Oslo Coat

  One of my goals this year is to work on more complicated projects. Coats fit the bill perfectly! I have been living in my Silvia Coatigan which I made it a couple of months ago and I knew I wanted to make a few more coats before the end of winter. When I saw the Oslo…

Cloning a ready to wear t-shirt.

In January 2017, I offered to make Paul some T shirts to replace the ones in his closet that were worn out. I bought a couple of men’s Tee shirt patterns before drafting my own. We tried Merchant and Mills ‘The Tee’ this pattern is designed to be made with woven fabrics. Unfortunately, this fit of…

Natural Dyeing

A few years ago I saw a natural dyeing demonstration of onion skins and turmeric by Greta Menzies. It was an amazing process. Since then I’ve followed a few people on Instagram but haven’t experimented with the process. My friend Teresa and I recently attended a demonstration by Bonnie De Gros aka The Rusty Skillet. …

Silvia Coatigan – the second

As the title suggests this isn’t my first Silvia Coatigan. I have worn my first Schnittchen Coatigan heaps so I decided to make another before the end of the winter season. I purchased this vintage wool on a whim from Fabricabrac for $20. I fell in love with the colour and the feel of the fabric. Luckily I…

Suki Kimono

I have been meaning to make a luxurious robe for a while. Somehow it became one of those projects which ended-up at the bottom of my ‘to sew’ list. When Helen from Helen’s Closet asked me to test her Suki Kimono I jumped at the opportunity! I could finally make the robe of my dreams! I’m…

Auckland Fabric Stores

Auckland has lots of great independent fabric stores! If you know any other places please let me know.  I will add their details to this list. Central city & Newmarket: The Fabric Store 139 Newtown Road, Newton Open 7 days   Drapers Fabric 394 Kyber Pass, Newmarket Open 7 days https://www.drapersfabrics.com/ An awesome range of imported…

Andrew Cardigan

From Me Made May we discovered that Paul needed a few more cardigans. He started a new job 3 months ago and his new office is very cold. It doesn’t help that it’s mid-winter here in New Zealand! We wanted a plain V neck style cardigan which would look good buttoned up or open. I came across the…

New looks

Jennifer Lauren Handmade contacted me back in May to see if I wanted to review her latest pattern release, the Juniper Cardigan. The pattern was supplied to me in exchange for my review, all thoughts are my own. I wear a cardigan or jumper every day, I  appreciate having different styles and colours in my…

Denim challenge

This post features three handmade garments; my Deer and Doe Safran Jeans, Ida clutch by Kylie and the Machine and the Salme Kimono top. As per the pattern instructions I made my Safran jeans in denim with an elastic content of 20-30%. My measurements were in the size 40 range but I cut a size…

Coatigan Silvia

I’ve wanted to make the Schnittchen Silvia Coatigan since it was first released in 2015. Back then I wasn’t sure about the boxy shape. Back then there weren’t many versions online. Last year at Fabricabrac I met the lovely Rosie. She was wearing her awesome version and I knew I definitely needed to make this pattern! This…

Making Menswear McCalls 6044

One of my goals this year was to make a men’s shirt for Paul. I chose the popular McCalls 6044  pattern. It is a modern slim-fit pattern which suits Paul’s style. From his measurements, I cut a size medium. Since Paul has lost weight I would have been better to cut a size small. The main fabric…

Me Made May husband edition

All of my friends on Instagram will know that I sew a lot for Paul. Paul works in IT and is very creative. He has discovered the joy of being able to wear funky prints to the office. A couple of months ago he proudly wore his alphabet printed sweater to a client meeting with the…