The Darlings, the School of Fish Romper and a Giveaway winner

Just before we flew home from our trip down under, we got to meet sewing BFF Veronica Darling and her family for brunch next to the Yarra River. At a quaint cafe called Pony.


The weather was wonderful and we had such a lovely morning catching up! It had been half a year since our last meet-up in Singapore and it’s amazing how fast all three kids have grown!

The cafe is surrounded by art space and a huge kids play area. Which meant, the kids ate very little and spent all the time playing! They did pop by the table once in a while for a refuel of juices. All that playing turned out to be an excellent idea as they slept throughout the taxi trip to the airport.




Veronica and I met through the Sew Weekly four years ago when she first visited Singapore. The Darling family visited at the beginning of 2014 and this time round, we visited them in Melbourne.  Veronica was sharing with me how little sewing she finished this year with work and baby Darling napping less.  The Darlings also shared about the possibility of moving to Shanghai.  That became a reality last month and I hope Veronica will find more time to sew and blog again from the new city she now calls home. Too exciting!


Inspired by our meet up and Veronica’s Anna Frankensteined Romper which she made earlier this year, I sewed up this School of Fish Romper in a fish print silk crepe de chine shortly after we returned home. It was meant for the Sewcialist’s August Tribute Month. I did finish the romper in August but wasn’t able to get photos taken. So, I guess this tribute to my sewing BFF is better late than never. I just hope she reads this.

fish4I merged the By Hand London Anna bodice with a vintage high-waisted shorts pattern. Influenced by 1940s playsuits such as these (below) but dreaming of something a lot more modest, I left the area between the corner tucks of the bodice and the darts of the shorts unsewn. Instead, I slip stitched the “midriff slit” top and bottom separately by hand. Something I learnt from sewing the Anna dress with slits.

1940d pattern

So now, I have a playful playsuit/ romper in a print of colourful fishes thanks to Veronica’s fabulous idea!

Sssssh…..don’t wake them. The fishes are all sleeping except for the wide eye blue ones. fish1


The only print I tried to match was the shorts front. It would be too untidy if it didn’t match. My midriff obviously needs a tan 🙂

Oh! And the winner for the “Stylish Skirt” Giveaway is Margo B from Creating In The Gap who said:

“Great skirt and you were wise to shorten it! Looks lovely! I am finishing up a Renfrew right now…but I also have a knit dress that is in production. I don’t own any of these types of books yet but from what I can see they contain very interesting pattern ideas!”

Congratulations Margo! You will be getting my email shortly and I can’t wait to see what you create from this book!

TGIF! Have a fabulous sewing week everyone!


8 thoughts on “The Darlings, the School of Fish Romper and a Giveaway winner

  1. Adorable! I love that it isn’t too revealing..just enough!

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! I am soooo excited to try my hand at drafting from it! Yay!!

  2. That looks a great style on you. It is so lovely that you have a made the real life friendship with a sewing blogging! I wonder if it happens a lot in blog world?? Great photos.

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