Friday, December 2, 2016

Surgical Tool in My Sewing Kit!

How is everyone feeling this week?
I hope you had a sumptuous and love-filled Thanksgiving :)

I missed out on turkey myself because it's not a holiday typically observed over here in KL.
But I do think it should!
Because we should always be grateful for the little blessings.

Right now, I'm grateful for this handy little tool in my sewing box...

It's a medical clamp.

Yup, I have surgical tools in my sewing room.

This little gadget is just great for turning collar points.
And it's really good for clamping 2 pieces of cloth together when you need both hands to work on something else.
It is by far my favourite 'non-sewing' sewing tool!

Here's a video I made of this little guy in action:


It's obvious I need practice in taking better videos!
But as it's my first one ever, I shall forgive myself, learn from it, and move on...:)


You can get one of these clamps from any medical supply store, or ebay for that matter!
This one was given to me by my father, who found it in a second-hand kiosk by the road side in Singapore.
And it cost him all of $2!
Just make sure the needle-nose of the clamp is curved rather than straight, and it is as pointy as you can find them.

Wishing you a blessedly thankful day!

Sunday, November 13, 2016


Yesterday, I completed a Chef's Jacket and Waiter's shirt for a client;
samples for their remodelled cafe here in KL.
I'd show you pictures, but I'm not sure I should.
At least not until they've started using it in the cafe.

I finished them in less time than anticipated
And all because I was so happily absorbed in the work that it didn't feel like work.
Not at all.
When was the last time you felt that way about 'work'?
Let's hope it wasn't too long ago.
Unfortunately, for me, the last time I felt that way was really too long ago.
But then, as I've explained before, I was in a funk for the past few months.

Someone gave me another great tip last week.
That's to write down 5 things I'm grateful for that day,
and to do that just before going to bed so that we go to bed feeling positive.

I've been doing that every night since.
And I must say, it's brought a change to my morning mood.
It didn't happen after the first night, though.
It took about 6 nights.
But then that's me.
I was never a morning person;
especially not when I have to wake up at 5.45am every day! Ha.

In case you think this blog is appearing less and less about sewing,
fear not.
I've got ideas on the drawing board for a new collection of sewing patterns.
And I'll put sneak peeks here from time to time.

I'm even thinking of a tutorial or two.
Mostly bite size servings of technical how to's.
Like how to sew a seam with piping in the way.
And how to sew a button (sounds too simple?
Well, I realised most people sew them on in such a way that it causes the button placket to pucker when you wear the shirt, or dress, or any buttoned-up garment.)

Before I go, here's something I'm grateful for today:
The Rain!
It cooled the house down considerably while I was cleaning it from top to bottom,
music blasting in the background - Rock Hits from the 60s & 70s :D.
Yes, I sang into the mop handle.
And I had FUN!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Positively motivating

The amazing thing about emitting positive energy, no matter how little of it, is that positive things start happening to you.
It's almost as if it can't help itself :)

I met a novelist on Wednesday who wanted me to test-read her manuscript.
I was invited to an up-coming party.
I unexpectedly got a sale on 2 of my RTW dresses from 2 seasons ago!
It just keeps coming.
It will for you too.
Just keep those thoughts positive.

AND I've been getting ideas on my next pattern to develop.
After a hiatus spanning years.
Actually, it will be a whole series of patterns, based on a theme, for both women and children.
I can't wait to get started!
First though, I've got orders to finish....happy problems.
That doesn't stop me from sketching and jotting down notes and thoughts though :)
Gotta keep the momentum going, you know?

Today, I received a wonderful tip on how to keep the gloomies at bay. at least 2 things each day that make you happy;
Sing in the shower, or while driving.
Go and run outside with your kids.
Sit in a cafe smelling the aroma of roasted coffee beans.
Anything that makes you happy.

For me, that's creating and making.
Drafting, sketching, writing.
...and singing off-key :)

What does it for you?
What 2 things could you do to make happy for yourself?

If  sewing is your thing,
PDF patterns are still at $2 ;)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

New beginnings. PDF Patterns are at $2 now.

Hello everyone :)

It's been a monumental year for me.
Upheavals and changes have marked most of 2015 and 2016.
I was stuck for a long time in a rut of my own doing, which I realise now.

Through much soul-searching and self-confrontations (and lots of crying) in the past week, I feel a great new hope for the future.

My lovely friends,
sometimes all it takes is a small nudge, sometimes a huge shove to get us back on track.
Sometimes the push is painful, but the magic is within us to rise above the bleakness.
We just have to be willing to see.
To dig deep, root out the self imposed obstacles, and dump it for good.

It is hard to do, I know it.
But it gets easier, the more you dig.
It gets clearer, the more you heal.
It gets more hopeful, the more you see.
You feel more joy, the more hopeful you become.
And with joy, comes love and gratitude.

With love and gratitude,
the creativity can flow, unhindered.
Because you are just filled with good vibes :)
Positive energy!

To help you in your creative journey,
and to show my gratitude to the Universe for my many blessings,
my PDF patterns are now at $2 for the indefinite future.

I will add more pdf patterns to the library, in time.
But for now, what I have are available for $2 each :)

Go and create for joy and love.
Let the light be our guide.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Francisca & D - Latest collection now available online

It always seems like I hibernate from blogger land for too long while I'm focused on stuff elsewhere. Truth is, I find it harder and harder to multi-task as age creeps up on me. So now we are at the end of another year and I surface to find my blog looking at me with disgust for neglecting it.


So lets update it with something significant. Our new collection is out. It has no name, on purpose. Cos if you like it, we will keep it alive for eternity. Or at least till they no longer manufacture the fabric. And then we will probably keep the style but change the fabric. It depends, I guess, on a variety of factors. But I never understood how anything goes 'out of style' if there is a constant demand for it.

I learnt a lot in producing this line of clothing. Mostly from this book. It really is invaluable if you have plans to manufacture your own sewn goods. Go subscribe to the blog too. Ms Fasanella is a well of useful information and very generous with dispensing it.

I'm proud of this collection. All the clothes are produced in-house and manufactured in as lean a way as I can manage it. I'm also proud of the fact that I wrote the website myself and figured out all the tech stuff with a bit of trial and error and with cogent help from the support people of Webfaction, our host. It was no mean feat, for a middle-aged, untrained, near/far-sighted stick-in-the-mud to accomplish. Very satisfying.

Merry Christmas, all, and have a Happy New Year!
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