A Massimo Dutti inspired skirt and a furry baroque-esque blouse

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This skirt was made two years back but I just didn’t have the time or opportunity to document it on photograph. So here it is, featured for the first time in Me Made May 2015! So sometime in 2013 I walked past Massimo Dutti and was attracted to a black lace skirt on display, which I do not have a picture of unfortunately. I stood at the window display and examined the skirt very closely. It is black, made of sturdy cotton lace and it’s essentially a rectangle skirt with lots of gathers. The original was a mini-skirt which I did not fancy so I made mine longer.

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Then immediately, I went to my favourite fabric shop at Chinatown and asked for the specific kind of lace. The always so helpful owner showed me a beautiful piece of black lace, which didn’t cost much. $8/m and I need just 1m. Perfect lace, perfect price. I lined the lace with a soft polyester lining in white, to bring out the pattern of the lace. It is one of my favourite skirt that sits in my wardrobe. This skirt is extremely versatile. I can dress it up with a formal work blouse for work, or down with a denim shirt. I even wore it till the mid of my second trimester during pregnancy.

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Featured in the same photo of the all black lace on lace ensemble, is the furry baroque-esque blouse that was my project for the month of March. It is a really basic blouse, made in my favourite Anda. I also love the main feature of this blouse, that is the fabric itself. It is lace of some sort, furry velvety patches on really fine tulle/mesh. The prints reminds me of the baroque style. Hence the name furry baroque-esque blouse. It is another versatile number in my wardrobe that I’ll most likely be wearing very often!

 

Project 20ne – Cake Toppers

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If there was ever to be a wedding cake at the wedding, the cake gotta be edible (and delicious). We decided to have a cake and it is baked by a very talented Samantha from LingerFingerr . We got the cake settled, now comes the cake toppers. I did a quick search online and didn’t fancy the commercial ones. I have no idea why it didn’t occur to me to make my own.

After some researching, I found some really lovely designs from Etsy such as the wooden bird toppers to suit the venue as we are holding the reception at the garden.

Source: etsy.com via Samietra on Pinterest

I also fancied some of these cute wooden couples. I showed the fiancé and he said, “let’s make it!”

After some researching, we finally decided on the shorter torsos, rather than taller ones. These toppers are not difficult to make. The challenging part was to search for suitable materials,especially for the body. Initially we combed ArtFriend to look wooden dolls but they were not of suitable size. All we found were wooden structures like this:

Source: etsy.com via Kristin on Pinterest

 

The fiancé decided to improvise by getting a wooden ball, and a cone like structure. Here are the list of materials that you will need:

2 wooden balls, we bought a 2.5″ one from Daiso

2 cardboard cones from ArtFriend

acrylic paint

pencil

craft glue

1. Give the face a white-wash. This covers up the wooden grooves.

2. Paint the face with the desired skin-colour.

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3. Use a pencil to outline the eyes and hairlines.

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4. Fill in the colours accordingly.

5. Repeat Steps 2-3 for the body. The designs for the head and body are pretty much up to your preferences and creativity: hair colour, parting, choice of outfit etc. I cut a small piece of tulle for the veil and attached some faux pearls for the necklace and hairband.

6. Attach the head to the body using craft glue. And voila!

*As the cone was hollow and could not support the weight on the cake, we found a bottle cap of a suitable size, wrap it in aluminium foil and secured the toppers on the cap with craft glue.

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Here’s our chocolate cake with earl grey frosting topped with the topper for upper tier, dried edible roses for the lower tier. Yumyum! I love it that it is a combination of some of our favourite things 🙂

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Wow, time flies and it’s now April already. I must admit I haven’t been very productive and all I had sewed this year is one cheongsam for the Chinese New Year. It’s not that I don’t have the time to, but the energy. I guess I am still getting used to my new job and all I want to do when I reach home is just to stone. Anyhows, I’ve procrastinated enough and finally started sewing the wedding dress. Gosh, it’s making me very excited!!! Ever since I picked up dress-making 3 years ago, it has been a dream to sew my own dress. There’s a superstitious saying that the bride should not sew her own wedding gown because it brings along a life of hardship. It does’t bother me because I don’t believe in such myths. IMG_5942 Some time last year, my sew-mate and I went crazy buying wedding magazines. I even bought some from France and Germany while I was there last year. We browsed through countless magazines, tore down pages with designs that we like and kept them very neatly in a file. Very often, I will be distracted by something else that caught my eye. After sometime, I found my style – lace, tulle, boat/normal neckline, tea-length. I made some sketches based on the ideas I gathered and finally decided on the design.

After the fiancé proposed, I was given the license to shop for the materials! I knew that I will be wearing a lace dress and lace is not very easy to shop for. You can read about it over here. I went to our usual supplier, saw some really beautiful laces but nope, they didn’t scream “I’M THE ONE!!!” nor “BUY ME!!!”.

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I also combed the entire Arab St to no avail either. Then lo and behold, when we were in Bandung last August, to cut the long story short, I found a piece of lace that all of us fancied at the fiancé’s family friend’s shop!!! And best of all, it came free!!!!! Yes FREEEE!!! Since it came free, the budget of my gown is now reduced from SGD 200 to SGD50.

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As much as I would love to update on the progress of the wedding dress, I want to save the final look for the big day. I’ll be updating as much as exclusivity allows me to but I’ll be definitely sharing the DIY projects.