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Recent Sewing Projects

Lately, I have made these small craft/ sewing projects as gifts for my loved ones.

First is this travel pouch made for my hubby who travels very frequently for work. I would say that this is more or less a custom-made pouch for him. I asked for his preferred dimension and also made sure that his passport would definitely fit in. Also, made some compartments as requested by him. One big divider in middle together and 2 pockets for cards.

The fabrics used are all from my Taiwan trip purchases. All are suzuko’s fabrics except for the navy strip fabrics. Quite easy and fast pouch to do although I did have a bit difficulty sewing the zipper with the thick navy strip fabrics. My needle actually broke while I try to force through over a very thick section.

And the next patchwork project I did was these 2 log cabin coasters I did for my galfren’s house warming. One for her and one for her husband. She loved pink a lot, so naturally pink one for her. I was quite happy with the patchwork considering that this is my first log cabin patchwork.


And lastly, a birthday dress made for my colleague’s new born gal. Pattern by Anna Maria Horner. Both fabric bought from spotlight. I like the combination of the 2 fabric. It was a fast and simple dress to make. The baby version of dress is just so lovely. It is a pity that I don’t have a little princess of my own to sew for.


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I finally completed my Swing Dress early last month after much struggles and worries. For those who have not come across this dress pattern, it is a 1940s swing dress pattern inspired by an original Hollywood design, circa 1942. You can purchase the pattern from ‘sense and sensibility’.

Many obstacles faced for making of this dress. I first bought the e-pattern which my printer simply failed to print to the right size. So, I have no choice but to top up and buy the paper one and wait patiently for it to be sent over.

But when the paper one arrived, I really scratched my head hard when trying to digest the part on the shoulder and facing sewing. But luckily, I remembered there’s a previous sew-along of the Swing Dress by Casey. Her sew-along posts have been extremely helpful. But, I still take awhile to understand the shoulder facing part and ripped off once to fully able get what Casey was trying to illustrate. After the shoulder, the rest is quite a breeze to sew through. And I tried Casey’s vintage method of installing the normal (instead of invisible) zipper. I loved this beautiful method though is a bit for work.

I love how the dress looks. But would have loved it even more if the fitting was better. I chose a size which fits my bust and waist almost exactly and adjust for a bigger hip. However, it still turn up that the top was too big for me. I should have shorten the upper bodice a little. And if you are going to attempt this dress, do make sure you heed Casey’s advice to adjust for the set in sleeve as I chose to skip that and true enough, as like what Casey cautioned, the ease for the sleeve was far too much and there’s unsightly puckering for mine.

My husband however think that this pattern looks too old on me and the fabric was also too old fashioned. But I told him, it’s supposed to look vintage. Ha ha. All in all, I think it’s a beautiful pattern from ‘sense and sensibility’ but I think that instruction and illustration could really be improved on. I would definitely not recommend this pattern to a beginner given this fact. But should you choose to attempt, read Casey’s sew along posts and it will be good to do up a muslin to check the fitting for this pattern. Hope you enjoyed my review of this ‘Swing Dress’ pattern.

And lastly, also to share with you the Japanese Linen pants I made for my son using the same linen that I made for my blouse few months back. Both patterns are from Japanese magazine (Cucito if I didn’t recall wrongly).

This was the first time I made something of same fabric for both of us and I thought this was really cool as it is not easy to find a feminine top for mummy of same print as her son’s clothes. Thats the advantage of learning to sew! I am in process of making a dress with a parachute print which I intend to use it to make a top for zachary. Maybe for chinese new year next year.

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Sorbetto top and a vest

I completed 2 sewing projects recently.

First is the sorbetto top. You can download the free pattern and the wonderfully clear instructions from sarai’s blog. The blog has recently also shared on how to do variation for this top and Mena  has this 7 days sorbetto with 7 versions of this top. Amazing! Am definitely going to try another such variation of this top with all these inspirations.

Pardon me for the wrinkled top:

This is an easy top to make and to save time, I bought bias tape for the arm and collar binding. And to add details to the box pleat on this top, I hand sew a lace strip on. The fabric used was broad cloth bought from spotlight.

The second one is the vest I made for Zachary’s recent concert. The pattern is from Burda style 9990. Used black linen with gingham cotton for the lining. Quite easy one to do except I had some problem with the back facing and I could not avoid some puckering while turning over the facing.


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Poodle Scallop Skirt

The first time I came across Chie’s blog was through grosgrain blog when grosgrain was doing this free tutorials series for a whole month. Her scallop skirt is just so sweet and cute that I decided instantly to do it when I first saw it.

photo extracted from chie’s blog

The instruction for this skirt given by Chie was very straight forward. However, if you have not done an invisible zip before, you may probably need some guidance elsewhere. This is my first time doing something with scallop design and this was made easy by chie’s clear instruction.

The fabric I used was bought from Chinatown at a discounted price of SGD$4 per yard. While I was cutting up this pattern, I remembered a vintage green flannel skirt with poodle I saw before at a vintage store. The price was over a hundred and I didn’t find it worth getting. And so, I took this opportunity to create my own vintage poodle skirt.

The poodle and strap embellishment was hand sew on. I really love this cute lovely skirt. Thanks Chie and grosgrain for sharing this free pattern. Have a look at chie’s blog; she’s a very talented young mother with her own line of clothings and also go to grosgrain blog for endless inspirations and wonderful sharings. The pattern for this skirt can be found in grosgrain blog which also has many other tutorials for you to try on. (I will be sharing soon on the sorbetto top – which you can also find the free tutorial there)

Also, must thanks my friend, Jas, for helping me take the photos of me wearing the skirt.

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gift for mum

Happy belated Mother’s day to all mums.

Hope you have enjoyed the celebration time with family. I had enjoyed especially so when Zachary learnt how to say ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ when he gave me the chocolate muffins received from his school.

And to share with you today is the little gift made for this special day. This is the purse made for my in-law. A pinkish red combi. The band was supported with firm interfacing and the rest of purse body with batting. Made use of few out of the big pile of Amy Butler’s fat quarters I bought recently which burnt quite a hole in my pocket. Can’t be helped as I really love Amy Butler’s fabric dearly. I love to piece her fabrics together for beautiful patchwork results and so always end up using her fabric when doing patchwork projects.

I made a clutch bag for my mum but blur me had forgotten to take a photo of it before rushing to give my mum.

And the next one here is made for my friend, Hong Li’s birthday. Again, with Amy Butler’s beautiful fabric including some of her latest series. This round, a more greenish combi. This patchwork piece is just simply sewing long strips of fabrics together ( 5 in all that I used for this). And I decided to embellish it. The mannequin appliqué cut out using sizzix tim holtz’s alteration dies and I decorate it with pearls and tulle. Well, I must say I am really happy to find more ways to use up my scrapbook stash. These pearls string, dies and tulle are all part of my scrapbook stuff.

Hope these bags have inspired you to start sewing some for yourself. I shall be going away for more than a week of vocation tommorrow to Taiwan and Hong Kong. I will be back to share on crafty things I get from the trip. Till then, take care!

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Yesterday, I attempted this burda pattern (from burda magazine issue 01/2011). They graded this as intermediate level but truly this is not difficult to sew though I took awhile to understand how the weird shape pattern that I traced out from the magazine will work out to what it looks like when done. Fear not, just follow the instructions and you will be fine.

picture from burda website
However, though i have followed the sizing chart, the one that I made seem too big on the top portion and I thought there’s too much fabric for me and weigh me down on shoulder.
You will see what I mean from the following picture of my own version. But I don’t really care and I am going to wear this out to office soon. 😛

As for Zachary, this is the very first garment I sew for him – a pants. I been guilty of not making more for him. The last things I sew for him was pillow covers and mattresses covers before he was born. But but, there will be more to come for Zachary. I already bought lots of fabric suitable for boys. Just need to find the time.

The pattern of this pants come from this book. I redrafted the pattern abit to better fit his size and also to incorporate 2 different fabrics. This book was one of the first few sewing books I bought. It touches on very basic of machine sewing and teaches you to sew a t-shirt, a bag and pants. Quite an useful book for beginner.

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Cath Kidston Bag

It was my boss’s birthday yesterday. She loves bags and has a ‘weak’ heart for designers’ bags. Since I cannot possibly buy her a Chanel bag, I thought at least I could still make her some one-of-a-kind handmade bags. And since I kind of know her favourite colors and her tastes for ‘beautiful’ things are pretty close to mine, it was quite easy to think of what she may like and what I could make for her.

 The first one is this Cath Kidson bag:

The fabric, label and buttons are all from a sewing kit which comes along with purchase of the Cath kidston’s boo(Sew!). This is the second bag I ever made (will share with you my first handmade bag which is a very simple tote bag in next post).

Instructions from the book are pretty clear but there aren’t many diagrams that illustrate the steps. The kit and book instruction does not provide for a bag lining. I guess if I would to re-do this bag, I will definitely include lining inside and probably some interfacing to make the bag stands better. And I probably won’t use buttons for the handle as I really wonder how much weight the bag can take with support of only 2 buttons.

 And the second one is this lined boxy pouch:

This is a very simple pouch and takes me about an hour to complete. I used the sanrio melody fabric bought recently from Chinatown and a purple polka dots fabric for lining. Yes, both of us love ‘My Melody’. The pouch is not tall enough in my opinion; will make a bigger and taller one for the next one. And I just realised my blog is already a year old and I am glad I am still blogging! And to all my blog readers, thanks for dropping by constantly and all the lovely comments

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