Sunday, June 19, 2011

For Good

Hobbit and I have a collection of Sam Tsui in our playlist but Nick Pitera? It was our first in the following song and we were glad Nick and Sam collaborated in doing the cover "For Good" together. Nick's voice range is just spelled Ahhhhhwwwwweeeeesome!



Like it?? (:

And hey, that Nick guy sounded like cikgu panjang rambut kat skolah...Muka pun hampir sama...kan?? :)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Not Giving In


I could hardly recall when was my last time having a really bad day but one just took place last Thursday and Friday. The upsetting accusation just crushed my good zumba spirit and literally build anger which I would never have for that person if it wasn't for what was said. Through it all, I managed to stay calm and had a long discussion with Hobbit about what should be done in respond to the situation. When being accused for something that you are totally innocent of, what would you say? Where do you start? What would you do?

I pen down what I had to say and let go. I truly believe that prayers would automatically fix what needed to. Hobbit was nice to treat me to a nice meal and a good mini shopping spree. Yet just after I thought it was over, Friday came another heart-wrenching news and I have to say, I salute Hobbit for putting a lot of trust and faith in me. I only wish others could do the same towards their spouses, especially when something is vague and you ain't have a clue...The more trust and communication is needed instead of taking all the shortcuts you can take and act towards it.

So I was shaken but I am not going to give in! ^_^

The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.
Psalm 34:15-16

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My Discotheque Dress

Waddayathink??

Wonder where I got the materials to make cawats from my last post? Yeah, you got it. I had to sacrifice a Cinderella ball dress for six pieces of coverings! Wait, you didn't get it. Of course not.

What was I thinking?? I'm not a seamstress and definitely have no si fu to teach me how to handle a piece of cloth, a pair of scissors and needles in the first place but I do know one thing best, I have big g*ts! Thus the attempt to make my own mini dress!

This is the 'lazy' method

tracing the other side of the dress

One side of the dress

One humdrum Saturday night, I took all my leftovers out and decided on a fabric to use. Guess what? The discotheque bulb patterns had to be the heart winner. I laid them flat on the floor, took one of my old mini dress to trace (very pro kan??), snipped the snip and there I went a pattern! Well, at least a crooked, clown dress won't look too bad in black. Suddenly the room's energy halted for the longest time and I heard...

See, I cincai-ly cut the neckline. Front lower, back higher

Hobbit: " Sayang, you've been sitting there for ages, when are you going to start??"
Sayang: "Soon..." and continued my longest stare...

I kept telling myself that it was a wrong move, I could still back off and snip those patterns into a mini pouch or anything handy. Yet another part of me itched stubbornly to move on. Okay, so the stubborn voice won and led me to endless measure! grrr! *pun intended*

Made some mistakes and Hobbit helped to slowly pull it apart slowly

This was the middle back side of the dress I had to trim open for the zipper

So I was halfway done except for the neckline and sleeves. Both front and back were sewn together. Yet the biggest problem with this was I couldn't get into the dress! Didn't matter whether I slip from up nor down. So I figured, if only I could attach a zipper would I be able to disco in that dress. I needed another snip in the middle backside of the dress.

The not quite finished dress. Wish I have a serger...

Believe me, I went blank many a times not knowing what to do next. On top of that, I didn't really know how to maneuver with all the gadgets I had to switch on my machine to make a dress! Boy was the zipper a pain. First, I had to figure how to get the zipper foot work, second, I had to think and imagine how to attached the zippers to the dress from insideout considering the appearance and all and last, to actually sew on zippers. Oh, did you know how hard it is to sew a semi curved shaped neckline? It's freaking hard (for a first timer of course). Too many first time experiences that was why they pretty much thrust me to finish the dress!

Waiting for a black zipper

This was my first time using this zipper foot

Bleh, the adjustment took time

The last labor job was to sew the right-hand-side zipper. When I was finally done, guess what I did?? I took the dress, folded it and laid it on the table shelf then bid it "until next time!"

***

Weee! I got to try the dress on today! It wasn't Forever 21 nor Zara labelled, but I was very pleased with all the noticeable imperfections on the dress. I made it knowing so well that I wasn't a crackerjack. I didn't make it for Brooklyn Medical Malpractice Attorney...Yet don't mind if I do. :)

Meantime, lets disco!!! You can ring my beeeeeellllllll.....ring my bell.....you can ring my beeeelllllll...ring my bell! ^_^

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Simple Sarawakian Cawat

John with his pocketed cawat

For a headstart, cawat is an Indonesian word, meaning breechcloth, gee string or loincloth. In Sarawak, I have no idea how but I know one of their traditional costume includes a gee string-like cloth called cawat.

Took this from a website. A simple one indeed.

I had volunteered for an assignment for the Bkk-M'sian annual Gawai/Kaamatan celebration. The initial plan in mind was to make a funny doeramon/hello kitty-printed cawat but my shopping spree told me that could only happen if I'm willing to cut out bedsheets and pillow cases! So I went with a disco light theme.

This picture is from here. The costume.

Sarawak is very close to where I come from but still, I haven't set my feet on its soil yet. So to imagine how a cawat would look like is not quite easy. What I did and I believe everyone would do was to look up on google image. After clicking through several pictures, I kinda have an idea of how and what my version of cawat should look like. I would make it simple, easy to wear around the waist and not consume a lot of materials. The men who would wear them will not be in full costume anyway. Perhaps mine would be a casual cawat, if that term is allowed. :)


First, I asked the guys for their waistline measurements, then went ahead and cut and piece together according to their sizes and left some space for knot tying. Next, I cut 8" by 4.5" of doubled-cloth, cut curved edges and sew them up. I left a 1.5" at the top part of the cawat's covering for the string to run through. By the way, Hobbit helped with all the foldings and ran the strings into the coverings of the cawats. It took us 2 hours to finish 6 of them all. My simple cawats came out fine, not perfect but wearable.
I was hoping they discard their shorts while wearing their cawats..lol

By the time the men got their cawats, they 'sempat' wore it in style before our Gawai performance. Some wore it as a bib on their neck, some just tied a bow while flinging the coverings to the back of their neck, some even wore them as fancy neckties. Clever cheap lipofuze!! With all those fashion shows, I was inspired to make something else from what I see!

See what I mean?? :)
I just love it when my right brain ticks!!!

Anchor

A song for me and for you! I love Mindy Gledhill's tunes...

When all the world is spinning round,

Like a red balloon way up in the clouds,
And my feet will not stay on the ground,
You anchor me back down.

I am nearly world renowned,
As a restless soul who always skips town,
But I look for you to come around,
And anchor me back down.

There are those who think I am strange,
They would box me up and tell me to change,
But you hold me close and softly say,
That you wouldn't have me any other way.

When people pin me as a clown,
You behave as though I'm wearing a crown,
When I'm lose I feel so very found,
When you anchor me back down.

There are those who think I am strange,
They would box me up and tell me to change,
But you hold me close and softly say,
That you wouldn't have me any other way.

When all the world is spinning round,
Like a red balloon way up in the clouds,
And my feet will not stay on the ground,
You anchor me back down.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Two Changed Me

High risk life insurance deal is on. The weather was gloomy last Thursday morning. Hobbit peaked out of the window and murmured something too soft that his sound got overpowered by the music that was playing in the room. We got ready for school and headed out. As soon as we drove out of our apartment building, I noticed that the road was wet and I thought, ahh...I better get an umbrella. While Hobbit was driving, I searched the car for my holdable umbrella but it wasn't in the car. So I was upset because Hobbit knew it was raining outside yet didn't get me an umbrella. While driving to school, Hobbit and I encountered two minor accidents. One, a father and a daughter on a motorbike. The road was slippery and they fell hard on the ground just like that. Second was a driver who ramped into something at the side of the road.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

How I Made My Ikat Skirt


I made a skirt last Sunday. I was bored in the evening and didn't step out of the house the whole day. Thus I decided to try sew my own skirt. It took me three hours to complete one simple skirt. I could have completed the skirt in two hours time if it wasn't for my sewing machine throwing its tantrum. I was in a hitch bike rack position when I started. First, I thought of using a zipper but ended up with something simple -- simply pull and tie skirt. In other words, I named my skirt ikat (tie) skirt. I hope the pictures below will do its self-explanatory job! :)

So I have a cute kain...
Sew the skirt and added lining

Sew the edges...
I had to switch to this foot for the tali's holes...
Hobbit helped me with the strings...
Can you see the mess? :) So this is where you 'ikat' your string...
Sew the edges...Then viola! :)
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