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

Refashion: Sheer Black Dress

It’s week three over at Refashion Runway and I’m so excited that I’m still in! The theme this week is “copycat”, where the contestants have replicated a design found online. Pop over for some refashion inspiration and don’t forget to vote for your favourite!

Urban Outfitters Dress

I love this sheer black dress I found at Urban Outfitters. Feminine, versatile and a bit sassy. So I set out to recreate it using this gem: Continue reading