It’s a little past the deadline but I have finally completed my Holiday Wardrobe Project. My target was to finished these five pieces by the end of September but, with these many distractions (here, here, here and here), I am glad it actually got done 😛
Here’s my take on Twinkle Sews‘ Take Manhattan’ from the same titled book by fashion designer Wenlan Chia. I love the original in grey so I used the same color.
This design called for a viscose fabric but I used a heavier, stretchier cotton jersey from my stash as I find jersey great for travelling.
I am a size 4 according to Chia’s designs and one great thing about the pdf files is every size comes with its individual file so there is absolute no confusion of converging lines here. I printed the sewing pattern on letter sized paper and when I stuck them together, many of the edges didn’t meet. So, I focused on getting the pattern lines to meet instead and thank God that worked! I have been warned that Twinkle Sews pattern were designed whole instead of half. Usually, we print half a shirt front and cut on fold but for this book, you print the full shirt front and cut one. I tried to print only half a shirt to save trees but being inexperienced with this book’s sewing pattern layout made it tough to execute. Sorry trees 😦 …
My favourite part of this tunic has to be the crowl neckline. It’s the first time I tried such a neckline and I adore it. I also thought this tunic looks somewhat similar to a garment I would expect to find in a Japanese sewing book. With Chia being originally from Taiwan, there must be strong Japanese influence in her designs.
This pattern was rated Easy by Chia and rightly so. However, her instructions are pretty brief which subjects us to our own creative interpretation. Not necessarily a bad thing for more experienced seamstresses but a beginner might be left with lots of questions. For anyone who is not sure about getting Twinkle Sews, I would recommend trying out these free patterns which are also found in the book. Here are the links to a summer dress pattern which is rated intermediate in the book on Craftstylish and an A-line skirt pattern listed on burdastyle.
Once again buttonholes came to good use in this outfit with the crowl neck drawstrings being inserted through two buttonholes and a casing.
The other design element which propelled me to work on this project was the sportswear inspired pocket which should come to good use for keeping my hands warm. The photo below gives a better view of the pockets and I wore the tunic here without layers, the way I would back in Singapore.
I did a Holiday Wardrobe Project collage as a summary of the items completed. My first coat, first cardi and first jeans!
I did a check last night and the weather in Shanghai is expected to be between 22 to 14 degrees celsius while we are visiting so my holiday wardrobe should come to good use. I hope this can be a made-me holiday with me wearing at least one made-me item a day for nine days. I’ll update on whether this actually happens after the trip 🙂 I am pretty excited myself as I have never wore a self-made garment during my overseas trip.
Before I end this post, if you are interested to know a little bit more about dear old me, do check out my little Q&A with burdastyle. I am also incredibly honored that my Sunny Day Dress is in the slideshow for the Burdastyle’s Best of September (It’s #17). There are some superb creations in there, my personal favorite being #11 Pattern Magic Bow Dress by veryprairie. It’s GORGEOUS and she even dyed the fabric herself! I love that lime green!
I LOVE it. great job.
I love this!! I like that you used Jersey fabric, it gives it the look of sophisticated sweatshirt ;o)
Oh, this is beautiful! Makes me want to go out and buy a ton of sophisticated knits (which are really hard to find here, I’ll add). Also I love your feature on Burdastyle—what a lovely family! 🙂
nice!! i am sure u will enjoy this trip to shanghai more with all your made-me clothings!! 🙂
Very nice! The cowl neck is beautiful and the drawstring is a unique touch.
The jeans are my favourite though. 🙂
It’s really cute. And it looks so soft and wonderful to wear. Nice!
Really cute top! Also, have fun on your holiday!
It looks terrific !! I have the book too but I didn’t try any pattern yet. And good job with the jeans ! They look amazing !
I love it! I like the cowl neck with the short sleeves.
Wow it looks fantastic! Have a wonderful weekend!
Super cute! I have a copy of this book from the library, just sitting unread on my desk. You have inspired me to get to work!
Gorgeous! You’re going to rock Shanghai. Have a wonderful trip!!
Well done and making a goal and getting there! Your latest looks so chic and cozy at the same time which is quite a feat!
I love this! Beautiful job!
I haven’t quite sewn knits yet but this looks like something I’d want to try when I do!
Thank you so much everyone! I’m sorry for the slow response, have been busy packing for the family.
Hi! Just wanna drop a note to say that your site is fantastic! Love your projects (and fabrics). I’m really new to garment sewing and I’m really glad to have found your site (through Burda). Will be checking back soon ;>
I really like this tunic,very beautifull on you. Nice WE to you and your familly.
Amazingness! All your handmade items look so cool and incredibly well made. Have a great trip
Congrats! Everything look so cool Enjoy your trip.
Thank you so much, the trip was great! I’m sorry I wouldn’t respond earlier 🙂
@Peggy: Merci and I hope you had a fantastic week too!
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