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Push Up Bra by Merckwaerdigh

I am so excited about this Push Up Bra pattern by Merckwaerdigh. This is a partial band bra with plunge underwires and two-part cup with diagonal seam. It comes with optional padded inserts that you can make for extra boost. I skipped those. The floral version… Read More

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Sway Top by Papercut Patterns

I’ve been gushing over this sulphur yellow linen for weeks. My wardrobe needs more colour diversity and this is the perfect antidote. Sourced from the lovely Emma at Miss Maude Sewing, this linen has a slub texture and the yellow has the slightest of green undertones.… Read More

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Balconette Bra by Booby Traps

You know how sometimes you get a little bored with sewing and you want a fresh challenge? Bra-making, people. It’s a whole new ball game of duoplex, simplex, powernet and rigid lace. Those of you who have made bras already know what all that means. I’m… Read More

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Pancake Blouse by Waffle Patterns

There’s just enough winter left here to enjoy a cosy flannelette shirt and I adore this fun, boxy version by Waffle Patterns. This is the Pancake Blouse, which actually comes as a straight hem, hip-length pattern. But Yuki also provides a free downloadable hack for… Read More

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Mila Shirt 2.0

Well, I couldn’t help myself. I had to make another Mila Shirt! I love my red Mila and it turns out casual shirts are my jam. Structured yet good for everyday wear, which pretty much sums up my current style. This time I used white cotton lawn… Read More

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Cocoon Cardi by Jalie

It’s nearly halfway through winter here in NZ and I’m hankering for more cosy, casual layers. Introducing, the Cocoon Cardigan by Jalie. It’s slouchy, relaxed and sews up super quick, pairing perfectly over my growing collection of merino tops . I was feeling rebellious when I made this and ignored… Read More

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Mila Shirt by Itch to Stitch

As a teenager, I once bought a drab nude-coloured shirt from an op-shop and dyed it army green. I didn’t yet understand the challenges of dying polyester, so that dye always blotched and ran in the rain. But the shirt fit like a dream and I wore it anyway, blotches… Read More

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5 Ways to Find Your Sew-Jo

We all go through phases where our enthusiasm for sewing dims. It’s when you look at your sewing machine and think “Ugh, I just can’t be bothered” But you know it’s your happy place and you want to get that joy back. So how? Where… Read More