Sunday, April 27, 2014

shirt wave

Spring means "new shirt" to me.

It does mean so for a long time, and this year I sewed three shirts in a row. To tell the truth to you unnecessarily, though I like making shirts and I often sew them for my sister who loves shirts, I've never thought that I am a good shirt wearer myself. However, no matter how I am bad at wearing them, spring has been the time for thinking new shirts to me, because I seem to be firmly programmed doing it by the Force.
New shirts in spring make some kind of people so happy so instantly. If they're self-made, they're even more effective.

Anyway, I sewed all three shirts using the same old pattern but made them have different lengths of sleeves. Long, under-elbow, and half sleeves. They have minor differences in insignificant details too. The pattern is a very basic shirt pattern from a Japanese company, MPL. It has an option for under-elbow sleeves, that's the main reason why I chose it for this time. (But it is no longer available because it's very old and already out of print.)

I used cotton fabrics, one was in off-white and having organza flowers all over, another was Liberty Tana lawn in cheerful flowery print, and the other was a partially light blue-dyed light brown firm cotton with blue brush print I bought in Australia, at The Fabric Store. I omitted collars from all three shirts like I often do, because I knew that I'd look slightly better without collars. Salute for DIY spirit!

So my spring task is all done.
I hear my inner voice now, may the Force be with me and everybody else!

Wishing you a very happy sewing and a great weather,


Friday, April 11, 2014

sequin clutch bag

If your fabric is too gorgeous or too small, how about making a clutch?

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size: 15 x 24cm

Happy sewing to all of you!


P.S. I'm joining in Me-Made-May 2014. See you there if you're coming to the party!

"I, yoshimi of yoshimi the flying squirrel, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to wear handmade clothing every day for the duration of May 2014. I will also try to use all my seasonal appropriate handmade garments in this challenge, to review my past sewing projects."