DIY Sleeveless Skater Dress

This DIY Sleeveless Skater Dress is proof that good things can still happen on a bad day.

Happy Van in her Dress

It’s the first dress I’ve sewn in over a year.

A Line Dress by Bumbling Panda

So a couple days ago, I was having a really terrible time at work. I felt like sitting and crying at my desk for really no reason, one of the worse things about depression. Having depression sucks because you feel sad, like the deepest sadness ever like you’re in this deep black cave in your own mind and there’s no way out even though a part of you knows it’s only temporary, but there’s really no reason to feel sad, so then you end up feeling guilty for feeling sad, which makes you feel alone and unloved, which makes you feel sadder, which leads to more guilt. It’s a vicious cycle some days.

Anyway, so I went home but on the way, remembered that I had discovered a Joann’s directly on the route to my home. Since moving back to LA in January I haven’t stopped by an arts and crafts or fabric store–I haven’t even been back to LA Fashion District, even though it’s like 15 minutes from where I live now. I know! Shocker.

I promised my budget I would only buy one yard to make a dress out of (it only takes a yard for me because I am short. Lucky me!), but of course, had to nab this gorgeous plaid fabric that I eventually turned into a plaid scarf.

Plaid Scarf by Bumbling Panda

And then I struggled with only buying one yard. I really wanted this gorgeous galaxy-like mix of colorful knit fabric, but but but stopped myself. I’m so proud of me, yo.

I settled on chose this cute floral print instead (because I need more floral print dresses in my life). I didn’t pressure myself too much, just said I’m going to play around with making a dress and if I didn’t like it, well it was only like $8.

Floral Print Knit

Floral Print Knit Fabric

It turned out to be so much lovelier as a dress than when I saw it in the store. The fabric is lightweight but thick enough that I didn’t need a lining or double-layer for the bodice. My favorite types of dresses are ones without a lining, since I live in Los Angeles and spend most of my days sweating (TMI, sorry). I’m so glad that this fabric is light but thick with the perfect weight, coverage, and patterning in the print.

I busted out my sewing machine, which has been stowed in a box in my closet, and started cutting up some fabric.

And voila!

A Line Dress by Van Hoang

A Line Dress by Bumbling Panda

Sorry there is no tutorial. It’s such a simple dress though, very similar to these other ones I’ve made in the past.

Like this fit and flare a-line dress, but without the sleeves:

Or this one but without the ruched wasteline:

I’m glad to be making things again and getting out of my funk. Sometimes when I feel the depression monster sneaking up on me, it’s very easy to just let myself slip away. But this helped me be more present and mindful, and it helped distract me from darker thoughts. I was able to focus on a project, an end goal, and it turned out so well in the end. Times like this remind me that I need to be creative and make things and not neglect that artsy side of myself I desperately need.

DIY Plaid Flannel Scarf

GUYS GUYS GUYS GUYS GUISE. I have great news!

I!

FINALLY!

MADE SOMETHING!

This DIY Plaid Flannel Scarf.

CHECK IT OUT YO.

Plaid Scarf by Bumbling Panda

Plaid Scarf by Van Hoang Bumbling Panda

Plaid Flannel Fabric by Van Hoang

Plaid Flannel Scarf by Van Bumbling Panda

Flannel Plaid Scarf by Bumbling Panda Van Hoang

Yeah it’s literally a yard of 60″ fabric that I frayed the edges of, then draped around my neck. So no tutorial yet but but but but but I’m coming around yo. Hopefully will actually have more projects soon. ;P

Like dresses.

And hats.

And things.

DIY Fit and Flare V Neck Dress

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Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been sort of MIA over the past few weeks, but things have been crazy busy at work. It’s difficult enough trying to find time to breathe and sleep, much less to sew! Added to the fact that my right knee and left hip are killing me and I have a strong suspicion I’ve got IT Band syndrome. Anyway the point is that I’ve been really preoccupied.

Nevertheless, I’ve whipped up this adorable DIY Fit and Flare V Neck Dress. It’s got a ruched, pleated waistline, an a-line skirt, and a curved hem. What do all of those things do? Create a beautiful silhouette that looks good on anyone, if I do say so myself. ­čÖé

The Ibiza Stretchy Yersey Knit Mustard fabric is from fabric.com (affiliate link) and for a knit, it was extremely easy to work with. It did roll a little at the edges, but as long as I pinned and worked efficiently, it was all good. Nothing like slippery chiffon or that lace fabric I worked with on my bodycon dress.

The best part about dresses is that you can dress them up with accessories or you can dress them down for a more casual look. I wore this on a Casual Friday to work, so I paired it with my gray anorak (I┬álove anoraks) and sneakers. I personally think dresses with sneakers are an adorable combination. Since it’s still averaging 90 degrees, that’s all I’ve been wearing for the past weeks.

So head on over to YouTube, or scroll back up for the video tutorial on this DIY Fit and Flare V Neck Dress. I hope you guys enjoy it! Now that I hopefully won’t be so busy with work, I’m planning on launching another sewing tutorial again. I’ll keep you guys posted!

DIY Fall Cardigan

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DIY Brown CardiganBrown Cardigan for Fall DIY

Sunglasses!

Well, I guess denial time is over. It’s officially fall or winter or whatever it is nowadays what with global warming and all. Seriously, it’s still about 100 degrees outside, when am I going to get my cold weather? We can’t have a hot Christmas, guys. That’s just too weird.

But nevertheless, cardigan season will be cardigan season whether the weather really calls for it. Thus, I’ve made my favorite cocoon-cut in brown hacci sweater-like material. I love this DIY Fall Cardigan because it’s super super comfortable. The fabric is very lush. I got this as a 5-yard bolt for $5 from Wal-Mart back in Albuquerque. Man, I wish I could still get deals like that, but too bad so sad.

Anyway, about one yard was what this took, though I am a bit on the–ahem–short side. I love pairing it with florals and bright colors because it helps to balance out the hues. I’m thinking of keeping this one permanently in the office so I can just throw it on since it’s loose enough to go over most of my clothing.

Check out the tutorial below. I hope you guys like it–and make it!

DIY Kimono Sleeve Scoop Neck Dress

Scoop Sleeve Kimono Sleeve Dress DIY

Red Scoop Neck Dress DIY

Red Dress DIY and Blue Cardigan

Red Dress and Pointed Toe Flats

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I feel incredibly Asian in this DIY Kimono Sleeve Scoop Neck Dress. The high bun, the red floral fabric, the kimono sleeves.

Every time I say something like that though, Husband is quick to point out that, duh, I am Asian. In essence, I should ALWAYS feel Asian.

Whatever though. You guys know what I’m talking about. Right?

So yes, I know the 10 Dresses in 10 Weeks Summer Sewing Series is over, but I can’t help it if I really love wearing and making dresses. Plus, this one turned out really cute, if I do say so myself. ­čÖé

I got the red floral print woven fabric at the L.A. Fashion District. Husband and I had errands to run up there, so I was like hey you know what’ll be fun? Walking around for hours in the hot sun surrounded by equally sweaty and annoyed people in the most crowded, overpopulated place in the country, shopping for fabric!

Haha, just kidding. We had a lot of fun though, and I found some things I really love, like the fabric to make this DIY Kimono Sleeve Scoop Neck Dress!

:: Outfit Details ::
DIY Red Kimono Sleeve Dress (tutorial here)
Navy Blue Boyfriend Cardigan ($6 from this store in Long Beach)
Pointed Toe Flats ($12 from H&M)
Cross Over Body Clutch (Ross)

Check out the tutorial:

10 Dresses Week Ten! Blue Lace Bodycon Dress

Oh boy. This lace fabric was tough to work with. Even worse than chiffon, I think. It kept slipping and sliding and moving where I didn’t want it to.

I got both fabrics from Jo-Ann’s remnant’s section, and it was totally one of those moments where I was browsing and wasn’t really expecting to find anything. Then I grabbed a hold of both of these, and was like, hmmmm. I’ve always loved pairing dark blue with yellow (like I do in this cut-out outfit). So when I held these two fabrics up next to each other, an idea slowly formed, and this DIY Lace Bodycon Dress was born!

I can’t believe this is the last dress in the 10 Dresses in 10 Weeks Summer Sewing series. It seems like only a few weeks ago I was barely making the first dress. Oh well. I guess it’s only applicable since summer is over. Not that you would know it here in Southern California where it’s been averaging 100 degrees. I know I know. First world problems.

Even though the series is over, I’m planning on making more dresses, and I’ve already got some tutorials ready to go up. You guys should check back next Tuesday and stay tuned for more projects!

Also since summer is technically over (for the rest of the world, anyway) and cold season┬áis here, I thought I’d start on a different series… A Sweater Weather Sewing Series?! Who knows. Maybe…

Week 9! DIY Empire Waist Little Black Dress

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I like versatility in my clothing and accessories, because they’re great for combining and mixing and matching outfits. For someone who’s always on a budget, that’s a great feature for any item in my closet. So this┬áDIY Empire Waist Little Black Dress was the perfect addition because it’s also a swimsuit coverup.

Then again, sometimes I’ll just throw on a cute dress over my bikini because it’s comfortable.

This dress is so easy to make also! I used the pink crocheted fabric from my swimsuit cover up/sweater dress (see–versatility) and it turned out to be the perfect combination. The black fabric is a swimsuit material that I picked up from the remnants section at Jo-Ann’s, but I wasn’t really in the mood to make a bikini when I’m already obsessed with buying them.

So you guys all get a dress tutorial instead!  

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Click for the slip dress diy underneath!

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swimsuit cover up black dress Head over to YouTube for the tutorial.

Week Eight! DIY Fit and Flare A Line Dress

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dress with sweater and purse

dress with bright purse

Strappy Blush Wedges

It’s our eighth week in the 10 Dresses in 10 Weeks Summer Sewing series. Seriously, I’m not sure what I’m going to do once all the dresses are up.

Then again, you can never wear–or make–enough dresses. So maybe this┬áwill turn into a 52 dresses in 52 weeks thing as was the original idea, who knows? Hmm, then again, that might be too much craziness, even for me.

But not to worry guys, I’ve got some more projects in the works. Like…a fall and winter series. ­čśë Stay tuned, yo!

fit and flare dress

So I made this DIY Fit and Flare A Line Dress without the sleeves at first, and then decided to add them in. I’m glad I did because I tend to wear a cardigan with sleeveless dresses anyway, and at least I can wear this without if I choose to. I love the a-line skirt, which flares out and does this flirty fluttery thing at the hem. In fact, I love everything about this dress.

What’s funny is I used to hate flowers and any derivative thereof. But then again, I was a very tomboy-ish child. I know, it’s hard to imagine, right? Someone who wears dresses all the time and has way too many shoes. But seriously, I used to wear nothing but baggy jeans and loose t-shirts and follow my brother and his friends around, chasing after their skateboards.

Now I’m suddenly obsessed with anything floral and bright and cute and girly. People can change after all!

a line dress with blue raincoat and bright yellow purse

See outfit details in my previous post on this dress.

DressLink.com Shopping and Products Review

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Floral Maxi Dress and Watermelon Bag from DressLinkInside Cross Over Body Bag

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Dress | Purse | DressLink.com

A few weeks ago, I posted a wish list on DressLink.com, a site I’d been eyeing for some time. I don’t know why, but for some reason I totally fell in love with this chiffon maxi dress. I usually don’t even like maxi skirts for a number of reasons:

  1. I was afraid they’d make me look shorter
  2. I’d trip on the hem and fall flat on my face–something that I already manage to do without skirts tangling┬ámy legs, so why risk it?

But this dress totally caught my attention and I couldn’t really stop thinking about it. Also, it’s so difficult to work with chiffon that I’d never be able to make it myself anyway, despite all the dresses I’ve created in recent weeks (10 Dresses Series is almost over, yo! So sad…). So I decided to snag this one right up.

And you know what? I’ve worn this baby all day to church this morning, running errands, and moving around the house. I haven’t tripped once. (Knock on wood. I mean, the day’s not over yet.) And bonus, Husband says it actually makes me look “longer.” Note that “longer” was the word he used, not taller. So who knows what that even means. ­čśŤ

I have no complaints to make about the dress. It’s exactly like it appears in the picture, and the length is PERFECT, ending just at my ankles.

The purse I got is also adorable. I’m so used to carrying around my crossover body clutch, which barely has enough space for itself much less anything else, that I was pleasantly surprised by how spacious the inside of this purse is. I can fit my ┬ácompact Bible, gigantic phone, keys, AND sunglasses in there. It was like watching a bunch of clowns disappear inside a Beetle Volkswagen.

It seems really sturdy too, and I hope it lasts long. The color is exactly as pictured, “Watermelon Red.” (More pink than red, but what a cute name, huh?) Then again, I tend to throw my bags and swing them all over the place, so if it breaks apart, that’s more my fault than anyone else’s. My only caveat is that it smelled rubbery when I first opened the package, but that faded really quickly.

My shopping experience with DressLink was amazing as well. I placed and completed the order on August 8, and they promptly emailed me with a tracking number and order update. Then I received the order on August 26, so it took about two and a half weeks for the items to get here. BUT you kind of have to consider that this package is traveling half way around the world. Also, when I ordered from SheInside.com (which is a similar site also in China), the order took about 2 months to get here. I almost didn’t get my dress in time to see Wicked, which was why I had ordered from there in the first place.

So all in all, I would totally recommend shopping from DressLink.

:: Overall Thoughts ::

10/10 for shipping
10/10 for customer service
10/10 for tracking
9/10 for products

Also, don’t you looooooove my giant sunglasses???!

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Why do tigers have stripes? Because they don’t want to be spotted! Hahahaha–oh wait, this is a leopard print dress outfit. Oops.

Asian in Fit and Flare Leopard Dress

Leopard Print Dress

Fit and Flare Leopard Print Dress

H&M Pointy Toed Black Pumps

Leopard Print Dress with Black Blazer

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Black Chiffon Blazer

I’m still feeling a bit of vacation hangover, as you can see from the countless animal-references to the zoo lately. We had this really entertaining tour guide and he told a bunch of jokes while he showed us around.

Here’s another one:

Did you know that koalas bears aren’t actually bears? Why not–they have all of the koala-fications.┬á

HARHARHARHARHARHARHAR.

Har.

For some reason I’ve been really obsessed with leopard and animal print things lately. Clutches, shoes, dresses–you name ’em. But I used to hate them. They used to be one of those trends I didn’t understand.

I guess you change as you grow. Or something.   


This outfit will always bring back a lot of memories because it was the same one I wore to pick up Husband from the airport after more than a month apart. I kept telling myself I wasn’t going to cry, but then of course the moment I saw him, I started crying.



:: Leopard Print Dress Outfit Details ::

Dress ($12 from Ross)
Chiffon Blazer ($12 from this store in Westminster <my hometown>)
Tights ($2 on clearance from Target)
Pointed Toe Black Pumps ($24 from H&M outlet, now on sale for $30)
Cross-Over Body Clutch ($15 from Ross)