Wardrobe inventory

There is an interesting project going on at Zoe’s blog where she would only wear her own handmade clothes for a month. Last month, Zoe challenged herself in the Me-Made-March where she posted her daily handmade outfit and how she coordinated them. And this month, she invited other people to participate. So if you want to participate, you should check it out now because Me-Made-May is about to start, like, in the next couple of days!

I think it’s really a wonderful idea because then we could see how much sewing has taken part in our daily life. Is it merely a hobby, where we make cute stuff that turned out unwearable? Or has it become  a habit where we make things that we really use everyday? As for me, I have come to a point that when anyone sees me, they would assume that my clothes (and my bags) are handmade. It almost make me feel guilty when I wear something store-bought. I really love all my handmade items, they are a part of me. I saw them changed from pieces of fabrics to something that I wear. They grew with me, that’s how I feel about them.

Me-Made-May also has a flickr group for all the participants and I’m really inspired by the wardrobe inventory pictures. After I saw those pictures, I collected my handmade clothes and tried to arrange them for a good picture. But… then I got tired. I got around 30 dresses and other clothings, and some of them… okay, most of them, are laying unironed after washing. I iron them just before I wear them (I know, I know, I’m so lazy!). So after ironing several dresses, I got bored.

To entertain myself, I made a wardrobe inventory for Sidra. There were several boxer shorts, clothes in the dirty laundry basket and clothes that didn’t fit him any more that were not included in the picture. Bags, hats, and scarves were also not included. But the picture really gives an idea of things that I’ve made for him so far. Now I can see that I have a certain colour palette in my head for Sidra’s clothes. And hey, there is no fabric with kid’s pattern there! The one with orange pineapple was made for a Hawaiian-themed occasion. So I guess I only use kid’s fabric for his bags and pouches.

Handmade wardrobe for Sidra

It looks like I need to introduce more colours into his wardrobe. But I usually combine these items with colourful T-shirts, and with kid’s pattern fabric for his bags, it would look too much. Yeah, I might put too much thought into this boy’s outfit, but I used to work as a fashion stylist, putting together various outfits for fashion pages. Now I only have two guys to style, so they have to bear with me. I guess I’m lucky that Sidra and my husband never complained. They even pay particular attention to their own appearance themselves, from clothings to hairstyle. I love my guys ♥

I still want to make that inventory picture for my own wardrobe sometime. It is also a good reason to start ironing all those clothes! *sigh*

Fabric button necklaces

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I always love colourful and big necklaces. So I got an idea of a simple necklace with big fabric-covered button as the pendant. It’s not a new idea actually, there’s already a lot of button accessories everywhere, but I love making them. I think it’s a good way of using fabric scraps that are too pretty to throw away.

The pendants are made with Japanese kimono fabrics, the colours are so vibrant and they have some kind of coated sheen over it. I use vintage necklaces for the chain. The necklaces are pretty short, so I use two necklaces and connect them together.

I’ve made a series of pictures to show how I made the necklaces. It is not really a tutorial, as it is very easy and simple. I think it is more like sharing ideas on making stuff.

How I made the necklace:

Making fabric button necklace

  • fabric-covered buttons kit.
  • scrap of fabric for front of pendant.
  • scrap of fabric for back of pendant.
  • fabric scissors and fabric marker.
  • modpodge or its alternative. I use ‘Decoupeur’s Aqua Podge’ from Japan. You can also use thinned down PVA glue.
  • small brush to use with the podge.
  • silicone glue, i.e: E600. I use a Japanese brand.
  • pendant bail, jump rings, chain.
  • pliers.

Making fabric button necklace

There are several types of fabric-covered buttons. The one on the left is more expensive than the one on the right. I use the one on the right because the button shank can be removed.
Making fabric button necklace
The kit comes with a template. Cut the template and use it to cut the scrap fabric for the front of pendant. For the back of pendant, use the button as the template.
Making fabric button necklace
Place fabric on the kit and place button over it.
Making fabric button necklace
Push the button all the way down. Arrange the fold of fabrics around the button, making sure that there’s no overlapping folds.
Making fabric button necklace
Place the back of button and put the pusher over it. Push until the back of button clicks into place.
Making fabric button necklace
A fabric-covered button!
Making fabric button necklace
Use a plier to pull the button shank.
Making fabric button necklace
Using a small brush, cover the back of button with podge.
Making fabric button necklace
Put back fabric on the button and smooth over it. Leave to dry around an hour.

Making fabric button necklace

When it is dry, use the brush again to coat the fabric with podge. Don’t forget the edge of button where the fabric frays. The podge will dry clear.
Making fabric button necklace
There are many types of bail. I like these kind of bail tag, but since the back of button is not flat, I have to bend the bail a bit until it fits.

Making fabric button necklace
I use this plier to bend the bail.
Making fabric button necklace
Place a small bit of silicone glue on the bail.
Making fabric button necklace
Place the bail on the back of button, paying attention to the direction of your fabric pattern (if there’s any). Silicone glue is fast-drying and it will dry clear. Leave it to dry for several hours.
Making fabric button necklace
Put jump pring on the bail.
Making fabric button necklace
And a chain over the ring. I use chains from vintage necklaces. They are short, so I use two necklaces and put them together. You can also put clasp on the chain if you like.
Making fabric button necklace
A necklace!
Making fabric button necklace

Now make more!

Things I did in another time of my life

I often got questions about diagrams and drawings that I made for my tutorials, how I make them and what kind of software that I use. Actually I always use CorelDraw, a vector software similar to Adobe Illustrator. It is a drawing program, and not really for pattern drafting. I use it because it’s the one that I’m familar with.

Me in 2004, having a headache because of the deadlines

In my previous life, sometimes I made illustrations for women’s magazines. I like drawings, but I’m not really good with manual drawing. I wish I can just swift brushes and watercolour like my husband, but I’m always too clumsy and everything will be messed around. Drawing with computers are cleaner and simpler, you don’t need anything else but a computer, a mouse, and maybe a cup of coffee by your side, and there’s always that undo button if you make a mistake. I used to work at night doing the illustrations and drank too much coffee. I don’t do those things any more, working at night, the illustrations and the coffee. I kinda missed them sometimes.

There are times that I want to draw again. But then I find it hard to draw when I don’t have assignments and deadlines. And there’s always other things that I need and want to do. Oh, so many interesting things in the world that I want to do! I want to sew, knit, crochet, draw, paint, decoupage, learn to make resin craft, I want to make pretty and cute things. But oh so little time.

So these are some of my old girls. Miss you all!


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Reversible bag pattern

A reversible bag!A reversible bag!Just a quick post to tell you that I’ve made a PDF pattern of my reversible bag. It has rounded bottom with a couple of darts on the side. Link for download is at the end of this post. The instruction for making the bag is also available in PDF file, or go to this post to read it in my site. Disclaimer: You may use the finished products for both personal and commercial use (craft shops or markets only – no mass production). Please do not pass off the pattern and tutorial as your own. Thank you!

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