31 July 2009
29 July 2009
- He designed our course! (usually, this course was done by another tutor). SO yay! lucky us.
- The best method of sewing is by hand because it has no tension given by a sewing machine.
- There is only one person in United Kingdom that hand sew a suit. ONLY ONE. It takes her 3 months to finish it and cost around 25000. Our tutor estimated that it would increase to 35000 in 10 years because of its rarity.
- Couture - in UK, from his experience (our tutor works in or have -not sure- a couture house in London); couture garments start from 500pounds to 25000 pounds.
- It is expensive not because how it is sewn, seams etc, but due to the accurate fitting of the garment to the body.
- He works for Liberty Dept Store (Gorgeous dept store - aku suka dalamnya. And tudungnya :P) , then he also worked in nicole farhi. Awesomee...
- He said - he would never want to see our work on topshop. because it is predictable and boring and low quality.
- He said - Mrs M&S (mark and spencers) are boring. colours are dull.
- He said - couture made by ourself is better even than dior (!!!), because any readymade garments follows a pre-specified body measurement and height!
24 July 2009
Picture below: After done with sewing I have to deal with my zipper. So back to the workroom. SO it will be bang in the middle and perfect. I have to pin, then jahit tangan THEN sew. But I love the end product.
Picture below: Ignore the blue chalk. hehe. salah label. Look at the shoulders, the plus sign seams! and the gathers on the sleeve! I did that! Alhamdulillah. Awal awal I was like, what the hell am I doing. Especially sleeves! my dress was all over the sewing machine! Mcm kemana kan tujunya niii?? Hahaha! Apparently, this is how a couture seam looks like. Basically, neat, flat, barely there seams.
If we did wrong, this is what he will say " ahhh, the home made look....no no no...you must do this..." or " ahhh, you can get this in the high street, but you dont want that...".
The dress form I was talking about in the previous posts. There are several in our work room. This is also where our teacher showed the curves and how to do darts and stuff.
And you can't see it from the pictures, we were taught how to press, you know for kipas on kain, seams, trousers or pleats on kain apa. Tips to get the perfect crispy line on trousers! Clue: Ironing it is not enough!
22 July 2009
13 July 2009
Well, thats the first thing I thought when I saw it. But instead of using the satin as the kain, it is used for the top. and the sheer pulang bottom. Very interesting. I like the sleeve. Very unique.
I love the way it emphasise the crystals at the kain and sleeve instead of the bottom of the baju. Can u imagine if your tabur was this much. Bling blingyy. Tepijak the ones on the kain lagi tu. Haha. The fashion show took place at the Grand Palace in Paris. Among all fashion show, I love Karl Lagerfield the most! Its very simplistic yet elegant and classic. Very Chanel. Some day...
And another thing, if u ask me, i rather have the quilted ballet flats than the 2.55. Its so eeurgh. Can that bag be anymore boring. Altho, I dont mind having it just because its a must have. *shallow allert* Apologies.
12 July 2009
Lesson: Dont despair when you think your baju is not what you wanted. Trust me, when its almost raya. Some tailors rush. I understand, They just have to. They don't have enough sleep. They are our heroes at these time of the year.
I love it. Love it. First it was Matthew Williamson. Now its Azzaro. *shriek* All her (referring to Vanessa the designer for Azzaro) dresses looks so amazingg. Perfect example is this black mini dress. ANd its longsleeve so u can actually vision it as a baju kurung.
Who knew simple arrangements of the crystals (picture below) can make a baju look so expensive (well this baju is B$6000+, it is expensive but thats not my point...) Rephrase: If it was for raya baju that is inspired by this dress. The focal point is on your thigh. Very creative . Although if it was me I would make it into a shorter baju kurung pendek and let it 'hang' on my hip. Gorgeous.
I love Azzaro because their dresses are so creative. Different then the generic beadworks on collars, sleeves etc. I remember looking at one of their ribbon nude dress, let me check. It is FAB.
let me see~ Here it is! Nude dress! lovely. You can't really see the huge ribbon at the bottom of the dress. But it is so unique and creative. Maybe something to think about for your raya maybe?
Tips: If u have a boring plain baju raya (make sure its fitted) and bored of it. Make a giant ribbon at the bottom. Just like Azzaro. HOWEVER! If you gonna make the giant ribbon, PLS STICK TO THE EXACT SAME KAIN AS YOUR BAJU KURUNG. If not, it'll just be tacky and fashion victim-ie usulnya. haha. Or in another perspective, BOLD. way too bold.
PS: In the nude dress picture, she's wearing Jimmy Choo~. *adores*
09 July 2009
I should NOT be blogging at this time. I have a meeting with my supervisor lusa on my literature review and methodology for my dissertation. I am drowning with journals. Eventhough its not hard, u can get really stressed just by reading one journal after another. And draw mind map so everything will connect, then making sure ive been selective enough for it. Not to mention my methodology! Gawwddd why can't my dad be a multi millionaire. So i dont need to study this much. Haha. Enough said
So I found same cool stuff on tips and advice on what clothes that can slim you down on the net. There are TONNES. So do try googling it. Anyway, so some of these tips can be incorporated it to baju kurung.
So hope this helps:
For the busty: An oversize, random print acts like camoflage and makes your bust look smaller. Maybe this is usually the reason why ppl do wear baju kurung.
But please be careful, baju kurung despite its simplicity, it can seriously go wrong. Baju kurung Biasa (the loose ones, straight cut style) are not supposed to be a maternity clothing !!! (unless it is intentional). The shoulder width should be exactly the size of you shoulder! If more,the shoulder pad will be sagging to the side and u'll look like u gain 10 pounds!
And, at the hip, the width should be around 4 inches extra of your hip. SO say you're 36inch, then the width should be 40 inch MAX.
You can only do more (than 4 inch) if it was a chiffon (super duper soft fabric) so it can flow and do use a tube top or tight layers inside. I love chiffon because it can give a slimming silhouette if done correctly. For organza and lace (fabrics that are heavy but sheer ), stick to the 4 inch allowance (or space..whatever u call it).
For the Plus size: No big, floppy shapes! DO keep it simple.
TIPS: Avoid frills and big sleeves (like thos kimono style, batwings styles - I understand they are stylish but they are not forgiving to your body) The best style would be, Baju kurung fesyen (the contoured ones) and thick fabrics. Gorgeous, body hugging and simple.
Wear small prints (bunga yg damit damit), AVOID big prints <-- trust me on this, dulu i disagree but i was so wrong, somehow bunga basar2 makes you look fat. ishh.
dark colours are better, light cream is your worst enemy, unless you are tall. Atu pun, dark colours would be way better. It adds pound to the body.
Sometimes, you dont really bothered about the complexity of fabric and designs. This is a USEFUL TIP:
iF YOU ARE WEARING TUDONG
using 'clip tudong' at the front which is around your chest will vitually make u look skinnier. Not kidding. Especially with baju kurung fesyen. (clip tudong are similar to scarf clips that pinches the scarf together)
pinning the front end parts of your tudong to the side on your shoulder with brooch, (you know mcm ujung tudong yg kesiring mcm nasyid inspired style :P) will emphasise your waist. (I hope u guys get it. I tried sketching it, but its hopeless). So those who are concerned with your waist, AVOID THIS!
IF YOU ARE NOT WEARING TUDONG:
Collar is everything!!!
If you have a well defined chin, and would like to emphasise on it, SQUARE COLLAR
If you are too busty, and would like it to appear smaller, SCOOP NECK (careful to not show too much cleavage), it's hari raya a celebration after fasting. Emphasize this to your tailor. Marah nini karang~ I know mine would.
If you are not comfortable with your body. Avoid CREW NECK, BOAT NECK - the ones yg damit collarnya. And it will also make busty babes more busty (trust me, not in a good way)
V-neck is a safe bet. The larger the V, the skinnier you look. My tip would be, to make a V neck that ends inbetween you bust and belly button and use a tube inside. Its as if you have lost weight. ANd you can emphasive the collar with beautiful bead designs~.
Black is slimming and always look expensive. I think a black coloured baju kurung is as important as an LBD. If you think it is dull, add colourful manik or embroidery and use different type of fabrics. Make it work~
Keep the top of your baju and the bottom in the same colour! or the same colour scheme. Having different colour might be stylo, but not as slimming as sticking to the same colour top and bottom.
These are just tips on top of my head. There are more! and as i said ALL THE TIME, it really is up to you. If you have the mood to be bold, just break all this rules. Just be confident and be a style diva baby. Rules are meant to be broken anywayy...
OMG. Must go. Work work work.