When you have all the time in the world,... sewing mood and fabric scraps... oh yes,, I'd like to decorate my wrist ...
Soooo super easy to make, you won't need any tutorial for this.
here's what I did :
  • Measure your wrist, add 2cm for seam allowance (that would be 1 cm allow. each side), add 2cm for overlap (where you sew the velcro)
  • determine the width, I like it large... so mine is 5cm. Add 2cm for seam allowance.
  • draw the rectangular based on your measurement
  • cut two rectangular
  • sew them together, right side facing each other... leave 2cm open for turning.
  • turn it inside-out, poke the corner, flaten it, press/iron
  • sew the un-sewn part
  • topstitch with decorative thread, I did free motion quilt with yellowish jeans thread
  • attach the velcro
  • at this point you can be imaginative to decorate your cuff, I hand sewn wooden beads left over from someplace about to get into the garbage bin.
Kristina and I.. we both crazy about that program, Project Runway (Hosted by Heide Klum).... so we try to create one garment inspired by some picture. Kristina kindly chose 3 pictures for me to pick. I chose this one, coz the dark blue-ish color reminds me of denim color...
That's how our project were born. We are going to make something with denim as a main material. We either making Jacket or Pants coz we are off with dress this time, beside... we need to make something that is hard work, tricky and a bit complicated  ^^
Kristina chose to make denim JACKET!! so we go for jacket coz for one girl, one denim jacket wouldn't be enough...
The making of this particular jacket was quite challenging coz I drafted the pattern myself... I didn't expect it will turned out ok... my ..my I must have been lucky these days ^^
I slept with the issue in my head on how to draft the pattern, hahaha...coz this is no trial, I couldn't afford to make an error... I only have 2 meters of denim fabric and some other denim left over pieces. I told Kristina already about my situation on un-able to access fabric shop at the moment... and she's very accomodating. Thanks Kristina ;p
It was very windy when I took the picture. My hair was all nice until the wind messed them .... I forgot to show you the features of this jacket. The jacket has front zippered pocket to keep small things like money or mobile.
The sleeves has opening zipper at the bottom...
You can't see from the pictures but it has two lapels at one side... actually, no use of those lapels, next time I'll skip them.
I found this sponge for cushion on the side of the street... People throw away good things these days. I am in the need of new cushion for our plasticky chair... so I'd say it's perfect.
This is the tricky part. The measurement. Remember, better measure big than too small. Start to measure like photo below :
Measure from point A to B. Add 3cm seam allowance, that would be the measurement of the LONG side. Do the same for the WIDE side.
Now you got the measurement of LONG side and WIDE side, seam allowance included. Cut your fabric, based on your measurement. Sew all the way,... don't forget to leave one side open for the opening. At this point, try it ...on your cushion to check if it's fit nicely or need adjusment. Try it with wrong side out... that way it's easy to pin or mark the excess fabric, if that's the case.
After everything fit... you can double the stitch for reinforcement.
Now measure the HEIGH individually, in my case is 8cm.
Find both corner of your cushion cover. Folded like in the photo below...
Mark 8 cm, and stitch there... from point A to B. Cut out the excess corner..
And .... you are finish!!
This is the opening of my cushion cover, closed with ribbon.
Fit nicely! Ready to sit on...
Congratulation,... you have just spicen up your old cushion. And when it gets dirty, easy remove the cover out and put it in the washing.
I made this blazer actually quite long time ago. That time, I thought such reversible blazer would do many tricks... oh well, I thought wrong!
In the end, the best way to wear this blazer is by wearing it in a normal way. I shortened the sleeves, I replace the inner material with normal lining... and I leave it open like that without putting buttons until I'm in the mood to do it.
While the whole outfit made such a nice combination... I made the dress also longggggg agoooooooooooooooo...
Me and Kristina review one Burdastyle pattern.
Hers is glamourous, I know... while mine is office dress,...boring! ;)... I had so much fun sewing one project, knowing someone also doing the same. Give you courage and motivation and positive vibes. Thanks Kristina, we should do it again later ^^.
Not so everyday dress, actually looks like Ms. Anastasia Steel going to the office dress!!!
My Christmas dress
Kristina's Christmas dress
I coincidentally made the Burdastyle dress, based on the same pattern as Kristina's. So after that, we also had the same idea on reviewing one dress  pattern,... still from BS. Meaning : we will be making the BS dress with our own personal touch, then upload it on BS on the same date, which's on the 31 of january 2013.
I did the pleats, more or less but precise..hahahah... as I don't want to go crazy doing those parts alone.
I've been eyeing this pattern for some time. I wanted to make the dress on black linen material...something formal. But when I read the instructions, its say work with stretch material only. And I don't have any of black stretchy fabric. So I was a bit annoyed with the choice of pattern. On the other hand,I do really want to review this pattern.
I don't plan to look -oh, you think ur diva- or something with the dark shades, but honestly the afternoon sun blinded me...
I came across this sober green out from my stash. It's cotton blend and elastane! Looking at the colour, I decided to make an-everyday-dress instead of once-in-a-while dress,.. ^^,... but then, where do you think ur going dress up like that??!!!
I like it with the belt, my husband prefer without. How bout you?
Now, I'm going to write about the technical issues with this pattern.
  • I'm not sure I'm going to make another dress with this pattern, the chest panel is surely time consuming task.
  • The fitting was nearly perfect. I trace the smallest size, no altering in my case, oh... that's rare..
  • Did I say already about the horror pleats??!! Please straight to Melissa's blog, she's explain well... thanks Melissa, I didn't bother with BS Instructions, I read your blog before I cut the fabric. I have my pleats sewn closed.
  • My green fabric barely make it for the sleeves. I cut the sleeves from different material, I'm so cheap ;p... I almost make it sleeveless, thank Goodness I keep them intact.
  • I shortened the length of the dress and draw the side seam skirt slightly wider.
  • Ah,... yes the neckline! I don't understand why mine is higher though... I attach a small little hooks on the opening, otherwise the collar doesn't want to stand still.
Oh well,... I think I like the dress... just wonder where I can go to...?!
Thanks for reading ^^
I never leave the house without sunglasses inside my bag. Not like I want to look like a diva or to look cool,... not such thing! But it's bcoz my eyes is very sensitive to the light,... so much...it hurts! The problem is, I don't like that bulky sunglasses hard-case from the shop... in the end I just tossed my glasses inside my bag everytime, without its protection... so my glasses end up being scratches all over it lens. Not cool at all,...
I just bought this diva sunglasses with 70% discount! That's why I don't want to scratch it, otherwise it will look worn out. Beside I wouldn't be able to buy it again for full price.
Simple case like this is supeeeerrrrrrrrrrr easy to make. You just cut rectangular, my size is 36cm x 14cm, includes 1 cm seam allowance. I think I will show you how to make this with pictures next time.... coz one picture tells a thousands words ^^
My friend, Ibu Mei Mei called the other day to informed that we were invited to a dinner with Mrs. Ambassador (Indonesia for Spain). I've never been to a formal dinner before with The diplomat. ... Help!!!!!!!!! I don't know how to dress!
I don't like to sew with synthetic material, but in this case... it's gonna be a night-time occasion, and I need the sheen where I can only obtain it from synthetic material,...or from real Silk,.. which too much out of reach,...am I right??!!
To be honest, I actually worried wearing synthetic dress bcoz it absorb the bad body odour easily... even though I had to rely my self confident only on my perfume that night,... hahaha
We went to dine in Italian restaurant around Playa Americas. The restaurant is calm, cosy, classy, affordable and relax at the same time. I had a plate of Papardelle with carbonara sauce, which was superb. And my husband get the same type of pasta with Mushrooms sauce, which I like it more,.. more delicate and creamy taste... I had a fork from his plate...
We also had a bottle of House wine and strawberry with a scoop of chocolate ice cream for me, while he had a coffee.
The dinner and the meeting went smoothly,... I proven to worry for nothing in the end.
This is the second time I review this pattern from BS magazine. The first time was HERE
I didn't quite satisfied with the 1st dress. But this time is outstanding! I really like the dress,....so much... it hurt! I could tell I hit the jackpot on picking up the material for this dress. P.E.R.F.E.C.T!!
I took liberty changing the collar, didn't actually turn up like what I imagine it, but didn't come out bad either. The sleeves are 3/4 length, but I fold little bit inside coz otherwise I couldn't move my arms. It's absolutely a non stretch synthetic material, remember...!!????
I actually wore homemade petticoat underneath. My husband prefered without, but I'm in the mood for the whole Cinderella dress.
When I was in the making of this dress, I imagined Ms. Steele dress.... the one Mr. Grey like to unzip it in The fifty shades of Grey.
I can't say it's an easy pattern to work on. Many times I almost give up on finishing the dress and switch into something easier pattern than this. But if you can choose the right material, then it surely such a head turning dress.
When I bought this material, I thought... ah.. something different and linen..and cheap. I decided to make a comfortable every moment dress with  the material. But now, when I did make the wrap dress inspired by this ASOS dress,... I realize that the material look too childish... A FLOP!
My pattern is from Burdastyle magazine, I chose bcoz I wanted to review most of the patterns in the magazine.... while the pattern evidently so much different from the inspiration dress. Next time I'll do better!
I change the sleeves, the belt and maximise the length,... however I prefered the dress to be a bit longer.
My pictures were taken very early in the morning. I wasn't in the mood to smile or something,.... so I'd rather leave it without my face there. I hope y'all still enjoy my kimono dress ^^
All pictures are courtesy of my girlfriend. She kindly took my photos that night while I was busy enjoying her delicious homemade cooking on the dining table, I couldn't be bother to mess around with the camera. Thank you Ibu Mei Mei ^.^
I knew since the day I bought the material that this is such a perfect pattern for night out. So daring bold pattern on the black background. Even by chance I chose the right design... figure hugging style with 3/4 sleeves..awesome!. Took me forever to draft the pattern, I spent whole day only for that, coz by the time I finished drafting, my energy dropped. ...but when I was cutting the fabric the following day, everything went smooth. The material is elastane, no need of a zipper..... so I already spare my time there. I even manage to clean up my kitchen before going to the party. The size was perfect! I ussually do the fitting many times before I get the right fit.
I don't like the dress, but I LOVE IT.... so much that when I arrive back home, I didn't actually want to take it off. The downside of material is it's synthetic. It absorb the bad smells very quickly. I did make sure I put sufficient parfume on me before wearing the dress, but still ...by the time I got home, I could smell the smoke cigarette smell on the dress... horrible!
The party went beyond perfect. Great host, fine hospitality, wonderful friends, delicious food and wine... the list is endless.. so greatful final night of 2012.... couldn't ask for more. And now I have what they called : New Year's Bluessssssssss......
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