Wednesday, July 27, 2011

where have all the ruffles gone?

since i am newbie in making tops, i want to make sure that i get used to it and finally get the hang of it before moving on to another clothing sewing project.

a couple of years back,  when sewing was the farthest thing in my homemaker's mind,  i was hooked into anything batik (well, up until now, i still am).  i immersed myself into batik art. unfortunately, the process of making batik artworks didn't go well with my health condition so i just fancied myself by buying batik fabrics and hoarding them.  i even bought two batik dresses which i never really got to wear.  mainly, because,  i bought them online so there was no way i could have at least tried them on.  i just relied on my eyes feasting on the colors of the fabric.  when it was delivered to me, much to my dismay and disappointment,  it was meant for ladies much taller than i am.  needless to say,  i also can't give them away.  i was way too in love with the fabric itself and the batik on it. i just kept it thinking that once i go back to the Philippines, I will have someone alter it for me.  little did i know that in a few  years time,  i would be the one who'll do the alteration myself.

the other day, while looking for stashed fabrics to sew another set of this ruffled spring top,  i accidentally dug into these batik dresses. and voila! something popped into my mind so i went to get my ever dependable ripper (oh how i love to rip!!!!) and ripped the entire dress.

after ripping it off,  i washed it again, dried it under the sun, and ironed everything.  once everything was ready,  i started cutting, assembling, and finally sewing them altogether but in a much different style.

so here's my version 2 of the spring ruffled top sans the ruffles :)

it didn't take me too long to sew this one since i omitted the ruffles ;)

not bad eh? 

God is good. Life is worth stitching, one thread at a time ;)

Monday, July 18, 2011

back from slumber...

i have been quiet for quite sometime and i miss doing this. blogging about my sewing projects.  i did have a couple of sewn projects which i was too lazy to post.  i think some kind of a lazy bug bit me and actually stung me, huh?!?

anyway,  the last few days, i've been browsing the net for new sewing inspirations.  i wanted to take my sewing adventure to another notch higher than what i have been doing in the past.  i wanted to challenge myself anew. it only means that i am starting to get bored with what i have been sewing so i have to get going lest i'll stop sewing again and there goes my "ningas kugon" syndrome again.

then...  i tumbled on this site and saw this there:

it's a spring ruffle top created by made by rae

i contemplated at first, thinking that i might not be able to make it and just make a mess out of my fabrics.  but, i wouldn't know unless i'll try. besides, i have to fight off this syndrome that is fast attacking me ;)

so here's my take on the spring ruffled top :)

i used a dyed cotton fabric for the chest band and the straps;
and a floral printed japanese cotton for the bodice
it has pleats both at the front and back 
to add ease and style ;)
the tutorial was very accurate in detailing the measurements
and the finished product simply fit me to a tee! yey!
so to celebrate my new sewing inspiration,
hubby and i went to see harry, hermione, and ron 
for the last time :)

more of these kinds of sewing inspirations to come :)
thank you God for the gift that you gave me.
thank you God for always picking me up when i tend to fall.
thank you God for making me realize how life is worth living, one stitch at a time!

love love love!!!