Lara dress

I recently rediscovered the Lara dress by Schnittchen patterns. I loved this pattern when it was released in our winter a few years back. It never managed to get onto my ‘to sew’ list until I found it again recently. I love un-fussy designs with unique details similar to the garments seen at COS. It’s…

Archer blouse

My obsession with the Archer shirt has returned in full force! I love making elevated basics that can be dressed up or down. Shirts are perfect for this as they can be styled in so many different ways. Last year I made a couple of Archer’s (blogpost here) and they have been getting so much…

Cielo top

Often when I’m deciding to make a garment I follow the pattern hashtag on Instagram to see if a garment will suit my body, this is what I did with this pattern. When I saw someone made this pattern as a sweatshirt I was thrilled. In 2020/2021 I have been working from home a lot…

Make menswear

I’ve become obsessed with making button-up shirts recently. Thankfully, Paul and I both love wearing them! I have been making these two Gosling shirts for the past few months, so it was satisfying to complete them. They are pretty quick to put together, but I have been focusing on making garments for myself. The size…

Linen blazer

I recently started a new career so have been assessing my wardrobe to ensure I have enough classic pieces for my job as a consultant. It’s good to have a mix of quirkier garments to mix with classics such as this black linen blazer. I purchased two meters of this heavy washed linen from the…

Huy pants

Paul had been wanting a pair of woven elasticated pants for a while, so I was thrilled when the Huy pants pattern was released. I love the pocket design and that the pattern is un-gendered. From my experience, the sizing chart gives a correct indication of the fit. Currently, the hip measurement for this pattern ranges from…

Anthea Blouse

The Anthea Blouse has featured so often on my Instagram feed that I decided to make it! Anthea is described as a dart-less blouse (or dress) pattern with puffed sleeves. All views have a button-up placket with a bias faced neckline. View A – Blouse – has puffed sleeves that end at or just below…

Viki Sews Sheron

Some people are drawn in by a pattern, for me, it’s the fabric. I bought this lovely textured viscose polyester fabric a couple of years ago from Fabric Box without a project in mind. To make this dress I used every inch of the 2m piece. For the internal facings I used smooth black cotton….

Holly Bomber Jacket

I wanted to share my two versions of the Holly Bomber Jacket. Better late than never – I made these in March and June! My first version was in this check denim I purchased from Miss Maude. It is a gorgeous cotton rich stretch denim which is perfect for a bomber jacket. I added the…

Zadie jumpsuit

The Zadie jumpsuit is without a doubt one of my favourite patterns. You can see other versions of my makes from this pattern made up here and examples of the top hack here. For my most recent version, I went with a cotton drill from The Fabric Store for the Zadie below. This garment is…

Orange Emersons

I’ve been contemplating some orange pants for a while. I knew that they would go one of two ways: love or not. Well, I’m happy to report that I am loving having a pair of bring orange Emerson crop pants. I normally follow my colour wheel as can be read about here. But lately I’ve…

McCalls 7637 Bomber Jacket

Hi friends! I’m excited to share with you the latest creation for Mr P: a McCalls 7637 Bomber Jacket. Regular readers won’t be surprised to see me make up this pattern. I’ve made it around 9 times using a number of different fabrics. My first post about this pattern includes all the fitting adjustment. This…

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…

Viki Sews Stacy & Mood Gambit pinafore

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…