Friday, 30 December 2011

Happy Holidays

Went ice-skating with family and friends a couple of times this festive holiday only to fall over a thousand times and bruise black and blue. Broken bits: Watch & two pairs of trousers

Whilst yapping away I kept my hands busy on the accessory for the current project. It took two long days to complete the texture on the surface so planning to complete it tomorrow while preparing for a feast on New Years eve. Cannot believe its 2012 in 24 hours!!! Happy new year to you all.

Silk chiffon

Foundations of a structure that will hopefully be completed by tomorrow evening.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Devil is in the Detail

Last day of term today and I manged to finish off my garments as aimed. Just got an accessory to make now so happy days. This is a snippet of the outfit. I''ll post it once every component is complete.
I pleated good 2.5 metres of fabrics myself to save money and time as the company takes at least 2 working days and a good £6 per metre. It wasn't fun steaming myself with the iron but when working under a budget there isn't much choice. I've been told I have the patience of a 'saint' by my tutor as everyone else sent theirs of to industrial pleaters. patience comes with a price.

I tried rouching on my toile and it looked nice but felt like 'too much' so I chose to work with pleats instead.
Ever since I began watching PA NAM on BBC I've been even more hooked to the minimal conservative look. Thanks for the picture Maricel :)

Wednesday, 14 December 2011


I've been working away at the studio since last week and it's sort of depressing when you are the first to arrive in the morning and the last to be chucked out by the security at night. Ha ha ha too tired to even laugh properly. Since Monday I've managed to complete 2 toiles and the final garments but it took me forever and now I've particularly lost my appetite due to long working hours. At this precise moment I'm drawing some technical flats but thought I ought to take a break and update this page.

I spent a good half hour figuring out how to draft a pattern for a full skirt then had a sudden 'eurika' moment where I felt utterly stupid. All I had to do to make a pattern was make a big square and cut out the circumference from the centre. Can't believe I had to think about something so simple. Daft moments do happen I guess :)

This is the draping I achieved in matter of minutes using a semi-circle as a pattern.

I treated myself to Winsor & Newton palette few weeks back so looking forward to life drawing tomorrow as I feel it's the only time I can actually forget stress/pressure and relax.

Thursday, 8 December 2011


When was the last time I had fun that came form something other then fabrics and pattern cutting? Surprise surprise I cannot recall a precise moment at all. I'm taking a 20 mins timeout from toiling my final design right now as I type so that I do actually have something to take to my tutorial tommorow. My mind is muddled/jumbled and any thing else that looks like a bad mash-up. I chose this path for myself because its the only thing that I feel passionate about and gives me pure satisfaction. However the intensity is drowning me slowly and effecting me mentally and physically. The Saturday that just passed was my best friend's birthday and it was ever so upsetting that I couldn't join her due to work and family event in the evening. Its sad to think and experience times where its absolutely impossible to pause the moments passing by no matter how much your heart wants to. Does that make sense to you or is it just me get crazier by the hour?

Anyhow I'm still alive doing what I love the most so I shall be thankful to the one above for now. Time to get back to the garment. I'll be taking aid of Disney songs to bring back happy memories so that I don't fall into darkness tonight.  

Here are a few images from saturday night's festive event...

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Words out of a dear friend

"I was an inch from nearly skidding off the moss covered wall which divided the area between the lake and the cold, muddy ground. My friend screamed hysterically for a mere 2 seconds, almost as if the world was going to end when my right foot slipped slightly. If luck had left me during that period, I would have fallen straight into the lake, helplessly flapping my arms like an ostrich just for the sake of not drowning. What more having ducks cruising noisily whilst I help myself to the bank of the lake. To add to that, it was 10 minutes before the start of our illustration class. Thank God I was saved from extreme embarrassment of going to class drenched and soaking wet and probably smelling of duck's poop.

Before I start rambling about petty things.. 

This pair of ASOS shoes is my second pair of brogues. I love how they look polished, sophisticated and can easily lend an overall boyish charm to any outfit. I have this pair locked up in its box for quite a while now but only took it out recently to make full use of it. I reckon my snake printed top fits my style of illustration. Both look like pieces of distressed inks. 

And I finally successfully dyed my hair ombre. I might have a trim soon to relinquish my split ends.

Photos by Arati Subba."




This is my darling friend Maricel who is the only person that knows me and my existence currently and suffers the same stressful pain I am going through. Just wanted to say THANK YOU for listening to me moan, bitch and curse during highs and lows. Looking forward to Christmas now and see you in class tomorrow wear some thing nice so that I can shoot you again maybe in the water this time?! :) As for those who visit my site I don't like posting my 'outfits' much because I enjoy photographing more.  

Elaborate Bites

I was dining alone and happened to share a table with a Singaporean lady. She introduced me to 'yam', which I still do not know exactly what it is but did taste very 'mushroomy'.

I prefer to stare at it rather then place it into my mouth which is a first!

Monday, 5 December 2011


Winter is getting colder then ever and I'm getting bored of my jackets and gilets so I decided to make something. Found some mohair wool  for myself to transform into a cape. Very quick and easy to cut and construct.

I've worn it several times now and it's less restrictive then the high street shop versions as I've purposely added high slits so my arms do function. On the other hand I now wish I had added a lining to it as it's itchy! Haha thought it might get too bulky with lining but now I feel like I should have added a fine lining. Never mind, room for improvement next time.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Samples of silk chiffon and silk satin for the current project. Prices beginning £9.99 per metre. All together I purchased 10metres of silk chiffon as the satin didn't feel 'right' for my designs. It was so tricky choosing colours too as they were all beautiful i.e. ended up getting completely different colours to what I had planned. I haven't taken a picture of my final fabrics. Will post it when I get the chance to.  


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