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….

Wicked Wiksten

I tend to plan my wardrobe a season ahead as my sewing list is always a mile long! I need time to get through all my ambitious plans. I’ve been following the hashtag #sobfinisher18. It’s been inspiring to see all the wonderful outfit combinations made by sewists in the Northern hemisphere. From this inspiration I’ve been…

Paxson’s for Paul

Paul has a lot of Paxson sweaters! He wears one almost every day. Some of his other versions can be seen here. This blog post includes all our minor alterations to the pattern. On two separate occasions we purchased the fabrics that make up this sweater. When I spotted them together in my stash I knew…

Product Review: Dutch Label Shop

Recently the lovely Abby from Dutch Label Shop contacted me offering free labels in exchange for feedback. They are also offering you a 15% discount on custom label orders so keep reading to find out more! The company was set up by friends Arjan and Hielke who aim to help designers, individuals and small companies solidify…

Lodo Dress

This year I’ve been on a roll this year making lots of separates. However I love a simple dress – it makes dressing easy. I’ve been looking for a knit dress pattern which could become a wardrobe workhorse. I thought I would try the Lodo dress pattern by True Bias in my search for the holy…

Lovely Lempi

  I was drawn to the Lempi dress pattern – by Named clothing – when it was first released. I love dresses that contain a number of design elements. The Sew House Seven Tea House dress is a good example. It has a flattering neckline, pockets, waist ties and sleeves. The Lempi dress ticked all…

Fabulous Falda

When I visited Melbourne in December 2016 I met up with a bunch of lovely sewing ladies for cocktails. During the evening Blogless Anna – one of the kindest people I’ve ever met – invited me fabric shopping. During our outing, she took Paul and me to her home. This is where I spotted her Falda…

York, York, York!

I have been a serial pattern sewist lately. It’s nice to make a garment which I know I’ll get a lot of wear from. The York Pinafore by Helen’s Closet is one of my current favourite garments. I have made two other versions previously and knew I needed at least another one for my rotation. This…

Bananas! Saunio Cardigan

I came across this stunning wool lurex fabric at The Wellington Fabric Store. I had just gotten a new job so I was feeling rather celebratory. In the instance, I thought to myself “Go girl! Treat yourself!.”  I tend to be a fabric scrooge buying fabric through fabric sales instead of full price. This is…

Cultivating the ultimate wardrobe

I like to think of us sewists as magicians. We take fabric and a pattern which transforms into a garment. We aren’t limited by what’s in a clothing store. As our choices are unlimited I sometimes find it difficult to put together the right pattern, fabric and style. I met Nina from Style Gorgeous at…

My Sewing Story

I was very lucky to grow up in a family that nurtured creativity. My sisters and I were bought up wearing clothes that my mum and grandmother made for us. I’ve sewed sporadically since I was a child. I didn’t own my own machine until my 20’s when I inherited my grandmother’s old Elna after…

Frocktails

I’ve always been envious of other Frocktails events held around the world. Frocktails combines things I love: pretty clothes, cocktails and meeting other fabulous sewists. Sew Social, aka the wonderful Sandra Julian, organized Wellington’s first Frocktails event which was held last month. I found it very difficult to decide what to sew as I don’t…

Saunio Cardigan

The Saunio cardigan is a pattern by Named Clothing. It is an oversized and relaxed style designed with 3/4 sleeves that narrow towards the wrists. This garment has dropped shoulders, a round neck and has an overlapping front edge. It is marked simple – which it is, hello fast sew! This pattern has been on…

Nettie Dress

Paul has been encouraging me to make more clothes which celebrate my curves something I’m always slightly nervous about doing. I thought the Nettie Dress by Closet Case Patterns would be an ideal style to try. Nettie is a quick and easy to make knit garment. Nettie is a close fitting pattern with high cut…

McCalls Bomber Jacket 7637

I set a pledge earlier in the year to make Paul more menswear. It’s a satisfying challenge to make garments for other people. So far this year I’ve made him: 10 new t-shirts, a new Paxson sweater, a Suki Kimono, I’m not too far away from making him a button-up shirt. This jacket isn’t on my challenge list…

Blueprints A-Frame Skirt

I made the Blueprints for Sewing A-Frame skirt. It’s described as a fitted or swingy skirt with triangular panels and pockets. The A-Frame design appealed to me as the seamlines add interest to the pencil skirt shape.  Recently I met Nina from Style Gorgeous. She assessed my wardrobe and stash which helped me to identify a few wardrobe…