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Today... / Sunday August 27th
« on: August 27, 2017, 07:18:09 AM »
Good afternoon everyone - it's 2pm here, and we spent all morning watching another typhoon. The second one this week, and thank goodness weaker than the one that came our way on Wednesday. It helped that we didn't need to go to any A&E this time...
Mr Manuela put a shoulder of pork into the slow cooker, the wine rack is well stocked, and I am making a knit dress. Outside it's still utter mayhem, the worst is over though, and we are nice and dry.
Happy Sunday everbody.

Today... / Wednesday August 23rd
« on: August 23, 2017, 03:23:59 AM »
After last nights's 'adventure' it feels good to be comfy and dry at home. Mr Manuela feels better,but is on a strict diet of congee until his digestive system is restored to normal functioning order.
The typhoon intensified, we have now a T10 warning (the highest) on. Airports are shut, public transport is at a stand still. We mamanged to get some sleep, I am now sitting in the window seat in the bedroom, with a nice cup of Earl Grey tea, watching the elements unfold outside.
Some bamboo scaffolding just flew by, other than that we live in a fairly sheltered area. The rain comes down vertically and changes direction from time to time.
At this rate, we might have another day off tomorrow....

Fun with Fabric / Sale @ Marcy Tilton
« on: August 19, 2017, 03:55:39 AM »
For those who didn't get Marcy's email, here are the details:

Through midnight (Oregon Time) on Tuesday, August 22, save 20% off everything on with promo code: ECLIPSE2017

Ever since I saw Rosamund Pike in that Antonio Berardi dress I pondered about how to approach the pattern.
I intend to make it in eyelet cotton, but just can't get my head around the pattern bit.
It does look like a mullet dress, that is draped/ruched up at the side seam.

Any input on either a pattern to startwith or modifying an existing basic pattern is more than welcome.

Here a picture from the show, I like Rosamund Pike's version a lot more....

In the wardrobe / From inspiration to reality
« on: July 15, 2017, 05:26:34 AM »
It's official, after planning, planning and a bit more planning, I finally started with my version of the Chanel cruise collection dress I have lusted after since I've seen it.
I though about quilting the boucle onto a silk lining, but decided against it. I decided to traditionally line it with Bemberg rayon lining instead - given the climate n Hong Kong it makes more sense that way. It will be sleeveless, with fringes at hem and arm-holes, pockets and a centre front zipper (like the original). Given the fact that I'm not exactly a spring chicken, I'll make it in mid-knee length.
I am hell-bent to wear it with at least one pound of baroque freshwater pearls around my neck  :devil:

Here the dress I'm in love with and the fabric I'm going to use - progress updates will follow  :)
Feel free to post your own 'inspiration to reality' projects here.

Today... / Saturday July 8th
« on: July 08, 2017, 01:39:46 AM »
Good morning, it's 7:45am at my end of the world.
We are in Thailand and managed to get everything done we came here to get sorted. Getting a residency permit took us all but one hour, and I even managed to find what I wanted/needed for the sewing area: a ginormous table that takes double duty as a dining table, and two benches. All I need to get now is a patchwork kind of chair for the sewing desk.
The gods (or Cathay Pacific) were clearly against us. A 3-hour delay ment, that we arrived at our place here after 3am in the morning instead of 11:30pm.
Now we have a day to relax, back to Hong Kong tomorrow afternoon.

Today... / Monday 3rd July
« on: July 03, 2017, 00:54:44 AM »
The sun is gone, the sky is dark grey and torrential rain started last night. With a bit of luck the water in the nearby swimming pool will cool down a bit, it was 33 C on Friday. It felt like swimming in a bathtub.
The summer holiday started, back to school on August 15th, I'm going to sew, sew and sew...
My goal for the holiday is to lose the 8-10 pounds I gained last year by eating healthily and exercising/swimming every day. Middle age and menopause don't really help with this task  >:)

In the wardrobe / Share your sewing inspiration/plans
« on: June 24, 2017, 02:27:34 AM »
One more week of school until the summer break, so I see a lot of sewing going on in my sewing room before the reality of working and studying hits me. Ever since I saw Chanel's last cruise collection, I've been lusting after a tweed/boucle dress (or two  :devil:), and already identified two Linton fabrics that have been marinating for a year or two....
I have the fabric in two colour-ways, white with pink as posted as well as black with pink...
What are you planning/dreaming of/scheming to make?

The Cafe / Back to university
« on: June 19, 2017, 11:41:39 AM »
I just got an offer from The University of Sunderland for their international PGCE course, starting in September - utterly over the moon about it  :D
It'll be a hard year, but this is something I always wanted to do. I chose secondary Design & Technology (specialising in Textiles, obviously  :devil:)
At the ripe age of 55, quite a task - but this is something I really wanted  :toast:
My school fully supports me, and my boss is going to be my mentor.

Dress Forms / Vintage dress form
« on: June 08, 2017, 14:00:33 PM »
I seems that I found a new indulgence.  :devil:
Accompanying my vintage machines will soon be a vintage dress from. I found a wire Dritz My Body Double adjustable dressform from the 50-60s.

In the wardrobe / Summer dresses - share what you make/made
« on: May 29, 2017, 01:58:08 AM »
I decided that I got bored with my sheath dresses, and explore more semi-fitted dress options for Summer (or the very long hot and humid season in Hong Kong). In my new job (since January) I can dress a lot more casual, our school doesn't have a dress code  :devil:
Being short waisted, I don't like waist seams or belts. One of my favourtite dresses is a novelty denim shirt dress, where I used the sleeves as a low slung belt, sewn into the side seam.
I used Vogue 8772, a blouse pattern, for some shirt dresses previously and went further with it to create more styles with it using collars and necklines I liked from other patterns. One dress I posted in Fran's thread already, here is number 2.

Hi, I'm new... / Hi from Hong Kong
« on: May 21, 2017, 14:37:52 PM »
Coming across some of 'TSF refugees' on the Stitcher's Guild and PR, I thought one cannot belong to too many sewing related forums  :devil:
About me, I've lived in Hong Kong for half of my life (and am not exactly a Spring chicken) and am originally from Germany.
I've been sewing my own clothes since I was 12 years old, trained as a tailor, became a master tailor and later trained tailors. I worked in the fashion industry for 20+ years, left in 2011, studied Chinese and now work in an international school in Hong Kong teaching Textiles.
I'm the happy owner of a little flock of vintage Singers, love dresses and quirky shoes, swimming, scuba diving and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (not necessarily in that order  :D
Looking forward to participating here.

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