Off Duty Sewing

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all doing great. 🙂

As for me, I’ve been quite tired from rejoining the workforce after my annual vacation. All I do after coming from duty is to get my much needed rest and sleep. And by rest I mean browsing the net and watching my fave tv series online. Hehe. Yesterday I’ve finished my quota of tv series so today I managed to do some sewing aside from the baking I’ve recently done. I haven’t really shared with you about my newfound love of baking, eh? Well, I’ll post something about it next time. Today, I will just share what I created with my Singer.

I used to be assigned in the gynecology outpatient department in our hospital and there I made my first few friends in this land of desert and sand. Sister Sheela (we call the nurses here, sister, fyi) is one friend who is originally from India recently celebrated her birthday. One of my goals this year is to give handmade gifts so I made her a pleated pouch from the current fabrics I have. I just slipped in some beauty products which I knew she uses as extras.

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I was quite happy with how it turned out that I made another one using two coordinating fabrics of Aviary 2 by Joel Dewberry which I ordered from Amazon. This second pouch I intend to give as a parting gift to Mary Jane, one of my closest friend in the hospital. You see she has decided not to renew her work contract and will be going back to the Philippines in one of these coming days.

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I think both pouches are really cute even if I say so myself. With these two projects I feel I have become more familiar with my Singer. I can’t wait for another off to do more sewing projects.

By the way, I got the free pattern and tutorial from Skip to My LouSo head over there now and try it. 🙂

Thanks for reading.

My First Zipper Pouch

Sewing my first ever Reversible Tote Bag got me inspired to try to get more confident by sewing more easy projects. However, I didn’t want to use the same fabrics I had on hand. Thus, I tried to search for textile stores around Dubai. I was trying to avoid shipping costs with ordering online, you see. After much browsing, I was directed to Naif Market. Actually, the site said “Naif Mall” which was technically incorrect as there was no mall per se in that area of Dubai but a smorgasbord of shops from electronics to textiles to housewares to furniture, etc. With my husband tagging along, I scoured the shops for the fabric I wanted but all they got are light cotton, linen, and more silk. So I got myself some pretty light cottons to use for the meantime.

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Pretty, aren’t they? But the catch is they’re very light and thin and wobbly. What’s a girl got to do but make the most of what she got right? Hehe. Also, in the insert photo I showed the fusible interface and fusible fleece I managed to buy online over the holidays which came yesterday in the mail. Therefore, I got myself the fabric and interface necessary for my next project.

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As you can see above, I was able to finish a zipper pouch following the free tutorial at Craftsy by Kristin Link from Sew Mama Sew. The free class was easy to follow with important tips from an expert craftster. I was hesitant when I came to the part where I had to attach the zipper. Good thing my new Singer Promise had come with a zipper presser foot that allowed me to sew on the zipper. It was tricky what with me having a wobbly lining fabric but manageable for a beginner sewer like me. 🙂 I am so happy I finished the project! Although there were some imperfections like having the incorrect sized zipper for the project. Overall my sewing experience was satisfying and it made me eager to have another off day (since I am starting work again) to sew more zipper pouches.

From the experience, I learned to sew on a zipper and use a zipper presser foot on my machine. I also learned that it would be best to have a lining that is a bit heavy next time to make the sewing easier. Lastly, I learned that with practice one gets more confident to take on creating new things.

Anyway, gotta go for now. Work awaits in four hours. Thanks for reading.

I Sew, Finally

It has been the longest dream of mine to be able to own a sewing machine and sew cute li’l projects with it. Finally, this year on my birthday hubby gifted me with a Singer sewing machine. Wow, it’s one of the best gifts ever. 😉 wpid-20141025_191350.jpg Of course, I’m living in the land of desert and sand so finding fabrics to start making the projects I wanted was not just hard but quite frustrating. All they sell are satins and cotton solids. Sigh. Luckily, I remembered some polyester and cotton fabric my mom brought last January from the Philippines so I can make myself some scrubs for work but didn’t get the time to go to the tailor. So last night after dinner I browsed some sewing tutorials and found one at Craftsy that I was comfortable with and it was free!

Ta-da! My very first reversible Tote Bag. Tote BagI wish I had cuter fabrics to work with but am glad I had one to practice on. It’s not as near perfect as I wanted it to be; however, I am so proud of myself for finishing this. If you have suggestions as to where online I can buy cute and cheap fabrics, please drop me a line. Thanks in advance. And thanks for reading. 🙂