National Textile Museum, Kuala Lumpur

National Textile Museum in Malaysia via Vivat Veritas Blog

Andy and I took a 3 day trip to Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. The trip was great; I thoroughly enjoyed the heat and sun light as it is cold and gray here in Tokyo. One of the unexpected highlight of the trip was the visit to the National Textile Museum. It is located near China Town in a mosque-like building that we happened to bump into. Here is a short description of what the museum is about from the National Textile Museum’s website:

“National Textile Museum takes you explore the rich diversity of Malaysian society. The museum is to track trends and developments that characterize textile and develop community living in Malaysia since the pre-history to the present. Visitors can visit the gallery that displays a collection of four leading textiles, accessories and clothing. Multimedia presentation also highlighted the textile production techniques in Malaysia.”

And the admission was free! The two-story museum has many interesting exhibitions from batik, weaving to gold thread embellishment, but what I enjoyed the most is the collection of embroidery. It is amazing to think that they are all done by hand, one stitch by stitch. exhibition at national textile museum in malaysia3 exhibition at national textile museum in malaysia4 national textile museum in malaysia building{Beautiful mosque building now used as a museum.}National textile museum building Colorfule textiles1 Colorfule textiles2 Colorfule textiles3 Colorfule textiles4 Embroidery exhibition at national textile museum{Intricate embroidery work – can’t imagine the hours spent on this jacket.}
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Winter 2016 Lookbook

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Model Misaki | Photographer Nobuyuki Nishihara | Make up and hair Emiko Hiki | Styled by me

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Bluff-Stitched Patch Pocket Tutorial

Bluff stitched patch pocket tutorialI recently had an opportunity to make a slew of “bluff-stitched” patch pockets. I snapped some photos during the process to make a quick tutorial. “Bluff-stitched” means the pocket is attached without top stitching showing on the front of the pocket. It looks neat and expensive. It takes some extra steps, but well worth the effort!
bluff stitched patch pocket close upMine is single layered (no lining) with lace trim at the opening.
tutorial 1 baste the corner of the pocketsFirst, cut the pocket fabric and take care of the pocket opening. I added the antique lace trim on mine. Then baste the corner if you have a rounded corner. If you have a pointed corner, you can skip this step.step 2 make a pocket patternUsing card stock paper, make a pattern for the pocket. This is used to make perfectly rounded corners. If you make it, do it without seam allowances and -1mm for the turn of cloth. Or, you can use a neat metal tool like this if the curve fits your pocket’s.
step 3 press the cornerUsing the paper pocket pattern you made in the above process, pull the basted seams and press the seam allowances inward. step 4 pin the pocket

Pin the pocket to where you want it to be attached. Since I was making this with white silk, I thread-marked the pocket placement so there is no chance that I would ruin the fabric. step5 baste the pocketstep 5 basting completedHand baste the pocket. I basted as close as possible to the edge. This will make machine sewing easier in the next step.
step 6 attach pocket from insideFrom the inside, attach the pocket as close to the basted line. It gets tricky at the curved corner, but sew slowly using a pointy tool to open up a way for the stitches. Once you are done, take off the hand basted thread an press.

step7 sew for the second timeYou will be sewing the pocket for the second time, this time as close to the creased line after the press. step 7 wrong sideThis is what it looks like from the wrong side of the fabric. Two stitching lines in parallel.
completed pocketsBluff-stitching pockets are elegant and make your handmade garment look expensive! If you are into pockets as much as I am, check out my bellows pocket tutorial as well.


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