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Other Obsessions: {Sewing} Simplicity 1253 Sleeveless Top

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Pattern: Simplicity 1253 (D5); View C – Sleeveless top

Size: Sz 12 – (34/26.5/36)

Fabric: Cotton Lawn 100% Cotton, Garden Grey/Blue from Fabric.com

I just bought this pattern on sale at Joann not too long ago. I loved how simple and timeless the top looked, and the number of variations given in the pattern.

 

I used a very lightweight cotton lawn I bought from Fabric.com a couple of years ago, but I think it would look very professional and polished in wool crepe fabric as well, especially in View D with ¾ length sleeves. 

I think cotton lawn has become my new favorite fabric to sew with. It's the perfect balance between crispness and flowiness, making the fabric suitable for flowy skirts and casual shirts. In California, I could even wear this to work, depending on the print. 

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I skipped the loop, and decided to just use a hook and an eye for the neck closure. The instructions and the diagrams were surprisingly easy to understand. I usually work with indie designer patterns, so I thought this would be a nightmare. The only thing I had trouble with was how the armbands seemed to be too big for the armhole. It all worked out in the end and I love the result.

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Other Obsessions: {SEWING} Girls Dresses!

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Pattern: Izzy Top, a free pattern available on Climbing the Willow blog. (18 Mo)
Fabric: (Pink Hello Kitty) Hello Kitty licensed fabric from JoAnn; (White & Pink) Linen fabric from local fabric store.
Buttons: Daiso and Dongdaemun (a huge wholesale market for DIY/Fashion/Home Decor in Seoul, Korea)

The baby inside me is a boy, but I'm still a girlish girl. And now when I find really cute, girly prints in the fabric stores, I automatically think of my friends' little girls. Wow, that makes me feel like we're growing up! Just a couple of years ago, I wouldn't have known anyone near me to sew something like this for. 

I found both fabrics while I was hunting for some baby/childrens' fabric recently. I knew I wanted to make something cute and simple for my friends' girls so finding the right fabrics was the key.

I am extremely happy with how it turned out. Izzy Top pattern comes in just 5 pieces so it was super simple to put together, especially with my serger (I don't know how I survived the first 2 years of sewing without it!), and the instruction on Climbing the Willow blog is extremely helpful. I finished the first one in one day, and the second one in one afternoon and mailed them out to my friends. Their girls are still really small so I'll have to wait few more months to see them in these. 

I think I even want to experiment with the pattern and grade it to fit adult womens' size for myself. :)

Other Obsessions: {Sewing} Macaron Dress by Colette Patterns

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Pattern: Macaron Dress by Colette Patterns (Purchased at Renegade few years ago)
Fabric: Cotton blend from Michael Levine Loft
 

My third Macaron Dress! Few years ago, I bought this Macaron dress pattern from Sew-LA booth (not sure, but if I remember correctly...), at the Renegade LA and then walked over to the Fashion District to buy the silk fabric for the yoke, and the peachskin fabric from Michael Levine store, all on the same day. I came home, and went straight to the sewing machine the next morning to make my first Macaron dress.  I wore it to meet Sarai, the owner/designer behind Colette Patterns in LA in 2012 when she and her crew were here for Colette Party.  I paired it with my Swallowtail shawl out of Malabrigo Lace yarn.

Macaron Dress #1 

Macaron Dress #2:

I made the second one out of poly Crushed Taffeta in navy color, from fabric.com. I changed the skirt portion to a circle skirt, and just left the hem undone. 

UNFORUNATELY, this dress ripped in the middle of the wedding we attended in Maui, right where the yoke connects to the bodice. I kept it to see if I could repair it, but I don't think it's repairable, unless I take out the yoke entirely and sew a new one.

So this third one went by very quickly, as I already had the pattern cut up and knew what to do.

That day when I was at Sew LA store, I bought a new invisible zipper presser foot because the one that came with my machine made it IMPOSSIBLE to install one. I feel like my zipper skill is improving! This time, my front bodice and back lined up almost perfectly.

I love all the details in this dress pattern (the yoke/bodice divide, slightly puffy sleeves, and easy neck/collar treatment..) but my favorite part is this cut on the sleeves. They're so flattering!

Overall, I am so glad I saved this fabric for this project. I bought 5 yards of this stuff from Michael Levine's Loft store (it's across from their main store on Maple), where you can buy fabrics BY THE POUND. On the fabric selvedge, it says Cameron Ind., and the tag shows that it was a special order. 

Right now, it's hard to try this on -- but I still tried!

Fortunately, my upper body hasn't changed much since pre-pregnancy days, so I was still able to try on to see the fit of the top. I tried zipping it up, and then gave up midway. =P

I simply cannot wait to wear this after I pop out Logan in about 2 weeks!