Sunday, June 28, 2015

My first Maxi Dress - McCall's 6612

I will admit it: I am clumsy. I am a hazard to myself. So when the maxi dress fashion trend started a few years ago, I didn't partake it. I was afraid I was going to trip over the long hem while chasing after 2 young kids.

Since the June theme for MAGAM (Make A Garment A Month) challenge was 'stash busting', I had been going through my enormous fabric stash and found many interesting but forgotten fabrics. One of them is this nice stretchy polyester knit that has black and white small oval print on it. When I picked it out of the storage, it instantly said 'maxi dress' to me. I thought I would make a maxi dress for myself for this summer with the condition that I only wear it while hubby is out with me helping to 'catch' the 2 kids.

I rummaged through my pattern stash and found McCall's 6612. I like the slight A-line look of View D. It was obviously going to be a very easy and quick dress to make. I used size 14 on the top and narrow it to size 12 at the hips. I omitted the cowl neck because it would be too hot for the summer. I also made my usual short waist adjustment. I added a centre back seam to allow for my sway back adjustment but it wasn't necessary since the weight of the fabric was pulling the dress down so it didn't bunch up at the back. I also shortened the hem by 6cm because of my short stature. The neckline was finished with a clear elastic sewn to the seam allowance and then folded to the wrong side (I learned that from watching 'Sewing with Nancy'). The only thing that bothers me a bit is that the armhole gapes a little when my arms rest a certain way (you can see that gaping in the photo below at my right arm). I will need to figure out if that has anything to do with my barrel chest or my sloping shoulders.

I am quite pleased with the result. It's very comfortable to wear. The print of the fabric helps camouflage my mommy tummy a bit. Even hubby said I looked good in it. Usually he would either say 'it's okay' or 'no good'. I do have to watch my steps so that I don't step on it. I certainly don't think I can run after the kids in this dress. I think it's one of those dresses that I can go to the beach or dress it up for a dinner date. Since it's knit, it won't wrinkle and it's travel friendly. Another quick and easy summer dress!

My review for this pattern can be found on

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Linen Tank top for the summer - New Look 6752

I needed some summer tops that are not the usual long sleeves tunics. I searched through my fabric stash and found this black linen remnants from making my linen shorts and jackets (see the jacket and shorts here). I had just enough for a tank top. I decided that I would make a loose tank top with New Look 6752 in my stash. I had used this pattern to make 2 dresses before (here and here).

This is a super easy and quick to make pullover top. I made the this in hip length and added a curved hem in the front only. I wanted it to disguise my mommy tummy. I used a black satin binding to bind the neckline to make it more dressy. However, it doesn`t really show well in the photos:

I`m hoping I`ll wear it a lot this summer!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Refashion: More Denim Scraps creations!

I had lots of old men's jeans given to me by family members. I used lots of them for making jeans for my son. But then I was left with all these denim scraps.

As the school year was ending, I thought I would make some upcycled denim bags for the teachers as thank you gifts. It was quite fun to try to figure out how to put the pieces together! Here are the results:

I hope the teachers found them useful!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Refashion: So-so dress to Useful top

I have decided to refashion the so-so Pink Silk Noil dress to something more useful - a summery top! To make the top a bit more interesting, I cut a shirttail for the bottom hem.

Now I think this top will be quite useful for this summer! Another quick and easy refashion!

Monday, June 15, 2015

June MAGAM project done - Simplicity 3532 Pink Silk Noil Dress

The June MAGAM pink silk noil dress is done! It was quick and easy to do. However, to be honest, I'm not in love with it. I know from the pattern envelope that it's supposed to be very loose but I think it's too loose on me and make me look bigger than I actually am. I tried wearing a belt with it but it was worse.

I need to salvage this dress somehow. What do you think? Should I narrow the dress a bit from the side seams? Should I turn it into a top?

Sunday, June 14, 2015

MAGAM June Plan - Pink Silk Noil dress - Simplicity 3532

The June theme for the Make A Garment a Month is 'Stashbuster'. I mostly sew with Stash Fabrics and Stash Patterns already so this is an easy one for me. I have had this Pink Silk Noil fabric in my stash for a good 6 years. It has a slight drape, a nubby texture and it is similar to a lightweight denim in terms of weight. As for the pattern, I am going to give this Simplicity 3532 pattern another go. The last try wasn't exactly successful. But I thought it may work better with a more drapey fabric like this silk noil.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Me Made May2015 - May 25 to 31

This is the last of the Me Made may 2015 outfits. I had great fun with this challenge again. Thanks to Zoe Edwards of the 'SoZo' blog for organizing this again this year!

May 25:
Me Refashioned tank from a men's shirt
Me Made linen shorts

May 26:
Me Refashioned denim shirt
Me Made floral cotton shorts
Me Made coral and metal necklace

May 27:
Me Made cotton voile dress (Simplicity 3742)
Me Refashioned cotton cardigan
Me Made coral and wood necklace

May 28:
Me Made ponte knit faux wrap top (New Look 6729)
Me Made linen pants
Me Made turquoise and tiger eye necklace

May 29:
Me Made pink floral cotton voile peasant top
Me Made stretch cotton shorts (Vogue 8041)

May 30:
Me Made quilting cotton tunic
Me Made linen shorts

May 31:
Me refashioned cotton cardigan
Me Made red stretch lace dress

I'm still feeling a bit guilty about the amount of Me Made and Me Refashioned clothing in my wardrobe. I still have more Spring/Summer stuff that I made that I haven't worn this month! Not to mention all the Me Made Winter and Autumn clothes! Perhaps I should set up one of those 'Shop my Closet' links on my blog to streamline my wardrobe and to give them a good home?! ;-)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Me Made May outfits - May 17 to 24 and a mini rant

Another week of Me Made May fashion! This past week had been hot and cold. It dropped down to almost freezing point for a few nights and then climbed up to the mid 20Celsius by noon. It makes it difficult to plan outfits.

May 17:
Me Made cotton voile dress (New Look 6615)
Me Made red coral and tiger eye necklace

May 18:
Me Refashioned thrifted yellow cotton eyelet top (from a skirt)
Me Refashioned RTW jeans
Me Made turquoise semi-precious stone necklace

May 19:
Me Refashioned thrifted silk dress
Me Made wood beads and semi-precious stone necklace

May 20:
Me Refashioned black crewneck top (from a turtleneck)
Me Made charcoal skinny jeans with my tried and true McCall's 5273
Thrifted pearlized leather jacket

May 21:
Me Refashioned thrifted grey short sleeves merino sweater
Me Made beige houndstooth A-line skirt
Me Made stash fabric remnant pink polka dot scarf

May 22:
Me Made blue wool mix boucle kimono style jacket
Me Made jeggings

May 23:
Me Made pink sweatshirt fleece jacket
Me Made black polartec windbloc pants - McCall's 5273 again!

May 24:
Me Refashioned RTW sweatshirt
Me Made black polartec windbloc pants- McCall's 5273 again!
Me Made stash fabric remnant scarf

The is only another week of Me Made May outfits coming up. What I have learned is that I have too much clothes! I had some repeat garments but no repeat outfits. This is obscene! i feel bad that I have so much clothes that I don't have to repeat an outfit for an entire month! And yet I am continuing to add to my wardrobe with my monthly creations. I could donate some clothes but I just have a really hard time parting with items that I had made and enjoyed wearing. It would be great to give some of this clothing to someone I know but unfortunately no one I know has my odd measurements. What should one do?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

MAGAM May Floral Shorts done - Butterick 5044

I got on the floral trend and made myself a pair of Floral shorts! I dug into my fabric stash and found 1 metre of this orange floral cotton. I thought it would make a pair of cute shorts with my tried-and-true Butterick 5044.

I washed and tumble dried the fabric and found that it was a bit thin. To avoid showing my panty lines, I decided to underline the entire pair of shorts with a cream cotton blend broadcloth. I also added back pockets to the shorts (not included in the pattern). However, I made an error and the pockets are too low. Oh well! One can't really tell unless I put my hand in my pocket. The floral pattern disguises the pockets quite nicely.



The shorts are a little snug due to the underlining. I do plan to lose a few pounds before July. But I think I'll actually tweak the pattern a bit and add 2cm to the width of each pant leg next time.

I can't wait to wear this for the Me Made may 2015 challenge!

Refashion: Too Small Zara Beaded Crop Top to Bolero Jacket

I thrifted this Zara beaded crop top from Goodwill last week for only $8. It was too tight for anyone bigger than an A cup and too short for me (lower boobage was showing! LOL!). The back had a centre back zipper which I couldn't zip up (actually down for this top). But the garment was in excellent condition and I was really drawn in by the excellent workmanship so I bought it for refashioning.
Garment before front

Garment before back
I looked at it for a few days and decided to turn it front to back. Using my trusty seam ripper, I carefully ripped out the centre back seam and the centre back zipper, hand sewn the lining back to the beaded fabric and voila! A beaded bolero jacket! It took me less than an hour to do and I'm quite pleased with the result:

I think it can look good with a black tank top and jeans or with a black evening dress. Quite a versatile piece. Hubby saw it and asked me if I was going to dress as a Matador for Halloween! Funny man!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Me Made May 2015 - May 14, 15, 16

The weather has been cool the last few days but I couldn't wait to wear my summery clothes. So I tried to 'winterize' them. Here are the pictures from my Me Made May 2015 challenge for the last few days:

May 14:
Me Made blue quilting cotton floral sundress
Me Refashioned wool sweater from a men's L sweater
Thrifted necklace and thrifted boots

May 15:
Me Refashioned merino wool sweater from a L long sweater dress
Me Made red stretch cotton skinny jeans
Me Made scarf from stash fabric remnant
Thrifted leather jacket
Thrifted boots

May 16:
Me Made stretch denim shorts (Vogue 8041)
Me Made stash fabric remnant scarf

I'm having fun so far digging into my closet for some rarely worn garments. Looking forward to the outfits for the rest of the month!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pattern Review - A Little Linen Jacket - McCall's 4928

I wanted a little unlined short sleeves black linen jacket to wear in the summer. The fabric is from my stash (probably bought 10 years ago) and the pattern is also a stash one from 2005. I like this pattern because of the shoulder seams which allow me to do the FBA easily.

The pattern is very straight forward. I only read the instructions once. I made view A in size 14 which is my usual for big 5 pattern companies. I did my usual short waist adjustment, FBA, omitted the pocket flaps and the sleeves band. I used elastics to gather the sleeves at the arms which was a mistake in hindsight.

(It's difficult to take good pictures of black garments at night! I'm wearing my matching black linen shorts.)
(Much better! I can actually see the jacket now in daylight!)

I like the look of this little jacket very much. Now that I have tweaked the fit to my body. I think I'll make another one in a wintery fabric for the Fall! You can see my review on