Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Megan Draper Dress From Mad Men TV Show

Hi everyone,
I finished my Megan dress yesterday - exactly on the deadline of Mad Men Dress Challenge 3 but I couldn't publish my project in the blog. I took some pictures last night but the result wasn't so clear, so I took pictures again today and publish it as soon as I finished.

My dress is inspired by Megan Draper 60's style yellow dress, but I made some changes according to my own style,
  • Make the dress length a little bit longer
  • Sewn 6 buttons on the skirt front flap instead of 4 buttons
  •  The belt finished with snap-fasteners in the back side of the dress
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As I couldn't find any plain yellow fabric in my local shop, I bought 2.5 yards medium crepe fabric in very deep pink ( the fabric has shiny part in one side and hard in the other side) according to the shop owner I can use both side of fabric. I used the shiny one facing inside.
And for the skirt flap lining, I used silk polyester fabric.
med weight crepe fabric

silk polyester lining fabric

For the pattern, I used Vogue 8228 with modifications. The original pattern has front slits on the neckline and the end of the dress skirt front at the center, I just connected the center dress front. Then I added skirt  front flap and self-made belt. Here are a little bit details of my sewing process,
back and front pieces

For the skirt front flap, I copied the center front skirt panel on a new sheet of paper. Started 3 cm above the waist line to the end of the center front skirt, and then I added 1.5 cm on both side right and left side.
I sew the skirt flap and the lining right sides facing- on the skirt top and sides only - leave the bottom open, turn it inside out. Press it with iron and hand sewn the bottom.
front skirt flap and lining
I hand sewn the skirt flap bottom
pin and hand sewn the skirt flap on to the skirt
I sew 4 cm wide belt from the same fabric x 84 cm long. Then I sew the belt on the top of the flap with my sewing machine, sew the buttons and snap fasteners.

And the last work is hand sewn the hem. Done!
Here are more pictures of me wearing my dress,


Happy sewing and have a wonderful Wednesday to you all!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

MAGAM Challenge: Finished March Garment - Vogue 8228

Hello everyone,
This is my finished garment for March - Magam Challenge. As I mentioned on my last post, this dress is based on Vogue 8228 view A and for the fabric I used strong blue linen from my stash, but it looks lighter in the picture than it is in reality.

Dress descriptions:
A straight, semi-fitted dress, mid-knee has princess seams, cut in armholes, center front slit and back zipper.

Sewing process:
As this is my first experience of working with vogue pattern, I decided to make a muslin first. I choose petite size 10 (according to the Vogue size) but after my muslin done, I realized that my size should be 6.
Then I work again in another muslin with size 6. Even so I have to make some adjustments,
  • added 1.5 cm taller on the neckline
  • reduced the length of the neck slit 3 cm and skirt front slit 6 cm
  • reduced the side dress front and back 1.5 cm
  • and make sway back adjustment
Here is my second muslin based on petite size 6 with adjustment,

After muslin done, I cut my fabric and start to work with the real dress. I sew the front dress pieces and back dress pieces. Sew it, clipped it and overlocked the raw edges.

I stitched the front dress at the center right sides facing, stitched the side of front and back dress right sides facing.
Then I sew the zipper. I didn't have any matching color zipper, so I use a very dark blue zipper. But before I sew it, I fused 1.5 cm wide fusible interfacing onto the wrong side of the center back. This method is very good to stabilize the zipper and very smooth finishes. As shown on the picture A and B,

Then I worked on the neck facing, here is the result
A - front  B- Back

And the last work on the dress is stitching the hem. My hemline ended up 6 cm (pattern suggestion should be 5 cm), I was very lazy to cut one more time - so I just stitched it and the result is fine :-)
A. I fused 6 cm fusible interfacing on the hem line - placed it 6 cm up from the bottom
B. Fold the fabric, press it with iron
C. Pin it around

A. I am very patient, so I prefer to baste the hem before stitch it
B. Then I hand stitched all around the hem line. Removed the basting. Done!

Here are more pictures of me wearing the dress, front and back views

And more picture of the dress on my dress form, front, side and back views

Well, I am very happy with how my dress turned out and I will definitely make more dresses based on this pattern on the future. Also every time I worked with a new pattern, I learned something new from it. And this time I learn how to reinforce seam with slit by cut two pieces of seam binding and sew it by hand in the wrong side of each garment. The result is fantastic and the seam binding will not show at slit :-)

Have a lovely weekend and see you soon on my Mad Men Dress!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Sewing Plans

Hello everyone!
Today post is about March sewing plan for magam challenge, and some more sewing stuff that I want to make on the next couple days.
For magam challenge, I am going to make a dress based on Vogue 8228. Many months ago, a friend gave me four Vogue patterns and I think is time for me to give one of the pattern a try. I never worked with Vogue pattern before, so I hope I am lucky and my dress will turn out as the pattern envelope :-)
And for the fabric, I will use my strong blue linen ( the fabric suggestion is light-weight linen, so I think my fabric choice is excellent).
Speaking about the fabric, in the beginning of Magam challenge I am planning to make Burdastyle jacket with this fabric. I have done the jacket muslin but I do not like the style so much. Then I give up and I put the fabric back to stash.
I hope I will make the dress with this fabric, so there is no reason for it to go back to the stash again, ehehehe....

Two days ago, I traced my pattern - size 10 and this morning while the boy is in school, I cut the muslin. So tomorrow I will sew the muslin and make some adjustments on the waist and hips for sure. I will update my work on this blog later.

Beside sewing March garment for Magam challenge, I am also working on my Mad Men Dress - please feel free to head over Julia's Blog for more details about the challenge.
And the last thing before I say good bye for today post, I will make a tailor's ham and sleeve roll. I found the patterns and ready to make it as soon as I have free time :-)
Happy Sewing!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Finished February Garment - Pink Blouse

Hi everyone!
I am glad that I managed to finish my February garment for MAGAM Challenge on time :) This blouse based on Burdastyle pattern 08/2012, details here on my last post.
Sewing process:
I traced the pattern (size 36), reduced the length of the sleeves 7.5 cm but I leaved  the blouse length same as the original pattern. I omitted the sleeves opening because I didn't have any zipper inside my stash that match the fabric color.
Then I added seam allowances in all edges and transfer the pattern onto the fabric.
I am very lazy this moment, so I decided to skip the muslin and I am very lucky that the blouse fit me nicely. The neckline is right on the place that I like, the bust darts and back darts are fine and allow me to move my body freely. The sleeves are good, I feel free to move my arm too. The only thing funny is the blouse length, they are too long and look unflattering on me.  I have to cut it about 7.5 cm, so the feet of the back darts are almost reaching the hem line. But anyway, I think it looks fine :-)

The picture below is the front blouse, the shaping bust darts are really nice and the blouse length is right for me. This blouse will be perfect for everyday wear and perfect combination for my jeans and flat shoes :)

The picture below is the blouse back, I hope you all can see that the darts feet are almost reaching the hem line. What do you think? Is that fine or I should make the darts shorter?
And the back opening is very cute, isn't it? It's a little bit tricky to sew, especially for a beginner sewer but I will share here on the blog how I did it. Stay tuned, dear readers!

And here are the last two pictures of my blouse on my dress form - front and back,

Happy sewing!!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Make A Garment A Month - February Plan..

Happy Monday to you all!
My February plan for MAGAM Challenge will be a very simple yet elegant everyday blouse based on Burdastyle pattern 08/2012 - Printed Blouse 109. For the fabric, I will use my pink viscose that I bought last month. The thread and the buttons are from my stash.

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I traced the pattern yesterday and I found that this pattern has funny bust darts. The bust darts are starting from the waistline - you can see the picture above. But according to the pattern description,  this blouse is flattering on any body type because of the shaping bust darts :) 
So, I am curious and can not wait to see how the blouse will turn out.
Happy sewing!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Finished January Garment - Double Breasted Cape

Hello dear readers,
Finally I have done my January garment for MAGAM challenge. As you all know, this cape is based on Burdastyle cape pattern 08/2012 size 36. But I decided to make it shorter than the original pattern. For the fabrics and materials that I used for this cape, you can see it here.

Mostly, I enjoyed the sewing process but to sew the arm slits and lining took a long time to finish, I spent a lot of time on basting and hand sewing. Also, I made a little bit mistake on cutting the arm slits. It suppose to be right on the line between the shoulder piece and front piece but mine is below that line. Anyway, I think is fine and nobody noticed it:)
The picture below is the cape front, you can see that the decorative stitching on the shoulder pieces, piping on the arm slits and the double breasted front closure are very stylish.
The picture below is the cape back, you can see also the decorative stitching in the middle that I think is the smart way to add sweetness.
The picture below is the cape lining. I did a lot of basting and hand sewing on it. But after all, I am very happy with how my lining turned out. It really sit nicely on the cape without bulky.
And the last two pictures below are the full picture of me wearing my new cape, front and back.
That's it for my today post, I hope you had a lovely weekend! 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Make A Garment A Month - January Plan

Hello and happy Friday to you all...
Here is an update of my January sewing plan for MAGAM Challenge, I will be making a cape based on Burdastyle - Double Breasted Cape 08/2012.

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Below picture is my fabrics and materials for the cape - 2.5 yards of brushed wool in orange color, 2 yards of polka dots silk sateen for lining, 7 buttons and almost same color of thread. All of them are from my stash.

Actually, I traced the pattern and pre-treated the fabrics yesterday. So, I will try my best to finish the cape by the end of the month.
Happy sewing!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Finished December Garment - Burdastyle Tunic Dress 11/2013

Hello and Welcome to 2014 dear friends!!
Today post is about my (very late) finished December garment for MAGAM challenge. Well, after hours of beading finally I have done it and very happy with how the dress turned-out.

The details of the dress:
I used Burdastyle Embellished tunic Dress 11/2013 size 34 with adjustment on the waist and the hips. I omitted the pockets and added 4 cm on the length of the dress. As I didn't have passementerie trim to sew around neck edge and front slit, I sew pearls on it.

2 yards of medium weight knit ponte in black color, fusible interfacing, black color of thread, hook and eye fastener, a lot of pearls in three different size ( 2.5 mm, 5 mm and 8 mm) and white nylon thread for beading.

Sewing process:
I traced the pattern and added seam allowance 1.5 cm for all edges and 4 cm for sleeve hem and dress hem. Then I made a muslin. After I tried my muslin, I saw the neckline too high for my taste - so I have to reduced 1.5 cm in both front and back neckline.
The sewing process is enjoyable and the instructions of sewing the neck slit is very clear. But the difficult part is the beading. I have to spent hours doing it.
Also, for smooth finishes sleeve hem and dress hem, I fuse fusible interfacing on the wrong side of the dress, fold the right side of the fabric inside, pin it and sew it.
my work on beading
And here are more pictures of the dress,

That's all my today post, as you all know I was planning to wear this dress on Christmas dinner but I couldn't finish it on time, I will hang it inside my closet and wait for the right occasion to wear it.

Happy sewing!


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