14 12 2014

Christmas cards 2014

These are the two Christmas cards I’ve designed this year, “Nothing else to give” with a girl packaging herself and “Don’t like silent nights” with a girl listening to music. Inside the cards it says “but Merry Christmas.”

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29 11 2014

commissioned dress in dark green

This is a commissioned version of the Self-Conscious Girl’s dress from “minus the sun, night all day.” collection featuring the customer’s pet budgie embroidered onto the left chest! I’ve enjoyed combining different embroidery stitches to make it realistic. It is made of light weight corduroy fabric in dark green and black velvet ribbons for the shoulder straps and hem trimmings. The hem is around 15cm longer than the original design covering the knees.

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19 11 2014

the Suicidal Girl’s dress final ver.

This is the final version of the Suicidal Girl’s dress from my 3rd collection “It rained into her room.” made with dull baby blue cotton and navy cotton fabric. The inspiration for this design was a girl walking into water. Therefore, a darker colour fabric is used for the bottom half of the dress including the sleeve cuffs. The collar, which is pointy at the back has hand crocheted lace trimmings to represent a handkerchief. The small breast pocket forms a teardrop shape with embroidered dots. The front opening has button loops and cream colour fabric covered buttons.

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09 11 2014

commissioned pleated skirt in red

The order was the Smart Girl’s skirt for Autumn/Winter in red with small floral pattern and the concept was “forest”. The choice of fabric was up to me so I chose this dark red cotton corduroy fabric with blue flowers. It reminded me of Snow White somehow. I think the result is really cute. There isn’t much handicraft involved but the original handmade buttons with red embroidery match very well and make this a special piece.

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04 11 2014

Selvedge Winter Fair 2014

I have exhibited at Selvedge Winter Fair last weekend. Thanks a lot to those who visited my stand. Here are some photos from the event. I missed the chance to shop around probably because I wanted to be present when a customer was at my stand and because I was quite sleepy. Next time!

embroidered buntings
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the full view
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my shoe rack with jewellery items
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the clothing rail with calico wrapped hangers, which received compliments from many
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my mini double
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the embroidered fabric books, always popular
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the latest items, resin brooches
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the best seller, stitched cuffs
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trapped embroidery resin jewellery
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30 10 2014

Nurse costume

Happy Halloween. I will show you the retro style Japanese nurse costume I’ve made this year. It is retro because the nurse caps are gone and they mainly wear the dress with trousers underneath these days. It is made with baby pink cotton and cream coloured cotton sateen for the pocket trimmings and covered buttons. It has a stand collar that opens at the front left, down to the waist. There is a welt pocket on the left chest, two lower pockets on the front skirt, and straps around the waist buttoned at the back.

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25 10 2014

triple star necklace and goodnight brooch

Here are some new trapped embroidery resin jewellery.

The triple star necklace has two discs with embroidered fabric, confetti stars and sequins inside. I like how the red tone and blue tone can be seen in layers.

The goodnight brooch has navy felt(looks more black though) embroidered with silver thread and a gold star shaped sequin on the letter “i”.

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16 10 2014

the Smart Girl’s shirt and skirt final ver.

Hello, I’m still alive. I’m currently preparing for Selvedge Winter Fair (31 Oct & 1 Nov). It is my favourite textiles fair with lovely exhibitors and customers and you are very welcome to visit my stall. I try my best to show you my work here but seeing and feeling the actual thing is recommended!

This is my latest creation, the Smart Girl’s final look of “It rained into her room.” collection consisting of a semi-transparent shirt and a pleated skirt. Her clothing is mainly school girl style.

The white cotton shirt has a mini shawl collar and cuffs in light grey blue. The main fabric is textured with lines of irregular width which reminds me of rain. Resin buttons with light blue sequins and beads are placed unevenly to represent a falling raindrop from the pointed angle of the collar. The breast pocket with a grey blue fabric inside and embroidered graduation lines represent a rain gauge.

The pleated skirt is made with cotton drill fabric in grey blue. It opens at the left side with four resin buttons with blue sequins and glitter. Silver dots are embroidered along the hem edge like it’s wet with spray.

I think it looks great with or without the shirt tucked in and can’t decide which should be used for the illustration… (I do fashion illustrations after I make the garments, haha.)

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23 05 2014

V neck sailor style top

This is a top I’ve made as my friend’s birthday present using textured silk in cream colour and chambray cotton in blue. It is the same style as the Amusing Girl’s top in the previous blog post except that the cuffs and the hem are finished in a different way with an inverted pleat.

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13 05 2014

the Amusing Girl’s top and skirt calico ver.

This is the Amusing Girl’s look of “It rained into her room.” collection in calico. The raglan sleeve V-neck top has an attached section around the neckline, which I plan to do it in crochet in the final version. The gathered mini skirt is made by patchwork using calico in two different textures. You can see that the skirt is actually striped in the close up images. I’m planning to make it in rainbow colours in the final version but having a hard time finding the right shade of green…

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I decided to go with 40 stripes in the end but this one was made first, with 20 stripes which are wider.
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