Back Pack

Finished this back pack. I like it.

Unlined back pack.

Waterproof canvas and nylon.

Size : 38cm X 28 cm X 14

1 post / day Day21

The last post of my 21 post project.


I suppose I "made a habit".

I will be doing more.

It is really cold and windy today. Almost all the leaves are gone now.....Still some left, I will be watching them everyday to appreciate the remaining fall...

So, some warm things for today's post.

I made the hats, neck warmers and tights.(Penguin costume left over) and (The Tights is part of Lorax costume. )

Using the free patterns offered by Extreme Materials and Gears.

They fit all very well. I like the very thin lines of the patterns. Save ink..I Enjoy saving ink and paper...Only thing is the pattern doesn't have page numbers and matching marks and all sorts of test squares. 

(The patterns are quite manly, compare to all the women designers all over the planet. Man pdf patterns even smell different;)

Do check them out if you live in cold places.

I am good at matching lines and puzzles so it went well. The tights, very fabric-saving. I like it. It has the crotch wedge so just a tiny bit of fabric can make a pair of very warm pants to go under a pair of water proof pants and ready for ski.

I am ready for ski. 

Below are 3 tees I made the same day with my son's tees. so, everybody deserves one.

Black and orange, it is a holiday theme.

I will be back soon;)

1 post / day Day 20. One Pattern So Many things==Sewing for the teen

This is a hoodie I made in the summer for my teen boy(It fits me just right). Now it is somewhere lost in the school's lost and found maybe. Yesterday, I decided I needed to make more tee shirts for him.

He just doesn't care a single bit about fashion. what to wear.
As long as the thing is comfortable and not colorful, and nothing fancy on it. and Not tight.

And  I discovered two more jackets I made from this same pattern using non stretchy fabrics. so here are all of them. 

I can't stop making tee shirts; now I have a cover stitch machine.Jersey fabrics started to appear in my place. stretchy, sporty fabrics..Just basics. Nothing fancy, for the family. 

The original hoodie.

This jacket I made for my son but he didn't want it. So it is mine. A bit tight if I zip it up. Tolerable. Acceptable.  I should have graded it a size up since I was using corduroy and planing to make it lined. I was not thinking.

This one below is one size up. With a different hood shape.

This fabric is bit stiff .It is like some kind of form..I bought it because it is double sided and fleece like. The sewing was really, barely acceptable, but the shape of the jacket is nice. He likes it.

I can see myself making another one for him and an colorful one for myself using this one size up and 3D hood version.

This one below is suppose to be a failure. As I didn't grade up and used thick fleece as lining. But turned up my daughter is crazy about it. Now it is rainy and windy , she wears it every single day.
I had to add two more pockets on top of the original ones for her to reach the bottom of them, and she is happy she has 6 pockets.
The fabric is super water proof and it is fun to watch all the rain drops gather on the 'coat', and she likes to shake them off.

1 post / day Day 19: The Present Robe

Half decided to make these as presents this Christmas.

Halloween costumes are not done yet, but it is good to have plans.

The hardest thing ever is to choosing clothing for friends. People really do have different tastes. Don't even bother to try.

So scarfs are handy for gifting. Boring but safe. No fitting issue with scarfs. They can always be re-gifted.

These I made during the summer, also easy fitting. So it will be--a present robe.

terry cloth or fleece.
long or short.

Very important to know people's favorite colors. 

It is fall. It is stormy outside and I can't even pretend I am living in somewhere south.Pictures have been staying inside the camera and the phone for a long time.

Good to imagine there was a summer just passed by.
Fence is no longer the back drop.

Time.Just. Went.and Gone.

1 post /day day 18. The huge skirt and the elegant top

I am happy to post before it is midnight.

This is not my design, I cut and made this set for a student designer. I think she did a great job drafting the pattern, the top, especially.It has at least 25 pieces. elaborate.. I'd really love to make another top, but what for?

Sewing can be a great pleasure. Just sometimes, I think it is a waste to make something that nobody is going to really wear. I am not a special occasion fun.

The skirt is huge. I had no time and no way to style it. It is too long for my dress form; and the top is too small for it, so it wasn't zipped up at the back.

This post is not like a instagram. Now I know the difference between them is blogging is harder but you can put more pictures in one post. Great find, I guess, after 18 days of blogging.

1 post / day Day 16: Backless Mexican Dress

I made this for a girl for her trip to Mexican.

A few things about dressmaking that I gathered over the years.

Clients's side:

* You'd think people with irregular body shapes would like to get things made for them. No. They are very regular shaped and usually extremely beautifully shaped.

* Girls like long dresses when take vacations elsewhere. They want to be flowy.

* You expect a pattern they have in mind. Not really.

* They think some dresses that are very very simple... Often not so. It is hard for them to know many layers are there in the simple dresses.

* You think they would send a picture to you...No.

My side:
* Very hard for me to ask for pictures. My own issue about asking.

* I like dressmaking for people. Definitely, Infinity.

* I want a better place for taking pictures.. A place without cars in the back ground:(

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