Balloon Dress in Action!

My less evil twin sister got married!! I didnt get to go to the wedding (too much strong Braxton contractions for me to feel comfortable about going) but from the pictures it looks like they had a blast! There are a lot of photos of her looking so awesome in the dress I made for her, making it a very very satisfying project for me in the end!

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All photo credit to Dave Donovan. Congratulations to my less evil twin sister and her new husband! :)


Khaleesi Inspired Dress

So I had my first last minute, “make it work” moment!! This happened more than a month ago but we didnt get around to photoing the dress until now. I had a wedding to go to on a Saturday afternoon. Its a formal wedding and I realized that the only dress thats somewhat formal that I can fit into right now is the blue rayon dress I made last pregnancy. Not a bad choice really, but I’ve grown to really dislike the top part of the dress. It made my boob area look a bit frumpy and the strapes were not well made at all – they twist around quite a lot. So on Thursday night, I started remaking the top part of the dress. Two problems: 1) with a little kid who doesnt want to sleep until at least 10pm, my sewing time is quite limited with the amount of sleep I need these days. 2) I couldnt find the same color rayon fabric and i didnt want to spend time remaking the skirt, so I had to go with a darker navy blue and be okay with a 2 toned dress.

But its okay, I worked on it for about an hour on Thursday and got a full 3 hours to work on it on Friday night. Another hour on Saturday morning and the dress is done!!! Its inspired by the dress Daenerys wore to her Dothraki wedding.

Once again, the bodice is made with McCall5652. The most time consuming part is really the 4 long straps I made – two attached to the upper part of the bodice and two to the side seams. It allows me to fit the dress to myself without any elastic or zippers though!

(there is a way to tie the straps so that i dont show as much skin too)

I am almost 39 weeks, and with all the Braxton contractions thats going on, I feel that i would go into labor very soon. Its hard to imagine that with little K we went 3.5 weeks more before delivering – i am SO ready NOW!


Seeing Double of Double

So, that last Rayon dress I made for little K quickly became her FAVORITE dress. To the point where she refuse to let us put it in the laundry bin. She especially love it when we are the “same” (matching). My mom requested that I make her another rayon dress since she had to hand wash the dress every day just so little K can wear it again sooner, and little K would immediately take off whatever she was wearing when she found that the dress was dry enough.

So I flipped through my remnant, and made another one :) this one matches a dress I made and shortened from last year. I had kept the part of skirt i cut off, and now its part of her new skirt. Otherwise its the same pattern as her last rayon dress :)

Now little K and I have two sets of matching dresses :) Mine fitted through month 6 – we get a lot of smiles from other mommies!

I am getting a little worried though – our #2 is a girl, which means hands me downs and at some point, #2 and I will match and I dont have more of the same fabric to make little K a new matching dress to these dresses! hopefully she wont be too jealous then :P I’ve used this excuse to buy 5 yards of rayon at the same time – at some point, we may have a triple match!


Burdastyle Best Sewing Blog, Craftsy and a new URL!

Thank you thank you for the readers who nominated for my blog on burdastyle!!! I am so thrilled to be on the list with so many other talented bloggers – and I discovered a few more blogs that I love! You can click here to vote!

This is also very late in my response, I was on craftsy’s Julia’s favorite fashion sewing blog list, and I think there are a lot of new readers from there – welcome!!!

Hubby also bought me a new url: http://petiterepublic.com/ ! woot woot! You dont really need to change your bookmark/reader subscription because the original wordpress site automatically redirects to the new url.

 


Black Babydoll Dress with Little Black Bolero

So I lied to myself when I said I wont make myself another maternity dress (but i swear this is the last one!). I was looking through my pinterest boards for next sewing inspiration, and I couldnt help but wanting this outfit – its so cute!

This is the dress I made:

 

I used black rayon twill for the body and a fake leather fabric (very light) for the band. It is extremely comfortable and didnt take long for me to make. I actually made an effort to make sure the hem is leveled with my tummy underneath this time (though i made this 2 weeks ago so now its a little high in the front again). The pattern is the top part of the usual Burda Daniel dress, except I did not sew the dart together and just gathered them. The skirt is flared with pleats, and I put an elastic through the bottom of the top part to clinch it in a little.

It seems like a pity that I would wear this for a max of 6 weeks after making it. But oh well, I am glad I did. It is such a comfortable yet classy dress, i really love wearing it and  probably do every other 3 days. I thought about making it breast feeding friendly, but decided that I’ll just heavily alter the dress after the baby comes out.

Here’s the little bolero:

Then after that, I thought I needed a little black cardigan to go with it. My coworker who cleaned her place out for a move had given me some really nice black cashmere yarn (along with other nice yarn). There were 2 balls of Filtes Rosina, (70%merinos 30% cashmere), and added to total of 328 yards. I took a risk and started a small cardigan with them, luckily – by the time all the yarn were used up, the cardigan was at a place that can be finished off! I followed the pattern Feather and Clouds. I made some modification like shorter sleeves, stopping right below the bust, and stopping the collar/front band once I ran out of yarn. After stretching it out a little with blocking, it fits very well :D

This reminds me a little of the outfit along run by Andi and Lauren, but I didnt quite get started with the projects until after its over! oh wells.

Here’s the entire outfit together! i wish the weather was cooler because this totally looks even awesomer with my black stockings and boots. but looks close to inspiration outfit anyways, eh??? I tried my best to put on my “bitch-face”, so the package is quite complete :)

 


Make it Sew T-Shirt Alert

I didnt make this of course but I cant help but sharing it with my fellow seamstress in case anyone is a Star Trek TNG like me. Hubby bought it for me and i am so excited to wear it after pregnancy! You can get your own here. (This is not a sponsored post or anything).

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Evil Twin Sister’s Wedding Dress

So things had been generally going more in the… unselfish direction here lately. Perhaps with motherhood my selfish ways had been… a little eroded. My evil twin sister is getting married, and after asking her what kind of wedding dress she is going to wear, I couldnt help but offering to make her a dress. She wanted something simple, not white, with pockets and can be worn after her wedding. Pretty much just a basic pretty dress! She’s about the same size as me with slightly different shapes, often I pass down my me-made things to her – so altering patterns to fit her was easy peasy.

After some consultation, measuring, fitting, finished, we are very happy with the end product. It was a little hard to find a suitable fabric, but i think this one looks very good on her! She chose that neckline and the back opening, as well as how much gathering to do on the skirt, (and of course, the pockets). So it was a pretty straightforward project where i didnt have to be indecisive about details like that! I also embroidered her name and her fiance’s name plus their wedding date on the pockets :)

Took some photos in our back yard since the wedding is still a month ago. Unfortunately I might not be able to make it to the wedding since its close to my due date, so I am very happy that I would be present in the way of a hand made dress!

 

With everything – consultation, pattern making, muslin, fitting, making, it probably took 10-13 hours. Not too bad :) We had a lot of fun and felt like project runway contestant and models a little ;)

However, I think I might be going back to my selfish way soon. One reason I havent been as selfish is that I dont feel very motivated to sew something for myself with just 2 month left with my current body, and i have more than enough maternity clothing. I also learnt from last time that its not a good idea to sew for post-birth body – things just dont fit all that well. So maybe a few more knitting projects, some unselfish projects, and I would be back to sewing for myself after #2 is born, if I have the time!!


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