This is my personal blog, my name is Kar-Ling Wong-Sow. I am of Chinese origin and I grew up in Malaysia. I have been living in the UK for more than 20 years. I came over to the UK for furthering my career in nursing. Even I have been in the UK all this time. I do miss the warm, humid tropical weather of Malaysia. I am a London based self-taught maker of clothes, pattern maker/ designer, dyer, home recipes, and grower of food at home. my Instagram hashtag #makingthingsathome
Maker of clothes
Growing up with my mum cooking and baking from scratch almost every day has always inspired and almost ingrained in me to cook all the time. I always thought everybody always did that. My mum also sews most of her own clothes. She took to buy the nicest fabrics in town.
I learn to sew when I was very young. Most of the sewing from my mum, books and when I came to the UK I did a bit of apprenticeship at Savile Row during my spare time. Nothing to rave about but that experience thought me how much hard work can tailoring and sewing can be. How skill and thought one needs to put into to make it work. I love watching the series Great British Sew Bee and Great British Bake Off. After all, a slice of cake goes hand in hand while one is working away at the sewing machine. Here is a link on why make your own clothes.
I have also been doing lots of creative studies as I love fabrics. in 2006, I had an offer to study BA in Textile design due to financial commitments I didn’t pursue the course. The foundation in Art and Design course that i obtain has thought me the basics of designing and it gave me a platform to build things I want to work on for the future. I am very much into keeping everything as environmentally friendly as possible by using natural dyes. From kitchen waste to natural dyeing.
I started growing my own food after living in a house that came with a small garden. I just love it as it tastes so much better than supermarket or shop-bought.
I write about making things at home like dressmaking, fabric dyeing, and printing. Also about home cook recipes and homegrown edibles like flowers, fruit, and veg. As the blog grew I find myself writing things related to blogging, things surrounding my everyday life, and family activities as well. I have a young growing family.
I try to blog whenever I can find the time. It keeps a record of my journey also gives me a sense of direction of where I want my life to be.
I welcome working with others only if it is relevant to this blog’s future. Thank you very much for having a look and stopping by.