An eventful week and giveaway winners

I’m sorry for the delay. It hasn’t been the best of weeks for us and at the end of it, I am thankful that everyone is all right.

My hubby was ill on Tuesday and while we were at the clinic, my dad called to say that mum had a car accident.  Thank God she wasn’t injured but her car would be at the workshop for at least a week. So, hubby and I spent almost a day driving around checking on her, her car, meeting the owner of the car she collided with and finding a good workshop. Mum was shaking when we met her and complained of chest pains so we got her to visit the doctor and rest for a couple of days.

The following day, my lil princess fell in school and now sports a 2-centimeter bump on her forehead. We rushed her to the pediatrician that evening and had to observe her for 48 hours.

I felt tired and rather distracted this week after all that happenings and that I think made me indecisive and fickle. While working on my new Sew Weekly project  for a summer dress, I decided half way through that I preferred the top and bottom as separates rather than a dress. So, I started on another dress on Thursday afternoon. I hope that project works out.

On a brighter note, reading all your comments here and on the Sew Weekly always cheers me up so thank you all for that. And while I was posting new photos on flickr, I discovered that the Honor Roll has made an adorable blouse from my sunny resort blouse pattern. I love that she used a stripe bias tape for contrast and finished her tie belt with those stripes too!

Julie from Vibrant Designs also made a pretty lace version of the 1-hour Kaftan. Love those sleeves!

I am so honoured that Chie from Viva Veritas found my piping tutorial easy to follow and created these new lovelies with piping!  She is such a creative and inspiring talent and I can’t wait to see the photos of her outfits from her June photo shoot! Did you see her scallop waist skirt free pattern? I’m sewing that up for sure!

As some of you know, I started documenting tips/tutorials on a more regular basis since the beginning of the year so it feels fantastic each time someone uses them. One thing about coming up with tutes is I have no idea if I conveyed the steps clearly enough so it is quite reassuring when someone uses it and it works. Tutes can also be super time consuming to document so when it is used, I have a feeling that the time was well spent. Thank you so much ladies!

Now, without further ado, part 2 of my anniversary giveaway.  Before I announce the winners. I just wanted to thank you all for taking time to participate and to tell me 3 interesting things about yourselves! I really enjoyed reading and learning more about you and visited your blogs to find out more too:)

The winners are:

Vintage Simplicity 8278- Sertyan #16

Vintage Simplicity 8442- Crystal #20

1950s Apron pattern -Fiona #6 generator was used and I got 3 winners who wanted the 3 different patterns straight away! Marvelous!  If you are reading this, please email me your mailing address so I can send the patterns to you! Congratulations!

Have a blessed weekend, here’s wishing everyone a better week ahead!

Giveaway winner and Anniversary Giveaway Part 2: Vintage Patterns

Thank you all for participating in my sewing/ blogging anniversary giveaway. The very blessed winner of the Japanese box is Curvy Kitty who blogs at my secret robot army and is #40 on the comment list, the random number generated by Congratulations Curvy Kitty! I’ll be in touch soon for your mailing address. Kitty sent me a link to a 1940s blue corduroy overalls  on a doll as an inspiration outfit.

She said “My fashion inspiration is quite creepy love that 40s style!” I was a little freaked by the doll initially but in true honesty, I loved her light blue outfit! It might just become an inspiration for  an outfit one day!

And thank you for all the feedback, I’m glad some of you liked the improvement in photos and noted that some of you asked for more tutorials. Without further ado, here’s part 2 of the giveaway as promised! And I loved many of the inspiration links you gals left me and have decided to try recreating some of them for my own wardrobe!

For this week’s giveaway, there are three vintage patterns for three winners. These are all patterns I have used so they are tried & tested and ready to be shared.

1) One size fits all 1950s Apron pattern which I used for the “As you like it” apron. I love love love this pattern but unfortunately do not cook much so one apron is more than enough for me:)

2) Vintage Simplicity 8442, Size 12 Bust 34 which I used for the blues’ resort dress.

The blues resort dress

3) Vintage Simplicity 8278, Size 12, Bust 34 which I used for the Fly & Chill dress.

Fly & Chill Dress

I would like to know more about YOU this week! To participate in this giveaway, please tell me three things about yourself and if you blog, please leave a link. I’ll like to read more about you too. Remember to let me know if you’d like item 1, 2 or 3. This giveaway will end 21 May 2011.

Keep the comments coming! Blessed weekend!

Sewing Blogging Anniversary Giveaway: Japanese Edition

I sewed the first dress for myself on 29 April 2010. Two weeks later, I renamed and moved my blog to wordpress. How time flies cos that was exactly a year ago!

I’m celebrating my Made-Me sewing/ blogging anniversary with two giveaways – one starting today and the other on 12 May! Here are the goodies up for grabs and I mail worldwide.

The Japanese Box contains:

– An issue of Japanese sewing magazine “Cotton On” (seen below)

A Japanese sewing magazine with patterns (never used) and easy to understand diagrams. Lovely patterns for hats, bags, garments (adults and kids) such as those in the images below.

– Japanese fabric

A yard each of these cute Japanese fabrics. Great for craft and kid’s clothing.

And in conjunction with this anniversary, I would like you ask you dear readers, what improvement would you like to see on the blog.

So, to participate in this giveaway, please leave me a feedback in comments or if you are already happy with what you have been reading, please give me a link to a beautiful dress you have seen on blogsphere recently as inspiration. If you are subscribed to my blog, you get a second chance and if you link to this post, a third.

This Japanese box giveaway will end 12 May and I will use the number generator to select a winner.

Blessings and let the fun begin!

The Cath Kidston Bag

I am an absolute newbie when it comes to sewing bags, having only made four bags so far. Two for my mum, one for my lil prince and here’s the fourth. The Cath Kidston Bag for Christine who won my giveaway.

The shoulder bag instructions from Cath Kidston’s Book was easy to follow but I realized after reading through it that the bag would be unlined. A lined bag is always prettier for the user. So I took an Urban Chiks for Moda quilting cotton which went pretty well with the  home decor weight Kidston fabric to create the lining. I used the bag sewing pattern (MM) for the lining, followed the same instructions, stitch the main fabric to the lining fabric wrong sides together before working on the facings and strap.

The instructions didn’t mention the Cath Kidston label and I totally forgot about it until the bag was completed. I used a red thread and hand-stitched over the original red embroidery lines around the label as I thought it would be cleaner and nicer.

On the lining, I attached an iron on denim to hide the stitching. The denim patch resembled an internal label which I thought was kinda cute.  On hindsight, I could have stitched the label onto the main fabric before attaching the lining.

The bag is rather pretty but it shouldn’t be used to hold heavy stuff as the strap is attached to the bag body by two buttons. I hope Christine enjoys using it.

I’m off to the post office to mail it!

Congratulations Giveaway Winners!

I want to thank each and everyone who participated in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway on my blog.

Wow! Wow! Wow! The response was SO overwhelming and beyond my expectations. I must tell you that I absolutely enjoyed reading all your comments! Not only do I feel encouraged and energized by your kind words but also appreciate all the time you have taken to look at the stuff I’ve made. It was a fabulous feedback channel and I’m so happy that quite a number of you also subscribed to my blog.

After reading through all your comments, I actually thought picking the winner would be tough. What if both winners wanted the fabrics and not the bag?  I was surprised that it all went smoothly! I clicked on the number generator on twice and we have both winners in seconds!

The Japanese fabrics turned out to be the more popular item and the winner is #18: Colleen who said:”I love your Floral Blouse in Made by Me. Thank you for the lovely giveaway – blessing to you this holiday season. If I won – hard to choose!! Fabric! Thank you.”Many of you also liked the bag (though not as many as the fabrics:)) and the winner is #208: Christine who said “The bag is gorgeous! And I am in love with your Floral on Green Bloomers! I love the bag! And I just subscribed to your blog!”Congratulations Colleen and Christine! I will be in touch soon:)

Have a blessed week everyone!

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway on The Sew Convert

Thank you for visiting my blog for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway! This is the second time I’m participating in the giveaway. The last one was awesome and so much fun!

I had no idea what to giveaway as the ‘handmade item’ until I received a sewing book from my sister-in-law for my birthday two days ago and it’s ‘SEW!’ by Cath Kidston. Her floral fabrics are so beautiful and I was thrilled that the book included her fabric to sew the exact bag on the cover.  So, the first item I’m giving away is this bag which I will sew for the winner. Pretty isn’t it?

The second giveaway item consists of two yards (one yard each) of these cutesy Japanese fabrics, both depicting animals at the farm. Great for quilts, clothes for little ones and other simple sewing projects:)

So, there will be two winners for this giveaway. One will get the bag and the other, both fabrics. For a chance to win, take a look at the items I’ve made under ‘Made Me’ or ‘Made Kids’ and let me know which is your favorite item from the lists. In your comment, do let me know if you would like the bag or the fabrics, otherwise I’ll assume you don’t mind either 🙂

You can get an additional chance to win by subscribing to my blog and for a third chance to win, you can link back to my blog. So, you can get a maximum of 3 chances to win.

The entry deadline is by midnight on Friday, 17 December 2010. The winning entries will be picked randomly by the numeric generator on I will announce the winners on my blog and email them for mailing information by Monday, 20 May 2010 when I’m back from a short getaway. I ship internationally so keep your comments coming!

Also, do check out the rest of the giveaways listed on the sew mama sew blog, I know I’ll be going through them 🙂

Blessed Giveaway Day everyone! I hope you win something!


The Sew Convert

‘The Blues’ Resort Dress

As part of my resort style theme, I used Simplicity 8442, a vintage pattern from the 1970s to create a resort style dress. I chose to sew the version with sleeves though I did shorten them a little. I wanted a very relaxed look and  love the shape and cute slant of the humongous pockets!

But, this dress at certain points, gave me the blues. Yes, it did. The issues occurred on the front and back bodice pieces. When I first tried the front bodice on I thought OMG the shoulder straps might be too short! That was deceiving as it turned out there were huge gaps on the front and back opening of the dress, like these.

These gaps were very ugly and annoying. It made me wondered if this was a design that called for shoulder pads as there seemed to be just enough extra space for them. The envelope didn’t mention them however.

Anyhow, I wasn’t too keen to add shoulder pads for this dress. Instead, I turned the dress inside out, pinning and taking in the extra fabric at both shoulder seams the best that I could. I baste the ‘new’ seams at both shoulders, tried on the dress again before stitching them. I also added snap button above the invisible zipper to secure the back. The dress is still far from being perfect but I tried my best and am happy that it is now wearable.

I used voile for the dress and it is underlined. It’s the first time I tried underlining and I followed the instructions closely. Underlining is different from lining as it is sewed onto the wrong side of the dress while lining is sewed right side to right side of the dress.

The voile tends to crinkle easily but still I love that the dress does look relaxing and definitely has the resort feel to it. I’m glad I managed to contain the gapping problem.

A close up view of the cute pockets embellished with silver ric rac and a sparkling purple button.

BTW, have you heard of polyvore? I think I must be one of the last to use it. LOL.  I had a little bit of time while pondering what to do with the gaps on the dress so I starting selecting accessories for it on the website. So, here’s my dream resort combination with this dress. My very first collage from Cute?

I know, it’s not fair for some of my sewing comrades to see these when it’s freezing cold autumn/ winter where some of them are. So, I did a cold weather version too, just for fun! I know the dress was made with resort style in mind but with the right accessories, it can be a completely different outfit. I am also one who believe that a dress from a vintage pattern can go well with accessories from today, though I am bias when it comes to sunglasses…the look is retro any day! 🙂

Off course, I wished I owned all these accessories so I can see what the outfit looks like in real life…but that only happens on polyvore. LOL. I did, however, put my name in the ballot to win those cute Whooga gold ugg boots! The giveaway is ongoing and you can enter by follow Whooga on Twitter or subscribing to their newsletter. All the best my sewing comrades!

Have a happy week everyone! I am chasing the blues away by sewing more tomorrow:)

Giveaway Winner!

A special thank you to everyone who participated in my giveaway!  I used the number generator at random. org and the winner is #20, Julie C who said:

“Hey, I’m originally from Paris, France but I now live in Chicago. I LOVE sewing: it’s my secret addiction. I would love to get the leaves fabric especially now that summer is over! Thanks!”

Julie, you will be receiving an email from me requesting for your mailing address soon! Congratulations and Happy Sewing!