Posted in Pattern Drafting, Purses, Pouches, Clutches, Sewing Projects, Tutorials

Ang Pao Clutch Tutorial Part 1: Preparing the fabric pieces


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!

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Posted in Completed Projects, Ethnic Fashion, Sewing Projects

Baju Kurung Basics

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:

Baju Kurung Pesak Buluh
Baju Kurung Pesak Buluh. “Buluh” here means bamboo, which refers to the shape of the gore
Baju Kurung Pesak Gantung
“Gantung” here means “hanging”. I don’t really know why the gore is considered to be “hanging”. But it consists of two pieces.

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Posted in Abandoned, Sewing Projects

Chiffon Shirt Dress: An update

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.

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Failed attempt at sewing up a giant hole I had accidentally serged though the middle of the fabric.

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.

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Coming to terms with change: New Sloper!

In my last post (what was that? A few hours ago?) I mentioned that some of the measurements for my Fancy Pants were too snug for me as they were taken last year. So I decided it was high time to re-draw my bodice sloper based on a more up-to-date “me”. Instead of going with my sewing school’s regular method of sloper drafting, I attempted to use the drafting method of the Bunka Fashion College. This is a Japanese sewing school and they have an English translation of their entire series of pattern drafting books. Yay! But first, the measurements:

Measurements for a ‘relaxed’ fit. So that I have room for ‘growing’. You know what I mean. Measurement guide from Dorothy Moore’s Pattern Drafting and Dressmaking, published by Western Publishing Company Inc, New York, 1971.

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