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Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung


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

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 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. 


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.


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. :)