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!