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Watch and Learn Grasshopper - Origami Raglan Sleeves Tutorial
Almost everyone who’ve read my post about the Red Dress I made using Burda Style’s 08/2012 no. 121 pattern, were very interested in how I made the origami sleeves and added it to the original dress pattern.
As said before in my related post, I was inspired by Straight Grain’s project she made for her adorable daughter. She provides a great tutorial about it in her blog. But let me share with you how I interpreted the technique and adopted it into a commercial pattern.
So here we go:
Just another red dress? I don’t think so :)
Well, as I have announced couple of days ago, I decided to sew a red dress for the Republic Day celebrations on October 29th.
I had an eye on the Burda Style’s seamed dress released with August 2012 issue for quite some time and when I decided to sew a red dress, this was the only pattern that came to my mind. (Pattern also sold here separately.)
I believe my version of the dress turned out to be more stylish than the original dress… but I’m having a hard time in saying the same thing for the model… :))
An Excessively Purple Dress!
While the fall is coming loud and clear, the wardrobes and the sewing projects are getting darker and thicker. Well, I thought if I’m to loose the light and bright colors of summer, I should at least go down with a good fight! So please see above the first dress of my fall collection :)
Watch and Learn Grasshopper - No-Pattern Sequin Skirt Tutorial
It’s been quite some time since I added a post in the “Watch and Learn Grasshopper” section. I guess this one would be much more interesting for many fashion and sewing enthusiasts ‘cause it’s a very easy-to-sew project and the best part is, there’s no need for a pattern!
I’m featured in Sew News!
This month has been full of surprises and gifts for me!
- Last week I learned that I was featured in Fashion Spotlight blogs of Tumblr.Com;
- I then received a very nice fabric gift from another blogger and …
- yesterday I got a gift pack sent from miles away with a letter saying that I was featured in Sew News Magazine’s October / November 2012 issue! How amazing is that?! :D
Months ago, when I first launched the English version of my blog “Sewing Your Style” and published a post on their blog “sewingdistrict.com“I got a message from the editor of the magazine, saying that they were very interested in my review and would like to include it in their upcoming issues.
My review was on the famous Rachel Comey pattern from Vogue Patterns no. 1247 ( read the review here if you like ).
Then I totally forgot about it… since this week! As a thank you gesture, they also sent me an awesome book called “Sewing Basics” by Sandra Bardwell. Amazing really!
I was of course thrilled by it :) But let me talk about the book a little. I will be writing a book review about it after I read it through (couple of times most probably), but let me tell you this much, even with a quick look through I can see that it’s quite a good reference book where all techniques are described, photographed and illustrated very clearly.
As a self-taught seamstress I am quite familiar with sewing books and many of them give me the uneasy feeling that make me think as if how hard they try to explain the very basics, I cannot get it…
That’s why, I believe the most important thing in such self-taught type of books is the clear instructions with lots of good quality photos and illustrations that won’t make you feel like a dummy. Sandra Bardwell’s book of Sewing Basics is definitely very reader-friendly and includes quite a lot of techniques that are beyond “basic” sewing skills.
But, more on the book review later. Now let me enjoy myself a little :D
By the way, keep following their website; they’re always giving free stuff, patterns, mag.s books etc. every other day! : http://sewnews.com
Oh, by the way, here’s the page: :)
An Hour to Sew Top and some hospital fashion…
It’s been almost 2 weeks since I shared a sewing project with you :( Partly because of the heavy workload in the first week, and partly due to my 3-year-old man’s unexpected and unending sickness in the second week :(
When things started to get back to normal at home, I rushed into doing the two things I enjoy doing most in life: sewing and blogging about it :))
So this week’s easy-to-sew project is again from BurdaStyle Magazine. It’s pattern no. 108 in its August issue - also sold on their website: link here. It has a loose cut and very few details, allowing novice sewers to enjoy their tailoring skills and practice making a neat neckline facing.
EASIEST WAY TO MAKE A T-SHIRT DRESS
It is very easy to make your own wardrobe with some simple steps! I mean, not everything you sew should be featured in a fashion magazine… If you are a consumer of RTW world, then with average sewing skills, you can easily make a good quality RTW outfit as well!
Moreover, it is quite easy to create different outfits by using simple and basic patterns, like the one I used in this dress. This was created with a basic t-shirt pattern.
Well, you don’t know how to sew a t-shirt either? No problem! You can use one of your t-shirts that you already got bored with.
All you need is half a meter fabric that you’d like to sew onto your t-shirt .
For example, I wanted to make use of a denim fabric leftover which was barely half a meter. In the meantime, I wanted to practice (and hopefully improve) my aplique making skills, so I made this flimsy patch onto my skirt piece. Am I not the designer? I can create whatever I want and call it a new style! :P
All you need to do is to measure the length of your hips, cut that much of fabric and sew it onto your t-shirt hem.
But I must warn you on one thing. If the fabric you’re using is thicker and thus heavier than your jersey, then your dress may get a little longer than you want.
Or maybe more…
Anyhow… let me pull up the dress for now and shorten the jersey top after writing this post. But isn’t it easy and fun?! In half an hour, I turned a boring t-shirt into a chic outfit. Would you like to try it as well? :D
When I started my blog, this pattern was one of the first projects I made, again with a little twist… If you like to check it out visit: Making a Chic Top from a Basic T-shirt Pattern