Category: Sewing

Dreams Do Come True!

A year ago, the Macy’s Dollhouse Facebook Page was launched.

It’s always been my dream to learn how to make my own clothes but somehow, some things got in the way hence I was not able to pursue it. When I had my youngest in 2014 – a little girl who we named Macy – that’s when my dream resurrected so to speak. I started by making dresses for her, which you can view as a public Facebook album here. Then last January 2016, I volunteered to make the tutu skirts for a cousin’s wedding at Punta Fuego. After that, I received several inquiries about my dresses and tutu skirts, hence Macy’s Dollhouse was born.

A year after, we’ve made several fabric dolls for kids up to as far as Cebu, we’ve sewn flower girls dresses for a couple of weddings, and more are lined up for 2017! The best is yet to come!

At Macy’s Dollhouse, we aim to deliver the most beautiful gowns for your flower girls at a reasonable price and with utmost convenience. So, if you are looking for cute flower girl gowns for your wedding, of if your little one needs a dress for any special occasion, Let’s talk! I’m excited to help you!

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#1: A Forever21 Favorite

I love dresses. I so love them that I wear them to work everyday. People actually get surprised when they see me in slacks or jeans – that’s how seldom I veer away from my favorite comfy skirts and dresses. 🙂 So naturally, now that I’m learning how to sew, I intend to make dresses – lot’s of them.

After lots of practice and wasted fabric, I was able to finish my first ever dress last weekend! It was patterned after a favorite dress cut from Forever21. I own 3 of them!

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I made a vintage-cut knee length style dress made of cotton stripes fabric with lots of colors! It’s a happy dress! I used the pattern we drafted at class and just made variations with the skirt for a “pleated” look.

The tutorial that I followed in terms of attaching the lining was from Rae’s blog. I watched a lot of lining tutorials and hers is the easiest to follow that I saw.

… And here’s the dress!

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Not bad for a first timer, eh? I had to make some adjustments with it since I gained some pounds since I had my measurements taken. hehe. But overall, I’m happy with it and can’t wait to wear it at work!

Will post some tutorials soon!

Sewing Machine Shopping at Manila Port Area

Last September, I saw my SOFA classmate’s pink Brother machine in class and was so inggit with it! Moreso when I learned that she got it at a quarter of the price of a brand new machine! So I dragged my sister to Pier in Manila to scout for some portable sewing machines as an advance birthday present for myself.

I am not really familiar with the Manila Port Area so we decided to just commute going there. It was easy, actually. We went through the MRT-LRT-Jeep route and was there in no time. We immediately saw Store #1 I-J which was pretty popular in the blogosphere so we decided not to roam around anymore (since I read that there are a lot of pick pockets in the area).

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They have a wide variety of sewing machines of different colors and sizes and types, I was so confused! So I just asked the sales person to show me the best Brother sewing machine that they have on stock.

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Officially a SOFA Student!

To those who know me, it is no secret that I am a frustrated fashion designer. Back when I was younger, my paper doll’s dresses were not only made of ordinary paper, but of various materials of different texture like tissue paper, craft, even onion skin and other recycled materials. I would tie them up with glue and scotch tape, so my dolls would look 3-dimensional godesses with long flowing drapes and intricate designs. Too bad I wasn’t able to preserve them.

Since I started working, I’ve been wanting to enroll myself to sewing lessons so I could just make my own clothes. Somehow though, something happens so it would’nt push thru. Some 5 years ago, I actually gathered perfect timing to enroll in a fashion school near my house. I dropped out after three sessions because I find my instructor so “masungit” and unapproachable.  I think the one-on-one style is not for me

Many years later, here comes the nagging feeling again. I felt that this is the best timing, before baby blues come our way. 🙂 As long as it’s Saturdays and it’s going to be classroom type, even if it’s more expensive, I will go. So I started researching again and found out about SOFA’s fast-track fashion courses!

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SOFA, or School of Fashion and the Arts is located in Makati. Here is how it was described in their website:

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Super Inspired to Move On…

While blog-hopping this morning, I came accross Kaye Oflindo’s blog. She is a fashion designer who makes clothes on her spare time since she has a full-time job and has a family as well to take care of.  She designs/sews/sells custome-made clothes for various occasions and for several celebrities as well.

Perfectly what I have been dreaming of ever since. I want to be like her! 🙂

I really want to be a fashion designer someday. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always been fascinated with clothes and was into paper dolls, barbie dolls and stuff… I just didn’t really had the chance to learn how to sew and enrolling in a sewing class is something that I have been delaying and procrastinating on for so many years now..  What can I say.. SHOULD.START.NOW.

Maybe who knows, I’ll be the next Project Runway winner. Hehehe.

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