Friday, August 7, 2015

DIY Sewing Project: Little Girl’s Pajamas

If you haven’t started learning sewing yet, you better do it now, I assure it is really fun and exciting. Yep! I really am enjoying this craft. If only I have a lot of extra time, I could have done a lot and better yet join classes and learn how to sew dresses. 

For now, I make use of the time I have at night when the kids are already in bed and make simple sewing projects. What should I do next? Well, I bought a meter of floral cotton cloth at P80/meter and made two pajamas for my little girl.

Of course, I do not know how to make patterns the right way so instead, I used one of my girl’s pants as a guide and cut the cloth of course with allowance and a little longer, the girl have is getting taller.

And after cutting I am now ready to sew. As usual with the trial and error trying to figure out which one to run stitches first, next and so on. Well, frankly I had to remove stitches using seam ripper and re-run the needle again for few times. But it was okay since it was part of the learning process.

And after 2 or 3 hours, the pajamas were all done.

The next day, the most exciting part is seeing the little girl wearing it. Just the perfect fit for her. J

O di ba? Talikodgenic ang peg.

What are you waiting for, open that box now and start learning the art of sewing. :-)

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

DIY Sewing: Envelop Throw Pillowcases

Sewing is really so much fun, especially after every project that I put my heart into makes me really really proud and relieved. Proud of myself that after a few practices, I who has zero skill in sewing can actually make something from scratch.

After my simple curtain and boy short pants projects, pillowcases I think is a good project to practice. It doesn’t require much, just few straight stitches and a bucket of patience. 

Going from one fabric roll to another for 30 minutes, I finally decided to get these prints for my throw pillow project. I want something, with abstract or unique design, but I can’t find any so I settled with these. I bought a meter for each color, 1 meter of 60 width cloth can make 2 pieces of throw pillowcase.

I chose to make an envelope type throw pillow cases, since I am no good at attaching zipper. Now for the measurements;

The front face of the pillowcase, I measured 19 x 19 inches (my throw pillow measures 17x17) while the back portion comprises of two cuts 10x19 and 14x19 inches. The cuttings already include the allowance for folding and sewing.  

As a beginner, I really need to iron the cloth before sewing, especially the side that needs folding, it’s part of the procedure.

Like what I did with the curtain, I pre-cut everything, ironed the sides, readied everything before hopping into the sewing machine.  

The sewing part is becoming very easy for me now, as long as I guide the cloth slowly but surely, I am confident I can make straighter stitches. This time I wanted my pillowcases to be durable, hence, I ran the needle twice on each side. 

And after 1 week of cutting, iron and sewing I finally completed the project. I made 6 pillowcases 2 for each color. Why it took me a week to finish? Well, I am a corporate employee, a mother and my only time to sew is at night after my kids are asleep.

The next project will be, girl’s pajamas. 

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Nail Polish: Bobbie Classy and Explosive

I spotted these nail colors at Savemore Supermarket while having my weekly grocery. Because I am a very big fan of anything of “green shade” nail polish, I grabbed one right away. A green shade from Bobbie (Explosive) is a perfect catch.But standing by her side is a Classy shade of purple, this one also caught my attentionhence, these two pretties became part of my nail polish collection.

A few days later, it’s time to try them on. This time around, I asked my helper to do the manicure (yep! She does have the skill, too) and I did the polish application (since she had to sleep early). The first nail polish to try, of course, is the Bobbie Explosive.


I decided not to trim my nails too short. Because I know that Bobbie Explosive will look great on medium length nails. I applied them slowly but surely trying not to make a mess. With one coating, it was pale and uneven, thus, I needed to apply up to 3 coatings to get full coverage.

See, how attractive this nail color on my nails. And the bonus part it, it dried up quickly than expected. I definitely have a new favorite right now. (Pardon, I'm just sooo in love with green)

 Three days later, I decided to change my nail color, hence I chose the other Bobbie nail polish that I have recently purchased. Bobbie Classy is in a darker side of purple. A rich grape color is the correct description. Like the Explosive, I had to apply it up to 3 coatings to obtain full opacity.

These are locally manufactured nail polish, and very much affordable. Though I seldom get them because it takes time for them to dry, especially when I plan to do nail art, but for these, I think I made the right decision to add them in my stash.

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