2009 sewing

although i bought a sewing machine in 2008, i never managed to finish anything then. cutting the pattern, the fabric, fitting, re-fitting, making a muslin -- it just seemed so much work! especially when i pick a princess seam dress with pockets as my first project (i plan to finish this dress in 2010, though.)

but in the last quarter of 2009, i managed to make a few basic things that hopefully will build up my sewing skills. here they are, the 2009 creations in chronological order:

1. wrap skirt - the first project of all basic dressmaking books. worn once to the farm. good for fat days!

2. yoga pants - a bit too low on the hips and a bit too wide at the bottom. but it's in calico, so no biggie. worn once as house pants in cooler weather. plan to jazz it up with stencils. plan to make one in a nicer fabric with all the hip/length issues fixed. another fat day outfit.

3. boxers for ric - a bit too long and didn't have proper elastic. but ric loves them; he's so sweet!

4. tank top x 2 - i liked it so much i made two! the first time i made it, it was too big, had to make some adjustments to make it fit. with the second one, i decided to take a short cut and just have one seam at the center back instead of two side seams.

5. toddler shirred dress - i bought shirred fabric. i just did the seams then attached a made by me label!

6. sofa slipcover(?) - the sofa print was bugging me. made this without a pattern, just winged it. project completed in one afternoon. will plan and make a better one when scampi claws her way thru this one.

7. xmas gifts from a newbie seamstress - i was in a mad rush to finish these bags, tiny skirt and elephant stuff toy to make it in time for xmas lunch. i laid them out right before wrapping them as i didn't have time to photograph individually and would never have time to post/blog about individually. also, cramming them in one photo makes the ugly mistakes less obvious. funny thing, i had to unwrap and rewrap the elephant cos i forgot to put the eyes in! hopefully, my skills would have improved by leaps and bounds next xmas that i could make better gifts then.

7. shorts for ric - if i can make boxers, i can make shorts with zipper and all, the crazy voice inside my head declared. i made one alright, one that didn't fit ric properly. it was just too loose no matter how much i take it in. all stitches must have been ripped and re-stitched at least once. wrong fabric choice, linen too stretchy, but i interfaced it, dammit! in the end, i just gave up. let it be loose, maybe he'll grow into it. i didn't even have the strength to put back pockets in (maybe later) after i had my first sewing accident on this shorts (left index finger got caught under the needle). it is literally made with blood, sweat and tears. ric of course wears them even if he has to pull them up every few minutes! so sweet!

8. polka dot dress - after the shorts fiasco, i wanted to make something simple and easy for myself. i picked the easiest pattern from a japanese sewing book. i thought working from a japanese book would be tedious (since i don't understand japanese), but the illustrations were so easy to follow. so much easier than instructions from a pattern envelope. of course, i made it harder for myself by putting in in-seam pockets (i meant to wear this dress around the house and when i hang laundry outside, so i needed pockets to put my keys in.) little did i realise that in seam pockets if not done with really thin fabric, make my hips look huge. i left the pockets intact, but i won't be adding in-seam pockets to my next projects anytime soon. it just made the dress twice as hard and as long to make!

8. polka dot blouse - this is a wearable muslin as is the red polka dress. i found the polka fabrics in the remnants bin for less than $4 a meter. the sleeves are so cute!

9. halter dress - i really love this halter dress from the japanese pattern book, but it looks like a table cloth on me!


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