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…

My 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…

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…