Dinosaur Two-piece-setacular

I made this #twopiecesettacular for Paul using this gorgeous dinosaur print fabric which was gifted from Minerva as part of their Minerva Brand Ambassadors programme. Green is one of his favourite colours to wear and he is a self-described ‘Dinosaur boy’ so I thought this fabric was perfect for him! We were both thrilled when it…

Make Menswear

I’ve been a busy bee over the last few months making clothes for Paul. He has a large collection of t-shirts (at least 30) which he circulates through. I haven’t made him any new t-shirts recently so it might be time to make a few new ones for him. What his wardrobe lacks in new…

The Gosling Shirt

The Gosling has been on my radar for a while. It was released as a sewing pattern by Sew Sew Def magazine  published by Mimi G. There aren’t many versions of this pattern online so I thought it was worthy of a review! I bought it from Mimi’s website for the bargain price of $3…

Menswear looks under lockdown

Birthdays under lockdown aren’t great! Whilst on lock-down it was mum and Paul’s birthday. My mum is still waiting for me to go to the post office to send her presents – sorry mum. Since Paul and I live in the same house it was much much easier to get him to help design his…

The Floral bomber – McCalls 7637

I recently finished a fifth bomber jacket for Paul using McCall’s pattern 7637. The jacket has all the same alterations as my original version. Other versions can be seen here, here and here. This jacket is a quick and satisfying make! It came together over a public holiday weekend.  Paul sees these jackets as an…

Menswear updates

I wanted to share with you my latest menswear makes. My menswear posts both here and on Instagram get far less engagement than my womenswear posts. However, it’s important to keep sharing to provide ideas and inspiration with you – dear reader. Do let me know if you like this content as it encourages me…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Two-piece set-acular

Paul and I have been joking about making him a male romper for a while now. When I saw this fabric on Drapers Instagram I offered to make him a fun outfit for the summer festival season.  The fabric is a lovely lightweight cotton perfect for summer. I decided that a two piece set was much…

Andrew Cardigan

From Me Made May we discovered that Paul needed a few more cardigans. He started a new job 3 months ago and his new office is very cold. It doesn’t help that it’s mid-winter here in New Zealand! We wanted a plain V neck style cardigan which would look good buttoned up or open. I came across the…

Making Menswear McCalls 6044

One of my goals this year was to make a men’s shirt for Paul. I chose the popular McCalls 6044  pattern. It is a modern slim-fit pattern which suits Paul’s style. From his measurements, I cut a size medium. Since Paul has lost weight I would have been better to cut a size small. The main fabric…