Monday, 29 July 2013

Handkerchief skirt from the book Feminine wardrobe...

...Aka uneven hem skirt:) It was just an hour or so that took me to complete this skirt. It is from the book Feminine wardrobe!! Not only the title of the book, I loved the content of this book as well. It features some lovely photographs. The models are soo cute !
Skirt from Feminine wardrobe book

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Anthropologie inspired squeezebox top - Completed

Thanks friends for your lovely comments on my wallet post. I am back here writing a post on dressmaking again. Let us talk about refashioning today. In particular refashioning of knits. I see a lot of sewing enthusiasts making lovely creations from already existing clothes. I like admiring such creativity but when I have to cut out a garment, it makes me think twice. 
The image source is here.I somehow do not prefer cutting out an existing garment even though it is being put to good use. I would rather giveaway when it good enough to be worn. But seeing this tutorial on how to make an anthropologie squeezebox top ,I was driven to buy two brand new T shirts and make one for myself. The tutorial is neat and interesting , thanks Sarah.Click here to see the original top on the site.
My version of the pleated top.

What inspired me was the lovely pleats. and the curvy effect the stitching on the front adds to the top.
It did give me jitters to cut out the new tee shirts. But I gave it a try because the steps in the tutorial seemed simple and there would be no way that it could become a flop project.
Lot of pinning!!
It took a lot of pins to get started. It was not as easy at it looks to get it started. I did tweak the steps here and there for my sewing comfort. Also I took quite a lot of time to complete it may be some six hours on and off over four days.
Adventure friendly

Close up view of the lovely pleats

Finally speaking of the top, I love the way the way it has turned out to be. It is really comfortable to wear. And must say I adore the color too. I am going to add it to Erins copycat challenge too, check out my side bar. The last challenge I had added my Jackie dress and a skirt. Glad to enter this year and add some more merry projects.
And thats me :)

 By the way if you are planning to make this top then I would just like to add a few more tips. Make sure you know how to sew knits (which needle to use? which stitch,  which pressure foot etc)before venturing into this project.Also make sure that the T-shirt on which you are going attach the pleats must be a perfect fitting one for you.

What is up with you ? You liked my top ? How much do you like re-fashioning? I wore this top on a bicycling trip. It was amazing fun, thanks to hubby for clicking all the snaps and bearing my non photogenic poses :D. And glad that my first re-fashioned project came out well. Though  am not sure if I will make another one lol. Happy sewing.

-Love Diya
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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Sewing a wallet which has...

... a lot of compartments. Oh Boy! I love pockets , be it on clothes I wear or in a bag which I carry the more the merrier;). I always loved to wear skirts and pants overloaded with pockets as a child too. I love the rosie skirt I made with adorable patch pockets. 
Free wallet sewing pattern
My favourite wallet:)
I was on the lookout for a wallet pattern which would help me keep my items organized. I found this lovely wallet sewing pattern made from scraps and I wanted to make one! It looked so lovely with so many compartments and I fell for it. I started cutting out the pieces nearly a month back , but somehow it got lost in my stash and until two days back it hid there. I completed it yesterday and sharing all the details of the making with you..
Free Wallet sewing pattern
Zippered !!
It features 10 pockets to stack cards and 3 pockets to hold cash. And a mini coin pocket to jingle all the way! There was some scraps of medium weight fabrics which I used to make this wallet. The red plaid fabric I used for the edges and the black makes a good contrast. I was doubtful how it would look before assembling the pieces. Lisa also shares a tutorial on how to sew the wallet. I found it very useful.The steps are very clear and every step has a picture too.
Free Wallet sewing pattern
Things are safe inside
I found it difficult to sew the zip on the edges as they were very thick. It broke my machine needle too. But this project doesn't get the credit of being the first to break the needle. Last week when I was making a pant it went snap for the first time. I actually got scared hearing the snap sound. I thought something crashed !. This is the reason I did not add the wristlet because it would become too fat to sew. Maybe for the next one I make I might think of it..
Anyway speaking about this wallet I love the way it has turned out. 
Free Wallet sewing pattern
Lot of card holding pockets!


Free Wallet sewing pattern


Free Wallet sewing pattern
A bonus coin pocket!
 I would make it another time but for the pockets I would use a light weight material to reduce the bulk. And also it would be a very good idea to cut out the seam allowances from the interfacing too. 
I enjoyed making this wallet and The process of clicking snaps too. Which is your favourite wallet/purse pattern ? Did you like mine ;) If you did then go check out the pattern and start making one.. And let me know in your comments I love reading them as always.
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