Monday, April 18, 2016

it started with a kiss

Darlene's Ultimate Trousers

My first trousers ever!

I used Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers sewing pattern for this.  I tested the pattern by making a muslin first but I know it will be long so straight away I shortened it and raised the waistline following their tutorial. There were "smile" lines in the crotch area so I re-draw the shape of the curves.

Darlene's Ultimate Trousers

I used this blended wool pincheck-print material which reminds me of the uniforms of professional chefs!

There's nothing much to say about the construction of the trousers as it is very straight forward and everything is detailed in their sewalong.

Darlene's Ultimate Trousers

I wore these with my second Astoria (my first is here). I bought this fabric from Girl Charlee; part of their Valentine collection.

That is one project cross off my list!

See you on my next post!


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

end of a chapter

Darlene's Minimalist Dress: the fabric

There was a fabric sale and as expected, my impulse buying was in full gear which basically means: buy-now-deal-with-it-later. Later seem to be an understatement; it took me nearly 10 years to finally make something with it.
Darlene's Minimalist Dress: Geometric Dress 104 08/2014

The fabric is a light weight textured jacquard in watermelon color. It doesn't have a drape so I was looking for a dress pattern that has structure. Then this came along. Perfect!

Darlene's Minimalist Dress: Geometric Dress 104 08/2014

I like the intricate design lines and to alter it to my measurement was a challenge. It was worth it: from a distance it looks like a very simple dress, but when you look close enough there's the texture and details that is not overwhelming. Although I have to admit, the pictures doesn't do justice...

Now for the construction details: because the fabric is light weight, all of the pattern pieces was block-fused with a light weight fusiknit to give it more body and a 3/8" rayon ribbon was sewn to the diagonal seam/design lines of the skirt for reinforcement:

Darlene's Minimalist Dress: Construction Details

The dress is fully lined. The lining is hand sewn to the shell fabric with tiny fell stitches. There is also pickstitch along the neckline to hold the lining in its place:

Darlene's Minimalist Dress: Construction Details

That's the last of my 2015 label. Woot! woot!

I'm off to my next ten garments...

Until then,


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

insta-recap: March, 2016

Without further ado, here's a little recap last month:

I have finalized my sewing plans for this year which I affectionately call "10 for 10":
Darlene's Sewing Plans for 2016

I was dandruff-free for more than 2 years with the help of a Japanese brand shampoo but when the dandruff came back, it came with vengeance. I discovered this company while I was searching for a new shampoo to try. Their Neem and Tea Tree Body and Hair Shampoo works wonders with my dandruff and body acne. They ran a little contest last month so this was my entry:

I am working on a sewing project which I'll be posting soon:

I do barbeque in my backyard nearly every Saturday since my dad's birthday. Here, I made Chicken Barbeque using my dad's recipe, Chargrilled Tilapia (my sister's fave):

We were told to anticipate a rainy weather so I cook a batch of Chicken Mami. Its a Filipino-style chicken noodle soup: fresh egg noodles, shredded chicken with a flavorful broth. Mine is topped with fried garlic, chopped chicken cracklings, green onions and fried crab-flavored balls. Yum!

See you in my next post!