Sewing patterns online

I’ve been receiving a lot of questions on where to buy patterns here in Manila/Philippines.  Unfortunately, there really aren’t any stores/shops that carry the actual paper patterns (which are so much fun and so exciting to open).

A good alternative though if you’re keen on getting new designs is to purchase online through Sewingpatterns.com.  You just have to create a user name and log-in and you can purchase using your credit card.  My experience has been pretty good (no shipping required obviously), although you will need to keep the following things in mind:

  1. Make sure you test print that you’re printing to scale.  There will be a test page and you have to make sure that the size you’re printing is accurate or the whole pattern will be totally ruined.
  2. You will need to have LOTS of paper and tape on hand and a BIG space to put everything together.  My entire living room floor gets filled up when I’m taping the printed pattern together before cutting it out!  Turn off your electric/ceiling fans (Don’t do what I did and get stuck chasing papers around and having a hell of a time reorganizing them hehehe)
  3. Have big envelopes/plastic dividers/clear books on hand.  I organize the patterns I bought in big Manila envelopes for easy reference.
  4. For the patterns I’ve downloaded, you can only print each up to 5 times.  This isn’t really a problem though, in fact I could see myself sharing patterns with my friends who sew too.

Sewing supplies in Manila – South side!

Living in Makati will always be near and dear to my heart but The Part Time Homemaker is soon going to pack her bags and move to the South!  When our little girl came along we decided to buy a house and we are nearly done with the renovations (which of course took much longer than we would’ve liked!)

Although I definitely don’t look forward to paying for toll in SLEX, I can’t wait to see my precious daughter take her first steps in a place with some space for her to run around.  And of course I’m beyond excited to cook in my totally remodeled kitchen.  Yahoo!!!  We had no choice but to put a lot of our wedding gifts (the big appliances, etc) in storage since our flat isn’t big enough for a full set of appliances.  Plus I have a sewing room…well until another baby comes along!  🙂

So anyway, this weekend we found ourselves in Alabang Town Center.  I was happy to see that they’ve done a lot of renovations, with a lot of my favorite restaurants now in the South!  I was on the hunt for bamboo steamers in Metro Department Store since I wanted to make shu mai, and I ran into Carolina’s which had a pretty good selection of sewing and craft supplies.

They had headpieces, beads and buttons in every color:

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Carolina’s Metro Alabang Town Center

Beads, necklaces and more headpieces:

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Tassels for whatever purpose you desire:20130210-233513.jpg

 

 

Furry accents for make your own feather boas, shiny ribbons, silver and gold chains:20130210-233531.jpg

Of course they had their usual selection of fabric too.  Nice to know that I have a place for fabric and supplies that is pretty near even when we finally move.  🙂

 

Where to buy? Things I’m happy I found in Manila

Where can I buy this or that???

Most people into cooking/crafting and a lot of mommies too here in the Philippines probably share my dilemma that a lot of important things are quite hard to find, or if so, only found in specialty shops.  Here’s a quick list of things that I’ve been searching for that I’m quite happy to have found in places around town.  🙂  Feel free to comment and/or add!

Food

Za’atar and sumac – Assad Mini Mart (Makati and UN Avenue); you can find Za’atar in Spices and Flavours in Salcedo Market but at more than double the price in Assad as of July 2013

Natural peanut butter (without hydrogenated oils) – Landmark Supermarket, Makati

Aluminum-free baking powder – Healthy Options (any branch should have it)

Whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, self-rising flour – Healthy Options, Market Market Supermarket, Bake Masters

Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce – Metro Market Market Supermarket

Tahini – Healthy Options, Santi’s, Kashmir stall in the Saturday Market in Salcedo Park

Fresh paneer – Assad Mini Mart

Rennet – apparently you can order from UP Los Banos – still trying to figure out how to get my hands on some without going all the way there!

Blocks of unsweetened, dark, semi-sweet, white chocolate, Dutched cocoa and Valhrona chocolate too – Chefs’ Nook, Bake Masters in Sucat

Black chicken/native chicken – Salcedo Market every Saturday, Sunday market in Greenhills

Water chestnuts – Metro Supermarket, Alabang Town Center (then would probably have it in Market Market too!)

Whole wheat pastry flour – Healthy Options

Liquid smoke (Hickory) – Metro Supermarket, Rustan’s Supermarket

Lawry’s Seasoned Salt – S&R

Tapioca flour – Spices and Flavours (they closed their branch in Market! Market! so now you have to find them in the Salcedo Market) and SM Makati

Potato starch – Bake Masters Sucat

Buttermilk – Rizal Dairy Farms in Salcedo Market or at their stall in Market! Market!

Biscoff cookie butter – Metro Market! Market!

Fresh buffalo mozarella – Santi’s and S&R sometimes

Cooking

Carbon steel wok – True Value carries one by Ken Hom but I ordered mine from The Wok Shop in San Francisco and had it sent through Johnny Air

Mommy-related items

Bellybuds – Babyland, Glorietta 3 near Mercury Drug

Breastmilk bags – Mothercare, Baby Company, or on sulit.com.ph

Breast pumps – Mothercare, Rustan’s, Baby Company or order through Amazon, even with shipping cost it is much cheaper

Lactation massage – Lita Nery, Mom massage

Drape Drape in Manila!

As you all know, my dear readers, I’m a self-taught hobby seamstress.  I haven’t had time to do many projects lately thanks to my darling daughter, but let me tell you it that it sure hasn’t stopped me from adding to my stash of sewing books and fabric!

I still stand by my original list of 2012 favorite sewing books but I’ve picked up a few more along the way.  One thing that particularly excited me was my find in Powerbooks Greenbelt, Drape Drape.  I saw some reviews such as this one on Drape Drape and the clothes are so my style!   It’s quite a bit more advanced than the level I’m at now but I’m dreaming of the day that I can create something for myself from this book.20130117-225253.jpg

Hooray for local bookstores stocking more and more books for us!  🙂