Child's Petticoat

Hi all...
I just made a petticoat for my dress form (dummy) this afternoon while my son and hubby going to the orchard... 

I used approx. 1.25mtr x 44" wide of white fabric for the umbrella skirt and 2mtr of tulle (for the gathering) which I bought from the harberdashery.  This is how it turned out...


So from a smocked dress photographed like this:

Turned out to look like this:

The petticoat gives more body as you could see the fullness of the skirt and it looks much more presentable when photographed.. :)


My Sis Ritha's Smocked Maternity Top

This is a very simple pregnant blouse done for my sis.  A minimalist and a simple person, she requests no laces or trimmings, no complicated details except a narrow smocked and embroidered panel across the empire line.

The Style:  She wants her blouse to be clean cut and hopefully still can be worn even after she gives birth.  So I think the best option is to use an insert and then attach the lower piece with a wide pleat (this is for her big belly.. :)) instead of gathering.

One thing you must consider when you smock an insert is not to stretch the smocked panel too much.  The reason is that the lower piece (in this case the upper piece too) will tend to create unsightly 'wavy' effect if you overstretch and this is quite obvious since the piece is not gathered.  So, to solve this prob, what I normally do is using stable fabric (e.g American cotton) as an insert, or pleat wider panel by using 60" fabric. For a large size I will have to simply join to another piece of fabric and neatening the seam before I start pleating.  Another effective method is by unpicking 5 ~ 6cm at each side before tying the pleating threads so that my panel is readily wider.

The smocking:  I used 'Morning Glory' design as in AS&E Issue #37 and add medium size red cast-on roses... I think those roses stand out among the turquoise and dk grey florals.  I added tiny cylinder japanese beads too while I smock.

The blouse has 14" zipper at the back and finishes with two ties to control fullness.  I hope this fits her and suits her style...

My WIP is finishing Cabut for my bro and a smocked sundress for a 6-year-old girl inspired by my recent visit to BTRR, both projects are RED... :).  And, I should remind myself that I also need to complete two smocking blouses for the two MAK SUs in the family.. :)

Till next project, gud bye!


Cute Hat Pin Cushion

Salam to all my dear friends,

This week, I've been waiting for this small package to arrive and here it comes... 
It's something that I should have long ago eversince I started sewing (strange huh?).  It's done by my bloggerfriend Pianina.  I just love how she packed this cute little thing, lovely tape! :)

My sewing machine. Then:


Whoa!   Cool!  I thank you Pianina, it's nicely done! (It matches with the butterflies too) ...

P/s:  How I wish to attend some kind of needleart convention, so that craft lovers able to share and exchange ideas, perhaps.. is there?

My Update

Hi all,
My big sis' smocked pregnant blouse is still under progress and... I made this too while smocking...

It's a baju kenduri for the owner to wear in Brunei...

Until we meet again!