Building a camera from scratch? | Inspiration!

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Have you ever considered making your own camera from scratch?

Well not scratch, but from 90% scrap materials. Yup, I’m talking about pinhole cameras. I chanced upon them only a few days ago while looking at some lomography photographs and have been obsessed ever since. If you don’t know what pinhole cameras are, they are basically the simplest, most basic form of cameras – effectively just a light-proof box with a small hole on one side. And yes, they are incredibly easy to DIY with millions of tutorials and versions of how to do so online. Simply google “pinhole camera” and you’ll find some pretty cool ones right away.

Being a 90s kid, I grew up in a world so dependent on technology and digital media that I never really thought about how cameras work and the whole science behind it. It was simple – point and shoot. Of course, I learnt about ISO, aperture, shutter speed etcetera, but my understanding pretty much stopped at how to use a camera, and not what a camera is. So when I stumbled upon this amazing camera and the amazing community of people out there dedicated to this form of photography, I was amazed. Just a matchbox, some film,  and duck tape and you have a camera that actually takes photos? I was, and still very much am, so excited and so so curious. 

Here are some useful links and videos that really helped me understand pinhole cameras:






I really want to try building my own little pinhole camera, and I promise I will once I get hold of some free time. Till next time!



DIY | Revamp Old Shirts: Tie-Dye, Crops, Tanks and more! ✿


Hi guys! ✿✿✿

Today’s tutorial is chock-full of ways to revamp your old t-shirts, specifically white tees! I’ll be going through three really really basic ways you can cut up (not in  the messy way) your t-shirts to get instantly cute and tumblr-worthy tanks and crops! Also, I will be showing you guys two super simple methods of tie-dying that you can easily do at home to achieve that Unif, Dollskill-esque grunge effect. You can use these dyeing techniques on pretty much anything – tees, shorts, dresses or even socks!

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^ Top and Dress from Unif ^

I bought the t-shirts from the online wholesale site Taobao for around $1-2 each, and got the Dylon fabric dyes from my local craft store for $7? Yea they were really inexpensive, considering you can dye around up to 20 tees with just one packet! (that adds up to $0.35 per tee! Crazy cheap)

Alternatively, you can just use any old t-shirt that has a predominantly white base, regardless whether there is a print on it or not! Personally I think it would be really cute to dye some white shirts with black graphic prints on ’em. 🙂

Stuff you will probably need:

– White based items – tops, shorts, dress, socks, your choice!

– Fabric dyes. I used the Dylon brand.

– Elastic bands

– Newspaper/plastic bags to prevent staining your floors!

– Spoons and a bowl or cup to hold your dye. Alternatively, you can just use a spray bottle!

– Optional: Gloves, if you don’t wish to stain your hands. I prefer not to use them as I find myself very clumsy when I’m wearing rubber gloves, and the dye comes off fairly easily so it wasn’t much of a problem.

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Basic T-Shirt Cutting

The Crop


The Muscle Tank 

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The Tie Crop

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Now on to the fun part: Tie-Dyeing!

TIE-DYING: Basic Single Swirl

I  personally like to call this the lollipop for pretty obvious reasons.

1. Add water to your fabric dyes and stir well. I used pink, blue and a dark maroon-ish purple 🙂

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2. Next, on your floor-defenders (plastic bags or newspapers, I used both!), lay the item you wish to dye and proceed on to create a pretty little swirl right in the middle of it.

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3. Once your item looks somewhat similar to what I have above, proceed on to securing this lollipop with elastic bands.

Tip: To achieve the most even spiral possible, try to tie it in such a way that each “swirl” can be clearly seen, making sure that none of the swirls cover or overlap another.

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4. ANDDDDDD we have the most exciting part! Applying the dye to the fabric!

Have fun with this part and unleash your creativity! It’s almost impossible to go wrong with tie-dye, so just experiment till you like the end result!

I tried several patterns – results down below!

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Another one! Told you I was having fun 😀

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5. Lastly, let the dye set in for about 2 hours (depends on your brand of dye, check the directions on your box!) then drop it in the washing machine. I prefer to hand wash most of the dye out before dumping everything into the washing machine so as to prevent staining the machine, but it’s up to you. Take the risk?


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TIE-DYING: Basic Double Swirl

Somehow I just can’t find the two lone pictures that I took of the process of this technique!! I’m so sorry guys, but I guess such clipart will have to suffice 😦 I’ll try my best to explain!

Basically, the only difference between the first and second method of tie-dying is how and where you place the “swirls”. For this second technique, we will be pinching not one, but two spots on the shirt as seen below, and twisting them to form two swirls. Then, just as before, secure the bundle with elastic bands! It’s that simple.

Note: I chose to twist the two spots towards each other. Meaning if the first one is turned clockwise, I turn the other anti-clockwise so that the two will be turning in towards each other. It’s a personal preference, so try both and see which you like!

1. Pinch two spots…


2. Start turning the fabric!


3. Continue turning until the whole top has ben included in either of the two swirls, then wra it up with elastic bands!


4. Have fun experimenting with the different colours! I chose to dye the whole top one single colour, and it resulted in this super cool marbled effect which I REALLY REALLY LOVE!!


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That’s all I have for this week’s DIY! I think I will be doing a continuation of this, some more advanced DIY tee shirt transformations – what do you guys think? Leave a comment down below!

Till next time!

p x

DIY | Jeans to Mermaid Skirt



Hi everyone!

School has started for me one week ago and I am already crying for help under the stress of homework and projects that have fallen upon me all of a sudden. Luckily, I managed to squeeze in some precious time to try out this quick DIY transformation that I’ve been meaning to try for some time now!

Mermaid – or as some may call them, trumpet – skirts are really trendy now, and I’ve been searching high and low for one. However, the ones I managed to find were all either incredibly expensive, or made of those super tight, bodycon material which I really dislike.

I bought this gorgeous pair of really highwaisted teal jeans at a Pasar Malam (night market in Singapore) for $2 a few months back, and I absolutely love the colour, rise and comfort of them. However,  the cutting fits a little weird on me, fitting tight on some areas and baggy on others, not to mention how they are a tad too short for me. I considered altering them, but the top-stitching on the seams made it hard to take in any fabric. Hence, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try out this idea that had been floating around in my head for the longest time.




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1. Cut as low as you can across the hip of the pair of jeans.


2. Setting the top part of the jeans aside, let’s move on to the jeans legs.

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3. As far as possible, cut out two strips of fabric from your jeans legs. Maximise your cutting placement – cut the strips as wide and as long as possible!


4. Place the two strips ride sides together and sew down both short ends, forming a large tube shape.


5. Then, hem one side of the tube.


6. Using a needle and thread, gather the other side of the tube by sewing long straight stitches across the fabric.


7. After going around the whole tube of fabric, adjust the ruffles to ensure that the circumference of the tube matches the circumference of the top part of your skirt.


8. Place the gathered tube and the skirt right sides together. Pin and sew in place.


9. After you have sewn the two pieces together, you are basically done!

I decided to go one step further by top stitching along the seam we just sewn, securing the seam allowance in place. 🙂

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That’s all for today’s tutorial, hope you enjoyed!

If you try out this DIY, do send me a photo of it by hashtagging your tweet or instagram post with the hashtag #PCDIY !

Till next time!

p x


DIY | Daisy Printed Shorts



Hi everyone, I’d like to start by apologising for going MIA for the past few weeks!

It’s been a really busy month (ironically since the school holidays have just started) and I’ve been mostly occupied by this amazing but also amazingly time-consuming photography workshop, Junior Shooting Home, but that’s a story for another time. I’ve learned so much about photography the two weeks and really really cracked my brain thinking of new concept ideas. Also, I just went to Bali, Indonesia for a short vacation over the weekend so that took up some time as well.

[On a side note, Bali was absolutely beautiful!! And everyone there was extremely friendly and had smiles on 24/7! I bought a few really really cute sun dresses and some beach-y accessories, so I might be doing a mini haul soon!]


Okay enough talk, let’s get started!


To create this cute daisy printed cutoff shorts, you will need:

1. Brown, Yellow and White acrylic paint

2. A paintbrush

3. A pair of denim shorts

[I got mine from Bugis Street for $10]

That’s all!


Hope you guys enjoyed this short (pun intended) tutorial! Have fun!


p x

DIY | 1 hour Kimono Cardigan

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Kimonos are EVERYWHERE.

I just went shopping yesterday at Ion to celebrate the end of my exams (FINALLY), and every major fashion outlet  I visited all sold kimonos! These kimono cardigans were available in all sorts of prints – from tropical palm trees to pastel florals to even boho loooking feathers!

I simply love the kimono cardigan’s loose and flowy shape, and how it’s just so effortless-looking. I was soooo tempted to purchase the cute pastel one from H&M for $39.90, but managed to stop myself (with great effort). I mean, how hard could it be to make one myself, right?

Turns out, it was extremely easy!! I spent some time studying the shape of kimonos online,, and also noted the shape of the ones at H&M, and finally thought of a suitable pattern for it. Actually now that I think about it, there wasn’t even much of a pattern! I basically drew on the chiffon fabric itself and cut it out! 🙂

I spent only 1 hour sewing together this pretty kimono, so I guess I’ll rate it a 2/10 in terms of difficulty! 🙂

{If you tried and loved this tutorial, remember to tweet or instagram me pictures with the hashtag #PCDIY! :D}

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DIY | No-sew Recycled Holographic Pleather Clutch


Isin’t this so cool??

I’ve just been so obsessed with this little bad boy here every since I made it! I think it looks really sleek and effortless and not at all handmade, even though it is so easy to create! I know I know, I sound really show-offy but I’m just so EXCITED about this!

I bet you can’t tell that this bag was made from none other than… BUBBLE WRAP and OLD CDs!! I came across the bubble wrap when I was organising my photography club’s new cameras and BAM I instantly thought of making it into a little clutch! I was quite disappointed at first that the bubbles were the hard kind that can’t really be popped by pressing. I mean, I know that they must be stronger to protect the cameras, but what’s the fun in bubble wrap not being pop-able?

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