Coatigan Silvia

I’ve wanted to make the Schnittchen Silvia Coatigan since it was first released in 2015. Back then I wasn’t sure about the boxy shape. Back then there weren’t many versions online. Last year at Fabricabrac I met the lovely Rosie. She was wearing her awesome version and I knew I definitely needed to make this pattern! This…

Making Menswear McCalls 6044

One of my goals this year was to make a men’s shirt for Paul. I chose the popular McCalls 6044  pattern. It is a modern slim-fit pattern which suits Paul’s style. From his measurements, I cut a size medium. Since Paul has lost weight I would have been better to cut a size small. The main fabric…

Me Made May husband edition

All of my friends on Instagram will know that I sew a lot for Paul. Paul works in IT and is very creative. He has discovered the joy of being able to wear funky prints to the office. A couple of months ago he proudly wore his alphabet printed sweater to a client meeting with the…

Reflecting on Me Made May

Another Me-Made-May #MMMay17 has finished and after photographing my outfits (and Paul’s) for a month I thought it would be a good time to reflect on how the month has been. For those that don’t know Me-Made-Made is a challenge set by So Zo to encourage makers who sew/ knit/ upcycle garments to wear proudly…

Moana Kielo Wrap Dress

This dress is one which really sums up my style. Smart casual featuring a lot of solid colour and playful prints. I was inspired by the Gorman dress below which featured in one of their recent collections. I love the play between the solid black and the naive printed fabric. I decided to use the Kielo dress…

Marilla Walker Roberts Collection Dungarees

I’ve wanted a dungaree dress for a while and thought this winter would be the perfect time to make one! I’ve purchased the Roberts collection pattern by Marilla Walker. The dungaree dress comes in a pack with a jumpsuit, a woven t-shirt and the overalls. When there was a popup fabric sale here in Wellington I purchased…

Sew House Seven Tea House Dress

Each month during 2017 my friend Kylie and I are working on a sewing project together. For this month’s pattern we chose The Sew House Seven Tea House Dress. It’s described as a flattering and easy to wear style which has a variety of options for different looks. I printed and put together the pattern…

Blackwood Cardigan

I contacted Helen offering to test her latest pattern after hearing her podcast with Rachel from MakerStyle. I was pretty excited to find out the pattern was a cardigan. The line drawings really appealed. A simple chic cardigan pattern is surprisingly hard to come by! In Wellington I always need a layer to throw on…

Jungle January

Jungle January is a sewing challenge held during January which challenges you to make a garment in jungle print from your stash and then share on social media using the hashtag #junglejanuary. I took part in 2016 as well with my friend Teresa.  I’m not really into animal print so it’s quite a challenge for…

Sewing Goals for 2017

New Years is a wonderful time for reflection. I created a record 84 garments in 2016 and only purchased three ready-to-wear garments. I really want to work on refining my style more as my skills develop. My sewing goals for 2017 are: -Make less basics and work on more time-consuming pieces -Make a mens shirt (I’ve…

Papercut Patterns Waver Jacket

When I moved to Wellington 2 years ago my clothing needs changed. Wellington weather is very changeable and is consistently awarded the windiest city in the world. I own a trench raincoat which I wear all the time but I’ve been wanting a casual windbreaker which didn’t look like it came from an outdoors shop….

Seamwork Elmira

When Seamwork released the Elmira pattern I wasn’t sure if the design would suit me. When Jess posted her version it inspired me to try it. I love the style, it’s perfect for the office and for light layering. I have already purchased fabric for another two; a deeper green and a plum merino. When I make a…