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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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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”

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Vogue 8689

I’ve used this pattern a few times, in fact I’m on my second one as the other one was a little worn.  It’s a great basic shirt pattern with a few options and cup sizes.

This is my lovely sister modelling the shirt for me.
I couldn’t pattern match easily as the repeat was too big and would have taken far too much material so I just made sure that the large circles were sort of in the same place.

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