Ensis Tee

Double Lacey Ensis Goodness


April was sew double for The Monthly Stitch. This worked out nicely as I needed MORE t-shirts and was going on a road trip, EEEEE ROAD TRIP !!!

purple ensis palmerston

As you may know, I moved up from Dunedin to Wellington in January and well.. due to my lack of finances couldn’t move all of my stuff.. my precious precious stuff !! So I had to store it at the parentals (thanks parentals!), including my car. So over the Easter holidays/Anzac day and all the days in-between, I headed down to Dunedin with a friend to pick up my stuff, EEEEE MY PRECIOUS STUFF !!

purple ensis boulder love

Day 1 we drove from Dunedin to Oamaru and passed through Palmerston (which I had to take a picture with, just for you Juliet 😀

We also stopped at Moeraki Boulders. First we got tricked and went on the turnoff to Moeraki, but sneaky sneaky, they are in different places !! Anyways, after we walked along the beach in Moeraki (the village), around Moeraki (the village) for a while and then headed back to the highway to find the REAL Moeraki (the boulders), we finally hit success!


Wow I’m strong.

purple ensis boulder destroy

After Moeraki (the boulders) we finally made it to Oamaru and went to the Steampunk museum, which was pretty cool.. there was quite a bit of stuff to look at. I don’t have many pictures because there is a large inside bit that is really dark, but there’s a little guy below there, we made friends.

There was also a skeleton driving a crane. Very cool.


Back to the actual t-shirts though !!

I made 2 (obviously) and I had made one previously in February.

black ensis back

This time I changed it up a bit. I was thinking for a while about making something with lace on the top or just lace.. anywhere. Lace is GREAT. I did already have a t-shirt that I bought with stripes on the bottom and lace on top and it looks so pretty and it’s so comfy and cool since I overheat all the time so basically its FANTASTIC !

I don’t think I was ever going to get around to making them though, until I saw Sandra’s on on her blog which just looked so comfy and amazing I had to have my own. I HAD TO!

black ensis front

And now I do.

black ensis side

Win. And look below, I’M CLIMBING A TREE !!!

in a tree awesome

Right, t-shirt, yes, must stop getting distracted. So tired. Ugh.

This time around making these Ensis Tee’s I left the sleeves at the shorter option (Since they were a bit too tight around my guns *ahem* I mean arms.

I guess that’s all I did different, isn’t much you have to do to make your Ensis comfy that’s for sure !

I used the XS size and think that I will make the neck a bit bigger/wider/lower (?) next time.

The stripey fabrics I got from a factory store several years ago when visiting Wellington which is up the Wairarapa somewhere, though I forget the name of the place (no matter how many times I’m told, sorry Kat!).

The gray lace I got from Kat’s stash and the black lace I found at Arthur Toye’s closing down sale in January/Febuary.

Ensis totally wins!

in a tree

DOGS! Ensis Tee

Ahh, The Papercut Ensis Tee. How amazing ye is !

I really enjoyed making this pattern for a few reasons, one being it was incredibly easy to follow and I usually have problems following other peoples patterns.

Two – I got to use a knit fabric (for the FIRST time) and with Cover Stitch, BOOM ! I want a Cover Stitch Machine now.

Three – so fast to make, I made it in 1 day, that doesn’t usually happen for me!

Four – It has dogs on it, YAY !


The DOGS! Ensis Tee by Papercut. Was made for an outing at Wellington Zoo with the Wellington Sewing Bloggers Girls and was so much fun to make! The mission (my first and definitely not my last!) was to make something in animal print or with animals or something to do with animals on it to wear to the zoo.

My big sis’ made this at the same time so that she could help me and show me tricks etc, thanks sis, you’re awesome! Now that I have been shown indie patterns, I shall continue to make and my wardrobe shall continue to prosper and grow and become amazing.

Ensis Tee

When I first got to cutting out the fabric, I had a little bit of an issue with the dog pattern since there’s a top and a bottom (haven’t had this issue before) and I ended up cutting it out upside down, hmmmm. But after making that little teensy mistake I managed to cut it out so the pattern on the sleeves match the pattern on the tee.


The fabric was in my sisters stash, and we found it years ago when I was working at Spotlight in Dunedin. Of course we had to get it ’cause it was/is amazing, DOGS !


I made this pattern up in an XS (I’m usually a M so this was very exciting!)

The hem is curved and the sleeves are shortened.

I am definitely going to make this pattern again and it will probably disintegrate with the number of times I am going to use it, it is amazing.

DOGS! Ensis Tee, I love ye.