Little K Style

Little K is becoming more and more assertive about the way she dresses. On cold days she still insist that she only wear dresses – not even a sweater on top! So its time to improvise. One of her favorite dresses is something I made from two goodwill pieces – a Tshirt sewn to a skirt. I dont like the idea of a skirt with tight bands around her tummy, hence I sew the skirt to her Tshirt. Recently I removed the Tshirt (which has became too small/dirty/cold) and attached a turtle neck long sleeve – she LOVES it:

I told her that the shirt was too cold and grew out arms for the winter. not sure if she bought it, but she doesnt care :)

And then I took one of my old polka dot skirt, gathered it and attached it to one of her sweater that she refused to wear, now she LOVES it:

Obviously its a little too long. I altered it again to be shorter when she went to sleep that night and there’s enough fabric for another sweater. Polka dot is her favorite print so its a quick project with little risk for rejection.

Do you also have a stubborn child with a strict fashion sense? Hope the hacks you have to do is as simple as this!


Boyfriend Grey Top Coat

Its that time of the year – coat/jacket time! I’ve bee drooling after those oversized boyfriend coats and pinning them like crazy. I used to be crazy about hoodie coats, but this year I got into coats with lapels. So I made this coat.

I made it from a modified version of burda 2/2010, coat 126. I had used this pattern before but it didnt fit great. So this time I actually spend time and made a muslin & adjusted pattern to fit. I followed a bunch of tutorials on how to adjust the shoulder to be narrower. I cant believe I never properly adjusted all my patterns before!! I’ve always only adjusted for narrower shoulders while I was sewing. The shoulder/arm hole part came out exactly the way I liked! I didnt want the thing to be too oversized and overwhelm my petite frame – so no dropped sleeves or super roomy bodice this time.

I also added a nice welt pocket using this tutorial – I’ve done welt pockets many times on quite a few coats, but every time I need to do them again, I had to find a tutorial as I always forget how its done.  I like how this pocket turned out.

This is also the second time I did notched collar. I didnt do a great job the first time, so this time I followed some tutorial and paid more attention to under collar and over collar when sewing. It turned out quite well – except for a little bunching around the corners – bad sewing by me. But its much better than my first attempt and I love how it turned out.

Of course, like all my coats I have embroidered my signature tag:

I finished muslin and started laying out the pattern pieces right before delivery, and finished the coat 4 weeks after delivery with cutting/sewing for 5-15 minutes here and there. There wasnt that many pieces involved, so it was a pretty fast project for a coat. The outer shell is a wool/poly blend with gold threads from Hancock, and the inside is a very slippery 100% rayon from fashionfabricclub.

One thing about the fitting though – I did muslin the week before the delivery, so obviously I wasnt sure if the waist fits well or not even during sewing. So it doesnt exactly button up right now. even though the waist part is loose and not fitted, the hip part is very small and i cant close it up. My hips are still a few inches bigger than before delivery, so perhaps at some point in the future i will be able to button it up. Fortunately I only intent to wear this open, so its okay if I can never button it up. But for the future I may have to make the front or back piece roomier.

(oops, forgot to suck in those postpartum tummy in above photo. I still got months before I have to worry about those baby weight, right? right?!?)

Anyways, I love this coat! I cant wait to wear it out – not quite mommy wear so I may have to wait until I go back to work. I might want to make another jacket/coat this year. I realized that on all the coats I want – the notch part of the collar sits a lot lower than this. So I might have to make another oversized look with that detail!

 


Beige Machine Knit Sweater Remake

The first sweater I made on the knitting machine was this one. It is one of my husband’s favorite sweater for me to wear. Unfortunately it really stretched out and is very annoying to wear, possibly because I was using a large gauge or maybe washed in the washer without a washing bag. So I remade it, following exact same pattern i used for the grey sweater except for the turtle neck, as the grey sweater had held up quite well over the past year. I am really getting faster and faster at making these basic sweaters – this one took less than a week of here and there. Though I must say, its quite boring. I need to find more challenging sweaters to knit with the machine!!!

 

To be honest I am still not completely happy with this pattern. I think I want the body wider and roomier, and longer for that oversized look. I am hoping it would look more like what I envisioned when I wash it without washing bag a few times and lose my baby weight by next fall. But who knows, maybe I will try again in 3 years!


Black Pompom Rayon Scarf

This is one super easy make that gets so much wear. I realized that 1) I lack a black scarf 2) knitted scarves are really too hot to wear in California winter (especially this winter! its almost Halloween and still super warm here!). So I looked around for a drapery and oversized black scarf. But it was hard to find something thats cheap, comfortable with natural fibers, and oversized.

So I made my own! It was so easy – tear (not cut) off a piece of my black rayon fabric (so its about 60×60), and then zigzag some pompom trim (I found ebay to be the cheapest source) onto the edges. Tada! Rayon challis are very thin, so the scarf is comfortable and not bulky, but still have that fluffy look.

Possibly a piece I made that gets the most wear ever – and I spend less than half an hour making this! Talk about impact vs effort win!


Juebejue’s Dad sews – the furniture edition

My dad doesnt just sew – he makes furnitures! So one of the things he made was two couches that we used for as long as I could remember until I was at least 12 (had to leave them behind for grandparents when we moved). pic037 pic045 pic049 pic054

As you can see, he didnt have a picture of the couches specifically, but you can appreciate all the work that went into making those curved arm and piping for the edges from those shots, right? I still dont quite understand how he made those professional looking couches with the tools available back in the days – he made the whole thing, not just the slipcovers!


She’s here!!!

Little A finally arrived about a week ago!!! We are all doing very well, and little K is wonderful at being a big sister (and stealing all the spot lights!)

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There’s just something wonderful about holding a newborn again – I think because we are more experienced this time (or this is an easier baby), I am able to really enjoy my time with her :)


Juebejue’s Dad sews for my Mom

Here’s some of the stuff my dad made for my mom:

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I am pretty sure he made both the tops and bottoms in all the pictures above :) Its amazing that such a selfish seamstress (me) was born out of such a selfless seamster, no?? :)


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