Never had I imagined sewing anything substantial for my sister, much less her once-in-a-lifetime prom dress, from scratch. She wanted to have a dress that stood out from the typical long dull dresses, and I wanted a challenge – thus the collaboration was formed. While this is is a long overdue post, I still wanted to put this dress (and my sis’s fantastic modelling, albeit much grumbling) up on the ol’ blog to commemorate the 1 month I spent slogging on this deceivingly simple dress.
The original plan was to use a stiff neoprene for the skirt to give it a fun, bouncy shape, but I couldn’t find any neoprene of suitable colour and shine. After countless of fabric stores, my sister and I finally laid our eyes on this immensely BRIGHT coral pink satin and immediately fell in love with it, and hence decided to instead iron on a thick interfacing to give it the same feel as neoprene.
The dress has a halter neck (button hole closure), a mini corset-style low back, and a loud triangl bikini-esque skirt. The grey mesh overlaps in the front and loops all the way back to the corset closure, giving way to a small cutout in the front. Oh, there’s also a built-in bra.
All in all, I must say that I’m pretty happy with the finished product, and I’m pretty sure my sister is too. Regrettably, there isn’t a tutorial for this as documenting the process and sewing simultaneously would take too damn long. However, I tried to make up for it with more photos, so – enjoy!
Culottes are definitely the one thing I never expected to reappear in the fashion scene, but I am unquestionably enjoying their revival. Regardless whether this flowy silhouette is going to be a short-lived one, I plan on making full use of its comfort and effortlessly chic vibe.
Instead of paying over $30 for a pair of these classic black culottes, here’s how I made my own with less than $10 and two hours, max.
This tutorial is on how to sew a simple conventional side pocket for pants or skirts. These pockets can be sewn into pretty much anything – skirts, shorts, pants or jumpsuits – oh the possibilities! (See how i used them in a pair of culottes here.)
I’ve been lusting over the drawstring bags from Cotton On (these) for the longest time and if not for the fact that EVERYBODY has it, I would have bought one ages ago. Inspired by the recent boom of the sports luxe trend, I decided to add a twist to the conventional drawstring bag by adding some sporty-looking mesh panels.
On to the tutorial!
Today’s topic is about sewing supplies and where you can find them in Singapore. I know many of my readers are not from Singapore, but bear with me! Hopefully it’ll be interesting to you guys to see what the sewing supply scene in Singapore is like. I’d love to find out more about where you guys get your sewing supplies and the price range too!
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Okay maybe nobody checks back here already. I’m so sorry for not updating for so long! My end year exams are next week (cries) and my wifi has been down all week, and still isn’t working so I have to resort to posting this on precious mobile data hotspot!
Okay on to today’s post. I got this waterproof film camera (your can buy it here) as a gift from my senior in school two months ago and was so excited as I’ve never tried shooting film before. Yes I know I know – I’m really young. Since this is technically my first time using a film camera, I won’t consider this a review of any sort, but more of a sharing of my experience, and boy do I have some experience to share.
If you’ve ever watched The Fashion Citizen, Jenn Im or Grav3yardgirl’s videos on Youtube, you probably would have noticed how many trendy people are thrifting their clothes from local thrift stores nowadays. One of my favourite style icons Lua P. from le-happy.com, also buys alot of her clothing from thrift stores. However, you might also have realised that these same people are very often not from Singapore, or even Asia. Most are living in America or Europe. Is this because there are no thrift shops in Singapore? Or is it simply because the “famous” Singaporeans (bloggers, vloggers etc) don’t know about the preloved world?
Many people think that Singapore is no place for thrifting, giving me weird looks when I say I enjoy shopping at thrift stores. No, my fashion sense isn’t super eccentric or granny-esque. Infact, I consider myself to be fairly “mainstream” and fad-ish, as sad as it may sound. I’ve been to many flea markets before, and to be honest the clothes they sell there are a lot more fashionable and possibly even cheaper than the ones you find at thrift stores. Afterall, these are clothes that people have donated. However, the joy and thrill in thrifting to me lies not in the price or how fashionable the pieces are. Rather, it is about finding those EUREKA! pieces of clothing that you dig out from under heaps and heaps of other junk, instantly thinking of a million ways to style it or DIY it into something more fashionable. I think the fun lies in challenging yourself to style clothes that are supposedly out-dated – the rejects and the preloved.
Honestly, wearing “old” clothes doesn’t bother me at all. (Although it really bothers my mother that I’m wearing someone else’s old clothes. But that’s a story for another time.) If it looks perfectly fine and has been washed, then I don’t see a problem. Of course, some people feel that the clothes might still be dirty or carry some sort of weird disease, but really, what are the chances of that happening? How many illnesses can be passed on through clothing after it’s been washed?
So I recently visited the Salvation Army Family Thrift Store (not sure if that’s what it’s called) in Bishan and was pleasantly surprised at the number of “fashionable” items I found. Here are some pics. Sorry for the horrible photo quality! I snapped this off my phone so the photos are really grainy and blur.
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