Sunday, 29 June 2014

Summer dress second try

Do you want to have the summer dress pattern? I hope you do and I hope to release it before the summer ends. Doesn't matter to people from India, South India where I belong because its summer every day of the year. One of my customer from work had come to visit India office from Germany and every morning he used to say "What a bright and beautiful day". By the end of the week he realised every day is a beautiful day in India, and this dress can be worn everyday in India that is South India. In north India or where it is cold, you could just cover up with a jumper. But if it get's really cold you'd want to put a t-shirt and tights inside but what's the point if you can't show off those little chubby arms and cute back. Isn't it? :)
Summer dress girl free pattern

girl free pattern with fitted bodice and elastic back
 Yeah, she's got colour on her face from the painting she was doing earlier.
tie back summer dress

yoke summer dress with straps

frock free pattern with straps

tier frills dress free pattern

tie back tier dress free pattern

How to get a fitted bodice with elastic back

tie back elastic dress

Quick 3 Tier Ruffle Dress Tutorial For A Little Girl
 Looking to see if it's clean enough for her to sit.
3 Tier Ruffle Skirt

3 Tier dress epattern
 Was just getting a wee bit cold, so put on a jumper.
3 Tier dress straps epattern

dress up summer dress
 The not the right button, does it matter.
summer dress

Husband loved the dress, has never complimented any of creations before and I was feeling really wow, but then I realised it was only because he chose the fabric. :)

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Friday, 27 June 2014

My next sewing project

Husband came along for fabric shopping this time and this is what he has selected. This will be my next project for the upcoming pattern for the summer dress.  This dress has been complemented a lot. Yes, lot more than the humble cape coat. Really..Totally Loving it!!
Summer dress fabric selection
This month there is not much blogging I did. Blogging is really hard work - be it blogging for fun or if you are a full time blogger. I realise that only now after 5 months into it. Its only so much you can think creatively. Really I have to salute the bloggers who are in this for more than 3, 4 5 yrs. How do they do it I wonder. Creative juices, with beautiful photographs, beautiful poetic vocabulary, some with punchlines... It is hard work, but it is so rewarding for sure. You feel the triumph with every comment. Google analytics - seeing people are online right now viewing your blog, how can this be!!

Ok, back to my next project. I'm planning to have the bodice in a different colour. The pink on front and blue lining or the other way, I'm not sure.
yeah, I was trying buttonholes on this fabric.
Summer dress bodice
The pink is the left over from a kind of circle skirt. Doesn't even look like left over here, I didn't have any idea at the time, how much fabric I might need to buy. The blue is the left over (true left over) from this beautiful nirma skirt.

See you again with my completed summer dress - second try.
Enjoy your weekend.

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Summer dress of lawn fabric

Heat is full on here and I'm loving it. It just feels like the cells in my body are opening up. No seriously I do.
I haven't been very active on the blogging front, I've just been a little busy personally; not that I couldn't make a couple of hours to blog, its just that I just couldn't collect my thoughts to blog. Just too occupied with other stuff.
I made this summer dress of lawn fabric for my daughter. During the last 8 months that I've been sewing or learning to sew, I've used various types of fabric that I've listed below with a few examples of what I made with them.

- quilt cotton (made all those phus phus skirts, nightie, nirma skirt, poltam skirt - all free patterns)
- tried my hands on rayon fabric - rayon nirma skirt
- cord - inverted pleat tunic, trousers
- viscose - viscose nirma skirt
- not so thick jeans material for skirt
- linen - aanchi dress with emboidery
- cape coat with suiting material
- lawn dupatta tunic

Although I've used lawn fabric before - lawn dupatta tunic, dupatta skirt- I didn't know how good it felt until I tried the other fabric. Now that I've I can say I really really love lawn. It's so soft. Its a pleasure to sew and its so comfortable especially for the summer. When you wear quilt cottons by the end of the day they really stand a meter away from your body, this one - No.
Little girl Tiered summer dress

A fitted bodice 3 tiers.
Summer dress elastic on back

 The inner bodice lined with contrast fabric that I used for - cape coat.
I first put elastic straps but my daughter didn't feel comfortable - I might have made it too tight. I had put lots of stitches over to secure and when I wanted to unpick I just gave up. You can see the remnants of it.. hehe.
My other creations are usually much neater than this. Not because of the remnants, but because I would generally have the starting of the straps tucked inside of the lining. But if I did that I would complicate the finishing of the bodice lining and would have a top stitch which I don't prefer. So compromised.

I've use elastic for the back. To be honest I wanted to try my hand at shirring. Couldn't get to the fabric shop but I was itching to get the summer dress done with the pattern I had in mind - so just went ahead and used the elastic I'd. Its so simple - I may be putting off shirring for a while now.

Bias like tape hem

Finished the hem off with this tape which is made using a bias tape maker but cut straight not diagonal. I didn't have any curves here right to waste fabric.

Fully adjustable shoulder straps
 I thought it was long before putting it on, but I liked the length after it was on.
Bias tape shoulder straps
 The back is fully adjustable with loops on the back and tie back straps.
Summer dress with straps
Fitted bodice with elastic back
 No gaping at the front. I know you may be thinking she is so little.But personally I liked the fact that the bodice is fitted.
Lawn fabric summer dress

3 tier summer dress

Adjustable straps

Flowe Summer dress

Bias tape finished summer dress
Hope you all have a great week.

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Monday, 9 June 2014

Sewing with kids around!

Whats going on you think.
House move, had no internet - let's say bad or very bad internet and I still need to buy a sewing table. *sad face*
We have been alternating between furnished and unfurnished house every year. We go to an unfurnished house buy all furniture and either we have to move or the house owner wants the house back. The next thing we know is we have inadvertently liked a furnished house.  Give all the furniture away!
So here we are in the 5th house in 5 years in an unfurnished house trying to furnish it.

In between all of this chaos of house move, address change, packing, unpacking, you see this - Well, this could be either funny or scary depending on you!!

I had to control my miiind to take one direction - either laugh or scream and I was doing both - imagine that. There were about 6-7 flowers made on the guest bed with the pins(master minded by my son with my daughter's assistance) and as I quickly started to clear out I thought I could a take a photo of this.. I can show it to them when they are older, may be I thought.
There also were a couple of more eraser's full of pins that I cleared out. Now when I look back it brings a smile. Aren't they cute!

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