I like to sew Destination Dresses – when I sew something to wear on an overseas trip. When I knew MS and I were going to Seoul in South Korea, I decided to make McCall’s 7243 in a thicker knit to wear in the still-cold Springtime there.
Pattern:McCall’s 7243, View D
Size made:AX5 (sizes 4-12 included). I made size 6
Pattern pieces:5 for view D
Fabric used:Stable knit with textured ‘braids’ on right side, [83% polyester, 15% viscose, 2% spandex], 138cm width, 2m length, unknown country of origin, bought from Tessuti Fabrics
New Techniques used:One piece wrap collar
Modifications:Reduced collar width; Hand sewn hems; Refined hip fitting by trying it on, pinching and pinning.
This dress is probably my longest-running UFO. I started it more than a year ago, traced the pattern and cut the fabric, and had not touched it since. Up until last month when I finally decided to sew it, as it was taking up precious space in my fabric cupboard.
Simplicity 2497 is an OOP pattern (it wasn’t OOP when I bought it in Spotlight!). Given that I sew so slowly, with endless distractions/responsibilities, by the time I sew my patterns, I’m not surprised if most of them are out of print or out of fashion. Neck ruffles, if I remember correctly, were trendy a few years ago. Maybe not now, but I don’t care….On the topic of trends – I don’t follow trends much – but even if I wanted to, I’d have no hope of sewing them. By the time I finish it, trend will be over. Maybe by a few years. I bought some off-the-shoulder patterns last season ( I like the style regardless of trend), but now it’s all about the sleeves…so my attitude is, just sew whatever.
Pattern:Simplicity 2497, a Cynthia Rowley design, View D
Size made:D5 (sizes 4-12 included). I made size 4
Pattern pieces: 7 for view D (after eliminating pockets)
Fabric used:Polyester crepe,135cm width, 3m length, bought on my Japan trip
New Techniques used:Sewing princess seams; Using rolled hem
Modifications:Raised neckline at lowest point by 5cm; Eliminated pockets; Reducedbodice sides by 5cm total; Used rolled hem instead of narrow hem for neck ruffle
I apologise if you are sick of me spamming wedding posts. Last one, promise!
PART FIVE – MENU CARDS
We thought our reception venue would provide menu cards as part of the wedding banquet. And then very close to the day we fly out, we found out they weren’t! We could pay them to do it though – but I didn’t like the idea. So, running on 2 hours a sleep a night for the whole week leading up to fly-out date, still working too – I managed to get the menu cards done too. Simple project though.
We had some goodies to give to our dear guests. They had all travelled from the other side of the world (like MS and I) to attend our wedding! We are so grateful that they were there to make our day extra extra special. So it was a MUST that I put effort into making the gift presentable.
I have hoarded collected these resin cameos with metal backing, intended to be for wearable accessories. While thinking about the design for my wedding stationery, I’ve decided to use them for table number cards instead. I was determined to use just what I had in the stash and not buy anything new.
I have always loved lace motifs, and decided to incorporate them into my wedding stationery. I bought a large lace bolero on sale for $10 at a local bridal boutique, and diligently cut all the motifs out piece by piece to make my place cards. A similar fabric from a bolt would sell for around $150/m at least!
After 3 whole months, my professional wedding photos are back and I can finally show some of the DIY projects that I did for my wedding. Apart from invitations, I made all the wedding stationery and brought them all the way from Australia to Rome.
This is a five-part series. I returned to my roots as a papercrafter. I didn’t sew anything for my wedding – too much stress, too little time! At the end of each series I’ll tag on a few photos from the day. It surely was a memorable, happy day!
First handmade garment of the year, and it’s already February! My goal to sew more isn’t going that well…but we all start somewhere :P
The reason I chose this pattern to make was simple. I accidentally bought two of the same paper patterns during sales, so I decided I’ll try for the very first time to cut straight into the tissue paper instead of tracing. The relaxed fit reassured me that minimal adjustment or grading would be needed.
Pattern:Butterick 5878, I made View B
Size made: A5 (sizes 6-14 included). I made size 6
Pattern pieces:8 for view B (total 11 pieces in envelope)
Fabric used:100% Rayon, 135cm width, 1.5m length (really should need 2m), made in Thailand, bought from Spotlight
Trim used:6m (used about 4-5m in the end) scallop lace trim from Lincraft
New Techniques used:Making yoke facing; Elasticated sleeves
Modifications:Shortened skirt tiers – middle panel by 4.5cm, bottom panel by 5.5cm. Reduced sleeve length 7cm. Altered lace trim placement.
We took a mini road trip to the sunflower fields in the countryside…
I have another project in the works…let’s see how that goes.
Coming to the end of the year, it’s time to reflect and plan!
Top 5 things that happened in 2016 for me:
We got married, spent quality time with family and friends, and honeymooned :)
2. MS and I went to Greece. I’ve been wanting to go for many years. So glad we did, it was a magical experience. Such a beautiful place. The high summer was punishing, though!
3. I’ve taken up boxing, and it is so fun! It is great to challenge myself physically. This leads me to consider sewing active wear – but it seems so scary! Maybe later :P
4. I found out someone has been stealing from me for years, intentionally. And then had the audacity to stalk me, spin stories, frame others, fake innocence and play the victim. Truly disgraceful. No one needs that kind of people in their lives. Good riddance.
5. I have done quite a few DIY projects, especially for my wedding (professional pictures still not back yet!), but sewing wise, I’ve made only 9 garments. My goal at the beginning of the year was one a month, so I’m 3 short. Life got quite busy this year. I know that 2017 will be even more hectic for me, but I hope to make time to sew more in the coming year.
Wishing everyone a happy, fulfilling, rewarding new year.