Mommy’s Diary:: DIY Easy Organza Skirt

rainy day activity with kids


The weather in Tokyo has been moody lately. We’ve had some rainy days so Kiko and I worked on an easy craft projects when we could not go to the park to play. It is super easy and all you need is an elastic band and left over fabrics. I had some fabrics left from making this dress, so I cut a little slit along the grain line every three inches so Kiko can rip the fabric to make strings and tie it around the elastic band. The fabric does not have to be organza, any fabrics that are laying around are fine.

Here is how -

What you need:
- Elastic band, cut in the length of your child’s waiste
- Organza, or any fabrics of your choice
- Scissors


How to:
Cut the organza strips in 3 inches width and 2x or what the skirt length should be. Have your child tie the stripes to the elastics. Repeat the same about 20 times, and you’ve made the cute organza skirt!


elastictieing the organza

She loved being in my sewing room and  crafting together. I made a short video of the activity if you want to check it out. I want to make more video posts in the future, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know! My youtube channel is here.




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Fun Video Shoot with Oslo and Alfred

oslo and alfred bts

Last month, I had an honor to help out Taren of Oslo and Alfred for her new product photo/video shoot in Kichijyoji, Tokyo. Taren is an illustrator, and we collaborated for my SS2013 collection, where I made a dress using one of the prints she designed (we ordered the fabric through Spoonflower). This time, Taren made Japanese furoshiki using her adorable prints. Furoshiki is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth traditionally used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. In her video, I’m showing how you can turn the furoshiki to an eco bag and backpack. We had a fun day of shooting! I am usually acting as a stylist for shoots, so it felt a bit strange to be a model, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. oslo and alfred2All the images via Oslo and Alfred Blog

P.S. I’m wearing the white tank dress I made for myself, blogged here.


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DIY:: Dress to Cropped Top

DIY dress to cropped top by vivat veritas

I bought this forever 21 dress about a year ago on sale for 400 yen (about 4 USD)! That is so cheap. Perhaps it might be cheaper than making the dress, considering the cost of fashion fabric, lining, zipper, interface and hook and eye. It is insanely cheap. I really like the floral print fabric, but I did not wear this dress because the dress is short. It hits about 10 inches above my knees and it gets shorter when I raise my hands.

I saw this cropped top and skirt DIY from a pair and a spare a while ago and made a mental note to do something similar. This I line dress was a perfect candidate for this project. There is a seamline at the waist, so that’s where I de-stitched and finished the hem. Because the top part was quite fitted, I made a small slit on sides so I can easily put on and take off the top. The zipper was in center back, so I cut it about 2 inches shorter than the hem of the top.

DIY dress to cropped top by vivat veritas1 DIY dress to cropped top by vivat veritas2

I used a French curve ruler to make a slight curved line at the hem. I find it more flattering than just regular straight cut. The skirt is made by me too. Blogged here. I made a separate skirt too, but will still need to photograph it. I used a simple trick to lengthen the skirt…more next week! DIY dress to cropped top by vivat veritas3

Outfit details: Top and skirt – self made, watch – Michael Kors, Sandals – Dolce Vita “Foxie Low Heel Sandalskiko1年ほど前に、フォーエバー21のセールラックで400円で見つけたワンピースを、クロップトップスと、スカートの2ピースセットに作り変えました。


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In Progress:: Beachy Wedding Dress

Vivat Veritas Wedding Dress in Process4Here are some photos of what I’ve been working on. It’s a Wedding Dress for a bride who is having her wedding on beach. She and her husband’s hobby is surfing, so the location of the wedding is perfect for them. I came up with something light and easy to move around in for this special occasion. The top has scalloped lace over layed on satin. The bra cup is attached to the top, so the bride can wear the dress without a bra. The skirt is two layers of gathered chiffon skirt, and the lining is 100% silk satin, which feels so luxurious on the skin. back scalloped wedding dress sketch and inspiration vivat veritasThe pictures above are the inspiration photo and my sketch.

Vivat Veritas Wedding Dress in Process2 Vivat Veritas Wedding Dress in Process1The back detail is my favorite. The deep V opening with scalloped lace is so pretty and romantic! If I were to do a wedding again, I would make something similar for myself with the mermaid shaped skirt.





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Happy Father’s Day!

happy fathers dayHappy Father’s Day! We celebrated the Father’s day a day early with my father at this cute and cozy cafe in Ueno, called “Moineau” (モアノ). The place is combined with a small gallery, and when we went they had some dogs and cats pictures exhibitions. It seems like they have different exhibitions every month. The place is small and quiet. They had a yellow lab, just hanging out which Kiko loved. We ordered some crapes, and they kindly put the chocolate letter saying Happy Father’s Day in Japanese. cafe et galerie moineau ueno crapes vivat veritas cafe et galerie moineau ueno crapes vivat veritas2 cafe et galerie moineau ueno crapes vivat veritas3ChieSignature

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