A sewing and fashion blog from two islands. Established 2018
Hello fellow seamstresses.
I'm a trailing spouse living between Singapore and the UK. My children have flown the nest so I have too much time on my hands. I took up sewing 11 years ago as I'm a bit short and find it difficult to get clothes that fit.
My mother was a brilliant seamstress who has forgotten more than I will ever know, came from a post war generation who had no choice but to make their own clothes. As a child and teenager she made most of my clothes and I would pore over the vogue pattern book and choose what I wanted. I also attended a dancing school and she designed and made all the costumes. I didn't start sewing until I was 43, living in Germany and struggling to buy clothes that fitted my petite frame (I'm 5'2", 1.60m). I decided to buy my first sewing machine (which I still use in Singapore) and haven't stopped since.
I'm self taught with a lot of help from Craftsy ( a fantastic learning platform) and other bloggers. I have decided to join the blogging community to reach out to other sewers as it is a very insular hobby.
I’ve been awol recently due to a fantastic holiday in India, travelling back to the UK, a trip to London and the hot weather this meant I haven’t been sewing. Not expecting this heat I left most of my Singapore hot weather clothes behind so I needed something asap. Continue reading “Butterick 6551”→
I’m in Delhi at the moment and got to visit an amazing fabric store , HP Singh. It’s three floors full of amazing fabric and rather daunting. I knew I only wanted fabric manufactured in India and it had to fit my current lifestyle, no sequins or beading, ha, ha. I was very good and only chose two. I have a few more cities to visit yet!
I chose a silk crepe de chine and a hand woven damask.
The staff were very helpful and prices were on the rolls so no nasty shocks. I didn’t try to barter as the prices were fair.
I’ll post updates to this post as my trips continues.
I’ve had this pattern for quite some time but for some reason never got round to using it, big mistake as I love it. The empire line and A line skirt suit my straight up and down shape perfectly and I made view B as it’s quite a trendy silhouette at the moment. I used an organic cotton Poplin from Spotlight in Singapore which is not one of the suggested fabrics but it was ok. I’ve never worked with this fabric before but I love how easy it is to sew with especially after the silk chiffon on my shirt project. I loved it so much that I bought some more for another summer dress which I’m currently working on.Continue reading “McCalls 7116”→
I have just been to Nicole Xavier in China Town, always dangerous. This tiny store packs a mighty punch as they cherry pick the fabrics they offer. If you visit Singapore it’s well worth a visit as it’s in the Peoples Park Complex where the whole 2nd floor is dedicated to fabric.
This brocade would make a stunning skirt like the Valentino dress in my previous post or a coat.
I love a good ball gown, takes me back to when I was a child and reading all the old Hollywood books that belonged to my mother. I enjoy the Cannes Film Festival for all the amazing gowns the ladies wear. They seem to be a little more adventurous than at other red carpet events. Here are a few of my favourites so far, of course I’m drawn to the more modest dresses as I’m older.
I didn’t really like the dresses at the Met Ball except for Anna Wintour wearing Chanel and Brooke Shields wearing Zac Posen.
Hi everyone! I have just finished making the most difficult shirt I’ve ever attempted and it took all the experience and tips working with silk that I’ve gained from eleven years of sewing! It wasn’t the pattern that was difficult but the fabric.
Last season I fell in love with a georgette polka dot shirt by Saint Laurent but at £1,020 I needed to make one (it also sold out very quickly). Problem number one was sourcing fabric, I looked everywhere but there was none available, I eventually gave up and concentrated on Christmas. Continue reading “The Mother of all Shirts!”→
As I’m still carrying a lot of my winter weight I decided to make another loose-fitting linen dress. I brought a lovely navy linen/viscose from Fabric Godmother back from the UK but only had one metre. Luckily I had Simplicity 1665, view A, which has a contrast top half, this allowed me to use up some white linen I had left over from a previous project. I did a colour-fast test first to make sure I could wash the finished dress.