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Monday, October 18, 2021

Transforming Inès

 I got this Ines de la Fressange dress in 2016 and this was how I wore it.


I realized I never wore this dress much because honestly, I felt like it was too long on me, so I decided to make it shorter. 

I do like it a lot better shorter but don't wear it much...I don't know why:( The last time I wore it was 2019! Anyhow, I decided to bring it out again, and this was me wearing it this weekend.

old Ines de la Fressange for UNIQLO dress, worn with old UNIQLO pants and Doc Martens

I am a big Marie Kondo fan and was debating on keeping this or not. So glad I did! 

Do you have clothes you don't wear much but keep around?

Monday, October 11, 2021

What have I been watching #25

 Stuff (old and new) I've been watching lately...well, since my last "What have I been watching" post:D Quite a lot again, so I've decided to cull it down to just those I liked!

(Some people wonder how I get to watch a lot of these shows/movies. It's because I actually do have a bit of a sleeping problem (lack thereof) and also, when I knit or sew or sketch, I always have something streaming.)

1) Black Widow

Love love love! The Black Widow has always been one of my fave Avengers, and I also love Scarlett Johansson. Florence Pugh was awesome here too (so funny and charming), as well as David Harbour and Rachel Weisz. 


2) Mortal Kombat (remake)
It was an ok watch. Kinda slow at first, but I love the game so I had to include it here.

3) Polaroid
Good horror flick....not amazing, but it was an ok watch.

4) The Final Girls
This is an old-ish film and I can't believe I just saw it. Really liked this movie...comedy-horror, really, but I love the cast:)

5) You Should Have Left
It has Kevin Bacon...what else do you need? :D 
This was apparently based on the book House  of Leaves, which I'm dying to read!

6) The Turning
Based on The Turning of the Screw by Henry James, I actually thought this movie could've had a better ending, but this was one of those movies where I just really liked the cast, and also the outfits:D

And now for some David Lynch
7) Dune
I had to watch this again, as I saw it back when I was really young and could not even remember it. David Lynch said this was the worst movie he's ever directed, but I really liked it! Can't wait to watch the re-make.

8) Mulholland Drive
Naomi Watts....just wow! I never knew she was this great of an actress until I saw this film.

9) Twin Peaks Season 3
I was a huge fan of the first two seasons, so I actually don't know why I waited this long to watch it. Some episodes were really slow, but man....Kyle MacLachlan does not disappoint!


9) The Cell
Another old movie I just watched. JLo was great in this film I thought, and the costumes...WOW!

10) Underwater
Loved this film. Kirsten Stewart was great here....a cross between Alien and Deep Blue Sea...LOLZ

11) Blood Quantum
A very gory zombie film, but at the heart of this film, it's a story about the plight of the aboriginals and how they've been forgotten by the land that is inherently theirs.

12) Videodrome
I really didn't want to watch this because James Woods is the lead, but I've heard so much about this horror film. A real mind-bender for sure, and Debbie Harry is in it....nuff said....

13) Voice 4
I loved Voice 1 and 2 (have not seen 3 yet) so this was a must-watch for me. Typical of the story line, but still quite an engrossing series.


and last but not the least....
14) Squid Game
Am currently watching it, and totally get the hype....(Only complaint....I wish Gong You had a bigger part in it....LOLZ)
I just finished Episode 5. Fave scene so far is the Tug-O-War game.


What have you been watching lately?

Monday, October 4, 2021

Currently loving #54

 Stuff I've been loving lately:)

1) The Shadowland by Elizabeth Kostova

Just recently read this book and loved it. Kinda slow at first, but really picks up half way through and just a great read to the end. 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. Soon after arriving in this elegant East European city, however, she helps an elderly couple into a taxi and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags. Inside she finds an ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarov. Raising the hinged lid, she discovers that she is holding an urn filled with human ashes. 

As Alexandra sets out to locate the family and return this precious item, she will first have to uncover the secrets of a talented musician who was shattered by oppression and she will find out all too quickly that this knowledge is fraught with its own danger. 

2) My old Stussy hat
Been wearing this everyday.

3) La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL 60
I've been using this sunscreen as my day moisturizer lately, and I'm pretty happy with it.

4) My old Vans slip ons
Been wearing this a lot, esp. when going for short walks.

5) Doc Martens shoes
When out for long walks, I wear these. Super comfy even after hours of walking in them:)


speaking of Doc Martens...

6) DocMartens backpack
This is an old bag my husband gave me years ago, and I've been using it a lot lately. Even when I pack this bag to the max, it's still very comfortable to use:)


7) Our latest day trip
We haven't really been anywhere since the pandemic began, and this was technically our first "trip" away from home. Niagara Falls is always a win, and yay that it's fairly close to us (about an hour and half hour drive).






What have you been loving lately?

Monday, September 27, 2021

Obsession #56

 Guys, I am dying to have these two items....

images from isabelmarant.com

Isabel Marant Leyane boots

Isabel Marant Yenky bag

I would literally never take these shoes off if I ever get them, and that bag....super cute, right?

What have you been wanting lately?

Monday, September 20, 2021

The straw that broke the camel's back

 Soooo....I can't stop wearing this Alabama Chanin dress, you guys! Not only is it the most comfortable thing ever, I also really am kinda obsessed with the colour. 

Alabama Chanin camisole dress (from sample sale), old Spirited Away kimono and Vans slip ons



Do you have a fave item of clothing lately that you can't stop wearing?

Monday, September 13, 2021

Hey, Frances! #TheSchoolOfMaking

 I was able to attend a virtual workshop hosted by Alabama Chanin on August 20th on how to sew a  T shirt the AC way (meaning all hand-sewn and embellished). Aside from the Zoom class taught by Sunne Meyer, we also got a T shirt kit to work on. I finished sewing it, and I love it, you guys:)

The participants had different options with the kit, and I picked the Frances top with the Aurora stencil in the plum/carmine colour way.

Here I am, out and about with the fam wearing it:)

Alabama Chanin Frances top

worn with old UNIQLO pants, Doc Martens, Topshop bag

(My daughter took the pics above, and I thought she did a fab job!)


I ended up shortening the shirt so with the leftover fabric, I made a matching mask:)


A closer look:)
We even got a tag to sew on the shirt:)

techniques used: reverse applique, backstitch reverse applique, couching




Behind the scenes:

Because I shortened the shirt, I used the leftover fabric to make the matching mask, and the jersey pulls that I used for the couching.

basting the neckline

Here is a short video of me couching:)


Speaking of Alabama Chanin, they had a sample sale recently, and I was able to score a hand-sewn camisole dress!




Alabama Chanin camisole dress

Even though I knit/sew and rarely buy any new clothes any more, I bought this dress because I really am a fan of the company, and well... it was great to see how the pros do their stitching. (So even, you guys!)
Here's me trying it on. I love it!  So comfy, and it fit me just right.

How was your weekend? Any new addition to your wardrobe? Do tell:)





Monday, September 6, 2021

All about the cardigan and being inspired by Natalie Chanin #TheSchoolOfMaking

 Sooooo...I'm on a roll when it comes to completing hand-sewn garments, you guys! 

Here's my latest finished one...this peplum cardigan, and of course, the pattern is from Alabama Chanin (in the book Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns).  

Alabama Chanin Classic Cardigan with ruffle


I must say I really love this. Not only is it completely hand-sewn, it fits me perfectly! I adjusted the sleeves to make it the length and width I wanted. Doing the ruffle as well added a lot of work but I really like how it ended up looking.
worn with a dress I also sewed (Mechant and Mills Bantam pattern) with House of Harlow booties




Out and about:)


A short vid of me showing it off:D


A closer look:
(I used reverse appliqué for the main body of the cardigan, and negative reverse appliqué for the ruffle part.)





the cardigan and the ruffle part before I put them together.


Behind the scenes:
stencilling the fabric using my airbrush



Doing the negative reverse appliqué
To say I'm obsessed is an understatement. I am a big fan of the brand and its founder Natalie Chanin. Not only does she promote sustainability and the idea of zero-waste in her line, she "open-sourced" her patterns and methods in her beautiful books! She started The School of Making for those interested in making garments like the one she sells, and also created the non-profit Project Threadways.
image from http://journal.albamachanin.com


I first blogged about Alabama Chanin in 2015 but it wasn't until recently that I started hand-sewing Natalie's patterns, and now, I can't stop! (Click here if you want to see all my AC posts.) 

Like knitting, there is just something so relaxing and zen-like when you do it, and frankly, nowadays, we all need something to bring us some peace.

Do you also have a favourite brand?

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