New Year

New Year

This is a New Year card that Sidra made yesterday. The writing says: あけましておめでとうございます (akemashite omedetou gozaimasu = happy new year). He drew a tiger’s head there because next year will be the year of the Tiger. The blue building with television antennae on the far right is our apartment building. Tonight is the second…

Makeup pouch – upcycled placemat

Makeup pouch – upcycled placemat

This is a makeup pouch that I use everyday. The outer fabric is blue Japanese cotton with pretty white floral pattern on it, and the lining is blue cotton. But I didn’t sew the lining myself because this pouch was actually a rectangle placemat with lining already attached. I found a set of pretty placemats…

Iro-iro

Iro-iro

Iro-iro is a Japanese word for ‘a bit of this and that’ , and that’s what this post is all about. ^.^ I want to say thank you for all the comments in my last post, and also for all the emails! They mean so much to me and I’m sure that everybody has nothing but…

Hello! (and some non-sewing related ramblings)

Hello! (and some non-sewing related ramblings)

I just want to say hello and welcome to my new blog address! Hope everyone is having a great holiday! Maybe you’ve noticed that the address of this blog has now changed to verypurpleperson. The blog is actually still hosted by Blogger, but I use the custom domain feature to redirect the visitors to my…

Happy holiday and moving time!

Happy holiday and moving time!

It’s getting nearer to the end of another year,  and this blog has been chronicling my crafting life since almost the last 2 years I’ve been living in Tokyo. It’s time for a little change. So my name is Novita, and my internet personality name is verypurpleperson, but my blog address is verypurplestuffs, while the…

Reversible jumper dress

Reversible jumper dress

This is another dress that I made for TokyoMade Market. The orange and green fabric is called songket, a type of traditional fabric from Sumatra, Indonesia, featuring hand-woven cotton with gold threads inserted in specific areas to create the intricate pattern. This songket fabric used to be worn by my mother in several occasion when I…

TokyoMade Market!

TokyoMade Market!

That’s me in Shibuya station, bringing my stuffs to the TokyoMade Market. The picture was taken by my husband in the morning. Due to a little mishap, I had to come again in the afternoon, accompanied by Sidra this time. He insisted to help bringing those big bag ^.^ The market will still be going…

Batik top with bow brooch

Batik top with bow brooch

I’ve used the fabric for this batik dress, and still have some left to make a simple top. The fabric is actually not a real batik, as the pattern is printed to resemble the batik technique. The pattern is an orange variation of parang rusak pattern with orange and blue flowers. I made a very…

Easy full skirt (and a little tutorial)

Easy full skirt (and a little tutorial)

This is a super easy skirt I whipped up in literally a few minutes. It is very easy, and I will say it again, very easy! You can make it and you will make it! Err… anyway, the black fabric is Japanese fabric, made of thick cotton with brownish swirly pattern on it. Actually I…

Meet me in Shibuya!

Meet me in Shibuya!

When I first came to Japan, I got to know this really cool site, TokyoMade, an online shop supporting independent Tokyo and Japan-based creators. They have the most brilliant and stylish stuffs I’ve ever seen. Bags and purses, clothes, stationery, arts, all made by Japan-based independent designers. Every season, TokyoMade held a special event called…

Giveaway winner!

Giveaway winner!

As promised, today I drew the winner for my giveaway. There are more than 300 entries from the linkings, retweets, and facebook fans, and I used this random generator to draw a number. And the winner is: thelittlegreenhouse who has became a facebook fan! Congratulations for winning my giveaway package! I will also contact the…

Blue

Blue

I have had this book, ‘The Art of Manipulating Fabric’ by Colette Wolff for some time, it is sort of wonderful textbook of any kind of fabric manipulation. Ruffles, gatherings, shirrings, pleats, darts, anything. I really like the book and read it several times already. But as much as I enjoyed reading it, I felt a…