Month: December 2009

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 New Year’s Eve in Japan for me and Sidra. I can’t think of more way to say about how much I love living here with my little family. This is one of the best times in my life. My old life was busy and noisy, […]


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 good intention. My apology for not replying to all of the comments, but since my replies will only consists of the words ‘awww thank you’ and their alternatives, I would like to write it here. I used to work as an editor in a magazine […]

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 own domain. I think it’s nice to have my own domain, as I can later change to other blogging software like WordPress if I want to. Some pages of this website, like ‘About’ and ‘Contact’ are already powered by WordPress, but I’ve customized the appearances […]

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 title of this blog is sew i do. Pretty messy, isn’t it? I decided to streamline the whole thing a bit and move this blog to my own domain at I think it’s nice to have a brand new address to begin a new […]

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 was little. My mother used it as sarong, a type of lower garment from uncut cloth. The fabric was quite old and the gold threads were pulled in several areas, I unpicked the seamline and opened the fabric back to its original rectangle shape. But then […]

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 until after new year, so if you’re in Tokyo area, be sure to drop by mememachine gallery in Shibuya and check out some pretty stuffs! more pictures soon! (erm… maybe)

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 simple pattern for this top, consisted of two pattern pieces, front and back. The neckline is V-shaped, finished with bias bindings made from the same fabric. The big bow on the chest is a brooch, so it can be removed or placed somewhere else. The […]

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 wasn’t really sure what I was going to make when I bought the fabric, I was thinking of making a bag with it. Then I suddenly had this idea and proceeded to make it. The fabric has wide blank area on each sides, so I […]

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 TokyoMade Market as an offline extension of the shop. I went to the market once and bought some very cute rings there. So I was very surprised when TokyoMade contacted me! They invited me to join the upcoming market this month that will be held […]

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 winner by email to ask for shipping address. My dear husband finished this cute watercolour drawing last night, it depicts three hens, dressed in aprons and boots, marching. As to why and where to they are marching, well, only he knows. Sidra is staying at […]