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I HAVE A REASON FOR ALL OF THIS

Yes, I have a perfect reason for my irresponsible absence in these few months, and this is it!

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Er yea, two dresses… Project Runway participants can churn out almost-couture in a day or two, but yes I needed a few months to draw, plan, decide and (attempt to) sew a raglan sweater dress with ginormous sleeves and a maxi dress with a corset belt thing. Very simple shapes cos as it is, I cannot sew. I didn’t know how to operate a sewing machine. And when I got to learning, it was on one of those huge table-like vintage ones with pedals, which is probably older than I am.

So how did all this come about? The student union decided that in order to promote their active, wholesome, holistic, all-rounded student body, a fashion show would do the trick, heh.

They posted an annoucement looking for student fashion designers who would design two outfits. The theme was “bright colours” and my first thought was, uh-oh. But my friend and I decided to join anyway!

I don’t have much to say about the runway show itself, but I’m glad I joined because I completed two dresses, which I wouldn’t have done so otherwise because nothing can get my lazy self movin’.

Pictures from the rehearsal.

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I tried to copy Ungaro’s SS08 two-tone lips on my models. I think I lurve it. They were making lipstick prints on Kleenex with their lip colours cos it looked so kewl.

Boizzzz, would you kiss a girl with lips coloured like that?

Unlike many people (like etsy sellers) who proclaim that their clothes are professionally serged with love, I can only assure you of the most noob or sewing in my dresses. (Except for the long dark grey one because my aunt did it for me :D)

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Zuper tall and leggy Lynette with Sharmaine.

Basically, I did not have any grand idea whatsoever. I only knew that I had a bright colours theme and I wanted to use neon.

Then there came bits of Susie Bubble‘s heather grey+neon confections, recalling my horrors of seeing neon yarn, cross stitch string and netting in my childhood, and a bad attempt at embroidery for a cheesy something for my boyfriend 😛

I actually told the hosts that ooohhh I was inspired by sportswear and all that jazz, but seriously, it’s as random as random gets.

I quite like the texture that I got from weaving the yarn and netting. Haven’t got a chance to get a proper close up.

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The hat was from Accessorize and I paid no more than $12 for it. It was on a 70% discount. I say the above in past tense not only because the deed was already done, but because IT IS MISSING!!!!!!!

I couldn’t find it the night before the show and I was totally phreaking out (doesn’t freaky sound more emphatic with ‘ph’ instead? lol).

Anyway I did without it.

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(Please ignore the tumourous/intestinal-looking thing around Kelly’s waist. It was a belt work-in-progress.)

You know what, looking at Michelle’s dresses makes me feel colour-impaired. I lurve the colours she used in her dresses! Yes we all know the thing about complimentary colours, but I wouldn’t have come up with something like that.

Btw, she designs very lovely jewellry too 😀

Pictures from the actual day.

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Makeup on the actual day done by one of my best friends, Praveena 😀

Sorry their faces look kinda skewed. That’s what wide angle lenses do to you.

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Happy faces after the show. This is actually the least tired-looking ones out of the lot!

More to come!

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Not a Car(e)d in the world
Tuesday 28 July 2009, 3:24 am
Filed under: - Jo, - Sarah, Art, Design & Photography, DIY | Tags: , , ,

Even though Jo has already shared her design of our new (and finally existent!) namecard, I just wanted to share it again with everyone! 😀

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taken from an actual card…

*Thank you Jo for the taking the time to get this done! (:



Bundle of Joy

A classmate of mine once said, “Messy is sexy”.

And she was referring to the state of our ponytails as we were fussing over them after a usual un-glam  P.E. session.

Since then, it kinda stuck as a catchphrase for our messy hair.

Our own little excuse.

Then, at a recent event, I came across this lady with her hair tied as such…

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I am so amazed by how neat it is.

I bet that all the hairspray and bobby pins in the world could not make my hair remotely that neat.

*kowtows!!!

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Neat, ain’t that bad too eh?



Cheer Me Ups
Sunday 28 June 2009, 3:17 pm
Filed under: - Sarah, Desirables, DIY | Tags: , , , , ,

Nothing beats sleeping in on a sleepy Saturday

Nothing beats wearing your jammies till 6pm, when its time to leave the house for sushi dinner. (:

Nothing beats waking up to the smell of fresh pancakes, being lovingly cooked to perfection on a slow Sunday. (((:

get my drift of how the weekend has floated by? 😀

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Ok, so maybe the pancakes weren’t actually being cooked when I awoke from my restful slumber…

But doesn’t it sound so much nicer to wake up to yummy smells. 😀 hehes.

The preparation process was painless. So no complaints.

I chopped strawberries

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and came across the cutest strawberry!!!

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it was so small and heart-shaped. <3! I couldn’t bear to chop it up. how can you chop up a heart-shaped strawberry?!!?

eventually, i ate it whole.

which leads me to a burning question: Which is worse?

chopping up a heart(-shaped strawberry)?
or eating a heart(-shaped strawberry) whole? :/

Anyway,

also on the menu were

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fresh blueberries

are you salivating yet? 😀

well, we aren’t quite done yet!

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all in, the menu also included bananas and kiwis (((:

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And there was a MOUNTAIN OF PANCAKES to work with. :D!

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it makes me really happy to have a colourful pancake breakfast/brunch!



Green Dada Jewelery
Wednesday 8 April 2009, 1:34 am
Filed under: - Sarah, Art, Design & Photography, DIY, Exhibit WC:, Inspirables, OMGWTFBBQ | Tags: , , , ,

Perhaps its a culmination of volunteering for Earth Hour, Dadaism (art history influences), boredom and the ‘i’ll do anything but study’ mood.

I’ve accumulated a new necklace/bracelet plus several rings in the past week. And all this without forking a cent!!

Introducing ready-made jewelery using found objects!

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Fish paperclip necklace and milk carton freshness-sealer tab ring (:

These precious pieces were part of my Uniqlo Store Preview outfit ensemble.

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The fish paperclips were a gift from my younger sister. (You can get them at Popular Bookstore and I hear that there are many other paperclip designs too!! I am soooo going to check them out :D:D:D). While studying, I got bored and thought it’d look cute. They can also be a bracelet or two. Perhaps I should get more to make a longer necklace too! Loving the options!! (:

And depending on the size of the carton you purchase, you can end up with ‘rings’ of different sizes and colours

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I can’t wait to collect more and even cut patterns or add bling to my rings!! hehes.

Make a statement and save our planet too!



Pancake Day (Valentine’s Special)
Tuesday 24 February 2009, 12:00 am
Filed under: - Sarah, DIY, Exhibit WC: | Tags: , , , , ,

Ok. This comes really late but…

Valentine’s was spent with the Girls.

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They painstakingly made heart-shaped pancakes (which involved manually buttering the tin heart to prevent the batter from sticking) as well as normal pancakes (although they insist that the bubbles and concentric circles make the pancakes look alien, thus inedible).

But of course, pancakes by their lonesome selves don’t go down as well as when accompanied by…

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Fresh fruits such as bananas, blueberries and strawberries, honey AND whipped cream.

We also wrote small notes and gave one another flowers; rounded off with our always-exciting staple — Taboo!

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Tea, of course, was the other staple… for myself, at least (:

And like I’ve said before,

Pancakes any other way should be a sin!



100% Wottoncool

I have been wanting to try out an idea for some time now. And the perfect opportunity presented itself in the form of a silkscreening workshop held in conjunction with SMU’s ongoing Arts Festival Re|Present.

What else could I print?! “100% Wottoncool“! Thought that it would be an interesting play on label tags ‘100% Cottonwool’ (plus its also the blog name)

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The kind organizers helped print out our images and took us through the process step by step. We used light-sensitive material to set the screen and had to make several trips to the nearest toilet to rinse the frame and squeegee. yes. SMU looks very nice. But proper silkscreening facilities, it does not have. Still, the organizers did well, providing a makeshift darkroom for us to work on the screens.

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Having never done this before, I was a bit apprehensive about actually printing my image onto actual shirts, so I brought along a bunch of un-loved tanks to test.

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And I kept the print basic because I think it looks nicer AND so that I would not have to keep running back and forth from the not-so-nearby toilet to rinse out the ink.

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In total, I printed 9 shirts.. (of which, I am keeping the one above)

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However, effectively there are 7. I exclude these two because there are smudges on them. Mint: smudge at back. White: right armhole.

If you would like any of the tanks (mine excluded), drop us an email at wottoncool@gmail.com with your Name, Contact details and which piece you would like. Subject title: ‘I scream for silkscreen!’

I’ll update with measurements after I have gotten some sleep. Do note that some of the tanks are small and/or short.