Thursday, January 28, 2010
Another kawaii design by Kokka.
The fabric has dobby texture (which I like).
I haven't decided what to make yet..
I have some extra if anybody is interested..
RM30 for 1m
RM15 for 1/2m
RM7.50 for 1/4m
*postage excluded*Pin It
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I hate pictureless post.. My curvy clutch, pattern from KeykaLou
I stumbled upon Liesl Gibson (who designs popular Oliver + S line of sewing patterns for children’s clothing) who is now blogging at Burdastyle. For her first post, she writes about the basics - terminologies.. So, this is more for ME.
Selvedge, or selvage: The narrow finished lengthwise edges of a woven fabric, usually ¼” to ½” wide, that are often more tightly woven than the rest of the fabric. (This prevents the fabric from tearing when it is finished at the mill.) Because the selvedges constructed differently than the rest of the fabric, they may shrink at a different rate than the rest of the fabric when washed. Selvedges should generally be removed before sewing.
Warp: The yarns in a fabric that run parallel to the selvedge are called the warp. These are the fabric’s foundation yarns and are wound onto the loom before the fabric is woven. Warp yarns are usually the strongest yarns. Your fabric will drape nicely if you cut and sew so that the warp hangs perpendicular to the floor when the garment is finished.
Weft: The yarns that run across the fabric, from selvedge to selvedge. These are the secondary yarns of the fabric, or the fill yarns. These yarns are not as strong as the warp yarns and often have a little stretch or give in them, even when a fabric is not a stretch fabric.
Grain: Grain refers to the direction in which the yarns, or threads, are woven in a fabric. The fabric’s grain runs both lengthwise (parallel to the selvedges) and widthwise (perpendicular to the selvedges). The lengthwise grain (the warp yarn) is called the straight grain, while the widthwise grain (the weft yarn) is called the cross grain.
Bias: Any diagonal line that doesn’t run directly on grain (warp or weft) is referred to as being on bias or off grain. Fabric cut on bias has more stretch and drape than fabric cut on the straight or cross grain, but bias can distort or twist if not cut on true bias because woven fabrics stretch most at a 45 degree angle to the warp and weft (“true bias”).
True bias: A 45 degree angle to the warp and weft threads. True bias has lots of stretch and drape and conforms nicely to contours because the yarns can bend and shift with the weight of the fabric.
- by Liesl Gibson extracted from here.
Monday, January 25, 2010
I've had this gold fish print for a while now, it was among the first puchase I made when I started sewing seriously. The thing that I love most about Japanese cotton is the various textures, this particular fabric has Dobby texture (what is Dobby fabric?) which I love.
I've made card holders using the gold fish print.
I've also made mini pouch (blogged here) with the same fabric.Pin It
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Everyone needs a functional apron to be able to move freely in the kitchen without worrying about spills and stains on their dress.. I bought mine when I first arrived in Japan in the 100yen shop.. it was ok, but not cute.. so I used it as a pattern and made my first apron. The fabrics were from Moda and I used similar fabric but in black to make these.Pin It
Friday, January 22, 2010
The year is still 'NEW,' January is hardly over..and I have already borken my vow to 'abstinate from purchasing anymore fabric untill I use at least half of my stock' (carved here). I should have known my cheating self better..
Thursday, January 21, 2010
It is named 'August' bag as it was first produced in the summer when my parents came to visit and my sewing studio was taken over by my mom and aunt as their changing room.. I had time on my hand but hardly any sewing space, so I hand sticthed this using a beutiful fabric my friend sent from the US as an exchange for a bento bag I made for her using Japanese cotton.
I love the simplicity of this bag, two rectangles with pleats and 1 oval base. The thing I find annoying is attaching the oval base to the sides, what with the fusible interface getting in the way.. but once it's all done and when you are admiring your handiwork, it's all worth it *smile*Pin It
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
My ironing board had seen better times.. it was really sad and plain and something you dont display or show your guests, or anybody... But instead of putting it out in the rain, I found a super easy makeover tutorial that might and could extend the life of the plain ironing board here and here.
And tadaaaaaa... My ironing board is now the centre of attention.. hehehe
And while I was at it, I made a sewing machine cozy for my Singer using similar fabric (my favourite). I got my inspiration from here, here and here.
Happy Monday!!Pin It
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Fabric - Love U panel by Deb Strain for Moda
Projects planned using this fabric:
1. ABC book
2. Baby quilt
3. Diaper stacker
4. Crib padding
*I may have gone overboard when purchasing the panel, and ended up with some extras (me and fabric = no restraint what-so-ever!!) So if you are interested in the panel, drop me a line..Pin It
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
I have been on a cleaning-organising mode of late..mind you only of my small sewing studion that is.. *sigh* And I stumbled upon these - Hello Kitty and Doraemon fabric. They are of medium weight cotton and would make a lovely tote or backpack or bento bag for the lil ones..
Thursday, January 7, 2010
My aunt came to visit last summer and she purchased a beaded bag with drawstring. She loved it sooo much that she insisted I copy the pattern and make another. Although at that time, I felt the bag was a bit 'grandma-ish' but I have since changed my mind. I named it Aiman bag after her.
I find using a sturdier cotton gives the bag a better shape. It is similar to making a drawstring bento bag, you just need to make the body bigger and add handles.Pin It
Monday, January 4, 2010
I make the usual resolutions every year - eating healthier, 30 mins exercise daily, spend quality time with family..some of which I adhere to and some..well not so much..ehem..
But this year in addition to my personal resolutions, I also wanted a set of resolution that geared towards my sewing and quilting. I promise to finish 4 UFOs - 2 baby quilts and 2 single bed quilts by March, learn to sew clothes in 2010 and
1. Be honest with yourself. That quilt that has been sitting in your closet for five years - you really don't like it. Get rid of it. Give it to a quilting friend to finish, or donate it to your guild. And don't feel guilty about it. Someone else will love it, and you are contributing to the good of quilting! (Don't think I can do this)
2. Make a pact to not purchase any new fabric or patterns until you have finished one (or all) of your UFO's. (This I plan to follow)
3. Set aside time to work on your UFO. Even if it's just 5 minutes a day, that is 35 minutes a week that you would not have dedicated otherwise. You might find once you sit down for your 5 minute session, it can turn into an hour and you'll have accomplished so much! (Good Idea!! I have to try this)
4. If you have numerous projects, create an assembly line. Do all the piecing for all the quilts at the same time. Quilt all of your quilts together. Same goes for binding. I machine stitched the binding onto two quilts, and took them with me to finish the hand stitching over the Christmas holidays. They are both finished now, and I can enjoy them! (I do this with my bag projects)
5. Quilt with friends. Get together once a week, or once a month, for a stitching session. You'll easily find the motivation to work on projects if there are others doing the same. (Any quilters want to get together for a sewing sesison?? I'll make tea)
6. Don't try to tackle a large project all at once. If your resolution is to clean out your sewing room, do it in stages. Give yourself 15 minutes at a time and do one thing - like separating all your fabrics into similar colors. Organize your thread drawer tomorrow when you have another 15 minutes. (How true. Will try this with my notion and supply box)
7. Multi-task. Do your hand stitching while watching your favourite TV show, or on the train while commuting to work. (I love doing this!!)
8. CELEBRATE! When you have completed your goal, reward yourself with a visit to your favourite quilt shop, register for a class, or purchase that new quilting tool you've been dreaming of. You deserve it! (This is the best part.. can't wait for the reward part *grin*)
The post looks soooo plain without any pics.. this is the view from my living room window..Pin It
Happy Monday everyone.. How was the New Year celebration? New Year came and went in our house with us quietly hibernating indoor.. it was cold, windy with lots of snow.. we stayed indoor glued in front of the TV watching the many special programmes that was on.. Hubby starts working today after a week's off, but my girl and I still have another week of holiday, give us an excuse to walk around in our jammies whole day.. *grin*