The second dress made for my sister is a combination of my two current favourite patterns. It also came together just in time for FrankenIndie with The Monthly Stitch, so a big hello to any Monthly Stitch visitors!
To recap, my sister Kelly is off overseas and needs modest dresses for some conservative destinations. I wanted to help boost her wardrobe for the adventures ahead and offered to make a couple of dresses for her to wear.
I combined the Saltspring Dress (Sewaholic) with the upper portion of the Sigma Dress (Papercut Patterns) to create a short sleeved maxi dress. It’s called: the “SpringMa”. Continue reading
My sister, Kelly, is about to embark on some overseas travel and isn’t one for sticking to the usual tourist traps. She wants to eat with locals, wrangle language barriers and thoroughly explore a rich new culture. Such fun!
Kelly will be in places that dress modestly, which she will need to respect if she doesn’t want to draw gasps of horror everywhere she goes. The dress code essentially boils down to “no shoulders, no knees, and no skin in between”, which sounds simple enough but was proving a challenge for this intrepid explorer.
So Rosie Miller (another sister) and I collaborated to make Kelly a couple of dresses that would keep her feeling fab and cool in the heat. Rosie generously provided some gorgeous cotton fabrics from her stash, while I got sewing.
First up was a Sigma Dress by Papercut Patterns, but altered to a mid-calf length.
Oh my. I should’ve made this dress at the start of summer! It’s only been a week or so since I made this Saltspring Dress from Sewaholic Patterns and I’m already wearing it as much as possible.
Katie at Papercut Patterns has released a new range of sewing patterns titled “Constellation”.
Guys, it’s truly jaw-dropping. When I saw the designs, I actually held my breath and then gasped in delight as I browsed each one. Katie is seriously talented. Continue reading
Second hand patterns are a cheap way to add to your sewing pattern arsenal. I’ll often dig through for a sleeve design that I like or a certain silhouette. I got lucky with this pattern though and loved the whole look! Continue reading
It’s so nice to get my sewing ideas written down like this! Hello head space, nice to have you back again.
Here’s my summer sewing wish list so far: Continue reading
After season one of Refashion Runway, I decided to hone my pattern drafting skills. Actually, hone would imply I already knew something, so it’s more like starting from the very beginning.
After devouring text books, drawing seven drafts and sewing three mock ups, I finally made my own tank top. Hooray!
It doesn’t look like much, I know, but bear with me.
I totally get that I could buy a top like this for about $10 somewhere. But that wasn’t actually the point. This was about learning new techniques, boosting confidence and ending up with the exact top I pictured in my mind. Have you ever taken the long way on purpose? It’s awesome! I highly recommend it.
Following on from yesterdays article featuring Papercut Patterns, Katie has offered us one pattern from her online store to giveaway right here! Yippee!! Isn’t she the sweetest?
Katie has some amazing sewing patterns in her online store. It’s so refreshing to see some well styled, on trend designs to choose from. McCalls could learn a thing or two from this talented woman!
To go into the draw to win yourself a shiny new sewing pattern, all you have to do to enter is pop on over to the Papercut Patterns website and then return back here to comment on this post, telling us which pattern you love the most. It’s that easy!
This is a worldwide giveaway, so it’s open internationally. Entries will close on Saturday, 7th Sept 2013 at 12 noon, NZ time. A winner will be randomly drawn afterwards and announced on this blog.
Featured in the spring issue of Hazed Magazine, Sept 2013 – photos by Kate Gaskell
With home sewing on the rise once again, one Nelson designer is filling the need for on-trend and beautifully styled sewing patterns with her online store.
Katie Brown of Nelson launched Papercut Patterns in 2010 and since then her business has gained strong international recognition along with a large customer base in the US. Continue reading