Hi All,

Many of us would be familiar with the phrase "The Emperor’s New Clothes" or maybe read the novel by the same name which was first published with "The Little Mermaid" in Copenhagen, by C. A. Reitzel, on 7 April 1837, as the third and final instalment of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales Told for Children.  

Tonight, we want to share with you a contemporary Australian interpretation which is truly an exciting and absolutely astounding tale of commitment and love of being you.

Earlier this evening Grandma sent us a photo (selfie really) of her new dress she had just finished. Grandma does not accept herself, let alone anyone especially her children or her favourite son-in-law, using the words “I’m bored” or “I’ve got nothing to do”.  The Great Depression didn’t slow her down and neither has the Coronavirus pandemic. Go Grandma!!!

To all our Ripley Sewing Enthusiasts we would like to present:

                                     “Grandma’s new Dress”.

We are speechless.  This dress is made using her own paper pattern creation and, like all things Grandma makes, is sown with French seams.  Grandma especially shaped the neckline to suit the beaded lace collar gifted to her by us.

Thank you, Grandma, for sharing this photo to enable others to appreciate what one can do in times of adversity whilst using the skilful art of sewing within the parameters of one’s acknowledged health status.

Please continue to keep well and stay safe from all the team at Ripley Sewing Centre.