DIY | My Sister’s Prom dress

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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!

Read on!

DIY|Mesh Panel Drawstring Bag

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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!

Thrift Shopping in Singapore

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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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DIY | Jeans to Mermaid Skirt

 

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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.

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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!

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

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5. Then, hem one side of the tube.

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

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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.

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

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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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TA-DAAA!

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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

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DIY | Daisy Printed Shorts

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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!

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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!

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

xoxo

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

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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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