lundi 23 février 2015

Crop top and culottes outfit

So, about that grey knit crop top in my last post, OMG I LOVE that pattern!!! It comes from one of the last Female magazines that were published in 2013:

You can make it with woven fabrics but something told me that it would be too tight with my big arms and that it would look super boxy so I went with knits and it's excellent! You can't really tell from the picture above but it's a hi-lo design with a curved back hem which makes it easier to wear because, well, it is cropped and therefore much shorter than what I'm used to wearing -I lengthened it by 1 inch just in case by the way^^

Decent back length -pheeew

And since it's shorter I had to make a bottom that would have a regular or higher waist and still be comfortable and cute if possible. Culottes sounded great but I was a bit disheartened after failing twice with Megan Nielsen's Tania which was much too poofy, short and therefore unpractical for me. A quick internet search and a link to Petit Main Sauvage's impeccable tutorial appeared. Thanks Lauriana, you're a sewing goddess!

And if you're wondering what's happening with my hair I'm trying to emulate my new favorite anime character Jibanyan using Directions pink dye and henna but maybe this is not the best solution^^ Sigh, the road is still long to that perfect orange shade:

dimanche 8 février 2015

Year of the Ram part 1

There's some sewing at the end of this post but first I'm going to ramble on my passion of Asian folklore so just scroll down if you're not into that!
I love celebrating the Chinese new year, it's such a happy and special time, you can decorate the house with adorable animal images, eat delicious mooncakes and thanks to the astrological predictions you even get to know what the year has in store for you ;) As a bonus I've just come back from Singapore where the whole city was prepped up for the occasion:

I visited Gardens by the Bay and the theme was Chinese signs and dahlia, the flower associated with the Ram:

I learnt that as a Monkey my flower is the chrysanthemum, so excellent because I adore them!

The whole outfit except for the shawl is me-made btw

If the year's animal is good for me^^ I make a little something in honour of it and since the Ram is supposed to be quite my buddy I sewed a top which I have yet to finish (I never have the correct zipper in my stash) and in the meantime here's a cute little necklace I made using hama beads:

The crop top is from a Female magazine pattern, I love it to death, more on this later!

I found the pattern on the internet and thought that white would be too classic so I used the same pink as the chrisanthemums in the pic above :) The chain is long enough to be pulled over so this necklace was really quick and easy to make!

jeudi 20 novembre 2014

Another best summer dress

Well I said I would sew more and since this dress is so quick and easy to make, here's the second version:

I used 1 metre of cotton fabric from the same local shop as my Liberty knock-off one, I think the print is adorable with its stripes and flower bouquets! The pockets are light yellow poplin and I finished the neckline and sleeves with bias tape.
I also made the necklace using beads from an old one from my teenage years -I'm not a hoarder obviously^^- and adding a little chain from my stash:

 I stole this awesome scorpio pendant from my mum.

I hope you're not bored of this design already because I really have several more planned!

lundi 17 novembre 2014

The best summer dress!

I'm SO happy with this garment, I think it's my new favorite dress! I used my hacked Japanese top pattern and 1 metre of some Liberty knock off to make it. I didn't know what to do with this fabric and since it was cheap and there's plenty in our local shops I figured it wouldn't be a big loss if my dress test didn't work. Well the result looks super cute IMO and the fabric is so nice to wear, it's light and very soft, the perfect material for our hot summer!
Regarding the pattern this is really a cropped top with a gathered skirt, it retains a little shape thanks to the bust darts but apart from this you pull it over like a tee-shirt and that's it :) I added side pockets for once and I should do so all the time because I feel so cool walking around with my hands tucked in them -even though I got sweaty palms because they're like little saunas when it's 31° Celsius^^
I finished the neckline and sleeves with bias tape and made a simple folded hem for the skirt:

Now I want to make one in madras, another one with polka dots, another one with big pandas on an off-white background, another one with stripes... I need help!

mardi 11 novembre 2014

A change will do you good

Today's make fits in the "ugly duckling" category of this blog since never in a million years would I have thought I'd be attracted to a fabric which is black and white -boring!- AND graphic to the point that the print looks like a myriad of tiny soccer balls -ewwwww sports themed clothes:

And yet I LOVE my top, I know I'll wear it all the time, that it will look cool with a big flashy necklace and jeans or tucked in one of my 70's style skirts but I think that this is thanks to the pattern I chose for it. It's the G top from the Sweet Dress Book and it's basically a tee-shirt for woven fabrics so it will give a modern, effortless vibe to the cheesiest prints^^ I like the high neckline, narrow shoulders and perfect little sleeves, the only changes I made from the original pattern were to cut the back on the fold and shorten the length.

So it can be fun to try something a little different, I have so many kitty and flower printed tops that this one is a like a breath of fresh air in my wardrobe!

mercredi 15 octobre 2014

A summer outfit for my doll

I drafted Marie's sundress, well the bodice part because the skirt is a simple gathered rectangle of fabric. Speaking of fabric, this is a remnant of the flashy cotton I used for an Anna dress and that was eventually refashioned into a peplum top because it was really too much for me :)

I used ricrac for the straps, the bodice is lined and the dress closes at the back with two snaps, as usual. I also made her a simple linen bag, a bow for her hair and she's got the same brown bias tape sandals from the previous post:

I love this pattern and have made several variations from it already so Marie will have something to wear^^ about the shoes however I definitely need to make her a few more pairs!

vendredi 12 septembre 2014

OWOP day five

That's my last Y for OWOP, I made it a few weeks ago using fabric I found in Spotlight but since I only had 1.2 yards -at first I wanted to make a top with it- I had to squeeze the pattern in there and cut the front on the fold whereas the back bodice has two pieces^^. The dress looks okay but I really thought I wouldn't be able to finish it!

That print is adorable!

I enjoyed this first OWOP but if I do it again I'll choose a pattern with which I have also made tops because in the end I didn't feel like wearing only dresses, even though they don't look alike :) so next time I'll try to make this challenge more versatile!