Welcome to Benda!
Come along with me as I dive deep into my ideas to turn the things that I love into things that are a little more "me"!
Tote Bags —
I love tote bags with a burning passion and I thought it would be nice to make and personalise some to make them a little more "me"!
TUFTED CANVAS TOTE BAG
Regular embroidery isn't something I would necessarily have the patience for but punch embroidery is a little more bearable. I love the texture it creates and would love to experiment with different loop lengths on a single project in the future!
TUFTED REGULAR TOTE
Regular tote bags aren't called "regular" for no reason. Everyone loves them..they're pretty much the OG of all the tote bags in my opinion ☺️
TOTE BAGS + ENAMEL PINS = Y E S
I enjoy collecting enamel pins. I'd like to think that the pins I collect perfectly describes my person and I wanted to parade them around for everyone else to see.
Personally, I think that enamel pins can easily jazz up and personalize a bag to your liking!
Tote bags can look boring plain but I find that when it comes to T-shirt bags, the design adds character to itself! Could it be the folded handles? 😯
Fabric Masks —
Made with two layers of 100% cotton, these masks were made to prevent our nasal and buccal droplets from reaching the people around us to the best of its abilities.
I've also thrown in satin and lace to the bunch!
The added convenience of it being reusable makes it 10 times better because honestly, masks can cost one a lot in the long run!
Reducing waste by bringing new life to scrap fabric!
As if it isn't apparent enough that all my scrap fabric happens to come in long, narrow strips! The problem I faced this time was that the strips of scrap fabric were a little too short to be made into bows. The solution was to turn them into these cute scrunchies to keep my hair out of the way when I'm working!
On top of that, one can never have too many scrunchies!
Scrap fabric comes in different shapes and sizes. In this case, a long and narrow fabric was used to make these pinwheel bows and French barrettes adds some functionality to it!
Unlike the above, sometimes the scrap fabric that we end up with are a lot narrower and serves little to no purpose. Luckily, schoolgirl bows don't require a large width of fabric. With a little bit of sewing, gluing and some French barrettes, we're good to go!
Mood Boards —
Digital mood boards are a way for me to have references to the elements that inspire my ideas. Some mood boards inspire a whole collection of designs and some are dedicated to just one.
I was looking at pictures of flower bouquets when I noticed that the types of flowers that drew my attention to them were those that haven't bloomed or haven't fully matured yet.
This mood board consists of colours that reflect on that of an artichoke heart and a closed dahlia. I fell in love with how the actual colours blend so wonderfully and it became an inspiration for a sundress.
CHINESE NEW YEAR
When I thought of the Chinese New Year, my mind was instantly drawn to the colour red and the many shades within itself. And from the colour red, I took elements that reminded me of Chinese New Year and decided to put them in a mood board.
From the butterfly pea flower, to the bi-folding fan, to the Pan Chang Knot with a tassel; this mood board easily became an inspiration for three different dresses.
Whilst browsing a fabric store, I came across some yellow tulle and in that moment, all I could think of were yellow flowers and how some of them, such as dahlias and chrysanthemum look like a big puffy skirt. It didn't take long for me to decide that I wanted to make a dress inspired by the colour yellow and yellow flowers that's perfect for spring and summer time.