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Handbag and Wallet set - a gift set for Mom

Hello,
When Namrata showed me her (then) new pattern of Rose Handbag, I knew I will make one for my mom. I could not test it at that time because I hurt my pinky and could not do any sewing that needed "birthing".
And a few days ago I finally got down to make one. My mom loves florals, and she loves Blue and Red. So I picked this Japanese linen with Red Rose print. But of course, I have to make a set, with the trifold women's wallet. 

This is my 4th bag from Bagstock Designs and I love how this Rose turned out. For you who started to sew a bag, don't hesitate. Namrata's pattern is always easy to follow with clear photos and instructions.
I used Japanese linen and dark blue denim and my Singer machine worked like a charm going through all the layers. well, except the one with the D-rings for the removable strap. So, I skipped stitching just a few mm from there. 


I have a matching blue egg color polka dots which perfect for the lining and added a red zipper for fu…

The Linen Floral Sling Bag

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The wifi is not working properly since last week. I think due to the stormy weather. I've been quite busy finishing few orders and also managed to finish my tester bag for Namrata's newly released pattern. I told her, I won't be able to test in the beginning, but I managed to finish my Etsy orders in time and got 2 days before the due date.
The pattern is called Jasmine Sling Bag, the pattern is now available both on Etsy and Craftsy.
And here is my take on the pattern:
  I love making a small bag and have been asking Namrata to make the pattern and I love how she improvised it from the original design. The smart zippered flap is my favorite.

I made a reversed version from what the pattern called. I used solid linen for the main body and accented with floral linen just because I want the flap in floral ^^.

This bag surprisingly quite spacious. Besides the zippered flap, it has a slip pocket which I find it very handy. I also used a cute snap button I got from my re…

Ikat and Pinterest

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Don't you love Pinterest? I know I do. I get lots of inspiration from there. I love a casual and loose fitting dress or tunic. I really want to make something with Ikat Fabrics. Ikat always fascinates me, be it hand woven or printed one. It simply beautiful. 

I browsed Pinterest and found these  red ikat dress  and the white ikat dress that I really love.

It will ber perfect for summer, but I will need a longer sleeve since I am wearing hijab ^^. 
Maybe this Blue one will look great for summer. 

or this White and Indigo one?

What do you think?
Check out a couple of NEW FABRICS I put up in the shop! 
If you're on Pinterest, follow my Pinterest boards  . I recently edited my boards as an effort to improve my SEO.  I've been reading a lots of books on SEO and it's time to implement them, right? 
I will write more about it next time. Hopefully, I can share a few SEO tips. 
Until then,
Happy Sewing,


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Disney Mickey Mouse Family Passport Holder

Hello,
This week I’ve completed my last Etsy orders. Apparently, the Mickey Mouse Disney Passport holder is very popular in my Shop that I have to re-order the fabrics. And I love working with fun fabrics.
In this post, I was talking about batching and it helped me a lot this month. Managing shops and home single-handedly is not an easy task. I mostly spend half of my morning replying to emails and messages, before doing my daily chores. Since I already cut a batch of interfacings for Passport Holders and Mini Crossbody Bag, the sewing part is easy. While I love cutting fabrics, cutting interfacing bored me.

OK, back to the passport holder, I made 2 variations and the buyer chose one which has card slots and interior zipper.

I still have a couple of local orders to finish now, and I won’t be accepting custom orders until I come back from Indonesia next August.

I have a couple for Ready to Ship items in my ETSY shop and Website (scroll down to buy).  And if you'd like to try to mak…

Simple Guide : How to Set Up a Facebook Shop

Hello,
Today after lunch, I was just lazing around on the sofa and browsing Facebook. I was checking my Facebook page when I realized that my CHEZVIES SHOP tab was not visible on the mobile app? What is this??? I got up and turned on my laptop and it was there! On the top.
Oh, Facebook!! what are you playing this time??
So, Facebook has its own shopping app or whatever you call it, if you connect the 3rd party e-commerce app, it will look good on the website version but NOT on the mobile version. I hope I make sense here.
The picture below is the website version of my facebook page. See the red underlined CHEZVIES SHOP tab. That's where I embedded my Ecwid Store.


and here what the Facebook Page look on the Mobile App. The chezvies shop tab is missing. The SHOP tab (which is the facebook shop) is there prominently.


So, what's the solution? I set up the Facebook Shop with a link to my website!! 
If you only sell on facebook, then direct the checkout process to the facebook mess…

Personalized Family Passport Holder

Hello,
It's Saturday already and I've been pretty busy finishing orders before Ramadan month starts next week. I won't be taking custom order from next week until the 2nd week of August. 
Today I'd share one of my recent orders. She asked for personalized passport holder. I have an embroidery machine but somehow I prefer hand embroidery. Why? #1. it's fun  #2 it's faster ( at least for me). 

I did the embroidery on the flap with a small backstitch. I thought of doing a slip stitch embroidery, but with pearl cotton, this will look better. I copied the main letters from a Japanese book and the rest was my free handwriting. 

The main musical fabric is imported Japanese linen. She wanted to combine it with green and it took me several days to get a matching solid green. 

I searched in my stash and found the perfect green shot cotton fabric. I love shot cotton or handloom cotton. It's very versatile and the color is very unique. Also, it's a breeze to embro…

Meet my new friend - SINGER HD4423

Hello,
It's finally here!! I got it on Tuesday last week!! It's Singer HD 4423. I was thinking of buying the industrial machine but I don't have space right now.

I've been considering this machine for quite some time and even though my other machines are doing OK, but I need a tougher machine to sew bags and wallet. I won't be writing a long technical review here, but if you want to read the review you can go HERE or watch it on YouTube.


So far, I LOVE it!! Especially when sewing the passport holders, it can handle thickness changes with no hick up at all. And with the High Speed, I can sew much faster without dealing with a jammed needle. The SINGER HD4423 also has top loading bobbin, which is convenient

 I'm yet to try on faux leather or another project as yet. I will update you again when I do. It has 23 stitch variations (hence the name). Also, you can adjust the needle position to the right and to the left. 
The free arm is an advantage too. If you see the…

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