tutorial: waterfall or peplum or high-low kimono top

If current style trends had some sort of an orgy and said event resulted in an offspring, this top would be it.

Materials: 1.5 meters of pretty satin in jewel tone, contrasting bias tape, bias tape in matching color to the satin, around 120 inches of cording cut into 4 pieces.

A – Base of your neck to 1 inch below your under bust.

B – Length of your sleeve from one end of one arm to the other. Mine was 37 inches in total. Measure shoulder to shoulder and add twice the desired length of your sleeves.

C – Same as B.

D – This is the front waistband. Measure 2 inches.

E – Measure around your body, 1 inch below your under bust. E is half of this measurement.

F – Same as E.

G – Same as A.

H – Mark the center of B. From this point, to opposite directions, mark your neckhole. Mine was 10 inches so I measured from the center, 5 inches to both sides. H is the measurement from these neckhole points to the ends of the sleeves.

I – Half of C minus 1 inch.

J – Diagonal line from end of H to end of I.

K – 2 inches.

L – Half of D minus 1 inch.

M – Same as L.

N – Waistband to desired length of peplum tail. This would be the longest points of the peplum and will hang from the back. For my peplum, the shortest length was 6″ while N was 12″

O – Circular waistline but minus 2 inches along the longest peplum. To get your O, refer to THIS TUTORIAL.

Note: 1/2-inch allowance all around for all pieces. 

I realize at this point that this may be one of my more complicated tutorials. Well, we shouldn’t give up; soldier on!



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here and there

I believe this.

And so despite all the “new work busy-ness,” I managed to prepare three tutorials for the blog. Tomorrow, I shall post the tutorial for this top:

- From Oprah: 12 Pieces of Advice from the World’s Best Writers

- Bethany was on vacation and stumbled upon The Sandbox Cafe. She says it’s very “her,” but really, I think it’s very “me.” 

 - Carole was on vacation as well and showed off photos that, I swear, make you smell the sea. Straight from your own monitor.

 - When was the last time you saw The Neverending Story

- Rebecca on photos that tell a story vs. writing to tell a story.

 - Confession: I have never had macarons. Mimai is making me want to remedy this situation

- Once upon a time, I made notebooks. These are making me want to try again.

- Iris writes about beautiful but sad things. Beautifully. 

- Lastly: I finally made a Facebook page for this here blog

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tutorial: light drape cardigan

Drastic changes in temperature drive me insane. Stepping outside an airconditioned mall to the taxi  stand will have me sweating seven ways to Sunday. Conversely, if I step inside a freezing room from somewhere warm, my tummy will do sommersaults. Or I’ll get a migraine.

Because I seem to have an old lady’s body, I needed a light cardigan. I made a DIY cardigan, of course. This DIY light cardigan is just the right garment for keeping my body from going berserk. Bonus: this can be a great DIY beach cover-up, too.



1. Take one of your loose shirts and copy it’s size. From the tip of the sleeves, simply make a curve to the hem, as shown by the illustrations above.

2. The length is entirely up to you. If you wish to make a beach cover-up, though, I suggest that  you go long.

3. The front pieces are basically half pieces of the back panel but with added flaps. These flaps will give your cardigan that drape effect. The size of the flap is entirely up to you but I suggest that these be more than 12 inches from the middle point.



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