Friday, 29 January 2010

Dramatic reveal!

Today I completed the project for which these rabbit buttons were intended. And I am totally happy with the result!

I bought this black coat in Japan -- it came with ordinary flat black plastic buttons and so looked very unexciting, though I liked the cut and the collar. And I kept seeing adorable Japanese print fabrics being sold at random tourist traps and wanted to buy them, even though I didn't know what I'd do with them. So I thought: why not combine the two?

I'd seen coats before with floral print cloth-covered buttons -- I think Dahlia does them? So I had an idea of what kind of colour and print I wanted. I went to a craft shop and bought a button-covering kit and some bunny print fabric and brought them home with me, and when I came home and had a free minute I did the buttons.

At the time I finished the buttons I'd sent the coat for dry-cleaning, so I was only able to sit down and sew the buttons on today. This YouTube video by Jenny T. was extremely helpful! I guess I could've figured out how to do it on my own, but I wanted to do them properly.

My main concern was that I'd sew the buttons at irregular distances so that the coat wouldn't lie properly when buttoned up, but I think it turned out OK. Thank you, Jenny T.!

I only did the bunny buttons. The buttons on the cuffs have more of a floral motif and were pre-done, as it were; I bought them separately.

What it looks like on. \o/ It's given the coat a whole new look for a minimal amount of effort, so I'm very pleased.

- Zen

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Feeling kinda Sungei Wangish today

I think it looks a wee bit less Sungei Wangish without the leggings, but the leggings are necessary because it is so short! When I'm back in the UK I'll try it with a black jacket and black tights and see how that looks. I love the embroidery, anyway, though I'm ambivalent on the lace trim at the hem.

Grey dress with embroidery from Chet boutique at Dataran Sunway; Scarlet lace-trimmed leggings and Massimo Colcera pour Schu purple satin flats stolen from my mom.

- Zen

Monday, 18 January 2010





I feel ridiculously accomplished, even though these were super easy to make.

What am I going to do with these buttons? Tune in at some undetermined point in the future to find out!

- Zen

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Pants post

After years of slouching around in ill-fitting, uncomfortable jeans, I converted finally and decidedly to dresses, and have yet to look back. You guys, dresses are so much more comfortable. Provided you get the right kind, they don't squeeze you in awkward places, they don't leave grooves on your skin from having dug in all day, and once you've put a dress on, you're dressed -- no need to worry about finding a nice top or anything like that.

I suppose all of that except the last statement could be said of jeans, but it's way harder for pear-shaped me to find jeans that fit comfortably. And dresses, it must be said, are more exciting.

I still do find it difficult to resist a nice pair of shorts, but let's blame that on upbringing. Who doesn't wear shorts, so near the equatorial? I have lots of pairs, but I haven't been able to find a satisfactory pair of high-waisted shorts. I think they are so cute!

These were pretty nice, but I go back and forth on denim shorts -- they're a little too Daisy Duke for me. Besides, they were RM90, and I wasn't really about to pay RM90 for a pair of shorts.

Then I found these slouchy ankle-skimming trousers in a lovely soft tweed. Now this is an office-appropriate look I could get behind.

It's a cut I've seen and liked on other people but have always doubted would work on myself. I thought they looked pretty good when I'd tried them on, though. They are also charming dressed down with a more casual top, so I got them.

If you would like a simple, well-cut black jacket from Etam discounted from £50 down to RM50 and you are a size 34, 40 or 42, you should go to FOS in 1 Utama! Sadly 34 is a wee too small for me -- it fit, but not when I was wearing anything with sleeves under it -- so I left it. I think it would be nice for work!

- Zen