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Other Obsessions: Sewing days!

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The baby shower has really kicked off this preparation mode.  

And I decided that it was time for me to get back into some serious sewing (my fabric stash is also getting out of hand!)

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I picked out some patterns and fabrics from my stash. They're organized in a way -- An easy project after a more complicated one, slippery/drapey fabric after crispy fabric, etc. I couldn't wait to get started!

I started with some fast sewing projects for the baby. Sewing for baby was an interesting process. I had to think about, is this fabric good for babies? Buttons or zippers? Is this going to be easy washable and sturdy enough for the dryer?

Baby quilt - just 1 yd of each fabric, and poly batting in between. 

Baby quilt - just 1 yd of each fabric, and poly batting in between. 

Ponte knit pants in newborn size, the pattern was a   free pattern   from Craftsy pattern page.

Ponte knit pants in newborn size, the pattern was a free pattern  from Craftsy pattern page.

Pants out of soft flannel, prewashed twice! The pattern was a Kwiksew pattern,   K3375  . 

Pants out of soft flannel, prewashed twice! The pattern was a Kwiksew pattern, K3375

I originally bought this fabric from a local fabric store to make project bags, but decided it would make a really unique baby's shirt! The pattern is   Kwiksew 3730  in View C. 

I originally bought this fabric from a local fabric store to make project bags, but decided it would make a really unique baby's shirt! The pattern is Kwiksew 3730 in View C. 

Currently, I'm taking a short break from sewing for the tiny person, and focusing my energy on sewing for myself. Although I'm limited in what I can fit into these days (tshirts and knits are still ok; woven fabric dresses are not!), I'm going to appreciate a closet with new handmade additions once I get this baby out of me! 

I'm working on my 3rd Macaron dress by Colette Patterns. I keep going back to this pattern for a lot of my fabrics. It works well with sheer fabrics (for the yoke) and dressy materials as well as crisp cotton blends. It's a very versatile design, as it can be dressed up or down.

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I always omit the pockets, and for this one I cut one layer of sleeves, instead of 2 (the pattern makes you cut 4 pieces of sleeves). I just need to sew the skirt portion into the bodice and then put in an invisible zipper on the side. I love the print of this fabric! I got 5 yards of this fabric from Michael Levine Loft in downtown LA. I think it was a special order print fabric for some designer, because the order sticker was still stapled on one end. I think this will be an awesome dress for this summer!

 

Sewing Sunday: Macaron Dress & Colette Patterns Party at SewLA!

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Last Friday, I drove up to LA to attend a pattern release party for Colette Patterns, at a local sewing/fabric shop "Sew LA." I got to the studio at around 6:30 and it was still pretty chill. I got to say hello to Sarai Mitnick, the designer and owner behind Colette Patterns. There were food and drinks, a lot of patterns, fabrics, and notions to browse through. People started showing up after me, and I got to meet other sewists and KNITTERS! By the way, SewLA is located within Atwater Village and it's few shops away from The Little Knitterie. It looked like a fun neighborhood and I wanna go back someday to check it out more.

I even got Sarai's autograph in my copy of the Colette Sewing Handbook! Sarai is a knitter too, and we ended up talking a lot about pattern designing, fitting, working with knit fabrics, etc. Considering this was my first sewing event ever, I think it was very successful!

I took a quick photo before I headed out. I literally finished the dress the morning OF the party. I started this last week but working with silk wasn't as easy as I thought. Well. I did expected to be a little harder, and I took my time cutting each piece separately instead of layering them but they MOVE. I think I'll stay away from silk chiffon for a while until I get my hopes up again =P

but as you can see, the result was quite satisfying. Yes, I did rush and messed up the zipper, and the fit was a bit tighter (mixing in silk fabric that moves around a lot messed up the fit I think) but overall, I was proud to wear it to the party. When I picked out the fabric in Downtown LA, I was a bit skeptical about the color and was worried that it was way too blushy-peachy-offwhite color for me but I'm so glad it worked out well!

Fabric: Main fabric - Dressweight cotton blend woven fabric; Shell fabric - 1--% silk chiffon.. both purchased at Michael Levine

Pattern: Macaron by Colette Patterns

Difficulty Level: The pattern says "Intermediate"

As always, Colette Patterns is awesome about giving clear instructions in the pattern. This isn't my first time sewing a dress so I went ahead and skipped some instructions when I felt really rushed but even if this were my first time, I don't think I'd had trouble understanding how each piece goes.

Love Love Love the fabric and the matching colors. I bought both fabric at Michael Levine in the Fashion District. I walked all the way from the Renegade Fair (at Dodger's Stadium area) to the Fashion District but this was totally worth it.

If I make it again, I might try with something easier to work with. I might still go with sheer fabric for the shell, but probably something more stable.

I made size 2, and it is a bit tight on me but I think it has to do with the fact that I probably messed up the cutting while working with the silk....

So instead of an invisible zipper, I used a regular all-purpose zipper and gave 1/4" seam allowance. on both sides of the bodice to give myself a little bit of room.

I'm just glad I lasted through the party without ripping it. haha!

I will go back and finish the raw edges, maybe fix the zipper again, etc. But yay! I have a beautiful dress now.

I left the party with two of Colette Patterns -- one of which was a new jacket pattern "Anise."  I also got the Lily dress pattern, because Sarai was wearing hers and it looked really polished and gorgeous.

Can't wait to make them!

Sewing Sunday: Colette "Clover" pants

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Fabric: Stretch Crepe fabric (97% Wool 3% Spandex) By B. Black & Sons; purchased from M&L Fabrics in Anaheim, CA

Pattern: Colette Patterns "Clover"

Others: Necklace - David Aubrey Jewelry; Top - Mystree; Shoes - Nine West

 

Like many other sewists/tailors, I am a fan of Colette Patterns. I made Marty's Maui Shirt based on their only men's pattern, Negroni, and I have other dress patterns as well as The Colette Sewing Handbook. Love the designs! In preparation for the designer and CEO behind Colette Patterns, Sarai Mitnick visiting LA next Friday, I decided to make this pair as well as a Macaron dress.

I am almost done with the Macaron Dress and will be blogging about it soon! But in the meantime, these pants were really quick. I mean, I cut and sewed through 80% of the pants in one night. I always trace my patterns and then cut really slowly so this means alot. Usually cutting alone takes all of Day 1 for me (I don't sew full time so this usually means 2~4 hours I have in the evenings).

Then Day 2 was a disaster. I took out the invisible zipper I bought from M&L Fabrics, and noticed that the staple was actually IN the zipper teeth. I didn't think much of it and just took it out carefully. Then I used my invisible zipper foot for the first time (I usually use a regular zipper foot and just go slow), but it ended up making me sew through the teeth. I had to pick out the thread really carefully since it was black thread against black crepe fabric AND a black zipper and I couldn't see well. I read someone else's blog about how she loves to sew with crepe fabric because the thread just melts into the fabric, so nice, etc etc. Well, yah that was exactly the problem. The fabric was ultra nice but it was totally impossible to pick the thread.

It's okay, I'm a patient person, EXCEPT this happened 4 times.

GRRR. And then, I finally succeeded working with the invisible zipper foot and made sure the thread didn't get into the teeth. I turned it inside out and tried to zip it up, YOU KNOW, SO I KNOW I PUT IT IN RIGHT AND STUFF?!?!??!?!?!

Well, the zipper pull just came RIGHT out of the zipper. HEAD TO DESK. Three times.

At this point, I hated my zipper and the invisible zipper foot. Both went straight to the trash can.

Instead I grabbed a YELLOW regular zipper from my stash and sewed it into the pants, with a regular zipper foot. There. Who cares about the zipper showing. It's yellow and cute.

Will I wear them again? YES YES and YES! These fit perfectly. Don't hate me but I didn't make a full muslin (I made ONE leg with some flannel with stable stretch to see how it'll drape and fit around my thighs) and I didn't make ANY adjustments because I liked the muslin as is. The wool crepe is definitely one of the nicest fabric I've ever worked with so that helps and I am  short so the length was perfect and not awkward. I love many of Colette Patterns designs but the pants length in the sample photos looked a bit awkward for me.

Will I make them again? This one is also YES YES YES! I bought enough lightweight corduroy fabric enough for two pairs already. :)