ROUNDUP: 7 Days of Hawaiian “Honeymoon”

 

When Steven and I got married at the end of July, we didn’t pack our bags and board a plane to an exotic getaway the very next day. Nah, I only had a week away from work and I knew I wouldn’t have time to really enjoy a holiday overseas. Moreover, Steven’s family was visiting and we were having fun hosting them and showing them around the city.

Honeymoon is a state of mind. Despite the absence of a vacation outside the city, I still found the strong urge to bust out my Hawaiian prints for the whole week right after our wedding. Well, Singapore is a tropical city!

So here’s a quick roundup of all the Hawaiian prints I wore for the 7 days right after my wedding. Some are vintage, some are me-made. My collection of Hawaiian prints (both me-made and vintage) is ever-growing, so writing a blog post like this gives me a chance to reflect on what I currently own in my wardrobe. Through exercises like this, I hope to continue to refine my wardrobe and develop a style that is truly mine.

Keep scrolling for the details!

At a glance…

Hawaiian item: Me-made dress
Pattern: Cynthia Rowley 2250
Fabric: Polycotton featuring a border print with hibiscus and palm trees, purchased in Sydney

Fun fact: I wore this dress on the night I met Steven for the first time. ‘Nuff said, never getting rid of this!

At a glance…

Hawaiian item: Vintage 1980s dress, Japanase label, purchased in Hong Kong
Also wearing: Second-hand wicker purse, thrifted sandals

This dress makes me feel kinda meh. Some days I think it’s a great, casual dress and on other days, I find the print too… 1980’s. I’ll probably let go of this soon…

At a glance…

Hawaiian item: Me-made shorts with elastic waistband and pockets
Pattern: New Look 6055
Fabric: Polyester in a print featuring musicians, surfers and Hawaiian floral with a background of ocean waves, purchased in Sydney

This is a pretty unusual look for me. I think I was headed to the gym in this get-up. Regardless, it’s still a pretty unusual make for me. Well, I made these way back in 2013 when I was still finding my style and wasn’t quite sure what I was doing with my sewing. It is actually overall a pretty decent make considering that I was still pretty much a beginner sexist at that time, but I find the print placement on the front questionable. Guess I should really look into selling these shorts or donating them. They’re just not me anymore!

At a glance…

Hawaiian item: Vintage 1960s Liberty House of Hawaii – I can’t remember where I bought this!
Also wearing: Vintage bamboo purse

I keep telling myself that I need to wear orange more often. This bright orange dress is an instant mood-booster, fits me right, and is definitely a keeper.

At a glance…

Hawaiian item: Vintage 1970s in the most amazing citrus yellow! Purchased in Hong Kong.
Also wearing: Vintage bamboo purse, thrifted sandals

Another keeper! I am so in love with neon Hawaiian dresses. When I first put this dress on in Hong Kong, I basically gasped and told my friend that this would be my burial dress –  the dress I would be buried in. Well, the truth is, I want to be cremated and I think the fumes from burning this polyester dress will be pretty nasty. I still love this dress but it’s not gonna be my burial dress anymore.

At a glance…

Hawaiian item: Vintage 1970s with statement hibiscus border print. Purchased in Hong Kong.
Also wearing: Vintage bamboo purse, vintage silk scarf, thrifted earrings

I am undecided about this Hawaiian number. There are many things I like about this dress: it’s made of 100% cotton, it has dramatic sleeves and an eye-catching border print. Unfortunately, it just lacks the oomph that the previous bright Hawaiian dresses give. Some days I am ready to sell this to a new owner. Some days I think I would keep it. For now it’s sitting in my online Carousell (aka Singapore Depop) account until the right owner comes along.

At a glance…

Hawaiian item: Me-made shorts
Pattern:
Self-drafted
Fabric: Cotton in a print featuring Hawaiian landscape, surfboards, and cruise ships with a background of ocean waves in navy blue

There’s no doubt that this is also a keeper. Steven has a shirt that I made with this same fabric, and I also recently finished a 1950’s style bra top (Simplicity 1426) using the same fabric. Pardon me, but my weakness is in matching honeymoon sets. I will have some photos taken for the blog soon once Steven is back from his trip. Keep your eyes peeled!

 

SEWN: Hawaiian Boat Neck Top

 

SEWN: Hawaiian Boat Neck Top

SEWN: Hawaiian Boat Neck Top

Wearing: Handmade Hawaiian Boat Neck top, ASOS high-waisted bikini bottom

Wearing: Handmade Hawaiian Boat Neck top, ASOS high-waisted bikini bottom, ASOS platform shoes

I recently attended a course on the Italian method of pattern-making and one of the things we went through in class was the drafting of kimono sleeves. And when we were asked to make a top with kimono sleeves (and any kind of neckline), I decided to make a boat neck top to match my Hawaiian shorts.

First things first, I am not a fan of kimono sleeves/bat wing sleeves. Sure, they are common in the 50s, but that doesn’t mean I am obliged to like them. I don’t understand the concept of having excess fabric under the pits. Is it supposed to help with air circulation? And how is it suppose to drape!?!?!

Despite the general contempt with kimono sleeves as well as the confusion with drafting a pattern with kimono sleeves, I went ahead to cut the fabric anyway.

If I had a 2014 Resort collection, this would be part of it.

If I had a Gwenstella Resort 2015 collection, this would be part of it.

I am embarrassed to admit that my first attempt at boat neck was abysmal at best. In other words, there was no boat, but a mess of fabric on my chest. Thankfully, the problem was fixed easily with some darts. My boat now stays afloat!

My kimono sleeves also didn’t turn out too great.  I am guessing that they are supposed to be rounder and lower. 😦

All in all, disasters were averted with my alterations after putting everything together. I probably need to review that awful draft I drew again.

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DIY / OUTFIT: My own Hawaiian way

Before (left) and after (right)

A close friend of mine gave me her old Hawaiian dress several months ago. It’s a vintage blue Hawaiian dress she bought when she was on a holiday in Hawaii back in the 80’s! I love old clothes. 

Unfortunately, the dress wasn’t quite my style. Seeing that it’s made of easy-to-deal cotton fabric, I decide to bust out my Elna and give it a modern twist. And here’s the result…


Wearing: Refashioned vintage Hawaiian cropped top and skirt, thrifted necklace and bag, ASOS platforms

All I did was cut the shirred top off and finished off the raw edge with a zig-zag stitch. Then, I shortened the skirt and added an elastic waist to it. Easy-peasy! It originally looked more like a holiday dress… as in something you would only wear when you’re on a holiday. But now, it’s more like a ready-to-wear item. This is definitely something I can wear often in hot and humid Singapore! x

SEWN: Hawaiian Dress

Aloha~

I once wrote about the almost countless yards of fabric in various Hawaiian prints in my fabric stash on my old blog here. That was about a year ago. Fast forward a year and…, I have only sewn one pair of Hawaiian shorts and this Hawaiian dress.


I started this dress when I was still in Sydney. I vividly remembering cutting out the various pieces for sewing and then packing them neatly in a ziploc bag before placing the bag in a box (along with the rest of my fabric stash) for shipment back to Singapore. 

I only finished this dress in … I think September? I guess I took such a long time because I got distracted by other things that were happening in my life and also, I made other stuff in between. 


I got this amazing fabric with a Hawaiian border print back in Cabramatta in Sydney. It’s 100% cotton and I like how the stiffness of the fabric makes the skirt look kinda poofy when I wear it. Looking at the example on the front of the dress pattern envelope, I think that’s the idea of it – for the skirt to look poofy.

Pattern: Simplicity Cynthia Rowley 2250, skirt length for B and strap design for A
Fabric: 100% cotton with Hawaiian border print
Modification(s): I scrunched up the bit at the chest area a little more than instructed in the pattern.
What I dislike about this pattern: That bodice. It was a tad complicated to sew.What I love about this pattern: That bodice. It was a tad complicated to sew BUT it gave me a chance to improve my skills! Oh, and did I mention that there are pockets!?



I love this pattern because the it is really unique and I love how the border print along the bottom of the skirt turned out. I know I am definitely using this pattern again. Now excuse me while I strum my ukulele and daydream about Hawaii…

SEWN: Hawaiian Shorts


This is a sewing project that I completed late last year while I was still in Sydney, and while I was still writing my thesis and pining for summer. 

It’s not just about my love for Sydney’s summer – it’s also about my obsession with Hawaiian print. 


Hawaiian print – the mere thought of those words is sufficient to make me smile and do a pirouette. You might think that I am exaggerating. I can assure you that I am not. 

I can’t even remember where I bought this Hawaiian print fabric because it has been soooo long ago. It’s 100% polyester with a texture that is similar to Billabong board shorts. So, of course, I had to make a pair of beach shorts out of it.

Pattern: New Look 6055, option E
Fabric: 100% polyester in Hawaiian print
Modification(s): I shortened the hem and opted not to include the belt loop (mostly because I was too lazy to sew them).
What I dislike about this pattern: Nothing!What I love about this pattern: It’s super easy to sew and there are POCKETS!!!

Unfortunately, I have only worn this pair of shorts once thus far and it was not a trip to the beach. So, this is the only photo I have of the shorts to show to everyone.

I wonder when I’ll get the chance to wear this pair of shorts again…

Anyhoo, I have about 1 metre of this fabric left and guess what I’m making with the remaining fabric? A matching bag!! 😀

x g