I love the Named Clothing Quinn Shirt pattern. Seriously, I love it! Based on the finished garment measurements I made the 40 and graded out to a 42 around the shoulders and I love the fit on this. I lowered the darts ever so slightly second time around and that is it in terms of … More Quinning.
Usually I love Winter. I know, people think I’m really weird. But I love Winter. I love being cold and getting warm, I love layering clothes, I love seeing my breath, hotwater bottles, whisky, red wine, slow cooked meals, slippers, big cardigans, frost, and clear Christchurch Winter days. But this winter has been kind of … More You Must Believe in Spring.
So I have a new job. I am managing a campus in the central city for our University. Without going into a long winded explanation of the minutiae of the job, the main responsibilities are outreach, promotion, event management, operational management, stakeholder engagement and generally trying to keep academic staff, general staff, upper management, students … More First day of work culottes.
I feel like just about every post that I have worked on this year is about my sister in some way, so I feel the need to introduce her to you properly. Her name is Miriam. She writes a number of blogs – this is her main creative one. She has two gorgeous sons whom … More Silky blousy pleaty drapey + sister love.
So here’s Skipper #2. This one is made with a lovely autumnal floral in a light weight wool. Another second hand fabric gift from my sister. I’ve made the neckband out of a navy from my stash, as the other colours aren’t the best for me. The navy is definitely a man-made fibre of some … More Ahoy there Autumn.
I made this dress to wear to Alex’s sister’s wedding. Some specs: It’s Autumn here in NZ, and the ceremony will be outside, late afternoon. After the ceremony, the reception is at a golf club with a sit down meal and dancing. I wanted to wear a long dress but my choices from my existing wardrobe were … More Cherry blossoms in Autumn.
Hello friends, how I’ve missed hanging out here! It’s been a crazy start to the year with the show, Alex’s dad and family stuff, Alex changing jobs, and a horrific bout of insomnia early on. But here I am. I survived being the #seniorcastmember in Priscilla, had a great time doing the season, and am … More Check me out, Skipper.
Finished – hoorah! And I wore them solidly all weekend. You will see here that I tried to style them as per the pattern art work. A little hat-tip to my girl Liza Mae. These puppies are 100% from stash: linen from the #gfh16; thread was from an advent swap from many years ago, in … More Linen Lilac Lounge Love.
*This is a bit of a play on our last name – van den Broek – which means “from the marsh” but broek also means pants in Dutch, and of course the Dutch national colour is orange so I couldn’t resist. Happy New Year all. Alex and I spent a month in Peru over December … More Oranje Broeken*.
Subtitle: An ode to the generosity of other sewers. I have wanted to make a jumpsuit for a while. But let me tell you, I have a solid aversion to getting mostly naked to pee anywhere apart from my own home or a camping trip. Enter the ‘faux-jumpsuit’ – a two-piece masquerading as a one-piece. … More Is it a top? Is it culottes? No, it’s a faux-jumpsuit.