Me-Made-May and a hot pink Briar

This blog has been neglected for some time because I was on holiday for 9 days in the Philippines. I stayed at my parent’s house and basically did nothing but eat, sleep, shop and hang out with my big and noisy family. I had my daughter with me as well, but sometimes I wouldn’t see her for hours because she’s too busy playing with my nephew and niece. Haay I wish I can drop by at my parent’s house more often. Well now I’m back here at work and while reading all my boring work emails, I thought maybe I should update this blog. I signed up for this Me-Made-May challenge and so far I’m doing quite well by wearing at least 3 items of clothing I made in a week and I’m in the fourth week now. Documenting it though by taking photos of myself is a struggle. I’m too shy to ask any of my workmates (which are all guys) to take a photo of me and by the time I get home, it’s already dark and I don’t have time to take photos because of all my mummy duties. This challenge has forced me to give a good look at all my me-made clothes and I realized that even though I love wearing most of them, I think I will never wear at least 2 items like my Sorbetto top – it’s digging into my armpits, and my Peacock Scout Tee which is quite tight around the shoulder area because I have quite broad shoulders. My daughter is also not wearing all 3 dresses I made for her – well 2 of them are still too big for her but one dress does but she doesn’t like it. She prefers knits and stripey fabrics. I recently bought the skater dress PDF pattern by Kitschy Coo so I hope I can really make something that muppet would love to wear. I just have to find a shop here in Singapore that sells nice stripey knits.

Anyway, I did take some photos of me wearing my me-made clothes and mostly they were taken inside the office loo haha.

20130527-112625.jpgWeek 2 – Maroon Briar

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20130527-112829.jpgWeek 3 – Hot pink Briar (unblogged). It’s a size S but I used my Scoop Top‘s more subtle curved hem

20130527-112721.jpgWeek 3- Shopping for fabrics at Fabric Warehouse in Libis, Philippines. I bought quite a lot of fabrics and maybe I’ll blog about it another time. This is the last time I’m ever going to wear my maroon Briar because I gave it to my sister. I’m definitely going to make more of it because I love wearing my Briars with shorts.

And so, I’m ending this post with a photo of me and my officemates. We recently joined this 16-week challenge wherein we will try to do at least 10,000 steps a day to lose weight. It’s our second year joining this challenge, we’re the Transporters because we’re from the Transportation team :).

GCC Team - Tyco Transporters

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The maroon Briar tshirt

This is my first Megan Nielsen pattern and I’m so impressed with the shirt’s fit on me. For my wearable muslin, I made a straight size S for the short sleeve & full length option. Working with a knit fabric for the first time was not easy for me because my machine didn’t seem to like twin needles or a zigzag stitch when I use my jersey needle (this is probably more of a user error haha). I think it didn’t help that my maroon fabric was so stretchy, the sewing machine tried to eat the fabric a few times. I tried to play with tension and stitch length and stitch width and I think I learned a lot sewing this, I hope my next Briars would be smooth sailing here on out. I’m already planning on cutting 2 different Briars tomorrow, one with a straight hem and one with a more subtle hi-lo curved hem.

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Muppet saw me use my iphone’s timer camera and she had to join me

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This is the only back view of the shirt I got. I think the fabric is too drapey, I’ll use not too stretchy fabrics next time

Notes:
Zigzag stitch – I used: Tension – 6, Stitch width – 2.5, Stitch length- 1.8
Twin needle – I used: Tension -5, Sitch width – 0, Stitch Length – 2.5

The sums:

Megan Nielsen Briar pattern + shipping – 29.34 sgd (20 aud + 3 sud for shipping)
1 yard of 6o-inch wide maroon jersey – 12.90 sgd. I got it at Shin Textile Co #02-1086 People’s Park in Chinatown
Total: 42.24 sgd
Quite expensive for a tshirt but I’m planning to make ten more 🙂

A briar soon (I hope)

Work’s been crazy for weeks and weeks now. It’s really frustrating because I got a bunch of new patterns, lots of pretty fabrics but I just don’t have enough time to sew. I was able to almost finish one dress, a Wiksten Tova but just as I was about to attach the collar pieces – I realized I must have thrown them with all the rubbish. Ugh. And so I thought I’ll take a break from the Tova and try to make a Megan Nielsen Briar shirt. I’ve never tried sewing with knits before but I researched a lot before I started and got myself a jersey needle, twin needle and a walking foot.

I didn’t want to cut my original Briar paper pattern though so one weekend I got myself tracing papers in Chinatown. The shop’s name is Lye Nai Shiong #02-1018A at People’s Park and 50 pieces of A1 size (almost same size as the pattern) tracing papers was just 8 dollars! The tracing was quite fun, I traced the Briar last Saturday at work (I was only doing support so as long as there no issues inside the tunnel I can trace all day but we had lots of issues so only the Briar got traced).

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Tracing Briar in our server room

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I was hoping to trace all of my “beginner” patterns but I only had time for Briar

After work, my friend Anet asked me to meet her at People’s park Chinatown for some good old therapeutic fabric shopping and of course I said yes! A few Singaporean sewing bloggers like sewconvert always mention Thye Guan Textile #02-1006 for knits and jerseys so I really wanted to have a look. (I tried to go there before on a Sunday but they were closed)

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I love their fabrics! I tried to control myself and just bought a few knits for a Mission maxi dress and a few more Briars.

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Lay Keow, the owner of Thye Guan was so nice and sweet. I’ll definitely be back

And finally, I got to patch the square pocket last night! It was originally the curved pocket but I just got so fed up from using the seam ripper so square it is. I hope to finish the neck binding tonight. 🙂

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