Pinafore dresses

I’m a fan of making garments that allow for easy layering. I have always cared about sustainability and making garments that I can wear over and over again. Garments that are loved and get lots of wear are better for the planet and my wallet! Pinafores take me back to Primary School which isn’t a…

Viki Sews Vivienne’s dress

New Zealanders are quite casual in the way that they dress. I’m used to being too dressed-up at most occasions unless it’s a ball and then I feel very uncomfortable as I never feel dressed up enough! Initially this pattern didn’t interest me as the stitching lines threw off my eye. The photos above shows…

Passiflore dress

When the Passiflore dress pattern by Deer and Doe was released I was excited! I don’t often race to buy a pattern on the day it’s been released as I try to be mindful of my purchases. I had this purchased and printed within 24 hours and planned to sew it up that weekend. I’m…

Agate Pencil Dress

There are some patterns which sit on my ‘to make’ list for a while. The Named Agate pencil dress is one of these. The pattern came out a few years ago and I have been following the hashtag on Instagram since then. Often if I am unsure about a pattern I follow the hashtag until…

Viki Sews Ivanna dress

I love wearing my first version of the Viki Sews Ivanna dress that I knew I needed another one! This pattern is uniquely shaped – it looks complicated but in reality the pattern has very few pieces. The dress has pleats across the front and back section of the  skirt which is one pattern piece….

Viki Sews Ivanna Dress

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with sewing Russian Sewing Patterns. After my success with these two patterns by Viki Sews, I have been experimenting with more garments from their pattern range. Their designs are what I love about sewing – the ability to make garments which fit your body and lifestyle. As someone that works an…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Helmi Dress

The Helmi Tunic Dress is everything I love about a pattern. Versatile for all year round and can be dressed up or down. The pattern features both a blouse and tunic. This is a wonderful pattern by Named Clothing, one of my favourite pattern companies. I decided to make this pattern as the Tunic dress perfectly…

Farrow Dress

When the Farrow dress was first released I wasn’t drawn to the pattern as my body shape doesn’t always suit boxy dresses. As time has progressed, I’ve been inspired by the other versions of the Farrow that have appeared on Instagram. Including these ones by Arrowmountain and Katilulemakes. I made the Style Arc Mila dress a few months ago….

New looks

Jennifer Lauren Handmade contacted me back in May to see if I wanted to review her latest pattern release, the Juniper Cardigan. The pattern was supplied to me in exchange for my review, all thoughts are my own. I wear a cardigan or jumper every day, I  appreciate having different styles and colours in my…

Moana Kielo Wrap Dress

This dress is one which really sums up my style. Smart casual featuring a lot of solid colour and playful prints. I was inspired by the Gorman dress below which featured in one of their recent collections. I love the play between the solid black and the naive printed fabric. I decided to use the Kielo dress…