Back in May, Yoshimi embarked on her Me-Made-May excursion and gave me lots of inspiration with her professional looking and meticulously made garments. As a novice sewer, I do not dream of a Me-Made month but I try to keep a goal in mind to actually wear what I sew. With that target, I would try my best to finish the garments properly. Yes, I classify myself as a hobbyist sewer but at the end of the day, it is much more satisfying if the clothes I made are somewhat wearable.
The Me-Made holiday to Penang, Malaysia started with this cream Nani Iro top at the Hong Kong airport in late afternoon of Day 1. We arrived very happily in the evening at our beach hotel at Batu Ferringhi.
I decided to get my act together to fix the neckline of this top sewed last year but never worn. There's nothing wrong with the neckline if I like it slightly off my shoulder but I prefer not having to watch over my bra strap every so often, so I narrowed the neckline by gathering a little at the back too. The belt was an idea from my elder daughter JY and I think it is a good suggestion. The fabric is Nani Iro double gauze. It is so nice and breezy to wear. The pattern is #1 from this book (SBN 978-4579111497).
Day 2 was pretty much spent at the pool and then out to Gurney Drive for some much-missed hawker food. Look how gleeful my 2 girls are.
We went on a round-island tour on Day 3 and went to the hillside for some of yummy Penang durian. We tasted the delectable Ang Heh (literally means Red Prawn). There is mostly Thai durian sold in Hong Kong which is so bland to me. Nothing like the tasty Malaysian durian that I'm so used to from my childhood days in Singapore. For those interested, you might like to check out the different varieties of durians here.
And I wore the linen pants I sewed using the Very Easy Vogue 7883 (I made the size 10). The fabric is a grayish blue linen (the third one from the top of this stack of fabric) which I bought in Shamshuipo. I love this fabric and have some more it which I hope to make a Twinkle Sew top. That is, if I could figure out how to print the patterns from the CD (do I shrink to fit when printing? Thanks to anyone who can help me out with this or point me to where I can find more information on printing out the Twinkle Sew patterns). The waist band is in elastic, next time I have to learn how to fix the elastic to the back only as I certainly do not need the extra bulk around my tummy.
Are you tired of the headless photos of mine? I am, so here's the 4 of us and another look at the linen pants.
Day 4 was for visiting the historic sites in Georgetown, which is one of the Unesco heritage cities. Below is a photo of Chew Jetty, homes built on stilts in the waters. I wore my purple Nani Iro tunic on this day. We went for some yummy Peranakan food that evening.
On day 5, our last day in Penang, we went in search of the famous Penang Road Chendol, had more Ang Heh durian along Mcalister Road and had authentic street side hawker food at Lorong Baru/New Lane.
And I wore the Simplicity top (2596, View A, size 8). The fabric is a synthetic blend (realized it only afterwards) that I got from Taobao website in China. It is mini navy anchors on white. I chose the wrong weight interfacing and the neck sort of stood up. Luckily it softens after a wash and here you have it, me being adventurous wearing my own homemade top in the streets of Penang. And of course flip-flops are a must.
A mix of everything in this post, our adventures in a fun-filled holiday in Penang (so much to see, so much to eat too) and my adventures in sewing (so much to learn and so much room for improvement). Hope you are still with me. Meanwhile, have a great weekend!