Thursday, August 25, 2011

Danial’s Pink Tie Shirt

It’s been a while since I last knit for Danial. I stumbled upon this cute pattern here while browsing for a pattern for Danial and decided to knit one for him. The original pattern is a bottom up raglan shirt. I improvised and followed this formula to make a fantastic fit raglan shirt here and made it top down and seamless. I love knitting in the round!

It took a bit of time convincing Danial to let me make the pink tie for the shirt. It turned out just so adorable don’t you think? Danial calls it his ‘work clothes’ :) Just like dad :)

It was gloomy so we shoot outside.

Pink tie, up close and personal. In my campaign to get Danial to ‘buy’ my pink tie idea, I told him it’ll be just like Donald Trump. LOL

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Funky Reversible Arm Sling

My sister in-law had a surgery on her shoulders about a week ago and we went to visit her at the hospital. I saw the hospital issue arm-sling which comes in a blue canvas like material. She has to wear it to support her arm while the shoulder heals. We left the hospital after breakfasting.

Later that evening, my sister in-law texted me and asked me if I can make a ‘nicer’ arm-sling with my designer cotton scraps. She should’ve told me earlier so I could borrow the blue arm-sling as my template. Nevertheless, I agreed and immediately googled for an arm-sling tutorial. It’s amazing how easy it is to find things over the net nowadays. I found a few good tutorial here, here and here and decided I can wing it without a template. 

I used 2 FQ to make the sling reversible. I interfaced one of the FQ for added durability. I used cotton webbing instead of nylon webbing and added a shoulder pad on the strap for extra comfort. I like how it turned out. Cool huh? But I won’t break my arm just so I can wear one of these, No thanks :)

It took me less than an hour to make this. I started after sahur and while waiting for subuh, I cut the fabric. I continued after subuh and had this done. This is me trying on the arm-sling with Groovy in Spring:

And this is the reverse side with Mingle in Black. Both FQs are from Robert Kaufman. 

Dzareen, we pray for your speedy recovery. At least you can recover in style with this arm sling :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

All Set for Hari Raya

I’ve finished baju raya for the kids. I’m still old fashion when it comes to raya. I prefer the traditional baju kurung to the modern one. I just spiced it up with the fun fabric. This year, I’m using Sanctuary by Patty Young for Robert Kauffman. I used Glass Tiles in Seafoam for Arwen’s baju kurung and finished off the collar with sembat mata lalat. I think it’s somewhat (or actually is) like a bullion knot. That’s the only finishing that I know how to do and even that I learnt if off the internet. I used some scrap from my baju kurung for the covered button. Isn’t it cute?

For Danial and Azrai, I used Zen Garden in Grey. I’ve done the tops. Azrai bought himself a matching grey pants to match so I don’t have to make a pair of pants for him but Danial insisted on having the whole baju malayu in matching fabric. It’ll be nice if I know how to sembat tulang belut for the baju melayu. I need to cut for Danial’s pants now and for the last week to go before Eid, I might just be able to squeeze in and sew a matching tudung for myself and a shirt for Azrai since he didn’t buy any clothes for raya. 

In case this is my last posting before Eid, here’s wishing everybody 

“Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri”

“Maaf Zahir dan Batin”

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Made these beauties for my photobud, Nor Shila Mustapa. Love the striking and bold contrast of the red polkadots on the small flowers handles. Making the resized Cosmo Bag is a challenge of it’s own though. The smaller the bag, the tedious it became. I’d stick to the original size. Hmmm... I’ve said this before. Dejavu. Thank you Shila for supporting my handmade :). I hope you like them :)

Friday, August 5, 2011

More pictures on Baju Raya Arwen #1. I like the colours of buttons that Arwen selected personally :)

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Arwen’s Baju Raya #1

Marrying the two things I like, knitting and cute designer cotton. This is Arwen’s baju raya #1. The pattern for the bodice is somewhat my creation. I need to fine-tune the pattern before I upload it for future reference. I love the knitted bodice, don’t you? This is still a WIP. The skirt is only pinned to the bodice. I fell in love with it and couldn’t wait to take a picture and share :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A Resized Cosmo Bag and A Key Keeper Coin Purse

This is hot from the oven. Or should I say, hot from the sewing machine. I can’t believe I’m working on a snail pace. This bag took me 3 days to complete! Fact #1: Smaller bags are tedious to make. No wonder Amy Butler made this bag as big as she can. This resized version is about 30% reduction from the original size. My original bag is hanging on clothes line so can’t put them side by side. Visually, it looks a lot smaller, although mathematically it’s correct (measurement wise). It looks cute though but for the time being, I’m much more comfortable with the original version. This bag is for a friend. I’m working on the second one, before I can start on my hari raya clothes sewing. In the background you can see the magazine box organizers where I keep all my patterns. This table is next to the window. I wanted to take a quick photo so instead of moving them away, I used them as part of the props.

This is a Key Keeper Coin Purse, one of the designs in the Amy Butler’s book. It looks cute but going back to Fact #1, the tedious level just made this something I will not pursue in the near future.

I edited the picture with some artistic effect called ‘fresco’ in my Photoshop Elements 9.0 to make it interesting. It was rather flat.

 This is another view of the purse. Oh, I almost forgot. It’s already the 4th day of fasting month (Ramadhan) and I would like to wish all my Muslim friends a blessed Ramadhan. Selamat menjalankan ibadah puasa. Semoga semua amalan kita diterima dan diberkatiNya selalu.