The "Carrie" top

Sex and the City is my all-time favorite show and the guiltiest of all guilty pleasures (including, I'm ashamed to admit it, both movies). I've a completely different body type than SJP so I there's no point for me to ever try to mimic Carrie's style. But there was one little blouse that she wore in Season 3 that I always loved and could totally imagine myself wearing.

Well, :) now that I've learned how to do ruching - here it is, VOILA! The neckline is a bit higher than on Carrie's top, but I can continue playing with it. I can lower it by an inch and I can try adjusting the bobbin holder screw a little less tightly so that the gathering will turn out looser. But imho, it's fine as is and I'm very happy with it :) And this embroidered white cotton is amazing - must go back to JoAnne's and pick up some more.





And here are some screenshots I took of the episode in which this top appears :)




Playing with Border Embroidery Designs

I've been playing a lot in Embird (embroidery software) lately and my latest effort was modifying border designs. Here's an embroidered top I made, using a cross-stitch border pattern that I edited in Embird to fit the neckline and the sleeves. And since I recently learned how to ruche and how to do a blanket stitch, I threw those elements in as well.

This top was my inspiration. 

Unfortunately, my embroidery machine has size limitations (13 cm in width and 18 in length). I would need to re-hoop in order to achieve a design that is wider than 13 cm. Next challenge! :)




Ruched Sleeves and Blanket Stitch

I've been playing with ruching for the last couple weeks and I also finally gotten around to mastering the blanket stitch. It's a very nice decorative stitch that can be used on all sorts of edges, necklines, sleeves and hems. I figured out how to do it on my serger but wasn't quite satisfied with the size of the stitch, so on this cotton top I did it by hand (couture). The sleeves feature machine embroidery and ruching. It's a light, breathable summer top :)




Ruching with Elastic Thread

Well, after many tries and much online research, I finally figured out ruching with elastic thread on my own lovely Brother sewing machine! Turns out, it's really very simple and requires only a tightening of the bobbin holder screw. Here's the tutorial which proved absolutely essential: http://www.grosgrainfab.com/2010/08/shirring-with-your-brother.html 

So here's my first attempt at ruched sleeves. I also decided to finally use a couple of embroidery patterns I bought a long time ago. I decided to go with red thread this time, probably because I was inspired by my red elastic thread :)

Another part of this project was figuring a work-around for my embroidery machine size limitations. PE770 doesn't recognize patterns that are larger than 130 by 180 mm. But there is a way to use auto-split along hoop boundaries. Here's the Embird tutorial I followed: https://www.embird.net/sw/embird/tutorial/autospl2/autospl2.htm

Anyway, the result is a very nice, light summer embroidered top. I'm wearing it today and absolutely loving it! :)







Mock Wrap Dress

I finally figured out the wrap dress! This is a fantastic pattern and once I modified it, the dresses fit like a glove! I'm very tempted to use up my entire knit fabric stash on these :)

This is the pattern that I used :)










Easter Dress for Gabriela

Another special occasion - another special dress for my baby girl Gabriela :) Easter is coming up in two weeks, and for the last 4 nights, I've been measuring, pinning, embroidering, cutting tulle for the first time, gathering and putting together this dress!

By the way, the smaller the garment, the more time it takes to put together. Small sizes are deceptive. Children's clothes are just as complicated and require just as much work to produce as adult garments.

But I digress. I got all the fabrics and the trim for this dress at Pacific Fabrics. I found the Easter Bunny embroidery pattern online and it really was my very first attempt at applique. I think it was quite successful. I watched a few videos on how to do it, invested in two pairs of special applique scissors, and then got to it.

The bodice of the dress is simple yellow t-shirt knit, the skirt is a cotton print, and the underskirt is silk lining fabric with two layers of gathered tulle (blue and yellow).

Happy Easter, Gabriela!












Bell Sleeves

I think these bell sleeves are all the rage now. It's a great way to spice up an otherwise ordinary top, so I made a few :) On the last top it was also my first attempt at working with Clover's tassel maker :)











My First Machine Embroidery Patterns

I finally found the time to go back to Embird and figure out how to digitize :) somewhat. I am still very much into redwork embroidery, not trying anything more complicated. I've always loved these Picasso sketches and they proved to be quite easy to digitize, so voila! And then I made this peasant blouse with them and some white cotton remnants I had in my stash!



Gathered Waist Dress

I got this print at Vancouver's Dressew Supply. And I recently modified my gathered waist dress pattern to have a different neckline and proper sleeves. Add a long string of white pearls and black boots and it's a chic look that works morning till night :)