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Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung

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Candy & Bagel Etsy Shop Update!!!

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Candy & Bagel "Don't Look Down" Skirt in Mint. 

Candy & Bagel "Don't Look Down" Skirt in Mint. 

So so so exciting!

At the end of last year, I started making ballet skirts for my friends at the studio and decided to start an Etsy shop. Well, if you have been following me on Instagram, my life this year has been especially challenging with my health issues and my dad's passing in January. 

But as always, fabrics/colors/yarns/textures rescue me from my worst days. I picked up where I left off. I looked through the most requested designs and colors; I grouped them and named each group; I changed prices (you'll see some skirts are now being offered at LOWER prices!) I replenished my fabric stash; I modified some of the patterns according to my friends' feedback. 

You will see here SIX categories of ballet skirts in my shop now. I can't wait to introduce them!

Candy & Bagel "Don't Look Down" in purple velour.

Candy & Bagel "Don't Look Down" in purple velour.

The first group is "Don't Look Down" wrap skirts, so classic and feminine. This is your classical ballet wrap skirt, hits just around your knees. The long ties help you adjust around your waist and accommodates a wide range of waist sizes from (24” to 30”). This style is popular with my customers who are still new to ballet and need some staples in their ballet class wardrobe or who can’t get enough of the femininity in wrap skirts. It’s especially pretty when you turn!

 

Candy & Bagel "Pull Up & Out" skirt in pink/gray/turquoise/brown stripes

Candy & Bagel "Pull Up & Out" skirt in pink/gray/turquoise/brown stripes

The next group is the "Pull Up & Out" skirts, in a style most commonly known as "SAB style" ballet skirt. SAB stands for the School of American Ballet, and this skirt style is very short, shorter on the sides than the front & back, creating uneven curved hemline. It creates long, lean ballerina look while still giving you some coverage. It’s popular among my customers who are petite in height or have boyish figures. 

 

Shine and be yourself! Candy & Bagel "Radiance" skirt in Blue and Gold.

Shine and be yourself! Candy & Bagel "Radiance" skirt in Blue and Gold.

California. Sunshine. Hollywood. This skirt has two layers, lace overlay and sequins underlay. The silhouette is similar to the “Pull Up & Out” SAB-style skirt but Radiance is longer in length, perfect for more mature dancers who want more coverage and modesty. It’s still fun, lightweight, and class appropriate but made mostly in opaque tones (as opposed to sheer).

C&B "Toe Ball Heel" Rehearsal Skirt in Mint

C&B "Toe Ball Heel" Rehearsal Skirt in Mint

This is a long “rehearsal” length skirt, hits below knees and popular with customers who love taking photos in their ballet outfits for some Instagram love or blogs. I personally love wearing these for pointe classes or when I know I would be doing a lot of turns or leaps in class. 

Candy & Bagel "Breathe" Dress in Light Pink Lace

Candy & Bagel "Breathe" Dress in Light Pink Lace

This is a dress! I wanted to offer something other than just class skirts, and this came to my mind when my pointe recital group was trying to decide on what to wear for our piece. We ended up wearing romantic tutus, but as my daydreaming often goes, I was itching to create something simple enough to wear to class (like contemporary or for those classes with teachers who are less strict about what you wear...) but also dramatic and different for a performance or a photoshoot.  It has the perfect balance between drama and simplicity. Made in stretchy lace material, it’s comfortable to wear, but the dramatic hemline is super fun to dance in. Try a side tilt with this on! 

The last group is like my special-edition stuff, like these legwarmers in sparkly cashmere yarn.

The last group is like my special-edition stuff, like these legwarmers in sparkly cashmere yarn.

Onesies are kind of like “special-edition.” These are from me just trying out a new pattern, to finding some cool limited-edition fabrics, or knitting something and think, “oh cool, I wonder if people would like this enough to buy” These are definitely specially priced items, and in exchange, I definitely welcome any and all feedback (By the way, this goes for all my creations, not just Onesies!) - I plan to add that baby pink romantic tutu I made here too!

That's it! Did you notice that most of the names are basically corrections you often hear in class? :D 

What's in my {ballet} bag..

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My Ballet Bag --

My dance bagxtokidoki

This is my ballet bag! It's actually a DIAPER BAG by Ju Ju Be, and this print was their collaboration with Tokidoki, one of my favorite brands in the world. When I got this bag, I knew that someday it will become my ballet bag. It has lots of pockets, insulated bottle holders, and a roomy main compartment. And it's a backpack style! My little one stopped wearing diapers and doesn't need me to carry around change of clothes anymore that much so now this is mine.

Candy & Bagel Bag

Inside the bag, I keep a spare leotard (my handmade), skirt (my handmade, in Tokidoki print), warmups (handmade of course), ballet flats, pointe shoes, fake lashes, sewing kit, lambswool, Theraband, and a lavender sachet. 

Pointe Shoes: Russian Pointe | Ballet flats: Grishko | Tin can: Trader Joe's | Eyelashes: Japanese grocery market | "Theraband" from Bunheads

Pointe Shoes: Russian Pointe | Ballet flats: Grishko | Tin can: Trader Joe's | Eyelashes: Japanese grocery market | "Theraband" from Bunheads

{the Close Up}

I am still trying out different pointe shoes, and don't feel like I have found THE ONE yet. I keep my Russian Pointe Sapfir and Entrada Pro in my bag, and alternate. I just got a new pair of Bloch Heritage as well, so I threw in yet another shoes in the mix. 

For ballet flats, I bought these Grishko canvas flats in 2014 and that's it, never had to replace them or never made me look elsewhere for new flats. I wash them only 2~3 times a year and I love how clean they look and they look great on my feet. 

And of course, my pointe shoe sewing kit. It's actually a tin can that used to hold Trader Joe's Peppermint Bark (mmmmmm). I keep my needles, pointe shoe accessories (ribbons, elastics, toe spacers, pads...) and a small thing of baby powder. 

I use Theraband a lot to stretch and do toe exercises. 

Lavender leotard, ballet skirts, legwarmers, warm-up shorts, handdyed lambswool: Candy & Bagel 

Lavender leotard, ballet skirts, legwarmers, warm-up shorts, handdyed lambswool: Candy & Bagel 

Over the years, I made a couple of leotards, few legwarmers, warmers, and of course, many many ballet skirts. I also have a lot of 100% wool from spinning. 

I absolutely love watching other ballet dancers sharing what's in their dance bags on YouTube and Instagram! I think we pretty much have similar items for essentials but I love seeing other people's neatly folded leotards, unique skirts, and little things they carry around to help them feel better after class. :D

 

{Sewing} 1968 Vintage McCall's Dress

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Photo by Il Mare Photography |   www.ilmarephotography.com

Photo by Il Mare Photography | www.ilmarephotography.com

I can't believe I forgot to blog about this dress.

This is one of the dresses I made before Logan's arrival early this year. I love buying vintage patterns and bought this Vintage MaCalls pattern from Etsy. Some vintage patterns are daunting, but I saw that this dress only had few pattern pieces and I liked the fact that it had a zipper. I decided to use an invisible zipper instead of a regular zipper as the pattern calls for. 

When I finished the dress, I was close to my due date so I couldn't post a picture of me wearing it. Fortunately, I tried it on the day after I gave birth and fit into it, but I was breastfeeding on demand which meant no woven dress :(

So I was glad to have a special occasion to wear it in public! I wore it to our first family holiday photo session! And got even more excited when our friends at Il Mare Photography commented that we look like a family from the 60s. :D

pattern: vintage sewing pattern (1968) McCall's, 9269, View C
fabric: spot on mini dot, 45", 2yds, from Fabric.com
modifications: moved the darts to give more ease, added hook and eye for the neck closure, used Invisible Zipper.