Friday, May 22, 2015

Sleeveless Birdy Dress

Hello...
I decided to make this dress the day before my visit to Hongkong. It was an easy and fast dress to make, I finished it in five hours :)

This dress was inspired by my refashion dress. It has bust darts and back darts, round front neckline and not so deep V back neckline, sleeveless, knee length, three pleats in the front skirt and two pleats in the back skirt and finished the neckline and armholes with bias tape.

Here is my final dress that I wore in Wednesday for mmmay'15 day 20. Husband snapped it in one of the fabric shops in Western Market, Sheung Wan - Hongkong.
I will explain more about the dress detail in the below post and also want to share my visit to the fabric store :)

Pattern And Modification:
This is my second dress based on Built By Wendy Book - Dirndl Dress pattern size 34, you can read my first version ~here~.

Materials:
I bought 3 yards of navy polycotton fabric with birdy prints in Lisbon-Portugal last year. I used 2 yards for this dress and still have the leftover fabric that is enough to make top or skirt.
Invisible zipper
Fusible interfacing
1/2" wide bias tape
Thread

Sewing Process:
I sew the darts and sew front and back bodice right sides together at the shoulder.
I measured 10 cm from CB down and cut in V shape.
After that, I pleated the skirt. Three pleats in the front skirt and two pleats in the back skirt.
Attached the skirt to the bodice right sides together and then sew both side of the dress right sides together.
Sew all the raw edges using an overlocker sewing machine.
I cut 2 cm bias tape from fusible interfacing and fused it in the wrong side of the center back. And then sew the invisible zipper.
Pin and sew the bias tape on the neckline and armholes right sides together and turned the bias tape inside and sew it again.
The last work is hem the dress. I used blind stitching with 4 cm seam allowance. Done!

Here is the pictures of the dress. Front and back views. Also the picture of the inner dress finished with bias tape at the neckline and armholes.


After all, I like how my dress turned out. The two things that I want to change if one day I make a similar one are the darts and the length. I will change the bust darts to the front darts and I will reduce the dress length a little bit.

Now, about my trip to the fabric store. I went to Western Market in the last day of our visit to Hongkong. We get there from MTR Sheung Wan station exit B and walked a little. The fabric store is in the whole the second floor.
Well, I was so overwhelmed seeing the amount of fabrics. I walked from one shop to another, wishing that I could find my goodies :)
In the end I only bought three printed polycottons that will be great to make summer dresses :D






 
 
Happy sewing!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Weekend Refashion

Hello..
I refashioned my two old dresses. I had the idea some months ago but always delayed with other things. And I am so glad that Me-Made-May'15 inspired me to look back to what I have sewn and forced me to refashion some garments and throw away others that really don't fit anymore. Yay!

Firstly, I will show you my refashioned dress. I love it very much because of the prints. The fabric is viscose, it isn't the best fabric to wear in hot summer day but I couldn't resist the prints :D
This dress is my self-drafted. My work in this dress wasn't so bad even I noticed that the armhole was a little bit big and I sewn the zipper in wrong side. It supposed to be in the left side but I sewn it in right side :)

The picture below shows my dress after I refashion it. I wore it yesterday for MMMay'15 day 16.
This picture was taken yesterday morning in one of the gardens here in my place (Taipa-Macau). My husband snapped it just before we went to the supermarket for some shopping. And we were lucky that the strong rain only came after we left.

Here is the picture of the old dress before I refashion, I wore it in MMM'13. The dress has ruffles at the neckline, cap sleeves and three pleated in front and back skirt. It is a very cute dress and comfortable to wear but I need to change for something more simple.

What I did, I cut the ruffles at the neckline and the cap sleeves. Especially for the sleeves, I measured 1.5 cm from outer shoulder and cut it. As shown in the picture below,

And then, I cut the back side with V back style. As shown in the picture below,

After I cut the neckline and sleeves. I pin the 1/2" wide bias tape right sides together. And then stitched it. Turned the bias tape inside the dress and stitched again. I did that in both neckline and armholes.

And here is the final work. The front dress with round neckline and back dress with V back style.

And here is one more picture of me wearing my refashion dress - back view. I am loving it and I think the V is just in right amount, not so deep and laid nicely on my back :)

The second one is refashion top from an old self-drafted dress. The fabric is cotton voile printed with several bows. I love this dress but too bad that it shrink after so much washing.
Then I decided to cut the dress and make it as a top, kind of peplum top :)

In case you are curious, here is the picture of the original dress. I wore it in MMMay'13 and MMMay'14. I love this dress very much because of the simplicity. Sleeveless and not so tight, just perfect for hot summer weather.

What I did, I cut the dress right in my hips and stitched it using my overlocker sewing machine with rolled hemmed stitch. So easy!
 
That's it for my today post, I wish everyone a lovely weekend and Happy Sewing!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

DIY Apron

Hi all..
My sewing machine was broken two days ago, the hand wheel doesn't move. Immediately I took it to the shop and so glad that the guy managed to fix it :) Yay!!
As soon as the machine back home, I sew an apron for which I already cut the fabric in Monday.
I need a new apron to wear when I am cooking and baking because my first one was damaged. The picture below was taken yesterday in the kitchen just before I bake breadsticks.

Materials :
I have 1.5 yards of yellow cotton fabric printed with colorful fishes. I used 3/4 yard for my apron and still have left over that is enough to make a reversible bag or any other small project.

Pattern :
This apron is self-drafted. I measured directly on the fabric and cut it.
My apron was made from four pieces of rectangle shapes.
- Apron body x 2 (22 cm long and 20 cm wide)
- Apron skirt x 1 (60 cm long and 48 cm wide)
- Straps x 2 (50 cm long and 7 cm wide)
- Belt x 1 (115 cm long and 10 cm wide)
All the measurements are including 1 cm seam allowances in all edges.

Sewing Process :
Firstly, I folded my strap right sides together - pin it and stitched but leave one side open to turn the strap.
Turned the strap inside out and press it using the iron.

Then I placed the body fabric right side up. Marked 1 cm from the corner and placed both straps (the side that is open). And then put another body fabric right side down, so the straps is in between the fabrics. Pin and stitched it.
After that, I pin and stitched both sides of the body fabric. Turn inside out and press it using iron.

I prepared my belt by folded the fabric right sides together, pin and stitched but leave one side open to turn the belt.
After I turn the belt inside out. I iron it and hand stitched the opening area.

After the method above done, I sew all the raw edges of the skirt and body apron using an overlocked sewing machine. Then, pin and stitched the skirt and body right sides together.


I pin the belt on the top of upper skirt, stitched and press it using an iron


Here is the final result. I knot the straps around the neck and knot the belt at the back. Isn't it very easy and practical?

And one more picture of the apron, front - side and back views

This apron is a part of my weekly update DIY Friday.

Until next..

P.S. I am linking this post to Caroline of sewcanshe.com for Show Off Saturday

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Finished MAGAM April : Watercolour Floral Dress

Hello everyone..
Finally I finished my watercolour floral dress for April MAGAM - Make A Garment A Month with the theme "Blooming Flowers"
After working on it for some days, in the end I decided to remove the smocked. I will explain more in the below post.
For now let's see the final dress that I already wore last Sunday and already shared the picture in MMMay'15 day 10 Flickr group and My Facebook Page


Here is the continuation of my work on this dress. You can check on my previous post for half of the sewing process.
After I pleated and pinned the skirt to the bodice right sides together, I smocked the dress according to the instruction but I only made four rows.
Then I sew both sides of the dress and tried it. But I didn't like the look of the dress on me :(

I have to say that my work on the smocked wasn't bad but it didn't fit me well. Maybe it will look good for others especially with taller and skinnier figure.

Well, I made a quick decision. I removed both sides stitching and the smocked. Then I sew one elastic only at the waistline. It wasn't easy thing to do but glad that I survived.

After all removed, I iron the dress and sew it again in both sides of the dress- right sides together.
Then prepared my elastic 1 cm wide. The length of the elastic was my waistline measurement - 6 cm + 2 cm seam allowance. Here is my calculation 76 cm - 6 cm + 2 cm = 72 cm.

I sew both end of the elastic together, secured it with more stitches. And then divided in four - marked with fabric marker.
Then divided the dress at the waistline in four - marked with fabric marker too.
After that, pin each marker from both elastic and the dress/fabric together. As shown in the picture below,

After the method above done, I stitched and pulled the elastic and the fabric together with zig zag stitch. Here is the result, inner and outer views.


After the elastic already stitched, I sew the hemline - 1 cm. And I gave up the idea of adding the bows on the front bodice, I think the dress will look good without anything.
Here is the full dress, front and back views.

Almost forget to mention about the belt. I cut the fabric 62 cm long x 14 cm wide. I added 1 cm seam allowance in all edges. In the end the belt size will be 7 cm wide.
I folded the fabric right sides together and stitched all edge but I leave 10 cm unstitched for the fabric to turn out. Then hand-stitched the opening area. Iron the belt.

I also made half slip from same material as the bodice lining - jersey net fabric. I just cut the fabric in square shape, folded the fabric and sew it. After that I stitched elastic waistline and hem it with lace. As shown in the picture below,

Here are the two pictures of me wearing the dress, front and back views. These pictures were taken in one of the corner of our small city - Taipa. We enjoyed our Sunday afternoon walking around and bought some house stuff :)


And three more pictures of the dress in the dress form completed with belt, front-side and back views


 
Happy sewing!

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