Hongkong Markets” in the 1970s– Yes…yes they were definitely the inspiration which kindled, and sparked a sewing love affair from early teenage years. Let me tell you my story.
To start at the beginning……I have to thank my Mum. She was not a sewer but she paid for a block of sewing classes for me with a very talented young Chinese lady named Miss Ida Po, who ran her sewing school from a tiny flat in Hong Kong. Inside her apartment the room was bright and alive with the buzz of sewing machines and her large cutting table. She slept in a cubby hole and devoted her entire living space to teaching sewing.
Miss Po taught advanced pattern drafting and sewing techniques , and so I was given the opportunity at the age of thirteen to learn pattern drafting and sewing. I was hooked!
I loved the Saturday morning lessons and my 4 hours with Miss Po. The inspiration I gained from her, coupled with my first new Singer 478 sewing machine for Christmas, set me off on a lifelong quest to manipulate fabric and create unique things which hadn’t existed before. The cloth alleys and markets of Hong Kong were a young sewer’s dream – Being able to buy fabric and notions for pocket money prices allowed me to add to my wardrobe every weekend!