Saturday, July 25, 2009


They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself
Andy Warhol, Artist

it's been 1 year and 1 month since i left the corporate world to embark on this fashion design adventure.

business has been brisk for this fashion fledging thanks to all my friends who have so much faith in me. i was woken this morning by an sms to say anna's black bustier and skirt was a hit at last night's party, and she's going to send me some pics. can't wait to try posting one on this blog.

and she wants another one in a different style and colour.

i love it when people like wearing my clothes and i love it even more when they ask me to make more stuff!

Friday, July 24, 2009

i signed up today!

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
Maria Robinson, Writer

went back to SML today. in the reception, the dress forms held a new set of students' work, just as impressive as the ones i saw before.

put pen to cheque book and i'm starting on monday! I've signed up for the certificate courses in fashion design and women's tailoring.

though i'm familar with pattern-making, i have to start all over at beginners/intermediate level before moving on to the advanced and draping courses. that's because SML's drafts are totally different. i was a teeny weeny bit disappointed i won't be able to do the avant garde stuff for 6 months.

until madam tan, the principal, said the displays were done by students on the beginner/intermediate course. wow!

if that's what beginners/intermediates can do, i really wonder what the advance students come up with.

also met jasmi the design teacher......cute, funky guy and very pleasant and helpful. he showed me samples of mood boards and a journal and explained the course syllabus in depth. the students have to make up their designs. which is great, as i get to go through the full design, pattern making and tailoring process.

monday, hurry up!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

embarking on a new journey

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher (604 BC - 531 BC)

i've been a fan of the innovative japanese designers for years, especially yohji yamamoto and junya watanabe, who started their fashion life at the bunka fashion college in tokyo. so i was really excited to learn that SML fashion academy teaches the japanese method of pattern making.

the school is on the 1st floor of a rather bland shop lot in jalan bukit bintang. one could easily miss the entrance tucked among the mamak restaurants and busy bukit bintang shoplets. it took me a few tries but i finally found them.

because the school was in a shoplot, i did feel a tinge of doubt as i was walking up the stairs to the first floor. after all KL & PJ are full of "fashion schools" teaching basic dress making, which is great if that's what you want to do. in fact, my first course, many many moons ago, was with a lady called mary in a shoplot in ipoh who introduced me to the joys of dressmaking. this time though, i wanted to do something more creative.

once into the reception!

the students' work on display looked like they had come off the paris runway. looking closely at one of the designs, i realised the creator had woven strips of shaded soft netting into fabric and made up a gown which could be converted into a short dress.

this was exactly the sort of thing that i wanted to do.
not just make clothes (though i enjoy doing that a lot), but create fashion. i want to make art from fabric and take my skills to the next level.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

sewing is taking over my home and life

sewing is slowly taking over my life and my home.
or at least my dining area, which is basically 1/2 the living area which occupies most of the 790 sq. ft. i live in.

it all began when i decided an industrial machine would enhance my sewing experience.

the only spot for it was at the far end of the dining room where the sideboard is, near the shoe cabinet and front door.

well, i didn't want any fabric accidently touching shoes or any dust which may blow in from the front door. So i bought a full length cupboard to block off the entrance area. i placed it so the cupboard doors were next to the front door.

that worked great.
the cupboard now holds all the shoes, plus i have room for all the other stuff one leaves lying around the front door.

of course, that meant i had to move the dining table.

now the chandelier is not directly on top of the dining table any more. and of course the side board had to be moved to accomodate the machine. oh, and the wall lights which were above the sideboard and now above the sewing machine is now not bright enough. and there are no wall plug points for the machine.

the back of the new cupboard is next to the machine which makes it a great place for a memo board. that means sticking some corkboard on so i can pin up sewing designs, notes, reminders etc.

time to get maintenance in.
ummm, since he's going to disrupt my life anyway, might as well dig out the (long) list of other maintenance jobs waiting to be done so he can disrupt my life all in one go rather than in tortuous installments.

now all i have to do is to find a spot for the two dress forms i bought........