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Friday, August 28, 2015

Polka Dots

Totally loving this B&W polka dot print. So much so I decided to make a day dress with it, one with butterfly sleeves and a matching striped jacket.

My thread spools have also gotten larger.

It's almost like quilting, cutting up big pieces of cloth into little pieces of cloth.

Even appliques, cloth on cloth.

Final Dress! The sleeves aren't as fluttery as I would like them and the skirt needs a layer of lining as well.

 Otherwise, it looks like a great combi.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Stella McCartney Autumn/Winter 2015/2016

Daughter of Sir Paul McCartney and established fashion designer, she became Creative Director of fashion house ChloĆ© before launching her own namesake brand Stella McCartney in 2001. A lifelong vegetarian and PETA supporter, none of her clothes/accessories are made from animal derived products.

She designs for real women and real women buy her clothes to make it part of their wardrobe. She also designs childrens wear seasonally, a trend other designers have picked up as well.

In 2004, she began collaborating with Adidas to create fashionable sportswear for women, unheard of in the industry before then. I always see new stuff every year under her name at Adidas.

Her current range of bags, named Falabella (after miniature horses). I think you can recognize it coz lotsa fashionistas spotted carrying these bags.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cheese Utensils from Mainland Cheese

From Cold Storage New Zealand fair, Mainland Cheese had a promotion to redeem this cheese cutting set with every 2 blocks purchased. The handles are soo teeny tiny.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Salonpas Ice Cold Spray

Salonpas is well known for their pain relief patches and rubs. Recently they launched Ice-Cold Spray for post-sports cool down and relief from the sweltering hot weather. It's like a blast of air-con and I bring a bottle along everywhere I go, instant relief when I am waiting for the bus in the afternoon sun.

Buy from Guardian or Qoo10, $8.50.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tori-Q Bento

Japanese BBQ bento with pickles and rice seasoned with seaweed and togarashi. My favorite lunch combo of late, $6 to $8 a box.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Re-sewing a Yukata

This yukata (cotton kimono) was a gift more than a decade ago from my uncle & auntie who frequently visit Japan. I have never worn it before and now have decided to re-sew it into a summer dress.

It's actually easier than I previously thought it would be. The collar is removed to be used as a  binding for the new collar. The wide sleeves are removed to add onto the skirt. There is a notch under the bodice where the sash (obi) is supposed to wrap around, I followed that marking to cut the fabric into two pieces.

To make it knee length, 9" is cut from the skirt portion and this 9" of fabric gets cut again into 3 portions lengthwise to be added onto the skirt. The skirt is now double the size of the bodice and gets reattached to the bodice.

Yukata size 10 now fits my size 22 frame nicely. Finally, I have sewn a wearable outfit for myself.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Victoria Beckham Autumn/Winter 2015/2016

This former Spice Girl started her namesake fashion label in 2008 and has been putting out stellar collections every season since. She designs for herself and other celebrities agree with this design direction wearing it as part of their wardrobe.

Last year she opened a store @ MBS!

Victoria Beckham also designed an eye-wear collection, nail polish collection and handbags.