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Making way back to my sewing

Posted on March 6, 2016 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

"Hello ..... it's meeeeeee" <Adele> :)

Can't believe it's been 4 years passed by from the last post :roll: Scary. Wow how many things happened to me, to us. I'm lost in the "crazy" stressful life in North America. It is tough. But I used to ask myself what I can do .. really... just keep moving on live, love, laugh. (not talk about my stressful work which I definitely can not do anything about it unless finding another job ... im-possible).

So. What did I do in last 4 years? Well I'm still love fashion for sure. Can't live without it. One day to another I made myself a new one or altered a discount purchased item into what I liked for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Halloweens, Get-away vacations, Parties... The number of new clothes that I had over last 4 years is a big question because it seems uncountable. My husband told me "no more baby. If you have one more item you should throw out 5 old ones" in order to keep my place less messy ;)

You would not believe if I say it about the deal that I got like a Banana Republic's Oversized Wool Coat (Mint color). Well it was on Boxing week extra 60% off on clearance item. Love the color, oversized coat trench is still on for some more time , size XL but who's care... Regular Price CAD$370+tax guess what I paid???  CAD$27.24 included Tax. Excellent deal ...right. One thing you can see recently style trends gone into either a very plain, simple constructed clothes or with very small but many details. With oversized coats, it was super easy to take in. I loved big colar, I wanted its length so I took in 6-7 inches in total.

Here I am again after my big effort of fixing my website problem. It was shut down as somebody complained about links and/or violated to the site policies. All my photos got deleted. Such a pain to re-upload some back on. Also lots of photos got lost since my laptop was down and I don't like our new MacBook at all. I did my best to get minimum 1 photo for each post.

Anyway there were so many new items that I don't have photos to show. Here are a few

Dress for my step-daughter wedding

Oversized coat from Banana Republic after taken in 6-7 inches


My ideas for Halloween 2015 pompoms hot glued on red top band and silver cotton belt bowtied from the back were added on my red dress. I loved my headband 

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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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Weekend Project 1 - Nov. 12-13 2011

Posted on November 13, 2011 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (5)

We have nights of frosts and a bit of snow. Definitely Winter is already here. No more going out for a day-trips to adventure Ontario. Staying at home with 2-3 meals per weekend day ... uhmmm ... not fun ... so I had a new idea about sewing: to get myself exciting by try to finish something during weekend besides watching TV, cleaning, doing laundry, cook meals... This weekend is the first.

The outfit was done this morning. Brown interlock knit skirt and bow-tight blouse. The blouse's bodice was bias cut with self-tight bow. Short sleeves which were take-in shoulder style and binding hems. Fabric is printed polyester as chocolate tracing circles and roses on very light pink/salmon (not really pink) background. The advantage of bias cut was creating the fitness even it is slip-in blouse and no darts. It was no wrinkle, clean look and flattering.

The skirt which was cut as high waist and big width waist band (2 layers), controlled by elastic stitched in between on the top seam. Also as I cut off at mid thigh, I used layers (which were different cut on both front and back: top small width curve pieces, 1/2 circle pieces at center parts and triangle pieces at sides to control flaring. So basicly almost like pencil skirt style but still have so much room for easily moving. Front and back skirt were the same. As interlock knit I did not hem the skirt. Maybe I will top stitch kind of small lace trim (if I find something nice and light at Fabricland) For now, I'm ok with the whole outfit turned out.

One more thing I have to tell - which is why I keep my sewing going on. Total cost (includes tax :)) $7. Steal deal...eh. Now it's ready for work tomorrow with my metallic pink leather jacket ( I got a good deal at Danier store for $60). Yayyyyy...

Not sure I can do like this every weekend but I'll try. Wait for another weekend coming...

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Leather and Lace evening Dress

Posted on September 28, 2011 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (2)

I'm so proud of what I did to this dress. Planning to make dress to wear at my husband's nephew in Green Bay since June but I've never touched it until Saturday Sept 4 - 2 days before leaving to US for the wedding, the family's 2011 golf tournament and my short trip to visit the Windy City - Chicago. What a trip!!! Anyway, let talk about my dress.

I had so many ideas for the dress, changed and changed and changed again both styles and materials also color choices. Until I started pick up the scissors I made the final change that used leather-look stretching lycra knit. Fabric was bought in the previous week which was pre-bonded silver knit - black lace which caught my eyes right at the first time I saw it. On sale ... wow ... $5/m (60" width) I bought 2m but used only 1.2m.

Bust was fully lined to insert bust foam, and has the leather fabric around the edges so I could fold it to outside a bit to show the contrast (as seen in the photo) or kept it as original so that edges will look more curvy. The back looks more charming than I thought.

Big hit for the night with this dress for sure. I loved it and Everyone loved it  also :). 

Last minutes before going to bed on Sunday night - actually 1:30AM Monday morning I got my little wrist bag done with embellishment pieces for my slingback sandals. Gotta love those too. 

I hope you like these too. It's just more than just sewing. I worked so hard in 10 hours to finish from head to toes - fully lined dress, invisible zipper. And obviously Pay it off.... what do you think? 

I did hand-sequenced little glitter black round sequences on the bows, along gathering shoes' pieces and on center bust. Really they are so tiny , may not shown clearly on photos. Oh well, doesn't matter , does it :)

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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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BBQ Beef Burger

Posted on July 31, 2011 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Summer - YEAH - BBQ season. I found myself last week a burger recipe by just throwing in whatever I felt like it. Amazing is that the result was more than I expected and my family loved it. Anyway I do it again today and think why not share it  :). I actually have done marinade last night and kept overnight in the fridge for more tasty. This morning I formed the burgers and put in freezer to get frozen burgers for BBQ this afternoon. And here is the recipe.

Make 10-12 burgers 

- 2 lb ground beef
- 1 cup of Aurora - Italian Style Bread Crumbs
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp parley
- 1 tsp five-spice (option)
- 1 tbsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp garlic powder (or 2 gloves of fine chopped garlic)
- 1 tbsp parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp of cooking wine
- 1/2 cup of garlic BBQ sauce (used Kraft Garlic BBQ Sauce)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
- Parchment paper - cut in 4x4 inches size.

Preparing: 10 minutes for mixture - 30 minutes for forming burgers - 5 to 10 minutes for BBQ

- Mix all of these ingredients from the previous night. I just mixed it before I went to bed, covered by plastic wrap and store in Fridge. 

- For forming burgers, if you have burger frame-maker then it's perfect and save a lot of time. I did not have one so I took the cap of my 4-cup ZIPLOCK soup container (32 oz) to form the burgers. It turned out pretty good. I made 1/2 cup mixture for each burger and filled in the cap (If you want thick burger I suggest 1 cup/each - it's easier to BBQ). I used a tablespoon pressing down the beef mixture, working from center to outside edges (pressed strong enough to pack mixture together and firm). To take the burger out from the cap I used the knife's point, scratched around the edges then to separate it out of the cap and dropped on the pre-cut parchment paper. Also fixed and re-formed the round edges by knife before place another parchment paper on top.

Voila, I got 12 burgers ( around 1/3 inch thickness) The final work is just put all of these burgers into the freezer at least couple hours, get ready for BBQ.

BBQ time is just about 5-10 minutes. For more tasty, I brushed the Garlic BBQ sauce once on each burger about 2 minutes before taking out. Here they are :)

Enjoy !!! and let me know if you try this.

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"More than just Sewing" - Cloudyhn

Stripes cotton top

Posted on July 24, 2011 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (2)

Ok last couple weeks were so far the hottest days of this summer. I feel good when I can wear summer clothes in summer. You know what I mean... Canada has never been hot weather for me. I put on sweaters and suits all the time in summer - at work. And my husband is lucky that he can work from home , but then our energy is way higher than it was cause he turns on air conditioning and I have to pull the blanket to cover while watching TV at home. Anyway, last week was hot but I'm happy with the heat :) weird ... eh!!!  

Well that is about the weather. Let talk about my sewing. I love orange - My favourite color. I got this orange/beige cotton knit piece quite long ago. I bought 4m cost only $10. This is my 2-hour project for the weekend. Comfortable it's my target - super cool and super loose style.
To play with the stripes, the main top is horizontal stripes, but front sleeves were vertical stripes and center back's neck  was cut out as deep U shape and replaced by vertical stripes and double pleats at back center.  
Sewing was very simple. I used the serger machine to serge all parts together. For hems I used Zig-zag stitch function of the sewing machine.  

 Well this will be my outfit for tomorrow. I can't wait :) .

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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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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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Corduroy white skirt with top

Posted on March 1, 2011 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (1)


Fabric: 70cm stretching off-white cotton corduroy  


Style: fitted and short. All seams were flat felled seams. 2 gathered style pockets appliqued at the back. Lining. It will be nice with jean fabric also.



The top was fringe light knit. Loose style, gathered at hip and wrists by elastic thread. Narrow rolled hems for wide-neck line, sleeves and bodice. It's simple style but easy to fit to any occation: work, shopping, lunch out ...  



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Jean Blazer with riding pants

Posted on February 19, 2011 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (2)


I know... I've done it last September and wore it in our family's golf tournament... but today I had a chance to wear this set.  I used jean fabricwhich was left over  from my riding jeans  http://cloudyhn.webs.com/apps/blog/show/4773698-riding-jeans 


and the wool stripes dress which gave me the idea for my jean blazer . So it had both fabric types combined.      

Charcoal silky nylon lining, gathered at backneck, sleeves (gathered at shoulder) were combined jean and knit also and 2 knit bows as pockets' flaps.  


I made a round scarf to create XL collar or shouler cover. I love to play with scarf. It's fun.



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My new haircut ... Opps I changed again :)

Posted on February 19, 2011 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (2)


I'm getting bored with my hair style again. I'm so done with curly hair. So here I am with my new hair. I cut my hair this morning. It took about 1 hour and half to finish. Kind of back to old style which I had ... like 10 years ago. Well I still like this style anyway :) . A front's angle hairband , wrapping around at sides and a bit tail at back



  ... and here's side look



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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.



V.V.MODE - Designs and Life Styles - DIY without pattern

"More than just Sewing" - Cloudyhn