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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.

 

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

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

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