Say hello to Alesya. I have been wanting a dress form since I started seriously sewing. I bought her from my cousin who had a mini wedding cum makeup cum clothes outlet. She's a beauty, this dress form. It's just that she doesn't have my shoulder and tight, mine's smaller and she has bigger assets. So....
One of my big project now is to change my cushion cover for the sofa. The original cover is the light brown cover which we've been using since 6 years ago. I've only washed it a few times and now it needs some change. I just can't get rid of the old milk and baby food stains (it's easier to blame the kids, i know) and dark dust stains. We live in an apartment in KL town. So dust really rest and stain the fabric, thankfully after a few years.
I've got 5 rectangle cushion covers. I've done 2 of the same maroon fabric. I'm thinking of making the other 3 in different fabric designs. I can't wait. Honestly, I 'm really hopeless in house decorating. I'm used to make do with what I have. So to do things like this excites me.
We went to Ikea last weekend for a walk around and saw this quite cheap white and grey flannel covers for the sofa. Perfect! A quick fix for the stained sofa.
I've been good this year. I started my baju raya project in the midst of Ramadhan. Unlike last year and the year before last, I would have just started the kid's and my baju raya 2 days before Aidilfitri. The night before raya I would still be struggling to finish the clothes until wee morning. This year I am a bit relaxed as I am more determined and I would say more organised. True what people say, it comes with being wiser (older!).
I planned a simple traditional Malay kurung for myself and both girls. After watching videos on YouTube to get inspired, I bumped into an interesting and simple peplum video. Watdayaknow! It's actually very simple to sew peplum and to excite me more, I just had to use a stretchy material to omit the zippers. Simple!
I already had a jersey interlock I bought last year. First trial, I was in love. First thought, it would look lovely on the kids. And because I was determined and organised, I managed to sew for 2 nieces and a cousin. Whoa!
I also managed to amend old projects. It just takes a little effort to make things nicer. I wished I knew this earlier. Hah!
My first peplum, old long skirt project, all 7 skirts done and a trip to LSN for some advise and consolation. (It comes with purchase of accessories too!)
The printed Italian cotton (just coincidentally designed by Emanuel Ungaro) and jersey interlock for the peplum top.
A matching purple fabric and design on the first day of Raya for my 2 lovelies.
Long sleeve and 'longer' peplum and a mermaid skirt.
A matching design - pinkish fabric on the 2nd day of Raya.
Capped sleeve and 'shorter' peplum with a double-tiered-gathered-hem skirt.
I have an attitude that I have to knock off when it comes to sewing. I get discouraged easily. There will be a point where I get all excited about sewing, start to sew and cut and sew and finally couldn't wait for the pieces to finish, I rush it out and make mistakes and get discouraged. Never mind getting discouraged, it had to come with a total halt and hibernation phase. The worst since started sewing, I don't really buy cloths. It just don't seem worth buying something I can sew. It makes me more thrifty, at the same time shirtless. Hah! The first is OK. The 2nd is quite depressing. No sewing and no more cloths. My husband don't believe me when I say I have no more cloths to wear. Men just don't get it I guess. Hehe. I've got to rant more. It does good to the soul.
My sister started her baking passion-turn-business a few years ago. She had gone from home business to a bakery store based just recently. Quite an achievement. Sharing below her very creative creation.
The Despicable Me minions
Banana split - it's a real cake. No real banana involved
Upin & Ipin
So every baker needs a chef uniform right? Hmm..here's me doing a muslin so that it would fit. The actual uniform will be black BUT to this date it has not fit in perfectly yet. I have sewn with the actual fabric but because also this is my first time sewing a plus size top, its a bit of a challenge. By the way, the plus size button top kurung I sewn for mom which I destroyed does not count. Ngeehh.. Everything on the body fits perfectly fine. I just have to amend the armhole now. The remnants is not big enough for me to cut a new arm so was disappointed when the fabric store had all the colors under the sun of this material except black. How can that be? This means this project will have to be put aside until I have the arm sorted out.
"This apron was designed by my sister , Nana Ghazali..quite creative she is ... She bought a pair of culottes (had to google how to spell that), cut it into 4 ..the upper front part, which was really nice, became a part of an apron for Aspara Rusli and I got the backside bit .... Cool eh? The kembang part at the bottom became part of dresses for her two daughters ..... She does all sorts of cool things like baby blankets, reusable cloth diapers etc .... baby slings, too!"
This happened in September 2012. The whole Saad Clan planned to wear orange. So as always I was still busy sewing the night before our trip to Penang. I was happy with the fit and outcome....but the inside workmanship really need to be improved.
My 4 year old looking pretty in this color. Never bought anything orange for the girls before. Peachy orange is just nice.
My 1 year old posing diligently. That's me behind her in my masterpiece. A batik kembang payung sarong and a mid length kaftan just because it is the easiest to make. It's already becoming my uniform for Raya, just in different colours. I love the batik. The texture and finishing is actually really nice. Closer look you will see a 2 mm lines sewn diagonally. My sister bought this for me from Medan. She has a friend who makes a living selling these. Lovely!