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 Welcome to the world of Manic Pop!


Manic Pop started in October 2011 as a journey to document and showcase my fashion design work as well as try new techniques out, make some sewing friends across the world to also discuss design work with. I am highly influenced by vintage 60s and 70s looks - my favorite being mod. 

All garments made on the blog are from my own hand-drafted sewing patterns unless otherwise noted. I use Helen Joseph Armstrong's "Pattern Making for Fashion Design" book in the 3rd edition for all my sewing patterns, along with self-drafted sewing blocks. This is a book widely used in fashion design schools.  

Although fashion is the medium I primarily work in, I'm known to be a multi-disciplined designer and artist, ranging from knowledge in designing fabric prints, abstract art, photography,  knitting, and making jewelry with resin. Manic Pop is full of these various disciplines. My work has been featured on various blogs, I've been incorporated in art shows in Chicago, and have had my own solo exhibition in August 2013 also in Chicago.

I got my BFA in Fashion Design from the Illinois Institute of Art -- Chicago in 2007.



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Latch Hook Rug Update

A little under a month ago I received all of my supplies to take on one of the biggest long-term projects I have ever taken on - a self-designed latch hook rug.

I don't know why, but I am clearly nuts. So beginning today I am posting photos each month, (preferably on the 1st of each month) progress of this gigantic shag rug. See how I started it here (scroll down past posting of my $10 dress). 

This is a photo of it today:

 Yes, I used the candelabra for scale. Haha. 
 This rug is really soft and is fun to run your fingers through. 

It doesn't look like much was accomplished, but though the number of packages we have gone through of pre-cut latch hook rug yarn already I have calculated that  we've used over 2500 strands for this ie.) 8 packages. I also just ordered 10 more packages of lime green since that's what I ran out of first and 6 more packages of straw yellow.


There is still quite a bit to go, but you see the blue row squares? Each of those are 10 rows. We cou…

DIY Trapeze Dress

I'm a pretty big fan of tent dresses (or trapeze dresses - call it what you want). They're simple, easy-to-make and you can have many variations of them. These are a fun style to wear for spring and summer! 
See this DIY from a Good Housekeeping Crafts book from 1971 - photos at the end of my own trapeze top from a while ago! (Bear with me on the photos here - this book is quite cumbersome and hard to scan.) 



Applique patterns, in case you wanted the dress to look EXACTLY like the photo. (But why?) 


How to cut the fabric efficiently. (This is actually pretty important cost-wise for you - especially with something this big.) 



Using pattern instructions from my patternmaking book from college, I created this swingy trapeze top a bit ago. I used sweater fabric from a thrift store find for the collar of this top. 

 I also opened up the back on the pattern to have a diamond shape. 

 It can easily be belted like in this photo for a blouse-y look. (Photo by Jane Chu.)

Have fun, kids…

The Lost Art of Rug Hooking

I am totally in love with the idea of this rug! But anyone who knows me shouldn't be surprised as I like stripes, vintage, and anything remotely psychedelic looking. 
The squares can be kept separate for rearranging or sewn together for a full rug. Be forewarned: these rugs take quite a long time to hook, so do this only if you have lots of free time. Or, I guess if you want to be working on it for years - whatever. 
On the contrary, these knots don't take too long to learn - mostly just muscle memory. You only need to buy a rug hook (which is still sold in most kits in craft stores) as well as the pre-cut yarn. In recent years, I find this proves to be slightly difficult as rug-hooking is a dying art, but you may be able to come across these yarn pieces online.





Of course, the fun part is that you can do whatever colors you want. I like this little chart that explains the reasons why you would pick each colorway - a little color theory here and there.  


And design your o…