don’t think high-waisted skirt is a wise choice for someone in my size (and my height), I made it for my best friend who’s living several thousand miles away. I also made a top with leg-of-mutton sleeves and high neck to go with the skirt. The base pattern is Lydia from Burdastyle, and I altered the sleeves using this useful information from […]