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The One About the Black Long Coat

While planning for our trip to Europe in August, I desperately searched for a long coat. One that wasn’t too thick but would still provide some cover on a chilly evening. Needless to say, I didn’t find anything to my liking anywhere in Suva.

Since I had already set my mind on a long coat, I couldn’t shake off the idea. So, I created one 🙂

Its a simple make, but took me a good 3 hours  to cut and stitch as I had never made a coat before. I have since then taken every opportunity to sport the SJmade piece around the world!

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The One About the LBD

The little black dress is so timeless and iconic that I had not ventured to create one thus far. However, 6 weeks ago I threw caution to the wind and chalked up a design. Short and simple.

“One is never overdressed or underdressed with a little black dress” – Karl Lagerfeld

This is a simple shift dress with three-quarter sleeves. Since its completion, I have worn this three times on three very different occasions. I absolutely adore how versatile LBDs are.

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The One About The Polynesian Peplum

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The infusion of our island cultures into our styles are nothing new. It is always exciting though to see the blend of the traditional with the contemporary.

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I have not kept my love of stretchable fabric a secret, therefore its use here is no surprise. I have constantly used stretchable fabrics to avoid the use of zipper/buttons and I must say, it shaves hours from the stitching time.

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20150124_174459 (2) And in the end, one ends up with a piece that is modern and timeless at the same time 🙂

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The One About the Black Dress

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Every wardrobe needs a little black dress, and mine needs one that’s SJmade!

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I absolutely love how useful this dress is – it takes me from the office to out on Fridays 😉

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The Black and Yellow One

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Last December, during the festivities and the shopping I found myself a brilliantly coloured fabric with Polynesian motifs. Its was a bit pricey so I only bought a little piece of it.

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I had some stretchy black fabric so the next thing you know, I had a black bodice dress! Trust me, it wasn’t as easy as it sound. I found it a bit difficult to get the upper section to end at the right place.

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The One With Embroidered Borders

A while back I worked on some leftover fabric and made a high-low cut blouse from it. I couldn’t do baby fold on the fabric as it was a bit heavy so I made a decorative stitch with a contrasting colour. And then I made many more decorative stitches and I loved it!

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 More recently, I tried to do a remake of that design, and succeeded 🙂

I am beginning to love these easy breezy blouses a whole lot.

The black one, which is the latest of its kind took 2.5 hours to make as it is always a struggle to keep those stitches straight.

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In the end, it was all worth the effort as it is as comfortable as it looks.

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The One With Snake Prints

In trying to find the right combination of sassy and serious, I brought a plain black and a snake print fabrics together.

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I wanted to make this dress with front pockets but didn’t want to make a full cut; so just inserted the pockets and made some stitches for show 😀

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And the end result…

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