Brother Coverstitch Machine First Impressions and Early Birthday Present!

Happy (Early) Birthday to me!!!! My birthday is not for another few weeks but I love celebrating every and any occasion, so I am getting an early start on my b-day 🙂

I came home from lunch today and found a box on my front porch 🙂 I started bubbling with excitement as I realised what it was!! I have been eyeing the brother 2340CV Cover stitch machine for months now and finally just ordered it. Here she is!

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You can watch my first impression of it below. I can’t wait to start using it. I have heard mainly good reviews about it. In general Brother machines are robust and user-friendly. I absolutely love that all the internal parts are made of metal. Anyways.. I’ll be back with a review.. but here are my first impressions. Now go eat some cake to help me celebrate turning THIRTY SIX years old. Haha! 🙂

It came with the following accessories:

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Now Ican finish all my UFO’s :)See you soon 🙂

-XOXO

 

A Time Lapse Video: The Making of a Dress

HI Gals!

Happy Friday!

I am taking a break from sewing this week to work on my garden. It was so hot yesterday and I only got to plant two plants. Today is cloudy, so I am going to take advantage of the weather and do some gardening.

I wanted to share with you a time lape video I recorded last weekend when I was making my dress. Take a journey behind the seams with me and see what goes into make a dress from scratch. This is obviosuly very different than how Ready To Wear is made, which is done in an assembly setting. I hope you enjoy!

Happy Friday!!! And Happy Sewing. The weekend is here. Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

The actual post about this dress is HERE

-XOXO

 

DIY Easter Dress and my first Mommy and Me outfit

Hola Folks!

I wanted to share my Easter dress pictures with you. I was so super excited about my Easter dress.. I was initially hoping to make a dress with floral fabric but didn’t have much luck finding any at my local fabric stores. I ended up using a silk fabric that I had sitting in my fabric stash.

I decided to do a franken-pattern since I started so late on Saturday. I used these patterns below. I took the bodice from view A of Mccalls M7126 and the skirt from view C of Mccalls M6955.

 

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Here is what I came up with:

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Yes, that is a black zipper. Don’t judge! I was sewing this at midnight…

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This below is my Bollywood “falling in love ” pose 🙂

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And now…the more important part of this post… Our first Mommy and Me outfit! I finished my dress at midnight… and then started my daughters dress. Hers is a quick 2 piece outfit. I lined her skirt with the same lining as mine. Amazing what a little bit of scrap fabric can so right? If you ask me, she wore it best 🙂

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Here she is giving me some lovies after Church….

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And the entire family decided to make a guest appearance :0)

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PATTERN: FrankenPattern!!!I took the bodice from view A of Mccalls M7126 and the skirt from view C of Mccalls M6955.

FABRIC: I used a silk from my fabric stash. I don’t know much about it since it was given to me by my mum. The only thing I can tell you is that she bought it from a silk exhibition in Chandigarh, India. SInce I highly doubt any of you are interested in making that trip, you can find similar fabric HERE if you would like to re-create this look.

SEWING: The dress is easy to sew, but it is time-consuming. Not ideal for a last-minute project!

I hope that this inspired you to create something! Did you sew or shop for your Easter outfit? I want to see! Let me know what you wore and how you styled it 🙂

XOXO

Last minute Easter Sewing… Because He is Risen!!!

HI Gals,

It is almost 3 pm the day before Easter.. and I am just now getting started on my Easter dress. This is one of the most special occasions I will sew for all year.. I really wanted it to be a special dress. Even though I never wear florals, I wanted to sew with a floral fabric.. I searches high and low at my local fabric stores for a floral that would feel modern enough for my style.. and I found NOTHING.. I did find a lot of floral silkies… but I wanted to find a sturdy woven with a small amount of stretch. I found nothing in that category that I liked.

I even browsed the quilting section.. but once I ended up in the Hello Kitty Isle.. I knew it was time to give up.

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I did like this fabric.. but it was in the upholstery section. The fabric was beautiful, but thick and expensive. .(I had to take a selfie with the fabric to see how it would look on me 🙂

I think for Easter I need something lighter… so I decided to go with a pink tussah silk that has been sitting in my stash for at least half a decade..

And since time is of the essence.. I am going to frankenpattern instead of drafting. I decided to go with the bodice of Mcalls M7126 view A and I am undecided about the skirt, but I might use one of the skirts from Mcalls M5955.

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Below is the fabric I am using. It is such a pretty pink.. I might throw in a sash and an oversized bow.. not sure yet. The light pink is the apparel lining….the ONLY thing I found at Joanns yesterday.. and since when is apparel lining $6.99 a yard? I miss fabric shopping in San Francisco.

 

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I better run and resume sewing.. working on the muslin  for the bodice now.. I might just freehand the skirt.. Wish me luck!

Are you sewing or shopping for your Easter dress last-minute? Love to hear what are wearing or sewing for Easter..

See you soon with my completed dress.

-XOXO

 

 

RTW Fast Update – A Geeky Q1 Report of sorts…

Hola Folks!

If I were still working in corporate America, I would be working on my 1st quarter end of quarter report right about now.. I would also be putting a cover sheet on my TPS report and sending it to my eight different bosses. (Anyone else love the movie Office Space?) 🙂 Luckily I have no reports to fill out, but I am excited to look back at 2015 so far and let you know how the RTW (Ready To Wear) Fast is going thus far…

Lets start with the garments I made, things I learned and the tutorials I created 🙂

GARMENTS I MADE

4 tops, 3 skirts, 2 dresses and 1 pair of pants. Total of 10 garments 🙂

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So.. I officially started the fast on Jan 23rd. Between Jan 23rd and the end of March, there were 9 weeks and I sewed 8 of the 9 weeks and completed a total of 10 garments! That’s more than one a week. I know for a fact that I would not have sewn this much had I not decided to observe the fast.

SKIRTS:

1) Box pleat skirt: Details and pics HEREIMG_5460

2) Circle Skirt: Details and pics HERE

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3) Tulle Skirt: Details and pics HERE

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4) Black fitted cowl neck: Details and pics HERE

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5) Leopard print top: Details and pics HERE

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6) Ruffle top: Details and pics HERE

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7) Blue Peplum top. Details and pics HERE

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DRESSES:

8) V Day Dress. Details and pics HERE

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9) HI-Low dress: Details and pics HERE

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PANTS:

 

10) High Waisted Wide Leg Pants. Details and pics HERE

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THINGS I LEARNED

1) Patience 🙂

2) How to use a twin needle. Tutorial HERE

3) Commercial patterns have a ridiculous amount of ease

4) The seam ripper is my soul mate. We are in an eternal love hate relationship…

TUTORIALS

One of the main reasons I wanted to start this blog was to share my love of sewing with others but also teach others. I was able to find time when my little one naps to document a few tutorials to share with others

1) How to sew a sleeve the easy way. Click HERE
2) How to hem knits using a twin needle. Click HERE
3) How to draft a peplum. Click HERE
4) How to press a seam. Click HERE
5) Sew tight ruffles using a gathering foot. Click HERE
6) How to draft a circle Skirt. Click HERE

That concludes my nerdy end of quarter report … 😀 This has been such a fun-filled journey.. if you are someone who has been thinking of picking up a sewing machine, or encourage you to start now! If you have questions on how to get started or how to sew a particular technique, or draft a pattern, I am here to help 🙂

Hope you have are having a wonderful week. It’s almost the weekend.. and that means more time to sew. Yay..
I’ll see you soon with my next garment.. but I have to leave you with a clip from my favourite movie of all time.. Office Space. Enjoy.. XOXO

Behind The Seams : The Power of Pressing & Pressing 101

HI Folks!

Today we are taking a tour behind the seams (literally)! I want to spend some time on a topic I used to hate as a beginner: pressing while sewing. It is very important to incorporate pressing while sewing as opposed to pressing after finishing sewing. There are so many components to a garment like facings, seams, darts, lining etc. and its very hard to get inside the garment and press it correctly after the fact, Pressing as you sew will not only make your garments look professional but it will also make the construction process a lot easier as the fabric will behave and co-operate. Think of pressing as sculpting the fabric to comply. Heat and steam are your best friends when it comes to sewing!

I have documented how to correctly press a seam in three easy steps below. Pressing will take your garment from homemade to professional. Before we get started, I want to show you what a beautifully pressed seam looks like:

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In my many years of sewing , I have noticed that a lot of sewists tend to skip over this very important step. Why? Because as creative people we are eager to get finished and see the end result. But in sewing garments, there is no such thing as instant gratification. To demonstrate the importance of pressing every seam while sewing, I have sewn up two miniature size bodices cut from the same pattern.   On the garment on the left, I pressed the princess seams after I sewed them up . On the right is the exact same garment, without the pressing. As you can see on the right, the seams are very 3- D and wrinkled. We want our seams to look more flat and wrinkle free as we are sewing.

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Given that sewing is such a long process from getting inspired, to sourcing the fabric, to either pattern making or buying the pattern, cutting the pattern, cutting the fabric, sewing it up, making final alterations etc before you can actually put it on, what’s another step right? If you have sewn up even one garment and ignored the pressing step, I want you to repeat after me: “Pressing is an integral part of sewing, I will press EVERY dart and seam after I sew it”. Trust me, sewing and pressing must go hand in hand, they are eternal soul mates. Details below on how to correctly press a seam…

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Pressing any seam is a three-step process.The technique is essentially the same for a curved seam, but you want to press the curve using a tailors ham or seam roll.

Step 1: With the right sides of the fabric facing each other, press the seam while giving it steam. The steam will loosen up the fibres in the thread and in the fabric and allow them to relax, getting rid of any puckers or wrinkles.

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Step 2: With the right side of the fabric facing the ironing board and wrong side facing the sky, finger press the seam allowance towards the desired side and then press it while giving it steam.

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Step 3: With the right side of the fabric facing the sky and wrong side facing the ironing board, press once again using steam. In this step, you want to ensure that there is no fabric overlapping on the seam. To ensure that, pull the fabric taut while pressing as shown below:

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Optional Step (For difficult fabrics or heavy fabrics)

If you have a fabric that does not respond well to pressing, or if you want really crisp seams, you can use a tailors clapper as the final step. To use tailors clapper, you can steam press as shown above and then press the seam with the clapper. The clapper absorbs the excess moisture and locks in the heat. It helps flatten the seam and you will have a crisp seam in the end.

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Here is the final seam.

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I hope this helped you learn something new about the importance of pressing! Happy Tuesday and I would to hear about what you are working on next 🙂

For more tutorials, click HERE

-XOXO

 

 

Once upon a Dress

HI Everyone!

I am back to sewing after taking a break last week. Yesterday I worked on re-purposing a dress into a peplum top.  I love the combination of blue and black and want a blue top and black skinny jeans in my closet. I started drafting the pattern for the pants. I pre-washed and pre-shrunk the fabric while I was doing the pattern making. Now I am ready to cut.

Here is the peplum top completed:I wanted a full peplum look so I drafted a half circle peplum. I think for the next project, I might do a 3/4 circle peplum and sew in horsehair braid at the hem of the peplum to make it stiff.

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The peplum is a half circle peplum for each pattern pieces (one back, one front). The pattern looks like a 1/2 donut. So the peplum all around is a full circle peplum, seamed at the sides. I love how the fabric drapes on the peplum.

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I attached an exposed zipper on the back. It’s a jeans zipper I had in my zipper stash. Love the metallic teeth on it. The zipper is aesthetic only, it does not function. We shall call her a trophy zipper.

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To accessorize, I added this bag for another pop of color and also because oversized bows are always en vogue.

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Love how the zipper on the top matches the hardware on the purse 🙂

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I even had a modest Marilyn Monroe moment thanks to the wind.

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Here is the dress that was used for this re-purpose:

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Design details below for anyone who wants to make a peplum 🙂

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PATTERN: For the sleeves, I re-used a previously drafted sleeve I used  HERE. For the peplum, I drafted a pattern using the slash and spread method I documented HERE.

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SEWING: To transform the dress into the top, I dd the following alterations

1) Chop off the top from skirt at the waist seam

2) de-construct the top at the sleeves and side seams

3) re-size the sleeves using a pattern I drafted previously HERE

4) Sew the top back up using THIS method

5. Attach peplum at the waist. I used THIS method to draft the peplum

I hope you found this post helpful. Have a wonderful weekend!

XOXO

 

 

 

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