Vivat Veritas | Thanksgiving & Black Friday Sale on Etsy

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Hello everyone, happy Thanksgiving! I am running a sale on my etsy shop now through December 1, 2014. All the ready-to-ship items (including items on sales section)are 40% off with a coupon code GIVETHANKS40, and all the made-to-order items and are 10% off with GIVETHANKS10.

I’ve recently added a few new items here, here, here and here.

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Hawaii Photo Diary

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I had an opportunity to go to Hawaii the end of last month and here are some photos from the trip. I was only there for two nights, but it was great to soak up the sun shine, relax at the beach and get a lot of reading done. After watching the show “The Borgias“, I really got in to the Cesare Borgia character (mainly because he was cute in the show, but it is said that real Cesare Borgia was considered to be the most beautiful man in the 15th century), which led me to read books on Lucrezia Borgia (younger sister of Cesare), other women in Italian Renaissance including Caterina Sforza and Isabella D’este and the Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. I was told that you read the Prince in school if you go to American school, but since I went through Japanese education up to high school, I was never introduced to the book. So it was great to spend all my time reading, but I won’t lie, by the end of the first day, I wanted to go home. Hawaii was too beautiful not to share with someone you love.
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All the random stuff I stock up when I have a chance to get to America land – antiperspirant, cold medicine, pretty napkins, brownie mix, mod podge… 写真 3 (2)DSC_0441 DSC_0446DSC_0447 DSC_0453

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I went to Fabric Mart in Honolulu.
1631 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu HI 96826

They had a pretty good selections on quilting cotton. I ended up only buying some patterns, one for wide legged pants and the other for girl’s dress.

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MADE | Archer Button up Silk Variation

archer button up shirt silk version7 cover photoMy second try on Grainline Studio Archer Button up shirt! I made the first one in chiffon polyester and was pretty happy with it. It was actually a wearable muslin to prepare for this silk shirt. My attempt to recreate this Equipment shirt without paying $300.

First, this was the most expensive fabric I bought for myself! I buy nice fabrics for bridal customers but I tend to go to sales rack for my own sewing… I ordered it online from Hideki for 2.5 meters, and it cost 5000 yen (50 USD). Thankfully I had my credit card points saved up so I got it for free more or less. The fabric is silk crape de chine in blue gray. I ordered a sample before purchasing. The store lets you order up to 10 samples but I think it is only available to Japan domestic customers. The color I ordered is now sold out but they still have it in pink and gray here.archer button up shirt silk version by vivatveritasarcher button up shirt silk version1I made two modifications to the pattern.

1) add the pocket tab. When you look at this Equipment silk shirt, you can see that there are square pockets with tab on both sides. I drafted the pattern for the tab based on a Japanese sewing book all about pockets. It is pretty easy. The key to it is to add about 4mm on the width of the pocket tab, so that it sits slightly wider than the actual pocket.

2) add sleeve tabs (inspired by Sophie’s shirt!).
I like to roll up the sleeves. For fabrics like chiffon or silk crape de chine, it is hard to keep the roll up sleeves stayed since the fabric is slippery. That’s something I realized after wearing my previous shirt for a few times. I made the tabs based on the store bought shirt I have, but it turned out the width was a bit too narrow for the buttons I used. It was too late to fix it and not that noticeable so I did not fix it.

archer button up shirt silk version8archer button up shirt silk version11I always have hard time when I fold the facings under and topstitch in place from the right side of the garment. I hate the suprise of uneven hem or the hem not being caught. I had to unstitch and fix that. archer button up shirt silk version5

So my question now is…how do you keep the silk shirt without a stain under armpits? I’ve seen one idea on Pinterest, where you attach panty liners on the shirt to prevent a stain. Although it might work just fine, that’s not the most sexy thing. When I wore this shirt, I just wore a long sleeve undershirt and used a lot of anti-perspirin (something I stock up when I go to the U.S.! Evidence here), but that means I can only wear this shirt in the winter. Any suggestions?archer button up shirt silk version6Details | pattern: Grainline Archer Button Up | fabric: silk crape de chine from Hideki | Size: 2 | Modification: added pocket tabs and sleeve tabs |Interface: light weight fusible stretch interface

Outfit details | Shirt made by me, denim DIYed (blogged here), heels from Steven Madden.



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