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Saturday, November 29, 2008

All I Want for Christmas is a...

Adjustable Dressform! HAHA i'm weird.

I can't seem to find any places in singapore that actually sell one. Anybody has any advice/suggestions on where i can possibly find one? Amazon sells but they don't ship to singapore direct... I'll be forced to ask my sister to ship it over for me if it comes to that. Hm.

posted by zIxU 6:14 AM

Sunday, November 23, 2008


It is sad, sad that i can only have proper time to read my new books that arrived not too long ago after the exams that end on the 1st of Dec! Bought the Sew U from amazon and the Sew U Home Stretch from dorothy of dottedlineshop.com, and they do seem quite comprehensive. Now i know exactly how to do overlocking using a home sewing machine...

posted by zIxU 6:53 PM

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


The lack of updates due to the sheer amount of work to do for my design module is disturbing and depressing. Anw, i managed to squeeze in a few hours over the past weekend to complete sewing the buttons i brought from China Town onto a plain white T-shirt.

The X was done with some scraps of cloth lying about. The theme of treasure hunt did not turn out as successful as i hoped it to be, but its still quite ok i think. The buttons took quite a while to sew, maybe 3-5 mins each because i had to change the thread for the needle every time i move to a next button so that the thread matches. Haha.

Shall go back to making a dress soon though! I keep putting off the skirt scheme because... i just like dresses the most!

posted by zIxU 3:06 PM

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


So i brought this fabric while we were shopping for Rag stuff! Its really retro and very funky.

Macro view of the frabic. It is interesting to consider the concept that patterns/designs look different when viewed as a whole.. Hm.

Anyway, considering converting it into a skirt, but i'm still exploring whether to make an asymmetrical one or not, whether to make it super flare or A line. Actually i've got some sketches, shall post it up soon (If the crazy arki schedule permits that is)!

posted by zIxU 11:12 AM

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Peter Pan Collar!

This dress was done when i was still learning at kadomay's dressmaking. It was a princess cutting dress and this dress took far longer than the previous few that i showed so far. Thats because there is a collar and sleeves. Yes its those dreaded things. But i thought it would be quite nice with some peterpan styled collars and some short sleeves.

The dress was slightly flared out which i thought the soft material would bring out nicely.

Close up of the floral pattern on the fabric. It was embroidered on rather then printed which explains why the fabric was quite expensive.

And the customary card that goes along!

The dress in the nice box that i bought from ikea together with the handmade card!

posted by zIxU 11:32 AM

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Invisible Pockets!

It is now almost a point to explore something new everything time i sew something and this time it was invisible pockets! This dress took about 30 hours to make, working on it on and off for the past 2 months. Anw, this was how it started out, but feedback from the future wearer said she wanted it sleeveless so the sleeves were removed. The hem line was supposed to be rounded but unfortunately i think i didn't draw the paper pattern to be distinct enough and it turned out not very obvious.

The design that was picked from 3 initial ones.

Dress with the rough sketch.

The connection point of the front and back at the hem line. This part was quite difficult to sew and make it continuous was the cloth tended to clump up at that point as it rises up and descends downwards instead of being even leveled for a normal hem line.
Exterior View.

As you can see, the rounded hemline just wasn't very distinct.

Making the invisible pockets was the hardest part. Now that i have finished making the dress, then i realized that you actually have to plan before hand the existence of invisible pockets (Unless normal pockets where u can still just slap the on) and not attempt to cut slits after you already finish sewing the dress.

Marking out the positions of the invisible pocket.

I ended up cutting the slits using my 30 degree arki olfa penknife on a arki cutting mat.

The slit was originally 12 cm, but in the process of making the pockets, the slits were accidently widened a little bit to 12.5 cm.

I didnt take any pictures of the weird method in which i installed the pocket though.

The invisible pocket when opened. There is this strip of cloth that you can see in this photo because the funny unorthodox method that i used to stop the top part of the pocket from freying inevitably caused that.

I got the fabric from a shop in Arab Street. If i remember the cost correctly, i got 2m of it for 18 dollars. But the really stupid thing was that i had to go down and get another metre of it because i originally accidently cut TWO left back parts of the dress and i ended up not having cloth to remake a correct right back part. In the end i used the extra left back part to experiment with making the pocket. Haha.

Anw, right now i'm currently projectless with regards to dressmaking, but term has started and its already starting to take its toll. I was thinking of making something layered next, but that will only happen if time permits!

posted by zIxU 12:41 AM

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

SDE Rag Costumes!

SDE just had its rag day a few days ago, and it was a davestatingly sad day that we didnt win anything. But nevertheless it was great fun and very satisfying to sew the costumes for the dancers. We had 3 types of costumes - fairies, aliens and humans.

Humans wore their own black/white work clothes so we didnt have to make anything for them.

For the aliens though, we made armour out of double ply cardboard and painted rather cool designs on them. We wanted to achieve this apocalyptic look and therefore we painted the rather battered and war torn effects on their armor. Actually the armor went through many revisions, from having initially spikes on the shoulders to having asymmetrical hip plates.

We also painted fierce tatoos design on both their arms and face using blackpaint and our oh so lovable green camo cream.
Aliens during the static display.

Standard issue alien (although he was carrying the Alien King's pole)

And the alien king (With 3 other raggers). He had tatoos on both his arms instead of just one and he also had this especially cool head gear. The "dreadlocks" were made from black painted plastic tubes attached to a hairband. 2 black elastic bands also had to be used to keep the headgear in place.

But to me, the most exciting costumes to make of all are of course the fairies, since we had to sew from fabric from scratch.

Faries during the static judging portion during Rag Day. The pink colored faries are the standard issue ones, while the fairy in the maroon dress is the Fairy Godmother.

Close up of the normal fairy. It was a simple tube dress with elastic sewed at the bust area. The wings were just white organza attached to the backpart of the dress and then tied to their fingers. They also made a tiara with a large pearl on it for them.

Closeup of the fairy godmother. I made the dress for her and also did the facepainting. A friend did up the tiara and it was modelled after the one that liv tyler wore for her role as Arwen and it was absolutely stunning. Anyway the dress was also a tube dress, but longer than the normal fairies. It was originally supposed to be spilling out onto the floor, but because of functional reasons (She had to dance), i had to sadly chop off some length so that it ends right after the ankle, and it became much less elegant. The bust area was not held up using elastic though, but it was done in the similiar method to a corset. I inserted a wire into it to maintain the shape, and i thought the V dip in the middle of the bust area added a nice touch to it.

I also added some beads/pearls of varying size/colors to the front. I wanted this diminishing effect, this dense centralized area in the middle and a slow trickling effect towards the bottom and the sides. These 2 pictures were taken in the process of sewing on those beads and it took approximately 3 hours to hand sew everything on. And it was seriously hell tiring and boring to be repetitively sewing the same thing. Haha.

Anw, the dress consisted of a top and the skirt combined with this V shaped joint at the waist area. I didnt take any pictures of this part though and i can't do so anymore since i gave away the dress to the fairy godmother to keep. Yeah the fabric was also extremely soft and made it all the harder to sew since the fabric kept moving about as i was machine sewing the thing. Had to unpick seams quite a few times due to the cloth clumping up at places.

The dress took approximately 25 plus hours to make in total, but quite some time was spent trying to figure out how to make the corset portion since i've never tried using wire ever. And oh yes actually i had to make TWO of this dresses, since there was this portion of the dance that required the fairy godmother to move from one place to another quickly and the only way to do it was to have TWO fairy godmothers. Had to make another dress for this 10 second segment where the fairy godmother emerges from this lotus flower. Haha. The 2nd dress took faster to complete though, one entire night and day of sewing did the trick.

It was mega great fun to be conceptualizing the dress and making it though, and it is a bit sad that rag is over.


posted by zIxU 11:32 AM

Monday, August 11, 2008

Arki Drafting Top!

This was done during the 3 months holidays and it took approximately 20 hours in total (spread out over 2-3 weeks) to complete. It was inspired by this particular top that i saw on zipia.net.

But i decided to make it sleeveless and collarless since i just wasn't in the mood to tackle those 2 things which are the hardest part of making any dress/top. I can't remember exactly why i choose to use that particular checkered pattern fabric though.

But anw, i decided to add an interesting touch to it, that is to include a front central pocket. It was my first time sewing pockets, so it was quite fun to experiment. But thats not just an ordinary pocket. Thats because the pocket is not one gigantic pocket but actually slots for 5 pens! Drafting pens to be precise. One for each particular pen thickness. You can see a 0.1mm, a 0.2mm, a 0.3mm, a 0.5mm and 0.7mm. When its all slotted in nicely, its really quite colorful!

Hairstylists always wear a pouch around their waist to store their scissors/tools and everything so i thought, hey can't you have the same concept as when your drafting your architecture panels? Pens always roll all over the place and when time is so precious, it would be nice if you know exactly where and where your pens are!

I didn't really take any in-the-process-of-making pictures, but i shall do so for future projects. In fact, i'm currently making a dress right now, and i already took quite a few pictures of some details while sewing the thing.

Oh and as this was a gift, there is always the customary 2D paper version of the dress with instructions and everything on it. Haha.

Ok its time to go off , especially since term starts once again tomorrow. I shall post pictures up of the fairy godmother costumes that i did for our SDE (School of Design and Environment)'s Rag soon!


posted by zIxU 5:48 AM

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Tools of the trade

A cook has his stove, knives, chopping board etc, while a doctor has his stethoscope, thermometer etc.

And I've got my own tools of the trade:

My trusty Janome sewing machine. Can't remember where my sister bought it, but it currently sells at Mustafa for abt 700 bucks.

A close up view of where the actual creation takes place.

Where i store my tailor's chalk, measuring tape, needles, pins and stuff.

posted by zIxU 6:45 AM

First Post!

After scouring around the net for singaporean design/sewing blogs/websites, i come to the conclusion that there arnt any! Maybe there are and i just couldnt find them, but i've decided that it would be a good idea to start up one.

Clothes/fashion is something that i find extremely facinating. I believe that what you wear makes a statement regarding your personality. Clashing mismatch clothes could show that you don't really care much about appearances. Sexy, fashionable attire could reveal that you are more outspoken and hope to leave good impressions on people. And then some people based what they wear on their mood of the day. Its all very very interesting. And i find myself always noticing what people wear and matching that to their personalities that i observed.

And I always thought that it is infinitely more cool and interesting to be able to tell people that you created/designed something, rather than bought it. It is the satisfaction of seeing what you imagined in your head, sketched out on paper, translated into something real, something that can be worn by people. It makes me extremely happy to see people wear what i made.

Anway through this blog hopefully i can share with you my designs that i've made. Tips and tricks on sewing and my thoughts regarding fashion on the whole.

posted by zIxU 6:39 AM

Dress To Impress

Dress To Impress was created to provide an avenue to share with the world my works and experiences of one of my passions in life - Dressmaking!


The inclination towards fashion and dressmaking first started after dabbling with modification of some t-shirts/tops to give friends as presents. Then i realized that it would be far more interesting to create things from scratch and forked out the cash to learn dressmaking for over half a year at Kadomay's Dressmaking before uni started. It was sad that i had to stop after completing the beginner's course due to time constrains.

Oh and i'm currently studying at NUS Architecture. Yeah generally i just like to design and watch things come into actualization!

Contact me at:
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