Backless Tie Dress

My favorite part of this dress is the blue fabric that I got from JoAnn with 40% coupon. So classy, elegant, and also cute at the same time, children version of toile fabric. The design inspiration came from the romper I saw at Janie&Jack. Instead of romper, I changed it to dress. This dress is very versatile, it can be adjusted to adapt to my little one’s growth. When she is taller I just need to lower the tie, when she is bigger the elastic band on the waist area will still make her comfortable. Hopefully it brings you inspiration!


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Isn’t it pretty?


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L O V E Applique

It’s been more than a month since my last posting, really that long?? I thought it’s just last week or two weeks ago… and it’s July? already?I guess World Cup and Wimbledon have been keeping me quite disconnect with the calendar.


I am working on dresses for my little one, soon will be posted. Before that, this is my weekend project I did 3 weeks ago, Love applique.


Love applique


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Vanilla Cake with Raspberry Mascarpone Butter Cream

This cake is my learning cake decorating project. Pretty happy with the result, this is my first time making rose, I think using butter cream frosting helped a lot. With my previous attempts at cake decorating, the frosting, heavy cream frosting, was too soft it could not form the shape I wanted…. and it melts in no time in summer. On this one I used butter as the main ingredient, as the twist I added mascarpone cheese which I think would go well with raspberry, and It did actually, perfect pairing.


My mom is very good at making butter cream rose, so good that I remember almost all of our birthday cakes back then were decorated with roses :) … every birthday, whenever it’s mom’s homemade cake.


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Love the pink frosting!

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Plain Shirt Makeover with Bear Applique

You may have already known that my little girl loves bear and also known that I like to do some makeovers on plain shirt like this project, this project, and this project, so I thought this one would be perfect for her and me, Bear applique!


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Sewing cotton lace on shoulder.

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Crocheting bear ears.

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Some embroidery works for the nose and mouth, the eyes are from spare buttons, the face is from felt attached to the shirt with fusible lining.

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Hopefully it brings you inspiration!.






Beary Beary Love You, part 2 – Sewing Tote Bag

So here come the part 2,  sewing tote bag for my little one. If you miss the previous posting, here is the link. All the materials I used in this project came from my scrap fabric storage therefore the size this tote bag basically based on what scrap fabric size I had.


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I cut the main (the one with bear embroidery) and lining fabric in 14″ x 18″ including 1/4″ seam allowance, the straps is 1″ wide x 12″ long ( finished size).

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Fold in half and sew the fabric on the longest side with right side facing together. Do the same for the lining. Draw line about 2″ from each corner, sew, then cut the excess. Do the same for the lining.

Turn the main fabric and lining with the right side facing together, position each straps about 3″ from edge, sew the top and leave 2″ opening for flipping.

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This is the picture after I flip it. Sew the top including the opening.

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Project done!

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Seeing my girl liking it is priceless :)

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Beary Beary Love You, part 1 – Bear Embroidery

Sewing and embroidery project I did during memorial day weekend. I put it into 2 separate postings, one is for the embroidery and the other one is for the sewing. So here is the part 1, Bear embroidery!


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My girl loves stuffed animal, specially bear, anything with bear… I got this bear sketch from the bed sheet, it has printed bears on it and she always kisses them whenever I use the sheet on the bed… so cute to just watch her doing so :)

Initially I was planning to add some wild flowers and bees, as you can see I had drawn them on the paper  in the right side, but then the plan’s changed … I added balloons and writing instead, I think this would be more fun for her.


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The bear outfit came from scrap fabric.

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Stay tune for the part 2, I used this embroidery in sewing tote bag for her.

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Children Linen Summer Dress

This is recycling project I did last weekend, my first sewing with shirring. The fabric is from my old pink linen skirt, I think it was from my high school or college time. I always like its texture and color, but not the fitting so I decided to give it the new look and purpose :)


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My old skirt:

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Cut the length.

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The shirring part. Despite all the researches I did in youtube and google, I still had hard time  figuring out why the shirring didn’t work. In one of the tutorial, the lady keep saying that we have to make sure the elastic thread hooked to the bobbin correctly… though I reminded myself to do so I still failed to check if it stayed that way after I hooked it. It took me almost 1 hour just to solve this. Finally I double checked the bobbin and the thread was bounced back from the hook, that’s why my fabric always came out flat,mystery solved!

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Attach the straps.

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I added lace on the straps and bottom of the dress. Beside the elastic thread, this lace is the new material I bought, the rest came from what I’ve already had.

Extra flower appligue to make it prettier.

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Here is my little model with the dress.

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