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…

Melbourne fabric shopping adventures

Paul and I went on an overseas trip to Melbourne in December. We had a whole week so I planned to visit a number of fabric stores. Because fabric is the best souvenir right?! On day 1 we visited The Fabric Store and Clear It. In Wellington we live/work close to The Fabric Store in…

Free Patterns

Here’s a list of free PDF patterns. Please leave a comment if you know of any others or if any of the links change. Tessuti have several Grainline Hemlock Tee Blue Prints for Sewing Townhouse bag Named Clothing  Deer and Doe Plantain T-shirt Make my Pattern customizes patterns to your measurements. Lekala has hundreds of free patterns There are thousands…

Fabric shopping in Wellington

Wellington is a creative city here’s a list of places to shop. For Fabrics: The Fabric Store 15 Garrett St Te Aro, Wellington Central The Fabric Warehouse 126 Hutt Road, Kaiwharawhara Spotlight Wellington 120 Hutt Road, Kaiwharawhara Stitchbird  Shop 25 Kilbirnie Plaza, 22 Bay Road, Kilbirnie Nancys 261 Thorndon Quay, Wellington Made Marion Craft 100 Tory Street, Wellington Central…

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…