Thursday, August 3, 2017

Waist Tie Dress

I managed to finish #magamsewalong June dress with theme "Seasonal Stashbuster" by the end of the month, but only today I have time to write a blog post.
I like the pattern since the day I found it about three years ago, but somehow I didn't have a chance to make it. I was lucky to found the Simplicity magazine Autumn 2014 during our visit to Portugal, the magazine is in Spanish but I can follow the pictures and tutorials easily.
I also saw other patterns such as tunic and jacket that I want to make in the future.

About the dress, fabric is printed anchors and dolphins in red colour, 2.5 yards from stash, bought in Bangkok last year.
Pattern based in Simplicity New Look Misses Dress 6224 with Sleeve Variations size 36 model C with neckbands model B. I only used the bodice and modified the dress to one piece. What I did,

  • I omitted the darts.
  • Reduced the shoulder width 3 cm finished with armholes with 1/2" bias tape from the same fabric.
  • I lengthen the bodice at the waist down to the hem 55 cm long and added few centimeters in both sides at the hemline to created a little A-line shape. I did for both front and back.
  • Added inseam pockets, pattern from my other dress.
  • Added two very long waist ties, 130 cm long x 6 cm wide that is enough to tie around my waist three times before I knot it.
  • 1.5 cm seam allowances in all edges and 3 cm hem allowance.

Here you can see the dress without the waist tie, a very simple and loose a-line dress that I can actually wear as it is. But I like more with the waist tie style, it adds little volume and looks nicer to me 😍

The sewing process was faster than I thought. I did in ten hours including pattern tracing and muslin. I was so surprised that the armholes fit me fine in the muslin but not really in the real fabric. It was gaping, so quick decision I added dart 1 cm wide in both back armholes. Hope you can spot in the picture below at the bottom right.
And the rest of the processes were okay, as usual I fused fusible tape in both sides of the front holes and sew as the direction.
Then hand basted and gathered both sides of the front neckline, sew both front and back bodices at the shoulders and sew the neckband.

I love inseam pockets, I sewn them few centimeters below the waistline/waist ties. I always think that any practical dress will not be perfect without inseam pockets.
And the ties were made from the same fabric, it was easy to sew with little pointy at the end. I attached right on the waistline.

And the finished dress on Ellie my dress form, front and back views.

And glad I wore the dress few days ago to test it. We visited The Venetian' Macao for a walk and lunch. I saw that I place the tie in the opposite side as in the dress form. But anyway, I liked the dress and the loose fit of it.

That's it for today post, wishing you all a happy sewing and crafting 💗 I am knitting my UFO fair isle sweater lately, a very slow process but sure I will finished before winter come 😉 And also, at the moment I am sewing self-drafted swimsuits and hope to show you when I finished.


Hana @velvetribbon_sew

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Paisley Cutout Mini Dress

Hello everyone,
So happy I finished my late #magamsewalong "Sew New Season" June dress, it supposed to finish last month but I couldn't because distracted with other urgent garments, holiday and other things. Besides, this dress was little bit complicated to work with, so I prefer to finish it slowly.

This dress has a special detail at the neckline yoke, straight-line cut, front darts, raglan sleeves and inseam pockets.
I had a big crush on this pattern as soon as I saw the magazine, the neckline detail is so pretty and the rest of the dress is so simple and airy. Perfect to wear in hot summer day 😍

For the fabric, I used 2 yards of printed paisley cotton that I bought for muslin but I think it is too pretty for muslin. So, I used it and put the muslin fabric on the list to buy next time.

The pattern, I used BurdaStyle Cutout Mini Dress 04/2017 size 36 and didn't make adjustment on the fit of the pattern except shorten the length 4 cm.
Also, one thing I changed, I used bias tape from the same fabric for the loops instead of follow the original pattern instruction.

Sewing process started with usual manners and glad that this pattern came with sewing course, so I just followed the step by step instructions with pictures. But the only problem were the loops, I tried the original pattern but it doesn't work for me. So, I used 1/2" me-made bias tape from the same fabric and hand sewn both side of the bias tape.
Pictures below shows some of the processes, I don't even count how many hours I spent for this dress but in the end I am really happy with it.
A little note: the blue fabric on the neckline yoke is just a template, and I removed it as soon as I placed the loops. Then, I sew/top stitches the loops along the dress bodice.

Here are the upper dress detail, wrong side - right side - back side and finished the back with sewn two pairs of small snap fasteners.

I decided to sew inseam pockets just before I hem the dress. I used light weight white cotton for front piece and same fabric for the back, I did that to avoid bulky pocket which is not nice.

And here are the final dress on Ellie my dress form. Front, side, back and closer look of the neckline detail. I used 1.5 cm sleeve allowance and 4 cm hem allowance.

Two more pictures on me, back and front views with hands inside pockets 😁 I really love a dress with pockets, I can hide anything inside.

Thank you for reading, happy sewing to all fellow sewists! Wishing you all a lovely weekend 💗


Hana, @velvetribbon_sew

Monday, July 17, 2017

DIY Necktie

As promised in the previous post, here is "diy necktie" that I made especially for DH. The idea came up last year when I bought the fabric, DH said could be great if I bought more fabric enough for my dress and matching tie for him. So, I bought three yards instead of two.

For the pattern, I used his old tie for a base and follow the tutorial from purl soho - thanks Molly for the clear tutorial 😊

First thing I carefully took out the stitches from the old tie, iron it and copied as the pattern. I decided to keep the front and back linings in white fabric as shown in the picture below.
I was amazed with the amount of pieces to make a tie, eight pieces in total, also needed fusible interfacing for the front, middle and back fabric.

 As always, I made a muslin from white and orange cotton gingham from stash. The muslin turned out nicely and I kept it, in case I need one day or anyone want to use it for costume 😁 because DH would never wear this colour.

The process was taking time and attention, involved a lot of ironing and hand sewing with very little machine sewing.
I did almost all the processes as Molly's said in the tutorial. I started with sew front, middle and back pieces together.
Followed with iron the seam allowances at the triangle shapes at the end of front and back tie, also iron the small triangle lining for front and back as well. Hand sewn carefully the fabric and lining together.
After that, I placed the long white lining on the tie fabric. Made sure they fit each other nicely. Folded the two sides together, pin along and insert the loop that I already sewn with sewing machine. Then I hand sewn all the way from front to the back. That's it! Easy but a lot of work and attention 😀

Hope all my explanation made sense, here are the closer look of the finished tie, inner and outer sides. Also, I shared the picture of DH wearing the tie in previous post, in case you are interested to see the tie on him.

Thank you for stopping by, wishing you all a lovely Monday 💗


Friday, July 14, 2017

Asymmetrical Neckline Dress

Hello everyone,
I am back after a long silence, once again busy life and low mood for blogging but I've been so active in Instagram and made some garments that I am excited to share with you.
This asymmetrical neckline dress is one of the garments, I made it especially to wear in my dear niece wedding in London few weeks ago. It was a great wedding, both bride and groom were gorgeous, she looked so radiant and beautiful 💖💖

Back to the dress, I used the especial printed cotton linen that I bought in my trip to Singapore last year. I had three yards, I used 2.25 yards for this dress and used the leftover to make a matching necktie for dear husband. I will post the necktie separately after this.

I modified two Burdastyle patterns to make this dress. Dress pattern 10/2015#124 for the bodice and Godet Pencil skirt pattern 08/2012#112 for the skirt.

The sewing process started with a muslin and fitting ( I always make a muslin for difficult dress). My first plan was to make the skirt as a godet skirt exactly like the skirt pattern but I didn't like it. So, I omitted the godet and made a pencil skirt.

The dress was fully lined with silk satin, I made facings for the front and back neckline from the same fabric and continue the rest with silk satin.
The dress has back zipper and back slit skirt, princess seamed, asymmetrical neckline and midi length. Also, I added a big bow for the accessory. I made the bow separately and hand sewn directly on the left side waistline.

Here are some of the processes, I sewn the front and back pieces completed with neckline facings.
Followed by attached the lining after I sew the front and back dress right sides together. Then carefully sew the back slit skirt. I hand sewn the slit and the hem to avoid mess and ruin the dress. As shown in the pictures below,
And I am happy with the result. Forget to mention, I secured the end of the slit with double interfacing before I lined the dress.

And the whole dress, front and back completed with a big bow. The bow was lined with silk satin, hope you can see a little bit shine of silk satin popping up 😊
The wrong side views of the dress front and back. I used the wrong side of silk satin facing my body because I couldn't stand the shiny part of the satin.
Here is the closer views of the asymmetric neckline, back side and inner dress.
And the closer look of the lining of upper bodices, front and back.

Last three pictures of the dress on me, front and back views.

That's it for today post everyone. Thank you for reading and see you soon in a matching necktie post that I made for dear husband.

Happy Sewing!

Hana @velvetribbon_sew

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Me Made May 2017 Round Up

Me Made May 2017 has come to an end 😢 It was a great International sewing month and glad that I managed to participate again for the fifth year. Nothing changed from the previous years, my outfits were dresses with very little separates garments in between. Before I write more about the outfits that I wore, I want to say thank you to Zoe for organising this great challenge, my dear Husband who very patiently took pictures and all sewing friends in Instagram and Facebook Page for the comments and likes during the whole month of May.

Well, I am not going to bore you with all the outfit details but I will highlight the new garments only because for sure you have seen all the old dresses/separates before 😁 

Day 1 to 7.
For the start of the month, I was wearing my brand new v-neck shift dress with ruffled cuffs in floral print. Another two new garments were Refashioned t-shirt on day 3 and unblogged Crochet Amma Top, free pattern from Maria Valles Handmade on day 6. 

Day 8 to 15.
I forgot to put the dress that I wore on day 9  and the only new dress was Green Polkadots dress with ruffle shoulder on day 10.

Day 16 to 23.
There are three new makes : the yellow tunic dress on day 17, unblogged Green cape sleeve top on day 20 and Elastic waist pants in floral pattern Simplicity 8059 C on day 23.

Day 24 to 31.
I couldn't resist to wear my new yellow tunic dress again on day 28. The two new garments were, printed baby blue ruffle sleeve blouse on day 30 and unblogged new dress on last day, sleeveless floral dress with v-back pattern modified from TNT jamie shift dress - I made it to an a-line dress with more flare on the bottom, omitted the dart and made a v-back.

After all, I realised that there is a big hole in my wardrobe. I need a lot of separates garments (top, skirt, shorts and pants), light cardigan and some undies. I was lucky that I made two lace kimonos in black and cream colours, they were perfect to layer up in air-con or windy area.
Also, I was able to say goodbye to my blue polka dots Jamie shift dress. The dress was really old and I need to sew the new one to replace it.
Besides, I decided to refashion some of the dresses to tops or skirts. I will see...

That's it for today post, wishing you all a happy weekend and happy sewing. I am working on a muslin for a dress that I will wear in a very special occasion next month and also cutting some laces for panties (yes, I am dying to sew them since so long) and also crocheting another Amma Top in between sewing and busy life 😀😀


Hana @velvetribbon_sew

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ruffle Sleeve Blouse

Ruffle sleeve is on trend now, so I decided to make this blouse for myself and I love it. For the pattern, I modified the dress pattern H from Casual Sweet Clothes by Noriko Sasahara and for the fabric, I used the leftover Korean cotton from previous garment. 
The original dress pattern has v-neckline and finished the sleeve with two pieces of ruffles, you can see my dress version here. And as I want a round neckline blouse and a little bit fuller ruffle sleeve, I have to change the pattern pieces, 
  • Raised the center front 5.5 cm and drew a new line of round neckline, the back neck remains the same.
  • Made the neckline facing for both front and back.
  • Cut the length of the dress bodices right on the fuller hips.
  • Omitted the zipper 
  • Reduced the sleeve length 5 cm and added ruffle sleeve 10 wide x 56 cm long.
The sewing process was enjoyable, because I always felt relax when I sew 😊 The ruffle sleeve was gathered with two lines of stitching/basting using sewing machine after I sew both sides together and hem it. And then slowly, I pulled the threads and spread evenly along the sleeve. 
Pin and sew the ruffle onto the sleeve and removed the basting threads. As shown in the picture below,

The neckline was finished with facing, I used 1.5 cm seam allowances in all edges, 1 cm sleeve hem at the ruffle and 2 cm hem allowance. Also, it was a good decision to omit the zipper because the neckline is big enough to pull my head in and out 😃

And glad that I wore this blouse this afternoon with me-made Culottes from last year for mmmay'17 day 30. We visited Galaxy Macau for a walk and enjoyed public holiday. 
Well, time flies so fast and we are in day 30 of Me Made May 2017. I was thinking to publish a weekly outfits that I wore but I changed my mind, I will be posting the round up of the whole month. But you can take a look at my everyday outfit on my Instagram
Happy Sewing!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Sew Merry May, Tunic Dress

I finished MAGAM sew along May dress with theme "Sew Merry May" in the middle of the month and so glad that I recovered the dress and it turned out so good. You can see how happy I was, wearing me-made dress for mmmay day 17. The print truly made me happy and the black piping match perfectly with yellow 😊

Pattern: I used Burdastyle Tunic Dress 04/2017 size 36. I omitted the sleeves and finished the armholes with black piping the same as for the front and back panels but I didn't use cord as I did for the two plackets.
For the fabric, I used 2 yards of printed cotton that I bought in Seoul, South Korea last year. Other materials I need for this dress were same colour of yarns, fusible interfacing, me-made black bias tape and cord for piping.
The sewing process was taking longer than I expected because I have to remove the finished dress again because the neckline was too high for my liking and so glad I managed to remove all the stitches without ruin the dress.
After that, I lowered the neckline 1.5 cm and drew new line of front and back neckline but the slit remain the same.
I also decided to choose sleeveless because summer in my place is really hot and humid. So, easy and airy garments are a must 😊
The rest of the process was enjoyable, except sewing and attaching the cord piping in between panel and dress body. But glad that I survived, here is the look of the plackets and piping, right and wrong side.
The front slit is lovely and fits nicely on me. I fused the fusible interfacing in the wrong side of panels as Burda suggested, sew the two pieces right sides together, carefully trim the curve areas and then turned inside out. I did that for both front and back panels. Then sew the front and back panels together.
After that, I sew the front and back dress at the shoulder right sides together then sew the piping with cord in the seam allowances ( I did the opposite of Burda suggested, it said attach the piping and cord on the panel but it doesn't work for me). So, I pin the panel onto the bodice right sides together, the piping cord should be in between, and carefully sew them using piping foot. Clip both front and back corner, turned inside out and trimmed the excess fabric using an overlocker machine.
The armholes finished with black piping as well but I didn't use cord.
That's all the process, the hem finished with blind hem stitch. The only thing I'd love to add if one day I make this dress again is inseam pockets.
And here is the last picture of the back side of the dress, I couldn't have straight picture because it was windy.
Besides, I posted this dress on MAGAM sew along - facebook I also posted on Instagram with hashtag #magamsewalong

Thank you for reading, wishing you all a lovely day/evening and happy sewing!

Hana @velvetribbon_sew


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