Free Patterns

Here’s a list of free PDF patterns. Please leave a comment if you know of any others or if any of the links change. Tessuti have several Grainline Hemlock Tee Blue Prints for Sewing Townhouse bag Named Clothing  Deer and Doe Plantain T-shirt Make my Pattern customizes patterns to your measurements. Lekala has hundreds of free patterns There are thousands…

Sew House Seven Tea House Dress

Each month during 2017 my friend Kylie and I are working on a sewing project together. For this month’s pattern we chose The Sew House Seven Tea House Dress. It’s described as a flattering and easy to wear style which has a variety of options for different looks. I printed and put together the pattern…

Blackwood Cardigan

I contacted Helen offering to test her latest pattern after hearing her podcast with Rachel from MakerStyle. I was pretty excited to find out the pattern was a cardigan. The line drawings really appealed. A simple chic cardigan pattern is surprisingly hard to come by! In Wellington I always need a layer to throw on…

Jungle January

Jungle January is a sewing challenge held during January which challenges you to make a garment in jungle print from your stash and then share on social media using the hashtag #junglejanuary. I took part in 2016 as well with my friend Teresa.  I’m not really into animal print so it’s quite a challenge for…

Melbourne fabric shopping adventures

Paul and I went on an overseas trip to Melbourne in December. We had a whole week so I planned to visit a number of fabric stores. Because fabric is the best souvenir right?! On day 1 we visited The Fabric Store and Clear It. In Wellington we live/work close to The Fabric Store in…

Fabric shopping in Wellington

Wellington is a creative city here’s a list of places to shop. For Fabrics: The Fabric Store 15 Garrett St Te Aro, Wellington Central The Fabric Warehouse 126 Hutt Road, Kaiwharawhara Spotlight Wellington 120 Hutt Road, Kaiwharawhara Stitchbird  Shop 25 Kilbirnie Plaza, 22 Bay Road, Kilbirnie Nancys 261 Thorndon Quay, Wellington Made Marion Craft 100 Tory Street, Wellington Central…

Sewing Goals for 2017

New Years is a wonderful time for reflection. I created a record 84 garments in 2016 and only purchased three ready-to-wear garments. I really want to work on refining my style more as my skills develop. My sewing goals for 2017 are: -Make less basics and work on more time-consuming pieces -Make a mens shirt (I’ve…

Papercut Patterns Waver Jacket

When I moved to Wellington 2 years ago my clothing needs changed. Wellington weather is very changeable and is consistently awarded the windiest city in the world. I own a trench raincoat which I wear all the time but I’ve been wanting a casual windbreaker which didn’t look like it came from an outdoors shop….

Seamwork Elmira

When Seamwork released the Elmira pattern I wasn’t sure if the design would suit me. When Jess posted her version it inspired me to try it. I love the style, it’s perfect for the office and for light layering. I have already purchased fabric for another two; a deeper green and a plum merino. When I make a…

Seamwork Catarina

This summer we have three weddings to attend, the first is coming up next week in Melbourne!  I can’t wait to catch up with family go fabric shopping, eat, drink and explore. Because I’m in town some of the Melbourne sewing ladies and I are getting together for dinner and drinks. I can’t wait to…

Helen’s Closet Winslow Culottes

I was pretty excited about the release of Helen’s first pattern. The testers versions all looked amazing. I was nervous excited about making these as I wasn’t sure if I could – do culottes! I thought that they would either be amazing or I would end up man-repelling. The great thing about sewing for me…

Named Inari dress

When I really love a pattern and have a gap in my closet I tend to and make up the pattern several times in a range of fabrics. The named Inari dress is no exception. With my first one I chose my favourite fabric as a wearable muslin (brave or stupid?). I hadn’t read any…