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| Easy Minimalist Culottes

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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.

Read on!

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

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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

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The Muscle Tank 

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The Tie Crop

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DONE!

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?

Results:

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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…

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2. Start turning the fabric!

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

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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!!

Results:

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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

 

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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

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