An Indian Adventure

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.


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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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.


Sneak Peek


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!