A simple red Kebaya

“One of the best gifts I gave myself this year was to enroll in a dressmaking class. Of course my creation is nothing like a Prada or Armani suit, but the pleasure and satisfaction I derive from wearing a dress I tailored myself is beyond ecstatic.” ~ Elena Aradia

I like 3/4 sleeves

My less-than-perfect red kebaya. And oh, I like 3/4 sleeves

I remembered begging an experienced tailor in town to teach me how to make clothes; due to her hectic schedule and other setbacks, she was reluctant to take me as her student at first. When she finally agreed, I was over the moon. She is a stern teacher, while I am an enthusiastic learner. My late-father used to remind me to always be humble – especially in the quest for knowledge. I never forget that reminder.

I realize, sewing makes me happy!

I realize, sewing makes me happy!

If you are here to look for a tutorial, I am deeply sorry to disappoint you. I do not deem myself qualified enough to give a tutorial on how to make a kebaya. I just started learning how to sew a few moons ago (July-August 2014). Yes, saya budak baru belajar menjahit, still need plenty of guidance from the experts. However, if you have any questions pertaining to this little project of mine, I am happy to assist you the best I could.

Almost done. Need to hand-sew the edges

Almost done. Need to hand-sew the edges

Who's afraid of needles?

Who’s afraid of needles?

One day I came across a friend who opens a tattoo parlor. “I’m afraid of needles,” I confessed, glancing at the tattoos all over his arms and neck. Fyi, I do not have any piercing and tattoo on my body. He shot back, “You said you’re afraid of needles, and yet you take sewing lessons.” I didn’t reply.

Getting pricked intentionally and unintentionally are two different stories, no?

This one down here is accidentally, of course.

Vampires would be thrilled to see my blood ...

Vampires would be thrilled to see my blood … Almost every day I got pricked by needles.

I prefer having short nails but my manicurist advised me to keep them longer a bit so that the gel color would look nicer for the holiday season. My cousin is getting engaged soon and the theme is purple, hence the purplish nails. Honestly, I can’t wait to cut my nails short.

Purplish

Unrelated image: Purplish talons

Believe me when I say I have plenty of tools that can act as weapons inside my car

Believe me when I say I have plenty of tools that can act as weapons to protect myself inside my car

The hubby won’t be home for Christmas and New Year (part and parcel of being an offshore / O&G employee); I guess I’ll have quiet evenings at home. Speaking of quiet, my new sewing machine is quieter than my old one (Flying Man). In the past I often worried my neighbor would complain about the noise as I like to sew during odd hours.

The loyal companion

My loyal companion (when the hubby is not around)

My teacher said I should use threads with matching colors (to my fabric), but I was too lazy to change the threads. The last time I tried to do that, I ended up setting the thread wrongly and the machine didn’t run well. I had to bring the machine back to the shop and the shop assistant had to teach me how to put in the thread properly, again.

I must familiarize myself with my machines…

The serger I bought from Golden Dragon store

The serger I purchased from Golden Dragon store

If you are in Miri and you love sewing, this is a shop that you might be familiar with:

Golden Dragon contact details

Golden Dragon contact details

Tracing the pattern onto the fabric

Tracing the pattern onto the fabric

I added lace trimmings to the sleeves

I added lace trimmings to the sleeves

I think if I don't add those lace to the sleeves, the kebaya would look very bland

I think if I don’t add those lace to the sleeves, the kebaya would look very bland. Then again, red is color that screams for attention. I find it overwhelming. It’s something I would wear perhaps once a year

Got poked again. No, I didn't fall asleep; Maleficient's spell doesn't work on me, I'm no princess :p

Got poked again. No, I didn’t fall asleep; Maleficient’s spell doesn’t work on me, I’m no princess :p

Red isn’t exactly my favorite color (though I’m aware it’s an auspicious color) but I got the fabric for free so I decided to experiment on it. It’s a little slippery, unlike the cotton fabric that I’m so used to.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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