The Sew Weekly Contributor: Adey Lim

Adey-profile Name & Location: Hi, I'm Adey, The Sew Convert and I'm from Singapore, an urban city in Southeast Asia. 

Blog: The Sew Convert

How long have you been sewing: I hated sewing since I attended my first home economic class at the age of 14. In 2007, something miraculous happened when God blessed me with a second pregnancy. I discovered that I was expecting a baby girl. That changed everything. First I went crazy shopping for handmade clothes for her on etsy. Then I decided I needed to make something for her on my own. I was a month from my due date when I took an intensive 4-day sewing class from an American lady living in Singapore. In December 2008, I made the first dress for my princess before she was born.  I've only started sewing garments for myself on a regular basis since May 2010 and have had a fantastic time sewing for the past seven months.

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge:
One of my blog readers, Sue, told me about this challenge and I knew instantly I wanted to be part of it as it coincided with some changes I wanted to make to my sewing schedule. I've sewed 46 garments for myself in the last seven months and felt that I needed to slow down a little, to enjoy other related processes more and to live life more fully. With The Sew Weekly Challenge, I’m committing myself to:

  • Sew less but of better quality: So, my focus this year would be on sewing less garments (one item for myself a week) with better quality not just on the outside but also on the inside. 
  • Take time for better photographs: I want to become a better photographer and really do need more time with my tripod. I also want to get photos taken in places other than my living room or bathroom.  
  • Be a better hanger: The clothes I made would look better on me if I look better myself. So this year, I am committing myself to up my fitness level. I am going to attempt brisk walking around my estate at least three times a week besides the occasional swim.
  • An organized sewing room: I do clean up my sewing room from time to time but I would like to be more disciplined in 2011. I want to be able to clean up more thoroughly after each project so that it’s easier to locate stuff.
  • Community sewing:It is fabulous to sew along side like-minded ladies in different parts of the world on a weekly basis and to encourage each other along the way. 

What do you love most about sewing garments: I love love love shopping for fabrics and nothing beats the thrill of marrying a fabric with its ideal sewing pattern. I am also absolutely thrilled to see a finished product. It’s fascinating what a piece of cloth can become! Oh, and I heart the idea that I no longer shop for clothes!  

What do you hate most about sewing garments: The times I have to employ the seam ripper! I actually do not enjoy tracing patterns from books much. It can really strain the eyes as I try to identify one pattern from a pattern sheet containing dozens of patterns.

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2011: I need to meet up with friends more regularly and to try out some new recipes!

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: Grosgrain and Sewaholic are my daily dose of inspiration!



Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. I am so excited you are here. I can’t wait to see the wonderful clothes you make this year.

  2. Thanks Sue! I can’t wait to get started and thanks again for getting me here! It’s an awesome blog and fab idea:)