Building Blocks

In early November I got an email from Drapers Fabrics, a fabric store that I always visit when I’m in Auckland. After lots of requests from customers, they launched an online store (yay!) To celebrate the launch of their new online fabric store they partnered up with a few bloggers, including myself.

Drapers Fabrics kindly provided me with fabrics for the outfits in this blog, as always, all opinions are my own. Drapers Fabrics has also generously offered a discount code for you to use, so keep on reading to find out more!

I have been thoughtfully creating more garments items that can easily mix and match together. Three of these items have been on my sewing list for a while. I created four garments using the fabrics provided by Drapers Fabrics which will slot into my existing closet. The pants are the first item completed on my #summerofbasics list.


For my pants and skirt, I chose a lovely Japanese stretch cotton in black called Renee. I have been wanting to make a pair of classic cropped pants for the summer but have struggled to find the perfect fabric. This fabric is so comfortable to sit in all day at work, doesn’t crease and has great recovery. I’m tempted to buy more! I recently fitted Simplicity 1371 to my body which I used to create these pants. I adjusted the pattern to remove 3cm from the height of the rise and redrafted a new waistband. These may be my favourite pair of pants ever!


Worn with a silk Salme Kimono tee.


Using the remaining fabric I made a skirt using Vogue 1247. This pattern is no longer available but the A-frame skirt is a similar alternative. I previously had a black skirt made in this pattern which I wore all the time but the fabric attracted cat fur so it had to go!



This next garment is a boxy linen tank made from the fabric Tammy. I loved the look of the textured linen and wanted a top which would reflect the shape of the natural linen.


The next fabric is a printed linen rayon called Galaxy It drapes beautifully and has a cute star print. I used the Ansa Butterfly Top pattern by Named Clothing. It’s a fun pattern to put together and quite different to my normal style. I love the drapey sleeves and the scooped neck. The pattern has lovely style lines across the bust and around the back. Amazingly I had the perfect bias binding in my stash.



I’m still not sure about the fullness in this top I might add a few tucks in the front to give my body a bit more definition.


The pattern has lovely design lines front and back.


While choosing these fabrics I couldn’t resist purchasing a printed stretch cotton called Killian.  It’s a bold print which I was really drawn to. I plan on making another pair of pants (or jacket) with it.

I chose my fabrics online and they arrived at my door two days later by courier. I sometimes struggle with online fabric ordering so thankfully the Drapers Fabrics team were excellent at answering my questions via email. You can order samples from their online store. As well as email the Drapers Fabrics team can be contacted by Facebook or Instagram.

Drapers Fabrics recently adopted the hashtag #DRAPERSFAMILY which I feel reflects their business model. The staff member, Lulu who I was in contact with is lovely. I visited her when I was up in Auckland for work. I ended up missing my flight because I was having such a great time patting fabric and chatting with her. Drapers Fabrics have recently started a Facebook group, where you can share your makes.


Drapers Fabrics have offered my readers 15% off full priced fabric purchased from on their online store through their website using the code EMMASATELIER.

Drapers Fabrics also offer a laybuy service which lets you receive your fabric now but gives you 6 weeks to pay for it interest-free! Great for this time of year.


I’m so glad Drapers Fabrics have an online store and an active Instagram account. It has enabled me to add to my stash from the comfort of my living room. I look forward to sharing more makes (past ones include this and this) featuring fabric from Drapers Fabrics online store in the future. Let me know if you purchase any fabric from their online store and don’t forget to use the discount code above.

Thank you to my friend Kat for taking these awesome photos.


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