Neon Briar by Megan Nielsen

I love colour and usually the brighter the better. But it’s entirely possible that I’ve just found my limit. Neon Briar Top by Megan Nielsen. I need this pattern! | This fabric is a hi-viz pink merino from The Fabric Store and it’s great for a blast of colour. It almost assaults my wintery, sun-starved eyes but I love it because it’s so unexpected when everyone else is wearing black. Continue reading

Sunki Dress by Figgy’s Patterns // Teaching a Child to Sew

Poppet loved helping me tape together the .pdf pattern for my recent Mesa Dress. Since then, she has been cutting and taping any pieces of paper she can get her hands on.

So when I asked if she would like to sew herself a new dress, her eyes lit up and she jumped and down saying “yes, yes yes!”. A girl after my own heart.

In hindsight, I should have started her on a simple elasticated skirt. It really would have been the most logical approach. But what can I say … the excitement of teaching her stifled all rational thinking. There’s nothing like throwing a zip insertion, facing and sleeve easing at a first time sewer. *head slap*

Sunki Dress by Figgy Patterns |

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Free Sewing Patterns

Everyone loves something for nothing and while sewing can be expensive, it doesn’t need to be. There are some great places offering a slew of free patterns available for instant download and here are some of my favourite places to go hunting.

Just remember, you don’t need to be bound by a pattern, especially when it has cost you nothing. Whether sewing from scratch or working on a refashion, you can mash up various patterns to create your ideal garment. An arm scythe here, a neckline there and a skirt from yonder. Pull out the parts you need to create the garment you want. That’s the joy of sewing!

1. Peppermint magazine – Sewing School Peppermint mag Sewing School

Peppermint mag is a gorgeous Australian based eco magazine. As a bonus, each issue features a new ‘Sewing School’ project. But don’t be put off if you can’t buy the mag. It’s completely accessible through their online platform, no matter where you live.

2. Dresses and Me Dresses and Me free patterns

While Penny at Dresses and Me has a great selection of sewing patterns to buy (ideal for those in New Zealand), she has also curated a selection of links to free sewing patterns available for download, including the ever popular Sorbetto by Colette.

3. Oliver + S

Oliver and S free patterns

Oliver + S make the cutest patterns for kids. They make me want to sew for my kids more often. But did you know they have a range of free patterns available on their site too? Not to mention printable swatch cards. My stash needs that kind of order.

4. Burdastyle

Burdastyle free patterns

Burdastyle is a great resource for sewing patterns, inspiration and techniques. There is also a small selection of patterns available for free and what I really love, is that you can see what others have made using the patterns you like.

5. Dana Made It


Dana has a beautiful blog full of tutorials, patterns and sewing advice. As with most of the links above, some of her projects do require you to purchase a pattern, but many of them are also free and her explanations are clear and thorough. Dana has projects for babies, kids, women and even home decor.

Where do you like to go for great free patterns?

Embracing Winter with a Blazer

My life needs a navy blazer! |

Blazers! I mean, who doesn’t love a perfectly tailored blazer, right?

I bought this pattern (McCall’s 4928) many years ago, captivated by the multiple front and back seams and the fact that it’s fully lined. Those kind of seams make for ideal tailoring, meaning you can cinch it in or let it out exactly where you need it. Continue reading