29 things I wish I’d learned before starting to make my own clothes

I woke up this morning to a message from my cousin Heather, in Scotland. She’s collected her new sewing machine, is just about to start dressmaking and wondered if I had any tips.  Super excited, I started writing a response on my phone, when I realised this was more than a quick Instagram reply.  So here it is, Heather. 29 things I wish someone had … Continue reading 29 things I wish I’d learned before starting to make my own clothes

Pattern review: Wiksten Shift Top

Lockdown. NZ shops shut. No orange thread for my orange fabric. Order it online from the UK. Exorbitant delivery cost. Suck it up.  See cool, slouchy long-sleeve top on Instagram. Looks good for Autumn work-from-home wear. Buy pdf pattern, start printing. Ink levels low. Go to order ink, sold out.  Print anyway with low ink. Finally, all 22 pages printed. Cut two of the four … Continue reading Pattern review: Wiksten Shift Top

What you discover about your body when you sew your own clothes

I’m almost halfway through my year of not buying clothes. What’s changed? Well, going cold turkey has completely shifted my mindset on shopping. From spending hundreds of dollars every month to nothing at all, this was a shock to the system to jolt me out of my bad habit. At this six month milestone I have set myself a new challenge: learning to sew my … Continue reading What you discover about your body when you sew your own clothes