Friday, November 29, 2013

Review: Stained by Sharpie & Pentel Fabric Fun Pastel Dye Sticks



Today is product review day. Saya sudah cukup lama beli kedua produk ini, tapi baru sekarang kesampaian ngetes. I KNOW I'm so late already to write a review about these two products (hello, everybody uses sharpie ;)) tapiii tapiih karena ini kali pertama saya menggunakan keduanya, saya gatal ingin menuliskan catatan pribadi saya tentang penggunaannya. So please let me :)

Yang pertama saya coba fabric crayons dari Pentel, kebetulan masih ingat belinya di sebuah office&stationery shop deket 21cineplex di Lippomall Kemang seharga Rp 35.000. I really don't know whether it's a good price, tapi pas saya kesana tokonya sedang cuci gudang.

Untuk percobaan ini saya menyiapkan test piece dari kain blacu. Menurut petunjuknya, cara terbaik untuk mendapatkan warna yang tebal dan rata adalah dengan menggunakan sapuan ke satu arah. Setelah selesai, supaya permanen setrika bagian yang diwarnai dengan dilapisi kain di atasnya. Penting: pakai baju/kain bekas, karena residu crayonnya bisa nempel di kain pelapis. Saya seenak jidat pakai kaos orang rumah yang ada deket meja setrikaan, dan jeng jeeeng ada bekasnya! Hiikks :(

Enaknya produk ini, jika ada bagian yang salah atau ingin diulang, crayon ini washable selama belum terkena panas setrika. Segera cuci dengan sabun, setelah itu kita bisa mengulangi gambar sesuai selera.

Saya pernah baca review bahwa produk fabric crayons dari Crayola juga bagus. I'll test it out later untuk perbandingan lah.

Yang kedua adalah produk Stained by Sharpie. Sebetulnya banyak produk fabric marker di pasaran, tapi saya pilih yang ini. Penasaran aja karena sejuta ummat pakai produk ini. Harganya cukup mihing di Gramedia Jakarta, yakni Rp 20.000/buah. I made a mental note untuk beli sharpie di Singapore next time, karena pernah liat di Jurong Point harganya SGD 1.20 sajah....

Pakai spidol jelas lebih enak untuk menggambar detail. Sayangnya Stained cuma tersedia dalam 8 warna, yaitu hitam, biru, merah, hijau, ungu, kuning, pink dan orange. Ya cukup sih kalo cuma buat doodling.
Enaknya pakai marker, tidak perlu proses setrika dan cuci. Tapi di test piece saya sempat kecewa dengan hasil goresan yang rembes. Kemungkinan besar gara-gara saya menggunakan kain blacu, karena begitu saya coba di kain katun hasilnya lebih rapi.

Pertanyaan selanjutnya: bagaimana hasilnya jika saya menggambar pakai Stained di atas permukaan yang sudah diwarnai pakai crayon?

Ini dia hasilnya. Pada saat belum disetrika maupun dicuci, hasil goresan Stained masih cerah dan tebal. Setelah disetrika dan dicuci, warnanya agak pudar. Nggak pudar banget sih, tapi kelihatan kan ya bedanya?




Nah, lain lagi jika dibandingkan dengan hasil goresan langsung di atas kain tanpa dilapisi warna crayon. Gambar cumi-cumi oren ini saya buat dengan menggunakan Stained terlebih dahulu, kemudian baru diisi warna dengan crayon. Setelah dicuci pun hasilnya masih cukup tebal. Kesimpulan saya, Stained lebih bagus digunakan di atas permukaan kain langsung.


Saya malah jadi penasaran, jika dilapisi crayon terlebih dahulu apa jangan2 lebih bagus produk Sharpie permanent marker yang biasa ya? Hehe. Until next experiment, then.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Fabric Flower: Tutorial Cara Membuat Bunga Kain

Today I'm gonna post in Bahasa Indonesia (for English Tutorial, please be patient. OR, you can just check out the pics. They're pretty much self explanatory, trust me).



Bunga dari kain ini sering kita temui sebagai hiasan di baju, korsase, tas, bros, asesoris rambut dan sebagainya. Hari ini saya kebetulan menggunakan bunga ini sebagai pemanis (macam gula yey) di salah satu pesanan customer yang notabene teman sendiri sih.... Pesanannya adalah baju bayi model tiered dress yang pernah saya shared di postingan sebelumnya. Entah kenapa, hati ini kepingin bikin bunga yang lebih 'cucok' sedikit dari model yang sebelumnya saya tempelkan di dressnya Leia. Saya pun mencoba bikin beberapa model bunga dengan trial & error beberapa metode.

Akhirnya saya baru sreg dengan metode yang ini untuk mendapatkan hasil bunga kain yang 'penuh' dan fluffy sehingga cantiknya maksimal. Yuk saya share, bikinnya cukup gampang kalo ngga mau dibilang gampang banget ;)

Pertama, bikin strip dari kain selebar sekitar 5cm. Boleh kok lebih besar atau kecil, sesuai kebutuhan aja. Ini saya ngga bikin gede2 karena cuma untuk hiasan baju bayi 9 bulan.

Kemudian, lipat strip kain tadi. Lipat lagi sampai jadi 4 tumpuk. Lalu letakkan cetakan lingkaran di atasnya. Boleh pakai apa saja. Disini kebetulan saya pakai tutup botol bekas sambel terkenal khas Surabaya ;) hihi

Jiplak lingkaran tadi pakai kapur jahit atau pensil. Lalu gunting sesuai pola. Sekarang kita punya sekitar 16 buah lingkaran kain berdiameter 5cm.


Siapkan jarum dan benang jahit. Ambil satu buah lingkaran kain dan letakkan di meja sebagai dasar bunga.

Dari sini yuk sambil lihat gambar dan keterangannya.


Step 1. Ambil sebuah lingkaran dan lipat dua.
Step 2. Lipat dua sekali lagi. Jadi satu kelopak.
Step 3. Letakkan kelopak di atas dasar lingkaran kain tadi. Jahit pangkalnya.
Step 4. Ulangi stepnya sampai seluruh dasar tertutup kelopak.
Step 5. Lanjutkan ke tumpukan kedua. Bisa juga pakai warna kain lainnya untuk variasi. Teruskan hingga kelopak penuh.
Step 6. Setelah penuh, ikat mati jahitan di bagian belakang dasar bunga.

You're done! Now make a few more and enjoy..... :)


Thursday, October 24, 2013

It's Halloween Time!

The first halloween since I've been sewing. What is best in having an auntie who likes to sew? Ask my niece Kyra and her answer will be : Having her own custom-made Halloween Costume!

Oh well, she might not directly say that, but at least her mom would. Lol.

Last year my 2 years old niece dressed as a Pink Fairy to her school. Guess what? Almost EVERY girl at the school dressed up as fairies or princess, thanks to the widely available tutu skirts and crowns and cheap party wings for little girls. Plus, which mother doesn't want her daughter to be dressed in tutu and crowns and wings, right??

But this year Kyra's halloween is going to be a little special. 

Mommy and auntie (that's me, by the way) are preparing something different that none of the girls at school will wear to the party.

So the good and beautiful auntie (that's me) browsed through the entire sewing tale world and decided to dress Kyra as the Little Red Riding Hood....

We found this magical tutorial by Ashley from Make It Love It.

There are tons of versions, but auntie likes this Red Riding Hood version the best! 



The details, frills and flairs won. Little Kyra, err.....Little Red will still be having skirt as flouncy as a princess and wings.....well, hood and cape in this case, as red as a queen but without having to worry that someone at school might steal her look. Thank you so much for the inspiring tutorial, Ashley!

After some days of work and magic...






Tadaaaa....



No pic of Kyra wearing it yet, but I will upload it later after Halloween! 


Monday, October 21, 2013

A Little Pouch Parade

Who says that I only make baby stuffs?

:-)

I do say.

Honestly, I often have to remind myself that there are TONS of awesome projects to try out there other than those related to babies and children. I must expand my knowledge and step out of my "comfort zone"! ( So...resigning from office work doesn't prevent me from using this very term).

To start doing this, I joined the Indonesian Crafters booth at GoGirl! Passion Expo in Jakarta last 4th of October and pushed myself to produce some stuffs for young girls. I had two weeks to pile up my stock of products, while I had NONE to begin with...

So I chose to make some pouches. They are relatively quick and easy projects for a beginner like me. Plus, pouches are cute and useful for everyone.



This triangular coin purse is a fun project for a beginner

My version of quilted boxie pouch. Errrr......needs some practice, I know

Originally made for my husband's Sony Experia Tablet, it's one of his favorites so far.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bouquet Baby Dress

Do you mind me posting on another Baby Dress? lol.

NO?

That's what I thought.

Babies are too cute, so I assume there's an unrestricted permission to make loads and loads and loads of baby stuff without having to worry about getting people bored :)

Ok, so I intend to share with you one of my early sewing projects. I fell in love with this cyan-colored rose bouquet printed cotton fabric from the very start, I just knew exactly what I wanted to make with it. What I did was to go ahead and laying down a piece of clothing from Leia's 18 months wardrobe (she was just 7months old, so there was suppose to be plenty of room for growth) and tracing it using a tailor's chalk to create my own pattern. I kept on telling myself that this instant method would work just fine. I thought I did ok with my first batik baby dress project, so this time I would definitely nail it.

Did I succeed? Heck yeah. The dress came out nicely, using the zipper technique I just learned and I must say I've done a pretty neat job with it. Then I try it on Leia.

Darn thing is, I forgot to include enough seam allowance when cutting the fabric. So the supposedly-slightly-larger-than-actual-size turned out to be too small for Leia. She could pull it off, sure, but not without having her armpits squeezed while moving around. And the skirt was too short I can see a full diaper right away.

Soooo I was having a slight heartbreak.....until I chatted with my cousin Rissa and found out that her dad is in Jakarta and would have a trip back to US soon. Meaning, I can turn this lovely dress into a perfect gift for her baby! It will nicely fit a 3-6 months old babygirl. Yayy. Furthermore was I also managed to sew a cute Batik Baby boy button up shirt for her sister's upcoming baby and two reversible Batik fabric gift pouches too..lala..

Right. Back to the dress.

What happened after that, was thanking God that I cut my fabric carefully when making this project so that I still have enough of this lovely fabric to make another dress for Leia. This time, it turned out perfect for her. Phew.

Now, enjoy some pictures.




Why I named it Bouquet Baby Dress is simply due to the fact that the fabric prints are so....bouquety -if only there's such a word, lol-

The original dress finally fits Lillian (right). I do admire that her mom got her a matching lovely hair bow too! 
Oh and there's Ethan here too (left). The lucky guy for whom I made the first ever shirt for :) Nooope, it's not the shirt he's wearing here, if you ask. More about that later:)

And here's a recent photo of Leia with the dress. 





Monday, September 16, 2013

Ruffled Baby Shoes



Recently I have plenty enough time to sew, I admit, thanks to Leia's having her babysitter back to our home.

While looking at scraps from my previous sewing project Tiered Baby Dress, I have the urge to do something about the medium chunk of leftover fabric that I definitely cannot use for more dresses. So, since I've been saving some baby shoes pattern from earlier and itching to try my luck with sewing shoes, I went for  a pair of matching shoes for the tiered dress.

I imagined that doing a tiny bit of ruffles for the shoes won't hurt me, after the previous nights of gathering and sewing three layers of fabric for the tiered dress.

Since the top fabric is rather delicate, I use felt for interfacing to stabilize it. For the inner soles, I use soft batting to pad them.

Now for the outer soles, I don't have any rubbery material with me, so I just had to squeeze some creative juices out of my brain.

Tadaaaa.. I came up with this idea to dot thick cotton fabric with clear glue (UHU glue--if you're Indonesian then you know this brand). It didn't work well. Blimey. The glue was too sticky and messy I couldn't arrange perfect dots on the fabric.

Then I try applique glue. It dots perfectly on the fabric surface without mess. So will it dry nicely? I decided to leave it overnight and went to sleep. Haha.



The next morning, I went back to check my dotted fabric. The dots dried up nicely, just like those soles of store-bought retail baby shoes.

* I danced my-gettin'-jiggy-wit-it and continue my work *

Ok, I need to admit that I kind of eyeballed the pattern size for Leia. I just cut the fabric pieces as big as possible, leaving me enough to adjust them along the way. So when it's time to try on the shoes, they were way too big.



I had to unpick and cut down the size twice for the shoes to finally fit in. It did no good to unpick fabric pieces too much, especially since they are small pieces. But oh well... I made it my note for the next project to really measure the pattern beforehand. I also made some mental notes to use stiffer interfacing for shoes, especially since the fabric is delicate.

-Sigh- 
Here it is! My first ever baby shoes sewing project.

They do look a bit like shoes, no?

Please say yes.

Leia doesn't seem too fond of the shoes, as she kicked them each time I tried to put them on her.
This is the best pic I can get of her putting on the shoes :(





Sunday, September 15, 2013

DIY Paper Gift Bag Tutorial

For tutorial in Bahasa Indonesia, please click here.


This is just one of my old time favorite craft activities. Wrapping gifts has been so so so much fun and easy with this pretty gift bag. If you ever wonder how to make it yourself, here's how.

What you need:
- Wrapping paper/ scrapbooking paper.. Any paper really ;)
- Double tape
- A pair of Scissor (and a pinking shears, but it's optional)
- Ribbon or decoration of your choice (here I use polypropylene ribbon)



Now let's do it.

First, cut up your paper to your preferred measurement.

With wrong side up, fold the edge of your paper's right side just a little along the width. One edge is enough. Make sure it fits the size of your double tape.


Then place your double tape along that small folding.

Now, stick the other edge's wrong side to the taped folding.




Press your paper neatly. You don't want any wonky surface.

Now that you have a neat rectangle, fold up the bottom. The size of your folded bottom here determines the capacity and size of your bag. If you need to accommodate bigger goodie to be stuffed inside your bag, then make a bigger fold. Mine here is around 2 inches. 



Then, open the bottom fold and press the sides like this below.



After that, fold the bottom flap just a little bit above the middle. Do the same thing with the opposite flap. Place a piece of double tape inside the overlapping part of the flaps, and press together.
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Now you got your paper bag bottom. Fold both sides of your paper bag neatly to create a guideline. You will use this guideline to press the sides of your bag.


Open and straighten your bag. You're almost there. Just a simple finishing touch to make the sides look even.

 Carefully push and press sides of your bag inwards so they will create a neat look. See below pictures.

Got it? Good.

At this point your bag is pretty much done. I simply grab my pinking shears and create a zigzag trim to the top flap, but this part is yours to be creative about. Attach handles, create ribbon look, bunny ears, whatever you think is cute.



 Now as a bonus, here I have a tutorial of two styles of ribbon to decorate your paper bag. Let the pictures do the talking, shall we?

Ribbon Style 1

Ribbon Style 2

After you have your decoration attached, don't forget to place one piece of double tape on the wrong side of the top flap and another piece on the bottom layer of the flap to close secure your bag after you stuff in your goodie.




There, it's done and looking all pwetty! 

Addictive, yes? 
The good news is you always have an excuse to make a bunch of these for any upcoming occasion. 





Friday, September 13, 2013

Girls Got Dresses

It's been a while since my last post. I have been busy doing several projects during ramadhan for a friend's 3 months old baby girl. Initially, I wanted to post them separately but then... oh well, laziness kicked in and here I am, posting a parade of baby dresses!

The first one is none other than the famous Junebug Dress by Jess from Craftiness Is Not Optional. 


I have to admit I was pretty hooked by this project I couldn't resist making several pieces of the dress in different colors. It goes well with most types of fabric and patterns, and Jess has done a great job for making this tutorial, it's rather easy even for a confident beginner like me too.

Love love the results. I ended up adjusting the pattern for my 1 year old with a side zipper (forgot to take pic on this one) and with a simple back zipper for my friend's daughter (the red one, that is).


The second one is my first take on bubble dress. I've been studying some great tutorials on bubble dress and got pretty confident in making one. Since it is a dress for a 3 months old baby, I didn't bother on making the bubble skirt with an elastic thread.

But for my toddler girl, definitely a bubble dress with an elastic, lol.

 When the time is right, I guess I'm going to post a tutorial on this bubble dress. I made up the pattern and design, and quite love the result. Don't you? *wink*





The third and the most complicated so far is this three-tiered dress. My mother-in-law gave me a whole 2 yards of this beautiful soft pink cotton lawn fabric with eyelet details. She specifically asked me to make a tiered dress for Leia. 

So here it is.... After two solemn nights of cutting, hemming, gathering and sewing.. 
Finally I understand why tiered dresses are so expensive. They use up lots of fabrics, my dear!






Thursday, July 25, 2013

Zippers, anyone?

I've been reading a lot of tutorials and blogs to find out that one of the biggest fears people have towards sewing is to sew on zippers. Ahem. Honestly, my sewing teacher didn't teach me exactly how to sew on a zipper. So I GOOGLED it (hail mbah google!) and found tons of zipper tutorials. Some are so very clear and seemed so easy I decided that it won't be hard to master the zipper! Lol. So here's my first take on zippy pouch.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Padfone sleeve

Remembering my husband's effort on buying and bringing my SINGER 2259 all the way from Singapore to Jakarta, I declared that I will make him anything he could possibly ask using my new and shiny sewing machine.

So he said he needed something for his new gadget. Yes, sir. So I went to fabric stores in Mayestik to find something I can use for his taste. There was a printed denim fabric that he likes. I frowned. My sewing teacher never taught me to sew with denims. But the order had placed and a promise is a promise...

It turned out quite well I made two sleeves with different sizes for his collection of fave gadgets.

My early birthday present! SINGER 2259 Tradition Sewing Machine

So, after seeing me sewing day and night while listening to me grunting endlessly about the need to have a real sewing machine, my husband decided to buy me one! Yyyaaayy *an early birthday present, he reminded me though*
My first is a SINGER 2259 Tradition Sewing Machine. It has 20 stitches (including most important stitches such as zigzag and semi-serge), free arm sewing and a 4-step buttonhole feature. Good enough for a beginner like me. I specifically asked my lovely husband to look for something that is durable and affordable. And I love it so far, even though I set my eyes first for Janome The Sewist, but oh well..this one will do too. I told you I'm a quite simple person.

So all I need now is to buy additional foots for a complete collection of stitches.
I've got these useful tools in a built-in compartment too. Love it.