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Weekend Project 5 - Dress for Valentine - Feb 9-12

Posted on March 5, 2012 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (1)



It's been soooo long since my first weekend project posted. Well I'm still making my clothes, so far I finished 5 more dresses, top and skirts. But my laptop was down in last 2 months, I could not do anything other than checking my stuff from Iphone. Here I am, i got the laptop fixed and starting to load my stuffs up :)  I will get others posted when I got the photos done. 



This dress was made for Valentine's Day. I've done it during Thursday evening and couple hours on Sunday. We had such a busy and special week /weekend: my husband birthday, our wedding annyversary then Valentine's Day 


We had a small party at work for Valentines, cakes, chocolates... red  and pink colors were seen everywhere. It was fun and I think we all enjoyed it.   


I fell in love with this fabric. Believe me the dress's cost is not over $7. It was tretching lycra (inside layer) and pressured bonded lycra (outside layer), basically 2 layers with a shiny, a bit of glitery and leather look. The sleeves were black mesh fabric  (not stretching) combined with jersey leather look-a-like knit. The dress is more beautiful with oversize self bowtie on V-neck. It's flexible to use as simple front tie (like man's tie) or a scarf cross over the shoulder.    

The dress's construction was very simple. The bodice was stitched in front center as a tube. Of course I had to measure it fit my hip round and the length that I desired. Then with basic construction, I draw down where the waist line, bust line, shoulder line lay on fabric and then the width fit with my shoulder and bust' measurements. Next, cut out arm-holes for sleeves  


The most difficult was to create darts for waist fitting and the dress's form. So I decided to have 2 hidden darts at the back, and 2 front darts with 2 paralell top-stitched lines which started from bust's points, going down (angle) to outside hip points. I'm very pleased with this front darts which created very flattering, clean cut and a nice form for the bodice's front.   


The shouder part was a bit different. The shoulder on front bodice was cut short 3 cm, so I gave the shoulder on back bodice an extra 3 cm to go over and attached in front , then parallel top-stitched . To get stronger look, I used shoulder pads for this dress The band for bowtie was 10-inch width folded stiched from between these shoulder attached lines and back neck. From there the band was opened as its full size with zig-zag edge. 

There were 2 layers at sleeve's wrist and I used zig-zag scisors to cut out the edges, top layer was a bit shorter to show double edges.  


I love this dress and defenitely it was a hit at work for Valentine's Day. Hope you all like it.  


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"More than just sewing" - Cloudyhn




Floral cotton lace Sundress

Posted on August 2, 2011 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (1)

This sundress was done last night. It took about 3 hours to finish. Total cost $5 includes sheer trims and elastics, 100% cotton lace fabric

The top was like tank top with white sheer lace trims for the straps (double layers) in the front. Front neck was gathered by elastic and top stitched with white sheer lace trim. The top's back was regularly cut and hemmed by white lace trim also.

The skirt has 2 parts: hip which was a piece of 18 cm x 104 cm and flare bottom which included 8 pieces (18 cm & 28 cm for 2 parallel sides x 35 cm length). 

The reason I chose 104cm width of the hip piece because I wanted each segment was 13 cm, so the flare bottom pieces - each will be 13 cm + 5 cm for pleats. And 18 cm length was included 5 cm for elastic waistband - attached with the tank top. Sounds complicated but it was quite easy when put pieces together.

Ok here is the same idea as usual: no lining with this dress because I will combine with different color of the underdresses like peach, light grey, beige, even white color. They all suit underneath this dress. In the photos I wore the nude underdress and I love it.

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Brown/White Chic Dress

Posted on June 26, 2011 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (2)


This is the latest dress - cut last night - stitched everything together - and put final touch this morning. I love the fabric pattern and it's 100% cotton. Fabric: 1.2m and $6 cost



The same with the previous post, this one was cut the same way but wider. I attached shoulder seams, dress's side seams from bottom hem to high waist point; Then attached front and back of each side from waist to underarm point. Insteads of darts for the back I stitched 3 lines and put through 3 elastics around the dress. Shoulder was lengthen also, I stitched the hem and put elastic thru the top shoulder part so it wrap around upper arm . Neck line was cut very wide cut, regular hem and put thru elastic also.  Bottom hem was top-stitched lace white trim for decoration   



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Posted on June 26, 2011 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (2)


Recently I went for simple dress styles. I meant not much for details but it could come out nicely and clean look as I wanted them not to be too fancy for work. I like to put on suit outfits but my work clothing code is casual wear. So sometimes it's too formal if I keep wearing suits. I have to change to fit in the environment but still WELL-DRESSED. This fabric lycra/knit - $12 for 3m. This dress is less than 1m so it costs $4


 This dress is 2-hour dress done about 10 weeks ago. 4 darts at back, front has elastic stitched underbust line. I lengnthen shoulder down 10 inches more in order to reduce cutting sleeves. From the outside shoulder point, I cut an angle cut down to waist point - created V-shape for the dress's top. This would simplize alot of sewing: stitched 4 darts at the back, stitched 2 lines directly on 1/8 inch elastic(underbust line), attached shoulder seams and dress side seams - from bottom to waist, then stitched from right side from waist straight up to under arms. All hems were done as narrowed rolled hems by serger machine. 


  With Shoes, Purse and little solid color cardigan or light suit

It's good to go for me.


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"More than just Sewing" - Cloudyhn



Kimono Inspiration

Posted on June 26, 2011 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (2)


This dress actually was made 2 years ago - Kimono style. I was so inspired by summer colors and Kimono at that point of time. It was self-tie at bust front but then the fabric I used kind of not good quality, so I took out - pretty much all dress :( and changed to this light blue - stretching medium weight satin and added the bottom band instead of regular hem. I did narrow the sleeves to easy to wear to work ( before sleeves' width was very wide as kimono's short sleeve - I had to wear underdress to cover up abit)  Total cost $7


Finally I got some photos taken today. I'm too lazy to write review so I kind of giving up posting review on patternreview website. Too much work, too much time to spend on each review. Also I'm not good at writing - and no pattern used so I guess it's no help to PR  readers. Oh well ... what can I do. This could be good enough for me .


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Blue Poppies Batiks Dress

Posted on May 5, 2011 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (1)


Since I got my new job last Christmas I made myself 6 dresses. I have to admit that I'm dress lover. You can see number of the dresses I made through my website in last 2 years. Believe me there are more than dresses posted here that I did not have photos done to put on my blog. Anyway this is one of the 6 in last 4 months.  


Fabric is: cotton/rayon - Poppies Batiks prints 

Cost: $4 for fabric, $2 for lace and snap bronze buttons




It's like dress shirt with front buttons which are 3 bronze snaps from waist to bust area which leave the neck open about 3-4 inches like V. The front skirt is fixed - stitched occationally as distance between snaps. 


The dress bodice top is fit with low cut round neck. After binding I top-stitch gathered light brown lace around neck line. Top bodice and skirt part are separate pieces. To connect them together I made the waist's band and stitched to connect top and skirt part (not top-stitched on fabric).


Long sleeves with a bit of gathering on shoulder part of the sleeves, loose around upper arms and evenly narrow to my wrist. Sleeves have hidden hand-stitched hems


The skirt part has 8 big darts around waist (4 darts in front and 4 pleats for the back). These will give a lot of room for the bottom - bigger than A -shape but not like full-skirt ( skirt's hem round measured about 60 inches ). There 2 side hidden pockets. Also hidden hand-stitched hem as the same with sleeves' hems. Lining for the skirt only which is attached from the waist band, opened V in front like attaching lining with skirt with zipper . There is no zipper for this dress and the front is able to open down till zipper level - easy tp slip in either way: in from the top OR over my head down.


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Cotton Knit Dress

Posted on May 1, 2011 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)



It was funny that I supposed to start my project for Knock-off RTW Contest on PR. Insteads of taking out the fabric pieces for that dress, I pulled out this piece of stretching cotton/lycra knit. I loved this print pattern with uneven stripes combined so many colors that I like. Overall it was very nice combination and so touching. it's My own design and flat drafting pattern.



To get more fun I cut the dress's sides by using black knit for contrasting. Because there was no dart, I cut out at center of the top part from underarms and evenly curve down to hip. so from hip down to bottom hem, the skirt part was double width of the bodice part.


Sleeve length was about over my elbow with a lot of gathering from front arm over shoulder to more the half of the back arm hole. I gave enough sleeve width at the top part so gathering fabric dropped down naturally at center of the sleeves. The bottom part was fit with my arm. I cut 2-inch width black band (4-inch and folded in half) for sleeve band.  


To match with the sleeve I cut 3.5-inch width band for dress hem. But I used oppersite way with the dress pieces - So black fabric for the band's front and back center  and stripes fabric for 2 sides. Was it fun and had its own character??? I loved it.


So here is the litte center-gathered black piece for bust front decoration. It was like a long leaf shape with top-stitched black lace trim - which matched with lace trim I used for binding and to control the stretching of the wide round neck (deep cut at the back). 


I can't wait for warmer weather. I'm gonna wear it tomorrow  with my black leather blazer :) 13oC is not bad.... 


Hope you like my design.

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Floral Blue Dress

Posted on April 16, 2011 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)


I prefer warm color clothes,  rarely have cool color tones but I changed. I recently bought quite a lot cool color fabrics mostly blues, navy, greys... I thought about that so I've done this dress last Wednesday. God knows how I finished it in just 2 hours.


Fabric is Floral wool fibers mixed knit and black cotton/lycra knit.   



Wide neck with big width ruffle. Front bust mixed by black knit. All edges are binding and hems by black stretching lace trim.



Front bust was ruffled to connect with the bodice. Short bell sleeves.




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Wool flare dress

Posted on April 15, 2011 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)


I know I did not post anything for so long (feel like). I made quite many things : dresses - 4, panties -3 rencently but I could not find time for me to dress - up and do photoshoots for posting. Well ...I tried :) 


This dress is a bit different construction. There are 2 pieces. The top part is is long sleeve tunic with full size bell style. The bottom part also considering as lining dress with bottom part designed with 2 layers : one is mini-skirt (folded-band), top layer is another full size bell style. Together the dress's lower part has 3 layers. Kind of busy look at lower part so I decided to keep the top part simple as much as I can.

Fabric: printed wool knit. Interlock knit I think. so I keep the edge as it is without hemming.

The sleeves are quite long (cover till my fingers) so I can pull up to my wrist or fold up to my elbow. Lining combined with stretching silky knit with lace straps - gathered at front bust. (sorry I did not iron it - so wrinkle )  


For this construction, the dress (top layer) can wear like tunic with leggings, skinny jeans, shorts or separate mini-skirt - what ever comfortalbe with.


The print in these photos is kind of not impressed as it is when I wore it. Actually it did really good job as I felt like my body disappeared under the garment. I know I'm skinny anyway. But my point is if you worry about your tummy or hip .. this type of print is perfect for cover-up. Don't you think?


Everyone is waiting for warm weather now but for me it's still so cold. (0 oC this morning - feel like -5). To be honest, I've never found a real hot day in summer here in GTA. So I'm right now still stick with wools, knits and leathers. So I'm not ready to pack my winter clothes away yet, Sad ... isn't it ? Cause I saw alot of women go to work without nylon (tights), flat shoes, short sleeve shirts. Well I can't right now :(


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Double-sided wool Dress

Posted on March 6, 2011 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Ok here is the dress that I'd put in my list of 10 items for Endless Combination. But It did not happen cause I started my new job earlier than I expected. I stopped at the 9th item. If I had my choice I wanted to start in January not December which was the most busiest month of the year.


 I know the fashion trends are now crazy on detail, detail and details. So I ... like right now want to go opposite way which is simple stuff but still make it charming and fresh with accessories used. With the style of Vogue 1208 I want to use a floral brown,beige,dark pink tones to create the tight bow on one shoulder. That would be nice.


I feel like finding the way of simple things...I don't know . What do you think? Or maybe I'll put some types of sequinces and beads on top shoulder part then move down bust area  

Fabric used less than 1m left over from the Brown wool Skirt (the 1st item of the Endless Comb. Contest)   

Style: fitted at top down to hip then  A-shape bottom.   


Cutting technique: still using simple block cutting basis.

  • Shoulder part a bit wider, over the shoulder bone. Armholes were cut fit, plus I used stretching brown lace for binding. It wrapped around nicely.
  • There were 2 darts at the back for bodice's fitting. I wanted front had a clean look so I could used as many accessories as I could.
  • Neck line was binded brown lace as well.
  • The dress hem was rolled hem. Took advantage of stretching wool I said to myself why did not adjust threads abit to make it tighter and while serger was running I pulled and stretched the egde as much as I could. So here we go the hem had a lot of winding edge.
  • There was no lining for this dress as I love to wear separate underlining dress. 


This dress could be a quick project for sewing if you just have 1-2 hours spare time. Cause of simply I finished it just over 1h abit. I was happy with the dress form and style also. 


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Double wool darkblue/grey Dress

Posted on January 24, 2011 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (2)



I'm happy... I'm back... First of all, now I can make an announcement that I won 2010 Endless Combinations on Pattern Review website. The contest really challenged me. I was glad that I did it. Second, the last 2 months were like hell for me. New job and tough. Good news is i'm getting used to with it and making it better and better everyday. i'm learning to love my job as I love the paycheck :) ...  


Ok ... back to sewing I've done 2 dresses in last 10 days. This wool dress is the one I love. It has its own character ... I bought this piece of wool last week. I could not believe how cheap it was $3/m on sale at Fabricland. It took about 1.5m (60" width) for this dress. It was double wool, sparkling dark blue and fringe grey .



The FRONT 's bodice was 2 pieces cut in bias to create V stripes matched pattern, opened about 5 inches for front V neck. It was FIT bodice (because it was thick wool so I did not want to use darts for fitting). I made a gathered strip which was top stitched on attaching front seam. The BACK's bodice was simple at top but I put more details for the back skirt.


The bottom piece was flute style. I cut it as a full circle 9" width. I had a very nice and evenly ruffle around knee area. For the front, I wanted to focus on matching pattern so I turned the circle and found a good spot to attach it with to dress's bodice. It's shown verticle stripes at front center and kind of V up to other sides to match with V pattern of the dress's front. For the back and 2 sides: 1 small circle (3.5" width) was cut in half and stitched each half to each side of the dress where attaching between dress's bodice and bottom flute. 1 rectangle (30cm x 50cm) was cut in half at diangonal. I marked about 5 inches at the end point and the other point about 7 inches which would leave enough room to top stitch the left of the diangonal to the back like rainbow line through 3 points : side, up to underhip, then down to center point. So the ends were free falling down at 2 sides and center back .


Lining is stretching satin knit with elastic stitched at front and back neck hems. The bottom was also cut as a circle (7" width) to attach with the lining dress's body.   


I love this dress. The dress' color tones go so well with red belt, red shoes. Hope you like it. 


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Brown/Purple Dress

Posted on December 6, 2010 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (3)


"2010 Endless Combination" Contest on PR


This is the last piece I made for the contest. I used the same fabric of the suit pants I made. $3/m was so cheap for a nice fabric and especial the perfect color. I bought 5m. (After this I still have anough for a long boyfriend suit which can be able wear like dress suit. But that is not for this contest.) Also I used diamond sheer fabric for the dress's styling and matched with my blouse.


  • Fitted upper bodice and A-Shape lower part
  • Front bust's center, shoulde front and back was gathered. Edges were narrow rolled hems by serger machine
  • 1-inch folded matching sheer strip for hem
  • Lined with plum satin lining, the front and back at top part were line by the same dress's faric.
  • The flowers on bust's front made from plum satin and sheer fabrics. Round cut and burned the edges by candle (it would be nicer if they were cut by laser) with 2 sizes (1/4-inch difference) which were paired/each, folded in quarter and stitched at the end points on bust's front.
  • The side pieces were cut out for styling and adding inside pocket, but then I changed my mind as I did not want spending more time for pockets.
  • 50cm length covered zipper at back's center.



And that was it. I'm done. After this I think I should take a break from sewing even my sewing's corner in my basement is ready for moving down (it's been upgraded more than a year and pretty much done this week). Nice to wear with Pink Suit.



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Ruffled Turtleneck Tunic Dress

Posted on November 28, 2010 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (2)



"2010 Endless Combination Contest" on PR

Again I loved the details I put on clothes I made. Knowing basic cutting is big help for my details because I can decide to put something for styling and embellishments at anywhere I want on fabric. Soo.. those will make it different with "homemade" as we usually heard and I try my best to sew and put on finish touch as professional or at least beating RTW fashion.    



This dress is chocolate/white floral poly/lycra knit. Love the pattern print and I promise you will look skinner with this pattern plus this style will cover all belly tummy ... whatever you worry about not in shape. Seriously it's so chic. 


 Here is the details:

  • The dress has ruffled turtle neck closing by 3 hand-covered buttons at center's back. I stitched 1/8 elastic at both neck's sides and edges.
  • Front neck's dress was ruffled at center.
  • Ruffled at sleeves's shoulder parts.
  • Sleeves were wide-open at wrists and hem by sheer white trim, I controled stretching by using zig-zag stitched and transparent thread stitched at right side.
  • 1/4 inch elastic stitched at underbust around dress'sbodice.
  • Dress's hem also used sheer white trim on as sleeves
  • Because turtleneck was fitted so back neck was opened down about 3 inches and binded.

The special cutting I used: the dress was one piece and closed by stitching seam at back's center. The next part was cut out shoulder lines, neck shapes, armholes.... and separate cut line from underarm lowest points to waist line (these were stitched a bit like dress's darts insteads of darts at front and back I used darts at bodice's sides



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FAUX BOWS Dress - Inspired by Threads

Posted on November 8, 2010 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)



I almost forgot this contest "Inspired by Threads" as I was so busy with other projects and Christmas stuff. Then I told myself I should've enter something cause I love Threads. And this is for 25th anniversary, I should be part of Threads. And here is one of a lot of things I was inspired : The Faux Bows by Anna Mazur "Living on the Edge" on Threads # 143.



 I drafted and cut this dress just in the night before the deadline night. Basicly a simple dress's form with pleats in skirt's front just for stylish. And luckily I've done it last night, got some photos - not as the way as I expected but I thought they were good enought to show the details, the dress form...the BOWS   



I used printed black twill (the fabric surface is like thin velvet, so smooth and stretching also) for waistband, armholes and neck binding, and for the faux bows.   


The bows - Reference from Threads issue #143 but you can click this link for the technique How to Sculpt a Row of Faux Bows  


Really I'm proud of myself as my sewings are DIY without patterns. Total cost for this dress is $5 with about 5 hours working on it. The bows were totally handstitched and took me almost 1 1/2 hour. Hoorrayyy It's done and I'm glad to share.  


I love the fabric, the colors, the accents and I love the pleats of skirt's front. The dress fits me nicely. Fabric is medium weight stretching suit fabric, Slip in without zipper. I'm fan of stretching fabrics as they are so comfortable to wear and I just hate zippers.  


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My Version of Vogue 8315

Posted on November 8, 2010 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)



This is my version of Vogue 8315 (Out of Print). I cut size 6 with my adjustment down to size 4. I used about 3m spandex/lycra knit (it's like sportwear fabric type), cut based on dress B with alot of changes that I thought it would be nicer with my fabric I chose and my styles which usually are lady-like details ...



  • Standing collar
  • Ruffled around neck and crossed front.
  • Insteads of big pipe for wrap around waist (I found it was so heavy with my fabric type) I added waist piece to go with my neck's ruffles.
  • I did not like the cross in front neck because to secure it I got to use a small snap button (happened all the time with this cross front's styles) For that I changed and added strips along the cross's edges and were connected to standcollar. So that I had it wrapped nicely and fit in front bust's area and not worry it shown while bending down.
  • I shortened the skirt length about 3 inches (just did not like over knee length).
  • I lengthened sleeves about 3 inches over my wrist. (definitely for Fall and Winter 's wear). I did narrow alot of sleeve width, the pattern sleeves were too loose for me I want it fit.
  • While cutting the skirt's pieces I gave extra fabric to have pleats all seams at waist area except front and back's center seams.

For this dress I had 90% stitched by serger machine. Sewing machine used for darts, pleats (around skirt's waist), waist seam to attach top and skirt then sergered it, and stitched a small piece (with interfacing and zig-zag stitches like quilting to get more in shape) for inner standcollar. 


For hems, I used rolled hem stitches by using serger machine also. So that I created the little winding edges for all hems. 


I did not follow the sewing instructions so there was no advice from me. The final result was pretty much changing style as the way I liked and suitable for the fabric I chose. So it was Vogue but my version.



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My VERSION of MichaelKors design

Posted on October 31, 2010 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)



With lace and knit I created myself a new dress based on Michael Kors's design. I loved this design quite long ago when I first saw it on Elle Magazine then one was made for LBD contest. Nice design so I decided make myself one but with my version. Lace and knit fabric. These fabrics are made the dress softer look and more comfortable .


Style: VOGUE 1176 - My version with Lace and Knit

Fabric: 1.2m Wool/cotton dark brown lace

1.2m light yellow lycra/cotton knit 


With my cutting technique it would not be too complicated as using this pattern. It's my Opinion cause I just don't use patterns. I had to make so many adjustments, big adjustments in term or measurements to fit and changing some area to make it as the way I desired. I wear sizw 2 RTW, with this pattern I had to adjust from size 8 down to something like 4 or junior size (stretching fabric needed less movement measurements also). So it was like pattern - NO help. Glad it was done. 

I changed by adding 2 side pockets. The bow was changed with dark brown upperlayer for contrast. I'm lefthanded so you can see I put the bow on the right side. The front's bodice lower piece was 2 layers and I used yellow knit for contrast. I cut the bodice's back lower than the pattern and round it down a bit.  

I did shorten the skirt's length to right my knees, and narrow the lower part, cut it like tight-pencil skirt. Cause stretching fabric I don't need to open at the back...   


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Posted on October 29, 2010 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)


This is 2 out of 4 items I had done last week. I love the fabric pattern of print and material also. It's light, smooth and soft.




Fabric: 2.2m light wool

1.5m stretching lining knit


Very simple design and cutting , no dart - Almost like Burda 7580. The important thing was matching pattern and nice design look.


Knit lining made for both dress and jacket.

I desiced to make strap dress , elastic for ruffled neck' front and back. It was more comfortable to wear under jacket than a shortsleeve dress.


Jacket sleeves were added 1 1/2 inch cuff, matching pattern with neck's front and back



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Sparkling Black Lace Dress

Posted on October 10, 2010 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (2)



Everytime looking at a piece of fabric I ask myself - What I'm gonna do with this? Well... time to make something new that I've never made it before. That also means new style, new design coming out. Good news ... eh??? D.I.Y without pattern , for me, is more than just ... sewing. It likes brain, it likes fresh, it's fashion and it's designing.... This one I made for celebrate 5 years living in Canada as my second home end of last month.



Ruffled at waistband. Decoration Black stretching trim used for hems


 Usually I make dress with lining, but with type of dress I don't because it would have much more fun to change the color of underlayer dress. That gives different looks, matching with different accesories...


 3 triangles of 1/3 round stitched at the back of the bottom part given more ruffle and flowing and extended length of the back. Evenly shorten to the front. Front's center is shortest length. I'm gonna add 2.5-inch width white lace trim to lengthen the white satin lingery. Kind of short for this lacedress now



      More than just sewing - Cloudyhn



Knit Dress for Fall

Posted on September 30, 2010 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (3)



It's been a while I didn't post anything on my website. Not mean that I haven't done anything ... just no time to take photos for my sewings. There are alot of projects and ideas for Fall and Winter which are in my mind right now. Well ... I need some time to get my mind and my movements sinc together cause I'm falling apart right now :( as I could not believe I'm settling here full 5 years ..., that it's been so hard without family, friends around.   Anyway, good news is I got some photos of my new wool knit dress which I loved and wore it at my husband's family mini folf tournement in London,ON 

 It's sparkling knit. I love the stripes and color also. I pleated by stitching the center both of front and back, got a cool look for the stripes. Twin needle for hemming neckline and armholes. To attach pieces together I took advantage of serger machine to control stretching cause knit is 2-way stretching.  


I made a round scarf to create oversized collar or shouler cover


 Then I used left over from my riding jeans (previous post) and this dress I came up with my jean jacket which I will post details later



   More than just sewing - Cloudyhn



Polkadot Cocktail Dress

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (3)


Sometimes I found out that I over dressed to work. My co-workers usually asked me what special for today or something like that. I didn't know what to say or I had to say "I'm a well-dress person as I work at very nice offices for long time back in Vietnam". Here kind of different I think. Or  just my style maybe... Anyway this dress could be weared as normal day or special occasions, it depends.



This dress has wide-open neck, sleeveless one shoulder and the other has extension like shortsleeve. With this design it's so flexible for wearing... like one shoulder dress, ect.


The dress is also adjustable length.

One side's opened like A-dress from mid-thigh, the other side was cut straight down from hip and longer than the other side about 7 inches.  So it's like angle at bottom's hem. 

At the longer side, from underbust to hip, I top stitched1/8-inch far from the seam and put through a 1/8-inch ribbon, was stitched to fix at top part.


When I want to change the style and adjust the length I pull the ribbon down to create the ruffle. it's kind of automatically changed the style as the ruffle created A-Shape on that side and the other side (original is A-Shape) now to be fit to wrap around leg like pencil skirt and at the same time changed to shorter length dress. You may find it's a bit complicated as I described above, but here is the photo of this style with one side ruffled hip


The fabric is cotton and spandex


Photo shown as ruffle at one side hip as I pulled the ribbon inside. Also I made a little scarf with the same fabric and white lace trim and deep-orange crocheted trim for embellishments. Hems at neck line, sleeves and bottom hem were stitched with decoration uneven zigzag stitches. 


    More than just sewing - Cloudyhn