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 men’s, women’s 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…

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…