Ida Clutch

I have previously written about the Ida clutch pattern. I wanted to show you the other versions which I’ve made recently. I have been continuing to experiment sewing with leather. My friend Zara wrote an amazing post with lots of leather hints and tricks. Check it out if you want to sew with leather on…

Hampton Jeans Jacket

I am pretty excited about my latest make the Hampton Jeans Jacket! I have been wanting a denim jacket since I wore one for my friends wedding a few years ago. When I saw Anna’s tester version  6 months ago I was inspired! I knew I needed to make a version using the denim gifted to me by…

Oslo Coat

  One of my goals this year is to work on more complicated projects. Coats fit the bill perfectly! I have been living in my Silvia Coatigan which I made it a couple of months ago and I knew I wanted to make a few more coats before the end of winter. When I saw the Oslo…

Silvia Coatigan – the second

As the title suggests this isn’t my first Silvia Coatigan. I have worn my first Schnittchen Coatigan heaps so I decided to make another before the end of the winter season. I purchased this vintage wool on a whim from Fabricabrac for $20. I fell in love with the colour and the feel of the fabric. Luckily I…

Suki Kimono

I have been meaning to make a luxurious robe for a while. Somehow it became one of those projects which ended-up at the bottom of my ‘to sew’ list. When Helen from Helen’s Closet asked me to test her Suki Kimono I jumped at the opportunity! I could finally make the robe of my dreams! I’m…

Andrew Cardigan

From Me Made May we discovered that Paul needed a few more cardigans. He started a new job 3 months ago and his new office is very cold. It doesn’t help that it’s mid-winter here in New Zealand! We wanted a plain V neck style cardigan which would look good buttoned up or open. I came across the…

New looks

Jennifer Lauren Handmade contacted me back in May to see if I wanted to review her latest pattern release, the Juniper Cardigan. The pattern was supplied to me in exchange for my review, all thoughts are my own. I wear a cardigan or jumper every day, I  appreciate having different styles and colours in my…

Denim challenge

This post features three handmade garments; my Deer and Doe Safran Jeans, Ida clutch by Kylie and the Machine and the Salme Kimono top. As per the pattern instructions I made my Safran jeans in denim with an elastic content of 20-30%. My measurements were in the size 40 range but I cut a size…

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…