Weekend Sewing 7: A Birthday Present for Yuria

Vito’s friend, Yuria, celebrated her birthday today with a barbecue party at their house. She and Vito have known each other and have been playmates since they were infants, and is considered almost a part of our family. She would always say that when they grow up she and Vito would get married! Of course she is really too young to know what she’s talking about. Well, little girls really start young with the “getting married” thoughts and I blame it on the fairy tales we girls are exposed to at a very young age. Vito, on the other hand, just gives her a blank look whenever she would say that they would “kekkon”, as though he doesn’t hear her, and gets back to playing with his Nintendo 3DS.

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Weekend Sewing 6: Buttercup Bag (Big Version) and Tsumami Kanzashi Flower Accent

I just finished the bigger version of the Buttercup Bag!  I used a nice cherry print cotton fabric for the outer and a red cotton broadcloth for the lining.  I made some changes by putting piping on the pleats which makes the bag pretty and neat-looking.  I also sewed the handles in between the bag outer and lining instead of sewing it on the outer.  I did not put magnetic snaps but reinforced the outer top with thick interfacing.

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Annular Eclipse in Nagoya


This photo was taken at around 7:24 a.m.with an ND8 filter attached to the lens, a few minutes early/before the actual “ring of fire” .  I wasn’t able to see the ring of fire live because I had to prepare Vito for school since he leaves before 8 a.m.  I just watched on TV!  😀  The next eclipse of this kind will be seen only in Hokkaido in 2030 and, in a large portion of Japan, after 300 years!

2012/05/21 金環日食(Solar Eclipse) from Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan
EOS 5D Mark II + EF700-200 F2.8L IS USM + ND400

'Ring of fire' solar eclipse lights up the sky  (Source: Reuters)

I am able to post this now because I’m on leave from work today because of a sore throat…and it’s not because of the eclipse.

Weekend Sewing 5: Free pdf patterns

I had a busy weekend, vacuum-cleaning and getting the ever-daunting folding of clothes done.  But, I still found the time late Sunday afternoon to sew some easy patterns I found in the internet to practice cutting patterns and sewing straight seams.

The first was this Buttercup bag from Made by Rae using scrap fabric I cut from our bedroom curtain which I re-hemmed to match the length of our window.


I hand-sewed some extra pearl beads in the center for accent instead of the buttons suggested in the pattern.  In my opinion, this bag is too small because it can only carry my iPhone, wallet, and keys.  It’s OK because it’s just scrap fabric I used and I don’t think I’ll be using it anyway unless I want to carry around a curtain print bag with me. I saw some other revisions of this bag making the dimensions bigger by photocopying the patterns to 125%.  I think I shall do that next time and get some really nice fabric because it’s really easy to sew and the pattern is very nice.  I might also add embellishments and zipper instead of the magnetic snaps.

The second was this fabric headband from Happy Together using scrap fabric from my ruffled tote project.


Both patterns are free and were very easy to sew.