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…

Frocktails

I’ve always been envious of other Frocktails events held around the world. Frocktails combines things I love: pretty clothes, cocktails and meeting other fabulous sewists. Sew Social, aka the wonderful Sandra Julian, organized Wellington’s first Frocktails event which was held last month. I found it very difficult to decide what to sew as I don’t…

Saunio Cardigan

The Saunio cardigan is a pattern by Named Clothing. It is an oversized and relaxed style designed with 3/4 sleeves that narrow towards the wrists. This garment has dropped shoulders, a round neck and has an overlapping front edge. It is marked simple – which it is, hello fast sew! This pattern has been on…

Nettie Dress

Paul has been encouraging me to make more clothes which celebrate my curves something I’m always slightly nervous about doing. I thought the Nettie Dress by Closet Case Patterns would be an ideal style to try. Nettie is a quick and easy to make knit garment. Nettie is a close fitting pattern with high cut…

McCalls Bomber Jacket 7637

I set a pledge earlier in the year to make Paul more menswear. It’s a satisfying challenge to make garments for other people. So far this year I’ve made him: 10 new t-shirts, a new Paxson sweater, a Suki Kimono, I’m not too far away from making him a button-up shirt. This jacket isn’t on my challenge list…

Blueprints A-Frame Skirt

I made the Blueprints for Sewing A-Frame skirt. It’s described as a fitted or swingy skirt with triangular panels and pockets. The A-Frame design appealed to me as the seamlines add interest to the pencil skirt shape.  Recently I met Nina from Style Gorgeous. She assessed my wardrobe and stash which helped me to identify a few wardrobe…

The perfect T-shirt

Paul has been waiting a while for his latest batch of T-shirts. We purchased most of these fabrics during a trip to Palmerston North in November. We didn’t find much at their Fabric-a-Brac event but our visit to Spotlight was fruitful. As well as Spotlight the Fabrics were also purchased from Fabric Drop and an online…

York Pinafore

I recently tested the York Pinafore for Helen from Helen’s Closet. This pattern is a winner! This pinafore is a modern take on a classic pinafore dress with a cocoon shape and two views. View A features large scoop pockets, a dipped neckline, and comes to the knee. View B is a shorter length with…

McCalls Shirtdress 6696

Earlier in this year, I decided to enrol myself in a class at my local sewing and craft store Made Marion Craft. The class was to make the popular shirtdress pattern McCalls 6696. I took this class to improve my confidence with collars. I hoped the teacher Zara (who has mad skills) would pass on her hint…