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12 May 2014

The Sewing Machine Strikes Again



I've been on a bit of a sewing spree lately, most likely because I figure I better enjoy my sewing machine while I still have it! I came up with a scheme that I wanted to use one of my batik tablecloths from Malaysia and make it into a tunic similar to the eShakti tunic I wore in this post.

When people found out that I liked these batik cloths and used them, they started giving them to me frequently, so I've amassed a good supply over the years. I usually use them as tablecloths or as cloths to protect the wood finish on other pieces of furniture. Occasionally I make them into clothes. This was one of those occasions.

I cut out pieces for the front and back of the tunic and the sleeves by laying out the tunic I already had on the fabric. I decided to skip the keyhole that's in the original tunic for simplicity and also because I didn't want to have to wear a tank top under this one.

I recently came across the technique called french seams for finished seams without a serger. This was the first garment that I used french seams in and I loved the result of no raw edges of fabric anywhere on the inside--I highly recommend such seams!

All in all, after wearing this tunic, I'd have to say it places among my top favorite sewing projects I've ever completed. I was pretty proud of myself for making the pattern match on both sleeves (which, it seems you can't really see in the photos, you'll just have to trust me!)

Have you been indulging in any of your hobbies lately?
Meg said...

This is awesome! My sewing skills pretty much are that of a straight line. Ha!

Anonymous said...

Nicely done Rachel, I would have never guessed that it was handmade. You should open a business sometime in the future but I know moving and final things in America are more pertinent now. Happy Monday!

Lauren {Fizz and Frosting} said...

I am so impressed with your sewing skills! One of these days I'm going to learn... :)

Ali Hval said...

Your sewing skills impress me so much. I'm with Meg--I can sew a straight line maybe if I'm lucky, but I usually have to battle with the sewing machine for 20 minutes before I can even get that far. ;) This is so precious on you, and that tablecloth made such a neat print to wear!

Bekah @ re•solve said...

I LOVE it! You are very skilled.

Karla FNW said...

Love your talent! And LOVE you clothes!! Those shoes too! I want a pair! =)

Megan @ The Walker Fireside Chats said...

What a pretty top! And I love those shoes, haha. I started packing and found a Sudoku book, so I started doing those again. I used to do them every morning, so it brought back great memories!

Erica said...

I love that fabric! I do miss sewing oh so much, but adopted a similar strategy of sewing like mad before having to say goodbye to it ;) French seams? Sound like a good tip to me, I really don't like feeling raw edges underneath!

Elizabeth M said...

The top came out beautifully, that fabric is such a pretty pattern!

Kala said...

Looks great! I need to learn how to sew! It's on my never-ending to-do list. :)

Run To Radiance said...

You MADE that?!?! I am so impressed!!!! It looks gorgeous!

Inge Jane said...

Wow, great job! This is so you! I really like how you placed the print for the sleeves.

Kaysie said...

The art of sewing is such a gem. I wish we were still taught things like that in middle school.

Autumn Duke said...

Impressive! It looks beautiful on you, and I love that you paired it with those bright green pants! You look adorable, and proud. As you should be :)

Charlene Maugeri said...

This is so cute! Can you like make me a bunch of clothes? Please! I could pay you in lots of yummy American food before you leave.

two birds said...

It's gorgeous. I love the colors! And the top is perfect with those fun jeans!

Laura B said...

I can't believe you made that top! The colors and print are just gorgeous! I really like it with the teal pants, too!

Kari said...

Wow! I am so impressed!! It looks beautiful! You are a master seamstress:)

Purposely at Home said...

wow. GREAT JOB.

Mrs. Cheerio said...

This is probably my favorite outfit of yours!!! You are a great seamstress.

I never learned how to sew with a machine, but the other day my grandpa had me hem some pants for him. It was a disaster.

Stories of Kel said...

so cool! you are so talented! PS What are you up to now that you are done with hair school?

Ashley said...

The shirt looks awesome! I love that you made it out of such meaningful fabric. It is such a pretty pattern!

Paige @ Reasons to Come Home said...

Way to go! It looks awesome!

brooke lyn said...

super impressed by your sewing skills!!!! That shirt is too cute and your shoes are too fun

Jennifer Prod said...

oh gosh, i'm jealous. your top makes me think i need a lesson or 3 with the sewing machine :) but seriously, it's gorgeous!!

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

You did a great job!!!!!!! I def don't have the patience to even attempt something like this! haha

AiringMyDirtyLaundry said...

Awesome! I have no idea how to sew.

And love those shoes.

ashleynicole @ [real life, real love] said...

Nice job! I just learned about french seams last week, too! They're AWESOME! :)

Tea&Sequins said...

You made this??! That is incredible! I'm so impressed!!

MontgomeryFest said...

im in love with this outfit! great job!!

Elegance and Mommyhood said...

I am impressed that 1) you can sew and 2) quite well. I am in love with those B+W Oxfords girly. =) Love!!

Happy Tuesday!! Ada. =)

AwesomelyOZ said...

Nice work on your garment! It's very lovely :) I'm a DJ hobbyist but I'm finally buying my own set of official decks - so I'm definitely indulging this month since it's not a cheap hobby. :) Happy Tuesday love! -Iva

Cate @ Wild Ruffle said...

You did a seriously awesome job on that. Plus, your shoes are the cutest. :)

Anonymous said...

You got some skills lady! Amazing top, especially since it's the work of your hands.

Britt said...

This is absolutely adorable! I wish I could use the sewing machine!

Whitney @ EHFAR said...

Love those colors... right up my alley :-)

Hima Rajana said...

Not a lot of people could pull off that many colors so well, but I love it on you! Cute shoes :)

xo, Hima
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Anonymous said...

I love love love the material and this top in general. So beautiful. My hobby lately is probably tying my scares in different ways. I started covering my hair all the time in public about 3 months ago. :)

Haley said...

You are so talented!! I love that you can make your clothes- so resourceful!

erica santos said...

love the batik... you are so gifted with the sewing machine
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Dawn Lucy said...

Loving your adorable funky style!
OXOX
Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

Wow your sewing skills always amaze me. Also I need to mention those awesome shoes!!! Love them : )

Bisous
Suzanne

E Mamakli said...

What great sewing skills <3 I can't believe you made it from batik tablecloths. Today I am stopping by from saturday sharefest. I saw your post and I was ohh I know her :) As always glad to have stopped by to read your interesting stories. XOXO, Elif
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Jordyn said...

I need to use my sewing machine more… Newest follower!
Jordyn
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