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!


Hubert de Givenchy


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.

Here is a link to The New York Times tribute to the great man.  

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!

Bettina Blouse