Shop: Fabric Shopping Sham Shui Po Hong Kong
(Fabric bought from the Taipei Yong Le Fabric market – all Japanese textiles)
Sewing is my latest obsession as I spend Friday nights in Macau sewing at Studio B with my fabulous teacher, an Central St Martins Alumni. I have started the habit of picking up fabric when I travel and instead of going to the tailors to get my thoughts sewn out, I have decided to attempt to get over my mental barrier and learn how to sew.
My late grandmother sewed everything possible in the house and she used to sew our annual Chinese New Year pjyamas as well as duvet quilts. She also raised 8 children and survived the Japanese Occupation in Singapore sewing for a living. I wish my mother didn’t throw away her vintage sewing machine over 20 years ago when she passed on. It was still working fine.
Babs my sewing teacher is fabulous and takes a “everything is possible” approach sewing and doesn’t go by sewing 1101 books. We learn everything from pattern cutting to making whatever we dream of!
Not all the fabrics here are from Sham Shui Po and it is difficult to give you specific shops as rolls and rolls of cloth are on display on Ki Lung Street. Pattern Bee was the only store that had its fabric organised and fabrics that caught my eye. The Taipei fabric market is huge and I would spend a full day there, picked up some Japanese fabric and love them. Other bits I’ve picked up in Ipoh.
I was always bad at math and sewing, baking etc is all about math, so step by step, I am getting over psychological barriers to do things I previously didn’t have the courage or openness to try or do. I’ve made a jumpsuit so far and am sewing a dress these weeks.
Looking forward to picking up a second hand Singer Heavy Duty 4411 and to learn to sew better.