Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pharma-sewist In The House!

The story started with...    Missus started sewing her own clothes for work due to numerous obstacles like limited shopping time, fitting issues post-pregnancy, lousy tailors, traffic jams, fight for parking, heavy crowds plus a breast feeding toddler in the mix?! Sewing it herself just seems like so much less hassle!

Like the cosplay outfits done by her previously, all of the blouses below are self-drafted. Its so difficult to find indie commercial patterns here in Malaysia except if you buy online, which then means having to pay international shipping, etc etc... too much cost & trouble said Missus.

Compared to costumes, blouses are easier to draft. However, as they are meant to be machine washed, worn repeatedly for a long period of time in a professional environment & due to sheer anal retentiveness (from her costuming days), the interior of the blouses are finished neatly with mock French seams. French what?? I only know of French fries!

Something that I learned from the missus is that in Ready To Wear outfits bought from shopping malls that seams are usually overlocked or serged with a special machine. I had never paid attention to the insides of my clothes before. You know, just pull it on your head, pop in your arms & off you go. Heh.

However, in this current sewing exercise, we found that in PJ, it is so rare to have overlocking services available at haberdasheries (if there is any to be found close by which is like, nada) & if there is, they are only at shopping malls & the cost starts from RM 10. Which is pretty ridiculous as missus can get the service done at Rawang haberdasheries for at most 50 sen for 1 side. If you only have 4 sides? RM 2. Truly vomit blood! However, Rawang being quite a distance away & being there only during working hours, it was a bit of a hassle. So missus decided to be creative & use that mock French seam method. (link)

For ease of wear when rushing in the morning for work, all the blouses are drafted to be pulled-on like T-shirts. No zippers, buttons & all those perfidy. Good eh?

Anyway, enough blabbering & lets have a look at her hard work shall we?

1) SORBETTO BLOUSE

By: 
Colette Patterns which provides a free PDF pattern for this blouse that you can print out all the A4 pages yourself... !

Fabric: 
Ameka Italian Fancy Jacquard from Nagoya Subang (from old stash meant for a whole baju kebaya.. now what to do with remaining 2m??!). Missus SO loooves them butterflies!! In order to keep them in prominence, missus had to do some fussy-cutting.

Modifications: 
-Folded & stitched pleat inwards to give it a more modern look
-Added sleeves
-Added continuos poly lining to the interior of the garment as the fabric was too sheer & fragile.

Note:
Missus said she wishes she could have used Bemsilk rayon lining (more cooling & silky smooth on the skin) instead of warm poly but her blouse was finished way before Spotlight Malaysia opened on 16th July at Ampang Point!! :( I like how the grass & flowers seem to grow from the bottom of the blouse.

Exterior Front:

Interior Back:



By: 
Sewaholic Patterns View B.

Fabric: 
 Ameka Printed 3D Fabric from Nagoya Rawang. Some sort of poly cotton mix. Great drape, no need for lining & no need to iron!! What else can you ask for?

Modifications: 
-Omitted visible bust darts

Note:
Sewaholic's Belcarra blouse sewalong that ended on 13th June with online step-by-step photo tutorials are super helpful in creating this blouse. Missus was disappointed that she couldn't finish on time to join the sewalong round-up. Still looks nice to me... Basic black can never go wrong right? Right??

Exterior Front:


Interior Front:

3) PENDRELL BLOUSE

By: 
Sewaholic Patterns View B.

Fabric: 
Italy Fancy Cationic Two-Tone Fabric from Nagoya Subang. Some sort of rayon mix as it needs ironing. Doesn't need lining as well. It has a lovely fine random criss-cross pattern on it if seen up close.

Modifications: 
-Omitted the seam ruffles as missus was afraid of being overwhelmed. Simple lines to me are the best, babe! I'm a no-frills guy. Ha ha.

Note:
Even though the sewalong for this blouse had ended a long time ago, Sewaholic still has the tutorials online for ease of reference. Excellent!!!!!!!! Looks like you bought this at the mall luv. *thumbs up*

Exterior Front: 


Interior Back: 

4) JASMINE BLOUSE

By: 
Colette Patterns

Fabric: 
No name, from the Baju Melayu fabric section at Nagoya Rawang. Some sort of cotton poplin as it needs ironing. Doesn't need lining as well. It has a fine plaid pattern on it but as its so fine, no need to match back & front! Plaid means the fabric design is made up of repetitive boxes & therefore the lines at the seams must match each other. Scottish tartan kilts are an example of a plaid. Indeed, it would be funny if the lines didn't match. Woozy!

Modifications: 
- Made an assymetrical Peter Pan collar with a U-shaped vent that is pulled together with a miniscule hook & grommet.
- Separate pussy bow tie that can be worn separately from the blouse eg, as a belt or omit entirely.
-Shortened sleeves & omitted cuffs to give it a more modern look.

Note:
Missus said I took this photo when she hasnt ironed it yet & the pussy bow wasnt arranged properly. Ooops!! I still think it looks very "kawaiii" !! 

Exterior Front:



Interior Front & Back: 


So what do you think of missus's Project Runway? To me they all look good!! Here is to many more projects to come luv..

The End.

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