What do you enjoy most about working at RP?

It’s gotta be the team. We have such a vibrant bunch of people working together at RP, that it makes work fun and enjoyable.

Can you tell us a little bit about how you got into your line of work that lead you to RP?

I love sewing. I have been sewing since I was five years old, making dresses for our Strawberry Shortcake doll. Fast forward to when I had my elder daughter, some 20 years later, and that reignited my love for sewing. I sewed more and more, working with paper and PDF patterns. This is how I became a huge fan of Rebecca Page patterns.

What qualifications do you have/ courses completed?

Besides being crazy about sewing, I have completed a diploma in Business (marketing major) and a degree in Business (E-commerce major). I also have worked with an e-commerce start-up company in the esteemed Dubai Internet City.

Upon my return to Singapore, I began working at a special needs school whereupon I earned a post-grad diploma in Special Education, majoring in English Curriculum.

What is your favourite RP pattern?

Oh, it’s so difficult to choose because I am such a big fan of mummy and me pairings. But if I was to choose just one, it would have to be the Berry Bubble Shorts. Those are just the cutest thing.

Describe a typical day in your life.

As a stay home mom, life here begins at 6 am and getting the girls ready for school. Then comes a slew of chores before my son wakes up. After he gets onto his school bus, that’s when my RP work and my sewing happens. The sewing fun ends at about one when the girls return from school. Then it’s a different type of fun, with all the kids back home. Its park, homework and just plain old hanging out. Just enjoying the best of family life.

On the rare occasion, I drag the whole family out to take pattern test pictures. They LOVE that (not!) LOL

Tell us a bit about your style.

I have always been a minimalistic dresser. The simpler the better. But since I started sewing, I daresay I’ve become more adventurous with my choices. One major fault of mine, though, is my addiction to prints. I find florals irresistible. It’s a mistake I keep making. Now I have a wardrobe full of print coordinates and no solid coloured garments to match them with. Hence, my sewing resolution for this year, to sew more garments comprising of a single solid colour.

Where are you from? And where do you currently live?

I am from Singapore and that is where I still currently reside.

How long have you been sewing and how did you start?

I started when I was five. Being a person of Indian origin, I was always intrigued with the intricately embroidered Salwar Kameez worn by ladies. Taking my time to carefully observe how each embroidered stitch met the next, I slowly learnt them, practicing on regular thread. As my mother was a professional dressmaker, I spent many days of my childhood at the foot of her vintage Singer sewing machine, gathering scraps and handstitching them together to make dolly garments. I must admit, my mom is rather pleased that one of her daughters followed in her footsteps for love of fabric arts.

If you had one wish (not necessarily sewing related) what would it be?

For people to be kind and gentle to one another

What’s your superpower?

I have the sense of smell and hearing of a bloodhound. I can smell and hear things waaaay before anyone picks it up… It’s insane. My husband jokes about it and says if I ever wanted a job, I could apply at Customs and Border Security. The dogs would lose their jobs. My theory on this is that my eyesight is total rubbish. I have had terrible vision since I was in primary school. I believe that my shortcoming in one of my senses has heightened my hearing and smelling ability. Sounds like science fiction doesn’t it? LOL

What’s the superpower you really want?

The ability to have my kids actually listen to me XD (said every mom ever)

Can you please share some go-to fail-safe tips for beginner sewistas?

  • Always use the right needle.
  • Check your bobbin as you go and before you begin to hem
  • Don’t buy too much fabric. It’s a slippery slope

Describe your perfect Sunday.

Two words: Beach. Family.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which historical figure would you want with you, and why?

I would choose the spiritual leader of the Sikhs, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Being a revolutionary thinker of his times, he peacefully merged the ideologies of two warring religions of the state and brought peace to the region. He also spoke out against archaic cultural practices of the time and encouraged people to be practical thinkers and followers of religion. In our holy scripture, the world is often referred to as an ocean and the Guru is the wisdom to guide your boat across. What better choice could I make, literally and metaphorically?

What’s the sound of your favourite colour?

A busy souk in Turkey

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

Sleep anyway. LOL. I love it too much and get too little of it.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?

That depends on who you ask. LOL

My kids would say nagging.

My husband might say fabric shopping.

I would say finding Wally XD (and mind you, my eyesight is rubbish.. LOL)

What do you wish you knew more about?

Everything. I’m a fact geek and quiz aficionado. I wanna know everything about anything.

Kiran Grewal
Sew Alongs & Tutorial Writer