Thursday, August 26, 2010

My first finished Baju Kurung top

This was the first time I actually sewed and finished a baju kurung top. Previously, when I was pregnant, I tried sewing one to wear during my pregnancy. I finished sewing everything together, but didn't have time to hem it. As they say, time and tide wait for no man, and baby was soon delivered which meant that there was no need for that huge baju kurung anymore. And I put it away. Now, almost two years later, my mother-in-law was in the midst of sewing her baju kurung for Eid and I decided to learn a thing or two. She has been sewing since she was 9! Isn't that grand? That's more than 60 years of sewing experience under her belt!!

This time I had some of Mo Bedell's Party Dress fabric to play around with. After prewashing the fabric, I was ready for my lesson. First she taught me how to cut the pieces. I used the measurements from a baju kurung that I had in the closet. Then I sewed the pieces together, zigzag stitched the raw edges and hemmed where needed. It was looking good, and then she taught me how to stitch the neckline with the 'tulang belut' stitch. It was rather tedious and I'm not sure if I'd be willing to do that again! lol

Next would be the 'kain' or skirt of the baju kurung....

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