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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

What I wore

During the month of November, I documented and shared my outfits on Instagram. The process of documenting and reflecting is a great tool to reassess my sewing needs. I have been trying to thoughtfully create garments that suit me and fill holes in my wardrobe. Below are photos of the garments in day order. I…

Sewing Goals for 2017

New Years is a wonderful time for reflection. I created a record 84 garments in 2016 and only purchased three ready-to-wear garments. I really want to work on refining my style more as my skills develop. My sewing goals for 2017 are: -Make less basics and work on more time-consuming pieces -Make a mens shirt (I’ve…