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McCalls 7116


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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”

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Nicole Xavier, Singapore

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.

A beautiful brocade which comes in panels

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Cannes 2018

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.

Love the technical aspect to this Ralph & Russo gown

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The Mother of all Shirts!

Vogue 9029


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!”

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Simplicity 1665

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.


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Simplicity 8055

What do you do the morning after a long haul flight?  Sew of course!  Having spent the last seven weeks in cold, snowy, rainy England, I have returned to Singapore.  Of course the morning I left for the airport the weather was glorious, I almost changed my flight! At least now I’m motivated to make some summer clothes for when I return in June.



I have made this dress (view B) a few times and once for my sister who having had a hysterectomy needed something that was kind to her tummy area.  In Singapore it’s more comfortable to wear something loose with nothing at the waist but as I live in the Orchard Road area I need to be smart too.   Continue reading “Simplicity 8055”


A very special machine

Look at the little beauty I bought today.  It’s a fine example of British Victorian engineering!  It’s from the 1890’s and the badge is quite unusual. nk33wGLjSs+vR%lqNQQJCQIt needs a bit of restoration and cleaning but it has all the parts so hopefully I’ll get it going as soon as I can!  There is actually a YouTube video on how to thread it!



When I’ve restored it I will write a bit about the history but if anyone is interested here is a site with more information.