With just 4 days away from Christmas, it has been fairly busy in our household. The Christmas tree with new fairy lights are up, presents bought and wrapped (yippie!) and Christmas menu all set! However, I’m still trying to get some Christmas sewing done, tasks at the office cleared before the year ends and tons of little things here and there.
My mum who was my sewing teacher in the initial days before I decided to enrol into a dressmaking class was all about self-drafted patterns. Often she finds her inspirations from Japanese sewing magazines or relied on some of these patterns inserts that came with the magazines. When it came to commercial patterns in the likes of Simplicity or Vogue, she simply was not a fan. The main reason for her was the fitting issues and modifications needed for it to work for her.
October is a busy month, with us travelling, celebrating birthdays and the many social engagements we have in store, I hardly will have anytime to sew. I’ve been wanting to get some new stuff sewn up, so with 2 weeks till the end of the month, I’m hoping I can squeeze out some time to sew!
There are plenty of sewing patterns for little girls out there, but what I found lacking was sewing patterns for boys. Granted that there are much lesser variations in terms of dressing for boys but I had really wanted to sew something beyond just little shorts for my bub. And that’s when I found Puperita.
2 years ago when we headed to London for our honeymoon, I knew I wanted to visit Sew Over It in Clapham. The place wasn’t difficult to find and I only wished I spent more time in the shop. There was no way I was going to leave the place without actually getting a little souvenir for memory sake. And that was when I picked up the Ultimate Shift Dress pattern.
Last month we celebrated Chinese New Year here in Singapore. It’s an occasion where we take time to visit relatives and gather with our love ones celebrating the cross over to a new year. It is also in tradition that married couples give out red packets to younger relatives or parents and grandparents as a form of blessing. I’m sure there is a lot of great articles out there on what Chinese New Year and its traditions really mean.
I am not going to tell you how I’m slightly disappointed that 2 weeks into the year and I’ve not been able to keep up with the schedule I’ve set for myself. Mum duties took over and being worried all week as the little one was down with fever and a bad bout of cough. But thank God for my mum’s Chinese herbal remedy, Junior is feeling so much better. I’m going to share the recipe sometime in the near future.
On the sewing front, I’ve been busy trying to sew for Chinese New Year, a tradition I’ve stuck with for most years and as long as I could remember. I’ve been posting snippets of it on my Instagram so follow me if you would like a glimpse of it. But I’ll be sure to share more on them after Chinese New Year (which is in 2 weeks’ time!)
My energy is finally coming back! And that means it’s time to be productive! I have neglected sewing quite abit and can’t wait to jump right back into the bandwagon especially after spending many nights watching The Great British Sewing Bee. These constestants are such an inspiration. Even though Tamara didn’t win (I was rooting for her all way through), her dedication and creativity definitely did rub off on me.
Sew Over It – Knickers Kit
The best part about summer is an ice cold beer, some nachos and just relax by the beach..