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.
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”→
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.It 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.
Not posted anything recently due to a project I was working on not quite working out. I’ve decided to put it to one side until next Autumn and try again. Today I started working on a shirt using some fabric I purchased at the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate in November. It’s from Til the Sun Goes Down and is a vintage design from the 30’s and 40’s. Watch this space!
Hooray! At last an actual sewing post. Since I got back to the UK I’ve been plagued by a nasty cold so I’ve spent the last 7+ days on the sofa. Today I’m feeling much better so I’ve decided to get on with some sewing. Continue reading “Little Blue Dress”→
RIP Hubert de Givenchy, the great French couturier who dressed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly and most famously Audrey Hepburn, in a little black dress, in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” died on Saturday at his home outside Paris. He was 91.
He designed the Bettina blouse named after his muse, the model Bettina Graziani and as statement sleaves are en vogue at the moment I thought I would try to make a version as a tribute. Watch this space!