Leopard print Nova Coat

The Papercut Nova coat (previously called the Sapporo coat) is a garment/pattern which is well recognizable by other sewists. In fact, I recently wore this jacket and it was admired by a fellow sewist in a retail store. I have previously made this pattern in wool as can be seen here. I wore the garment…

Viki Sews Maureen’s dress

Earlier this year I was reflecting on life and my values, work, community etc… as you do! I decided that if I could find the right space in Wellington, I would organise a Frocktails event under my ‘brand’, Wellington Sewcialists. When I discovered the Naumi Hotel and its beautiful bar area I knew this was…

Leonard coat the second

Hi friends! Here’s a garment that I made back in February – my second take on the Leonard coat. Tracey, the lovely owner of the The Fine Cloth Company, reached out to work with me earlier in the year. As part of that exchange, I was gifted these fabrics to make this coat. Tracey persuaded…

Viki Sews suit obsession

Hi all! One thing I love about the sewing community is the inspiration we get from sewists all over the world! We have just got back into lockdown so I’m living for dopamine dressing at the moment! I love creating clothes that make me, and others smile. This two-piece suit certainly fills that brief! Minerva…

Floral jacket

I’m thrilled to share my new jacket with you today! It is made from this stunning Textured Woven Brocade Purple fabric from Minerva. I was gifted this fabric in exchange for a blogpost on their website. I used Lekala patterns 2296 for this jacket. This was my first time using one of their patterns which…

Viki Sews Deliah

I first made the Deliah top by Viki Sews back in early 2020. I remember wanting a top pattern with a bit of spunk but without too many tricky details. I had just made four button up blouses and needed to work on something simple in comparison. Deliah is described as a blouse pattern with…

Pinafore dresses

I’m a fan of making garments that allow for easy layering. I have always cared about sustainability and making garments that I can wear over and over again. Garments that are loved and get lots of wear are better for the planet and my wallet! Pinafores take me back to Primary School which isn’t a…

Viki Sews Vivienne’s dress

New Zealanders are quite casual in the way that they dress. I’m used to being too dressed-up at most occasions unless it’s a ball and then I feel very uncomfortable as I never feel dressed up enough! Initially this pattern didn’t interest me as the stitching lines threw off my eye. The photos above shows…

Dinosaur Two-piece-setacular

I made this #twopiecesettacular for Paul using this gorgeous dinosaur print fabric which was gifted from Minerva as part of their Minerva Brand Ambassadors programme. Green is one of his favourite colours to wear and he is a self-described ‘Dinosaur boy’ so I thought this fabric was perfect for him! We were both thrilled when it…

Hampton Jean Jacket – the second

I made my first Hampton Jean Jacket back in October 2017 just a couple of years into my sewing journey. I recently decided that I wanted to make a new version of the jacket in indigo denim which was cropped. My topstitching skills have improved significantly since I made my first version so I was…

Viki Sews – Britney Pants

Regular readers will be familiar with my love for Viki Sews patterns. They are a pattern company based in Russia. They are different to lots of indie patterns on the market as they provide patterns for your height and measurements. Depending on the pattern and the amount of ease allowed I make a size 44/46…

Melilot – a favourite returns

The Melilot shirt was my favourite shirt patterns a few years ago as blogged about here. Before I wrote the blogpost, I hadn’t realised how badly the shirts were sitting at the back. This is due to my swayback – the difference in proportions between my waist and my bum. When I made this top…

Make Menswear

I’ve been a busy bee over the last few months making clothes for Paul. He has a large collection of t-shirts (at least 30) which he circulates through. I haven’t made him any new t-shirts recently so it might be time to make a few new ones for him. What his wardrobe lacks in new…

Viki Sews – Deborah top

My love of Viki Sews patterns keeps on growing! So far I have loved every item that I have made from their patterns. They have all required very few fit adjustments – bonus! The Deborah pattern is one which didn’t interest me initially. However, the more versions that I saw the more the design appealed…

Evie bias cut skirt

I wanted to compare the Evie bias cut skirt by Tessuti pattern with the Viki Sews bias cut skirt I had previously made as I wear it a lot. When the fabric from Minerva arrived the colours were brighter than I normally wear so I decided to make the fabric into a skirt instead of…

Passiflore dress

When the Passiflore dress pattern by Deer and Doe was released I was excited! I don’t often race to buy a pattern on the day it’s been released as I try to be mindful of my purchases. I had this purchased and printed within 24 hours and planned to sew it up that weekend. I’m…

Reeta shirt dress top

A few years ago I only wore dresses now I love wearing separates. Dresses are lovely to wear in summer but can leave my body quite cold – especially in the middle of winter. I have been looking for the perfect blouse pattern for a while. One which looks good with pants, pinafores, and skirts. I…

Agate Pencil Dress

There are some patterns which sit on my ‘to make’ list for a while. The Named Agate pencil dress is one of these. The pattern came out a few years ago and I have been following the hashtag on Instagram since then. Often if I am unsure about a pattern I follow the hashtag until…

Archer Shirt

It feels like a long time since I shared new makes with you, friends! This year has been wild! Normally I tend to draft blog posts when I travel for work but alas I have lost that space for writing so I’m learning to make time to write at other times.  Without further delay, I…

Leonard Coat

This is the third Republique Du Chiffon garment I’ve made lately. A couple of months ago I made two versions of the  Barbara Jacket pattern  which can be seen here and here. I also attempted the Julia jacket which was a disaster! I ended up throwing out the pattern and jacket as it didn’t fit…