Friday, March 31, 2017

A Can't-Stop-the-Feeling Jacket

To get C's spirit up in front of the camera, I always play the music she likes or the ones that are very easy to dance to. "Dumb Ways to Die" had been our favorite for two weeks and for this jacket I decided to change the music to Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop the Feeling. Did I make the right choice? Yes, and No. She's totally stoked and couldn't stop dancing, but since it's a rhythmic song, it's a bit difficult for her to slow down, thus the outcome of hundreds of blurry shots....I guess I really need to set to a faster shutter speed next time.
 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Long Cardigan in Knits

What touches my heart? Right now I'd tell you anything Asian straight away. Not that I want to live in Asia one day again, I am just currently going through a sentimental phase, I guess. The other day I was fighting back tears while listening to some old songs that I knew from more than a decade ago; And today, I nearly laughed my head off listening to a podcast done in Shanghainese, a language I'm so familiar with and the hosts talked about things they went through in their childhood, which I so happen to share. You know that feeling? It's a now-there's-someone-who-would-understand-me kind of feeling. Sentimental phase, I told you...

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Possibly-Just-for-This Autumn Jacket

Good morning, friends.
I've mentioned here before that C loves pasting glue on her hands and then peeling off once it's dried, something she must've inherited from my side of the gene pool. So every week after art club, her two hands are covered in ready-to-peel dried-out glue, and for two weeks, I've been giving her a hat in the car for her to throw the peeled off pieces of glue into. As a forgetful mom, I've put the same hat on C's head, twice, without emptying out the glue pieces. Last Friday, I spotted some white stuff on C's head which I thought was fine glue pieces at the beginning, but after a closer examination, I realized it's every mom's nightmare. She's gone through the lice treatment and I've been through hell washing all the sheets and towels. On top of that, granny decided to pay a surprise visit. The weekend felt rather full...

Friday, March 24, 2017

Autumn, Are You Coming Yet?

The most worn clothes in the past few months are my three Wanderlust Tees. I love wearing tee shirts, especially the days I plonk myself in front of my machines for long periods of time. I've always wanted to sew ten black tee shirts and just live in nothing else but them. Don't fashion designers usually wear the simpliest clothes? I don't mind pretending I'm one of them. :))

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Self-drafted Bubble Top

Hi friends, I survived the long weekend, as well as the heat. The weather's been scorching for the last three days and it made me feel like some fermented beans sitting and sewing in my living room. Sorry, that sounds a bit gross. C's had a great time with friends swimming and going to the beach. She's even had her second sleepover and looking forward to the third one. I have to admit Summer provides great fun for kids.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Ruffle Sleeves Here We Go

Morning! I have a confession. I am now a certified copycat of my daughter's outfits.
C wore the green and black outfit I made for her last week three days in a row, and those ruffle sleeves were shouting for attention. Sometimes you look at the same thing for a long period of time, you either love it or hate it. In this case, I've totally fallen for the ruffles.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Frilly Sleeve Top and a Circle Skirt

Me and knits, we are making nice progress.
Making clothes that C actually wants to wear, than making clothes that only look good to me, has become my new goal. It's no secret that she loves wearing knits, and I prefer sewing with woven fabric. But if changing the fabric of choice will win her heart, I'm in, wholeheartedly.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Floral Shirt for Me

When do you know that you are ready?
Recently I've had two opportunities knocking on my door. One is to prepare a range for an online kids shop, and the other to have a shared table at a market. Both are aimed at selling, and involve hiring people to sew for me. I know, it's possibly the inevitable route if I want to grow, but something is telling me I'm not 100% ready for that yet. Is it defeating the purpose of my journey by having a small production line? I am not sure. Right now, I make three garments a week for me and my daughter and then talk utter nonsense on my posts. Truth is, I am thoroughly having a ball doing these things. I am growing, probably at the slowest pace, but it feels to me every step I've moved forward, it's solid. As to when I am ready to get more ambitious, I hope I will know when that time comes.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Backpack, a.k.a. a Stash Buster

I think by now the world knows the 40th Cape Argus Cycle Tour was cancelled due to severe wind. I saw the video clips on Youtube yesterday morning and the wind looked unreal. Here is a link to one of the videos. How's that related to me? Well, we usually go cyclists watching every year, but this wind had turned my Sunday plan upside down and forced me to come up with some backup indoor activities. If it were up to me, I would've stayed at home and sew up a storm. But since there's a little person looking for constant entertainment, sewing was out of the question, instead we made necklaces together. It was super fun for both of us. Actually now I think of it, I don't spend enough time crafting with C anymore. I am always busy making something on the weekends for my Monday's posts and during the week from homework to bedtime it often reminds me of a robotlike plant in a factory. She actually has asked me a few times when she can learn to sew. Er... let's do it next weekend!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Daisy and the Trouble with ... Bangs

When C came home on Wednesday, I was informed this Friday, which is today, will be their annual Dress Up Day at school. My heart sang and my jaw dropped. It's such a short notice and she's got specific requests. The characters the kids choose should come from a book they read. I've mentioned before that C's favorite books are Daisy series. It's no surprise that she wants to be ... Daisy.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Cotton Knits Pintuck Cardigan

I remember playing badminton in our neighborhood with my dad as a young girl. Whenever I wanted to tell him something, I'd always walk up to him because I felt embarrassed that other people might hear me too. My dad had always called me a mosquito, because my volume was as loud as a mosquito's buzz. As I grow up, I've gained more confidence. Even though I still keep a lot of thoughts to myself to this day, I wasn't shy to tell people what I think, which can be translated to being honest, or offensive. The closer the relationship, the more direct we tend to be. I know we all love the compliments, but what need to be taken more seriously are those honest opinions, good or bad. Not only will they push us to grow, they usually come from friends who are geniune and see you as real friends, too, if not paid professionals. So all of a sudden, I don't feel all that bad when I told a close girlfriend that she's put on weight, as direct as that.....

Monday, March 6, 2017

Knit Dress with Pintuck Sleeves

I got a pamphlet this morning on way to school. Meditation center. My old instinct would be to toss it in the bin the first chance I get. Who has the time to sit for two hours and do nothing? I'd rather take a real nap. This time I briefly looked at it, you know, now that I am starting to channel my spiritual self. To be quite honest, I don't understand what messages they are trying to spread. I know my head is spinning with ideas constantly and it does get to a point where it pushes my bedtime hour closer to midnight, but I am the kind of person that enjoys having an extremely long to-do list. I've realized our lives really go through different stages. Right now I am at a go-for-it stage, I don't want to make time to put my foot on the brake. I am sure it will come to a stage when I know it's time to slow down, then life's balanced, no?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Gathered Skirt for All Ages

One of these days, I might take the plunge and dump my phone.
I use my phone, obsessively. Instagram, facebook and twitter (yes, I signed up for twitter recently and I'm not completely sure what it's all for still.), with so many social medias on the go, I am starting to feel overwhelmed.  The phone has become a distraction. I find myself go check every 15 minutes. Are there any likes on my photos? Is that a new follower popping up? Are there any comments I need to reply? Has anyone posted anything interesteing that I might miss? It is so pathetic! If you think I'm bad, there's worse. I was at the gym the other day, and I saw 8 out of 10 people working out while checking on their phones. Don't get me wrong. I admit that many things are now more easily accessible because of smartphones, but surely there's a limitation that we should all consider, like wine drinking, or sugar intake? I'm going to challenge myself to check my phone three times during the day and only to reply the urgent matter when I'm in the work mode. Does that sound realistic or not really?