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Monster Tour

Sewing by Ti - Monster Tour

It's October and that means it is time to make your little ones (or big ones!) Halloween costumes! Growing up in India we did not celebrate Halloween so when I first moved to the US and was living in an apartment, I was amazed at all the dress up and trick or treating concept. I made sure to buy tons and tons of candy because we got so many kids coming to our doorstep. While I didn't get into making costumes for me, I love making them for my kids :) My oldest is turning 14 tomorrow(already?!) and is no longer interested in Halloween and that made me a little sad. He says trick or treating is for little kids and I respect his choice in the matter. My 8 year old, however, wanted to dress up as a cat - a cute and cuddly one. She got one!

She made an easy choice this year and was very involved in the designing of her costume. She is getting more and more interested in making her doll clothes and comes up with interesting shapes and experiments mainly wi…

Make Nine Progress - 4 down!

Make Nine Progress - 4 down!

I'm not doing so great with the #2018makenine. I started out with this challenge in January and thought I should have no trouble with making NINE items. I mean, I am on track to making at least 100 items this year (currently at 80!). How hard could these 9 items be? Turns out, the issue is having to stick to the vision you had at the beginning of the year and carrying it out in a seasonally appropriate manner. It's either the wrong season, or I don't have perfect fabric or pattern to be making something. Sigh.

Let's review for a second what I had originally envisioned to be making -

Item #1 - Suede and sherpa vest = DONE
I made the Designer Stitch Ilse vest and love it. I wore it earlier this year and look forward to it in the fall and winter!

2. Mustard Straight Skirt - I wanted this one in mustard wool which I already have. The issue I'm having with this item is not having the perfect pattern with lining and facings included. I want t…

Itch to Stitch blog tour 2018

It's time to sew Itch to Stitch
I am participating in the blog tour again this year. This is a time to sew Itch to Stitch patterns we've been meaning to make for long! I have had my eyes on Crystal Cove Cami since it released and the Angelia Shortswere on my #makenine2018! It was absolutely the easiest decision to participate in the blog tour and pick these 2 patterns. Itch to Stitch patterns are very well drafted, have precise yet detailed instructions. Kennis Wong is well respected in the industry for putting out top notch patterns. It is an absolute pleasure to sew ITS patterns!

One of the wonderful sponsors D&H fabrics sent me this beautiful Moonstone in blue (Atelier Brunette) fabric that I absolutely love! More info on the fabric below - 

Before I go on with the construction details, I want to mention that both the Crystal Cove Cami and Angelia Shorts are on a FLASH SALE for 24 hours only! TODAY ONLY (9/20), you can get Crystal Cove Cami for $8 and and Angelia Shorts

Piper Boho Tunic

Piper Boho Tunic

It feels good to be blogging regularly again. I have been sewing as usual but not blogging my makes for the last couple months. I had some issues with the image hosting server and it took some time to iron those out. I have a backlog of images to go through.

Today, I am posting my Piper Boho tunic - an update to an existing design by Wardrobe by me. She has expanded the sizing and added more options. I have always loved Christina's designs especially the tunics. I wear them year round with shorts, leggings, jeans, skirts! They are the perfect capsule piece in any wardrobe. 

This pattern comes with different body styles, sleeve styles and necklines! I love this sort of mix and match type pattern because I can make my own 'view' depending on the fabric. I made the rolled sleeve with tab, curved hem bodice with the tie neck. The curved hem bodice has gathered front shoulder which is such a cute detail! I made a sleeveless muslin in green rayon that came out s…

Gemma Twist Top by Designer Stitch

Gemma Twist Top by Designer Stitch

Another winning design by Designer Stitch patterns - the Gemma Twist top. This top has 2 views - Twist Front Plain Back, and Plain Front Twist Back view. I made the Twist back top and love love love it so much! It has made a simple stripe knit fabric come alive! See for yourself!

Business in front, party in the back

I chose the stripe fabric because I always like playing with my stripes. I make them into chevrons, I use them to fool the eye into making me appear thinner (don't know if that works! Ha!), and use them for interest in a plain garment. When the Gemma back was twisted, the stripes made an unexpected pattern that became my favorite feature of the top!

Some pattern notes from the site:

Gemma Twist Tops

(AU/UK)     6 – 26
(US)          2 – 22
(EU)          34 – 54 ADVANCED BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE SEWING LEVEL The Gemma Twist combination pattern offers 2 style options.
The Gemma Twist Back Top has a cute and funky back wais…

Jessica Shirtdress

Jessica Shirtdress by Sew Sew Def magazine

My latest make is a shirtdress - Jessica pattern by Sew Sew Def magazine. It is actually a FREE pattern if you sign up for the newsletter. Once you sign up, the pattern is emailed to you. Click here to sign up.

I am not affiliated with the magazine but I love this design so much! I entered it in the Shirtdress Contest 2018 at Pattern Review!

The bodice has princess seams and sweetheart shape which is such a cute design.

Sizing & Fitting: 
I used a size L for the top and extended the side seams a little bit. I first made a muslin of straight size L bodice and initially thought the size was too big at the top edge, and it wouldn't close at the waist. I have a rectangle shaped body and the waist was outside the size I muslined but I tend to leave this adjustment until I know how much I need to extend. For the rest, I asked in Designer Stitch FB group if and how I should take it in at the top. Since it has princess seams, I wasn't sure…

Make Nine progress - 3 down

This year I am participating in the #2018makenine challenge. Previous post on this here. I picked nine items I have been wanting to make but did not have enough specific plans and kept putting off. I was hoping these were going to be things I would love wearing and that would work with my capsules made last year. It is time to reflect upon how the sewing is going and whether the plans are working out. I have thus far made 3 of the 9 items. 

Here is my inspiration collage. 

#1 - Sherpa Vest - I used Designer Stitch pattern - Ilse vest to make this vest. I love the way the material feels. I am new to vest wearing and clearly, I have been missing out! The only thing is the belt is a pain to have to tie without a mirror. I am planning to add a button closure and then I will be able to wear this everywhere. 

#2 - Harem pants - I used another Designer Stitch Pattern - Indu pants for these! Previous post on this is here. I love wearing them all the time! This whole outfit with the matching D…

Pattern Review Wardrobe Contest entries

Pattern Review contest has now ended and voting is underway. I ended up making all the collages to show the various wearing opportunities. My entry is here if you wish to take a look. Links in this blog post lead you to my pattern reviews on

"This is my entry for the 2018 wardrobe contest. It is my first time entering the contest at Pattern Review. I decided to make a vacation capsule for my upcoming beachy vacation in June. My hope was to have a few mix and match pieces that I can wear on vacations and travel light. Having to enter the contest meant that I have sewn and photographed everything, and I am now ready way in advance. 

My contest entries are as follows -
Bottoms -
McCall 7606 SkirtI love the petal shaped skirt. They are so in style right now. This was the first item I made for this contest and then later decided to add a matching top. The top and skirt together give off the look of a wrap dress and I LOVE it!

Simplicity 1887 ShortsThis shorts came out cu…