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…

The perfect T-shirt

Paul has been waiting a while for his latest batch of T-shirts. We purchased most of these fabrics during a trip to Palmerston North in November. We didn’t find much at their Fabric-a-Brac event but our visit to Spotlight was fruitful. As well as Spotlight the Fabrics were also purchased from Fabric Drop and an online…

York Pinafore

I recently tested the York Pinafore for Helen from Helen’s Closet. This pattern is a winner! This pinafore is a modern take on a classic pinafore dress with a cocoon shape and two views. View A features large scoop pockets, a dipped neckline, and comes to the knee. View B is a shorter length with…

McCalls Shirtdress 6696

Earlier in this year, I decided to enrol myself in a class at my local sewing and craft store Made Marion Craft. The class was to make the popular shirtdress pattern McCalls 6696. I took this class to improve my confidence with collars. I hoped the teacher Zara (who has mad skills) would pass on her hint…

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. This pattern is drafted with very few pieces. It’s only a front, back, neck facing and sleeves which you insert flat –…

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 Jacket

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 Jacket on Instagram which have been inspiring to me. The versions that…

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…

Safran Jeans

 It seems that third times a charm! My first pair of jeans, the Ginger Jeans were a hot mess, my second pair of jeans, also Safran I have worn heaps even though they have always been too small. This time my jeans turned out perfectly! I purchased 1.2meters of Gerald denim from Drapers Fabrics. The denim is perfect for…

Sewing Room Inspiration

When we bought our house we had a year prior to it being built to design the spaces. A sewing space was a priority for me in one of the extra bedrooms. In our rented apartment Paul and I shared an office which was our plan again. Sewing space year 1: Sewing space year 2:…

Tried and True – Melilot Shirt

The Sewcialists recently celebrated TNT pattern month (short for Tried’N’True). I was planning a number of posts to celebrate a few of my favourite unblogged patterns but didn’t get a chance at the time. The Melilot Shirt by Deer and Doe patterns is my go-to shirt pattern. Over the last couple of years I’ve sewn…

Celestial Dress

I came across the pattern designer Pattern Fantastique through my friend Blogless Anna. Nita-Jane the pattern designer of Pattern Fantastique stocks a range of beautifully drafted patterns and kits in her store. I have been admiring the Celestial Dress pattern for a while. It is a simple pattern that allows a number of options depending on the…

Salme Kimono Tee

In summer of 2016, I discovered a big gap in my wardrobe. I didn’t have enough interesting tops for my work/life rotation. I purchased the Salme kimono tee and quickly made four in quick succession with silk remnants I had been collecting. This pattern is one of my ‘go to’ top patterns as it only needs a meter…