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I've been busy revamping my shops. Running online shops is not as easy as one two three anymore. Most people are selling online, so we have to get more creative in presenting our products. Thousand of competitors are emerging everyday. And VISUAL presentation is VERY important. So during this break time I pull out my stocks and starts re-taking pictures and editing and update the shop. And believe me, it's tiring LOL it's so worth it!!

Indian Cotton fabric in bright colors fuchsia, green, orange, floral fabric, geometric flower print cotton, half yard 

I started one morning, I decided to pull out my stocks from the cupboard and start sorting out by the sets. Cutting, folding and ironing was the next step. Stacked them neatly for photo shoot.

Geometric lightweight fabric in pastel colors, multi colors Indian fabric, soft colors dress fabric, quilting, half yard

Winter sun was not so bright, the good thing is I can take photos until 1 pm in the afternoon. I set up my "photo booth" and start styling and start clicking. In between I took photos with my phone and posted them in Instagram. It took me almost 2 weeks to get most of the stock photographed.

I'm still editing few of them, but  most of the fabrics are updated in my website. Speaking about website, now I know why many handmade business coach always said about starting your own website or webstore? because it's SO MUCH FREEDOM, not to mention that you get to keep most of the the $$$, unless someone is paying thru paypal then you have to pay the paypal fees. 

I have added currency converter too so it's easier for shoppers from outside India to purchase. 

I've been working on the website  from scratch since October. It still need a lot of improvement. 

I am using Ecwid  which I find quite easy for me with limited knowledge. I found using Ecwid starter site is quite beneficial to me. 

So, please take a little time to visit my store at CHEZVIES and let me know what do you think about it. I'd love some feedbacks ;)

Thanks a lot for stopping by

 until then...


Simple Zippy Pouch and another Heidi

Remember I made Shibori Heidi foldover clutch last week? I simply love white and blue shibori, so I decided to make this simple zippy pouch and combined it with blue denims

Sometimes this simple thing that can make you happy. 

Chevron Blue Rayon Cotton Indian Fabrics, Indigo Blue and white fabric, shibori fabric, dual color fabric, HALF YARD

this zippy pouch is perfect to carry in your big purse. I always keep at least 2 pouches in my purse. It's so handy to keep your bag organized. 

Shibori blue zipper pouch, white blue cosmetic pouch, pencil pouch, pen holder, bag organizer, denim pouch

I added this simple pouch in my Etsy shop and the shibori fabric is available in my fabric shop.

And I finished another Heidi in Japanese linen. The fabrics were from long ago. I found it when I was looking for another fabric. That was some kind of aha moment. I thought of doing similar to the previous one with the accent at the bottom. But as I was ironing the interfacing I was thinking why not using 2 different fabrics? Et voila, la Heidi with vintage floral linen and newspaper print linen. 

For the strap, I cut my genuine leather sheet I got from my last trip to Indonesia. I simply cut 3/4" x 115 cm and added swivel hook at both ends. I didn't have a slider yet, maybe I should get some. 

This is the smaller size of the Heidi pattern by Swoonpatterns. It's perfect size to make sling bag. I still have enough fabric to make another one. 

I know I'm going to make more Heidi, maybe a little variations. 

That's all I finished this week, until next time

Happy Sewing

Yarn Over

It's almost end of the year. I'm taking time off from taking custom orders to explore more and sew more fun projects to add to the shop. 

I finally began learning crochet too from youtube. And my current favorites are B Hooked Crochet and Bobwilson123 channel. 
Now, I can do crochet while catching up my my fave Korean Drama and also while waiting for the boys in their music classes. 

This is my first crochet finished : Crochet Cowl tutorial from BobWilson123. I gave this to my MIL for her to wear when she goes for morning walk. 


My SIL also started picking up her knitting needles and whipped up these cute baby booties in no time. I told her I'll list it in the shop. She made loads of knitted sweaters for my sons when they were babies and sweaters for me. And many more as gifts. 

So we decided to give "brand" byjulie. Julie is my SIL's name. We often talked about how we want to start having handmade business. But being a doctor, her time was limited. This year she took a little break and start working less hours, and I told her she can start doing and I'll list it in my Shops. 

So, be sure to check my Etsy Shop and my Website (if you are in India) for more knitted stuff. We're going to play with yarn a lot this winter. 

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What have you completed this week?

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Heidi Clutch from Swoon Pattern

I have this pretty shibori rayon cotton which I really love. I thought it will be great to make fold over clutch. Then Namrata suggested I try Heidi - the free pattern from Swoon Patterns, when I saw the pattern, I know this will be perfect project for the shibori.

chevron shibori 

 The problem is I don’t use Vinyl or leather. So after scanning my stash, I thought this raw silk in coffee brown will be perfect combo.

I marked 3/8” from the top of the accented panel piece and clipped along the curvy edge. And slowly ironed the seam in and pinned it to the main exterior fabric and top stitch with 1/8” inch seam allowance.
And I loved how this turned out.

Foldover Heidi Clutch 

I used metal zipper for both top and exterior pocket. I added fabric tab for both top and pocket zipper so that the metal teeth won’t get in the way. Frankly, metal zipper still scare me 0_0

Attaching zipper in the curvy top was quite easy. Just make sure you mark the middle of the zipper and the fabric and start pinning from the middle. I like to attach the zipper to the lining first and then to the exterior fabric. 

For some people maybe attaching zipper this way is too much of work, but I personally feel this will give more security since the zipper will be used a lot.

That’s quite a fast project to do and know I will make more ^__^.

And as I was taking photos for my fabric shop, ideas keep brewing in my head. So, look forward for more Indigos and blues. 

Indigo fabric block print , polkadot hand print Indian cotton, Indigo dye blue flower indian fabric, Indigo blue floral dress fabric
Block print Indigo Cotton
Block printed indigo mudcloth fabric, clam shell blue cotton, hand printed geometric dark blue daboo cotton for apparel quilting patchwork
Mudcloth a.k.a Daboo cotton
Indigo Rayon Fabric, Denim Blue rayon cotton, dress fabric, floral geometric fabric for apparel and general sewing, Half Yard
Indigo Rayon Cotton

What fabric fancy you now?

Until then,

Happy Sewing

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Happy Thanksgiving, Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Thanksgiving is here and the sale season is On. I have Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale in all the shops! yay! The sale will end on 30th November 2016. 

1. All the fabrics is on 25% off NOW until 30th November. So grab fast before everything back to it's regular price 

ON SALE Lemon Yellow Indian dress fabric set, Cotton Silk Chanderi dress, Yellow embroidered tunic fabric, Grey embroidered stole, Grey Cott
Yellow and Grey Indian Dress Fabric Set

ON SALE Geometric Black and white Fabric, Indian cotton, Fabric with border, sewing, bag making, patchwork, quilting, Half Yard, SALE
Black and White Geometric Cotton

2. All the READY to SHIP products are on 20% Off  and the rest is 10% off (code: Earlyxmas10) until 30Th November. 

SALE Tula pink slim trifold wallet, women credit card holder, minimalist wallet, slim wallets, credit card wallet, gift for her, clutch wall
Don't you love this Tula Pink Wallet?
I really has fun making this Wallet. The pretty pink and lavender from Tula Pink Fox Field line is really pretty. 

I added the dangling zip accessories at the back. I bought the jhumka last week and happened to have a matching one.

I added medium length strap, it will be really cute to carry this around when you want to go minimalist. 

3. My pattern is on SALE in CRAFTSY  only. 

Family Passport Holder PdF Pattern 

In the meantime, I'm writing a couple of patterns. Hopefully I will be able to complete it soon. 

Thank you for stopping by

Happy Thanksgiving

It was a good week

Yes, it was a busy week for me. Inspired by Sarah of Confession of a Fabric Addict post  Make a List Monday, I started noted down my order list last Monday. And I'm glad I did, because I could cross few orders off the list!

I love this handwoven ikat! The one I made earlier I gifted to hubby's niece. It's such a versatile clutch. I'm currently using one too. 

 And who doesn't like this bag? It's so spacious that you can carry everything in it. 

This time, instead of using grey burlap, I used handwoven grey linen. It's such a beautiful fabric. The texture itself give a bag so much of character, isn't it? This  ikat tote bag is perfect to carry while traveling. 

This African inspired print is one of my favorite print. It's unique and colorful. The customer wanted to be personalized with the family name. 
I did the embroidery by hand. Personally I prefer hand embroidery any day. I love doing it and I wish I had more time to do. 

I had so much fun working on this passport holder. When the customer messaged me that she was originally from Shillong and now living in the UK, I was pleasantly surprised. In her words " Hi! I was browsing on Etsy looking for a large travel wallet to keep all our passports in for our upcoming holiday at hoe and your product came up. I almost fell off my chair when I saw your shop location!! Gauhati!! I come from Shillong and now stay in  the UK 😊😃 It is a small world!".

She chose the fabric combo from my fabric shop. working with the new fabric combo is always exciting. 

And I'm happy with how this passport wallet turned out. Such a happy girl color :)

Even though I'm not a "plan it all" kind of person, I think by making List every week or month can help me stay focus on my work because I tend to get easily distracted. 

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What have you completed this week?

Until then,

Happy Sewing

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The best compliment!

I went to the mall last week with my son. After doing our groceries shopping, I lingered in the bag section and was thinking to buy small wallet that will fit my mini sling bag. 

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And as I was choosing, my son become impatient and told me "Mama, why do you want to buy the wallet? You can make one ! " 

I was surprised -- proudly surprised that my son acknowledged  my "super power" :D 

 I came home fully recharged and decided to complete these two wallets. The black one I started earlier but somehow got sidetracked (as usual).

I had lots of fun choosing the fabric for this card wallet. The pink fabric was from my previous quilt projects and it was matched perfectly. 

This black card holder is the 12 cards slot variant. 
Same like the previous slim wallet that I made

Don't you love the hidden zipper? It's so shabby chic ! 

and then my regular customer messaged me on facebook if I can make 16 cards variant, and I said of course!! She wanted in Indian prints and after looking at my shop, she wanted this indigo blue like the tote bag I made earlier. 

This indigo blue wallet is the 16 cards wallet. Look how slim it is, even with the cards and notes inside.

I combined it with tan textured shot cotton. Perfect combo. 

and as usual, I love to finish the binding by hand. Somehow hand sewing make me relax especially when I have this romantic korean drama to accompany me. Ha!!

I was on the last part of Lee Sang Yoon - Kim Ha Neul "on the way to airport" drama in KBS. It is such beautiful drama with realistic story line. What I love best, is this drama give you exposure to Korean Bojagi Patchwork , make me want to go back to Korea and visit all those patchwork museums and folk village *sigh*. 

Ah by the way, the wallets is now listed in my ETSY shop. Let me know if you want in other print, I have more fabrics {since I'm a hoarder ^^} you can choose from. 

Until then,

Happy Sewing