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…

Suki’s for Christmas

For Christmas, I sewed a couple of Suki Kimonos. One for Paul, one for me and one for our ex-tenant Skye. Kimonos are oversized garments which don’t require fitting so make ideal presents! Since we have a tenant we wear robes around the house when preparing coffee in the morning. I know this kimono would fit…

Kochi Kimono

This pattern is one that didn’t stand out to me when it was first released. I used to really struggle with boxy garments but they are infiltrating my wardrobe more and more. There have been a number of different versions of the Kochi Kimono on Instagram which have been inspiring to me. The versions that come…

Sew Over It – Silk Cami

In December the lovely ladies at Fabric Drop sent me some luscious cherry silk rayon fabric. If you haven’t heard of Fabric Drop you should check them out! They are an online fabric, pattern and findings store. The owners are two sisters Claire is based in Invercargill New Zealand (at the bottom of the South Island)…

Sewing Swimwear – Soma Swimsuit

I grew up loving the water and spending every moment at the beach. My first email address was beach_chick. However, in recent years I developed a fear of drowning after a series of horrible nightmares. Looking back it’s sad that I  let nightmares hold me back from enjoying the water. Recently Paul and I decided…

Safran Jeans

 It seems that third times a charm! My first pair of jeans, the Ginger Jeans were a hot mess, my second pair of jeans, also Safran I have worn heaps even though they have always been too small. This time my jeans turned out perfectly! I purchased 1.2meters of Gerald denim from Drapers Fabrics. The denim is perfect for…

Tried and True – Melilot Shirt

The Sewcialists recently celebrated TNT pattern month (short for Tried’N’True). I was planning a number of posts to celebrate a few of my favourite unblogged patterns but didn’t get a chance at the time. The Melilot Shirt by Deer and Doe patterns is my go-to shirt pattern. Over the last couple of years I’ve sewn…

Celestial Dress

I came across the pattern designer Pattern Fantastique through my friend Blogless Anna. Nita-Jane the pattern designer of Pattern Fantastique stocks a range of beautifully drafted patterns and kits in her store. I have been admiring the Celestial Dress pattern for a while. It is a simple pattern that allows a number of options depending on the…

Salme Kimono Tee

In summer of 2016, I discovered a big gap in my wardrobe. I didn’t have enough interesting tops for my work/life rotation. I purchased the Salme kimono tee and quickly made four in quick succession with silk remnants I had been collecting. This pattern is one of my ‘go to’ top patterns as it only needs a meter…

Butterick 6169 Moto jacket

I owned a motorcycle jacket which I wore for years until the pleather started to peel. As I was unable to buy a leather replacement I decided that making a version in fabric may be easier. I came across Butterick 6169 as a suitable pattern. The pattern designed by Lisette is described as a semi-fitted, lined jacket with shoulder…

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…