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Reversible Shirt

I totally love this one!!! ❤ It’s very easy to make actually. In our sewing class, I was absent for a week (due to some family affair) and I missed this activity.Thankfully, my professor let me cram this up, and I did, for less hours than that of our class hours. When I cram, creativity juices comes flowing so I ended up with something far unique than that of my classmates.

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I love pairing this up with maong shorts and high cut shoes or boots. ^_^ And I really like how it plays between being a crop top (due to the high slits on both sides which shows a little bit of skin) and a dress at the same time. Wait, did I mention that this is reversible? Oh yeah, at the title. So this garment is light heather gray on one side, and dark heather gray on the other side (with small details from that of the opposites). Now, this is definitely one of my favorites!

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Thai Shorts (or so they say)

The first project given to us in CT 27, our sewing class, is this Thai Shorts. Our professor said that this particular project will help us practice sewing straight lines. Well, it is true because there are no curved parts, but for me, the process still took a lot of time. Why so? There are 6-7 panels that composes the shorts itself, plus the pockets and waist strap. The pattern also is kind of abstract. BUT we all managed to finish it (although most of us past due time). 🙂

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I was wondering though whether I will be able to wear this or not. 🙂 Maybe I can, as a costume, ’cause it looks a little bit like a samurai’s bottoms and our Aikido uniform.

Things You Missed

Okay. So I have been gone for a lifetime, and I haven’t posted anything here for ages. One semester and a midyear term has already come and go. Anyway, so I wanted to share with you guys some of my incredible experiences that I wasn’t able to show you. ^_^ Hope you enjoy.


1. Salungat Fashion Show

Remember the time when I was all stressed about a subject? Apparently, it’s because of this fashion show. Our class decided to have a fashion show as our final exam. CT students really are peculiar! But even though the process and the things that needs to be done are overbearing at times (given that I am the Creatives Committee Head), the moment where we watched our creations walk down the runway, with misty eyes and a big smile, you all will realize that everything is worth it. It’s ALL WORTH IT!

2. Back to the Ancient Times

The following semester, I had a major subject, CT 15, which is all about “Development of Costume”. We studied the costumes and things that affected and contributed to its development; starting from Ancient Egypt until today. We had lot’s of very interesting activities and projects in this subject.

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These are only some of them. (Why do I always forget to take pictures -_-)

     Projects

Seee.. -_- I always forget to take pictures. Well, apart from this Egyptian-inspired accessories, I also made paintings, mosaics, rococo doll dress, etc. Too bad I did not took a picture. Lesson learned.

     Field Trip

Field trip to a gallery in our neighboring university, Ateneo.

3. New Creations

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In our sewing class, CT 27, I was able to make a lot more pieces that I was incredibly happy to share with you guys. ^_^ BUT I am making another blog about those later. 🙂 I’ll include links of those here, so stay put!

Manilakbayan 2015: My journey with the Lumad

For the whole week that the Lumad people were here in UP, it felt like a dream. I did not expect that I’ll have a chance to talk in person with the people I was researching about through different resources. It was such a privilege. I know that somehow, the Lumad people, no.. WE will win this fight! Stop Lumad Killings! Fight for our right!

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Dear Biascathy,

I’ve realized a new dream in life…

In addition to my numerous other dreams, I’ve realized that I want to be a model.. A fashion model.

Maybe it’s a ridiculous aspiration for a girl with such a low esteem like me.. Thinking.. “Nah, your boobs are flat. Your body is super skinny, you look like a broomstick.” Stuff like that. But then, when it comes to fashion industry, the ideal body are the flat chested and skinny ones, so who knows, maybe I have a chance. I’ve told my model (and beauty queen) bestfriend many times before that I wanted to experience being a fashion model. But I always say them in a jokingly manner. Again.. Low self esteem..

But the thing about me is that even though I have my personal insecurities, I am always ready for challenges. I even stare down strangers who sometimes match my line of sight which results into a staring showdown.. Well, I don’t want to back down so they look away first. Anyway, last week we had a practice photoshoot. And take note, we, the Wanderlust group, are all amateurs with no experience whatsoever, unlike most groups. But even though that’s the case, we still got to take a few good shots. 🙂

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Aspiring for the Improbable,

Yousei Hime
Dear Biascathy,

The past week has been a blur… And I am getting more and more excited to the coming events in the near future.

I’ve realized how useful all the topics we have discussed in class are. Although there are times that I tend to get overloaded with information, plus the fact that we are currently NPAs (No Permanent Address), it’s still a good thing that we have a good place to stay.. 🙂 With the drawing boards and all that. Also, I am getting more and more used to drawing, sketching, and rendering in a limited amount of time. And I think that is a good thing.

We are making progress with our wardrobing project. I am happy the mood board I made was approved and the sketch I made was the one chosen by our group. It feels good that my works are acknowledged.  🙂

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Although I am quite worried about things..  whether they’ll work out or not.. whether they’ll fail or not.. whether they’ll be pleasing or not.. Things like that.. Still, I’ll do my best in the things that I do and will do.

Ciao,

Yousei Hime
Dear Biascathy,

I made a concept video for my upcoming collection- “Free the Lumad”. I have realized that the Lumad people’s battle for self-determination is a long way home. There are still a lot- and i mean A LOT- of obstacles and obstructions along their path. I am just hoping that the government would be less violent in tackling this matter- they should have respect to the indigenous people, since if you think about it, they are our ancestors and they carry our original culture.

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In accordance to this, I donated some of my goods and volunteered for an upcoming event here in UP which focuses on fighting for the Lumad’s rights, the Manilakbayan 2015. Lumad tribes will camp here on UP at the College of Human Kinetics grounds. I am wishing all of them the very best and may the Lord God almighty guide them.

Now, on to my studies, I am ever so thankful!! 😀 Remember the times when I was so depressed with Chem 16 to the point that I am already thinking of dropping out? Well, 🙂 God responded positively to the prayer I was asking him for the past few weeks. Our mid-semester grades was posted last Wednesday and guess what- I passed!! 😀 I was thinking that I am already below the passing line, but then, I passed! Even though it may not be as high as the rest of my classmates. 2.00 for me is a great blessing, I just hope that I will be able to maintain or even improve this for the rest of the semester. 🙂

Ever so Thankful,

Yousei Hime
Dear Biascathy,

I’m having a little trouble with my expenses nowadays (specially since I still can’t get my OWWA-scholarship fund till the grades in my incomplete subject incurred last semester is released). Since I’m a bit getting low on budget and there are lot’s of things that I need to buy for my subjects, I did some back-tracking to know where my money all went into. And realized that almost 80% of my expenses were consumed with the food I buy. The other 10% on transportation and another 10% for my other expenses.

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I frequently buy Fic Ice cream at the Shopping Center (SC). My, was it so delicious! I mean, like what I’ve stated on “About the Author” page, I like eating ice cream. I eat 1 scoop of ice cream per day, almost but not quite. The flavor I love the most is ‘Green Tea’!! It is so creamy and delicious and delectable, and there’s something I like about it but I can’t quite pinpoint it. The second flavor I love is ‘Almond Macchiato’. I love almonds; may it be in ice cream, in chocolate, in what ever it is in- I’ll still love almonds. The flavor I like the least is the ‘Banana Sundae’. I can only say one word- bleh!! (If that’s even a word.) 😀

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Now, on to my progress as a CT student, I attended a trade fair event of Manila Fame at SMX Convention Center. I was amazed at all those amazing masterpieces and work of art. The first thing that caught my eyes was the weaving apparatus at the 2nd floor. Later that moment, 2 ladies went to weave, so I get to picture them in action. I also saw a booth of traditional items. I was intrigued because I do like traditional items and also since some of the items are made by the Lumad people. I also remember seeing a very intricate clockwork where the time is told by counting the metal balls that sled down a metal rink part of it. Another thing that intrigued me was the chandeliers at the 1st floor which was very enigmatic. I love the chandelier with branches and sticks around it. All in all, I really loved the experience. 🙂

I am very looking forward to our make-up class this coming Thursday; not a typical make-up class that you have if your class is so behind on its lessons due to class suspensions, but a LITERAL one. 🙂 Together with my other groupmates, namely Yumi and Joanna, we had the time of our life selecting and shopping for make-up products. We also acquired some tips on the cosmetic ladies there at Watsons, SM North (that’s where we bought our supplies). I really had a great time there! When I reached home, guess what? Okay, I’ll tell- I tried applying some!! 😀

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Mystic Violet Palette + Wing-style eyeliner
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Earthtone palette + Arabic-style eyeliner

Happy I’m Alive,

Yousei Hime

Fabric Pastel Dye Experiment

I bought this Pentel pastel dye sticks when I saw it on a Pandayan bookshop in our province. I was quite intrigued and interested to try out a crayon-like dye.

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One Saturday night, I felt like trying it out. I grabbed an old polo shirt (that I never wore). I was inspired by the theme my Primary and Beginner’s Class will perform on Sunday School the day after. I drew blue waves on the collar…

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After that, I ironed the designed I drew with another sheet of paper.

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I still feel like drawing so, I did not stop there, I wrote the phrase: “Jesus calms the Storm”

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I ironed it after, and Voila!

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TIPS:

  • Flatten everything out to avoid messiness (don’t do what I did)
  • It is really  preferable to draw on a non-stretchy garment (unlike what I did)

COMMENTS:

  • I don’t know if it is just because of the garment’s fabric’s grain, or the pastel dye sticks really just need to be sharpened to create defined lines.
  • Although I did iron the design just like on the instructions, after just one washing, the prints faded away. 😦
  • But I am still willing to try it out again, maybe it’s just in the fabric’s texture

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