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!
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.
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.
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.
And in the end, one ends up with a piece that is modern and timeless at the same time 🙂
Every wardrobe needs a little black dress, and mine needs one that’s SJmade!
I absolutely love how useful this dress is – it takes me from the office to out on Fridays 😉
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.
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.
But the belt seemed to make the look work 🙂
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!
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.
In the end, it was all worth the effort as it is as comfortable as it looks.
In trying to find the right combination of sassy and serious, I brought a plain black and a snake print fabrics together.
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 😀
And the end result…