Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Handstitched Felt Donuts

Donut, anyone?
These donuts were purely C's idea. If you ask my 6-year-old what's her favorite thing about school, she answers in a split second --- Eazy Stitch. Tuesday morning I don't even have to wake her up because that's Eazy Stitch day. Lately she wants to do more stitching related activities at home. The other day, she mentioned while they were sewing pencil bags, the older kids were making felt donuts. "Can we make felt donuts at home, too?" Sure thing, especially when my sewing machine has gone on a sabbatical week and getting a well deserved spa retreat on its own.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Long Dress Coat in Brushed Cotton

I don't remember doing a weekly clothes shopping in the pre-sewing days. But for some strange reasons, even with a weekly production for C, I still struggle to keep up with the demand. The pants I made not too long ago were either too three-quarterly or too thin for the cooler season. Warmish jackets are also on the sought-after list.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Color Blocking Hemlock Tee

You know, half of our dinning table is cluttered with my sewing machine and newly acquired serger, together with other sewing related things. I use the other half for pattern and fabric cutting. As much as I like having friends over for meals, I don't exactly enjoy the part that I have to pack away all of my sewing possessions and take them out the next day. In the picture above, I'm looking at a deck space in our front yard that is going to be my studio one day. It's a little project that should keep M busy for the coming months.  

Monday, May 16, 2016

Weekday Bits

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Almost on a daily basis, I receive messages or links to online articles from my mom revealing how bad the local food industry is in China. Her words were "If you had to take the reports seriously, there's absolutely nothing you can eat anymore." Yep, this is what's been happening, from gutter oil and fake eggs and to thousands of other poisonous products that are labelled as food. Where has the moral gone?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Frozenland Fleece Jacket

It's no news that I've adopted knitting and I'm gearing up for a fully handmade wardrobe. As exciting as it sounds, knitting doesn't happen fast. It's one stitch after the other, a solid production out of labor of love. On the other hand, temperature is dropping and leaves are falling. A contingency plan was born.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Classic Knitted Mittens

I'm going to say I thoroughly love knitting, so much so that I feel It suits my personality even more than sewing, not so much in a granny-related way hopefully. I'm an introvert and most of the time I love being quiet in a quiet place. Have I ever mentioned Jing means quiet in Mandarin Chinese. I was doomed from birth. Anyway, knitting started when we were staying in our flat temperorily. I was sewing on the dinning table, as always, but our living/dinning room is too small for me to work at night. It's close to C's bedroom and even closer to the TV --- hubby's favoriate activity. More than that, we stayed with 9 more units in the same block. I didn't think anyone would be happy to hear the chugging machine at night. I shifted my focus on patterns and fabric cutting, but I soon met the space issue. I was working on the floor and thus blocking the TV screen from time to time. A complaint was filed.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

A Boxy Tee + Pleats Fiesta Skirt

Almost two months ago, when I saw Ms Sato Kana had released another book of hers, Kana Standard II, I immediately added it onto my birthday present list, right after I returned the hideous polyester gym tee shirt and pants I received from my husband. No matter how many times I had announced that I'm not buying clothes from stores anymore, garments were the only gift option he could come up with? That was a grrr moment but after placing my order from CDJapan, I felt incredibly good. The power of getting your way to choose your own present....?