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…

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…

Batwing top

My mum gave me a top that i absolutely love for its comfort and roominess. I ordered a fabric.com mystery box off of Amazon and 3lbs of knit fabric arrived a week later. 6 different fabric patterns to play with! So glad to be sewing again after a few weeks off.

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…

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…

Halloween 2015

It’s been a while. Took 2 sewing classes, went to the Renaissance Festival in homemade costumes (mixed with pieces from the closet). celebrated birthdays every weekend in October, and reused costumes for Halloween. Whoo! Hope your October has been a fun-filled one too. Here are pics of our costumes for the festival and for Halloween.…

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?…

Sporty orange and black top

This is a no pattern, on-the-spot design. Turned out pretty okay and fits me like a glove. Started off with me wanting to create a crossover bust top. There wasn’t enough fabric to make it a one piece cut. So I had to make the bust and bottom pieces separately. Realized it was too low…

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…

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…

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…

Belt can be used as a neck tie

Shiny square top

Found 5 year old shiny fabric in my stash and decided to make a square top with it. It’s really thin yet opaque material – shiny on one side and black on the other. I don’t know what it’s called. Do you? It looks like black plastic trash bags but I can assure you that…

Weekend square tops

Managed to squeeze in some sewing this weekend. I bought AND won some fabric a while ago and finally used some to make two new tops for myself. They look rather shapeless hanging on the hanger but they drape really nicely when worn. I used the basic square t-shirt pattern to make these and varied…

Weekend Sewing Frenzy!

Ella and i had an awesome time refashioning the bag of clothing she brought. Check out what we made! 1. Blouse to skirt 2. Bottom of red striped dress to skirt 3. Top of red striped dress lengthened with a section of another grey t-shirt 4. Sweater sleeves shortened. Decorative buttons added. 5. Men’s shirt…

Refashion: Cropped top into feminine top

This is Ella’s third challenge for me, and the last for this weekend’s sewing frenzy. She presented a cropped square top that had been stretched in the wash one too many times. The neckline was so stretched, it could be an off-shoulder top! I had a few ideas upon seeing the top. First, i wanted…

Tutorial: Rectangle v-neck sleeveless top

I was surfing pinterest and stumbled upon photos of rectangle skirts and thought, hey, I can make one for myself. Seems simple enough. Looking through my fabric stash, I found a pin-striped suiting material in navy that I thought would look pretty good. I folded the material in half twice over and cut off 18″…

Bat wing top with gathered front

This is one of the pieces of fabric I won in the February giveaway from fabricmartfabrics. Made a simple bat wing top with gathered front. Added 3 darts to each sleeve (2 sides and underarm) to reduce the arm hole gap then folded edge up twice to finish. Added buttons down the front then worn…

Square top: frills down the front and sleeve ties

I’m loving square tops! Just made a square top and ruched skirt dress. (Will post a tutorial of that soon.) I think mine are generally rectangular tops since i like them longer than wider. How to make a square/rectangular top? Check out this tutorial.  My mum saw the dress and said she wanted a top…

A version of the Batwing top

Batwing top with wide sleeves and faux front cowl made in a thin knit. Didn’t take process pics but here’s a good tutorial for batwing tops. Mine is different in that the sleeves are wide and do not taper. I used excess material that was cut out from under the sleeve to create a front…

Circle top with open sleeve

These are called circle tops but i didn’t make mine entirely circular. Start with 2 rectangular pieces. Measure yourself from the end of one shoulder to the other end and then add on x inches for however long you want the sleeves to be. Write that measurement down as the width. Next, measure from the…

Refashion: Adding straps to $4 top

I’m making fun clothes for a friend’s graduation and found a tube top with peplums at the local thrift store. Peplums were in my friend’s list of must-haves so it was an awesome find. It had structure and is in a flattering shade of black. The only issue we had with it was that it…