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Time to take the plunge one stitch at a time

Dear All,

I haven’t blog for so long, from April my Boss went back to Japan and with the new management, I just got sucked in by work and got burnt out. My health started failing me and I didn’t realize it, I just kept on working. It was until when I visited the TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) doctor for the body aches and pain on the left side of my body that she warned me that my blood is so clogged that I’m at risk of getting a stroke. She did some cupping and blood letting. Ya it sounds really scary, and I was really scared. But thank God it’s not as scary or painful as it sounds. And it worked, the pain in my left arm subsided. What she said was like a wake up call for me, and the next day, on Friday, I went to my new boss and told him I need to take one day leave on Monday and it was a long weekend. (Well I told him what the doctor said and that I really needed rest)

My hand few days after the blood letting. Pain already subsided but there’s a blood clot under the skin if you look close enough

Things fall into place nicely. It just happens my parents have already planned a trip to genting and booked a room. So all I had to do was purchase coach ticket. My dad lovingly offered to rush down to the travel agency on Friday evening to get tickets for me, as I have Christian cell group on that night. And Hubby woke up in the wee hours to send me to the bus station so I can make it for the 630 am coach.

I got a Malaysia 30GB SIM card planning to binge on this Chinese drama that I’ve been watching on YouTube and brought my sketch book to paint and just chill and rest. Well That kind of didn’t worked out. When I got that the YouTube video is not licensed to play in Malaysia region 😅I even downloaded DramaFever thinking I can watch some other Korea Dramas but nope it doesn’t work that too, oh Well. At least it gave me plenty of chance to rest and just spend time with my parents

Genting has changed a lot, but since this is not a travel blog, I won’t write here but focus on my story. But I urged you guys to go if you have a chance. There is even Genting Premium Outlets midway at the mountain (reachable by cable car) and I had a great time looking at the fashion labels, and checking out the styles, getting inspiration (albeit a little off-season)

My parents of course went to the Casino, they loved the old Genting Casino with the Smokey environment, easier jackpot machines. My dad is particularly in love with a horse racing section, where for a bet, you can see horses running and he was parked for the 2 days that except for the half day trip to Premium outlet and Chin Swee Temple. Given that he is having last stage cancer, I just want him to enjoy himself, but of course we will appear at meal times to bring him somewhere to eat.

And I’m grateful that he is still mobile and thought the doctor said that it’s 2-5 yrs life span for people with his illness. It’s his third year and he is still going strong, often surprising the oncologist. I think his positive mindset helped him a lot. To him this whole cancer thing is just like flu. And I don’t know if he is saying it so we won’t worry or he really thinks so. But either way his stats looks good.

Lovely Chin Swee Temple, 蓬萊仙境 which means heavenly place. Indeed it is

So after the short break I was well rested. But soon again I was sucked into work. I was overloaded, running a global project which involves liaising with people halfway round the globe at late hours and having to do my day to day work. I wanted to feedback to my new boss but he was absorbed in other pressing matters, having just came on board and was hardly around.. my peer who became my dotted line manager was also not helping much

I was due to fly out on Sun for a long planned family trip to Beijing with my sis family, my parents and my hubby. We decided to go, as we don’t know when my father can be well enough to travel again. The idea of him being on the Great Wall made him happy and he even told the oncologist, he is going to be a 好漢 loosely translated as a good man. As there is a saying in Chinese, you will only be a good man if you reach the Great Wall.

Then came Friday just before I was due to fly off. I woke up with a bad sore throat, but I had already had back to back meetings planned. One was with the new customer, and the second meeting was with a VP of Singapore agency, so I can’t reschedule. So I remember going and praying hard I can survive the day. My dotted line manager seeing how unwell I looked, told me to go home after the second meeting. But at 2pm when I was about to go home, I had a Priority one incident (my customer network went down due to a power trip, it was month end and they really need the network to work and the servers to come back alive. And I found myself pulled into fighting that fire till 5pm.. it could have gone on longer, but at 5pm, my own company network went down. (must be some unlucky day, as there was a blackout in business district as well)

And it was bad, usually I could work on my mobile when the network is down, but this time nothing worked. We had to switched to using WhatsApp chat group to continue communicating and fighting the fire. My engineers rushed down and managed to get some of the systems up by 9pm. And I was feeling despondent, as I really wanted to clear my backlog before I flew out. I texted my sis, whom I was supposed to meet for dinner, cheekily replied maybe the network just want you to relax.

So with nothing working, I had no choice but to leave for the day and went to Sentosa to meet my sister earlier for dinner. Dinner was great and I think some window shopping, trying on stuff really allowed me to disconnect from work and just relax. The next day Saturday I was back to workaholic mode, clearing my backlog and working till noon. I bought some cough medicine from the pharmacy just in case. But By early Sunday morning when I was at the airport, I felt the beginnings of a bad cold and in between sleeping on the SIA A380, I was just praying I don’t want to be sick on a holiday we all been planning for so long.

But things are not to be. Landing in Beijing, though I think the air was relatively cleaner than in the past, it wreak havoc on my sensitive respiratory system. I broke out in rashes on my face daily and my phlegm was green half the time. I was depending stubbornly on the pharmacy medicine I bought, until my sis remarked that I should increase the dosage. As in she usually take 4 tablets at one go and I was taking 1 tablet for the past few days. So I increased the dosage and lo and behold at least the phlegm became yellow 😂

We went to the Great Wall on the second day. It was breathtaking. We chose the Mutianyu stretch which have less tourists and a ski cable car up the wall and you can take a luge ride back down.

Once up that, Hubby was all raring to hike and took off on his own covering few stations in one morning (its a few km between each station) I tried to follow him initially, but the flu and the thin air just compelled me to walk slowly on my own. Taking in the white butterflies and the lovely scenery, albeit a little sunny and hot

This is my selfie at the Great Wall. I don’t usually look that good, it’s just a very good camera app. So much so that my colleague who recently saw my profile pic (I used it on my WhatsApp) actually asked me to update my pic and don’t use some old picture 😅

This was also the last time my complexion was better as after that the rashes came.

It is truly majestic and the photos don’t do it justice. I tried to get a photo of the butterflies but it won’t let me ^^ the air was thin at times being at high altitude and I am grateful I brought my inhaler along, having to stop at times since the flu has evolved into coughing and what’s not.

Anyway, it was great, nothing worked in Beijing, no WhatsApp no email, no Facebook or Instagram and even sms messages were spotty at times. I was offline most of the time and daily went back to hotel in the late afternoon to take medicine and sleep till dinner time.

Of course back in hotel with the WiFi on, sometimes I will still reply urgent emails.

I remember one relaxing afternoon where I was in a bookstore and just drawing and saw this amazing Japanese origami book that I wanted to incorporate in my fashion designs, when my WhatsApp suddenly came alive. And my pre-sales was asking me about customer appointments and stuff.

Well apparently that mall’s WiFi must have some vpn built in and WhatsApp was workable there. It’s a gd and bad thing I guess. I missed those days 6 yrs ago where I can forget my iPhone 4 at home and just live the day without a phone. But now it’s almost impossible. Mobility and the Internet of Things is both a boon and a bane. Being so connected made me hard to get disconnected from work. It’s also why I am writing this post.

The backlog back to work was a lot like few hundred emails… and I went to see the doctor on Sat after I touched down and didn’t take medical leave. I mean it’s just not that good to take medical leave after you have already went on one week holiday.. so I “heroically” went to work on Monday. And of course without proper rest and a punishing schedule (I am also preparing for my N1 Japanese language proficiency test next Sun) my body just gave up. I developed severe chest pains at 2-3am 2 days ago. Went to Raffles hospital on Thursday. It was madness, I went to work at 9 am for an important meeting (my colleague was helping me for some RCA report, due to an escalation caused by our vendor and my dotted line manager decision to use that vendor despite me advising against it. So I already informed my colleague that I had to go hospital right after the meeting.

What made me disappointed was that even on my way to hospital, my colleagues was still messaging me in the WhatsApp group reminding me to do the report… we had another group that was facing some issue and in conversation with the engineer for a solution. And I remember saying I was going for my chest x-ray soon and I really need to off the phone. It was a vast difference when I had my ex boss who will help me and cover when I am sick or busy.

And with all these barrage of messages I turned on the flight mode several times, just to get some peace. After the doctor diagnosed the chest pains are caused by chest infection and I was put on 2 days medical leave and a course of antibiotics. And currently pending my blood tests results. I went home took my medicine, and slept till the night. But the moment I on my phone, it was my colleagues messaging me to do quote and send emails to clients.

At that moment, I felt I am not valued in the company. I could die and my colleagues may just send a wreath and that’s it. To Clarify, it’s just 2 superiors that behave so insensitively. The rest of my colleagues are wonderful people and we worked well as a team.

It also got me thinking what I blogged previously, that on my deathbed, I won’t be thinking how much work I have yet to do, but rather how much time I didn’t spend with my family, so I have decided to quit soon.

I already have an offer. I was approached few weeks ago by a headhunter for a role which interest me , but for the longest time, I wanted to stay longer in a company and I do appreciate my colleagues.

Of course I am not going to do something as drastic as quit and study and switching to fashion like the last time. But this time I really want to do something. A Taiwanese lyricist once said 「若不追逐夢想,它永遠只會是你和你朋友之間談話的話題罷了」 which loosely translates to if you don’t chase your dreams, it will forever be just a conversational topic among friends.

Having read the book “So good they can’t ignore you” by Cal Newport, I have also learnt that chasing your dreams is not just quitting your main source of income and plunge into the dream and “passion”

Now 4 years after starting this blog, I have learn about the Craftsmen mentality, the need to hone my craft and also always to sought feedback from people around me.

Today I am happy to share that I am launching my Instagram and Facebook page finally. The Instagram account is Ashiu_Atelier

If you like all things fashion, Zakka or an aspiring couturier like me with a deep love for Haute Couture) Though I think at most I can only do Pret A porter, but we are all entitled to dream big right? :)), then please follow me on Instagram. ^_^

This is the profile pic of my Instagram account. I will design a logo when I have more time.

I will put up some of my work and fashion. Illustrations and all things fashion, draping, pattern making on this learning journey. It’s seems like a tiny step but to me maybe a big leap out of my comfort level.

At some point, I will launch the gowns I have always been wanting to make and make my several capsule collections a reality.

I want to end off with a quote I saw in L’Officiel magazine while at Raffles Medical. This singer from One Direction said ” I used to be wearing knock-off Versaces when I was growing up and never dreamt that one day, I will be designing a collection for Versace.”

Nothing is impossible for God

Dare to Dream one day at a time

Duc in Altum

A little post on Sunday

I haven’t been blogging for the longest time. Been caught up in the corporate job and also taking weekend Japanese language classes to prepare for my exam and sewing just been on the back burner ever since.

But today I managed to start my trusty machine after so long for a simple alteration job. It simple but still very happy with the end result and as always the joy of creating something (or rather in my case alteration) is very satisfactory.

So the story goes I ordered a dress online that I thought I can wear to the office. It looks really nice in the picture and it’s around SGD 21. But when it came, I was quite disappointed, there is no lining. It’s simply 2 pieces of jersey fabric interlocked at the seams. You can see it in the second pic

I expected better finishing, but you can’t compare much for dresses bought online and I still look quite nice in it. However, the hips were cut really wide. The pattern maker probably based it on a standard template which meant really curvy hips of which I’m definitely lacking in that department, so there were lots of loose fabric hanging at the hips after I put it on, though rest of the dress fitted well.

I meant to alter it, but chuck it in my wardrobe for over a month and forgot about it. Recently while packing the wardrobe and wanting to bring my old clothes to a thrift shop. I came across the dress again, and decided to get down to altering it finally.

I am glad there was an alteration module when I took my fashion classes in Taftc and it sure came in handy several times after that. So I pinned the excess cloth. (Of course it would be much better if I had someone pinning for me) and went on to sew a new stitch with less curvy hips. Then I did a fitting and made some minor changes.

As I don’t have an overlocking machine, I recalled some in the sewing forum shared that you can use a decorative stitch to double as an overlock. So I tried this new stitch setting that I never used before and I loved the end results! The stitch was probably meant for cute little children clothes but I think it works well as a overlock alternative. I know it’s a small job, but I am really happy to have an excuse to on my machine again and sew 🙂

I will be moving to my new place soon with the other half and really looking forward to setting up my space for my sewing corner.

Hopefully I can finally start on my sewing projects once I clear my language exam in July. Have a lovely week ahead. Feeling the Monday blues, but so glad that Tues is a public holiday

Really love the cute stitch. It worked much better than the other decorative stitch that I tried previously.

Lazy me ( Beware! A really long rant)

Well lazy me has not been sewing. Of course I can make excuses that I am busy with studying my Intensive Japanese preparatory class (weekly mini tests and mock exams monthly)  and hopefully pass JLPT level 1, the highest level of the Japanese proficiency, but really who am I kidding? Sometimes I look at hila’s blog who I have been following and I feel ashamed, like mega shame. I mean she churns out all these little pretty outfits on a regular basis and for me I have a ton of half finished stuff… 

I guess it’s why I keep spending on sewing courses, not only I can improve my sewing skills, but attending a class helps me to be more disciplined. And the Singapore Government is really nice to us citizens, they gave us $500 to upgrade ourselves and I can take sewing courses with it! 🙂 but now my plate is quite full with the intensive class, all the way till 1st week of December where I can take my exam. Yesterday, I was just thinking if only I can go to Bunka for 2 weeks – 1 month course, that has always been a dream of mine, to learn the Japanese way of pattern making. 

Well I know I really need to force myself to carve out 1 hour on a weekday night, stop surfing the FB & Instagram for once and just focus on doing something Fashion related. I think even drafting and cutting paper patterns is good. Or even hand sewing and improve my couture sewing techniques.

Ok, I am signing up for a crafternoon at Meetup to just have time out to do my sewing. Sigh, I still draw and design regularly, but sewing has always been my Achilles heel. Except for the fashion design competition the last time which really force me to sew a lot in one week. Other than that, I am just sucked back to work and the daily grind. Having said that, recently I really want to give myself a pat on the back. What happened is that I did super well in last quarter. Overachieved 200%, then came the spanner in the works, the finance dept just refused to pay me for my overachievement… I was like wut?!!! But yet I am calm now and not even angry. In fact, I even told my boss earlier In the sales kickoff, “forget it, let’s just focus on this FY. Let’s not piss the finance lady off, else she makes things difficult for us this FY. ” my boss was like no no no, I need to fight for you, at least 120%… but I heard from my colleagues that it’s really challenging apparently they been doing this for long time, the company is just not inclined to pay people above 120% due to the commission multiplier. Oh well, I am actually amazed how zen I am about this. I guess it’s a sign of maturity. If you read my first few posts, you will know I used to be the type to go bang table and demand my comms etc, but now I am like really chill, not even a hint of anger. Well I guess that is the reality of corporate world.

Presents from my 2 bosses from today’s kickoff event, it’s enough to make me feel blessed. I am easily content nowadays. Note: I won the Kindle bid at really attractive price


I gave myself a 10 year plan. In 10 years time, I hope to save enough to start my bespoke atelier, and from now till then, I will focus on improving my fashion skills, especially my sewing skills, adopt the craftsmen mentality and improve.

Only then I can achieve.

Somehow master sifu quote from Kungfu panda really stuck with me, and it’s my personal motto for now


Sew often, pray often

Sayonara Minnasan, mata ne! (It’s means goodbye folks, till next time)

Finally accomplished

Today is the day of the fashion competition. I really regretted tweaking so much on the dress with puckering, as the more I did the worse it got. In the end, it almost couldn’t fit the model, as it became too tight. Nearly had a mini heart attack when one of the models went MIA and remained uncontactable. The organizer had to scramble to find another replacement model who arrived 2 hours before the show and didn’t get to rehearse at all. 

Luckily the dress that the model was supposed to wear is a loose fitting one and fitted the replacement model still.

Here are the pictures. I didn’t win but I am really happy to have this experience. It really pushed me to create outfits in a short span of time.

it became so tight and puckered way badly


with my favorite model and look


Hope this will spur me to sew more and continue to polish my skills.

3 days to competition

Well I got a call yesterday that one of my models has a very bad outbreak and I need to change models. So I rushed down to do fitting for the new model again.

forgot to take her face


As you can see the puckering issue is still there. I have tried several ways and none seems to work..

Such as unpicking and resewing, adjusting the tension of the machine, adjusting stitch length, not pulling the fabric and letting the feed dog do the work

I also tried ironing the seams with an iron on the hottest setting (you have to put a cloth over it, just in case) then pressing immediately with a marble tile. For a while, this seems to work and initially I was elated, happily pressing all my seams but alas, when I am done with the ironing, the puckering came back.

So I am left with the last method which is using fusible interfacing on one of the fabric, as I am suspecting that the blue fabric is thinner than the white fabric and hence its causing the puckering. However, silly me thought I am done with sewing and have brought my interfacing back to my mother’s house, so I have to go collect it tomorrow.

Oh well

Alterations Day! 

Today is a public holiday in Singapore, it’s Hari Raya and I will like to wish all my Muslim Friends Selamat Hari Raya Adifiltri, and may God’s peace rest upon you and your household. I think peace in the world is very important in view of the increased terror attacks and especially the recent bombings and shootings. Let’s all do our little bit for peace.

Ok, coming back to sewing. So I had my first fitting with the models if you recall, and I now have to make alterations. I always feel alterations is another level of skill all by itself in sewing. To make subtle changes to an already made garment is truly a feat. So I have 3 garments and I tackled the easiest one first. 

Model Juliana’s arms were a tad skinny and i just have to take in 4cm at the sleeve area


This was the easiest, I did it in 5 mins. Now comes the difficult one, remember my beautiful strapless maxi dress?

too small for the mannequin and too loose for the model, you cant please everyone


Repost the pic in case you can’t remember. It was too tiny for the mannequin, but the models are really skinny so it’s actually a little loose. Well Thank God, it’s loose at least I just have to make it tighter, if it’s too small, it will be even more difficult to alter. So I rattle my brains on what to do for the alteration. I have to take in 2cm. Forgot to take the model wearing it, so no pics sorry. I first thought of altering from the zip. Due to the complicated nautical rope design already hand sewn in, I will have to unpick tons to alter from the sides.

I next googled “How to keep a strapless dress up” there were many helpful tips. I finally settled on sewing in silicone strips to make it tougher, as the waistband is shantung and quite satiny feel, so I am really worried it will slide down the model as she struts down the runway, given the garment is pretty heavy.

And also fashion tape! Lots of forums advised using fashion tapes, so I got some from the departmental store.


There were 2 brands on sale one more pricey than the other, I asked the shop assistants what is the difference and they can’t answer me. One tried to point out that the more expensive one is pre-cut with 24 pieces but as the cheaper one clearly says 36 easy to use strips so I just quietly grabbed the cheaper one and turns out there is a 20% sale on that one. Yay!! 

I have to figure out how to use it, but the instructions makes it sound like double-sided tape so it should be pretty easy. I just have to caution the models on benign careful when taking off my dress. Remember the nautical rope was falling after they tried it?

I was again trying to find out where to buy silicon strips, tried googling no use. Then one of H relatives suggested Chinatown. Yes! I should have thought of it earlier, so I dashed to my favorite shop this morning. Lye Nai Siong, it’s an old school family run shop that stocks various knock knacks zip and what’s-not. The young lady( I suspect it’s their daughter) asked if there’s anything in particular I am looking for, so I told her I need silicon strips to fix to the strapless top. So she replied well we don’t have those and my heart sank. Luckily her next words were, but I have these type not sure if it works, it can’t hold the shape.Ooh and it’s just what I am looking for! Too bad they didn’t have blue, so I settle for a turquoise green.

if you look closely, there is silicone strip in the middle to grip better


So happy and then I went to golden dragon store to hunt for a better bead cap to have a neater finishing for the ropes since the last one is falling off. Not much luck, though I bought the biggest I can find.

The strip was elastic so I quickly change my alteration plan and think that just fixing the strips to the strapless band may just work. And it did! Although sewing it on was a huge challenge. And I had to loosen most of the nautical ropes to sew it on.


It’s now a nice 68 cm and still extends to 80 cm when pulled so I hope it will fit on the model better. I will be redoing the nautical rope to re-fix it to the waistband. I am thinking to change to bead wire which will be stronger to hold the rope up and not so easy to come off. I recalled when interning at F’s studio, she often use the fish wire to sew beads onto her gowns as beads are heavier than lace, so I hope it works.

I am contemplating whether to skip the final fitting session with models. It’s a huge risk but I have not much choices. I am starting my new job next Monday and it just doesn’t seem right to keep taking leave during probation.( I am already taking no-pay leave for a pre-planned trip in September) the organizers have notified that the final fitting will be to pre-arranged with them if I need one, so I am in a dilemma…

Any suggestions will be helpful?

Till then, happy sewing! ^^

10 days to Fashion Day!!

Pre-Judging Day-Nautical Fashion Competition

Just finished my pre-judging session. The last 48 hours was a mad rush of sewing, didn’t help that I caught a cold halfway, so was dealing with a runny nose, cough and sewing away.

I am so happy that the first hurdle is cleared. I was the first to present to the judges, very nervous, basically I didn’t know what to say to them, so I jus repeated my inspiration story then there was awkward silence for few minutes. It seems like the judges were impressed with me developing nautical knots design using rope. But the sewing wasn’t that fantastic. One of the judges (incidentally he was one of TAFtc speakers) noticed the puckering, and advised I should either find a good steam iron or resew it.. And the bad hemline on the 2nd piece. I told him I know, I just didn’t had enough time to finish it. I hope the steam iron will work.

Here you go, an unveiling of the first design, notice the puckering?



The fitting was next, and one of my models was really late. But it went well

I was really worried my second dress may be too small as it did not fit the mannequin

this is the piece where hemline is uneven, going to unpick and redo


The models were pretty rough, my nautical clasp came off after the fitting, luckily I managed to salvage the pieces and will probably use a strong glue to fix it back.

Nonetheless I will have 2 weeks till the fashion show to make all the adjustments.

The last piece fit the model very well, so just a little tweak is needed on the sleeve.


The modeling agency manager in the background was pretty fierce, kept shouting at the models and he was like, “take all your clothes off!” Some models were a bit shy and wanted to keep their tight fitting top on and he is like no, the dresser will think it’s part of the outfit, off! take it off!

All in all, I thank God for this experience. I have pushed myself beyond what I normally do. My first time experimenting with cut out sleeves and self fabric binding went well. And looking back at my first competition 10 years ago where I barely knew how to sew, I felt I have come a long way.. Of course my sewing skills didn’t improve as much as I would have like, since I don’t practice sewing so much.

But I am happy. The rest of the finalists’ standards are pretty high, most are fashion students, so I am like the only amateur there. I may not get any placing in the end, but I am happy with my work and what I have done. The sewing may not be the best, but at least I have crafted something from scratch yay!

6 days to the competition

I am down to my final 6 days and left with my third garment to sew. I decided to use draping technique instead for the final garment. I love draping. It allows me to figure out a garment really fast, whereas if I draft I have to kind of think to translate 3D in 2D.

So in a short span of time I managed to cut the desired shape of my garment. 

pardon the really wrinkly fabric, didnt iron it


It’s a nice off shoulder design and something new, as I have never sewn an off shoulder design before. I will still have to “true” the pattern and translate it to a paper pattern. This is the piece where I had so much trouble finding the rayon fabric. I most probably will substitute it with another rayon fabric. Spotlight, thank God was having a sale the other day and I grabbed the rayon fabric, but will still try out the drape etc before deciding. I am still considering whether to overlock the fabric for this garment, but this means traveling to town to my friend’s parents shop, since I don’t own an overlocking machine or just use other methods instead. For my second garment, I researched and use a simple finish taught on the web 


However, with the final piece I may not use such wide seams, thus I may travel later to town after all. I did consider whether to invest in an overlocking machine, but it seems a splurge currently as I don’t sew so often. 

The organizer just notified me that they are not having models for the pre-judging and there will be another fitting session prior to the fashion show. It got me abit concerned, as I am starting my new job in 2 weeks time and I won’t be get any leave. Fingers crossed that the fitting will be after office hours or on a weekend.. 

Oh well, I better hurry back to sewing! 6 days more to go!!

My love hate relationship with organza

I am taking a short break after battling with sewing organza. It’s one of the fabric I will be using for my competition piece, however it’s a pain to sew. It frays like crazy and just sewing the hem made me feel like taking a break even though I am abit behind schedule.

see how much it frays?


One of the tips I have learnt while interning with F is that we can use a flame to burn the edges and thereby sealing it nicely. However, as this is the competition piece and I only bought just enough for the organza, I can’t bring myself to use this method. Thoughts of turning the fabric black and accidentally burning down the house flashed through my mind. However, I must say that I did do it before when I had the luxury of time and it is one of the better methods to seal off the hem of organza neatly. 

So I ended up with a crappy hem, not the best I did and the twist is quite bad, though I hope a good iron will rectify most of it. I don’t really wish to unpick it as it will just get worse with all the fraying. (I tried in the past).

Thank God that halfway through sewing, I suddenly remembered I need to cut the fabric into 2 pieces to accommodate the zip. But I am putting off cutting as the moment I cut, its going to mega fray again. Sigh.

Still I love Organza, it gives the garment a nice floaty quality which is what I am looking for in this dress and I am really happy when it’s pinned onto the mannequin but of course not when I am sewing. That’s when swear words starts to form in my mind and there’s nothing I can do but be patient and plow through it.


I have moved my sewing machine back home, now it’s temporarily housed in Hub’s old room.


I really missed the ample space I had at my friend’s house. His old room was so stuffy that I had to request he moved my fan from our bedroom to his old room. I realised I really need a conducive space to sew and a happy me produce better work. 

And with the ironing board so far away and the ironing room is like the maid domain (it’s on the first floor, room is on the 3rd..) I missed those times when I can happily iron at every stage and basically leave fabric scraps on the floor since my friend wasn’t at home and I can clean up later. Since I am sharing a house with Hub family, you can’t help but be on tender hooks of keeping the work space as tidy as possible. 

Oh well, break time over, back to ploughing the machine.

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