Monday, July 13, 2009

Fund Raising for SNGS new school building

Hi everyone,

At long last, we finally found the fabric for the now extinct pre-primary school uniform after months of hunting down literally every fabric shop on the planet! Thank you all for your patience!

I am starting a new fund raising initiative for the school rebuilding. We will be making the exact same design as the original. Bloomers, criss crossed top panel and pockets, blue trimmings and skirt. Before we start, we are currently seeking permission from the school to make these uniforms for children age 1-6yrs old. The pre-primary uniform will be priced at $50. All proceeds for this effort will go to the school rebuilding effort. If you are interested to purchase and support the school fundraising, please leave a comment and email contact on this post and I will keep you updated.

The exact details where to purchase and when this item will be available etc will be confirmed once we have a good gauge on the number of people interested in supporting this effort. The actual number of pre-primary uniforms we can offer for this effort may also be limited depending on the final availability of the criss-crossed fabric.

Please help spread the word to make this a success!

x

Su Ling

The pic above was taken back in 1982, outside the classrooms in Chijmes (near where Esmirada is now). I am seated second from the left in the front row, the one that is most coloured on. I still remember the names of the chinese teacher with the long hair--->Huang Lao Shi. At that age, it didn't matter how female adults looked to me. If they had long hair, they were pretty. The other one I forgot cos she didn't have long hair. Too bad...

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Earlier post below dated 3 July 2008


I was caught up with a feeling of nolstaga when I visited my old school, St Nicholas Girls, a few months ago. The school building will be undergoing a major renovation and it is likely that most of the familiar places in the school will be torn down. St Nicholas used to have a pre-primary session for girls age 6 to attend before Primary 1. I spent my pre-primary school days in the building more commonly known as Chijmes today. Though it was such a long time ago, the memories of the old Chijmes buildings still remains in my head. I remember the oh-so-tempting fields which we were forbidden to trod on due to the dying grass... I remember dashing for fried chicken wings during recess, being taught the chinese school song in Chui Lao Shi's class and the spiral staircases leading up to the haunted classrooms where flying nuns sat on the ceiling fans....

Anyway, for some reason, I had a very strong compulsion to relive the memories of my pre-primary school days. I had forgotten how the uniform looked like. I vaguely remember the criss-crossed fabric and those huge bloomers...but couldn't quite remember the details. I started asking around the school to find out where I could locate the old school uniform maker.

Finally, after various phone calls, I managed to locate the old school uniform maker. To my pleasant surprise, she still kept the original fabric for the pre-primary school uniform. I jumped in joy when she agreed to make me a uniform sized for a 1 year old. I could have kissed her with excitement there and then!

So here it is, my unsuspecting (again) daughter wearing the uniform I wore when I was 6. With the bloomers, school crest, pockets and all! Guess I was just too impatient to wait till she really goes to school. The uniform is great and a wonderful design for play. I am so tempted to make more as her play clothes with this same dress pattern out of different fabrics!

Afternote: An old schoolmate alerted me that the pre-pri school uniform doesn't look like what it used to look so I did a check with my old school albums. Dug out my old primary school class photos which I "accidentally" drew with my crayons years ago....and gasps gasps!!!!! The bottom part of the skirt was blue! Just like what I first suspected!! The poor old tailor must have forgotton....Anyway, what she sewed for Vera was just as cute.

27 comments:

ShutterBug said...

hahahha.. she is so adorable!!!

laissezfaire said...

Hey thanks!! =))

Little Miss Snooze said...

she has grown to a pretty lil lady! :)

laissezfaire said...

Thanks Lil Miss Snooze! =)

Jamie Tan said...

SIS....Vera is super duper adorable in the St Nick's pre-primary uniform!!! Wow...next generation. Anyway, I bought her more stickers to attack the windows with. Haha!

laissezfaire said...

Thanks sisso!

laissezfaire said...

Thanks ee. xoxoVera

Gloria said...

Hey i am from St Nic too! But I am from 1979 batch of Pre-primary students. My little girl is now in Primary one now at St Nics :)
gloria

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness!

I was from the same school, pre-primary class of 1980. Thanks for that trip down memory lane, and didn't you use to feel that those dastardly boomers were so uncomfortable?

Passer-by
ex-St. Nic's girl

laissezfaire said...

Hi there! Welcome to Pupsik! Yes, I used to wonder why the adults would make such uncomfortable shorts that eat into your thighs. I remember thinking the bloomers were probably designed for collecting pee as the bloomers would bloat up when classmates (not me!) pee-ed in them.

TheBusyBee said...

Hi!!! You gal looks so cute. I'm also an old girl of St Nicks (Pre-pri to sec 4)! Would like to get a set of Pre primary uniform and bloomers for my mini me too! Possible to share the contact? Thanks in advance!

laissezfaire said...

Hi The Busy Bee, Nice to hear from you. The auntie that does this says she cannot do once -off custom orders as it is quite time consuming. I am in the process of making a deal with her to get these bulk made. Once they are ready, they will be available on Pupsik Studio. Do check back our online store (www.pupsikstudio.com) in April! xoxo

TheBusyBee said...

Cool Bananas!!! That's great. Do let me know once its available I will definitely order a set of the Pre Primary uniform for my gal. If you dun mind me asking did u start Pupsik Studio and are u a WAHM? I just became a stay at home mum and I am starting a online baby organic food store and currently selling running a Personalised Gift Store (selling children's story books). Do you sell your stuff at wholesale, interested in possibly becoming a reseller. Let me know.

Attending the Last Chill Out at St Nicks? Seems like its gonna big quite a big bash before they demolish the building at AMK.
Thanks!

Cheerios,
thebusybee

laissezfaire said...

Coolness gracious! Could you drop me an email at hello@pupsikstudio.com, Busybee? I am now a full time WAHM, SAHM dabbling in a bunch of other stuff. Would love to know more about you and your business! xoxox

When are they demolishing that building??? I will surely cry.

TheBusyBee said...

Hi hi! This is thebusybee again. Left u a query about your gal's pre-primary uniform sometime back. May I ask where can I find the SNGS ragdoll she is holding in the pic? Thanks a million. :)

laissezfaire said...

They were selling it at the general office in school the last time I went back. =)

Shin Yue said...

hi, is the st nicks pre primary uniform available yet? I would like to get a set for my best fren's (who's from st nicks, of cos!)daughter, who'll be turning 1 year old in August this year. :)

Shin Yue said...

hi, i'm keen to get a set of the uniform for Fund raising. Pls keep me informed. Thanks.

laisan said...

hi did u get permission yet? count me in for one order. will help u spread the word.

laisan

Shin Yue said...

Hi, I would like to place order for one set too. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hey!
I would love to get that old pre-primary uniform for my 4 y.o. Well, only if it can make the matching bloomers more comfortable! LOL


The same passer by
with bloomers issue!

Gt said...

Hi Su Ling,

I would like to place an order for the uniform too. Pls let us know when you're taking orders.

Thanks!

Amanda Lim said...

Argh... so cute. With a 3 yr gap between us, my sis & I share our set. She being the last of the pre-primary schoolers in 1992.

I remember the bloomers used to cut into our chubby tighs & leave angry red lines, complete with the ridges.

I am really keen to get one or 2 (in case sister tries to steal mine).

Anonymous said...

wld love to order one, su ling. can u pls cntact me via Facebook? thanks

Diana said...

Hi, I'm keen to get those pre-primary uniforms too! Like Gloria (comment #8), I was in the pioneer batch of pre-primary kids in 1979.

I have two girls (4 & 2 yrs) who will be studying in St Nicks in future. Pls email me at diana_lee@mensa.org.sg once you start taking orders. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

of cos, i would love to purchase the pri-primary uniform

Emil said...

She is very cute. And the uniform fits perfectly on her.