Archive for the ‘ClothesLine’ Category


May 21, 2011

Despite my lofty goals at the beginning of the year, I have made only two dresses so far. If I plan to fulfill my sewing goal, then I really need to step up my game.  Below are the two dresses I made, perfect for my as of yet non-existent summerline, combining vintage fabric and tweed.  The first dress I just completed today.  It took me about 3 hours, and for once, everything went right when I constructed it (i.e., no running out of bobbin, no need for the seam ripper, no thread changes, etc.).  The second dress I made on March 11, the day of the devastating Japanese earthquake/tsunami, which resulted in a day-off for most workers here in Hawai’i as we were under a tsunami warning.  This dress took me 6 hours because everything went wrong.  If only I could hire someone for dirt cheap to sew my clothesline for me I’d be stoked.  I absolutely love buying fabric and putting different fabric prints together.  I just hate the actual construction of it.  Nevertheless, since I finally have more time to be productive as summer has started, I plan on recreating the below two dresses as part of my summerline that I hope to start selling in August.

Vintage cotton fabric + tweed

Vintage polyester fabric + tweed


Newest Vintage Creation

August 30, 2010

Dress made from vintage blue material found at a White Elephant sale.

Vintage Reincarnation: Bold Green Dress

July 28, 2010

I found the vintage green fabric at a white elephant sale last year and paired it with a fuschia lycra from Fabric Mart. I haven't yet decided whether to keep this dress long, or chop it short, right below the print.

Fashion Heritage

June 1, 2010

Some of the earliest memories of my grandma came from shopping trips she, my mom, and myself took to Hilo to shop at a boutique in the old Kaiko’o Shopping Center (long before Prince Kuhio Plaza was built and spelled the doom of Kaiko’o which then eventually became government offices) so that my grandma could buy sharp-looking suits she would wear to church. Once, she bought a fuschia-colored skirt and jacket suit that she totally rocked.  She certainly loved color, and I think my love of fuschia comes straight from her.  In fact, my mom says that I got my love of clothes from my grandma.  It’s true– whenever I go shopping, I always think, “Grandma would of loved this.”  Hence my newest fuschia purchase:

Fuschia Heels from the Nine West Outlet

Vintage Reincarnated: Pink + Green Tropical Floral Belt

May 27, 2010

Here is the green version of the black dress I featured the last time from Target.  In order to break up the monotony of the green, I paired the dress with a belt I made from a vintage pink & green tropical floral print.

Green Dress from Target + Vintage Pink & Green Tropical Floral Belt

Pink + Green: A cool, soothing color combo.

Vintage Reincarnated: Reversible Wave Belt

May 25, 2010

Although I hardly ever wear black, I absolutely could not resist this black dress at Target because it had such a retro, 60s vibe. However, to give it a burst of color, I paired it with a belt I made a while back from two different vintage 60s/70s garments–the first, a white & red polyester wave print dress that I assume was inspired by Hokusai’s most famous print The Great Wave off Kanagawa; and the second, an orange polyester flower & fan print dress.

Black Dress from Target + Vintage Reversible Wave Belt

Out of all the vintage fabrics I have found over the years, this white & red wave print is my absolute favorite. The first time I found a garment with this fabric was at a white elephant sale. The second time I found a garment with this fabric (talk about being lucky!) was at a Goodwill store.

The reverse side of the vintage belt.

Fabric belts are extremely easy to make.  First, cut 2x enough length and any width of fabric.  Then, sew the 2 pieces together with the right sides facing each other, leaving a small opening in which you can then turn the fabric right side out.  Lastly, stitch the opening closed.  If you want to use vintage 60s/70s fabrics, probably the best place to look is at white elephant sales (but get there early!). Ten years ago, I used to find my vintage fabric at Savers, but ever since more and more designers started to use vintage prints in their collections, it became harder to find vintage garments at Savers.  Or, perhaps I’m just too picky when choosing what vintage prints I want to work with.  After all, I do not buy anything that I would not wear also.

Take A Chance: Orange + Pink

April 22, 2010

I have loved shopping at Target ever since the first time I stepped into a Target in Utah several years ago.  I probably would have bought a lot more stuff at that first visit if the store hadn’t been closing.  From the $2 half-gallons of Meadow Gold Coconut-Macadamia Nut ice cream (how come they don’t sell that flavor here in Hawai’i?) to the $10 tops that looked exactly like ones that FCUK made for a lot more $, Target was simply the best store ever.  Thus, I was beyond excited when Target announced that they were finally coming to Hawai’i.

Turns out, though, that Target in Hawai’i was not as cheap as Target in Utah.  However, that’s not really surprising given that everything is more expensive in Hawai’i.  Nevertheless, the argument in Hawai’i soon started that Wal-Mart is still cheaper than Target.  I must admit that I never did any scientific comparison of prices at both stores, but I still tend to get the basics from Wal-Mart.  On the other hand, when I want cool home items, gifts, or clothing, I go to Target because Target simply has way cooler stuff than Wal-Mart.  You know that stuff you buy that ends up cluttering your home but is just too fun too resist?  Well, I am very guilty of buying things from Target that I don’t really need. That’s the reason that I try not to go to Target too much, especially around Easter time.  After all, I can’t resist buying things that have bunnies on them.  Anyhows, on a recent visit to Target, I browsed through the clothing section and found the cutest dress:

Fun Wear: This joyful orange & pink geometric-print Merona Dress retails for $45.99 at Target locations in Hawai'i.

I have never been much of an orange fan.  However, when paired with pink, orange becomes one of my favorite colors.  After all, what better way to start spring than rockin’ orange and pink?  Dress it up with some bold accessories like the ones below:

Don't Forget to Accessorize: Kate Spade jewelry, such as these earrings, bangle, and ring, come in bright colors that add a touch of fun and whimsy to one's attire. Look for great deals on Kate Spade jewelry at Ebay.

Take a chance on orange + pink this season.  It will certainly brighten your day and that of everyone else around you.  After all, you’ll be rockin’ two of the absolute happiest colors out there!