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…

Seamwork Catarina

This summer we have three weddings to attend, the first is coming up next week in Melbourne!  I can’t wait to catch up with family go fabric shopping, eat, drink and explore. Because I’m in town some of the Melbourne sewing ladies and I are getting together for dinner and drinks. I can’t wait to…

Helen’s Closet Winslow Culottes

I was pretty excited about the release of Helen’s first pattern. The testers versions all looked amazing. I was nervous excited about making these as I wasn’t sure if I could – do culottes! I thought that they would either be amazing or I would end up man-repelling. The great thing about sewing for me…

Named Inari dress

When I really love a pattern and have a gap in my closet I tend to and make up the pattern several times in a range of fabrics. The named Inari dress is no exception. With my first one I chose my favourite fabric as a wearable muslin (brave or stupid?). I hadn’t read any…

Nita Wrap skirt

The Nita Wrap skirt is a fun, simple pattern which is effortlessly chic. It is designed by the lovely Beth from Sew DIY. It’s great as it comes with lots of options! Long, short, mid-length Snaps or buttons for the closure It’s easy to make it lined or unlined Here are two versions that I’ve made:…

Kielo Wrap dress

I love making clothes that transition from work to weekend and between seasons. The Kielo wrap dress by Named is a wonderful pattern as it’s a great layering piece and looks effortlessly glamorous as well as being a fast easy project. Here’s the description by Named: Very simple maxi dress with an interesting shape Sleeveless design,…

Seamwork Paxson Sweater

I love a good quick project which I can achieve in an evening. The Paxson Sweater by Seamwork is perfect for Paul. It takes twenty minutes to cut out and an hour to put together! I’ve made eight for him now in different fabric prints. He complains that the hardest thing is trying to decide which…

Seamwork Adelaide Dress

My summer closet was seriously lacking in cute sleeveless dresses so I made this version of the Seamwork Adelaide as (hopefully!) wearable muslin. The fabric was a lovely cotton/ linen sourced from my stash. I had recently taken an amazing class at Made on Marion called “Mad Skills” which focused on finishing techniques. The class taught me…

How to change an overlocker blade

My overlocker is an essential sewing tool. Having owned it for a few years and having sewn a few hundred garments on it I thought it might be time to replace the blade. I asked friends the following question : “How often should you replace the blade on your overlocker?” Maryanne:  When you get the feeling it is…

Jungle January

My lovely friend Teresa aka ‘Girl from the Naki’ asked me if I would take part in Jungle January.  For those that aren’t aware Jungle January is when you hunt down some fabric lurking in the stash and create a garment that reminds you of the jungle. I did a quick search of the hashtag #junglejanuary in…