Indigo Sashiko Dress

I made this dress during the summer, but never quite had the chance to take photos with it. I found this amazing fabric in Joanns a few years ago – it is a deep indigo rayon with thick Sashiko threads running through it. Indigo is not really the kind of color I wear, but this 100% rayon fabric was thick and drapery and I love the texture, I couldn’t resist!

When my butterfly dress broke in the washer and became really too big for me, I wanted to remake the dress with this fabric. But I had a really hard time deciding which side of fabric I should use. In the end, I decided to cut the skirt part in a way that shows off both sides 🙂

 

 

 

 

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I love wearing this dress, even though the cut on the chest area is not the most… enhancing 😉 The fabric is so luxurious and supple, it makes me realize I should really shop in person at Joanns more – sometimes they can have amazing apparel fabric! I would have never picked this during online shopping.

I’ve been pretty bad at blogging this year 😛 You can follow me on instagram! I try to post sewing progress & handmade outfit there… but sometimes the girls are just too cute i cant resist! I still have a few more projects to post to catch up!

Happy new year everything! Thank you for following my little adventure in sewing!

 

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Rayon Floral Wrap Dress

Made this dress from burdastyle’s recent pattern, wrap dress 07/2016 #101. I printed it out at 91% and just followed the pattern, and added adjustable straps (just so that I don’t have to figure out the right length from from the start).

It was a very easy project and I think it’s very flattering 🙂 Though I think next time I might interface the bodice to get a better structure, as well as making the neckline a little more curved out.

 

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Been feeling a little lazier with photography lately, with about 5 more projects unphotoed, so just iPhone photos for some, no fancy SLR photos!!

 


Post-Ballet Wrap Skirt

Little K started ballet classes lately and she loves it! I decided that she should wear a wrap skirt around her little butt when she hangs out in her leotard after class. She chose this rayon fabric (she’s a BIG fan of rayon) for her skirt. It was very easy (just one rectangle with pleats), and took about an hour to finish. I love the vibrant color and little K loves it too!

Jewelry by little K. Styled by little K 🙂


Yellow Peasant Dress

I have a lot of summer dress posting coming up – even though it’s end of summer now! I’ve made quite a lot of quick dresses lately but haven’t gotten around for photos.

This is a short peasant dress that also doubles as a top. To be honest, short dress and parenting does not match – I constantly need to bend down for the kids and a short dress can be a little revealing 😛

Anyways, I simply extended the top of McCall 5039, put in some channels for strings and elastic. Some shoe lace tips at the end, Tada! Easy peasey.


Diagonal Baby Blanket

A good friend of mine is having a baby, and while I was thinking about a baby blanket as a baby gift, he offhandedly mentioned donating some old clothing. I thought a blanket made from his shirts would be pretty cute. So I set to cut his shirts into little squares and sewn them together.

It was lucky for the baby that I chose to make the blanket out of his shirts, because afterwards I really wanted to keep it for myself! (So did my two girls.) There is definitely another blanket in my sewing queue now!

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This is definitely more of a quilt comparing to my last one. I caught a bit of a quilting bug and am now thinking about a walking feet 🙂 now every piece of old cotton dress/shirt is going in my bin as possible quilting material. Let the fabric hoarding start!! The only thing is that’s quilting takes quite some time, even for a simple piece like above – definitely not an instant-gratification kind of project!


Linen Summer Coat

This is my second version of Vogue 8926 (first one here). It was supposed to be a dress – I simply extended the length to the knee. However, after finishing, it really didnt look right on me as a dress. So I unpicked the belt attached to the front, put two belt loop on the side, and now a summer coat is here!

It is quite nice to wear over a dress, or as a coverup at the beach, I ended up liking it!

 

We went on a mini vacation @ Pajaro Dunes… rented an apartment right on the beach – it was very relaxing and the kids loved it! I pretended here that I am wearing my new summer coat with bikinis, but in reality it was super duper cold, I was in my winter coat most of the time! 😛


Classic Trench Coat

I made a proper trench coat! Years ago I have tried making my first trench. While I liked it – I had made it out of pretty soft cotton twill, got too greedy making it more fitted, and the whole thing just really didnt work together after our initial honey period. (Do you have a honeymoon period with your handmade garment? I surely do!)

 

Anyways, I felt a need for a coat that is not too heavy and fussy – something made from cotton. I wanted one thats fitted on the shoulder so it doesnt overwhelm my frame, but loose around the bodice so it has a classic… “clinched” look. I also looked over Burberry’s pictures to see what details I would like to put in for my trench coat – and loved the way they top stitch the neck band, brassy closure on collar, topstitch and D-rings on their belt. I decided to re-made that the trench with almost 7 years of added sewing experience.
After many weeks of sourcing the right fabric, and then many many more weeks (6-8 weeks to be exact, started beginning of March) of sewing, and dealing with some sewing machine issues, the coat is finally done!!
First, I am proud to present the list of materials (because they took a while to find):
1. shell fabric – 100% cotton jacketing twill from fashionfabricclub, 4 yards, $22 (sold out, but similar weights here)
2. Lining fabric – 100% cotton sateen from fashionfabricclub,  2 yards, $5
3. buffalo horn buttons from etsy, bigger & smaller – $17
4. hook and eye for collar closure, D-rings for belt details, leather wrapped buckles for belt and cuff – $30
5. grommet for holes on belt – $15  (end up not using them for now… might add later)
6. heavy duty threads for all those top stitching- around 3 or 4 spools – $5
I am quite proud of being able to find all that I wanted to add to the coat, but am myself a little taken back by how much they all are together (almost $100 and trust me, i had gone with cheaper options wherever i could)! I had wondered if it would be cheaper to buy a coat from fast fashion stores with similar details – and just strip its hardware 😛 Granted, I have some extra hardware left, but i dont think I will be attempting another trench for another few years! (Though I do have SO MANY IDEAS).
The pattern I used is from burda magazine, march 2009 – it has a whole section of trench coats in there. I added the back “wings” and added lining.
Those buttons were a bit of a pain to sew on – they kept popping off with my first round of tying knots. the last step was to cut open the button holes and that was nerve racking. I am considering handsewing button holes in the future.
This coat is 100% cotton – lining and shell both. This satin cotton from fashionfabricmart is just amazing – smooth, thin, comfortable and strong. I love this shade of gentle pink. Of course, I have to put my logo and handle on this coat!
Just the collar took about 2-3 sessions of sewing to complete. I wanted to embroider the logo onto the back of the collar (inspired by Burberry putting their signature fabric in the undercollar). All the rows of topstitching on the stand took quite a lot of effort as well, but I love how it makes the collar feel so beefy. I also inserted metal closure for the collar, even though I would never use it. Just because 🙂
The belt was top stitched a few times to give it that beefy look, and also added D-rings for the classic trench coat details. (though i believe they were meant for grenades…) My strongest sewing machine (bought a new one!) couldnt even handle the leather+belt, thus there  were quite a few skipped stitches.
Leather buckle for both belts and sleeve belt (is this the right term?)
 the front has flaps, and  I wear it open most of the time:
Side view:
I will end with my favorite picture of the back, I look SO COOL.