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 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 also took me to buy the nicest fabrics in town.
I learn to sew when I was very young mostly for my dolls. 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. 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 however due to financial commitments I didn’t pursue the course. I did complete A foundation in Art and Design course that I obtain has thought me the basics of designing.
I started growing my own food after living in a house that came with a small garden. Now I grow in a 90-foot 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.
I try to blog whenever I can find the time. I welcome working with others only if it is relevant to this blog’s future. Thank you very much for reading and dropping by.