Orageuse Berlin Skirt

This skirt has been a long time coming! I identified a need for a classic black and navy skirt following Me Made May. I only got around to making it last month while I had time off between jobs. This was my interview skirt for my new job so I must have looked the part! Originally I…

Ida Clutch

I have previously written about the Ida clutch pattern. I wanted to show you the other versions which I’ve made recently. I have been continuing to experiment sewing with leather. My friend Zara wrote an amazing post with lots of leather hints and tricks. Check it out if you want to sew with leather on…

Hampton Jeans Jacket

I am pretty excited about my latest make the Hampton Jeans Jacket! I have been wanting a denim jacket since I wore one for my friends wedding a few years ago. When I saw Anna’s tester version  6 months ago I was inspired! I knew I needed to make a version using the denim gifted to me by…

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…