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…

Maya Tops

I love simple tops patterns! This love is well documented in my posts about the Salme Kimono Tee the Drop sleeve blouse and the Claudia top. I tried the Maya top pattern by Marilla Walker a while ago and found it a little too boxy. I recently decided to try the pattern again and realised what the…

Zadie Jumpsuit and tops

Since making the Jazz Jumpsuit last summer I’ve been really into wearing jumpsuits! Fellow Kiwi pattern designer Tara from Paper Theory designed this pattern which has been very popular amongst the sewing community – I can see why! The pattern is sized from 6 to 28. I made a straight size 14 for my wearable muslin below. The Zadie…

Claudia Top

I’ve been admiring the Tessuti Claudia dress for a while. The problem is our high summer period is short and I don’t get many opportunities to wear sleeveless tops, let alone dresses. Separates seem to be a better option and what I need in my wardrobe. I was drawn to the Claudia dress pattern because…

Drop Sleeve Top

The Avid Seamstress recently released the Drop Sleeve Top free for their newsletter subscribers. I was drawn to the style immediately. It feels like the slightly grown-up sister to my favourite Salme Kimono Tee pattern. This pattern is drafted with very few pieces. It’s only a front, back, neck facing and sleeves which you insert flat –…

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)…

Salme Kimono Tee

In summer of 2016, I discovered a big gap in my wardrobe. I didn’t have enough interesting tops for my work/life rotation. I purchased the Salme kimono tee and quickly made four in quick succession with silk remnants I had been collecting. This pattern is one of my ‘go to’ top patterns as it only needs a meter…

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…

Cloning a ready to wear t-shirt.

In January 2017, I offered to make Paul some T shirts to replace the ones in his closet that were worn out. I bought a couple of men’s Tee shirt patterns before drafting my own. We tried Merchant and Mills ‘The Tee’ this pattern is designed to be made with woven fabrics. Unfortunately, this fit of…