Monday, July 18, 2011


When I received my batches of patterns, this was the first thing I had in mind to sew. I love the necklines and the front pleats.

So, I sewn this blue dress, as a test. So far, I've only made one muslin. I've never done any other muslin to test as I find it's just a waste of time...time is something I do not have. I've sewn many blouses and countless skirts - easiest ever to sew. However, I always hesitate with dresses. Unsure of the fit, pattern and worried how it would look on me, but I did it anyway and though its been long finished, I still havent worn it.  It's fully lined and since I do not have a serger, I covered the sleeves seam by hand sewing bias tapes. No one will know what's inside but when I peek inside, I feel happy of the little extra I did.

Now, with a little more confidence, I am sewing my first vintage dress. I cut it and basted the whole dress with pins and tried it on. I was very happy, will post it when I am finished :) Meanwhile, July is a month of buying 'way too much' fabrics. The cabinets are bursting and I still haven't started anything yet, seems such a lazy month with so many activities buzzing on the weekend. This is one of the fabric I am dying to try. Very light cotton with gold flowers.

I think its perfect for a 'summery dress' since there's so much showcasing of summer dresses. I don't know why I am excited over summer dresses, considering that it's practically summer here everyday. 

Monday, July 11, 2011


Good news for those who love sewing but cant find the proper patterns and cannot get hold of Burda here, or have to spend tons of money to import your own patterns from the US - not to mention the risk of having the whole parcel missing.....and other than getting Japanese sewing books with patterns, there's FEMALE. Not the fashion magazine, but the sewing version in Japanese.  I have both the latest copies, one bought in Singapore and another....surprisingly, available in certain bookstores now. 

Similar to Burda, there's more than 30 style and patterns available in this magazine and at a very low pricing. However, this is more for the younger set but if you can do simple modification, you still can easily change some of the patterns to suit your needs.

This will be an easy peasy tunic to make.

Another raglan sleeves, did I mentioned I hate sleeves. Despite setting in many blouses with sleeves, I still struggle everytime...and this is the reason why I love raglan sleeves. This one has some folds/pleats in the sleeves, so should be also very easy.

Very girlish and young, but I like the sleeves.

Cannot read Japanese? Don't need to. Most of my pattern books are in Japanese and I manage to learn the instructions fairly easy. In fact, after a couple of months of sewing, I won't be needing the instructions much - just the pattern will do. One day, I hope to self graduate to be able to 'draft my own patterns', then I'll be super happy.



These patterns came all the way from the US two months ago. One of the site had a sale on all Vogue patterns and I grabbed some of them immediately. All my favourite patterns are here so I am happy and after two months, I have sewn NOTHING.  Every time I sew, I'll look through the hundreds of patterns I have both like this and from Japanese sewing books and still wonder what to sew.  I guess this only happens to me :(

Two of my most expensive patterns, Vintage Vogue and I am not brave enough to try them yet. One will happen.

BURDA -June 2011

A late review.

Burda June 2011.

I didn't know Burda existed in Malaysia before. However, while checking on this on blogs, I understand that they were sold some times ago but I dont know why they are not sold anymore. I can only think it must be due to poor sales and connected to high pricing.  This magazine was bought while I was in Singapore and it is anything but cheap. However, for people who love to sew and relying on patterns, this seem to be a perfect magazine as there are more than 30 patterns in one magazine. So, if one divide the high cost of magazine to 30 patterns, I guess it's still worth to buy it. Now, I only focus on spring and summer issues on all sewing patterns, since there is no way we can wear anything from any winter collections.  I was captivated by this dress and have the exact material I needed to make it...though still not done yet.

All full list of items with attached patterns.

Their June issue has a B.B introduction, that's Bridget Bardot inspired collection. I so love this top!

Yes, very 60's and very Bardot and I would love to have that blouse.

A feature from Blumarine. I should make a knit dress like this soon.

Another summer inspired top.

2 weekends ago, I actually made this blouse. Super easy and fast!

A peep of the patterns, it can be mind boggling trying to figure out but with patience, it's okay and I down to the most boring part of sewing - tracing patterns :(

All my effort to try to get a copy end in vain but I was really happy when a friend of mine will be visiting Singapore this week and I quickly handed her the money so she can get my July issue. Here's what's at the back of the June magazine, a peek into July's issue.

 Happy sewing.