MMJ Days 4 to 5 and my pillowcase bathing suit!

Made Me June

It has been cloudy and rainy for the past few days with even some flooding at various places on Sunday. Trying to get water, flowers or playgrounds in my MMJ photos was harder than I had imagined so I just had to get more creative with it.

day 4. saturday. rainy. 23 to 32 degrees celsius

Puddles of water after the rain LOL. Hope that’s acceptable 🙂

Outfit: Reflection of the moon frock

Hours worn: 6 hours

Places visited: Toa Payoh Entertainment Hub

Main activities: Lunch with my parents

Number of times I have worn the outfit: More than 5 times

Wear Again: Absolutely! Love this dress:)

day 5. sunday. rainy. 23 to 31 degrees celsius

Indoor kiddy rides- hope that passes as playground 😛

Outfit: 50s Inspired Sabrina dress (without cape)

Hours worn: 7 hours

Places visited: Changi Airport, Vivocity

Main activities: Shopping and family time

Number of times I have worn the outfit: It was my first time wearing the dress out. I remembered it was a challenge taking it off and as a result I didn’t wear it again until MMJ. I was also a little concerned if people were gonna recognize this as an ikea home decor fabric but I guess the print is pretty common. I also realized that I have lost some weight since last year as the dress wasn’t as fitting around the waist as before.

Wear Again: Maybe as I really do have to put in effort when taking it off and that’s not something I enjoy doing.

The Sew Weekly

This week at The Sew Weekly, we are making a garment from a single or pair of pillowcases. It was really tough finding cheap pillowcases in Singapore (no fabrics, tablecloths or pillowcase at the thrift shop, yikes!) and you can read more about my pillowcase shopping attempts on my TSW post this week.

When I finally found these pillowcases on sale at spotlight, I grabbed them thinking they are perfect for a mod dress. I love the purple/ black and white print!

These are European pillowcases so they are not longer but wider, squarish in shape. The texture was stiff and reminded me of my son’s swim shorts. So, eventually I decided to make a vintage bathing suit out of it and some swimwear lining I have in my stash.

The Gallery

I tried to match the print the best that I could but didn’t have enough fabric to match the lower band of the top which was quite a bummer. For contrast and to make the garment more interesting, I used some red bias tape and buttons on the top.

The top photos were taken by with my new canon camera but I realized I couldn’t use that camera for my bathroom shots (Or rather I’m still unsure about the settings to use in that environment). They all turned out too dark so for those close up shots, so I used my automatic camera.

A scallop bias (which works like piping) was used between the bra cup piece and the lower band to make it more interesting and I also used a plastic zipper with lace like edge for the shorts.The patterns

I used Simplicity 3250 for the bra top and Simplicity 1124 for the shorts. As I have used the shorts pattern before, I knew it didn’t require much fabric and was high-waisted enough to cover my stretch marks. My only modification was to shorten it by not cutting the hem band and replacing the grosgrain ribbon (waist facing) for the waist with red bias tape. It’s real quick and easy to sew!

The bra top pattern turned out to be really easy to sew as well and instructions were very clear. I love the shaping formed by the pleats in the middle and gathers at the side of the top.

I am gonna be making full use of this at the pool on weekends for sure! Absolutely loving the 1950s vibe of the bathing suit!

Have a blessed week my sewing comrade! Next week, we will be sewing a black and white garment for the ascot races (Yes, inspired by My Fair Lady’s ascot scene!), do join us for the challenge!


Behind the Seams: Hike And Seek. The Explorer Outfit.

Do you have any UFOs in your sewing room? These are the unfinished objects or projects you started but didn’t quite finish. At The Sew Weekly Challenge, we are attempting to finish one of these UFOs this week. You can find my post here.

Before I started on this outfit, I had two UFOs.

This outfit which was planned for St.Patricks week until my son insisted that I wear dresses to pick him up from school which instantly created a strong need for a casual dress wardrobe.  That was exactly what I’ve spent the last couple of weeks creating.  The second UFO I have is an animal print pendrell blouse in knit which I have cut and have every intention of wearing for Made-Me March 2011. Which means I have two days to get it done and wear it! Gotta get going on that project!

The Pattern Review

I scored this lovely 1955 blouse/shorts/skirt vintage pattern from etsy sometime back and it has been on my must sew list. Of the shorts/ blouse patterns I have seen this has quite a flattering and cute design and the possibilities are endless. Using the same fabric for top and bottom like on the pattern cover or in contrast. I can see myself creating a few of these separates to wear with each other or other garments.

The instructions were clear but as this was the first time I sewed shorts cuffs that ended with a button band, I did spent sometime figuring that portion out. I think they could have turned out better if I have had some practice but I didn’t have anymore of the scrap fabric to make changes so I talked myself into living with them the way they looked.

The pattern recommended an 8 inch zipper for the blouse. That worked but i think a 10 inch one might have been even better. The shorts fitted well at the waist, has a side zipper/ eye & hook and the waistband is finished with grosgrain ribbon which surprisingly worked marvelously!

I love the surprise find in the pattern envelope. An original receipt dated 14 June (no year though) and it only cost 52 cents!!!

The gallery and photoshoot

Meet my hike and seek outfit made using an echino green glasses fabric and scrap ikea home decor fabric. You will notice that I created four pleats with piping down the front of the blouse. I accidentally cut the front of the blouse too wide as I didn’t notice that the previous user of the vintage pattern didn’t cut away the tissue next to the front centre fold. So, to rectify the situation, pleats were created.

Don’t you love the bands and buttons, though not perfect, they are my favorite design elements on the outfit!

This photo session was simple and easy. My family visited the Singapore Zoo that day and we usually snap photos of the animals so the photo shoot became part of the snapping activity:)

Some tips I’ve picked up from sewing shorts
Tagging the darts
I’ve done darts many times and sometimes despite ironing them in a certain direction, they can get turned to the opposite direction after seams are sewn.  Most of the time, the seam ripper come into use but it never occurred to me that I can actually baste/ tag the darts after finishing them until I’ve read the instructions in this vintage pattern.  Yay! From now on my darts are gonna be obedient! And its applicable for any project with darts or pleats.
Sewing two sides of the pants right sides together
Step 1: Turn one side of the shorts to the wrong side and slide the right side of the other side into the other. This way the right sides are facing. I find this to be the easiest way to do this.
Step 2: Pin the seams of the two sides together and stitch
Step 3: Trim, clip and notch seams allowance.
Step 4: Turn shorts out and press. This ensure that the seams will be smooth and flat without being bulky.
Hope that’s useful for your shorts/ pants projects! I’m just thrilled to have completed my first vintage pattern shorts and blouse!

Have a blessed week!