Ruched wedding dress

Pleat by pleat and stitch by stitch, a thousand little steps got us to the finished work that contain both my happiness and the bride’s!

“Be your own kind of beautiful!” you should look like yourself at your most beautiful on your wedding day. The smile on the bride face says it all and mean a lot to me.

A wedding dress should reflect the bride’s personality and showcase everything her beliefs about herself . Don’t be afraid to make a statement about who you are, you can never be wrong as long as you are being true to yourself and not trying to be someone else.

Thank you for allowing my brand to be part of this magical moment of yours.

Custom suit

Hello, I hope my readers are doing well, It has been a while since my last update. 2019 is fun and yet challenging, I was away on long trips to Japan and US with my family, hence the lack of updates. Last year was all about wedding, this year I decided to step out of my comfort zone and working on menswear!!!

Menswear wasn’t my specialty, but I was very motivated to work with Von Wong. He is an artist and activist best known for his environmental art installation. Von was in Saigon few months ago, working on “Strawpocalypse”, a HUGE ocean wave made with 168000 used straws recovered off the streets from Vietnam . He was looking to make a suit, with sustainable fashion approach. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!! It is my honour to work with like minded environmental activists like Von.

We started with brainstorming ideas over messages, he wish for conversation starter piece with his logo included, a suit that isn’t boring and a way to look like a grown up. The final design comes up after a few amendments over cups of coffees. Time was very limited given his workload and I did my best to streamline the whole process, from creating patterns, do fittings, fabric sourcing and final fitting.

“I want my suit to be black on black, it should be almost not noticeable” as of the lining, he said “I don’t really care what’s inside, you can use whatever you have and I am fine even it is in rainbow colour!”

Lightbulb came up in my mind and I can’t help to think of all the vintage floral fabric scraps I have collected over the years…

I sourced the fabric from fabric scraps market(photos below). Don’t be fooled by the appearances and presentations of this fabrics, there are some very high quality suit fabrics laying around on the street

The whole process took me longer than I thought, mainly also because my machine broke down at the very last day. After a few hiccups, The suit is finally done and I can’t be proud enough to see the suit

This has been a very enjoyable process and journey, and I would never forget the smile on Von’s face when he puts on the suits. Being able to create this custom suits using my own philosophy of sustainable design, and laying another piece of happiness on clients like Von gives me the passion to continue on this fashion journey.

Featherlight slip gown,

I think a bride should indulge and be true to her personal style by choosing a wedding dress that makes her feel absolute most like “her.” So I did! After walking down the aisle in the fitted silver gown (refer to my previous post), I took a load off by changing into this significantly lighter chiffon dress. 46696968_467084173816149_9158966524055126016_n.jpg


Simplicity is key and yet I wish to make a bold statement for my second and last look of the day.


Out of all the gown, without any second doubt, this is my absolute favorite!!! As you can tell from my smiley face, the dress is relax and comfortable to wear in, light, clean and yet eye catching.

On top of all above, this is a reconstructed dress, it is the icing on the cake.

Yes, i reconstruct this dress from one of my gown previously I wore for my pre-wedding photoshoot!



This dress has kept so much memory as it is the first wedding gown I put on for photo-shooting, and I wear it to end the chapter. Over and above, I toss my bouquet and had my first dance in it.



The rest of the night was filled with laughter, singing and dancing. We had so much fun that night!

The celebration of #happiyilemverafter has come to an end. After taking a break, I am ready to move on to new project! Hopefully by next year, it will be ready to share with you all.

Star studded

I am addicted to black and I would pick black over and over again. However, for my wedding reception (also my husband’s birthday party), I have to stand out from the black and yellow table setting (restaurant’s theme); reluctantly, I opt for silver…

We set our theme around the black tablecloth and yellow napkin :  Stary night. VSY_067VSY_166VSY_379

I am so in love with the back beading details!!!

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I wonder if this gown will be worn for second time???


Your thoughts?


Shin Yi

My wedding gown

To be honest, I am one of those plain Jane who have no vision of walking down the aisle in my dream wedding gown, until last November, after he pop the question and the image eventually sank in my mind; all i can ever imagine of my wedding gown are “Simple, Modest and Regal”.

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It took me about 2 months to work on the gown with plain crêpe I found on the fabric scrap street in Vietnam (weeeee~ upcycle!!!). I top off the look with fascinator hat and birdcage veil.

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Guess which part is my favourite? The back details and the fascinator hat.

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Some elders criticize my gown is too plain… Owh well~ my day my way.

Never ever imagined it could be so dreamy with tulle veil on… Kudos to my experienced MUA and talented photographer!

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This is my best loved among all, full of love and happiness with bright smile on our face and blossoms in the hand.

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Regal and Modest. Flawless from every angles even when I bends throughout the ceremony.  I couldn’t ask for more…

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Which part is your favourite, share me thoughts below?


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Two-piece mermaid gown

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I always prefer two piece design because of the versatility to mix and match with other piece to create different look. The flexibility in two-piece design extend the usability of these separate pieces.

I had fun in making the corset and mermaid skirt… The skirt is so stunning with the sequins! Although it is almost impossible to walk properly in this skirt without stepping on the hem… After all, behind every beautiful things, there’s some kind of pain. Don’t you agree?

Here’s me having fun in mix and match the skirt with different elements…


My favorite look is the T-shirt combination! Well, who knows mermaid skirt can be so elegant yet fun and playful?

How about yours? Share me your thoughts below?


Shin Yi.

The contemporary qipao

This is one of my favorite dress I did for myself and I really enjoy doing it!!! It is a bareback embroidered cheongsam, also known as qipao; traditional Chinese costume.

Qipao is a straight, close-fitting dress with a high neck, short sleeves, and a slit skirt. I make it short so it is easier to walk in and pose with Cici (the husky below).

However, the prewedding shoot doesn’t show much the details of the dress… I still love it though, because Cici is in it! No one can resist a silly dog… Right?

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I decided to reshoot the dress to showcase the details…

I used soft tulles for ruching on the bodice to create light and fluffy texture. A lot of hand-stitching going on but I guess it worth the effort!

The bow behind changed the silhouette of my body, boost up my flat butt.




Cut-in armhole goes just well with mandarin collar… I reuse some of the lace scraps from the previous project, add on sequin flowers and butterflies for a vintage look.




I love making beautiful things… The satisfaction is there when you put hours of hard work turn the ideas into fruition. Behind the scene:




Share me your thoughts below?


Shin Yi.

Upcycle shirt top

Each of us has clothing that sits in our wardrobe for years… I admit that I have made impulsive purchase in the past, despite my effort in “buy less, choose well” recent years. As a result of my impulsive buying, I bought this top on sales and never worn it for the past few years because the fabric is too sheer and the front closure is not secure enough.

“Why not put my batik starter kit to good use?” I think. That’s how it started! I created the motif and transferred it to the top. The fun part is heating up the wax and draw along the lines… It can be quite messy but the result is better than I initially thought!

( Do not do this! heating up wax with cookie can…  )
Arent they gorgeous???
I love this so much even before it is done!

Next step, soak the top into the dye bath and remove the wax afterward by boiling it with soda ash…

Close up on the details after removing wax…

I think the sleeves are boring so I trimmed it off and give them a new look…


What do you think???

The color brightened up the whole look!  I love the new sleeves and the goldfishes on my shoulders…




I will do this again and again because I enjoy making marvelous out of the discarded…


What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts below…


Shin Yi

The simple wedding dress

When we first stepped into the bridal house, my first and foremost request is “a very simple dress without any embellishments”. Stunned at my request, the consultant brought me a few dresses to try on, but none of them fulfill my requirement and the fit is barely satisfactory (I am not the average Asian girl size)… After pondered this matter for a long time, I decided to turn my vision into reality.

No fussy details, no crazy big volume, all I want for my white gown is nothing but clean and sleek. Do you know what makes it even better? I am using the fabric waste I purchased at Phu Tho Hoa street from my last trip to Vietnam (refer to my previous post).

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The gown is simple, sleek and upcycled from textile waste!!! The fabric was dirty and dyed but after washing, it is just as clean as new fabric…

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I am really delighted with the photoshoot! In my own opinion, what matters in pre-wedding photoshoot is not how magnificent the gown or background is, but the couple. The shooting is meant to commemorate our youth and a pleasant experience to be shared between the lovebirds which the precious moments will turn into our lifetime memories. Hence, it is very important that the couple feel comfortable and pleasant.

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Wide neckline, open back with back godet, you get to see more details below…

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What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts below…


Shin Yi

Saigon’s fabric market 

Xin chào mọi người!!! As I mentioned in my previous post, I am staying in Ho Chi Minh for a week. While my fiancé is busy working, I am spending my days biking around for fabric markets! I am surprised with what the city is offering! Hereby I noted down my experience accordingly to different district.

  1. As a foreigner, I had hard time looking for washroom, so I avoid drinking before my visit.
  2. Wear footwear that are easy to remove as they don’t wear shoes in the shop.
  3. They don’t take credit card, so bring enough cash!
  4. Some sellers understand basic English and Chinese, Google translate would be very useful over there 🙂

Ready? Here we go 😀

District 5 ( Soai Kinh Lam fabric market + Dai Quang Minh market )

I spend my first two days at District 5, check out both Soai Kinh Lam fabric market and Dai Quang Minh market. They are located just 300 meters (4 mins walk) away from each other.

Soai Kinh Lam fabric market is considered one of the biggest fabric market in the city! The shops are located along the busy street, becareful with the ongoing traffic!

The market offers ranges of textiles, from plain cotton to fancy embroidered laces; however, the choices rather repetitive. Some sellers know basic English and Chinese, whereby some are kind and being patience with me as I communicate with them Google translate.

Below are what I bought from Soai Kinh Lam market, not as much since it is more pricey.

On the other side, Dai Quang Minh market offers ranges of accessories, tassels, strings, sewing materials, notions, embroidery patch and a lot more!!! I will let pictures do the talking below!

The market’s entrance



Some of the shops sell in bulk, generally the price is a lot cheaper from Malaysia and Singapore!

Ribbon embroidery that sell in bulk.

Bra cup selling at VND10,000 per pair.


I am really surprised with all the supplies in Dai Quang Minh market! I can spend half day just looking at the embroidery patches and beads *laughing*

Tan Binh district ( streets opposite Tan Binh market ) 

No words could describe my excitement when I arrived! Unlike Soai Kinh Lam fabric market, the stocks here are generally higher quality and nicer! Surprisingly, the price is cheaper here compare to Soai Kinh Lam market and the sellers are friendlier too!

I am going crazy all over these beautiful textiles!!! Too bad I don’t have enough cash and they don’t take credit card *sobbing*

Don’t forget to check out the market too, they have a lot interesting notions, hangers, and mannequins.

Zipper wall!!!

I believe the market offers not just textiles and notions but also a place for fashion wholesale business. Look at how much they bought and carried in the bike!

I really love these textiles I got from the market! Priced at VND 20000 per meter, I am rather confused how they charged because some textiles they sell it in weight ( for instance, VND 275000 per kg).

Ben Tanh market and Tan Dinh market

Both of these markets are tourist spots, they do offer textiles but just a few stalls… Overall you can find what they selling here in Soai Kinh Lam fabric market.

Ben Tanh and Tan Dinh are offering more of the sourvenirs and food.

Personally, I prefer Tan Binh market the most for their textiles. Whereby for the haberdashery, I like Dai Quang Minh market more than Tan Binh market bacause they are more complete and you can find everything under the same roof.

Feel free to drop me comment if you have any questions, hope you enjoy reading this!