As seen through my eyes (from my trusty Pentax K100D, K7) and NOW through Sony's NEX-F3 ILC dSLR...
What captures my fancy, it's posted here. From visiting's to well, just about anything and everything I've been asked to photograph.
The story started with... Missus started sewing her own clothes for work due to numerous obstacles like limited shopping time, fitting issues post-pregnancy, lousy tailors, traffic jams, fight for parking, heavy crowds plus a breast feeding toddler in the mix?! Sewing it herself just seems like so much less hassle!
Like the cosplay outfits done by her previously, all of the blouses below are self-drafted. Its so difficult to find indie commercial patterns here in Malaysia except if you buy online, which then means having to pay international shipping, etc etc... too much cost & trouble said Missus.
Compared to costumes, blouses are easier to draft. However, as they are meant to be machine washed, worn repeatedly for a long period of time in a professional environment & due to sheer anal retentiveness (from her costuming days), the interior of the blouses are finished neatly with mock French seams. French what?? I only know of French fries!
Something that I learned from the missus is that in Ready To Wear outfits bought from shopping malls that seams are usually overlocked or serged with a special machine. I had never paid attention to the insides of my clothes before. You know, just pull it on your head, pop in your arms & off you go. Heh.
However, in this current sewing exercise, we found that in PJ, it is so rare to have overlocking services available at haberdasheries (if there is any to be found close by which is like, nada) & if there is, they are only at shopping malls & the cost starts from RM 10. Which is pretty ridiculous as missus can get the service done at Rawang haberdasheries for at most 50 sen for 1 side. If you only have 4 sides? RM 2. Truly vomit blood! However, Rawang being quite a distance away & being there only during working hours, it was a bit of a hassle. So missus decided to be creative & use that mock French seam method. (link)
For ease of wear when rushing in the morning for work, all the blouses are drafted to be pulled-on like T-shirts. No zippers, buttons & all those perfidy. Good eh?
Anyway, enough blabbering & lets have a look at her hard work shall we?
1) SORBETTO BLOUSE
Colette Patterns which provides a free PDF pattern for this blouse that you can print out all the A4 pages yourself... !
Ameka Italian Fancy Jacquard from Nagoya Subang (from old stash meant for a whole baju kebaya.. now what to do with remaining 2m??!). Missus SO loooves them butterflies!! In order to keep them in prominence, missus had to do some fussy-cutting.
-Folded & stitched pleat inwards to give it a more modern look
-Added continuos poly lining to the interior of the garment as the fabric was too sheer & fragile.
Missus said she wishes she could have used Bemsilk rayon lining (more cooling & silky smooth on the skin) instead of warm poly but her blouse was finished way before Spotlight Malaysia opened on 16th July at Ampang Point!! :( I like how the grass & flowers seem to grow from the bottom of the blouse.
Ameka Printed 3D Fabric from Nagoya Rawang. Some sort of poly cotton mix. Great drape, no need for lining & no need to iron!! What else can you ask for?
-Omitted visible bust darts
Sewaholic's Belcarra blouse sewalong that ended on 13th June with online step-by-step photo tutorials are super helpful in creating this blouse. Missus was disappointed that she couldn't finish on time to join the sewalong round-up. Still looks nice to me... Basic black can never go wrong right? Right??
Italy Fancy Cationic Two-Tone Fabric from Nagoya Subang. Some sort of rayon mix as it needs ironing. Doesn't need lining as well. It has a lovely fine random criss-cross pattern on it if seen up close.
-Omitted the seam ruffles as missus was afraid of being overwhelmed. Simple lines to me are the best, babe! I'm a no-frills guy. Ha ha.
Even though the sewalong for this blouse had ended a long time ago, Sewaholic still has the tutorials online for ease of reference. Excellent!!!!!!!! Looks like you bought this at the mall luv. *thumbs up*
No name, from the Baju Melayu fabric section at Nagoya Rawang. Some sort of cotton poplin as it needs ironing. Doesn't need lining as well. It has a fine plaid pattern on it but as its so fine, no need to match back & front! Plaid means the fabric design is made up of repetitive boxes & therefore the lines at the seams must match each other. Scottish tartan kilts are an example of a plaid. Indeed, it would be funny if the lines didn't match. Woozy!
- Made an assymetrical Peter Pan collar with a U-shaped vent that is pulled together with a miniscule hook & grommet.
- Separate pussy bow tie that can be worn separately from the blouse eg, as a belt or omit entirely.
-Shortened sleeves & omitted cuffs to give it a more modern look.
Missus said I took this photo when she hasnt ironed it yet & the pussy bow wasnt arranged properly. Ooops!! I still think it looks very "kawaiii" !!
Interior Front & Back:
So what do you think of missus's Project Runway? To me they all look good!! Here is to many more projects to come luv..
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Andrew as we all know, loves cakes that Mummy bakes. In his eyes, she can't do no wrong...
So, here we now have, Sponge Cake!
"Let ... Me ... In!!!"
As Andrew started walking more recently, it was only a matter of time before we had to get Safety Gates to keep him out of locations we don't want him to be in; i.e. Kitchen and Store Room.
And so, not really sure how they are installed, the Store Room was used as my Guinea Pig for installation. We bought Lindam (UK) from our locally frequented baby outlet called, The Baby Outlet (!) in Tropicana Mall.
These pressure mounting cups extend almost 5-7 cm's on either side of the gate. So one has to take into consideration how much further they can extend as well.
As you can see, the handle it thick and big. The good thing is that, it's quite hard for a child to open as you need to depress the mechanism (blue parts) before lifting up the handle. For this, a child will require 2 hands. For an adult, one would need the same amount of hands, but you can perform this act single handedly from your left hand (or right)... if you know how...
Advantage? It's almost a 2 handed operation job and it doesn't auto swing shut which can be an advantage in certain conditions.
Disadvantage? If you only have 1 hand free... :) And no auto swing shut when you want it to? Ah well, can't have it all, right?
The 2nd gate came from another company called DreamBaby, which is Australian based. Now, this gate is easier and very aptly used for our kitchen. Reason? You can use it with single hand, and it auto swings to close.
Cons? The Open switch feels ... loose, but it doesn't feel like it would come off any time. To open, one would have to slide the switch, and LIFT the gate up. Why lift the gate up?
THAT's why. You have this protruding bit at the bottom of the gate. It pops up when the gate locks in, and when you want to open, as it's 'down', you would thus need to lift the gate up ...
Either gate can't get you wrong. They have their pros and cons.
Recently, we noticed that Andrew started developing this habit of attempting to sit under his Graco High Chair. I guess, children love to pretend they are under... something. Or rather something that resembles a house if you will.
As with most other things in the house, it's got to be collapsible and compact when not in used. So this product from Ikea, called Busa, retailing at RM49 fits our criteria.
And as you will see, he has taken an instant liking to it.
Think of car window shades that you fold, and you get the picture of this one that expends into a giant box with 3 holes; 2 large ones and 1 small one.
Because its light (obviously), we placed a quilt blanket to 'weigh' it down as needless to say, Andrew will attempt to rock it and push against its sides.
And crawling through. This product is meant for 18 month toddlers and beyond, and of course, parental supervision is paramount.
'Wanna come in Daddy Or shall I come out?'
This is what it looks like. When completely folder down, it's the size of a side. Ikea doesn't recommend folding another round like how you would on a window shade. Maybe they are afraid the metal frame might get damaged. In any case, collapsing on itself makes it thin and thus, we can just slip it somewhere.
The 2 large holes are large enough for me to get in and out. And if I sit inside, my head will touch the top. I'm 165cm btw. I must say that this is one of those simple (and cheap!) but very effective toys that children will like.
Andrew has taken a fancy to Mummy dearest Banana Cake. And with banana's coming in fresh from Tawau, it's a recipe for how much one can keep in one's house when only yours truly will consume it ...as is!
Thankfully, we decided earlier to get a microwave that has oven/convection function which thus allows Missus to bake. And so here it is...
"What's this again?"
Never mind. It'll just go into my mouth... like almost everything else! :p
Now .. what is this... on MY feet???
Uuuugh. How do you remove it???
"Oh. That's what it's used for eh?"
"Look at me! I'm walking...albeit with some help..."
Dearest toddler still loves to crawl. You should watch him go! But sadly, it's also time for him to learn how to walk. And so, these shoes are definitely made for walking! :)