Tuesday, 30 December 2014

My Natalie Top by Liola Designs

Last week, hubby and I attended a reunion where the theme was red and black. I did not have any red dress that fits in the closet and really did not want to buy any. So I decided to sew up a top to wear to the event. I made the Natalie top a pattern by Liola Designs.

Please excuse all my out of focus photos...my girls were behind the camera and I don't  expect them to know how to operate the dslr. I'm lucky they got me centered in the pics lol 

I love the top so much!!! Made in a beautiful Alexander Henry cotton print I have stashed since 2009, perfect for the event. The pleats in front of the top is a lovely feature, and the fit is perfect on me. I did not modify anything at all from the pattern. I did omit the pocket and the sleeve tabs though.

I used a pretty floral bias tape to finish the neckline of this top. I purchased it at Daiso, they are so pretty, reminisce of the Liberty prints. (will update the process photo later)

I wore the top with a black maxi skirt. The design and length is perfect for my work wardrobe and as of now I already wore it to work. Looks great under my work blazer.

Pattern : Painted Portrait Blouse by Anna Maria Horner
Fabric  : Alexander Henry - quilting cotton (lighter pima cotton weight)
Size      : L
Mods   : Omit pocket & sleeve tabs

Sunday, 28 December 2014

My First Magazine Feature 2014 _ Nur Magazine (Karangkraf)

This is a waaayyy overdue post. I was featured in a local magazine in their DIY column for 2 issues in April and May 2014. While I have posted about this on my Instagram and Facebook page, I completely forgot to blog about it.

So here it is. The first was an article about my passion for sewing in Nur Magazine April issue. This is really the highlight of my sewing this year. I remember feeling happy and proud and teary-eyed all at the same time :)

The article is in Bahasa Malaysia, it talks about how I started sewing, my handmade brand, my products among other things. Looking at these pages with my colorful creations on it, just made me feel a tad nostalgic....I wish I can be more productive these days!

This is the cover of May issue of the same magazine. I contributed two tutorials for this issue's DIY column.

The tutorials are for Linen and Lace tissue holder and Kids Apron. The crew came to my house to shoot these tutorials and it was really hard work! It took almost one whole day to finish!

I have another sewing tutorial contribution for a different magazine in January 2015. I will blog about it once I get hold of my copy of that magazine.


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Painted Portrait Blouse by Anna Maria Horner

Few weeks back I made this blouse using the Painted Portrait Blouse by Anna Maria Horner. I have purchased this pattern (paper pattern) few years ago and I finally have the courage to use it. The pattern comes in the brown tissue paper, which is the main reason it takes me so long to use it. I have always had this fear of using tissue patterns but this time I am determined to use up and sew up all the patterns in my stash. I even cut it to my size instead of tracing it (gasp). This means if I ever need to sew this blouse in a different size (who knows I might slim down lol :P) I have to purchase a new one.

I made the blouse in this pretty floral fabric by Joel Dewberry which I love so much. But I did not have enough for the blouse so I used a contrast fabric for the yoke. I am not really loving my choice there but oh well...

Sorry for the crappy phone pics of me modelling the blouse. It turned out really pretty and I am loving this blouse so much! I think how the side panel was designed is genius. There are no side seams, the side panels were attached to the front and back panels instead. This made the blouse curves pretty-ly when its worn. I just love the shaping of the blouse.

The soft gathers in front covers my post 3 babies tummy nicely. I did use a bias tape to finish the neckline as I messed up the yoke facing. I also skipped the back button and the resulting neckline is wide enough for this pullover blouse.

I highly recommend this pattern for Intermediate or Adventurous Beginner sewist. Next time I'd love to try and make the pieced yoke version. I also want to use more lightweight fabrics for sewing my own clothes.

Pattern : Painted Portrait Blouse by Anna Maria Horner
Fabric  : Dainty Daisies in Lavender, Bungalow by Joel Dewberry - quilting weight cotton
Size      : L
Mods   : Bias bound neck, no back closure

Right now I am a busy mama. I am back working full time as my unpaid leave is over. Yep, sewing is back as a part time venture. I am limiting orders to only a few dresses per month but I will make more ready items for my etsy shop. I really want to sew more for myself and my family in the future.

As much as I love the financial freedom from being back on the payroll, my heart breaks every morning as I kiss my baby to go to work :'(    Here's a pic of baby E, he has started walking at 19 months old. For a premature baby, I am just so happy and thankful that he is now healthy and happy! :)

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Sewing for Me - The Josephine Blouse

I am currently in a selfish sewing mode. I share most of it on my Instagram but as I am getting more adventurous and sewing from various patterns, figured I should start blogging about them. Glad I took some time to take some proper photos of this Josephine Blouse I recently made. My girl Aisha was behind the camera and we had fun!

I've purchased this pattern from Rae's shop a long time ago. As usual I buy and I stash - that's my craziness. Now that I have made the Josephine I'm kicking myself for not sewing them earlier. It is an easy sew and I LOVE the result!

I wanted to make the release tucks version after I saw Rae's version here. I have always loved this type of silhouette for my tops/blouses/tunics as it is very forgiving on my had-3-babies-tummy. The fabric print hides the tucks from far so above is the closeup. I stopped sewing the tucks just below the bust and as a result the front flares out a bit.

I made size L of this pattern without modification. The sleeves are at my wrists instead of the sweet bracelet length the pattern comes with. So I will shorten my next one by 1.5 inch. Other than that, I like the length of the blouse itself and the shoulders fit me well. I do feel I want to take in the body at least 1/2 inch next time as I prefer a more fitted look for me to wear as a work blouse.

The elastic at the back cinch the blouse nicely to give it shape. I think I sewed a too narrow casing there I could see the elastic rolling a bit. Note to self, extra attention to the elastic casing next time :P

I also used a bias tape bound finish  to the neckline of this blouse. It's my favorite go to neckline finishes these days as I am just too impatient for other type of closures for my own blouses lol...the neckline is wide enough, just nice for me to pullover when wearing and taking off the blouse.

I love this beautiful cotton print by Amy Butler I chose. But I feel the blouse would look best in a lightweight fabric with more drape. Perhaps I'll make my next one in rayon or voile. I'd love to try the full tucks version and the longer tunic length of this pattern.

Pattern : Josephine Blouse by Made By Rae
Fabric  : Queen Anne's Butterflies in Ruby, Amy Butler Alchemy Collection - quilting weight cotton
Size     : L
Mods   : Release tucks; Bias bound neck

I will be sewing more for myself in the future and blog about them here. Till then, thank you for still reading! ;)


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