Mis en avant

Launching a coffee space…

The Co sewing Studio is more than a space where you can take sewing classes.

It is also a space where you can come have a coffee while reading our sewing books and magazines, trace your patterns etc…

As a Co Sewing Student & Pattern Library member,  you can come and trace your patterns on site (on appointment ,on a first booked first seved base), on the table in the entrance, freely. 

Book here :

If you want more information, contact us.

Mis en avant

Our Heritage Workshop

Couture Nomad is running a Cheongsam Workshop for the Katong JC Trail event.

You will learn how to make a Top Cheongsam:

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Mao collar darted Top & Dress  .
Sewing techniques:
-How to assemble a Top
-How to create an opening on the front and finish it with a facing
-How to cut, assemble and sew bias on neckline and armholes
-How to trace and sew darts
-How to sew an invisible zipper
-How to place and sew a Mao collar.
5 to 8 hours to complete.

Workshop every Monday & Saturday (except Public Holiday):

  • 9h30 am to 12:30 pm & 1:30 to 4:30 pm
  • Cost of the 6 hours workshop : 195 $ (all included)

 

We are moving…

Our Joo Chiat Studio in Singapore will move to 6th Avenue Area to offer a beautiful and quiet space for the students to learn how to sew .

From September 4th, Catherine will be happy to welcome you in her new studio.

« Have been located in Bugis area, then East coast, then Orchard and now a little bit more on the west of Singapore. I am excited to discover a new suburb of Singapore which I don not know so well.

Hope you will enjoy the space as I already enjoy it  »

Coco for ever …

Article from crfashionbook.com/

Not many fashion items have withstood the test of time quite like a Chanel suit. The iconic two-piece set, originally introduced to the brand by French designer Gabrielle « Coco » Chanel in the 1920s and sustained by Karl Lagerfeld until his recent death in 2019, would not only live on to become a symbol of fashion, but a representation of the liberated woman. Worn by international fashion figures including Jackie KennedyPrincess DianaBrigitte Bardot, and Barbara Walters, the Chanel suit has become a representation of sophistication and an permanent staple for the storied brand. 

In 1925, Chanel introduced the original idea for the suit at a small show in her salon on Rue de Cambon in Paris. Known for mixing traditional ideas of masculinity and femininity, Chanel took inspiration from the sportswear and menswear that her then-boyfriend, the Duke of Westminster, would wear. Chanel herself would even reportedly wear her lovers’ clothes, because she believed menswear to be more comfortable than pre-war women’s fashion of the time. 

Photograph, White, Standing, Snapshot, Black-and-white, Fashion, Monochrome, Monochrome photography, Photography, Vintage clothing,

CHANEL MODELING ONE OF THE FIRST PRODUCTIONS OF THE SUIT IN 1929SASHAGETTY IMAGES

Photograph, White, Black-and-white, Standing, Snapshot, Fashion, Retro style, Monochrome photography, Photography, Street fashion,

DIOR’S « NEW LOOK » PICTURED IN 1947KEYSTONE-FRANCE/GAMMA-KEYSTONEGETTY IMAGES

Chanel wished to find a way to free women from the restrictive corsets and long skirts popular during the Belle Époch (defined as the period from 1871 up until the First World War in 1914.) Chanel wanted women to exude elegance while allowing them to move freely. In 1947, newcomer Christian Dior introduced the famed « New Look » to the fashion world with cinched waists and full-skirts that celebrated ultra-femininity and rivaled Chanel’s message to women. In response, Chanel was quoted saying, « Dior doesn’t dress women, he upholsters them. » 

Inspired by sportswear, the iconic course tweed fabric used in the detailed crafting of Chanel suits was initially not considered a glamorous textile. Tweed was primarily manufactured in Scottish twill mills, where Chanel discovered the true diversity of the fabric. Chanel’s passion for feminizing tweed by implementing new colors, materials, and textures to the then-underutilized fabric took the fashion world by storm, inspiring other French couturiers to employ her methods. The slim skirt and collarless jacket dubbed “Chanel’s uniform” became widely known with the help of press coverage, specifically a magazine image of actress Ina Claire dressed in a Chanel suit printed in 1924. 

Photograph, Clothing, Standing, Retro style, Snapshot, Vintage clothing, Fashion, Outerwear, Dress, Suit,

ACTRESS INA CLAIRE MODELING A CHANEL SUIT IN AN ADVERTISEMENT CIRCA 1924EDWARD STEICHENGETTY IMAGES

Motor vehicle, Photograph, Vehicle, Car, Snapshot, Retro style, Classic, Luxury vehicle, Automotive exterior, Photography,

PAUL VAUTHERGETTY IMAGES

While Chanel’s classic suit catered to the principles of First Wave Feminists during the early 20th century, Algerian-born Yves Saint Laurent stepped onto the fashion scene in 1966 with the creation of the « Le Smoking » tuxedo, a style inherent to the brand’s aesthetic to today. The jacket aligned itself with the ideas of sexual liberation for the Second Wave Feminism movement, which arose during the ’60s. Few public establishments even allowed women to wear trousers inside, seeing it about as acceptable as wearing a bathing suit to dinner. Saint Laurent embraced the idea of female androgyny, which Chanel initially introduced into her works, but combined it with a cutting-edge sense of provocative sexuality for women that was absent from Chanel’s vision. 

Suit, Standing, Fashion, Formal wear, Tuxedo, Photography, Black-and-white, Style, Frock coat,

YSL’S LE SMOKING PICTURED IN 1967REG LANCASTERGETTY IMAGES

The Chanel suit soon after caught the attention of some of the most influential women of all time. One of the most notable admirers of the suit, First Lady Jackie Kennedy, historically wore a pink Chanel suit on the day her husband United States President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Texas in 1963. The strawberry pink double-breasted suit was from the Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 1961 collection and was completed with a pillbox hat in typical Jackie O fashion. An oft-debated topic was the authenticity of the set, as many argued the suit was originally produced by Chez Ninon in 1961. It was later revealed that the suit was part of Chanel’s “line-for-line” system, with Chanel providing the supplies for Ninon. This method was for the purpose of appearing more patriotic by having the garment made on American soil rather than in France. This particular suit worn by the former first lady quickly became ingrained in U.S. history, as highly televised event of President Kennedy’s death led to nationwide recognition of the suit. In 2003, nine years after her mother’s death, Caroline Kennedy gifted the suit to the U.S., where it currently resides in the National Archives. It won’t be put on display until 2103 in order to avoid sensationalizing the horrific act.

jackie and john f kennedy before he was murdered , jackie kennedy and the pink chanel suit , jackie kennedy and chanel suit with hat , jackie kennedy pink chanel suite gloves hat and roses , jackie kennedy and jfk with roses , jfk jackie kennedy on november 22, 1963

JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS AND PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963ART RICKERBYGETTY IMAGES

A formal reproduction for the suit was later created in 2016 for Natalie Portman’s portrayal of Kennedy in the film Jackie. Reproduced by costume designer Madeline Fontaine, the Chanel team aided in the reproduction of the suit by providing some of the materials, including buttons and chains, and allowing the film to credit the label. 

Following Gabrielle Chanel’s death in 1971, several assistants directed the designer’s couture and ready-to-wear lines until German-born Lagerfeld was appointed creative director in 1983, while sustaining his prior job at Fendi. Lagerfeld assumed the role with respect for the traditions of the house, retaining several items and methods intrinsic to the brand’s identity. His vision aligned with Chanel’s original wishes to propel the brand towards avant-garde fashion. Lagerfeld wished to move Chanel away from the pastel-colored boxy suits of the ‘50s and drive Chanel into the ‘80s. 

karl lagerfeld at desk, chanel skirt suit sketches , 80s volume, karl lagerfeld revamps chanel silhouette , karl lagerfeld designs chanel skirt suits , chanel tweed skirt suit ,  chanel skirt suits 1980s , shoulder pads, chanel pencil skirt , trimming chanel skirt suit , classic chanel skirt suit ,

Not many fashion items have withstood the test of time quite like a Chanel suit. The iconic two-piece set, originally introduced to the brand by French designer Gabrielle « Coco » Chanel in the 1920s and sustained by Karl Lagerfeld until his recent death in 2019, would not only live on to become a symbol of fashion, but a representation of the liberated woman. Worn by international fashion figures including Jackie KennedyPrincess DianaBrigitte Bardot, and Barbara Walters, the Chanel suit has become a representation of sophistication and an permanent staple for the storied brand. 

In 1925, Chanel introduced the original idea for the suit at a small show in her salon on Rue de Cambon in Paris. Known for mixing traditional ideas of masculinity and femininity, Chanel took inspiration from the sportswear and menswear that her then-boyfriend, the Duke of Westminster, would wear. Chanel herself would even reportedly wear her lovers’ clothes, because she believed menswear to be more comfortable than pre-war women’s fashion of the time. 

Photograph, White, Standing, Snapshot, Black-and-white, Fashion, Monochrome, Monochrome photography, Photography, Vintage clothing,

CHANEL MODELING ONE OF THE FIRST PRODUCTIONS OF THE SUIT IN 1929SASHAGETTY IMAGES

Photograph, White, Black-and-white, Standing, Snapshot, Fashion, Retro style, Monochrome photography, Photography, Street fashion,

DIOR’S « NEW LOOK » PICTURED IN 1947KEYSTONE-FRANCE/GAMMA-KEYSTONEGETTY IMAGES

Chanel wished to find a way to free women from the restrictive corsets and long skirts popular during the Belle Époch (defined as the period from 1871 up until the First World War in 1914.) Chanel wanted women to exude elegance while allowing them to move freely. In 1947, newcomer Christian Dior introduced the famed « New Look » to the fashion world with cinched waists and full-skirts that celebrated ultra-femininity and rivaled Chanel’s message to women. In response, Chanel was quoted saying, « Dior doesn’t dress women, he upholsters them. » 

Inspired by sportswear, the iconic course tweed fabric used in the detailed crafting of Chanel suits was initially not considered a glamorous textile. Tweed was primarily manufactured in Scottish twill mills, where Chanel discovered the true diversity of the fabric. Chanel’s passion for feminizing tweed by implementing new colors, materials, and textures to the then-underutilized fabric took the fashion world by storm, inspiring other French couturiers to employ her methods. The slim skirt and collarless jacket dubbed “Chanel’s uniform” became widely known with the help of press coverage, specifically a magazine image of actress Ina Claire dressed in a Chanel suit printed in 1924. 

Photograph, Clothing, Standing, Retro style, Snapshot, Vintage clothing, Fashion, Outerwear, Dress, Suit,

ACTRESS INA CLAIRE MODELING A CHANEL SUIT IN AN ADVERTISEMENT CIRCA 1924EDWARD STEICHENGETTY IMAGES

Motor vehicle, Photograph, Vehicle, Car, Snapshot, Retro style, Classic, Luxury vehicle, Automotive exterior, Photography,

PAUL VAUTHERGETTY IMAGES

While Chanel’s classic suit catered to the principles of First Wave Feminists during the early 20th century, Algerian-born Yves Saint Laurent stepped onto the fashion scene in 1966 with the creation of the « Le Smoking » tuxedo, a style inherent to the brand’s aesthetic to today. The jacket aligned itself with the ideas of sexual liberation for the Second Wave Feminism movement, which arose during the ’60s. Few public establishments even allowed women to wear trousers inside, seeing it about as acceptable as wearing a bathing suit to dinner. Saint Laurent embraced the idea of female androgyny, which Chanel initially introduced into her works, but combined it with a cutting-edge sense of provocative sexuality for women that was absent from Chanel’s vision. 

Suit, Standing, Fashion, Formal wear, Tuxedo, Photography, Black-and-white, Style, Frock coat,

YSL’S LE SMOKING PICTURED IN 1967REG LANCASTERGETTY IMAGES

The Chanel suit soon after caught the attention of some of the most influential women of all time. One of the most notable admirers of the suit, First Lady Jackie Kennedy, historically wore a pink Chanel suit on the day her husband United States President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Texas in 1963. The strawberry pink double-breasted suit was from the Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 1961 collection and was completed with a pillbox hat in typical Jackie O fashion. An oft-debated topic was the authenticity of the set, as many argued the suit was originally produced by Chez Ninon in 1961. It was later revealed that the suit was part of Chanel’s “line-for-line” system, with Chanel providing the supplies for Ninon. This method was for the purpose of appearing more patriotic by having the garment made on American soil rather than in France. This particular suit worn by the former first lady quickly became ingrained in U.S. history, as highly televised event of President Kennedy’s death led to nationwide recognition of the suit. In 2003, nine years after her mother’s death, Caroline Kennedy gifted the suit to the U.S., where it currently resides in the National Archives. It won’t be put on display until 2103 in order to avoid sensationalizing the horrific act.

jackie and john f kennedy before he was murdered , jackie kennedy and the pink chanel suit , jackie kennedy and chanel suit with hat , jackie kennedy pink chanel suite gloves hat and roses , jackie kennedy and jfk with roses , jfk jackie kennedy on november 22, 1963

JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS AND PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963ART RICKERBYGETTY IMAGES

A formal reproduction for the suit was later created in 2016 for Natalie Portman’s portrayal of Kennedy in the film Jackie. Reproduced by costume designer Madeline Fontaine, the Chanel team aided in the reproduction of the suit by providing some of the materials, including buttons and chains, and allowing the film to credit the label. 

Following Gabrielle Chanel’s death in 1971, several assistants directed the designer’s couture and ready-to-wear lines until German-born Lagerfeld was appointed creative director in 1983, while sustaining his prior job at Fendi. Lagerfeld assumed the role with respect for the traditions of the house, retaining several items and methods intrinsic to the brand’s identity. His vision aligned with Chanel’s original wishes to propel the brand towards avant-garde fashion. Lagerfeld wished to move Chanel away from the pastel-colored boxy suits of the ‘50s and drive Chanel into the ‘80s. 

karl lagerfeld at desk, chanel skirt suit sketches , 80s volume, karl lagerfeld revamps chanel silhouette , karl lagerfeld designs chanel skirt suits , chanel tweed skirt suit ,  chanel skirt suits 1980s , shoulder pads, chanel pencil skirt , trimming chanel skirt suit , classic chanel skirt suit ,

KARL LAGERFELD FINISHING SKETCHES FOR ONE OF HIS FIRST CHANEL HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTIONS IN MARCH OF 1984JOHN VAN HASSELT/CORBIS HISTORICALGETTY IMAGES

Dare Sewing

Sewing is not only a hobby but a way of life.

When you sew you are concentrated in what you are doing. It is like gardening : your mind is at peace.

You learn to be precise and patient. You learn to coordinate colours and choose some which fit your carnation.

You follow your own shapes and adapt patterns to your body.

Can become easily an addiction, but I would say it is a quite convenient addiction, as you are ending not shopping clothes anymore.

It becomes an occupation and very soon a way of life.

A way to feel happy, different and to try to be the more sustainable you can.

Dare trying !

DIY MASK 3 LAYERS

Please find the Cover Pattern with 3 layers + a space for a filter below :

All you need is :
-Sewing machine
-Thread
-Scissors
-2 x 22 to 25 cm elastic (0,5 cm wide)
-1 piece of fabric 37cm x 19 to 21 cm
-a ruler
-chalk for fabric or pen
-iron

It will take you around 30 mn to sew it.

Find the step by step through pictures below:


Jungle

Following the government’s new restrictions, we are suspending activities in our studios as of Tuesday, 7th April 2020, to help protect us all.
We hope to return as soon as possible to offer the experience and service you expect from us.

This doesn’t mean you need to give up the sewing you love.
Take this opportunity to practice your sewing techniques and sew a nice wardrobe.
With our Pattern Library you have access to 100 ++ sewing patterns of women, kids and accessories.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, we are here to answer any of your concerns.
We wish you and your loved ones to stay safe & healthy during this time.

Your Couture Nomad team

Safran

As we brace ourselves for the next phase of our battle with COVID-19, we want you to know that we are just as anxious as you are.

As a small business owner, there are many things we worry about in a difficult time such as this.But we know and have faith that this too shall pass.

Let’s do this together. 

Send us all the picture of your sewing : That might just lift our spirits!

Why dont you try our Safran dress, very versatile and fun to sew.

Turquoise

Let’s all keep calm and stay home for the next four weeks. Spend time with family, finish works-in-progress and perhaps even find time to learn a new hobby!

Sewing is a really good hobby 🙂

The Turquoise Jumpsuit can be done is so many different fabrics that you can wear it at home as an interior clothe, during days as a casual overall or at night very chic !

Please send us your pictures !

Sew at Home !

If you are staying at home and you have plenty of fabric to use, this is a very easy dress to sew and you don’t need a pattern to print: yeah ! Here are the explanations to trace it following your measurements/

Si vous êtes à la maison et que vous avez envie de coudre une robe facile pour utiliser vos piles de tissu, voilà un modèle facile à realiser qui ne nécessite pas de patron à imprimer et que vous pouvez faire selon vos mesures :

Guilin PAT

And here is the video explaining the step by step / la video explicative :

 

 

Plenty of videos to sew at home .

Plein de videos pour coudre à la maison