After sewing my first men’s shirt for my grandpa by using an old shirt of his, I wanted to try using an actual pattern with instructions. When making my grandfather’s shirt, I found I was unsure about how some of the components were sewn together. Such as the yoke and the sleeve placket. I wanted to find a proper pattern with instructions to learn the correct techniques.
I finished my dentistry degree in December last year and have now been working for 3 months. The ‘adult life’ of full time work means I haven’t had as much time for sewing, so it has been a bit quiet on this blog and my instagram. Also there’s the fact that I haven’t had much inspiration of what to sew… until now.
Peppermint Magazine’s Peplum Top by Emily from In the Folds is available for free download. The loose, flowing fit is lovely for warm Summer weather, which is when I made it, but I’m only getting around to writing about it now we’re into Autumn in Australia…
My sister bought the blouse on the left above from a retro warehouse sale of second hand clothing. She didn’t try it on at the time. When trying it on later, she found that the fit was unusual and generally unflattering so didn’t end up wearing it much at all. It sat in her wardrobe for a while until I saw it. I liked the fabric print and saw the potential for an upcycling project.
When I went to Korea in September last year I bought fabric from the Dongdaemun Shopping Complex. I bought a couple of meters of various polyblend fabrics (in 4 different prints) and a couple of meters of navy blue hanbok silk.
I have not yet used all of the fabric I bought, but do have plans in the works. So far, I have completed two projects!
First up, I made a tie for my dad’s birthday present using the hanbok silk. This was my second time sewing a tie. Last time I made a skinny tie, but this time I made a regular tie. Both style of tie will use the same pattern, but when you get to the final stage of folding the sides to the centre, for a regular tie you do not need to fold it in as much as for a skinny tie.
The day after my last dentistry rural placement was our Graduation Ball. I wanted to sew my own dress for the ball which meant I had to complete it weeks before (rather than days before like my last gown :P) as I wouldn’t have my sewing machine in rural SA.
I knew I wanted a two-piece outfit with a midi skirt. After looking on Pinterest for inspiration I came to the decision to sew a box pleat midi skirt and tulip open back cropped top.
I found the fabric for the skirt at my local Salvos op-shop. I think it was a table cloth or bed spread/throw? It was a heavyweight white fabric with a raised woven design of flowers and leaves. (I don’t have a ‘before’ picture of the skirt fabric as I was in a hurry to finish the outfit) The top was made from double face satin from Spotlight in an ivory/pale pink shade. Continue reading “Two-piece ball dress: up-cycled midi skirt & cropped top.”→