Saltspring + Sigma = SpringMa

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.

Saltspring Dress by Sewaholic& Sigma Dress by Papercut Patterns

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

Sewing for Travel

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.

Mid calf Sigma dress by Papercut Patterns | Offsquare.com

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Winter Sewing Wishlist

I’ve finally worked out how to use Polyvore. It’s a fun site, especially when you’re supposed to be working ;) While spending $2,000 on one clutch isn’t viable for this thrifty shopper, it’s still fun to dream and play with final looks.

Fortunately, these jackets are well within reach, being available as sewing patterns! Continue reading

Mint Tank Top

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.

offsquare.com | mint tank top

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.

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Papercut Patterns Giveaway!! – closed

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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.

Good luck!

{Hazed Magazine} Papercut Patterns

Papercut Patterns in Hazed Magazine | offsquare.com
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