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A New Scene

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And it’s an exciting one.

Over time, I think we have made a little name for ourself, for carrying dainty dresses made with chiffon and in pleats. For more than once, I get customers walking in, telling me they were referred here by their friends, when they said they need a pretty dress in flowy soft fabric.

That was a pat-on-the-back achievement unlocked.

And now I want to break new grounds.

It has been an exciting time for the past couple of months and I think I have made my customers’ hearts skipped many more beats when I presented the new designs.

There are new fabric, new captivating details, new colours, new textures and new experience. From visualising the designs to having found exactly what I had in mind, it really took me sometime.

Good things are really worth the time taken.

 

And I feel so fulfilling to see the happy faces in the shop, looking, touching, browsing, trying the new designs and bagged home their prized purchases.

Coming up in the following months, for ladies who love dresses, you will see new designs in different material and textures.

First to debut was The Meadow Dress.
Made of polyester blend, fun details with buttons, conceal back zip and more tucked in at the waist.

 

Eva Embroidery & Texture Dress is the first among the many upcoming dresses with unique prints and textures. I brought in a good range of sizes for more shopping options and thank you very much for liking it.

 

I hear your feedback about lack of bottom pieces in the shop. Mini Patch Pocket Skirt is the latest kid on the block and I promise you I will bring in more interesting matching bottom pieces for the top pieces you have bought from us.

 

Mini Patch Pocket Skirt is not just an ordinary skirt but come lined with a pair of mini shorts. This is highly recommended to ladies who want to attempt shorter skirt length but have reservation about carrying it.

I have also brought in very fun-loving blouses like The Kitty Bow Blouse and The Vintage Buttons Blouse made with very comfy cotton.

New In: The Kitty Bow Blouse. Now available in store.

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The multi-colour buttons at the back of The Vintage Buttons Blouse is such a trait of the 60s/70s fashion. There is always something special about the fashion trend during those times that is worth bringing back.

 

And of course not forgetting our very well love handsew kisslock products. I have opened the first batch of pre-orders last month and it is also the first pre-order for the year. Thank you so much for loving this product that is entirely produced by Queenbels. I am in the progress of working on a new shape that I hope can make it in time for our seventh birthday celebration edition. I am still searching for the fabric print and fingers crossed that I find what I have in mind soon.

Handsew with Love

 

There are so many things that I want to do for Queenbels. I have been relooking at the mix of merchandises in the shop. Because of the space constraint, I have been putting on hold some products that I know you ladies will love. I think I have found a way to work around the space constraint.

The first quarter of the year has come and gone. This year seems to be a rather different year. I see new faces. I see new shopping patterns. There are new expectations. We have been in business for six years. Each time I see a new face or repeated faces in the shop, I always ask myself why would people come all the way to buy clothes from Queenbels. Sometimes I ask, I get answers, real answers that I don’t even get from people that I talk to almost everyday. I asked because I want to make the magic work even better so that I can continue to bring the best into the shop. Thank you very much for giving me the most earnest answers, not patronizing and definitely very useful. I conclude that it’s important to ask the right person for advice. Ask the wrong person and they will make you work things in their personal favour and not give a heck if it’s going to lead you into a dead end alley.

Maybe it will surprise you. People I talk to almost everyday and gotten familiar with, are the most harsh when there’s a slightest slip up and borders at calling me stupid when things are not in the order they want. I remind myself constantly, a customer is afterall, a customer.

Be it nice or not, difficult or not, I treasure every single customer.

Customers who have been buying from Queenbels long enough know that I always give back to customers during festive seasons or special occasions. It’s my way, and the only appropriate way, to express my appreciation and thankfulness for the support and kindness given to Queenbels. I don’t earn the money and forget about you once you leave the shop. I always appreciate the fact that you awesome people actually choose to buy from Queenbels among so many fashion boutiques in Singapore. I hope customers are able to feel my appreciation for their support.

Thank you so much for supporting Queenbels and staying with us. I will be back soon to share more shoppe updates.

Cheers,
Shirley

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Matchy matchy

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Thank you so much for the pre-orders that poured in!

Thank you for making my handsew with love kisslock products your choice of gift this Mother’s Day.

Thank you for always making Queenbels your first choice when you want to buy ladies apparel, accessories, purses, be it for yourself or for your love ones.

I wished that I had taken at least a snapshot of the completed products before they were collected, especially the sizes that I am making the first time. I really cared more about not missing the collection time and making sure that I did everything properly.

I started working on this new fabric print which comes in two different colours, about two weeks ago. I only posted a tiny sneak peek but I have customers who actually spied them and knew these are new fabric prints and asked if I can take in pre-orders for Mother’s Day gifts. Because the list got very long, I did not make anymore heads-up on our Facebook page.

Sneak peek of new fabric print

Sneak peek of new fabric print

Tadah! The completed kisslock purses! These purses will be available for purchase in the shop from 12 May 2015 onwards.

I have not think of a name for this new fabric print. Any suggestions?

About making detachable straps for the kisslock clutch bags, I will be taking special orders for that rather than making it a permanent detail on all the kisslocks. The feedback I have got is most customers do not need it. So if you like my handsew with love kisslock clutch bags and need a detachable strap to go with it, please email me at shop@queenbels.com to place a special order.

I have got customers mentioning to me that when they carry big bags or totes, sometimes they had a hard time finding the purse among the numerous things in their bags. I know how that feels because it happened to me too when I have hundred and one things inside my big bag.

Recently I am very into mini bags and I have been browsing lots of them in the shops. Some of them come with very cute bag charms and it just add a very pretty detail to the bag. This gave me the idea to make the kisslock purse into a functional bag charm. Number one, it will solve the problem of not locating it in the deep big bag. Number two, the kisslock purse doubles up as a pretty bag charm on a big bag.

It really took me awhile to find these clasp closures. I need them in a suitable size, that doesn’t look out of proportion when I attach it to the kisslock.

Tadah!

I really love this new clasp closure detail. I have also included a fabric button that I have made using the remaining fabric as a detail. I am giving away the free clasp closure as seen on this photo when you purchase this kisslock purse. And now you can clip your new kisslock purse on your bag!

Kisslock purse as bag charm

Cheers,
Shirley

Make The Best Out Of It

This is a common sight after I cut the fabric needed to make the handsew kisslock purses.

I try to eliminate any kind of wastage and make the best out of resources. That doesn’t mean I retain all sorts of clutter. Before you throw anything out, just give it some thoughts if you can reuse or recycle.

Remaining fabric from making kisslock purses

Remaining fabric from making kisslock purses

Knowing that I can make something useful with these remaining fabric, I refuse to throw them away instantly. Such a pity to just discard these remaining fabric!

thought of a few things I can make, like, hair accessories or accessories for scrapbooking.

The idea to turn them into fabric buttons seems to be the best option.

So I bought the fabric button kit and experimented with a few buttons. The completed fabric buttons look good!

We can use these fabric buttons in a few ways.

Hair Ties

Add elastic bands and make them into hair ties!

Just to name a few:

1) Add an elastic band makes it into a hair tie.

2) Add a clip makes it into a hair clip.

3) Add a safety pin makes it into a brooch or a badge. You can wear it as a brooch to dress up your attire, to hold your scarf together, or as a cute badge on your collar or accessorise your bag.

3) Sew it onto a no zipper pouch to close the opening.

4) Add a loop and makes it into a ring.

And many more ways you can think of! You can use them on wherever is appropriate.

I will be making a few fabric button sizes and if you want to have a piece of these beautiful fabric that I have used to make the kisslock purses, you can get these fabric buttons in-store soon. Stay tuned on our Facebook page for updates.

Cheers,
Shirley

Now We Have A Daisy!

Sometimes I like how my instinct works.

Polka Dots Cotton Twill

Polka dots love

I bought these cotton twill polka dots fabric two years ago not having a slight idea what I wanted to do with it. I just want to buy it. I know someday these fabric will come into use.

So I brought these precious home and stored in my fabric box.

A couple of months later, I took it out and used it to make the first kisslock purse prototype.

Completed! My first handsew kisslock purse. 完成!我手缝的第一个口金包。

My first handsew kisslock purse. 我手缝的第一个口金包。

Then it went back into my fabric box again.

I did not forget about it. I just don’t know what to do with it yet.

Until I saw the daisy fabric.

TADAH!

Daisy Dotty Kisslock Purse

Daisy Dotty Kisslock Purse

Cotton Twill Polka Dots Interior!

Cotton Twill Polka Dots Interior!

I love all my kisslock purses that I handsew and in particular, with the Daisy Dotty Kisslock Purse. I love how the prints, the fabric base colour and the purse frame colour all come in together, looking so good.

Cotton twill has a velvet feel to touch and I really love how it merchandises the Daisy Dotty Kisslock Purse. I have been staring at this beauty after I completed this purse, with love. Now I really hope the owner will love this purse more than I do.

Pre-order is now open here.

Cheers,
Shirley

The One and Only

“Hi Shirley really like your new kisslock purse. I am not a fan of the colour green but it looks really good especially there’s polka dots inside too.”

~Jasmine

That was the most awesome compliment I have ever received on my handsew kisslock purse. Thank you Jasmine!

Way back in September, I received enquiries on whether I will introduce new fabric prints to my handsew kisslock purse. Customers are keen to purchase my handsew kisslock purses to give to their love ones as Christmas gifts in the coming Christmas.

I went through quite alot of thinking and colour matching and finally decided that this year, I shall have printed purse interior!

Happy Mint Dots Kisslock Purse is the first purse that has a printed purse interior. The first batch of kisslock purses all carried a full-colour non-printed purse interior. Though non-printed, I make sure the colour of the purse interior has its own uniqueness and adds contrast to the purse exterior.

Happy Mint Dots Kisslock Purse

Happy Mint Dots Kisslock Purse

Polka dots interior!

Polka dots interior!

With the new shopping hours, I can now dedicate certain days to do sewing. I have been going around Singapore locating textile shops to shop for fabric that has prints suitable for making into kisslock purse. And I got really lucky finding the purse frames I have in mind. Some of the purse frames I have used were bought on my previous procurement trips and I cannot find them here. Crafting supplies are scarce here compared to countries where crafting is really popular. Even the books that I can lay my hands on are few.

I must say a BIG ‘THANK YOU’ to all who have already made pre-orders for my handsew kisslock purse. Thank you so much. It’s really a wonderful feeling to know that there are people who like and are willing to buy and use something that I make. Thank you for liking what I put together.

Pre-orders are now open for my handsew kisslock purse. You may place a pre-order via our webstore. Gift wrap is also available at SGD2 only. Some purses are left with very limited pre-order slots so place your pre-order fast if you want a certain fabric print. Feel free to email me at shop@queenbels.com.sg if you have any enquiries on my handsew kisslock purses.

Every single handsew kisslock purse is my one and only. I can only work on one kisslock purse at a time. From the start to the completion, the time spent on each purse is dedicated. And I give all my best in making that one purse. I hope the purse owner can feel my handsew with love and will love the purse even more.

You can also stay on our Facebook page for sneak peeks of new fabric prints.

Cheers,
Shirley

I Am Still Here!

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I am still here!

Work in Progress ~ Happy Mint Dots Kisslock Purse

Work in Progress ~ Happy Mint Dots Kisslock Purse

Ok so I wasn’t in the showroom almost the whole of the past week and I received messages asking if I had gone on a procurement trip and if the new designs are arriving soon. No I didn’t go on a procurement trip. I was buried in the back office work to complete a few pre-order handsew kisslock purses. And don’t worry about no new designs coming up. I have got that part taken care of already. Keep a lookout for my update.

Someone said this to me: “Business must have been good for you because I see you always all smiles in the shop. I bet you never had a lousy day!”

Of course there are days when I ran into very challenging customers. It’s beyond your imagination the kind of words generated and the sentences formed that came out. Patience can be worn out.

I chose to smile it off. No, it wasn’t to avoid offending customers. This is about how I want to carry myself.

At the end of the day, I benefit from all and become a better person.

These days I get more and more strange questions from random people. These questions are totally irrelevant in helping them make an informed decision on the type of apparels that suit them. These questions are rather disturbing. Now if you are reading this, my message is; If you are really keen to exchange pointers, you may drop me an email and we will see how we can learn from each other. Trying to sound out other people’s cost and goods origin is not how I level up my game and I don’t advise anybody to do that. Display your real capabilities, learn from the good people and listen to your heart. Do what you are good at and be very good at it. I am sure you will be at somewhere prominent in no time.

I am working on new fabric prints. Happy Mint Dots is one of them. I am also introducing new purse interiors. If you like my handsew kisslock purses, stay on our Facebook page for updates.

Cheers,
Shirley

NEW Addition to the Happy Dots Family

Happy Brownie Dots n Minnie Kisslock Purse

This Happy Brownie Dots fabric was purchased almost at the same time as the other happy dots fabrics.

I couldn’t proceed with sewing the purse because there was no suitable purse frame. The frames available are not in the right colour and design. For weeks, I went to every single sewing supplies store I know, just to find a suitable frame.

Finally I found it.

I nearly substitute the purse frame I have in mind with another purse frame design. I searched every single source I know and I was desperate. There was just no suitable frame.

So here I am adding the new member to the Happy Dots family.

Happy Brownie Dots n Minnie Kisslock Purse.

We have a Mickey, so let’s name this new purse frame Minnie.

Happy Brownie Dots n Minnie Kisslock Purse ~ the purse interior

I am very happy with the colour combination. Do you like it?

 Happy Brownie Dots n Minnie Kisslock Purse is now available for purchase both online and at the private showroom.

Just a handful available.

Don’t wait.

Cheers,
Shirley

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