Tutorial: Easy cowl / turtle neck knit dress

Remember my birthday dress? Here’s how it was constructed, without the pintucks. The pintucks are optional.  Finish the collar last if you decide to add pintucks.  Here is a dress without pintucks. The pintucks are useful for shaping the dress – fitting around the bust and loose from waist down, tighter on the back… Please…

Contrast vneck top McCalls M9872

I’ve been having fun with the McCalls pattern.  I added length to the front and back top patterns just above the waist. Then cut out contrasting front and back pieces.  The front is in a stretchy pink suiting fabric and black knit for the back. I cinched the front a little with some hand sewing…

McCalls M9872 contrast dress

I don’t typically buy patterns as i have been getting by with DIYing. However, this pattern called to me at Walmart. I traced out the top pieces on packing paper that came with handbags so i don’t feel bad about poking holes and slowly destroying the original pattern pieces. Anyone else does that? Since i…

Faux wraparound dress

While organizing my fabric stash, i stumbled upon 2 remnants from previous projects – the end of a skirt that i had chopped off to shorten a store-bought piece, and a skirt lining of a previous early project that hadn’t worked out. The skirt fabric is hardy yet stretchy and would make a great bodice.…

Peacock vest from remnant fabric

My aunt gets remnant fabric from her seamstress and she gave me some of her stash. This is a beautiful flowy fabric that i’ve made into a vest. I used a self drafted pattern from a blouse i own and like. Since the remnants were not wide, i had to cut out bodice top and…

Firework dress

This is one of the pieces from the fabric.com 3lb knit box off of Amazon. It is so colorful that i didn’t know what to do with it for a while. Inspiration came one evening and this is what came out of it. The back is cross-back and somewhat bare. I changed the back a…

Dress that looks like a tee and skirt

It always begins with rifling through the fabric stash and leftovers that treasure is found. So I found a striped green fabric that is stretchy. Just enough to make a square top. I bound the neckline and arm holes with fold over elastic. Then remembered a ribbed knit tank top left it the stash. Cut…

Translucent Collared shirt

This is a pattern I made from a shirt that I enjoyed wearing. There are two front pieces, two back pieces (top and bottom), 2 collar bands, 2 collars, and 2 sleeves. It’s tweaked here to have front and back darts for a more fitted shape. It’s the first time I’ve made button holes since…

Striped pink top with white lace

While looking through a box of fabric, I found a pink striped stretch suiting material that was left over from years ago. Using a tried and tested square top pattern, I added a high-low hem  for a slightly different look. I like the stiffness of the material for a change. There wasn’t enough fabric to…

Maternity clothes attempt

My friend’s 4 months along and she has been so inundated with things and life that there been no time to shop for summer appropriate maternity clothing. So I thought this would be a great time to try making maternity clothing. I used my usual no-pattern patterns to make 2 outfits. 1. extra large front…

Stretchy top with front zipper

Sewn without a pattern. It was fun figuring out what I wanted to do with this. I started with a square top design. Then cut the front open and added a zipper. Added lace and then a waist band. Really easy project for an evening.

Victorian Corduroy Jacket

I made this pattern a while back with a softer fabric. This time, I decided to use corduroy and to leave out lining. I pinned the pieces one evening, cut them out another, and sewed up this section last night. I have sleeves to add, hem to finish, decide on closure, and decide on whether…

Top with faux jacket

This was a 5 hour project and used grey fabric from my stash, black translucent knit, as well as the bottom half of a black knit top that was left over from a refashion It all started with finding fabric in my stash. There should be 4 pieces. Connect the (2 front and 1 back)…

Tutorial: Furry open cardigan

This fabric has been in my stash a while and it’s time to make something season appropriate. I used a capped sleeve shrug pattern for the main piece. You might have seen variations of this pattern before. Since it’s winter,  sleeves are absolutely necessary for me.  I measured the diameter of the arm hole, length…

Tutorial: Batwing top worn sleeves up or down

This is an easy batwing top that took 3 hours to complete. Start with measuring two squares that would adequately cover torso length and widest width of upper body. Add a few inches to each number so that the non stretchy fabric can be pulled on when completed. Lay squares right sides facing and then…

Victorian jacket with Chinese knots

This has been one of the more challenging patterns that I’ve attempted. I really liked the purple jacket shown on the cover and tried to make one without the trimmings. This was a project that started last year and I have only just finished it today. It’s not perfectly sewn but I can work on…

Tutorial: Cowl neck square top

Happy 2016! How did you spend the first day of the new year? I spent a few hours sewing and it was delightful. Remember square tops and how easy those are? Here’s a little twist to the square top by lengthening it into a tunic and then adding a cowl neck and  a thick sheer…

Crocheted hood

Here’s a Xmas present I just completed for a friend, a hood that can be added on top of any outfit. It keeps the head, ears, and neck warm. Easy to pull on and off. Took me 6 hours to complete but I’m not the fastest crocheter around. What do you think? 🙂

Pirate costume in the making

Halloween is just round the corner. This year, we are going to be pirates!  Here’s what I whipped up yesterday for the top. A red off-shoulder tunic top and a black vest that could pass off as a waist cincher. I have to embellish the outfit to make it even more pirate like. Any ideas?…

Refashioning a long dress

Made this dress some time ago and thought I’d have loads of opportunities to wear it. I did wear it. Once. So I guess it needs some refashioning. Chopped off the bottom to make a new skirt. The dress itself is updated with white lace at the hem. Just like the skirt.:) Hope more occasions…

Shorts crazed weekend

This week has been really hot and warranting multiple showers a day. Especially if I work in the garden. I didn’t have enough shorts in my closet and didn’t want to venture out in this heat to buy some. So the only solution is to shop online. Just kidding! I made some with the pattern…

Cross over layering top

This fabric is probably 5 years old and has been waiting for its turn to be transformed into an outfit. So I adjusted the recent pattern of a blouse and made it a crossover top. Great for this incredibly hot summer because it’s light and white. I made a pair of shorts as well so…

Refashioning Xmas turquoise skirt

Remember the turquoise skirt I made last Xmas? I decided that the raw hem just wouldn’t do anymore. Also, I wanted some length added. So I cut out a rectangular strip,  folded it I’m half lengthwise, and sewed it on to the edge me the skirt. For a more unique look, the new hem is…

Summer short sleeved 2 buttoned blazer

With the same beginning pattern in the last two posts,  I created this summer blazer that has two snap on buttons. I added length to the bodice as well as the bottom of the collar so that the tips are long enough to overlap. Sew the pieces together and add darts where necessary to give…

Black and green zipper snap top

Using the new blouse pattern that I drafted in my previous project, I made a new top! Tweaked the design a little. There is no collar on this piece. I changed out the buttons for a zipper and then added snaps to the top and bottom of the zipper to hide the ends. The pleat…

New non-knit blouse

I usually sew knit tops as they’re such forgiving fabrics. However it was time to try something new. After working on the pattern for the Mr, I thought it would be possible to make a pattern out of a blouse that I really like. So I spent Wednesday afternoon working on the pattern, cutting out…

Refashion: corduroy jeans to skirt

I love corduroy jeans and haven’t donned denim jeans in years. I love the texture, the warmth it provides, and the stretch of the material. The zipper on a pair of old comfy cords broke so I refashioned it into a skirt. I decided on a length that I wanted, added an inch and then…

Multi length sleeveless dress

My friend Ella came by for a sewing session today and made a new top for herself by tracing out a shirt she had. She made some interesting changes: increased the length and gave it a subtle high low hem, lowered the neckline, left off the collar, made it sleeveless. I’ll share a pic if…

U-neck cropped top to V-neck dress

This is my latest project! More details to follow. 🙂 Sometime in early January, I was browsing JCP.com for work pants and chanced upon a cropped top in the sale section. At $3.99 per piece (U.P. $16.00), I saw lots of possibilities for refashioning. Especially since the cropped top look isn’t what I usually go…

xmas turquoise skirt

It was xmas eve and I didn’t have anything I wanted to wear over black leggings and under a furry black top. I have black skirts, long skirts, but none that looked right for the season. The only logical thing to do then, is to sew myself one! I saw a tutorial on pinterest about…

Tutorial: Peek-a-boo Xmas Dress

So I got really busy yesterday, started work on a project with a very Christmassy looking fabric. This was a birthday present and is called America The Beautiful, CRK-70295-3. It’s 100% cotton, not something I usually work with, or experiment on. I have found that knits are more forgiving for an experimenter who doesn’t follow…

Love the crossover bust top in knit!

Remember the black prototype I made some time ago? That was a draft to test out a pattern. This is the final piece! Learned to sew with invisible thread for this piece. The important thing is to iron the seams after sewing to remove puckering. This requires cutting two pieces of fabric. One large piece…

Sheer layering piece with cross-over bust

I’m in the process of making a jumpsuit for a friend and that involves prototype pieces. In the first prototype, I made a whole piece without measurements and actually didn’t get too far off! It was a wee bit snug for my friend’s tastes but the test showed that straight cut for the pants would…