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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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