I recently went on a trip to Korea! It was my first time travelling there and thankfully I had my friend Rachel with me as a wonderful guide and translator. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen that I went to Dongdaemun Shopping Complex to buy fabric! The shopping complex is huge with 4 buildings of 6-7 storeys, full of wholesale fabrics and other sewing notions. I bought lots of fabric which you will see on this blog in posts to come!
But in the meantime this post is about some previous sewing projects of mine that I have found useful while travelling overseas.
First up is a makeup bag.
I received some fat quarters as a gift for Christmas in a selection of beautiful Indigenous prints. A fat quarter is fabric that comes pre-cut usually measuring 46×56 cm – 1/4 of a yard of fabric. Because of their size, they are good for small projects like purses, pencil cases, cushions or bags or can be sewn together to make a quilt.
After watching this video by April/Coolirpa (one of my sewing and upcycling idols), where April takes two dresses from the thrift store and converts them into a new formal ball gown, I was inspired to upcycle/sew my own ball gown for my annual dental student association Grand Dental Ball.
This piece was made for my sister earlier this year. It is a sleeveless blouse in navy cotton fabric with a hand embroidered neckline. The pattern was based on some of her other blouses. Just a simple sleeveless top, fully lined with side bust darts. I didn’t take any photos of the full blouse unfortunately. Continue reading “Milky way embroidered top.”→
This was my biggest sewing project to date that I made back in April this year. A lined hooded jacket with button up closure and pockets! (I like pockets and reckon more items of clothing should have them)
The patten I used is Papercut Pattern’s Waver Jacket. I bought it as a PDF to download and assemble, but it is also available as a physical paper pattern on their site. It comes in a short and long hem variation and optional drawstring cord at the waist. I made the short version.
This project is the first non-sewing one on this blog! A crocheted stuffed Totoro.
Amigurumi are crocheted or knitted stuffed toys. This art form originates from Japan. I have dabbled in crochet and am still learning. This was the second time I tried amigurimi. The first time I made a mini cupcake, so this project was a step up with many components.
Today I am sharing another upcycled sewing project! Again, apologies for the photo quality as this was another project that I made before this blog.
This size 16 dress was bought from Salvos for less than $6. I liked the printed pattern and with it being a larger sized item of clothing, I had more fabric to work with.
When op-shopping I like to look through everything, even things not in my size. I look at the fabric quality and print when browsing. I try on all items that vaguely catch my eye because sometimes a piece that seems okay-ish on a hanger will look different when worn, and vice versa. This often means I have a huge pile of clothes to try on. And when trying things on, I can better visualise how I can alter or upcycle it.
It was only when I tried on this oversized dress did I get the idea to make it into a two piece cropped t-shirt and skirt.