Thursday, 13 March 2014

Sassy Librarian Blouse - Completed!

Heya !! Today its time to talk about my latest creation ( adding a lot of close up shots to observe the details ;))- The Sassy Librarian Blouse. Have you heard of it ? This is a class at the craftsy platform.I am totally in love with the class and the pattern.[Click on the link below to read full Text]
Sassy librarian blouse by Christine haynes craftsy class blouse with tucks
Sassy Librarian blouse :)

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Ruching all the way !!!

Yayy!! I made a dress out of my most coveted fabric. I purchased this floral cotton fabric like a few months back with bright floral print and a soft texture. I was so fond of it that I had to skim through many of the patterns to finally make this one. I have saved all the scraps of this fabric(grin) Somehow I love floral prints. Okay ! Cutting down all the 'Like-Dislike' talk.. Let me talk about the pattern I used , how much I love it and about ruching. (Click on the link below to read complete post)
Floral fabric printed cotton dress with asymatrical ruching or gathers with zip at the back and cap sleeves

Friday, 24 January 2014

Polka dotted blouse with bow tie- M loving it

I am kind of super excited writing this post. That is because I am totally in love with this new blouse which I made. I had blogged about it in my previous post here. It included a fashion illustration on how I envisioned it with contrasting ties as well. Well finally I chose to make the bow tie in a contrasting fabric but for the sleeves I stuck with the main fabric itself. (Click on the link below to read complete post and get to know all the details)
Blouse made form ottobre magazine with polka dot and bow tie

As seen on cut out and keep .. Sewing superstar

The author of theHobbyHarbor blog (thats me of course ;)) is interviewed as the sewing superstar this week. Cat mailed me and asked if I would be interested in an interview at her crafty website cutoutandkeep. Why Not!! There are a lot of creative people around there adding there naught and crafty projects. Check it out and get inspired too.
Each day of this week one of my How-to projects has been featured.Of course all of them are related to sewing. It took me some months to get this up. I had been busy not being online and not blogging for the past months :( But finally its up (Whistles!!)..
Click here and read the complete interview and know more about me , if you are interested. Thanks Cat for featuring me.
Have a great weekend all of you :)
As seen on cut out and keep.net as a sewing superstar

Saturday, 18 January 2014

How about learning Fashion illustration !?!?

This question was on my mind, for quite some time- "How about learning Fashion illustration !?!?"And finally I took the first step. I made an illustration of a to-do blouse. And I am sharing it with all of you:) Its not a very mature drawing. But I guess I can excuse myself because it my first fashion drawing. I am not keen on getting all the details of the facial features. But I want to visualize the fabric , print and design on paper before I get deep into the project. Read more to find out all details..(click on link below to go to full post)
Learning fashion drawing of a polka dot blouse



Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Confessions of a sewaholic's sewing goals - 2014

sewing goals for a budding fashion designer
Its already 2014 Jan. Gosh ! It just feels like 2013 just flew too quick. I had no intention of writing this post on the first of Jan or so. But I had been building on this post. I had been ruminating about how I can make things more organized at the blog and in my Sewing room. Every time I got some ideas I just jotted down and now I feel the list can still grow. But let me not be too ambitious instead I compiled the most important ones here. These goals are going to be useful for me as a seamstress and also for you because you get to read more sew-licious posts often :)
So here we go ...
sewing goals for a budding fashion designer
 This sounds interesting. I still do not know how many more ideas I am going to implement. But I can confidently say that this goal is already in implementation. I have gotten myself some old cardboard boxes to contain all my sewing notions. Also I have started using newspaper for pattern drafting. So it can be recycled after I am done with that block or it can even be stored. When I write the pattern information with a my red color marker pen it is very much visible through the print. How about purchasing only natural fabrics? Well I cannot commit to this one yet. Because there are so many wonderful prints that come up in the artificial fabrics.. that it gets a little too tempting for a seamstress to get reins on purchasing only natural fabrics...
Do you have anymore ideas to add to this goal ?
sewing goals for a budding fashion designer
 For the past one year or so that I have begun sewing I think I have learnt quite a few techniques. As we travel on the road to become an advanced seamstress, the list is endless. So I am going to start a new link where I shall list down the sewing techniques which I would want to learn and master this year:) So you bet! You get to see more complex projects!
sewing goals for a budding fashion designer
 I am going to get myself some more books on variety of topics. Draping is on my priority!! And that means more reviews on books and more juicy stuff for you to read !
sewing goals for a budding fashion designer
 Yep ! You heard it right. I shall host a sew-friendly giveaway. When and what is going to be a surprise of course.:) Thanks to all of you who have been loyal readers of my simple blog and encouraging me with your comments!
sewing goals for a budding fashion designer
This has kind of kick-started. But still a long way to go. I need get things more organized at the blog. More user-friendly navigation - this is top priority here.
sewing goals for a budding fashion designer
This one is on the last of the list. But as I write it I am chanting this task a number of times off late. There are at least some 10 projects which I did not blog about last year. somehow I feel that if I do not blog about it . I never made it LOL. There are all in a queue because they need to be clicked. I have been wearing and enjoying but there has been no photo-shoot for them :|. So this is first on my list !

So what have you got to say. Excited to read more posts. I hope so :) Looking forward for yoyr contribution and support. Have a great day!!

Monday, 9 December 2013

A little update..

Its time to announce the winner of the wallet pattern. Thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway. I wrote down all the entries on chits and made my husband close his eyes and choose one randomly. And the winner is Anitha!!. Congrats. Watch out your inbox for my email.
Have a great day peeps :)

Friday, 29 November 2013

Vintage Floral Dress

Before I start writing about the floral dress I made I have some random thoughts which I want to share. History repeats itself and so does fashion .. right ? As a child I remember the ladies having a fancy for blouses with puff sleeves. And later as I grew up it just vanished. So much so that anyone wearing a puff sleeve was scorned at LOL. And now , that's today I see puffs everywhere. you will find at least one of five RTW garments with sleeves having a little puff. I can cite another example of Bell bottoms which were in peak fashion when I was a child , and was nowhere visible when I was in my primary school and later I remember owning many bell bottomed pants myself when I was in my teens. Now this was an example in my part of the world. Based on where you live you too would have seen this cycle.
The Side View.
You might be thinking why I have been writing all this in my post. Well I was making a dress for the Vintage contest at Pattern review. That  is when all these thoughts were crossing my mind. Ok now back to topic. The concept of the contest was to make a garment out of a vintage sewing pattern. I chose the Mccalls  8263.This one is from 1966 , very very vintage :) which Becca sent it to me. 
The Back View with a kick pleat
I loved the princess seam design of this pattern.Princess seam is never out of fashion.It flatters the figure of any woman. I had a floral fabric with a black base. I do not know surely what material it is but it is synthetic and very soft! it was a gift. I felt this print would look best for a vintage look. I really like the way it fits me. I chose the View A. Sleeves with a kick pleat at the back. This is my first dress with kick pleat. Its a super cool feature to help in walking jumping and running around. And of course yet maintaining the curvy figure for the silhouette.
I did not make much alterations except reducing the length by 4 inches. I have written a detailed review over here. Check it out for more details on the pattern. Did you like my dress ?
Front View with Princess seams
 I am going to make another version of this soon. Guess the color shall be gray ?!? And of course I shall tweak the princess seams and try something new.

Have you made any vintage pattern ? Do share your thoughts!
By the way in case you missed out there is a giveaway happening right now I just want to let you know that you can still enter it before December 9th.
Have a great Friday.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Wallet sewing pattern giveaway..

Surprise !! I have got some more exciting news this week. No no it is not another tutorial related to the Gunmetal dress I posted few days back.

It is a GIVEAWAY!! Hurray.

You could win a wallet sewing pattern which is worth $7.50 :) So enter now for a chance to win it and make some beautiful wallet/purse which is super useful.

free wallet purse sewing pattern how to make handmade purse from fabric

After I made my black wallet , there is not a single day when I have not used it. It has helped me remain very organized with my cards , coupons and notes ever since I started using it. Lisa has offered to giveaway one lucky winner the pattern for free. Thanks Lisa. Very nice of you.

Click here if you want to see more photos of the first wallet I made.

To enter the giveaway , you must have a valid email address and ... :

1. Simply leave me a comment on this post saying how you are following my blog.

2. For another entry leave another comment. Visit my pinterest board here, which I recently created.  Letting me know which is the project you liked and would want to do a similar one.

I shall choose a random winner by the end of December 10th 2013.

PS.This is just a friendly giveaway and I have not received any monetary benefit by hosting this.