Tuesday, March 25, 2014


What can I say! I love sewing patterns. Love selecting, paying, buying, anxiously waiting for them to arrive. I must say that patterns are very affordable in the US, but the shipping can be as expensive as 40% of the actual patterns, but still worth it because I cant find ANY here.  This year, this is my second purchase and I know there will be a few more. Can I sew all of them? No, it will take another 20 years to finish any considering how busy I am at home. I hardly have time to sew.
Here are a sneak of what I bought.  I missed Butterick B5962 on the left, so I ordered two. Makes no sense to order two, but I did. Love the jacket on the right...one day, I shall make it.

Another one that I want to try. Looks so easy and peplum is in fashion now.

More peplum!

Let's talk about what I DONT like to do. Cutting the patterns.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE sewing, but cutting patterns and fabric is not my favourite, but of course, it's still a must. No cut pattern or fabric, no sewing. It's one of those thing that I have to put on some music and try to enjoy the process. Another 'want to have' is a proper cutting table.

But alas...I cannot complain about cutting pattern that I have.
Have you ever seen the patterns from the Burda Magazine??
The nearest a Burda Magazine is sold is in Singapore. You will never find any here, maybe someone may have some old issues. To be honest, Burda's patterns aren't my fav but I still buy them whenever I am overseas just to add on to my collection.  Some of the patterns are fun and I want to try, but then I opened the patterns and find something like below. Patterns after patterns on top of more patterns.  You really have to be super patient and a good eye to, to trace all of them onto another paper before cutting them. So, for me, it's a big NO NO. I dread even cutting normal patterns, so this will definitely give me super migrane. Something sewist doest not need when sewing.

Yesterday night, I cut up both patterns and fabric. This is good preparation for this weekend's sewing. It is interesting that my sewing time is very short, but selection of patterns and fabric takes days. I really have no idea why?

Will post more...so, sew on :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


I have a HUGE admiration of people sewing their own clothing. Unless you tried sewing, you will know that it can be both very easy or a total nightmare. I've had my fair share of 'abandoned' sewing projects.
Am stuck and nowhere to go - abandon.
Don't like the material - abandon. (I thought it looked good at first.)
Don't like the fit - abandon.
And so on...

After a few years of trial and error, I must say, the sewing skills have improved slightly. The only thing I do not have is time. Time is always against me. Procastination too - major issue.
I sit pondering over hundreds of patterns day in and out, looking at all the fabrics and still cannot decide what to do. That alone - takes weeks.
I do notice that once I cut the fabric, I am full steam ahead and can sew days without stop.

While sewing did not take priority for some time, another hobby took over.
Buying patterns online.
If you live in this part of the pond, you will know - patterns are almost impossible to find.
There was only one little fabric shop at a shopping mall I knew who sell them.  Very old fashioned, maybe ala 80's (not my fav) and totally out of date patterns and sold for at least 2 - 4 times more than what I normally would buy.  This pattern-hoarding madness started when I wanted so much to sew my own clothes but cant find a teacher or mentor. It all started from buying vintage patterns online. Then I discovered this website selling all the patterns one can dream of, and I was on a roll! My largest purchase was last year, costing more than USD300++ and it went missing for almost 4 months. I almost gave up and then, the parcel appeared. Saved the day and my life too.

Well, pattern madness continued. As I typed now, I just placed an order for some new patterns.
What made me even way more happier is the ones I ordered exactly one month ago --- arrived. Here's the loot, all 13 of them :)

I love all of them. As to exactly when I will sew them...no one knows.

And, these 2 are top of my priority. Love that Vogue/Ralph Rucci design. Did I mention that I have making sleeves. That is one thing I am still struggling. Worry not, sleeves - one day I shall conquer you.  I love the simple lines of Ralph Rucci and another top of sewing list is the one on the left, the red Cullote pants. I love pants and wear them everyday. I had sewn a few --- all cannot be worn ---abandoned.  Somehow, it's either the cutting or fit that was horrible. I love Cullotes, so this, I have to try and top of my list for now.

Another fav. Burda 6901. Love that curve on the waist, it should be so flattering. Most jackets or blouses are pretty much straight, but this I love the slight curve.  I am not sure about others, I have an inclination of making my clothing very similar to the patterns fabric. Of course, this is not the case, but I think it's the combination of pattern and what's sewn as a sample that I am attracted too. 

Another one I like:Butterick B6026. A simple blouse but has very interesting detailing at both collars and waist. It certainly makes a dull blouse interesting so I am wanting to try it too.

Well, that's all for now. I do know for the next few days,  I will be admiring my patterns. There are 13 new ones, so it will keep me occupied for a few days of just looking and peeking inside to see how they will be constructed. This will add on to another 3 full boxes of patterns. I have no idea how many I have but I will count them soon. I am guessing it's more than 100+.  Not to mention, there's another new batch coming in soon. Thank you US postal, although you were a bit slow this time..but you never failed me :)

Happy sewing.

Monday, February 10, 2014


It has been a long time since I shopped Ikea fabric. I went to Ikea over the weekend to buy some stuff and when I passed the fabric section, I fell in love with their limited edition of these fabric. I super love them, so very Asian and Japanese.

Have a look :)

 This 'fan' motive is so pretty in red and has a green stripe at the side.

I absolutely LOVE this to the max!! So Japanese!

Finally, what better to get a matching gold fish tea towels. They are not cheap here, so I would not use them as towels but instead I will sew it or make something to match the above black fabric. Super duper love! I want to go back and few a few more panels since it's limited edition.

Happy sewing!

Monday, February 3, 2014


When I saw the above pattern, I fell in love with that top.
Wanted so desperately to buy and sew it but didn't. Finally, it's that time of crazy buying time again. Nothing like starting off the year with something I like.
Went online and ordered a whole list of patterns, paid and wait for it to be shipped to me. Patterns coming from the USA, takes about 2-4 weeks to arrive. Sometimes, it comes in a week's time, and there was one time, it took 4 months to arrive. That 4 months of waiting was pure pain and I gave up on the patterns, it was also the most ambitious and expensive lot with more than USD350 worth. After 4 long months, it came. To my huge relieve.

Back to the above pattern. It was what I wanted BUT I ended up not ordering it. Don't know what happened, but after everything is done and PAID button hit. I realized that missed out the most important pattern.

So dissapointed with myself.
I did write to the company and asked if they can combine if I order again. So, fingers crossed. Otherwise, with high shipping cost, I'll give it a miss till the next order.

Friday, January 3, 2014


Is it really 2014 now?
I seemed to have zoomed in and out 2013. I had a couple of exciting sewing stuff done, but from mid 2013, it sort of went downhill. Lots of excuses for not sewing.

I have a small sewing space all to myself. Loads of sewing patterns and stacks upon stacks of fabric untouched. Every time I walked past the room, which is every day, I reminded myself I have to start something.

There is always 101 things brewing in my head.
Want to finish off mom's hem, could have done it half day, but not.
Sew daughter's Instax pouch.
Sew  a top.
Sew another dress, and etc., etc..
It is a never ending long list of things to do.
I . Just . Need . To . Start.
And I know, once I start...there's no stopping.

Will start off with more projects!