Viki Sews Deliah

I first made the Deliah top by Viki Sews back in early 2020. I remember wanting a top pattern with a bit of spunk but without too many tricky details. I had just made four button up blouses and needed to work on something simple in comparison. Deliah is described as a blouse pattern with…

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…

Viki Sews – Britney Pants

Regular readers will be familiar with my love for Viki Sews patterns. They are a pattern company based in Russia. They are different to lots of indie patterns on the market as they provide patterns for your height and measurements. Depending on the pattern and the amount of ease allowed I make a size 44/46…

Leonard Coat

This is the third Republique Du Chiffon garment I’ve made lately. A couple of months ago I made two versions of the  Barbara Jacket pattern  which can be seen here and here. I also attempted the Julia jacket which was a disaster! I ended up throwing out the pattern and jacket as it didn’t fit…

The Assembly Line V-neck Jumpsuit

I have been wanting more jumpsuits which I can style for work or play. I came across this V-neck Jumpsuit pattern by The Assembly Line and thought it would be a perfect pairing with this Japanese wool suiting which I recently purchased from The Fabric Store. This pattern has a relaxed fit with a dropped…

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…

The Pink Suit – Lander pants and Barbara Jacket

It’s day 2 of enforced New Zealand Government lockdown so it’s a perfect time to get back to blogging! It took me a while to be interested in the Lander pants. It was only after I saw several versions on Instagram that I decided to make them.  The Lander is a wide-leg high-waisted pant made…

Adrienne blouse

 I‘ve been eyeing up the Adrienne blouse for a while. It’s a knit top pattern which is fitted through the body and has voluminous sleeves. It’s a look I’m really into at the moment. I knew once I found the perfect fabric I’d make it. We ended up finding the fabric in one of the…

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…

Sati and Lidi by Viki Sews

A few months ago I discovered Viki Sews an online Russian pdf pattern company. They sell a mix of mens, womens and children’s patterns and are active on social media so there is lots of inspiration. I discovered Viki Sews through blogger Sleepless In Bavaria. She has completed a number of projects with Viki Sews patterns….

Palisade Pants

Last year I decided I needed to improve my pant-making skills. My sewing has come a long way but fitting pants – especially with woven fabric – still feels really challenging. I was drawn to the Palisade Pants by Papercut Patterns as soon as the pattern was released. It looked like an easy yet comfortable sew and…

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…

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…

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…

Fabulous Falda

When I visited Melbourne in December 2016 I met up with a bunch of lovely sewing ladies for cocktails. During the evening Blogless Anna – one of the kindest people I’ve ever met – invited me fabric shopping. During our outing, she took Paul and me to her home. This is where I spotted her Falda…

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…

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…

Butterick 6169 Moto jacket

I owned a motorcycle jacket which I wore for years until the pleather started to peel. As I was unable to buy a leather replacement I decided that making a version in fabric may be easier. I came across Butterick 6169 as a suitable pattern. The pattern designed by Lisette is described as a semi-fitted, lined jacket with shoulder…