Friday, June 15, 2012

Fujoshi loves- this is boy's love...

There was a period when it wasn't about manga, anime or boy's love. I haven't changed much (I hope) This is from the 1st year I was in Milano. Still a bit naive. Prior to that I lived all my in life in Singapore. I had only understood things from that perspective. As you it's know it's a small place, plus I lived in a protected environment. Everything nasty was filtered out.

I was talking to a housemate of mine then (the mad one) (there is a whole long story of why he is called the mad but let's not go into that) when the story of how he did it with his cousin (a boy) when he was 12. How we arrived at that topic I can't remember. It was summer at a camping trip, it was dark and they both didn't want to talk about it the day after. I was surprised but not completely. He shook his head and said it was a "mess". My housemate is not gay, I knew that for sure because of the constant stream of girlfriends.

At that point, I had been in Milano less than a year. I didn't know what the culture was like. I had the idea that it was poles apart from Singapore. But just how much different, that was a mystery. I had no other reference, so naturally I thought EVERY boy must have gone thru that! WOW Italians are so liberal I thought. I was naive. 

They are different from Singaporeans in some ways but not completely. It was then I was sitting at the kitchen probably eating, I started chatting with my housemate's boyfriend. He was around 26 tall bespectacled (megane kun) milanese. Not my favourite person in the world. Boring guy. A real ji ji ~ old man. Busy crossing Ts and doing everything properly. Mr know it all. But still he was friendly enough. 

My housemate was in the shower. I don't know how I approached the subject. My philosophy is if you want to find out something, just ask. If the other party is embarrassed, he won't say anything. So I asked if he had ever tried it with a guy. And he said yes. I went: what? really?! Really unexpected. He wasn't ashamed of it or anything. He said it was part of the growing process. It was also around 12 or 13, & it was with a friend. And no he is definitely not gay. He didn't consider it as sex. I think that was pretty amazing don't you think. If mr nerdy can do it, then I think it's more common than you think. I respect the Italian's attitude towards sex. It's so organic. I'm sure this is only 1 version & more version out there.

I think it is a privilege of an older person to be able to ask absurd questions and get replies... XD

check out my previous posts: Summer updates, Summer update 2

Summer update 2

Summer 2012 update - new pieces for the wardrobe 2

This dress is another dress I made. A retro look based on the 50's housewife look XDD. Very comfortable & great for a hot weather. I love the retro look & used to do many outfits in this style. This cutting is a loose cut & tie at the waist. Lately I've been on some Japanese online shop. Obviously too expensive & unaffordable. Also the form/ cutting & asthetics is completely different from the italian ones; ie the have loose cutting & easy going cut, great for everyday wear. I will be making more pieces like that some looking very street & some very feminine.

there is side slit, although it's not very clear here.

Summer update

Summer 2012 update - new pieces for the wardrobe

This a halter neck dress made with linen. I was inspired by the men's kimono as depicted in the manga. Mind you not the real kimono, the 2D version worn by my favourite BL characters. While the female version is very formal & difficult on the body as binds the wearer up, the guy version on manga is a whole lot sexier. I've taken all the nice elements & made it into a very wearable dress. I normally wear this with a long sleeved t shirt underneath.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Spring 2012 update: Juunta's made to measure 2

This is another made to measure order for medieval pants/tights Braghe. All the materials are provided by my client. Fabric used: Wool felt. It is a costume made for enactment of medieval battles worn together with the Farsetto (medieval jacket) in suits of armour and all the weaponary. ^__^

The ribbons are for placement only. Laces with bronze tips are used instead.

The belt is inserted inside with the fastening in front like a normal belt.

This was pattern has a bias cut for stretch purposes. This is not as difficult as the Medieval jacket- Farsetto I made last year, as it is mostly machine sewn. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring 2012 update: Juunta's made to measure 1

A dress and loose sweater piece I made last year. I rarely do made to measure; it was nice... Please excuse the washed out colour, it's difficult to see the detail without this.

My favourite part had to be the sleeve.

The sleeves ended up looking like a maid outfit. It was a nice to a simple dress.

I was given 2 large pieces of scrape jersey material. They were remnants. So I put together this sweater. It was a kimono cut. I was pleased with the result.

1 button fastening

2 seams -cross shaped that held the piece together

Too bad I couldn't keep it for myself. ...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Juunta's spring releases on Etsy- Sleep Mask

Ciao! finally releasing something that I've work on forever. I'm proud to presently a collection of sleep mask after I've correct and perfected them to death.

Inspiration for the pieces comes from watching a lot of anime namely Mawaru Penguindrum, to be specific the ending sequences. In the end it looked like something from another anime hmmm it doesn't matter as long as they are pretty looking.

Kiraboshi-blue sleep mask

Kiraboshi-blue sleep mask

Kiraboshi-blue sleep mask- Back

Kiraboshi-blue sleep mask (2nd version)
pls email me directly if you want this version. thanks <3

Kiraboshi-grey sleep mask

Kiraboshi-grey sleep mask

Kiraboshi-grey sleep mask- Back

Houndstooth black & white sleep mask

Plaids black & white sleep mask

Hoodtooth /Plaids black & white sleep mask -Back

These sleep masks are available for sale on juunta's shop on Etsy.

There are more than 1 item (of each the design) are available in stock. I will re-list them after the first one is bought. If you want more of the same item please email me > with the item name and quantity and I will re-list accordingly before processing the order.

Until the next time ciaoooo <3  karen

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Fujoshi loves... Adekan

I want this blog post Fujoshi loves completely ad hoc. I only started this updated with the idea that I don't have to have continue it. I haven't written anything about my current love and discovery of BL.

Disclaimer: I discovered myself more a fangirl than otaku ie. I seriously doubt my ability for deep analysis. I'll just go asdfghjklasdfghjklasdfghjklasdfghjkl like I can't contain my excitement. Am I too old for this? YES, do I care NO? XDDDD

Yes on with it.

I love Adekan kyahh asdfghjklasdfghjklasdfghjklasdfghjkl

Here is the description on Mangaupdates.

First of all it's listed as shoujo... huh? you'll think. That's Shiro is crazily into sleeping with girls in the brothel. At best, he's bisexual not completely gay. At the end of the day, my favourite couple Kojiro and Shiro don't do any real loving!

Adekan is set very loosely in the late 1800's Japan. I say "loosely" because of the tight leather /buckle gear and the fantasy chinese opera visuals are common features. I don't know what happened in that time period, but it's fairly lawless in the Adekan world. Kojiro is the straight laced police officer solving criminal  cases and Shiro is his "umbrella maker" friend.

I reassure you it never leaves the "shoujo" bounds, more accurately it's shounen-ai that never becomes yaoi. Yes, it's one big tease. Strangely more erotic than any yaoi.

how to put on your underwear... XD

Kojiro is the traditional good guy; warm, principled, stiff & dense. He cooks. He is caring. He keeps teaching Shiro how to wear his underpants XD. He would make a great husband.

Shiro is an airhead with a dark history. (We love heros with dark history) Seems fragile. Constantly being tied up and put in a compromising position. But really Shiro is a real gem of character. Unusual for a "uke-like" protagonist he is not a tsundere and is deeply masculine inside; strong will, physically strong & dexterous. He has a super hero quality (when the scene calls for it). I just love Shiro <3 <3 <3

Even though he is so feminine, he oozes erotism ... he seduces the reader. Need I say more.

This manga has more: great visual style and unusual composition, and a comic plot. I love this to death. It's being scanlated by Nakama and there are also chinese and italian scanlations, just google it to find them. Any comments just mention me on twitter @juunta. You can also follow me if you want. I leave you my favourite scene for the last. <3