Monday, 3 November 2014

Ansley Top by Blaverry For My Sweet Aisha


After so many postponed projects, I finally managed to sew something up for my sweet girl Aisha, I am a happy mama!

Aisha is 14 years old this year, and finding a pattern that would get her nod of approval is proving more and more difficult! That's why I was so happy when I stumbled upon this beautiful Ansley Top/Dress pattern by an amazing designer Blaverry. This pattern has the covered look that is trendy and what my modest girl who is now in full hijab, loves to wear. Plus the sizing goes up to size 14 yeay!


It took us longer to decide on fabrics than to sew one up. Aisha wanted something neutral for easy mix and match and she chose a lovely lightweight rayon in my stash. This fabric is so flowy and swingy great for this baby-doll yoked type of top.



The pattern itself is a dream to sew! It's a great pattern with so many options. I finally selected a no collar, straight hemline top version to make it more like a feminine blouse. As for the sleeves, I did not add the cuffs but simply add a 6 inch double fold band to lengthen the 3/4 sleeves and for added contrast.



Obviously, my pre-teen loves it! Hehehe....we had fun during the photo shoot (pleated clutch made by mommy too). My girl, all grown up but still have that goofy side of her that we always love :)



More pics to show you the different angles of the top. There is a placket in front of the top which I think if you prefer to be at the back could easily be reversed. I did add a layer of interfacing to the button yoke to stabilize this flimsy fabric. I also used snap buttons for the closure, easy as pie :D



Pattern instructions is great and I also love the fact that this pattern comes with a layered format where you can just select and print the size that you need instead of printing all of the different sizes. I love this function, it saves me printer ink and effort as you only print what you need.



I highly recommend this pattern. Even if you don't have a pre-teen to sew for, it comes in size 9 months to 14, plenty of sizes and the options are endless! I'm thinking of making the hi-lo hem version for lil miss Hanan soon!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Patchwork Pillow

I'm crazy about patchwork. Lately it's all on my mind...always thinking about possible patchwork projects to sew & some to sell.

I made this pillow cover for my bff, a birthday gift.


 It's a simple design, fit for a 16 inch cushion.



I used Moda candy or mini charm pack for the middle square patch. The fabrics are Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille. I framed the middle patch with 3.5 inch blue strips.


I love it and I hope my girlfriend love it too.

I am right now buried in so many wips I could barely stop to look at the computer. It's a miracle I could actually write this post haha...

I will be back with more projects, promise!

:)


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Nautical Shirt - A Little Boy Sewing

Honestly, I have sewn very few boy's clothing ....I sort of want to wait for Erfan to be bigger for me to sew some clothing for him. How silly is that? I know I have to sew more for him and I find it hard to be inspired with boy's clothing sigh....

When a customer asked me to sew a shirt for her big boy, I said yes, secretly hoping perhaps I'd be inspired to sew for Erfan after sewing this shirt.


Well, it's true!! I am feeling very inspired! I love this nautical shirt I made for my customer and I really wanna make one for baby Erfan now! 

I used a pattern called Boy's Shirt Pattern No.7 by E+M Patterns. This is a size 7, the pattern was a breeze to sew. Excellent instructions and I love how the designer included a clean, durable finishing method as an option to the normal serger.

Here are some detail pics of the shirt. I omitted the pocket this time though.




I simply love the functional buttons on the shoulders, perfect for a nautical themed shirt :)



The smallest size however is size 2...now that Erfan is almost 18 months old, I think I can make one now in size 2 and if it's still a bit too big for him, we'll wait a few more months for him to grow into it. Am already selecting some fabrics for him. Will definitely blog about it once it's done.

For now, here's my cheeky lil angel! :D







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