26 September 2009

Accepting orders from 1st October

Hope you guys had a blast for Raya!

Just to let you know, I will start offering my bead sewing service 1st October 2009! I can't wait~.

Also! There is a change in my Contact Number. Pasal this is prettier than my old number, yatah I changed it. Haha. My new (and hopefully permanent hehe) is


20 September 2009


I would like to wish everyone...

Maaf Zahir dan Batin

From: Rai

It has been a great Ramadan. Alhamdulillah. Till next year. :(

PS: Off to bead my baju~ Picture next week. Owh and drive carefully tomorrow.

13 September 2009

Inspiration: High End Jewellery

When I am bored, I usually browse jewellery websites. Especially Bvlgari, Cartier, De Beers and Tiffany Co. to cuci mata. Just soooo gorgeousss.. u may never know, One day...it might be my engagement ring. BAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHAHAA! yeah. right. Dream big girls...dream big~~~ baiktah pakai duit untuk naik haji. *buzkill*
Picture above - My favvvv: the cushion cut. i think its also known as the legacy by tifany and co. (can go up to 500 000 pounds). the yummy cushion cut. ahhh. jangantah berabis...1 carat saja. (saja!?). The price range starts from almost 9000 pounds. So thats 20ish thousand brunei dollars. BAHAHAHA! balum lagi kawin, baru bertunang sudah labih2 and broke. As my bf said, 'dapat men deposit kereta tu.' HAHAHA. damn mun kerita damit, u can even get one. i think you can even have trip around the world for honeymoon.

Anywayyy! That is not the purpose of this post. U know how some manik designs especially for the leher are sooooooooo Beautifull that it seems like you are wearing a necklace. So, it just pop out of my mind that, why dont you follow the high end jewellery designs and use it as the bead designs on your leher.

Here are some of the 'icings' that i have found. These are statement jewelleries that cost as much as a house or even a mansion, which can only be worn (and afforded) by the queen of Brunei. Im not kidding, some cost 1 million plus pounds.

So imagine wearing the 1 million sterling pounds necklace on top of your baju kurung. ok. Now, imagine that necklace is actually bead designs on the neckline of your baju kurung. Lawa jua tuuuuu.

For example for the Tiffany and Co Rantai Below, mcm use manik for the strings and sew teardrop shape by using pink manik for the crystals. so it will give the illusion that your are wearing the necklace when actually it is a perfectly arranged beads! Prettyyy. There r some more to feast the eyes. Yummyyy....

Picture Below: De Beers, This very much reminds me of what the queen would wear. Utter awesomeness.

Picture below: Very very unique. imagine this is the bead designs on your neckline. Maybe on a navy blue chiffon with silver and light blue beads. Very modern and conspicuous sp?. You can see the contrast. Andthen you end it with some dangling manik .

TIP: To give it an extra sparkle (that diamond look), use SMALL highlight beads instead of the normal size beads. and double the lines so it becomes thicker. This will give more shine to it. Time consuming, but very 'sparkly'.

Another tip: If you have done this, try to neutralise the baju by NOT doing anything to the rest of the baju. Very understated beauty.

Another Tip: On the contrary, to the bling-blingers, sprinkle some swarovski crystal around it for the extra shine.

Bye guys! Assalamualaikum

08 September 2009

60s theme

Right, as requested, after doing some research, here are some sketches on baju raya in the 60s 70s.

Before I begin, from what i have found, the 60s baju is very much similar to the fashion nowadays but the difference is in terms of the fitting and length.

First one is a baju kurung labuh.
Quote from mum: "labuh banar tuuu baju kurung nya". so yeah. Before you are wondering...the difference between 60s baju kurung and the baju kurung now. baju kurung in the 60s...
#1 the fitting is loose. think baju opah that end ABOVE your knee
#2 there is a pocket (similar to pocket cara melayu) under you left boobs (bust?). (this is important)
#3 skirts - fitted and end ABOVE the ankle.
#4 the fabric used are usually transparent, labuh, and karau (stiff). so think, plain organza (not chiffon). match it with a non glossy fabric of a similar colour as the inner dress as shown in the sketches below.
#5 MUST MUST MUST adorn your baju with gold brassy brooches yang oversized. avoid the sparkly ones yg bekilat2 (thats too modern)

And ofcourse to the fashionistas, below, is the kebaya pendek.
unlike the baju kurung above, the kebaya should be

#1 veryyy short. end slightly above your hip
#2 veryy tight fitting (as my mum said - think SALOMA) lol.
#3 kebaya pendek with fold at the front for the top. (very fitted) modern ones have no fold di dapan. but kebaya in the 60s HAS FOLD.
#4 fabrics : top should be french lace type with lining of same colour
: skirt should be kain batik (not sarong - thats for nyonya type). batik should be the abstract ones mcm batik from indonesia.
#5 skirt : it should have kipas at the front. it can be at the middle or at the front of your thigh. keep it tight.
#6 and again it is all about the right accessories. go for vintage brassy oversized brooches. in fact go for the kerongsang? sp? brooches (the set of 3 brooches). prettyy...

AND THE BEST OF ALL! for both of these baju,


shorten your sleeves so it ends two inches before your wrists AND
your kain should be above your ankle! be daring. show off your ankle. by doing this, you can show off your favourite sexiest strappy sandals without looking weird cos in those times, having a short skirt is very common. infact stylish. SO TAKE OUT YOUR SEXIEST HEELS ladiesss! *matching colour*. yummy.

that would be gorgeous.

hope that helps.

PS: in terms of fabric. it is not necessarily what i stated. it is up to you. you may even used thai silk. However, i just think thai silk is used too often and it is also too modern. Besides, since it IS a raya celebration, lace would give a more glamorous touch~


07 September 2009

Quick Update: 60s/70s theme

Assalamualaikum Everyone. Hope everyones doing fine.

I have managed to get information on fashion with 60s and 70s theme. I think I have an idea. I'll post the sketches soon.


06 September 2009


Phewhh. Watermarking everything is hardwork! hehe. Anyway here are most of the highlights picture i found that I did for the last four years.

From 1st October 2009, Highlights will be $50. This varies slightly if your pattern has more or less flowers? or designs? than the average. But most of the time, it will be $50. I shall make a price list soon in the column on the right. SO its easier for you.

Its usually a mixed of slanting lines and simple straight lines. I usually add different types of shape and sizes such as manik round, cylindrical, sequins or labuci and some studs and some swarovski crystals. this varies on different patterns and fabric.



Hope that helps!

Quick Update

Assalamualaikum, hows fasting treating you?

Good news. Alhamdulillah. After packing everything,

I have finally found the pictures of manik designs that i have done for the past 4 years. How I wish i know how to make a gallery for this website. There are hundred of picture to show you guys!

Im trying to add watermarks to the pictures. its taking ages~ so itll be up in a bit.

Does any of you know, how to have photo gallery with blogspot. dont say flicker picasa, it drove me nuts. heh heh.