McCalls 7661

After a honeymoon period of discovering indie patterns, I’ve been embracing the Big 4 patterns more regularly. Especially McCalls. I find their designs wearable but still with fashion forward design elements. I’ve found that more people are adding big 4 patterns to Instagram. It’s great to be able to search to see other versions of…

Palisade Pants

Last year I decided I needed to improve my pant-making skills. My sewing has come a long way but fitting pants – especially with woven fabric – still feels really challenging. I was drawn to the Palisade Pants by Papercut Patterns as soon as the pattern was released. It looked like an easy yet comfortable sew and…

Lodo Dress Hack

I love the Lodo dress! It’s a perfect simple pattern for me. I have been trying to re-use and hack more patterns this year so I thought I’d hack the Lodo pattern into a button down dress like the Adelia. This dress is made in stretch denim (the Lodo is designed for stretch fabrics). The…

Second take: McCalls Bomber Jacket 7637

The last bomber jacket I made Paul has become one of his favourite items of clothing.  So much so that he requested another one. After much deliberation we couldn’t decide on the perfect combination of fabrics, so the project went on hold. The Fabric Store recently released a new range of Liberty Cotton Twills, I…

Londres Trench

The Londres Trench by Orageuse has been on my to-sew list for two years. It’s always seemed like a very intimidating pattern because of the number of pattern pieces involved. When my friend Kirsten talked about making French patterns in February it seemed like the perfect time to make something that was a little more challenging…

Jazz Jumpsuit

6 years ago Paul wanted me to buy this jumpsuit. I wouldn’t – and ever since I’ve never worn a jumpsuit. Well the Jazz Jumpsuit has made me think differently! Jumpsuits are easy to throw on and wear like dresses. This year a few sewists I admire made the Jazz Jumpsuit which piqued my curiosity.  Kirsten…

Claudia Top

I’ve been admiring the Tessuti Claudia dress for a while. The problem is our high summer period is short and I don’t get many opportunities to wear sleeveless tops, let alone dresses. Separates seem to be a better option and what I need in my wardrobe. I was drawn to the Claudia dress pattern because…

Lucent Visor

If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I like sewing things which are slightly challenging and borderline man-repelling. A visor fits the bill perfectly. I love how a visor can be made modern through a shift in fabric to take it from bland to a  designer item. I’ve had the Lucent…

Haori trio

I’ve been on a kimono making spree the last few months. Since my last post, I’ve made three! Two more of the Kochi Kimono and another Wiksteen Haori jacket. Since I’ve been busy sewing – rather than blogging – I have quite a lot to share with you. Here’s my oldest project – a Kochi…

Serpentine Hat

Paul and I recently went to Melbourne. Him for a work trip and me to enjoy all that Melbourne has to offer. My trip plans included fabric shopping, visiting art galleries and catching up with lots of lovely Melbourne sewists. Being high-summer I knew I’d need a hat which would easily squish into a suitcase….