Breaking the Pattern – Utu Pinafore

In the last few years, I’ve become a fan of pinafore dresses. The York by Helen’s Closet showed me how good they are for work wear. The items underneath can be easily layered depending on the season. So far I’ve tried several different pinafore patterns- the York, Dani and now the Utu. I’ve made three versions…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Building Blocks

In early November I got an email from Drapers Fabrics, a fabric store that I always visit when I’m in Auckland. After lots of requests from customers, they launched an online store (yay!) To celebrate the launch of their new online fabric store they partnered up with a few bloggers, including myself. Drapers Fabrics kindly…

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…