The Gray Swan Dress

A sudden rush of sewing mojo has me twirling like a ballerina.
Sometimes, things work out better when you stop worrying about the consequences and so it went with this dress. This winter, it seemed all the high street stores had these little ponte skating dresses with circle skirts and although

Slacker’s Slacks: New Look 6190

Peeps, I have some big news to share but I’m struggling to find the right words to explain so I’m procrastinating on that one until tomorrow. Meanwhile, I have a quick little palette cleanser project and in fact the first thing I have sewn this year!

I used my tried and

MMM Catch-up

Woops got a little behind there and lets face it most of this weeks outfits were total repeats – so unexciting!
Here’s two I hadn’t worn yet this month though…

Hehe… I was half asleep when I took this one. Luckily this double-knit mash-up of New Look 6824 & BurdaStyle Jenny doesn’t

MMM Day Four

Today was ‘Wear Red for Red Cross’ day, raising funds for those affected by the Canterbury Earthquake. I put my last minute Christmas Dress, New Look 6643 in Red Ponte de roma, to work. In support, donations were collected for the New Zealand Red Cross.
Now, I don’t really have any

MMM Day Two

Yesterday I wore one of the last projects featured on the blog, and today I wore one of the first. These are the first real pants I made and are from my fave pattern New Look 6190.
Click here to see them without those terrible wrinkles!

Twofer: New Look 6190 & Simplicity 2593

Here are two super quick patterns to throw together.
The pants are my second go at New Look 6190. Unlike the khakis, this fabric had a little stretch to it so I only added 1/2 an inch to the all the vertical seam allowances versus an inch on the woven fabric.

Scalloped Dress: New Look 6180

This is a really quick little post. This dress is New Look 6180 in View C, which I made for a New Years wedding of an old family friend last summer. I ended up wearing something completely different as it was 32 degrees (90F) and the accomodation for the week

Shift Dress: New Look 6643

So I ended up buying 16 patterns off the Vogue/McCalls/Butterick website on Sunday. 16? 16! I justified it by the fact that a Vogue pattern will cost me aprox NZ$27 here but I got them for US$3.99. So that’s like 75% off. It certainly helped sort the Self-Stitched-September planning too.

I want a white lace dress…

You know when you get a vision of something in your head, then you start seeing it everywhere…

Josephine over at The Silk Futures made a truly gorgeous version she called the ‘Doily’ dress.

View B of New Look 6949 could work, and I already have it in my stash…


So back in high school the first and only trousers I made were a pair of purple satin pajama pants. 12 years later here is attempt number two.

I’m pretty happy with the results. I used New Look 6190 and they ended up not too far off what’s on the pattern