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DIY Clutch Bag

Here comes my first attempt at DIY

No wait, I've actually made another bag. It was a really simple piece that has become my everyday bag. So here I am, making the clutch bag that I've always been looking for. A bag for grabs to keep my wallet, phone and house keys when I sit by a café to people watch, or a casual drink in the evening? Custom sized— Just what I need. I didn't exactly make this alone. I was talking to my mom about my ideas, she was constantly saying "you know shitz about sewing (which is true), it's not as easy as it seems". I think she got fed up with my naiveté, she ended up at the sewing machine instead of me, moms haha.

After some pinterest surfing and sketching, we got to work. For the first time, I have illustrated all my steps so that you can follow. I didn't really plan nor measure anything. It's was little tricky to sew the many layers of "leather" together, broke the needle thrice. It was a little scary though, I hated the feeling when the needle broke and the machine go berserk for a while. But I'm glad that my mom offered to help, because I actually sewed Step 2 myself by hand. Firstly— it wasn't perfectly straight, secondly— it took a long time. See that cardboard along the line? It acts as a support to sew a straight line. It helps to guide thicker materials like the one I chose.

Overall, it was fun, making my personalised piece. I should have printed my new logo in gold and stick it on the handle somewhere. That would be a truly unique piece in world! SO- would you be interested to make your own clutch bag?

p.s. you could even see the little remote control i bought to take photos. tsktsk, my secret is out! :D

DIY Clutch Bag, Step by Step
DIY Clutch Bag, Step by Step
DIY Clutch Bag, Step by Step
DIY Clutch Bag, Step by Step
DIY Clutch Bag, Step by Step
DIY Clutch Bag, Step by Step
DIY Clutch Bag, Step by Step
DIY Clutch Bag, Step by Step
DIY Clutch Bag, Step by Step
DIY Clutch Bag, Step by Step
DIY Clutch Bag, Step by Step
DIY Clutch Bag, Step by Step
DIY Clutch Bag, Step by Step
DIY Clutch Bag, Step by Step
DIY Clutch Bag, Step by Step
DIY Clutch Bag, Step by Step
Painting Sunday
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To some people, I probably draw and paint great but I do not agree. I don't have the basics. I just draw and sketch based on what I like and my instincts. To a professional illustrator, what I draw probably has a lot of proportion errors. Sometimes I try to learn, most of the time, I'd just say "dang it", I'd paint as I like (argh) Watercoloring is one of my favorite past time, an activity that I'm finding lesser time for it. On random days, I'd miss watercoloring so badly, I'd take out my sketch book and browse deviantArt, search for the prettiest picture and sketch it out. (yes)

Mostly, I'd look for fashion modelling photos. Recently, I'm very much in love with Jingna's work. I am a fan of her new series of fantasy photoshoot, Motherland of Chronicles. I can't help it but to sketch and paint them. Unfortunately, I didn't do great justice to her original work. Perhaps it will do you much good to visit her gallery and check out her wonderful shots.

This is my once-a-blue-moon illustrating excercise. It's my personal training to learn to sketch human expressions. I have 2 thick sketch books worth of watercolors. And started a new one. Since it's for practice and most of the time, I never know when to stop. I filled up a whole piece of A3 watercolor stock with too much extra stuffs that spoils the whole sketch. At least, I am glad that my trusty watercolor hasn't rot in a corner ;)

On a side note, one of my biggest change in 2014 is the outbreak of bold lipsticks. I'm onto YSL Rouge pur Couture these days, thanks to Paula's great makeup influence.

Watercolor - Before working
Watercolor - Before working
Watercolor Sketch
Watercolor Sketch
Painting Sunday - Whole sketch Piece
Painting Sunday - Whole sketch Piece
Watercolor Palette - A tint of YSL Rouge Couture
Watercolor Palette - A tint of YSL Rouge Couture
Watercolor palette
Watercolor palette