26.2.10

Abracadabra

Please meet Sabrina.  I am so happy I did.  I met her on Chictopia as "simplycheap" and recognized her as having such a great eye for pattern, color and design.  Sabrina lives in Bogor, Indonesia, where apparently, if she wants a dress, she can walk into a fabric store and choose whatever she likes, give a tailor her measurements and her idea for how she would like the dress to look, and they will make it for her or an incredibly decent price.  I read about this on her Chictopia blog and was so in love with the dress she had made (shown top) that I contacted her complimenting her on her savvy and just casually asked if there was anyway I could have a dress made too.  She said sure.  She goes in to town on the weekends and if I sent her my measurements she could pick some fabric out and have a tailor make one for me too.  She worked out the price (about $60 including shipping) and abracadabra this beautiful dress arrived in the mail today!  Miracle! I love it SO much!  I just slipped it on and styled it up quickly so that I could wear it for the remainder of the day but I love how she did an opaque charcoal tight with a brown sandal!  So CHIC.  This whole situation couldn't be stronger proof that the internet is magic.  Thank you SO much Sabrina!  I LOVE this dress!

COMMENT OF THE DAY:

simplycheap said...

Hi all! I'm Sabrina from the story above. I don't know what makes me happier: that the dress is adorable on Christina or that you all like it! Contact me if you want something like it, thru my chictopia or my gmail account: sabrinahartoto@gmail.com
Thank you, Christina, for putting this on your blog!

43 comments:

DearBeatrice... said...

That is so neat!! wish it didn't cost a fortune here in the states to do that! The dress is soooo cute, I love the print ^.^

Alix said...

This is so adorbale. And with a great back story. I am so tired of dresses not being long enough for me that I have taking up a sewing class so I can make my own damn clothes. Similar to your story but not nearly as exciting and worldly. again, absolutely gorgeous.

Sara Lynn said...

so cool!! And it looks great on you!!!

jjparks said...

This so so CUTE! Def. one of my favorite looks, but I'm pretty sure I say that about everything you wear haha.

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I'm Heraid said...

Whaaaa! That is awesome!
She is going to have A LOT of people contacting her now... ha

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Ce qui m'inspire said...

What a great story!! And such a cute dress, the pattern is amazing!

Ce qui m'inspire

Jen said...

this is so amazing! i wish i could have a dress made too, i would love to be able to design something and have it made for a decent price. you look so lovely in this dress and i'm loving it with the boots and that trench!! :)

amanda said...

i love this outfit! and that dress truly is amazing. it's such a great story that goes along with it. how fun for you to get to tell it when other people compliment you on it. how it came from the other side of the world. i don't know. it's pretty cool.

Chloe said...

I love the dress, and you have both paired it so well. well done on getting such a great find.

mariel said...

oh my gosh, what a darling dress and so fun that it was created through the magic of the internet! looks so great on both of you!

Zeynep said...

Wow, that dress is beautiful! I love the way you've accessorized with it. The belt and shoes are perfect. I kind of want one too...

Gabrielle said...

this is incredible! i love the pattern!

Jessica Hills said...

I love that dress! So cute on you. Just found your blog and I am getting so much fashion inspiration from you - thanks!

sandyb said...

Loved this. It's so wonderful to connect with people this way. Just think of what a great story will now forever be attached to your new dress.

H said...

It's wonderful!

simplycheap said...

Hi all! I'm Sabrina from the story above. I don't know what makes me happier: that the dress is adorable on Christina or that you all like it! Contact me if you want something like it, thru my chictopia or my gmail account: sabrinahartoto@gmail.com
Thank you, Christina, for putting this on your blog!

tess said...

love the pattern and it fits so well! plus your pairing with the cowboy boots is amazing

Fabulocity in Amish Country said...

This dress looks perfect on you! How cool that you can just have someone make it specifically for you... :)

Sarah Elizabeth said...

That sounds amazing! It would cost bundles to have that done around here. It looks adorable on you:)

Clare said...

What a lovely story, and a GORGEOUS dress. It looks stunningly perfect on you!

RETRO REVA said...

Hi sweetie ! Holy Moly, I love it !!!
The print is amazing , too ! You always find the neatest people ! Can I pass this info. on, too ? Also, is there any more of that fabric ? ( kidding ! ;) have a great weekend !
Reva

LyddieGal said...

That is so awesome!
I love the dress, and I love it when you can connect to people through the internet like that - it makes it all worth it!

Meggstatus said...

I'm so glad I finally figured out how to follow your blog, now I don't have to search for it every time I want to see what you are up to!! It would be so nice to be as talented as she is, but alas I have to stick with vintage shopping!

BikeWorkPlay said...

OH wow! Lucky girl. :)

This really does show how magical the 'net can be!

Lara said...

How fun and unique! That is the coolest thing. I love items from around the world but ones made especially for you are even better!

upatreecupatea said...

That dress is beautiful!
I was in Vietnam over Christmas and I got a dress made in an hour, it was insane!

- Jo :)

Tracy said...

That's the thing I love and miss very much about living in Indonesia.

I grew up having custom-made dresses, pants and (just about anything: although I usually bought t-shirts from shopping centers). :p

Btw, that batik pattern looks fabulous on you. :) Gorgeous.

Kimberellie said...

Okay, that is officially the coolest thing I have read today. And I just finished exclaiming to my husband how the internet was so cool, and wowwowee to the technology of today (which I insist would totally wow my ten year old self if I could only go back and explain it--maybe in ten years I can!).

Love this dress on you too!

Jasmine said...

that's so amazing how that dress was designed for you, by you! it definitely gives options for people like me who can't sew :)

Celine said...

That is SO cool - I LOVE that dress. I want someone to make me one! haha. Looks so cute on you, I love how you styled it.

:)

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The Closet of Kim (ShopKim) said...

That dress is amazing and I just love how it came to be yours!! Clothes with stories are so special.

what i would have worn... said...

oh the joys of modern technology...

J. said...

Very cool idea...why isn't there more of that here? (That doesn't cost a fortune!) Love the pattern, you look so pretty!

catherine_sr. said...

That is so awesome! I love the pattern on that dress.
the renegade bean

Trains and Sewing Machines said...

You are so cute, all the time! This is an amazing dress. It looks so good on you :)

Melanie said...

Beautiful!!

Also, I've been MIA and have loooots of blog catchin' up to do, but have you seen this?

http://www.teampeterstigter.com/new-york/streetfashion-fw2010-new-york-day-1/

I didn't remember this outfit, but it made me so excited to recognize you, haha:D

xx, lightssobright

San said...

This dress is absolutely adorable. The cut and the pattern really flatters you.

I always had a lot of ideas for clothes, but to get them done in Germany would cost me a fortune.

You're one lucky girl. Enjoy your weekend.

Caroline said...

Wow, cool dress! That was really sweet of her to have it made for you - it looks like it's of great quality, it fits you perfectly, it's beautiful and it didn't cost very much!

Caroline of Red Glasses

Victoria said...

Too too cool, it's AWESOME.

kornrose said...

I'm off to a business trip this week, but when I get back I am sooo going to order a dress from Sabrina. Fabulous!

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

That is seriously amazing... I'm in LOVE with this dress!

Roxane said...

Christina, Sabrina! My sister, also part of the chictopia community, shared the dress story with me just now. This is so amazing and what an awesome garment!

May many more instances of INTERNET MAGIC be inspired by your story!

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Annie, Time Enough for Drums said...

That's a great story! This dress is awesome; I feel like you could dress it for any season. Annie.

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