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All the entries are in for the Fabricville Inspired Sewing Contest, and these are the competition for my ao dai entry shown last week. Not all are my direct competition as there are categories. And the voting you can do is only for the people’s choice award, not the judges’ award.

If you like judging sewing stuff, please go have a look and vote… for whichever you like best, not necessarily me. :)

My First Ao Dai

Recently, I submitted an entry into a sewing contest. For it, I motivated myself to finally learn how to make an ao dai (ow-yai, meaning long garment), the national garment of Viet Nam, my country of origin. I used a pattern for a base, Folkwear 139. However, I customized it to fit a 5’10” friend who was my sewing model. I also fixed how the shoulders were done because sewing it as instructed left a very jagged shoulder “dart”, which was essentially what I was doing more than sewing it together as a seam. Then I extended the neck line from the body up so it didn’t leave such a big collar. Finally, on my real garment, I redrafted the front and back pieces to remove the vertical darts so as not to disturb the beautiful big print, and took out a dart on the sleeve.

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BBMI is the New BMI

You might have heard by now about a new, pretty extensive, study that suggests having belly fat is more deadly than general fat all over the body, for impact by obesity. To summarize, forget Body Mass Index (BMI) that is a ratio between your height and weight. Just make sure your waist measurement divided by your hips measurement, is less than 0.9 for men, and less than 0.85 for women who generally have wider hips than men relative to their waists.

Basically, it’s your belly to butt or bum measurement ratio, which is why I’m calling it the Belly Bum Measurement Index or BBMI for short.

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I have just started to the haiku collection I wrote mostly in March 2015, during my life changing return to Viet Nam, 35 years after fleeing as a child refugee. It is called Tales of an Expat Tourist.

This is the backgrounder to the collection on my poetry blog. It has a link to the first of 62 haiku in the collection, with notes to give more information on its subject matter, as will be done with all subsequent haiku in the collection.

If you like poetry, very personal travelogue style writings, Viet Nam and/or Vietnamese culture, I hope you will give it a read. Thank you.

That title probably has a lot of people asking W? If not with the additional two letters. It was an accidental idea I just had upon seeing some graphic about tattoo symbols meaning various things, but which resembled stitches on a sewing machine stitch guide!

Life is full of symbols. I don’t have to enlighten anybody to that. But there are none for stitches so I figured, what’s a few more? So try this exercise. Look at the stitch graphic below and tell me what symbolic meaning you would assign to various stitches (by their number)

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