The Avid Seamstress Drop Sleeve Top

The Avid Seamstress recently released the Drop Sleeve Top free for their newsletter subscribers. I was drawn to the style immediately. It feels like the slightly grown-up sister to my favourite Salme Kimono Tee pattern. I tried the popular Maya top by Marilla Walker. However, the pattern didn’t suit me. This pattern is drafted with very few…

Highlands Wrap Dress

I fell in love and purchased the Highlands Wrap Dress pattern on the day of its release. The pattern by Allie Olson, is an easy-fitting garment for spring and summer. This pattern is for woven fabrics and features a faced V-neckline and waist ties that are secured at the side of the waist. Allie has an option…

Sewing Room Tour

Firstly, a BIG thank you to my friend Daniel Koene for taking these wonderful photos. Daniel has a background in the Arts, Film and Architecture. If you are a looking for a photographer contact him! When we moved into our new home I established a corner which would be my sewing space. My sewing room or…

The 10 x 10 challenge

Back in December, my friend Kirsten approached me to participate in the Sewist 10×10 challenge with her. (Kirsten has blogged about her experience here). The idea of the capsule closet caused a lot of discussion in the sewing world when Colette Patterns release Wardrobe Architect in 2014. Following on from this concept of a capsule wardrobe Lee Vosburgh from Style Bee…

Dresses for coffee and cocktails

A couple of weeks ago I came across The Day and Night dress challenge organised by Elizabeth Made This. I thought that is a challenge I can do! The challenge asks you to create two looks: A dress with a day look: This should be a casual dress appropriate for your everyday life.  This dress should…

Suki’s for Christmas

For Christmas, I sewed a couple of Suki Kimonos. One for Paul, one for me and one for our ex-tenant Skye. Kimonos are oversized garments which don’t require fitting so make ideal presents! Since we have a tenant we wear robes around the house when preparing coffee in the morning. I know this kimono would fit…

Hudson Pant shorts

It’s been a long hot summer, especially in Paul’s office. His workspace is an ex-dance studio turned modern tech office. The space is boiling hot in summer and freezing cold in winter. Paul wanted some shorts and wanted them a) yesterday and b) to be super comfortable for both sitting, standing and table tennis. We…

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…