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Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung


Take MeMadeMay one day at a time

HandmadeFashionJean ChungComment

I'm a huge supporter of handmade fashion.... if you haven't noticed before.

I follow Fashion Revolution  and not a fan of fast fashion trends. And while I understand why they are so popular, I do not patronize the fashion brands that make money by cheating, copying, and abusing.

So May is special to me because Instagram feed gets filled with people who understand the beauty of consciously made clothes, made with care. 

I cannot promise that I will wear exciting things everyday this month, but I will wear something made by me everyday, in observance of this movement.

Here are things I wore in Week 1.


Life ThingsJean ChungComment

Hi friends,

It might have looked almost as if I've forgotten about the whole knitting business for a while. I haven't updated anything here for a while, I haven't released any pattern since last October, etc. 

In fact, it was quite the opposite. Back in January, I was approached by a yarn company in South Korea with an opportunity to develop an entire collection of original designs. It was really exciting. I could do anything I wanted, with unlimited yarn support. 

I sketched. Yarns were shipped. I sketched some more. Then started knitting.

Then I started a new job. There was the whole chaos with my 16-month son getting used to the daycare, a temporary childcare solution we found until a spot opened up at my employer's Montessori school. It was a chaos because Kiddo hated it. He cried every single morning, refused to nap at the daycare, and I disagreed on almost every tactic the daycare provider was using to help Kiddo soothe himself. Fortunately, a spot opened up at the school after just 3 weeks so at 17 month, my Kiddo started school full time. 

All this to say, that my samples were being delayed. Then unfortunately (or fortunately....?), the event where I was supposed to show the collection got canceled. 

On one hand, I was really relieved that I wouldn't have to stay up every night to finish all the samples on time. On the other hand, I was really disappointed that, because I was relying on several new designs being released in the fall, I had not worked on any submissions here in the U.S. 

With my new Winter Forest design in Holla Knits Winter 2016 issue, I'm slowly moving back into the old routine. So I promise to keep you posted! 

Thoughts on yarn shopping

WIPs & FOsJean ChungComment

A week ago, I complained here how disappointed I was about my yarn stash being so big even after consciously destashing for a year.


So I have been thinking about my yarns and fabric stash. And I am a little calmer and came to realize that my stash has very little to do with knitting or sewing plans, and more to do with inspiration.

When I look at yarns or fabric, I get excited over the texture, the colors, and the possibilities. When I look and touch wool suiting fabric, I dream about making my husband a custom tailored suit. When I look at handdyed merino yarn, I think about wrapping myself in a cozy warm sweater.  

I have come to accept the fact that as long as I knit and sew, I will always have a stash. Because a creative person should not be afraid to invest in his or her source of inspiration. I don't just craft. Things that are made by me represent who I am and what I dream of.  

So. What do I have this week to represent my dreams: 

I have a Playful Stripes cardigan I am knitting for Logan, in Oink Pigment yarns that I purchased at Yarnosphere 2 weeks ago.  

Oink pigment sport. | Candy & Bagel 

Oink pigment sport. | Candy & Bagel 


And I have been becoming more interested in knitting dolls and softies lately and cast on for a Baby Doll by Susan B. Anderson in the Itty-bitty Toys book. I am making it a gender neutral doll, without the dress and am thinking of making something matchy matchy for Logan. 

I am also working on an old WIP project, Cameo by Wendy Bernard. The original design is a cropped cardigan with short sleeves but I have lengthened the body and will be making the sleeves long as well with shaping.  

And I have an FO! I finally re-knitted the sleeves on Marty's Unfortunate Sweater which is drying on the rack right now. I re-installed the zipper as well because Marty complained that the zipper end keeps poking his neck. The mornings and nights here have been absolutely sweater worthy so I will try and get some action shots next week. 

Reknitted the sleeves on Marty's Unfortunate Sweater.  | Candy & Bagel

Reknitted the sleeves on Marty's Unfortunate Sweater.  | Candy & Bagel