Thursday, March 19, 2015

Project run and play march sew along dress. the knot dress.


Finally got my sewing mojo back, all thanks to my little baby A. While trying to catch up with the blogosphere, I came across project run and play blog their monthly sewalong caught my attention right away. This month, they are having a sew along for this free pattern by mesewcrazy. So cute isn't it? Too bad it only comes in size 2T to 6T, so I won't be able to sew for my little A yet. Luckily I know a sweet little girl of a friend who will look really great in this dress.

Size: 4T
Pattern: Knot Dress by mesewcrazy
Fabric: Polka Dot Tutti Frutti from Joann
A simple and straight forward pattern. But the end product looks awesome! Girly ties details and love love the back design:)

This pretty girl loves her new dress!

Good modelling yay!

Playing with Allen. The pics were taken after they have ended their school.

I can't wait for baby A hair to grow long so I can start tying her hair into nice hairdos just like big sister here.

Baby A in mummy made outfit. 'Mummy, you got to wait long long k, my hair still so short. LOL'
Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

DIY no sew Tulle Dress tutorial

Ok, I went crazy with the pretty tutu dresses and made 2 dresses for Baby A in a day. One pink set and one purple set. SO cute!!!!
It's really easy, and each dress and headband set only took me 2 hours to complete. Below are the materials needed.
-6inch tulle spools in your preferred colors. I choose this over the tulle fabrics by yard as it is precut and saves me a lot of time. Got them from Joann store.
-Matching crocheted headbands. Got 26 different colors from amazon at $9.99usd without tax. What a good deal!
-Measuring tape.

Firstly, you will need to measure the desired length of the tulle dress. I just measured the length from Baby's armpit to her feet. Which is around 27cm, multiply it by 2 and rounded up to 65cm. So I needed to cut the strips 65cm as it will be folded in half and tied to the crochet headband.

Next is the boring measuring and cutting of the strips. To make the measuring faster, I measured the distance from the edge of the carpet and used the end of my cutting board as a guide. So I just need to align the start of the tulle to the carpet edge and unroll the spool, cut it at the edge of the cutting board. Super fast!

After the strips are ready, you just need to fold a strip into half and tie it to the crochet headband.

Go through one of the hole and put the ends through the loop. It's that easy:) Remember to start from the bottom row first and slowly work your way up. The dresses I made consists of 2 full rows of tulle strips and were super puffy. Can't imagine 3 full rows!

For this pink dress, the bottom row consists of red strips only, while the top row, I alternated pink and white strips. A great way to play with colors and if you do not like the colors combo, you can just untie the strips and rearrange them again:)

Next, I used a 1 inch wide pink satin ribbon and tied to the bodice midfront for the halter straps. Used remnant tulle and my newly brought bow maker to make a matching headband to complete the attire.
After that you will have an awesome dress for photoshoot, wedding events or even a birthday dress for the lovely girl in your life;) 

Another set completed that night as I couldn't resist the loveliness of it. The good thing about the crochet headband is that it is super stretchy, it can even fit my 3 yr old boy!

For this purple version, the base is made up of black and purple strips, while the top is violet and purple.

Potential for cosplaying in future? Hmm mummy will try to sew the costumes for you if you wan. LOL, only if daddy agrees.
Thanks for dropping by, and have fun crafting your own tulle dresses!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

DIY Baby Tutu Skirt and a failed photoshoot

Hi everyone! I would like to introduce to you all my little princess, Baby A. She just turned 2 months old last Saturday. Girls are so much more fun than boys! Oophs, sorry boys:)
Hoping to make an easy and pretty photoshoot costume for her, I browsed through etsy and saw the many pretty tutus dresses. And they dun even involve the need to sew! Immediately I went to dug through my gigantic fabric stash and managed to get some grey tulles. No elastic crochet headband? no problem, I crocheted my own band using grey satin ribbons. (This is how impatient I am...)
For the band: I chained on 40 and join the join.
Chain 2, dc in the next chain, *chain 1, dc in the 2nd chain*, repeat * across the roll and do the same for the third row. Bind off.
The thing is, my tulle stash is only 1 yard... Not enough for 2 layers so I gave up and decided to purchase some tulle the next day for it. Nevertheless, I still dressed my girl in the half finished skirt and happily snap away... LOL.
So the next morning, I brought along all my 3 kids to the Walmart which has the craft section and purchased the black tulle and shimmer grey tulle. Went back home and started working on it. Within a hour of work, the skirt is done. It's so easy! For the waistband, I weaved in more black tulle so I can tighten and tie into a ribbon bow at the back when worn.
Finished product! Isn't it so cute! If I am younger, I will definitely make a matching one for myself. LOL. But I admit I am auntie liao, so this kind is a big nono unless I wan to scare off my husband.

I also crocheted a simple headband for Baby A to match and made a black ribbon bow. But, I made the bow too big, it looks super weird so I didn't attach it.
On to the photoshoot... FAILED! Baby A just dun wanna cooperate that day and was in a super nasty mood. Yay, bad temper runs in the family. Hopefully she will grow up to be less chilli padi girl.
And another lesson learnt: I will never ever use shimmer tulle anymore... All the glitters and shimmers flying everywhere were a pain in the ass. Next up, I will be making a full length tutu dress for Baby A. And maybe I can snap more progress shots for tutorial purposes.

Baby A wearing mummy made rompers. So cute! Pattern is by: Oliver and S.

This lot of almost new burda style magazines. Selling at 16usd with shipping included. The patterns are all intact and for some, not removed from the magazine at all.
I am trying to clear my books stash and some of my fabrics now as our family will be moving back to our tiny apartment in Singapore 6months later. Do look through and if you are interested, can email me:0 I accept paypal payments, thank you:)

Next up is this chunky bot of Black polyester blend fabric... Not sure got how many yards left but definitely a lot! Great for cosplay costumes! Clearing at 20usd exclude shipping cos I not sure how much the shipping will be. It's heavy! Or if you live in Phoenix, you can come collect from my place in goodyear:)
That's all for now, I will be packing my stash and will look for more stuff to clear. Thank you for dropping by!

Friday, October 10, 2014

A baby crossover top tutorial and free pattern

Being a super Kiasu mummy, I have sewn up a little chinese style crossover top for my baby A.

Baby A is due in mid Jan next yr, just in time for the Chinese New Year celebration on Feb 19 2015. So I sewn this festive top in a newborn to 3 months size. Small and tiny and cute!
Keep reading on for the tutorial and free pattern link below.
I even altered the sleeve pattern and sewn up another casual top with puffed short sleeves for my niece Chloe as well. It's not often you get so many baby girls to sew for and i am really great that my elder sis appreciates my handmade clothings for her baby.
Fabric used: A red quilting cotton with metallic gold dots from Joann. Price 9.90USD but i used my 50% off coupon. 1 yard=5USD
Gold bias tape from stash and the gold chinese frog closure also from stash.

The back of the top is also a crossover so there is no need for 'actual closures'. The chinese frog buttons are mainly 'decorative' and to make the top more chino style.

And i also made a matching headband with the remnant fabric.

The short puffy sleeves version. With elastic sleeve cuffs for niece Chloe.

Fabric used: Pink polka dots cotton from Joann
Crochet lace from stash.
I brought 2 yards of this cotton and already made 1 romper, 1 bloomer, 1 headband and this top from it.
Enough of the blabbering, here is the link to the handdrawn pattens: I am not a expert in pattern making, so u r expecting superior quality, pls close the tab and head somewhere else instead.
Note: The size of this pattern is only in newborn to 3months. Great to sew them up as baby gifts.
And here is the mini quick tutorial on the steps:
1) First u got to download the documents from the above link and print them out as 0 scaling. You can use the 4 by 4cm test square to check the scaling. Then cut out 8 bodice pcs and 2 skirt pcs and 2 sleeves pcs. No interfacing is needed in the construction.
2) Sew the crossover bodice pcs at the shoulder seams using 3/8 inch SA. Press. You should have 4 pcs of what is shown in the above pic.

3) With the right sides together, sew the curved neck seams together using 3/8 inch SA. Ending with 2 joined bodice pcs.

4) Trim and clip the curved seam allowances and press.
5) This is what you should have now for the bodice.

6) Add bias tape for emebllishments, or laces as shown in the casual version or you can leave it as it is.
7) Overlap the bodice pcs, left over right (chinese style) or right over left, whichever you are happy with. Matching the mid bodice notches and raw edges. Pin.

8) Stitch at 3/8"inch SA. Repeat for the back bodice as well. Both back and front are actually the same.

9) Next, gather the skirt pcs by stitching 2 rows of basting stitches .

Pardon my not very good pics but i tried my best.

10) Pin the skirt pc to the bodice, matching the edges and the mid notch then pull the basting stitches to fit. Pin the gathers and stitch at 3/8"SA.

 11) This will be what you have. Now you can either serge the seam or zigzag the seam or whatever you are happy with.
12) Reapeat for the back skirt portion and the end results. Remember to press the seams up towards the bodice after you are done.

I used a serger for the seams.

13) Next up the sleeves, you need to gather the sleeves in between the side notches for both versions. Then pin the sleeves to the armholes with right sides together matching the shoulder seam to the mid notch and side seams. Adjust the gathers for the puff sleeves version more towards the shoulder seams area. Stitch at 3/8inch. Finish the seams and press it out towards the sleeves.
14) Pin the side seams of the top and the sleeves and stitch all the way at 3/8 inch SA. PS: Stitch from the skirt hem upwards to the sleeves hem so the mid bodice seams are sutomatically turned towards the bodice. Finish the seams and press them open.

Sorry for the lack of pictures from now on cos it got too dark and i just could get clear pics of the remaning steps.
15) For the long sleeve version: Press up the sleeves hem 1/4inch and then 3/8 inch to get a narrow hem. Stitch close to the inner edge of the fold.  And for the skirt hem, you can do the same or use a bias tape for extra embellishment.
For the puff sleeves version: Press up the sleeves hem by 1/4 inch and then 3/8inch to get a narrow elastic casing. Edge stitch along  the inner fold leaving a opening for elastic insertion. Then cut out a desired length of 1/4inch elastic, (i cant remember the length i used, i just estimated and cut it.) thread the elastic through the narrow casing using a small safety pin and stitch the elastic ends together. Once done, stitch the opening close.
Then hem the skirt portion same as the long sleeved version. 
Hope my wordy and pictures insufficient tutorial will help somehow. Any questions, feel free to leave me a comment below or email me at And if you do sew up this little pc, I would be very happy to c your version pics!!!
Thank you for staying with me and may you all have a super fun long wkend ahead.
XOXO Ashley

Results of a Crazy nesting mood.

Hi everyone,

Finally back from my long long break. I gotten busy with life and in the midst, a precious new life is growing inside my belly. Yup, I am preggy with my 3rd child, currently at 26 wks, and the baby is a GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yay! You can imagine the excitement when we found out her gender after having 2 hyper active boys in our life. The envision of cute dresses and cute hairstyles i can try on her just filled my mind every single day.

I started to revisit my sewing corner and started to churn out lovely and girly clothes for my little girl and not to forget my little niece Chloe that was born in July back in Singapore. Sewing for girls are so addictive! Who can resist the sweet ruffles and girly details compared to straight old plain boys clothings? And i can envision myself sewing cosplay costumes for my darling girl in the near future (if she's interested in being a cosplayer and live on my cosplay dreams. LOL!)

And the following are the results of my crazy nesting mood: (Pardon for the shitty hp pics. I am too lazy to dig out my camera and use it.)

First up is a handsewn newborn booties:

Fabric: Cream flora quilting cotton from stash. Pink satin Bias tapes from stash and white satin ribbon for ties. Cost: $0USD since all from stash.
Pattern: A baby Japanese sewing book from my books collection.

Next up I started 2 sets of Ninja Costume for my boys for coming Halloween. Completed the green one so far and the black pcs are cut out but got churn aside to make way for girly sewing.

Fabric: Broadcloth from Joann- Green and black 3 yards each.
Ninja sword and accessories from Target-$6USD
Pattern: Mccall 6184 Karate costume

I used the 2T size for the green version which is meant for little brother but they turned out to be too big! it suits my 4Y Aidan just nice so i have to switch characters for them instead and i modified the pattern pcs and cut a smaller black version for Allen.

This is Allen trying on the costume, i got to fold up the sleeves and pants in order for him to function properly in it.
A peplum romper.
Fabric: Light Pink Polka Dots Cotton From Joann. Laces and buttons from stash.
Size: 3M
Pattern: Cute clothes for Kids Book brought from amazon

Elegant dress that will be making its way to my niece soon.
Fabric: Light pink Kona cotton from
White cotton lace from stash. (I still got 9over yards of it left. Brought them yrs back in bangkok fabric wholesale market.)
Pattern: Simplicity 4711. In the s size for 6months. I added a lace panel in the front bodice and lengthened the skirt.

An appliqued Baby bloomer. First trial on applique using wonder under and obviously i haven master my satin stitch yet thus the awkward edge stitching and hand stitching.

Leggings and hats using free baby go to leggings patterns and free baby hats pattern from Both knits are picked up from Joann remnant bin.

A simple hand embroidered itty bitty dress.

I love this the most: A cross back Jumper dress with matching bloomers.
Fabric: Pink seersucker from and white broadcloth from stash. Simple and sweet design.
Pattern: One of the big 4 companies.

Another quite sew: itty bitty dress with matching headband and ruffled bloomers. I used my plain old bloomer pattern and just added a row of ruffles to the back. But i attached it too high up, will lower th ruffles in future creations.


The lovely baby patterns from Oliver and S.
Since little A will be due in Jan next yr, i got to prepare some cosy wear for the cold weather.
Fabric: Flannel from Joann. Puple bunnies cotton on clearance from Joann too.
Snaps are from babyville.
This set is 0 to 3 months size, tiny and puny cute!

This set are gifts for friend who just gave birth.
Fabric: Pink tutti frutti swirls fabric remnant from a hawthorn top i made previously. White broad cloth and huge white satin ribbon from stash.

The bunny cotton dress and a super naughty mummy. I just cant resist trying the dresses on my little boy to c how it actually looks even though the dress is sized for 3months but my 2Y little boy is so tiny, he can wear it as a top! LOL.
This dress has already made it to Niece Chloe and I will be expecting a cute pic of her in it soon.
Pattern: Cute clothes for kids book

A cotton bodysuit this time using O+S pattern. The design is great and the instructions are really clear making the sewing a breeze. I will definately sew up more of this bodysuits in bigger sizes soon.

After sewing so many items for Little A, guiltiness overcame me and i pulled out this reindeer flannel from stash which i brought last yr to make into christmas pj for the boys but never got to it.
 Fabric: Flannel from Joann brought last yr.
Pattern: Sewing for boys book. The sweetheart Pajamas.
The pants are super long! so i ended up using the 2T pattern for Aidan pants instead and it fit him just nice. For Allen, i got to fold up the hems twice as usual.

Ok, that's all the craziness for today, coming up next will be a tutorial and free pattern for a baby crossover top with 2 sleeves options. Stay tuned!