Wicked Wiksten

I tend to plan my wardrobe a season ahead as my sewing list is always a mile long! I need time to get through all my ambitious plans. I’ve been following the hashtag #sobfinisher18. It’s been inspiring to see all the wonderful outfit combinations made by sewists in the Northern hemisphere. From this inspiration I’ve been…

Paxsons for Paul

Paul has a lot of Paxson sweaters! He wears one almost every day. Some of his other versions can be seen here. This blogpost includes all our minor alterations to the pattern. On two separate occasions we purchased the fabrics that make up this sweater. When I spotted them together in my stash I knew they…

Product Review: Dutch Label Shop

Recently the lovely Abby from Dutch Label Shop contacted me offering free labels in exchange for feedback. They are also offering you a 15% discount on custom label orders so keep reading to find out more! The company was set up by friends Arjan and Hielke who aim to help designers, individuals and small companies solidify…

Lodo Dress

This year I’ve been on a roll this year making lots of separates. However I love a simple dress – it makes dressing easy. I’ve been looking for a knit dress pattern which could become a wardrobe workhorse. I thought I would try the Lodo dress pattern by True Bias in my search for the holy…

Lovely Lempi

  I was drawn to the Lempi dress pattern – by Named clothing – when it was first released. I love dresses that contain a number of design elements. The Sew House Seven Tea House dress is a good example. It has a flattering neckline, pockets, waist ties and sleeves. The Lempi dress ticked all…

Fabulous Falda

When I visited Melbourne in December 2016 I met up with a bunch of lovely sewing ladies for cocktails. During the evening Blogless Anna – one of the kindest people I’ve ever met – invited me fabric shopping. During our outing, she took Paul and me to her home. This is where I spotted her Falda…

York, York, York!

I have been a serial pattern sewist lately. It’s nice to make a garment which I know I’ll get a lot of wear from. The York Pinafore by Helen’s Closet is one of my current favourite garments. I have made two other versions previously and knew I needed at least another one for my rotation. This…

Bananas! Saunio Cardigan

I came across this stunning wool lurex fabric at The Wellington Fabric Store. I had just gotten a new job so I was feeling rather celebratory. In the instance, I thought to myself “Go girl! Treat yourself!.”  I tend to be a fabric scrooge buying fabric through fabric sales instead of full price. This is…

Cultivating the ultimate wardrobe

I like to think of us sewists as magicians. We take fabric and a pattern which transforms into a garment. We aren’t limited by what’s in a clothing store. As our choices are unlimited I sometimes find it difficult to put together the right pattern, fabric and style. I met Nina from Style Gorgeous at…

My Sewing Story

I was very lucky to grow up in a family that nurtured creativity. My sisters and I were bought up wearing clothes that my mum and grandmother made for us. I’ve sewed sporadically since I was a child. I didn’t own my own machine until my 20’s when I inherited my grandmother’s old Elna after…