Agate Pencil Dress

There are some patterns which sit on my ‘to make’ list for a while. The Named Agate pencil dress is one of these. The pattern came out a few years ago and I have been following the hashtag on Instagram since then. Often if I am unsure about a pattern I follow the hashtag until…

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…

Zadie how I love thee

The Zadie jumpsuit is one of my favourite patterns. I’m not alone – this pattern seems to have a lot of adoring fans! This is my second version of the jumpsuit – I have also previously hacked the pattern to make 4 wrap tops. The pattern has a large size range which is fantastic to…

Sapporo coat

I made the Papercut Patterns Sapporo coat at the beginning of winter this year. I’ve seen so many amazing versions on Instagram and thought it would be a great addition to my wardrobe. Coats which resemble giant blankets are ideal in my book! This garment has a lot of inbuilt ease. For reference, I’m 165cm tall and…

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….

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…

Frocktails

I’ve always been envious of other Frocktails events held around the world. Frocktails combines things I love: pretty clothes, cocktails and meeting other fabulous sewists. Sew Social, aka the wonderful Sandra Julian, organized Wellington’s first Frocktails event which was held last month. I found it very difficult to decide what to sew as I don’t…

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…

Oslo Coat

  One of my goals this year is to work on more complicated projects. Coats fit the bill perfectly! I have been living in my Silvia Coatigan which I made it a couple of months ago and I knew I wanted to make a few more coats before the end of winter. When I saw the Oslo…

Silvia Coatigan – the second

As the title suggests this isn’t my first Silvia Coatigan. I have worn my first Schnittchen Coatigan heaps so I decided to make another before the end of the winter season. I purchased this vintage wool on a whim from Fabricabrac for $20. I fell in love with the colour and the feel of the fabric. Luckily I…

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…

New looks

Jennifer Lauren Handmade contacted me back in May to see if I wanted to review her latest pattern release, the Juniper Cardigan. The pattern was supplied to me in exchange for my review, all thoughts are my own. I wear a cardigan or jumper every day, I  appreciate having different styles and colours in my…

Coatigan Silvia

I’ve wanted to make the Schnittchen Silvia Coatigan since it was first released in 2015. Back then I wasn’t sure about the boxy shape. Back then there weren’t many versions online. Last year at Fabricabrac I met the lovely Rosie. She was wearing her awesome version and I knew I definitely needed to make this pattern! This…

Marilla Walker Roberts Collection Dungarees

I’ve wanted a dungaree dress for a while and thought this winter would be the perfect time to make one! I’ve purchased the Roberts collection pattern by Marilla Walker. The dungaree dress comes in a pack with a jumpsuit, a woven t-shirt and the overalls. When there was a popup fabric sale here in Wellington I purchased…

Sew House Seven Tea House Dress

Each month during 2017 my friend Kylie and I are working on a sewing project together. For this month’s pattern we chose The Sew House Seven Tea House Dress. It’s described as a flattering and easy to wear style which has a variety of options for different looks. I printed and put together the pattern…

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 fewer basics and work on more time-consuming pieces -Make a men’s shirt (I’ve…

Papercut Patterns Waver Jacket

When I moved to Wellington 2 years ago my clothing needs changed. Wellington weather is very changeable and is consistently awarded the windiest city in the world. I own a trench raincoat which I wear all the time but I’ve been wanting a casual windbreaker which didn’t look like it came from an outdoors shop….