Barbara Jacket – the second.

My friend Sue invited me to raid her stash a couple of years ago and I have been trying to use each piece of fabric for special projects. Sue has exquisite taste and instead of playing fantasy shopping cart with online fabric stores (like me), she tends to check-out. I’ve been enjoying wearing my pink…

Menswear looks under lockdown

Birthdays under lockdown aren’t great! Whilst on lock-down it was mum and Paul’s birthday. My mum is still waiting for me to go to the post office to send her presents – sorry mum. Since Paul and I live in the same house it was much much easier to get him to help design his…

When inspiration strikes – McCalls 7661

I love wearing my other version of McCalls 7661 pants that I knew I needed another pair in a different fabric.  I purchased this gorgeous fabric from Tessuti fabrics last February. It deserved to be made into something amazing. This fabric is perfect for pants! The Tencel makes the fabric softer/drapier than pure Linen. Personally I prefer…

The Floral bomber – McCalls 7637

I recently finished a fifth bomber jacket for Paul using McCall’s pattern 7637. The jacket has all the same alterations as my original version. Other versions can be seen here, here and here. This jacket is a quick and satisfying make! It came together over a public holiday weekend.  Paul sees these jackets as an…

The Pink Suit – Lander pants and Barbara Jacket

It’s day 2 of enforced New Zealand Government lockdown so it’s a perfect time to get back to blogging! It took me a while to be interested in the Lander pants. It was only after I saw several versions on Instagram that I decided to make them.  The Lander is a wide-leg high-waisted pant made…

Grasser 693 skirt

This skirt is the result of an evening spent researching Russian sewing patterns. For a while I was starting to think I’d seen all the new sewing patterns and was feeling a little uninspired. Since falling down the Russian sewing patterns rabbit hole I’ve discovered lots of new companies and pattern designs which has me…

Menswear updates

I wanted to share with you my latest menswear makes. My menswear posts both here and on Instagram get far less engagement than my womenswear posts. However, it’s important to keep sharing to provide ideas and inspiration with you – dear reader. Do let me know if you like this content as it encourages me…

Deer and Doe Myosotis

I tend to follow my ‘guidelines’ of what suits my body shape. You can read more about this here and here. But there are times where I like to create over-sized garments or what I jokingly like to call man-repelling as inspired by the original man repeller  Leandra M. Cohen. The Deer and Doe Myosotis dress…

Viki Sews Ivanna Dress

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with sewing Russian Sewing Patterns. After my success with these two patterns by Viki Sews, I have been experimenting with more garments from their pattern range. Their designs are what I love about sewing – the ability to make garments which fit your body and lifestyle. As someone that works an…

Roberts Collection Dungarees

A pair of dungarees has been on my to make list for a while. I was inspired to make this pair before our recent sewing retreat because of a dream. In the dream I was wearing dungarees at our retreat with a bumbag. These were all things on my too make list! My dream felt achievable so…

Silvia Coatigan – The Third

This is my third version of the Silvia Coatigan by Schnittchen Patterns. This coat was part of my winter sewing plans and my frocktails outfit. My other versions of this coat can be seen here and here. My skin gets so pale in winter so I’m try to warm it up by incorporating berry tones…

Breaking the Pattern – Utu Pinafore

In the last few years, I’ve become a fan of pinafore dresses. The York by Helen’s Closet showed me how good they are for work wear. The items underneath can be easily layered depending on the season. So far I’ve tried several different pinafore patterns- the York, Dani and now the Utu. I’ve made three versions…

2019 Summer collection

When I met Nina, the director of Style Gorgeous, she got me thinking about my wardrobe as an Orchestra. She talked about how we should have garments in our wardrobe which act like the triangle in an orchestra. They don’t get used frequently but when they do they’re memorable. For instance my Banana Jacket, Falda Jacket,…

Adrienne blouse

 I‘ve been eyeing up the Adrienne blouse for a while. It’s a knit top pattern which is fitted through the body and has voluminous sleeves. It’s a look I’m really into at the moment. I knew once I found the perfect fabric I’d make it. We ended up finding the fabric in one of the…

Kalle Shirt

The Kalle shirt is a popular pattern within the sewing community. In my quest to find the perfect shirt pattern I thought I’d give it a try. My favourite version of the Kalle is the cropped style. It also comes in a tunic and a dress. I didn’t want the top to be too cropped…

Sapporo coat

I made the Papercut Patterns Sapporo coat at the beginning of winter this year. I’ve seen so many amazing versions on Instagram and thought it would be a great addition to my wardrobe. Coats which resemble giant blankets are ideal in my book! This garment has a lot of inbuilt ease. For reference, I’m 165cm tall and…

Frocks for Frocktails

Deciding on my outfit for Frocktails is always exciting but also fills me with worry. Is it fancy enough? Do I have enough time to make it? Do I have the materials to make it? It’s not just Frocktails – dressing up fancy has always filled me with dread. “Why spend heaps of money on…

The longest UFO – McCalls 6044

I started making Paul another McCalls 6044 shirt shortly after finishing his first version back in June 2017.  This shirt is my longest ever work-in-progress garment so I’m THRILLED to have it finished. Because I made it so long ago I can’t remember many of the specific details – whoops! I wanted the top finished for Paul…

Maya Tops

I love simple tops patterns! This love is well documented in my posts about the Salme Kimono Tee the Drop sleeve blouse and the Claudia top. I tried the Maya top pattern by Marilla Walker a while ago and found it a little too boxy. I recently decided to try the pattern again and realised what the…

Kommatia Raincoat

Paul’s short raincoat fell apart at the end of last season and he has been wanting another one. I love making jackets and working with unusual fabrics I offered to make him one. I have previously made a raincoat jacket for myself – a Waver jacket . I decided to use Kommatia Patterns J006 as it’s a overstyled…