Saturday, December 20, 2014

my victoria sandwich cake - a day at thekitchenguardian

this week i had the pleasure of learning how to bake and decorate the victoria sandwich cake at the KG Studio of thekitchenguardian.

these are the photos of my victoria sandwich cake.  i have never done anything like this before.  i must say, i am surprised at myself.

photographed at thekichenguardian studio

love the bouquet,
it is swiss meringue butter cream 

with berries on top


cutting it

cut the 1st piece at home

look at the texture,
moist and light



Friday, November 14, 2014

perfect set in sleeves by valentino

how do you know that your set in sleeve is done just right?  look at these photos (courtesy of mr google)

Valentino at Paris Fall 2014 (Details)
nice and crisp

Valentino at Paris Fall 2014 (Details)
hugging the ball of the arm

Valentino | Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection |
perfect balance

Valentino at Couture Spring 2013 (Details)
perfect, each and everytime

have a great weekend everyone.


Friday, November 7, 2014

do you know that Sing Mui Hen is now in puchong?

i am so happy that they moved from pudu to puchong (near giant bandar puteri).  and i am so so happy that they are having their opening sale till the end of november with discount up to 50%.  and i am so so so happy that my favourite blend fabrics are at rm25 per yard.


more clover

fabrics up to 50% discount,

yarn dye fabrics also on sale

american cotton fabrics at rm25 per yard
blend fabric at rm25 per yard.
the temptation is too great, i succumbed.  

my favourite blend fabrics
my catch for today :)
given with friendly service.

this is so wonderful.  everything that a crafter or a sewist need, under one roof,  in puchong.  fabrics and sewing notions.  sewing machines and their accessories.  near Giant bandar puteri, the same block as Citibank puchong branch, a few blocks away from maybank and petsmore.  in one outing you can get your groceries, do your banking, take care of your pets' needs, and get the stuff that you need for all your sewing projects.  in that case, i suppose the family won't mind waiting while you browse at the fabric section.

btw, they told me that they are planning to have their products available online.  and walk-in customers will enjoy their lower online prices too.  check them out here.

have a nice weekend everyone.

updated 2sep2015:  this an announcement from their FB page.  they have ceased operations in malaysia.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

installing fly zipper on faaiz's trousers

i installed the fly zipper on faaiz's new trausers.  it's corduroy.  not an easy fabric to sew.

click here for photo of the pattern.


zipper fly.
should have used metal zipper.

 next project...... put  a back yoke and pockets.


Friday, October 24, 2014

another camisole, design 2, up-cycle

here is another one.

almost completed.

machine embroidery stitching to attach a long strip of the same material to reinforce the neckline and armhole

machine embroidery stitching to attach a long strip of the same material to reinforce the armhole

using just a single layer of a long 1/2" wide strip cut from the same material as the body of the garment



this is a really fun project.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

the camisole - design 2, princess cut

tweaked the pattern for the camisole.  i have decided on a princess cut.

here are the photos of the work in progress.  i used several old t-shirts to make the pieces.  i pieced them using my pfaff 1163....and industrial single needle lock-stitch machine.  beautiful stitches.

styling it with a scarf

side view.
love the way the armhole sits.
no gaping.

back view

front view

lovely stitches.

another close up.
lovely stitches all the way.

lovely stitches.

i am pleased with the result.  the princess cut eliminates the gape near the bust area.  

what a spunky camisole.  wouldn't you like to try making it?


the camisole - the 1st design is completed

the neck and armhole binding is stitched by hand.  using embroidery floss.

front view.
the centre front seam is slightly flared to accommodate the tummy.
this dressform tummy is too flat, ha ha.

side view.
showing the armhole...nice and flat.
i am pretty pleased with the result.  my only reservation is the slight gape near the bust.  i am going to insert a bust dart or cut a princess line to correct the condition.

fore more photos of the work in progress please click here, here and here.


faaiz's new up-cycle t-shirt is completed.

here is faaiz and his new t-shirt.  nice and warm.

front view.
binding neckline by hand.

back view

it was a success.  will be making more for faaiz and aman.

click here, here and here for more photos of the work in progress.

wouldn't you like to give this try?


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

the camisole - design no 2

i have come up with another design.  it is a princess line.  the advantage of this design.....i can use several small pieces of the recycle t-shirts to make this camisole.  more efficient in terms of material utilisation  but demands more focus and concentration to ensure that the 8-piece-panel are cut and pieced correctly.  so, here are the photos of the w.i.p.

back panel left hand side

back panel left hand side

back panel, right hand side

isn't it fun?  would you like to learn how to make them?


Friday, October 17, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

i made this denim skirt for my lil sister

i used her dress sloper that i drafted earlier. i traced the sloper from waist line down to the hip line and extended the length for a floor length skirt.

i made a 6-panel skirt in heavy denim  and installed an exposed zipper.  i used a YKK metal zipper as the denim is thick and heavy.  i used running stitches, to serve as a decorative top stitching  for the casual rustic look that i love.

i prefer to finish the waist with facings rather than a waist band.  here, i used a 100% cotton fabric.  i find that the skirt sits better on the waist with this finishing and it is comfortable too.  furthermore, it makes it easier to install the zipper.  plus, the facings offer another design interest.

so here are the photos.

back panels

front panels 

close-up front panel

close-up back panel and the exposed zipper

the exposed zipper, the facings and the hand-sewn top stitching 


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

here is the real thing - cutting my camisole pattern on a metre of combed cotton jersey

here are the photos of the process....making my own camisole from scratch.  cutting out the pattern using a metre of combed cotton jersey.

this is the combed cotton jersey. 

the front and back panel.
i cut, on grain, two pieces of each panel using a rotary cutter.
the cut is jagged lines.  i find that it is easier than using shears.
before cutting, i traced the pattern onto the fabric using a good quality tailors calk
(marking with light pressure, minimise distortion).
see....clean cutting lines.  

then, i pinned the back panel pieces together and sew them up at the centre back.
i use long machine stitches and a universal needle.
it worked just fine.  no puckering nor missed stitches.
then, i did the same for the front panel.

see....i told you :)

side view

front view

back view

yep.  again i am happy with the results.

now, i am off to bind the armhole and the neckline.

i'll be back with more photos.