HAPPY ME

Ever since I learned the basics of sewing, I wanted to know more and more about sewing, I wanted to learn new techniques, I wanted to learn how to give a clean finish on the inside and outside of the garment. So for this, I relied on the world-wide web and it didn’t disappoint me. I was amazed to discover a whole lot of sewing blogs, with loads n loads of tips n tutorials. It just changed my world. And it’s through such blogs that I came to know that something called dress patterns existed. That was completely new to me. In our place, we are taught to mark directly onto the fabric and cut. We just grab a dress that fits us, measure it, mark it onto the fabric and start cutting. The chances are high of a hit or a miss for beginners like me. A complete case of 50:50.
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A NEW START

Last year I had a baby girl, which is my third child, and the time just flew. My elder girl is in second standard and my boy will start school this year, hopefully…InShaAllah… Life becomes sooo busy with tiny tots around. I feel like yesterday that I’ve given birth to Hamna and tomorrow she’s turning 1. That’s just my thought. Officially she’ll turn 1 on Feb 3rd. Sewing is my hobby. So whenever i get a little time, I sit over to sew. Here’s a sneak peek of what I’ve sewn last year…

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This one is for my soon to be 8 years old daughter hana. She loves full length twirly dresses and I love to make dresses for her.

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I have done ruffles at the bottom and piping details all over the front opening and edges of the waist belt.

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This is a light weight chiffon fabric. She has worn black inner and leggings underneath.

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There are a few more dresses that I’ve sewn last year. I will be showcasing it in another post.

FLOWER GIRL DRESS

  Hello Friends…

               Howz everyone doin’? I don’t even remember when was my last visit in here. Well…I really regret the fact that I don’t get time for anything… Anything in the sense..EVERYTHING… Finally I decided today is the day for my re-entry. IT’S NOW OR NEVER 🙂

               My Hana loves 2 types of dresses. One is maxi and the other one being twirly. So this time it’s a maxi dress. I just looove the floral fabric that I’ve used. This fabric had been lying in my stash for over a yer now. I wasn’t quite sure what to make with it. Recently when I was walking through a store I saw a dress in floral print and I immediately decided to do this.

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               Some of my friends were asking for the measurement. So, here I’ve done a rough draft of it. Well, I really don’t know how to explain the procedure accurately because I’m in no way an expert. But if you have any doubt, I’ll try to explain at my level best.

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The actual chest measurement of my daughter is 22 inches. I took extra inches so that I could do an elastic casing at the back bodice. This will give a good fit.

Here in the bodice I’ve done an extra layer with length shortened. And it’s cut on the bias and did a rolled hem.

               Please don’t ask me anything about the blazer. I just winged it and I’m not at all happy with the result. Although it look’s ok while worn, it’s not at all ok. It was my first time working with knits and I’ve never imagined it to be this tough. Well…I need to practice a lot  more with knits…

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Hope to see you soon…

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Enjoy…!!!

PETAL DRESS

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I never thought i would sew in my life, but that happened. And i believe, whatever happens, happens for good. Anyways… I’m a follower of so many sewing blogs out there. And i’m highly influenced by the kind of dresses they make. One such dress is this Petal Dress. Here’s the link for the tutorial of this beautiful dress. This dress looks so pretty that i think every little girl must have this in their collection of dresses. Actually it’s not as hard as i thought it would be to make this dress. But then it takes loads of time and loads of fabric as well.

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ANARKALI DRESS

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                                Wow…I’m happy… I’m happy the way this dress has shaped up… I’ve been wishing to make this one for a long long time, but time and fear didn’t permit me to…. Finally I tried hard to conquer my fear and made use of every bit of time I got. Afterall ‘time’ n tide waits for none…

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                                     As I said earlier that my girl loves twirly dresses, I had to make this super twirly dress for her. The yoke portion is made out of a brocade type of fabric and the skirt portion is made of soft net fabric with satin lining. The skirt is basically a paneled skirt, which is easy to make. The fabric used for the border is a kind of silk material.

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                                     This dress was actually not that hard to make, but the portion that I thought would be the most easiest, turned out to be the toughest part. Arggh…the border, it took the life out of me. But somehow or the other I had to complete this dress. And after a lot of seam ripping and adjustments, this dress is finally done.

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Now hana is eagerly waiting for an occasion to wear it. She is waiting to twirl.
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BIRTHDAY DRESS

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                                     I made this dress for my daughter’s birthday which was on feb 5th. Actually I thought to kick-start this blog on that day, but nothing worked out. Last 2 weeks were like hell, or even more than that… I and my kids, all of us were sick … But since it was her birthday she had to wear a new dress…rite…? And I’m happy that I sewed a dress for her. Does it look good ?

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                                          It actually gives me a lot of pleasure when I see hana wearing a dress that I’ve sewed. Well, now to the point, this dress is ofcourse not my design. I saw this dress somewhere on the internet and immediately took a note of it. This dress has got a black velvet bodice, a black net for skirt portion and a coloured satin inner skirt portion.

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                                       I bought the necessary fabrics a week prior to her birthday. The outer fabric, black embroidered net costs rs.245/metre and that pinkish satin on the inside cost me about rs.69. the black velvet used for the bodice is from my stash. Altogether this dress costs about rs.315 plus plenty of my time. Do u think it was a good deal? Was the dress worth it? Would love to hear from you.