Frocktails

I’ve always been envious of other Frocktails events held around the world. Frocktails combines things I love: pretty clothes, cocktails and meeting other fabulous sewists. Sew Social, aka the wonderful Sandra Julian, organized Wellington’s first Frocktails event which was held last month. I found it very difficult to decide what to sew as I don’t…

Saunio Cardigan

The Saunio cardigan is a pattern by Named Clothing. It is an oversized and relaxed style designed with 3/4 sleeves that narrow towards the wrists. This garment has dropped shoulders, a round neck and has an overlapping front edge. It is marked simple – which it is, hello fast sew! This pattern has been on…

Nettie Dress

Paul has been encouraging me to make more clothes which celebrate my curves something I’m always slightly nervous about doing. I thought the Nettie Dress by Closet Case Patterns would be an ideal style to try. Nettie is a quick and easy to make knit garment. Nettie is a close fitting pattern with high cut…

Blueprints A-Frame Skirt

I made the Blueprints for Sewing A-Frame skirt. It’s described as a fitted or swingy skirt with triangular panels and pockets. The A-Frame design appealed to me as the seamlines add interest to the pencil skirt shape.  Recently I met Nina from Style Gorgeous. She assessed my wardrobe and stash which helped me to identify a few wardrobe…

York Pinafore

I recently tested the York Pinafore for Helen from Helen’s Closet. This pattern is a winner! This pinafore is a modern take on a classic pinafore dress with a cocoon shape and two views. View A features large scoop pockets, a dipped neckline, and comes to the knee. View B is a shorter length with…

McCalls Shirtdress 6696

Earlier in this year, I decided to enrol myself in a class at my local sewing and craft store Made Marion Craft. The class was to make the popular shirtdress pattern McCalls 6696. I took this class to improve my confidence with collars. I hoped the teacher Zara (who has mad skills) would pass on her hint…

The Avid Seamstress Drop Sleeve Top

The Avid Seamstress recently released the Drop Sleeve Top free for their newsletter subscribers. I was drawn to the style immediately. It feels like the slightly grown-up sister to my favourite Salme Kimono Tee pattern. I tried the popular Maya top by Marilla Walker. However, the pattern didn’t suit me. This pattern is drafted with very few…

Highlands Wrap Dress

I fell in love and purchased the Highlands Wrap Dress pattern on the day of its release. The pattern by Allie Olson, is an easy-fitting garment for spring and summer. This pattern is for woven fabrics and features a faced V-neckline and waist ties that are secured at the side of the waist. Allie has an option…

The 10 x 10 challenge

Back in December, my friend Kirsten approached me to participate in the Sewist 10×10 challenge with her. (Kirsten has blogged about her experience here). The idea of the capsule closet caused a lot of discussion in the sewing world when Colette Patterns release Wardrobe Architect in 2014. Following on from this concept of a capsule wardrobe Lee Vosburgh from Style Bee…

Dresses for coffee and cocktails

A couple of weeks ago I came across The Day and Night dress challenge organised by Elizabeth Made This. I thought that is a challenge I can do! The challenge asks you to create two looks: A dress with a day look: This should be a casual dress appropriate for your everyday life.  This dress should…