Ikat Skirt with Pockets

I bought this ikat fabric from the bargain bin at favorite fabric store back in San Diego. I probably made this skirt back in high school or early college, and it’s still one of my favorites. It’s comfortable (yay for elastic waistbands!) and adds some interest when worn with basic tops. Sewing Pattern: Simplicity 2258 |…

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On Design Aesthetic

One thing I’ve been particularly frustrated about this week is feeling like I don’t have a strong sense of my own design aesthetic. I’ve never been naturally good at editing things down (I’m probably a “more is more” type of gal, curious & interested in all things), and it seems like curating your design style…

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Handmade Tassel Earrings

Jewelry making is one of my oldest hobbies. I’ve been doing it almost as long as I’ve been sewing. I used to sell jewelry to my classmates (and sometimes teachers) from fifth up to ninth grade. Earrings were always my favorite things to make. I would make custom earrings for everyday wear and fancier styles…

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Denim Midi Skirt

Constructing clothes using my own sewing patterns is really a problem-solving exercise. I don’t always love to do it (especially when Butterick and Simplicity patterns make the sewing process much simpler) but it really is rewarding to figure out how to turn flat pieces of fabric into a 3D garment. The most challenging part is figuring out how to…

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Sleeveless Knit Tee

I created this tee from the original base pattern I recently drafted. I wanted a versatile knit top that I could wear with jeans or a skirt. I love pairing basic, casual pieces with dressier items for fancier occasions (comfort is everything!) Whenever I buy tees from the store, the hem usually stops way below my hips because…

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Striped Top

When I first started sewing my own clothes I used to go crazy with notions and trimmings – contrasting ric rac tape, crazy buttons – but I never ended up wearing the things I made. When unworn sewn garments started piling up I decided to shift my focus to making quality pieces I’d actually wear…

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My Favorite Red Lipstick

The perfect shade for medium skin tones   I have many many shades of lipstick. When I was in college, I discovered  Dare You by Mac and I’ve been experimenting with bold colors ever since. My most recent discovery is Lancôme’s Front Page, a deep brown-red shade that matches my skin tone perfectly. I’m not the type to go…

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Color Story

 There are people in our lives who heavily influence our style and tastes. Thinking about why I’m so drawn to blue + pink, a specific memory comes to mind. My “lola” (tagalog for grandma) bought me a denim vest and skirt with a pink shirt to match for my kindergarten pictures. She told me that pink and…

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The Long Story

The Long “About Me”  When I think about what Petite Stylebook is for me, it’s about creativity, growth and authenticity. At a time when I feel so much pressure to “brand myself” professionally, I want to come here and be free to write and create anything. I want talk about style, beauty, design, faith, sewing, crafting…

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