Monday, January 21, 2013

A sweet little fabric shop

Salam all..

Currently listening to a song beau suggested to me, Wanted by Hunter Hayes. Love it.

When I shop for designer fabrics, I prefer doing it online cuz most textile stores in Malaysia don't have those divine imported cotton prints. Well, last weekend I decided to pay a visit to a lovely little fabric store in Subang. Have you heard of Fabric Fanatics? I first started browsing fabrics there online at . But since I was in Subang last week, I thought why not go see the physical shop itself. I had things I needed to buy there anyway, might as well save myself the shipping costs.

Credits to for pic

Such a dainty little shop ain't it? :D Its a small store, but looking at all those rolled yards of gorgeous fabrics arranged together so beautifully on the racks, so heavenly to look at. I didn't have much cash on me at the time, since I was only expecting to buy what I need. 

So that was my eye candy for the day. If you love fabrics of all types, textures and colours, you'll love this shop. Fabric Fanatics at The Summit USJ.

That's all really, just wanted to give out some handmade love <3 p="p">



Friday, January 11, 2013

Stuck on ideas

Salam all..

I was recently working on my third project for my 20-day challenge thing, and how stupid was I to overestimate the capabilities of my old-school sewing machine. AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!

Now that it has completely destroyed my third project to the point of unrecoverable, all I can do is try to get my machine running as normal as possible again and move on to the next idea. Hopefully, something not too thick that my machine can't handle. Which is the problem exactly. Every time I run thick layers through the machine, it skips stitches. I can't think of anything right now that is not too thick. So I'm stuck. I guess its back to pinterest for idea hunting and back to sketching again. Sigh.

Best I can do now is actually get 20 projects done in the remaining days I have left. Rushing a sewing project is no fun, not to mention it might also get destroyyyed in the process. Okay, off to find my inspiration now.

Much love

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Driving + 1st day of sewing challenge

Salam everyone..

Yesterday I had my second driving lesson. My instructor let me drive the car home from the driving school, let me tell you that I've never drove a car outside of the school ever and I am sooo awkward on the road. Of course it was only my second lesson so the instructor had to give step-by-step instructions of what to do next, when to press the clutch, when to change the gear, when to slow down, when to go faster. I have no idea how I'm going to pass the JPJ test. I could ask my Abang to teach me but he's so busy with his job and his daytime naps. I guess I'll just have to steal his car keys and go out myself.

No, not really. I wouldn't.

Moving on. Confession. In the previous post, I said I wanted to do a 20-day sewing challenge which I meant to start yesterday. But, I had a driving lesson yesterday and since I was so tired after my first lesson I knew I was gonna be worn out when I got home. Therefore, I decided to make the project 1 day in advanced.

Here it is, my first project for my sewing challenge which I posted on my showcase blog, Just aYan's, last night. I realised that many of the things I've sewn have very complicated designs with multiple compartments here and there, which some people may like. But that would mean it requires a lot more fancy fabric and more bag hardware, thus leading to a more expensive price. Then again, if I was to make the simplest bag with no extra compartments out of solid colour fabric it would look too plain. So for this bag, I decided to go with minimalism. It is a simple tote with just a little bit of print for prettiness and colour blocking to lose the 'too plain' look. And it costs so much less! Thank you colour blocking!! :DD

If you'd like to see the details of this bag, here it is

That's all today, off to work on my next sewing project.



Saturday, January 05, 2013

20-day Sewing Challenge

Salam everyone..

This is my first post of the year, yes I know its late. heh. Based on last year's opening post, I've established that I suck at 'first post of the year' and I ended up posting a bunch of scrap pages and a template freebie. I thought this year, I'll just skip the 1st January and go straight to this year's ramblings. Nevertheless, I hope everyone had a good start to 2013. As for me, bored out of my mind, I'll just imitate last year and start with a scrap page.

That's my little teddy, my loyal companion. As innocent as he seems just sitting there on my bed, he has listened to multiple private conversations in this room, yet he's the most awesome secret keeper ever. Aha! :)

Anyways, Najah's gone back to boarding school which means I have the room to myself. As much as I love her company, she needs to go back to school and I need to sew more. At the rate I'm sewing right now, I won't be able to achieve my goal of turning at least 50% of those designer fabrics my sister bought me into lovely handmades BEFORE going back to Uni. Hence, I decided to give myself a challenge.

Despite having 3 more driving classes to go, for the next 20 days my sewing machine will be in full speed. Hopefully, I'm able to complete 1 sewing project per day. By the end of it, I'll have myself 20 more posts at my Just aYan's showcase blog and I'm pretty sure it would hit my sewing goal for this holiday. Or maybe exceed. Yeaayy!

That's about all the yadayadayada I can do for now. I'm still hunting for inspiration and ideas to add to my 20 day sewing challenge. Maybe I'll share some soon :)

Much love, aYan