LIFE CYCLE OF TREE: FLOWERING 7/12: NEEDLEWORK & MENDING STORY: CC'S DRESS
It has been raining regularly in Singapore since the 2nd week of July. I went for a quick dinner while it was pouring and returned to writing my needlework story for this upcoming week. It's perfect weather to write with peace of mind :) How was your week so far?
July is a good month to reflect on what I have learned while achieving my goals between Jan-June 2021. I realized that I have too much content to update in a single post, therefore I separated my 4 goals update into 4 separate posts to share with you on a weekly basis, on my takeaways from learning and practicing these slow crafts.
Below are the links to have a peek on my July posts:
Week 1: A journey to create a variety of eco-wrappings from daily life object
Week 2: A complete handbook for a beginner or for friends who want to learn natural dye and Ayurvastra
Week 3: A full mending story with needlework on CC's dress
LIFE CYCLE OF TREE: FLOWERING 7/12: NEEDLEWORK & MENDING STORY: CC DRESS (current post)
Week 4: A diary about practicing illustration skills from scratch
LIFE CYCLE OF TREE: FLOWERING 7/12: ILLUSTRATION (to be released next Thursday)
Last week, I posted a pretty juicy post about natural dye for a beginner or for friends who are interested in this slow and beautiful craft. This post will provide you with the basic knowledge and tools to get yourself started.
Today, I will be sharing with you one of my needlework projects: Mending CC's umeshu navy dress.
It was CC's first visit to my place. And she instantly fell in love with a dress that I hid for 2 years in my mending wardrobe, waiting for it to be rescued someday. I personally really liked the unique prints and color combi of yellow and navy on this dress. The yellow fruit looks like umeshu to me and with a navy background, the contrast between the two colors brings out the best of each other. It is made with 100% cotton, printed with the "Kanebo" logo, (you're right) a the popular cosmetic brand from Japan, who used to produce textile from the year 1889-1959 at the start of their business formation.
The dress is entirely hand-sewn, in times when not many could afford a sewing machine, unlike today. Unfortunately and sadly, it is poorly sewn, which I suspect could be the first dress that its maker had ever hand-sewn or was rushing to get a dress completed within a limited time.