I have not updated this blog in a year, but I have really exciting news to share.
This is a continuation of my last post, so make sure you have followed all the previous instructions first!
So, if you read my last post, I had made a PDF pattern for an Ang Pao Clutch. In this post, I’ll write a tutorial which will hopefully lead you step-by-step in creating your own clutch.
This tutorial was inspired partly by this Taiwanese tutorial on Youtube. However, I found the last part where you have to turn the entire lining inside out very difficult to do and would often cause the opening to stretch out and distort the shape of the flap cover.
I hoped to minimize the need for turning things inside out in my tutorial; however, it involves a few more steps. Because of this, I would consider it an advanced beginner pattern. Nonetheless, beginner sewists are more than welcome to try if you are up for a challenge!
This weekend I took a break from sewing clothes to put together a tutorial for the clutch/fabric envelope you see in the picture above.
Here it is, the orange Thai silk Baju Kurung Pesak Gantung which I made for Eid-ul-Fitri 2016.
In the spirit of Eid-ul-Fitri, this post will be about traditional Malay garments.
Here is a Wiki definition of Malay – “an ethnic group of Austronesian peoples predominantly inhabiting the Malay Peninsula, eastern Sumatra and coastal Borneo, as well as the smaller islands which lie between these locations — areas that are collectively known as the Malay world. These locations today are part of the modern nations of Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, and southern Thailand.” Malays are predominantly Muslim and thus celebrate the two Eids. On these holidays, Malays dress up in festive traditional garments known as Baju Kurung (for women) and Baju Melayu (for men).
In general, there are two types of Baju Kurung, being the Pesak Buluh (Bamboo or Straight Gore) and Pesak Gantung (Hanging Gore). The difference lies mainly in the shape of the gore and gusset which attach the bottom of the sleeves to the main body, as shown in my illustrations here:
After yesterday’s dreary comeback post, it’s time for something more upbeat with a report on a COMPLETED project.
Here is the illustration:
And after two years, an update! No, I have not abandoned this blog, neither have I stopped sewing.
I just had to take a really long hiatus due to some major transitions at work.
Unfortunately, some of my sewing projects did not survive the long break and had to be abandoned. In particular, the Chiffon Shirt Dress suffered a mishap during serging in the form of a giant hole cut right through the centre of the pattern. My attempts at salvaging it through some creative stitching did not manage to conceal the damage.
Hence the decision to pull the plug on this project. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.
I *have* completed other projects in the two years I was away, so look forward to a completed project in the next post.
Today was my second-to-last lesson in Advanced Dressmaking. I finished my Fancy Pants ahead of schedule, thus I will be using my last scheduled lesson to make a skirt for my sewing teacher. Anyway on to the pictures…