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! 

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

Daisy Tunic Top

I seriously haven't been in the mood to update the blog lately. I have gone back and forth between Pinterest and this page a thousand times. Ogling on Pinterest is by far more fun. Writing is one of the things that I have always struggled with. Whenever I start a new entry, I feel like I'm still in school, writing for my English class. I did sew however. I finished this tunic top two weeks ago. 

 She pretended the monkey was her 'packpack' (as in backpack).

She pretended the monkey was her 'packpack' (as in backpack).

The fabric for the bodice was from a pair of pajama pants I found at a thrift shop. I was experimenting with different kinds of back openings so much that I ended up using almost all the pants. I'll probably make some kind of a quilt out of the scraps. I love scraps. I don't have the heart to throw them away.   

 The modified back opening.  Excuse me for the saggy jeans. They just don't sit well on her tiny waist.  

The modified back opening. Excuse me for the saggy jeans. They just don't sit well on her tiny waist.  

Finally, this version made the cut. I actually made the mistake of cutting the back bodice an inch too short on each side. Since I didn't have enough fabric from the pajama pants to cut new back bodice pieces, I sewed blue chambray-like fabric to the floral fabric. I actually like the way it looks, but I may not necessarily do this again.  

I decided to line the bodice to give it more body. I love how the lining gives the finishing a clean look. 

I'm a fan of bias binding now. I found this tutorial very helpful for sewing on the binding. I love the back closure with contrasting blue ribbon ties (pretty much similar like this top I made recently for Sarah). I just repurposed the ribbon from the thrift store pajama pants. 

I call this tunic top 'Daisy' because the floral fabric reminds me of blue daisies. I love the feel of the fabric. It's so soft and easy to work with. I wish I could buy it by the yard instead of having to cut it from a pair of used pajama pants. 

 

NOTE:

  • Type: Top
  • Pattern: Self-drafted
  • Size: 2T
  • Date Started: Sept 11 2014
  • Date Completed: Sept 12 2014
  • Skills: Pattern Drafting, Back Closure, Gathering
  • Fabric: Thrift store, Jo-Ann Fabrics

1. Floral fabric from a thrift store 2. Symphony Broadcloth Solid Quilt Fabric in Denim from Jo-Ann Fabrics

A New Top

I've been admiring this top from Louise Misha for months since I first saw it on Pinterest. It's simple, cute, and looks so comfortable. Plus, mustard yellow is one of my favorite colors.  Unfortunately, it's out of stock, and  the price is way out of my budget. I decided a couple  of days ago to try to sew something similar to the top. 

 Louise Misha - Top Diva Mustard  via:  Petit Backstage

Louise Misha - Top Diva Mustard

via: Petit Backstage

I took Sarah's measurements, and self-drafted the pattern based on the photos below. 

Here's the result. It isn't quite like what I wanted it to be. I would surely make a few tweaks if I were to make another one. I would at least partially line the top: either the bodice, the skirt part, or both, depending on the fabric used. For this top, I used gauze fabric in white, which is a little bit see through. I made the armholes a tad too big. That would definitely need to be adjusted. I finished the armholes with bias binding, but that makes them look a bit bulky instead of flowy. Next time, I would try to just hem them and see how that works.The neck part is also too wide. So I would alter that part too. 

The best part for me is the back closure.  No zipper or buttons whatsoever. Instead, I made a slit at the upper edge of center back, and finished it with bias tape. For each of the contrasting ties, I used store-bought black gingham bias tape, cut to my preferred length, sewed it into a tube, with one end closed. Then I stitched the open end of the ribbon tubes to each end of center-back neckline. Lastly, I attached bias binding around the neck. Overall, it was a fun process and I totally enjoyed it.

I took Sarah for a walk at a nearby park. There is a trail there that I recently discovered, and it has become one of my favorite places to go. Of course I had to take some pictures of Sarah in her new top there!

A New Outfit

I've finally finished sewing these two a couple of days ago. I wrote an entry here about how I had this urgent feeling to sew from patterns in my collection that are getting too small for Sarah. Well, that feeling didn't last long unfortunately. It took me almost a month to finish the yellow top. I'll write more about them soon. Meanwhile, I took some photos with my phone when I took Sarah for a walk today wearing this outfit.