Wellmade clothing

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This top was a gift from my aunt about 7 years ago. I wore this at least 200 times since then and I still wear it almost once every week. It’s lace, has ribbons and sparkles. And it is holding up. Still looks like I bought it last week.

Well-made clothing is hard to find these days. Even expensive labels, when you actually look closely, their seams and fit aren’t like they used to be.

Trust me, I just spent a lot of money on my new work clothes and shoes last week. At least I was satisfied with the quality of the things I bought.

But it’s true, when there are shops in every corner that advertise “blouse for $15! Denim $30!” it’s hard to resist deals like that.

I’ve been guilty of buying clothes from those type of shops too. Quantify over quality, eh?

Every time I wear this top, or other things I bought over the years that I came to treasure, I am reminded of how, as a person who loves fashion, I should be more mindful of shopping habits. And be an advocate of fine clothing. :)

I’m not trying to sound snobbish or look down on those shops. If anything, I think most of their practices are unethical. But aside from their business practices, just looking at fashion alone, if you truly love fashion (and not just trends), you have to see that that $10 top with stitch ends still hanging out and off-grain tshirts (not on purpose) don’t have any “fashion value.”

I think fashion walks a fine line between art and function. That’s why when I design my knitwear, I don’t automatically turn to the most expensive yarn available or sacrifice wearability over interesting fashion details. You have to find that balance. I could make a really interesting pullover with 3 headholes and 4 armholes, but who’s gonna put in the time to KNIT it and then WEAR it in public? I could also make a really well-fitted sweater with all over St st but who’s gonna be able to finish that piece without getting bored?

In preparation for the TNNA this weekend, I am inspired and also have many thoughts on my designs…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Yesterday was the American Thanksgiving day and my husband and I had a lovely time hanging out with friends. This is kind of time of the year that we wish our family members were nearby instead of across the ocean.

My sister just uploaded this wonderful video of her singing on Youtube. She’s a professionally trained singer, at one point she had a record deal before college but she decided that getting education was a bit more important so she declined. I’ve always been proud of my sister but this humble video of her singing on a humble stage at UCSD, her alma mater, made me thankful for such a talented one in my family.

So today is BLACK FRIDAY, y’all!!! Has anyone gone shopping early today morning? I saw my Facebook friend’s status around 6 AM that he’s just done with shopping and finally going to bed. :D My shopping hasn’t really begun, but I found some great deals online so I’m tempted to just stay home and sip hot chocolate since the morning fog is absolutely beautiful outside right now.

 

Colette Patterns Thanksgiving Sales

COLETTE PATTERNS is having a 30% off all patterns just for 24 hours! I’ve made a lot of stuff from Colette Patterns designs and love all of them for clear instructions and great fit. I already put a couple of patterns in my shopping cart.

 

Shoemint.com

 

I’m a huge fan of all the mint sites (Shoemint, Intimint, Jewelmint, Stylemint) for their prices and styles. If you sign up today, the new members will get a huge discount! Check them out, especially these stunning studded heels from Shoemint.com

 

Fabric.com

For sewing enthusiasts, I love Fabric.com. You can’t beat “Free shipping all orders over $35″ deal, the usual. And for Black Friday, they’re offering tiered discount deals, so the more you buy, the more you save. It ends tonight as well so hurry up!

 

Black Friday really marks the beginning of holiday shopping season so I’m gonna try and get some gifts as well!

 

 

FO::Crochet Pineapple Tee

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My first EVER crochet garment.

I am so proud of myself, you have no idea. :D It was kind of my goal this year to complete a crochet garment, and it’s only March! 

Yarn: From Newton’s Yarn Country Parking Lot Sale (It was about $2 for this yarn on the cone)

Hook: C (2.75mm)

Pattern: Completely my own! I saw the stitch pattern from a stitch dictionary book and made it. 

This took me about 2 months because I got bored after I completed the back. Hehe. It’s been a really warm winter, even by California’s standard, and we literally had only 2 weeks of winter. I was hoping to knit more cozy warm sweaters but in warm weather, crochet stuff looks cute too. 

My next goal? Crochet long skirt! I saw one at the mall and it was on sale for $120. Crochet stuff is BACK in trend!

 

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