My First Baju Kurung

left: A group of Malay ladies wearing various traditional dresses on the first day of Hari Raya in 1960 (credit: http://vintage-kl.tumblr.com) right: A Malay lady in her traditional baju kurung. (credit: http://memori-kedah.com/)

left: A group of Malay ladies wearing various traditional dresses on the first day of Hari Raya in 1960 (credit: http://vintage-kl.tumblr.com)

right: A Malay lady in her traditional baju kurung. (credit: http://memori-kedah.com/)


Baju Kurung [bad͡ʒu ku-rung]

The baju kurung is a traditional Malay costume which loosely translated as "enclosed dress". It is a loose-fitting full length dress, consisting of a blouse, and a long skirt. The blouse is collarless, has long sleeves, and usually fall below the knees. The skirt has overlapped pleats on one side. 


Since living abroad for almost 6 years, I seldom wear my baju kurung. For some reason, donning the traditional dress is only limited to special religious occasions such as Hari Raya (commonly known as Eid here in the States). I still remember when I was in college, my attire for the first few years were almost exclusively baju kurung. Even during my working years,  traditional dresses were still one of my top choices. So what is it that has changed that stop me from wearing one regularly? For one, I'm a stay-at-home mom instead of a working mom. I don't go out as often as I did back in Malaysia. There are hardly any kenduri (feasts) to attend. I guess I could still wear it when I go for grocery shopping, but feeling self-conscious drives me to rather wear jeans and t-shirts: clothes that enable me to blend in with the rest. Hence, those dresses stay in my closet for the most part of the year. I haven't had a new one, made or bought, since I moved here. The old ones are still in good shape, and I can still fit in them. 

Yet, my take is different when it comes to the kids. Now that Sarah is older, and beginning to understand what's going on in her life, I would like for her to experience the tradition and culture that I grew up with. A simple thing like wearing a baju kurung is a start. I want her to be familiar, and comfortable in the dress. She has three baju kurung so far, and two of them are way to small for her now. She likes to wear them, and asks me to put them on her even when it's just a normal day where we stay at home. 

I've wanted to make a new baju kurung for Sarah since last year. I just didn't feel confident enough to sew one because there was no actual pattern that I could use. There are many tutorials online though, but most of their instructions are not clear to me. I did find a few which are comprehensible. The links are as below:-

Apart from the above links, I also used Sarah's existing baju kurung as a reference. The comparison that I made between the instructions in the links, and the actual dress helped me a lot in drawing patterns for the dress, as well as sewing it. 

This year's Hari Raya was the best so far since I got here in the States. There is a big Malay community here in Chicago, and our house is not too far from the place where the Hari Raya gathering was held by the Malaysian Students Department. It was a bummer that my husband had to work that day, but the rest of us spent almost the entire day visiting our friends who held open houses, eating our Malay traditional food, and catching up with each other. Here's Sarah in her baju kurung on the first day of Syawal. 

Wearing her baju kurung didn't restrain her from having a great time playing at the park next to the lodge where the gathering was held. 

It was a hot and humid day that day. Sarah's hair just went wild, so unruly, and frizzy. I asked my friend to braid her hair to keep it neat. She did a really good job, and Sarah didn't fuss at all about taking it down until we got home. 

And here's a picture of me and both of my grandfathers on Eid. I was probably the same age as Sarah, or perhaps a little bit younger. I need  to confirm with my mom about this one. 

NOTE: 

  • Type: Dress
  • Pattern: Self-drafted
  • Size: 3T
  • Date Started: July 11, 2015
  • Date Completed: Jul 14, 2015
  • Fabric: Jo-Ann Fabrics

 

Funk be gone!

I may or may not have gotten rid of the sewing funk that I have been having for weeks. But I sure got my sewing machine running again, and completed this skirt! It FELT good. It took me two days, and I enjoyed every minute of it. It's a self drafted, lined, very gathered skirt. I did, however, use Sarah's old store-bought skirt as a reference. I used the whole length of this floral fabric I bought from Ebay, and I'm pretty happy with the result. In the future however, I'll definitely use thinner material as the lining fabric. For this skirt I used quilting fabric, which made the whole skirt too heavy, and yet it still has that nice twirly factor.

As for this blouse, I used the same pattern I used for this dress. I shortened it to my preferred length and added Peterpan collars for a little interest. When it comes to sewing clothes, I normally stick with apparel fabrics. This time, though, I used this white quilting fabric that I got from Jo-Ann, which feels soft enough, and has good drapability. I wanted to pair this blouse with the skirt, and I thought using white would be a good choice. That was until I finished sewing it, and the blouse looked rather too plain. That's when I decided to add blanket stitches. The blouse is also a bit too short for Sarah. I'll definitely add an inch or two to the length whenever I feel like sewing it again.   

Some pictures of Sarah in her new outfit. I took her for a walk to one of our favorite parks nearby. It was cloudy, and it rained later that day. What's with the weather here? It's been a pretty wet summer so far. At least we spent a couple of hours outside rather than being cooped up at home. 

The picture below was taken when her Poppy visited us last summer. It was taken on June 25, 2014. Coincidentally, I took Sarah to the very same park, at the very same spot  a year later (June 26, 2015). She has grown so much within a year! 

In A Funk

I'm way behind with updating this blog. There have been so many other interesting things to do lately, that sewing and blogging (especially blogging) have had to take a back seat. Even weeding sounds more fun at the moment, especially when it's sunny out there. 

It's been two weeks since the boys' summer break started. We've been pretty occupied so far. We spent a couple of days hanging out at our friend's house while my husband was away for work. Last week we went camping in Wisconsin. Yesterday we spent a couple of hours at the zoo in Chicago. There's a trip to Oklahoma coming up in August to visit the grandparents. 

I do hope to spend sometime sewing, though. The truth is I feel like I'm in a funk. Sewing and blogging funk. I'm just not feeling it, totally feeling very unmotivated. I did, however, force myself to finish this top I started a few weeks ago. There wasn't much to it, actually. I only needed to finish a few inches of blanket stitches around the hem, make a button hole, and sew a button. I could have finished the whole thing in a few days, but it ended up taking me three weeks! My next project is to make a skirt out of the 1 yard of fabric pictured below, so it can be worn with the white top. We'll see how long this one will take me to finish!

Simple Elastic Gathered Skirt

simple elastic gathered skirt

I made this skirt for Sarah a few weeks ago, and totally forgot to blog about it until I saw a picture of it on my Instagram.  I can't believe I waited this long to sew a skirt for my daughter, especially a simple, easy one like this.  I made it very gathered since Sarah loves to dance and  to spin around. Apart from the fact that it's very twirly, the skirt is pretty plain. I used leftover  white cotton gauze that I used to make this top.

Dana Made It has an excellent tutorial on how to make this skirt. I did however made the skirt   with a ratio of waist girth to skirt width of 1:3 instead of 1:2 like what Dana suggested, just because I prefer it to be much fuller. The downside to this was that it took me a long time to hem the skirt, and hemming a very gathered skirt was not fun. I also lined the skirt to add more body to it. 

Sarah took it for a spin, and she approves!

She loves the skirt, and it's one of her favorite thing to wear nowadays. We went to a park the other day, and she chose to wear the skirt again. I took some pictures of her as usual, but this time I used my Iphone instead of my old big camera. I did bring it along, but I couldn't use it since I left the SD card at home. I really hate it when that happens. Has that ever happened to you guys? 

Simple Spring/Summer Dress

This is the second dress I made for Sarah for her Spring/Summer wardrobe. Her wardrobe project has been slower than I would have wanted, since I have other sewing projects going on at the same time. It's also why I've been neglecting this blog for a few weeks now. Anyhow, this is the dress. It's simple, and has that clean cut that I tend go for, and most importantly, it's a breeze to sew.

I used The Owl Dress pattern from My Childhood Treasures.  The pattern comes with an option for owl pockets made from felt applique. I'm not into quirky things like that, so I just sewed a plain dress without one. I do have a feeling that Sarah would probably prefer to have the pockets though. 

I've been wanting to get clothing labels for a long time, and I finally did!  Do you see it in one of the above pictures? I also got some fabric care labels, and size labels too from this etsy store. I would prefer to have gotten the actual colors of the Sarah & Missy logo, but they don't do a black background. Does anybody know any good company that makes clothing labels at a good price?  

The pattern instructed for the front and back yoke to be sewn to the front and back skirts respectively, and for the seams to be finished with a serger, zig-zag stitch, or pinking shears. I decided to do a back placket to the back skirt, and to slipstitch both the front and back facings to the skirts. Personally, I think this gives the dress a more clean, finished look. 

Is Spring playing a Peek-a-boo with you guys? Sometimes I feel like it is. It can be so sunny, with a perfect temperature, one day, and the next day, it can get so cold that I have to put on my winter jacket. At least the  flora still makes its appearance! Here is Sarah in her new dress. I took her to a nearby park last week, and she had a blast running around like little happy monkey! 

NOTE: 

  • Type: Dress
  • Pattern: The Owl Dress, My Childhood Treasures
  • Size: 3T
  • Date Started: Apr 10, 2015
  • Date Completed: Apr 12, 2015
  • Level: Beginner
  • Skills: Cutting, Button Holes, Button Placket, Skirt Placket, Gathering
  • Fabric:
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1. White/Blue Cotton Sheeting from Denver Fabrics. 

Simple Peasant Top

This peasant top should be a good project for any beginner sewer. I should have made one a long time ago because it is so easy! Perhaps it's because of its simplicity that it slipped under my sewing pattern radar.

There are so many peasant top patterns out there, either offered free or for sale, that it was actually pretty hard for me to choose one. I have a preference  for patterns with narrow necklines, and most patterns I saw have wider necklines than I like. The pattern I used here is from Whimsy Couture. I decided to just purchase it on Etsy after I found myself browsing for a 'perfect' one for an unconscionably long time. Yeah, sometimes I can be weird like that! 

The fabric that I used for this top was on clearance at Walmart a couple of years back. It was $1.00/yard. I'm not sure of its fiber content, but it feels like polyester to me. I didn't know what I was thinking back then, but I bought 4 yards of it, and I am not even a polyester fan. I just hope it doesn't form pills like this one, which usually happens with cheap fabrics. I really hate that. Oh well, I treated this one as my practice piece anyway. Now that I know the pattern works well, I can sew more of this top with better quality material.

I'm not going to elaborate on the pattern because, seriously, it's a piece of cake! So go ahead, and get one if you haven't tried it yet!

NOTE: 

  • Type: Top
  • Pattern: Whimsy Couture
  • Size: 3T
  • Date Started: Mar 17, 2015
  • Date Completed: Mar 17, 2015

Spring Geranium

Spring is peeking through! Most of the snow has melted, and the weather has been pretty nice this week. For the first time in many months, we're able to go outside of the house without having to bundle up ourselves. I might just get away by wearing flip flops soon. 

I'm eager to sew Sarah some Spring / Summer clothes.  She does need a new wardrobe anyway since she's growing like a weed. At least to me she is. The Geranium was the first pattern to cross my mind when I thought of what to work on first. 

The fabric is from my old skirt that I've never worn. I bought it mainly because of the spring like pattern. I spent almost a full day ripping all the stitches on the skirt. I ended up with a little bit more than a yard of fabric that I could use to make a dress from the Geranium pattern. 

Based on the size chart, I should be sewing Sarah a 2T. (She's three by the way). I did that, and it looks nice on her.  She could probably outgrow the dress in a few months though, which is fine with me actually. It gives me more reasons to buy more fabric, which is my favorite pastime. 

For a little touch of interest, I added tiny peter pan collars to the dress. I didn't finish the center back seams according to the instructions. Instead, I serged each of the skirt back pieces, and created a placket at the center back seams.

The next day, after I finished the dress, I took Sarah for a walk with a friend of mine. It was sunny, with clear blue sky, and the temperature was perfect. It was so different, from a week ago, when it was below freezing. I had to grab the opportunity to shoot Sarah in her new dress. Happy almost Spring, everyone!     

NOTE: 

  • Type: Dress
  • Pattern: Geranium from Made by Rae
  • Size: 2T
  • Date Started: Mar 5, 2015
  • Date Completed: Mar 12, 2015
  • Skills: Cutting, Marking, Basting, Button Holes, Button Placket, Skirt Placket. Gathered Skirt
  • Fabric: 

1. Floral green fabric from own stash 2. Grey stripe fabric from a thrift store

 

 

Butterick 4050 #2

I made this dress for Sarah to wear at her great grandparents' house when we visited them last December. The pattern is Butterick 4050. I sewed a long-sleeved version, with a peter pan collar, a few weeks earlier, blogged here. Twice, I made dresses from this pattern, and both times I had problems with the front band, and the neck edge of the yokes. I tried not to rush, and paid attention to the smallest details, and still the band and the neck edge just look wonky to me. The pattern is pretty straight forward. It's just me (which pretty much means I need more practice!) 

This is my new favorite color combination - rust & grey. The linen look fabric is from Joann Fabrics, and the rusty color is called Picante. The striped grey fabric is from a shirt that I bought from a thrift shop. 

I used plaids for the first dress that I made from the pattern, and it was quite an experience. Working with solid color fabric is so much easier, and faster.

I added two inches to the hem, since this is a size 1 dress, and Sarah is already three years old. The yoke/bodice fits nicely, but the skirt part, without the additional length, would have been too short for her. 

I took these photos when we went out for a walk, in the forest, on Christmas morning. It was drizzling for a few days ever since we got to McCormick, SC. It was such a relief to see the sun when we woke up that morning, that we just had to go outside and enjoy it while it lasted. Sarah wanted to wear her necklaces she got as her presents. We accidentally left her shoes at home in the midst of getting her inside the car. It was super early in the morning, and my dear husband just totally forgot to put shoes on her. On the way to her great grandparents' house, we stopped somewhere to buy her a new pair of boots. This was the only pair that looked decent at that time. Not too decent for her dress though. 

NOTE:

  • Type: Dress
  • Pattern: Vintage 1960s Butterick 4050, View B
  • Size: 1 (Chest/Breast: 20")
  • Date Started: Dec 12, 2014
  • Date Completed: Dec 16, 2014
  • Skills: Cutting, Marking, Basting, Gathering, Button Front Opening, Button Holes, Slip-Stitching.
  • Fabric: 

1. Sew Classic Linen Look Fabric Solid in Picante from Jo-Ann Fabrics 2. Grey Stripe Fabric from a thrift store

A Birthday Dress for A Three Year Old

Sarah turned three last week. I made her a new dress, and threw a small birthday party for her. It's really amazing that my little sassy toddler is three years old now. She's quickly becoming an independent girl, with an attitude of a teenager at times, and yet still sneaking up into my bed at night to sleep with me and her dad.   

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I used McCall's M5791 pattern, the same pattern I used to sew Sarah her first dress when she was still a baby. I wasn't quite finished with the dress when she wore it on her party day. The picture on the left was taken on the day of the party last Saturday and, as you can see, has less embroidery than the picture on the right. I finished stitching the embroidery two days ago, and I like the end result better.  

The chain stitch embroidery on the bodice is a result of a mishap. I was trimming the skirt seam, after attaching the skirt to the bodice. It was pretty late at night, and I was already tired and sleepy. In between trimming, I accidentally snipped both the bodice and its lining (you can see the hole near the area where I circled). I panicked for a few seconds, before the idea of covering up the holes with chain stitches hit me.   

The fabric I used was a nightmare to work with. It was very slippery, and I didn't cut it that well. I felt like everything was crooked, and I was at the point of abandoning the fabric, and starting with a new one. I didn't  though, because I was running out of time. I bought the fabric from Walmart a couple years back. I love the color, and that was the main reason I bought it. Yet, to be fair, the price was really cheap, at $1.00/yard. Usually, with a cheap price, one can't really count on the quality. The fabric looks and feels like chiffon, but I'm not sure at all of its specific fiber content since it wasn't mentioned on the bolt. The dress has survived its first hand wash, but I notice that tiny pills have started to form.

My favorite part of the dress is its skirt. One good thing about the fabric is that it makes the skirt flowy and great for twirling.

Sarah loves it too. She calls it a princess dress, and she loves to twirl in it.

She specifically requested for a rainbow cake, and she got a pretty tall rainbow cake with six layers of different color cakes. Unfortunately, I didn't remember to snap a picture of the cut cake, plus the lighting was terrible. I don't think I would ever do another rainbow cake. It took me 1 1/2 lb of butter to frost the whole thing!

NOTE:

  • Type: Dress
  • Pattern: McCall's 5791 , view E
  • Size: XL (Weight: 26-29 lbs, Height: 31-32 ins)
  • Date Started: Feb 1, 2015
  • Date Completed: Feb 7, 2015
  • Skills: Cutting, Marking, Basting, Gathering, Installing Zipper, Inserting Elastic, Staystitch, Understitch, Slipstitch
  • Fabric: Walmart

Simple Zippered Clutch

This clutch was meant to be a Christmas present for my mother-in-law. I changed my mind, and sewed something else for her, something which I thought would be more useful.  I'll do another post on that some other time.

This is a pretty straight forward project that one can tackle in a few hours. There are tons of tutorials out there on how to sew clutches like this. I went through a few, and they helped me a lot in giving me ideas on what to do, though I didn't follow any particular instructions. Here are some of them:-

I used bottom-weight canvas that I dyed using the Shibori technique. Although I have to say, the look of the whole dyed fabric doesn't even come close to any particular technique of Shibori.  It was a fun project though, and I would definitely do it again. 

Since I used canvas as the main fabric, I decided not to use interfacing. If I were to use quilt weight fabric, I would definitely use the interface for added body. For the lining, I used quilt weight fabric scrap. This clutch is definitely a  "scraps friendly" project, and I can see myself sewing a lot more of this kind of clutch in the future. 

I love the brass zipper. I think it gives a touch of classic look to the clutch. 

My attempt at Shibori Dyeing

The first time I did a Tie-dye project was in my art class in primary school. I remember I was given a piece of white fabric by my teacher, and I was asked to collect some rocks. I put the rocks behind the fabric, and pinched them around the bottom of the cloth, then secured the rocks with rubber band tightly. My teacher provided the class with a few options of dye colors that he prepared in big buckets.  I chose red. The rubber bands prevented the dye from reaching the fabric under it, creating some cool white spots. I loved how my fabric turned out. 

Recently I came across some photos of these beautiful dyed fabrics on Pinterest. They reminded me of that Tie-dye project I did in school, a seemingly gazillion years ago. But these look way more sophisticated and refined. They are the result of Shibori dyeing, a traditional technique, originating in Japan, which has been around since the 8th century. Indigo is usually the main dye used for this technique. 

Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. The word comes from the verb root shiboru, “to wring, squeeze, press.” Although shibori is used to designate a particular group of resist-dyed textiles, the verb root of the word emphasizes the action performed on cloth, the process of manipulating fabric. Rather than treating cloth as a two-dimensional surface, with shibori it is given a three-dimensional form by folding, crumpling, stitching, plaiting, or plucking and twisting. Cloth shaped by these methods is secured in a number of ways, such as binding and knotting. It is the pliancy of a textile and its potential for creating a multitude of shape-resisted designs that the Japanese concept of shibori recognizes and explores. The shibori family of techniques includes numerous resist processes practiced throughout the world.
— http://www.dartmouth.edu/~matc/math5.pattern/ShiboriDefinition.html

I did not use any particular technique with my first attempt on Shibori dyeing. I guess the closest one to describe what I did is the Itajime Shibori, a shape-resist technique This technique requires one to fold the fabric, and clamp it in between two pieces of wood board, plexiglass, thick card stock or other sturdy material before wrapping it with string, or rubber bands.

Since I neither have wood board nor clamps, the result was not that great. I simply folded the fabric lengthwise, accordion style, and then folded it again in the opposite direction, also like an accordion.  To secure the folds, I placed rubber bands evenly across in both directions. Instead of indigo dye, I used Rit Dye in Denim Blue Azul Jean. I followed the stovetop instructions on how to dye the fabric. 

This was how the fabric looked like after dyeing. I wasn't very happy with the result. There were lots of whites instead of blue. I was hoping for the other way round. 

I should have left it at that, but I was curious to see what happened it I were to dye it again, but with different placement of the rubber bands. Not a good idea. I didn't take any picture of the result, and it was still a 'meh' to me.

This was my final attempt in getting somewhat satisfactory look. At this point, I didn't really care what I was doing. My hands were kind of hurting from all the binding, and I just wanted to get done with the whole thing. The overall process took close to 4 hours from start to finish.

And this is the result after washing and drying! The look doesn't really fit into the Itajime Shibori category technique, but I think it's descent enough for me to sew it into something useful. 

Note: 

Type: Fabric Dyeing 

Date started &  completed: Nov 12, 2014

Fabric: Sew Classic Bottomweight Canvas Target Solid in White from Jo-Ann Fabrics

Type of Dye: Riz Dye in Denim Blue Azul Jean

Hello 2015!

Happy New Year! It feels surreal to me, though, that we've actually entered another calendar year. I have no specific goals that I've set this year. But in terms of sewing, I do know that I want to do more. I also want to improve my skills to the extent that my work looks professional enough for me to market it. It's been on my mind for quite awhile. It's just that I am not confident enough to actually do something about it. 

The whole family is still in the holiday mood. I'm feeling pretty lazy, and just taking it easy at home. The husband and kids are also enjoying their break from work, and school. We had a great time in South Carolina, visiting my husband's family. I have to say, as cliche as it sounds, time passes too fast. Sometimes it feels like I'm just dreaming. Luckily there are photos as proof. 

 


December sewing & happy holidays!

First post for December! Do you feel like time just flies by extremely fast these days? Here we are, a few more days until another new year. December has been quite productive for me in terms of sewing. Here's a sneak peek of the things I made. I'll probably be writing about them in detail after the new year. If  I feel motivated, it could be sooner. We're going to South Carolina tomorrow to spend the Christmas holidays with my husband's family. We're all excited about it. I love spending time with family. It's a rare opportunity for us since everybody lives so far apart from each other. My whole family is in Malaysia, and we only get to visit them once every few years. Happy Holidays! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

No turkey picture this year. We had our Thanksgiving gathering at our friend's house, and I was assigned to make dessert. I made this  Victoria Sandwich cake and a Mandarin Orange cake. I saw the cake recipe a few days ago on this blog, and waited for the right time to make it. And I got my chance! I I think the cake itself was alright. It was a bit dense, more like a pound cake to me.  The combination of strawberry jam filling, whipped cream and fresh fruit gave the cake an added boost. Unfortunately, the original recipe is written in Malay. If anybody is interested for me to translate it in English, I would be glad to do so; just not right now. I'm so full from eating delicious food. There were three huge turkeys! All I want to do is to watch my favorite show Downtown Abbey, and doze off after that. Hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too! 

Vintage Dress - Butterick 4050

butterick 4050

A few days ago, I was mumbling, to a friend of mine, about how I need to update the blog. She asked me what I would like to accomplish by having a blog like this. Truthfully, I didn't really have an answer. I consider myself an occasional blogger. I don't allocate specific time to write and to post my entries. I just do it whenever I'm free, and, truthfully, whenever I feel like it. This might be counterproductive in terms of building followers. But one good thing is I don't feel pressured to do it. I do have this dream of creating and selling my own sewing patterns one day, but that's a long way off. I'm still struggling to understand patterns. For now, polishing up my sewing skills is my priority. 

I finished this dress more than a week ago. This is a 1960's pattern from Butterick. Although it was only available in size 1, the chest/breast and waist measurements fit Sarah, so I went ahead and purchased it from Etsy. I think it fits her nicely despite being a few inches above her knees. The sleeves are also a tad too short on her, which should be expected, considering she's going to  be three soon. The pattern itself is easy to understand. What made it hard was my choice of fabric. 

This was my first time working with plaid fabric. I bought this fabric when it was on sale for $1.99/yard from Denver Fabrics. Except for the yokes, front pieces, and back pieces, I was not able to match the plaids on this dress. It took me forever to play this matching game. For the front band, I decided to cut it on the bias to create visual interest, and to save me from more plaid matching. Those were the same reasons why I chose black cotton sateen for the collar.   

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"Before" Picture: The 1" cuff specified in the pattern is too wide for my liking. I used black cotton sateen for the cuff and ended up not liking it. The interfacing I used on the already-thick fabric made it too stiff. I didn't account for that when I applied the interfacing. I followed the pattern's instructions for sewing the sleeve placket. I think I did "ok" with it, but it was a little bit difficult for me to understand the directions.

"After" Picture: I reduced the width of the cuff to 5/8". I used the plaid fabric and applied the interfacing. The result is so much better. For the placket, I used the continuous bound technique, which I think is easier. Here are some links on how to apply the technique:

For a pop of color, I used yellow thread for top-stitching the cuffs, the front band, and the collar. 

NOTE:

  • Type: Dress
  • Pattern: Vintage 1960s Butterick 4050, View A
  • Size: 1 (Chest/Breast: 20")
  • Date Started: Oct 11, 2014
  • Date Completed: Nov 9, 2014
  • Skills: Cutting, Marking, Basting, Gathering, Peter Pan Collar, Button Front Opening, Sleeve Plackets, Sleeve Cuffs, Button Holes, Slip-Stitching.
  • Fabric: Denver Fabrics
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1. Ivory/Taupe Plaid Crinkled Gauze from Denver Fabrics 2. Black Cotton Sateen from Jo-Ann Fabrics

Unproductive Days

What can I say? The procrastination bug has hit me...again...especially when working with this fabric. Who knew it could be so hard to match plaids? I have several of them in my stash, and now that I've actually tried to work with one, I'm quite sure it will be awhile before I can gather my courage to work with the rest. Even after googling and reading all these articles on how to work with plaid, I still don't have a clue as to what I am doing. Plaid = Headache! 

I would normally clean up my stuff after I'm done with what I want to do for the day, but this time, due to unanticipated frustration, I just left everything laying around for days. This is the pattern that I'm using for this plaid fabric. It's a vintage 1960s Butterick pattern in size 1. I really like the style of the dress, so I went ahead and bought it. Unfortunately, I will only be able to use it for a short time since it's size 1, and Sarah is growing. 

How better to beat frustration than yummy food? 

Peasant Dress + Apple Picking

I'm slowly starting to sew for Sarah's fall/winter wardrobe. Almost all of her clothes from last seasons are too small for her now. Of course, I will still buy some of her outfits, but handmade is always more fun. This peasant dress is a start. 

I sewed this dress based on this pattern from Scattered Thoughts of A Crafty Mom. I made a slit at the back center and added bias tape to finish it. Instead of elastic, I gathered the neckline, and sewed bias binding on it, extending the binding for several inches on each side as ties. This is an easy one, a great project for a beginner. 

The next day after I finished the dress, we went on a trip to pick up some apples! It was quite a drive, about an hour and thirty minutes away from our house, but it was fun!

It got warmer after a while so she took off her coat.

It got warmer after a while so she took off her coat.

She wanted to ride a pony.

She wanted to ride a pony.

We let her do just that. She loved it!

We let her do just that. She loved it!

I'm not sure why I mostly photographed the back view of the dress.

I'm not sure why I mostly photographed the back view of the dress.

But here's a  front view. 

But here's a  front view.