Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Burda 5/2014 #104

About a month ago, I  found the May issue of Burda. I bought it from the guy that sells magazines opposite The Stanely hotel. I have bought magazines from him in the past but he has never had Burda, It's very hard to find sewing patterns in Nairobi so I was very happy with my find.
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 I fell in love with this dress especially the sleeves and set about to trace and sew myself some thing to wear. I made a muslin since this is my first time sewing sewing from Burda. My measurements are  is 37-33-40  and this puts me in burda size 42.
gaping neck, bust points too high.

Being a test garment I made it from a cotton bedsheet and sewed only the bodice since that where I have most fitting issues. I did not bother with facings or lining. I finished all edges with bias tape.
I made several mistakes with this top and I will make changes accordingly  in my final garment.
Waist is too tight.
  • I did not staystitch the neckline. Being a V neck, the edges are on the bias and this is gaping like crazy!! To make it worse I stretched the neckline when sewing the bias edging and made it worse. Point to note: STAY-STICH.
  • Burda size 42 is a waist of 30 so this top is  a bit tight on the waist, I will go up a size in my final garment.
  • I put in a side zipper rather than a back zipper and did not match up the side seams well.
    Mismatched zipper.
  • Stiff cotton is not the right fabric for this pattern but since I was testing out the pattern,  I did not want to waste good fabric.
  • Bust points are too high. 
I will eliminate the center front seam from my final version 
At least this was made from a 100 bob bedsheet so no loss plus I enjoyed sewing it so I guess its ok
I have worn this top in its messy state though and had no-one call me out for the faults, infact I have had two co-workers ask me where I bought it.
I am still feeling this pattern and I hope to make it up in the right fabric and the right size.
Check out Pinterest for various projects that have made from this issue.
Thanks for reading.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Where I have been.

So, it's been over a year since I last posted this blog. Life got in the way big time, and I could not get the time to dedicate to blogging and I decided to exit from the blogging world. Life is much more stable now.
I have been sewing and baking, I will share those projects soon.
My work situation changed, I didn't have a job then I got one and it's been up and down. Most importantly, I GOT A BABY GIRL!!!!!!!!!! Her name is Trish and she is 17 weeks old and keeping me busy.
Cute No?
So I hope to post more regularly and share all the things I have been cooking and sewing.
 Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Simplicity 5509

I received Simplicity 5509 from Far last year as a giveaway win. I loved view 3, the kimono sleeved one with a key hole neck opening.
Yes, It really does take one yard of fabric! I sewed this top over several evenings last week from a yard of navy blue  polka dot knit.
The pattern was a size 10 or 32 inch bust, my bust size is 36 and it fit just fine.  I wore it last Saturday for a family outing and loved it. Am thinking of making another one.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

My new favorite dress.

So I finally get to share something I sewed for myself.
Last month I won two giveaways, one from Cindy of Cation Designs and another one from Far of Memoryseed.
From Cindy I won 4 yards of the following fabric,the Colette crepe dress pattern and seam binding!

Image from cation designs
And Far sent me a couple of patterns she was de-stashing plus some cute buttons. Among the 5 patterns she sent me was this Simplicity 5548.
So I made a dress. I have sewed tops and skirts for myself, never pants or a dress. I used the Simplicity patten as is for the bodice but for the skirt I omitted the pleat and made 4 darts instead for the back and front.
Sorry no shots of the dress in action, but here is a hanger shot, (sorry the picture is so fuzzy).

Fully lined, and edges bound with seam binding.
 The fabric was very forgiving due to the stretch and giant blue flowers hide a multitude of sins, including pointy darts, mismatched seams and wonky stitching lines.
I drafted my own sleeves. I still have two yards remaining and am thinking of making a circle skirt. Thanks very much to Cindy and Far and other bloggers who have generously added to my pattern/fabric collection. I still have to work on the Crepe pattern. That will hopefully be my Christmas dress.
Oh, and I finished my Taffy blouse, while it fits really well, I hate the sleeves, they are too billowy. So am planning to remove them this weekend and put in some new ones.
Thanks for reading, as always.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sewing for the boy.

I managed to sew a shirt for my son this weekend. It was refashioned from a t-shirt that I didn't love anymore and decided to give it a new life.
I used the Varsity Cowl pullover pattern from  Peek-a Boo pattern shop

It came together very quickly since I used the existing hem from my shirt. My knit sewing skills are still not very good but he loves it and that's what matters. :-).
I cut the 3T size and it was a bit shorter than I prefer, so I made notes to lengthen the pattern for next time.
This is the best photo I could get for two reasons, 3 year olds are wriggly and I don't have a camera so all my photos are taken with my phone :-).
I am currently sewing the Colette Taffy blouse.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Birthday card and dress

Good morning,
This weekend I made a couple of birthday gifts for a dear friends daughter. A peasant top using this free pattern and tutorial and a birthday card.
I meant to make a dress to fit a 3 year old but it turned out kind of small so it will be a top.
Here is the birthday card.
 I used some foam cutouts and googly eyes to make a smiley face.  I also used my new Carla craft corner rounder punch bought a couple of weeks ago. Love it!

The stamps are from Creative Memories birthday wishes set.
In other sewing news, I made myself a top, the Alma blouse from Sewaholic. I used some blue polka-dot fabric I had lying around for my first try (muslin). I messed on the sleeves so this one is sleeveless, but for my next try I will do better.

 Action shot coming soon.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Still here.

I haven't totally dropped off the face of the earth although seeing I haven't updated this blog since January,  I might as well have.
I lost my mojo then life got in the way so I haven't had much time to make cards as I did before and any crafting time of late is dedicated my other hobbies.
Anyhow, I made a quick card for a friend  and I thought I should share it here.
 I needed some inspiration for the card so I used the sketch provided by the clean&simple stamping blog challenge no 197.

The very interesting thing about my card is that a lot of the materials are recycled. See that ribbed cardboard? It had wrapped a bouquet of flowers from last Valentine and the flowers are handmade from a Valentine's card envelope. The twine had wrapped a gift I received last year from a giveaway win. That's why  I never throw anything away!
Thanks for reading and I promise not to be a stranger.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Flower from craft punch

Hi friends,
Today I want to share a quick birthday card I made my new oval craft punch. It's the same punch I used to decorate my  New Years cards.
Here is the said punch in action.

I punched out around 8 petals per flower, embossed the petals in the middle, then glued them on a piece of paper and let the flower dry. To hide the space in the center of the flower where the petals meet, I glued a tight coil in one and a loose coil in the other.
This card just makes me so happy. I am looking for more ways to use this little punch.
Thanks for reading leave me a comment.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Glitter paper.

A while ago while shopping for paper to make wedding cards for a friend's wedding, I came across glitter paper (I know, where have I been?). You know, paper with glitter in it. How nifty is that? Don't get me wrong, I love using the powder glitter but absolutely hate the mess it can cause especially when crafting with a 2 year old hyper-active, super - curious boy who loves to hang around mama when she is making cards. And, I have had the unfortunate experience of cleaning glitter from the carpet, not fun!
I bought only a few sheets of the paper, now I wish I had bought more :-( .
It's really sparkly and I used it to add some shimmer to an otherwise plain card.
Enjoy and please tell me what you think about my card. Have you used glitter paper before?
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