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…

Zadie Jumpsuit and tops

Since making the Jazz Jumpsuit last summer I’ve been really into wearing jumpsuits! Fellow Kiwi pattern designer Tara from Paper Theory designed this pattern which has been very popular amongst the sewing community – I can see why! The pattern is sized from 6 to 28. I made a straight size 14 for my wearable muslin below. The Zadie…

Making Menswear for Paul

I’ve been making lots of projects for Paul in the last few months so I thought I’d do an update blog post. A lot of the patterns are patterns I’ve already reviewed or are hacks of patterns. I will link to other blog posts where relevant. I enjoy sewing for Paul as it’s such a…

Sirocco Jumpsuit Take two

I purchased the Sirocco Jumpsuit pattern by Deer and Doe a couple of days after they released their recent collection. I made my first version of this jumpsuit for a recent European holiday. It was a fantastic garment in my capsule travel wardrobe – It’s so comfortable and stylish! I was worried that a tiny aeroplane toilet might be…

Jeans making hints and tricks

I thought I’d pass on a number of tips I’ve learnt while making jeans  – I’m definitely not an expert – but I’ve learnt heaps in the few years I’ve been sewing. If you have any additional tips please leave me a comment at the end of the blog post. When sewing denim use a…

Sati and Lidi by Viki Sews

A few months ago I discovered Viki Sews an online Russian pdf pattern company. They sell a mix of mens, womens and children’s patterns and are active on social media so there is lots of inspiration. I discovered Viki Sews through blogger Sleepless In Bavaria. She has completed a number of projects with Viki Sews patterns….

Sirocco Jumpsuit

I purchased the Sirocco Jumpsuit a few days after Deer and Doe released their recent collection. I have a rule that I only buy a new pattern if I’m going to make it immediately. Since Deer and Doe patterns are drafted with someone with my body shape and bust size I thought it would be…

Cashmerette Patterns Pembroke Dress

I’m in love with my new Pembroke dress! It’s the first time I’ve used a Cashmerette pattern and I’m really impressed. This pattern is nice and easy to construct – it’s as simple as a t-shirt with the addition of waist ties sewn into the side seam. I made a size 12 with a bust…

Two- piece spectacular!

Paul and I are developing our own family traditions. Our favourite summer festival — Beers at the Basin — is worthy of new outfits. In the summer of 2017 I made Paul the outfit above and myself a Celestial Dress. Originally he wanted a romper but I refused. A two-piece-setacular is way more practical and…

Ruby jeans – Ottobre Menswear

I’ve been trying to make different garments for Paul. It’s satisfying to make him garments as it teaches me how to fit a body other than my own. View this post on Instagram I finished a pair of jeans for Paul! Now he can wear a full outfit made by me woot! I used the…

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…