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…

Helmi Dress

The Helmi Tunic Dress is everything I love about a pattern. Versatile for all year round and can be dressed up or down. The pattern features both a blouse and tunic. This is a wonderful pattern by Named Clothing, one of my favourite pattern companies. I decided to make this pattern as the Tunic dress perfectly…

Farrow Dress

When the Farrow dress was first released I wasn’t drawn to the pattern as my body shape doesn’t always suit boxy dresses. As time has progressed, I’ve been inspired by the other versions of the Farrow that have appeared on Instagram. Including these ones by Arrowmountain and Katilulemakes. I made the Style Arc Mila dress a few months ago….

What I wore

During the month of November, I documented and shared my outfits on Instagram. The process of documenting and reflecting is a great tool to reassess my sewing needs. I have been trying to thoughtfully create garments that suit me and fill holes in my wardrobe. Below are photos of the garments in day order. I…