Jeans making hints and tricks

I thought I’d pass on a number of tips I’ve learnt while making jeans  – I’m definitely not an expert – but I’ve learnt heaps in the few years I’ve been sewing. If you have any additional tips please leave me a comment at the end of the blog post. When sewing denim use a…

Sati and Lidi by Viki Sew

A few months ago I discovered Viki Sews an online Russian pdf pattern company. They sell a mix of mens, womens and children’s patterns and are active on social media so there is lots of inspiration. I discovered Viki Sews through blogger Sleepless In Bavaria. She has completed a number of projects with Viki Sews patterns….

Sirocco Jumpsuit

I purchased the Sirocco Jumpsuit a few days after Deer and Doe released their recent collection. I have a rule that I only buy a new pattern if I’m going to make it immediately. Since Deer and Doe patterns are drafted with someone with my body shape and bust size I thought it would be…

Cashmerette Patterns Pembroke Dress

I’m in love with my new Pembroke dress! It’s the first time I’ve used a Cashmerette pattern and I’m really impressed. This pattern is nice and easy to construct – it’s as simple as a t-shirt with the addition of waist ties sewn into the side seam. I made a size 12 with a bust…

Two- piece spectacular!

Paul and I are developing our own family traditions. Our favourite summer festival — Beers at the Basin — is worthy of new outfits. In the summer of 2017 I made Paul the outfit above and myself a Celestial Dress. Originally he wanted a romper but I refused. A two-piece-setacular is way more practical and…

Ruby jeans – Ottobre Menswear

I’ve been trying to make different garments for Paul. It’s satisfying to make him garments as it teaches me how to fit a body other than my own. View this post on Instagram I finished a pair of jeans for Paul! Now he can wear a full outfit made by me woot! I used the…

McCalls 7661

After a honeymoon period of discovering indie patterns, I’ve been embracing the Big 4 patterns more regularly. Especially McCalls. I find their designs wearable but still with fashion forward design elements. I’ve found that more people are adding big 4 patterns to Instagram. It’s great to be able to search to see other versions of…

Palisade Pants

Last year I decided I needed to improve my pant-making skills. My sewing has come a long way but fitting pants – especially with woven fabric – still feels really challenging. I was drawn to the Palisade Pants by Papercut Patterns as soon as the pattern was released. It looked like an easy yet comfortable sew and…

Lodo Dress Hack

I love the Lodo dress! It’s a perfect simple pattern for me. I have been trying to re-use and hack more patterns this year so I thought I’d hack the Lodo pattern into a button down dress like the Adelia. This dress is made in stretch denim (the Lodo is designed for stretch fabrics). The…

Second take: McCalls Bomber Jacket 7637

The last bomber jacket I made Paul has become one of his favourite items of clothing.  So much so that he requested another one. After much deliberation we couldn’t decide on the perfect combination of fabrics, so the project went on hold. The Fabric Store recently released a new range of Liberty Cotton Twills, I…