Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Quick Sewing Project Result

Those of you on Twitter have seen this already. Recently my dear friend from Japan came to visit. She comes regularly at least twice a year and actually considers Hawaii her home. She is definitely more "Hawaiian" than I am. She LOVES the culture, is even in a hula halau (dance club) in Japan. She loves the music, food, surfs and history. While on the other hand, I do not. I love the Japanese culture and it's so funny how I'll ask her about something current and she has no clue. She comes to Hawaii to our house and watches the Japanese dramas here.  We consider her to be family and she even calls me "Onee-chan",  which means older sister in Japanese.

One tradition that she has is to travel to Hawaii and be here in the beginning of November because it's when her birthday is. Since my birthday is at the end of October, we usually have one night where we celebrate our birthdays together. This year I decided to make a very simple peasant style dress for her as her birthday gift. Knowing how much she loves Hawaii and the color pink, I combined those two loves by finding a Hawaiian print fabric in pink.


As I mentiioned, it is a very simple style and it took me perhaps 3 hours to complete it. Since it uses elastic in the neckline and sleeves, I had to customize it to her preference so I couldn't have the gift completed and wrapped up for her to open but she was happy nonetheless.

I do have beauty posts planned and lined up in my head. Hopefully I can write them up soon. There's been a lot going on here so it's been a little difficult to do--sorry!

In the meantime if I don't write up another post again before the big day, I want to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving! Mai and I are so thankful to all of you who take the time to read our blog. It has grown into something more than we imagined. I've also met so many wonderful, wonderful bloggers who I can sincerely say are my lovely friends.

*Kat*

13 comments:

Jamilla Camel said...

How wonderful! I love Japan, and Hawaii too! My mother is a retired Cha No Yu and Ikebana sensei - and I failed at both....!

Vanity-Fashionista said...

Aw you're friends sounds so cute lol.
You are so sweet and that dress is so lovely, even better that you made it yourself! :)

Happy Thanksgiving for tomorrow to both you and Mai. I hope you are well too, feels like I haven't spoken to you for ages :( xxx

Old Cow said...

Lovely dress. Isnt it so satisfying when you finish a sewing project?

sataa said...

Wow this is a lovely dress,you have some really good sewing skills.Happy Thanksgiving I hope you will have a nice day <3

galpal.hi said...

@Jamilla--Wow! Your mom is quite an accomplished woman! My grandmother (step-grandmother actually) taught Ikebana too but as a young child, I didn't appreciate the art of it. Now I wish that I had learned from her.

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@Vanity-Fashionista--Thank you so much! My friend is definitely more local than I am. Even when we take pictures together, I look more like I'm from Japan and she's from Hawaii. She's really tanned from surfing!

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@Old Cow--Thank you! Yes, it's really satisfying to to finish a sewing project. I used to sew all of the time but hardly do so now.

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@sataa--Thank you so much! How have you been?

*Kat*

sataa said...

I am absolutely fine, just enjoying the winter :)

tiffyama said...

Aww, how sweet. :] The dress is so cute! Love the pattern and the colors. Your friend sounds so kawaii~~!

BV said...

A woman of many talents! Love it!

galpal.hi said...

@tiffyama--Thank you. I like the colors but don't particularly like the print. I don't care for Hawaiian prints but she loves them so that's why I bought that fabric.

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@BV--Thank you! Just as you are a woman of many talents!

*Kat*