My dresses, they are the strings that lead me back to my clients, my friends, my life: my entire experience of being there. To an extent, they are my diaries. Written in them are the persons and places I have come to cherish. They remind me of the sleepless nights I spent sewing, my dog Popert staying up as late as I did, my boyfriend always a text a way. They remind me of my trips to the local malls, Market Market and SM Megamall, places where I bought my materials and sold the finished pieces to clients and friends. They remind me of the events I attended wearing them, from formal photoshoots which I and my friends organized, to simple self-captures using my camera phone.
The first Wa Lolita ensemble I made.
Purchased and worn by Jannelle.II.
The first and currently only one piece Wa Lolita I made. The fabric was from my Gramma.
Selfcapture in my brother's room, and my early experience of wearing wigs.
Purchased by Miaow, met her for the first time at Bubble Tea, SM Megamall.
Handed down to Neko, Miaow's sister in law, hehe. :)
Wa Punk Lolita, commissioned by Miaow.
This time when we met up we had a little meal at Bubble Tea.
Upon leaving I received a text saying not being able to wait to get home, she tried on the dress set at the restroom and loved it. :D
Had a mini shoot with her friends,
wore it to Ozine Fest Day 3,
and had photos with Neko, who was also wearing the Peacock dress.
With the Wa Punk, I was finally able to realize my style which was mixing prints. Within a month before my departure to the US, I was able to finish two dress sets following the said design aesthetic.
One was the Candy Color Set which also emphasized my extreme fondness of ruffles.
Of course it took more time to make them but it was always worth it.
I wore the dress to my Farewell/ Despedida Party held at UP Diliman.
It was bittersweet. I wished I had spent more time with my friends, more time knowing other people.
It then became one of the first dresses I sold here in the US, along with the Golden Summer Set:
one of my favorites when it comes to pattern mixing.
It was the first dress I shot with my first dSLR,
and it was nothing short of life changing.
I still have those sleepless nights but they aren't for sewing anymore as I don't want to wake the apartments' other tenants. I still sew but finish slower. I think the night really is my inspiration as I could only do so little during the day. I get my fabrics and materials online now, as I haven't resumed my driving lessons and the stores are just so far away. I wish I could commute instead of waiting for days for my online purchases to arrive, instead of waiting for my Dad or brother to come home and drive me. If there is one thing though, one thing I am happy about moving, it has to be the money. I earn more than I ever did back in the Philippines. I get to buy not only what I needed and wanted but also what my mother needed and wanted! I could actually send her money to help pay the bills back home. And that is what I have always wanted - to be able to give what my family wants. I am glad I am able to do that now and I am glad Popert gets all the more spoiled. :)
Moreover, contrary to my little whines earlier, I've become more passionate in sewing as I have access to the prettiest (and priciest) fabrics and tools. I want to design more because of these materials, I want to make more, explore more, experiment more.
One of the happiest things that has happened to me here is this: a commissioned wedding Wa Lolita Set. :)
And finally, the most recent Wa Lolita piece I made for a client, a dress for her birthday.
This is why I love my dresses, this is why I love making them. They give me this feeling that I exist, wherever in the world I may be, whoever are wearing them.
I only included my Wa Lolita dresses for now. I have made several and you could see them in my site. I would be talking about them too, soon.