I couldn’t really recall when I started sewing clothes as gifts for my loved ones. As I looked through my image files for some clues, I realised that I have never mentioned them on the blog. I believe it started in December 2009 . Just before my mum’s birthday last year, I thought I should start giving handmade items as gifts as it was a sincere expression of love which would continue to be tangible, unique and would always be special to the recipient.
This is the Floral Ute for my mum’s birthday last year. I followed the Ute Blouse sewing pattern from burdastyle. I enjoyed making this blouse. The pattern has two variations. Blouse A with a Peter Pan collar and blouse B with a tie collar. My mum chose blouse A but requested for the neckline to be raised. I’ve seen her wearing it on three to four occasions so far and each time, it makes me smile. I thought the princess seams gave the blouse a great fit which showed how slender she is:P I would love to make blouse variation A and B for myself someday. That’s one thing I love about pdf patterns. They are always available when you need them:)
A reversible dress was made for my seven-year old niece. I have been making this dress for my princess (here and here) so I’m pretty familiar with this pattern and was able to complete it quite quickly. I sewed the buttons back to back so that you can see them (instead of button stitches) on both sides of the dress. My niece is kinda shy and didn’t say much but was happy to model it.
Reversible Dress Side A
Reversible Dress Side B
Off course, there was the first men’s shirt I made. A valentines’ gift for my husband this year which was based on burdastyle’s Jakob sewing pattern. I took 3 days to finish this and was glad that he was really pleased with the fit and wore it pretty often.
He has since requested that I make him a few more of these shirts and have selected two fabrics three months ago. But, alas, I have been too preoccupied with dress making to start on them. Sorry dear :P
With fathers’ day around the corner, I thought I should perhaps make him one of them, just to show how much I appreciate him. He has been a great dad and husband. He tried it on immediately when he got home 10 minutes ago and here’s the photo:)
For Fathers’ Day, I made another Jakob for my dad. A girl has got to be fair right:) My dad’s shirt was made from a Michael Miller stripe fabric. When I chose this fabric, my mum thought it was too vibrant but after she saw the end product she actually liked it. Phew! Thank goodness!
I have always liked my dad in vibrant print as it goes well with his darker skin tone. For many years now, I have either bought him shirts, belts or wallets. This is my first handmade item for him:) Happy Fathers’ Day daddy!
The instructions for Jakob pattern was very easy to follow. I have used quite a number of burdastyle’s patterns and I must say Jakob has one of the clearest step by step instructions. I managed to finish dad’s shirt in a day and my man’s in half a day. Practice must have really helped me sew faster!