La Sylphide blouse – with birds !

Papercut La Sylphide Blouse.

front side

I really like this pattern, it’s so lovely and girly with the necktie and peplum!

back side

I was originally making this for the monosewn month at TMS in July last year. It got cut out and then put on the “I’m not sure” pile. Mainly because I had cut out the necktie and sleeves with black and white polka dots cause I ran out of the black and white birds fabric.

I started making it up again in March this year and rage quit cause it was AWFUL with the black and white polka dots… way too much going on.


And thats when I changed it to plain black poplin. Also changed the sleeves to cap sleeves because I reckon it’s WAY too much with the gathered sleeves!! I used the sleeve pattern from the Deer and Doe Reglisse. I love cap sleeves!

Although I look really unimpressed about something in the below photo.. fascinating..

front ties

So I made the La Sylphide in red rayon last year for Indie Pattern Month and it turned out REALLY well.. even with the gathered sleeves 😛 But of course it’s uber short, so I’m gonna cut this up into a blouse version because I have only worn it once and that fabric DESERVES to be worn.

Perfect for work too 😀


Circle top

I made a circle top !!!


The Papercut Circle Top!


I cut it out in hmm.. August last year? FINALLY made it in umm.. January and then FINALLY took photos of it when umm.. When the Muse Melissa dress came out and NOW I am finally getting around to blogging about it because Marta has nothing to read. Just for you Marta 😀

back hood

But also cause this thing is awesomely swishy. I LOVE SWISHY THINGS !!!

back swirly




Right, anyways, I don’t really have much to say about it. Cuts out as a giant circle with 2 holes for the arms.

Very easy to make.

I found the sleeves are quite short though.. I’m one of those people that I like to pull my sleeves up over my hands and snuggles in.. Every time I do it with these, it pulls the shoulder seams down my arms and then it feels weird to wear so I kept shifting it around a lot when I’m wearing it. Will DEFINITELY be lengthening the arms if I make another one.

And I probs will.. cause so snuuuuuugly!


Lacey Coppelia


Hello dear friends and welcome back!

This time, I have made the Coppelia Cardigan by Papercut.

I actually made this back in April or May, can’t remember which (oops), for the sew knits month. The blog post has been sitting on my to-do-list for AGES as in – the last saved draft (the pictures) are from the 22nd July, whoa. I made it up the same time I made my Ensis Tee’s.


Then I took it for a road trip from Dunedin to Wellington. On this day we were travelling from Oamaru to Kaikoura. The photos are taking just before Ashburton and in Ashburton next to (I think it’s the war memorial from memory). I actually got a couple toots while getting my photo taken there…


Right, the top!

It was not fun to make.. but quite funny.. as in.. laugh at me.

  The sleeves are sewn to the shoulder area and then the sides are sewn from the wrist to the hem all the way in one.

I have never done sleeves like this before.. (well I’ve done lots now, but then I had NO IDEA what was doing on)

front statue

So you’ve got the 2 front pieces that cross over, the back piece and then 2 sleeves.


I thought I was doing pretty well, ya know.. I had my back piece connected to my sleeves and my sleeves connected to the front pieces.

And then I lay it out.


I can’t remember exactly what was wrong with it, but basically the sleeves were BOTH sewn in wrong. The front pieces were the wrong way around and who even knows what was going on with the back piece.

Kat looked at it and just laughed. And laughed. And probably laughed some more. Fair enough too.

After I then cut all the seams out (luckily this fabric had lots of forgiveness), I then had to run to her to make sure I had pinned it correctly before each seam, YUSS I’m a child again!

But for reals, thanks Kat, you’re a star.

tree stump

Last thing about it was the stupid fabric. It’s so SO pretty but so SO annoying to sew with. Kept missing it in the overlocker (oh yeah, whole top made on the overlocker) and pins kept falling out and just general rage, ya know?

I was quite glad to be finished it, apart from that I can’t actually think of anything that annoyed me in that pattern. I know LOVE this way of putting in sleeves and it’s such a nice top of casual and formal, pffft formal. Ahem.

OH and when we were in Oamaru, we went into this really cool art shop/exhibition and I found Lucy. Lucy is awesome. Lucy is made by a 70 year old lady (told to me by the shop keeper) with what has to be a a very visual and crazy imagination..

Pincushion Polly


Her nose is a boot.

The Carly Petal


I made the Petal Skirt by Papercut!

The Petal Skirt is a wrap around with front pleats and back darts and curves up on the hem at the front to look like a petal. It’s so pretty 😀


The pattern and fabric were given to me by the lovely Mel and my awesome sis Kat.

It was part of a care package for when my kitty Carly died. I was quite upset. She was such a lovely cat and only 2 and a half years old. And SO CUTE ! So you can have photos 😀

Carly sleeping

She also liked to sleep in my shoes rack.

Carly shoes

Anyway, back to the skirt! Obviously named after the pattern and Carly 😀

It was a really nice pattern to sew up, only 4 pattern pieces and very quick.


The fabric is a cotton sateen, amazing to sew with but it did not like to be ironed so I couldn’t quite get my seams flat before I top stitched them :-/

But that’s ok, just don’t look really close..


 The two front pieces overlap and are supposed to be held together by skirt hook n eyes. I didn’t have these things, but I did have buttons!

The front pieces are the same pattern piece and so both have the two pleats at the front. I guess this is so you can choose which way you want to overlap them? Maybe by using the hook n eyes you can overlap them different ways however you choose.. though that does not make sense in my brain, so maybe just ignore that I said that? Cool. Continue.


The pleats I also top stitched down by about 5cm just so that they wouldn’t stick out so much right by the waist band, I always seem to do this with pleats. Makes it easier to sew the waistband on too 😀

The pattern did say to stitch them down a bit though, maybe I just went a bit overboard 😛

ghost button

Perused my button stash and found 2, quite different.. but that’s fine. One kinda looks like a little ghost. It makes me happy.


 The facing came together quite well too. It was a little confusing a first, but then I realised that I had done my pleats wrong so actually.. The pattern pieces were perfect and I can’t read 😛

In saying that, I’m not entirely sure I followed the pleat pattern thing properly since I ended up with 2 triangles sticking up at the top and had to trim those off.

But hey! Finished product = good, therefore who cares?!



I don’t think there is much else to say, apart from, I need more t-shirt type things that will fit properly into waist-high skirts..

I pretty much never wear waist-high things so never have had this problem.. until now *sigh*

Look at how the petal looks there!!!!


HA I just realised.. there’s like this white dot right on my nose.. looks like my face is missing a pixel.

La Sylphide Deranged

eeeeeee Papercut La Sylphide SO PRETTY !

I made this dress as part of the Indie Fan Girl competition on The Monthly Stitch.

Fake Street Dress Front 2

Indie Fan Girl is a competition where you have to make 2 garments from 1 Indie pattern designer to create an outfit.

I made this with the Bellatrix Blazer which is why I called it ‘Deranged’ – Deranged Bellatrix from Harry Potter?

Graffiti Front

Oh wow.. the more I look at this dress the more I like it, it’s so cute and pretty and gorgeous.

Woman Graffiti Dress Marilyn Monroe

This pattern was again, so easy to put together. The pictures make all the difference and didn’t take me long at all to put it together.

I made the size M as per my measurements and lengthened the hem by about 20cm (which I then cut off later on anyway).

Woman Graffiti Dress Back

The fabric is rayon which I found for $3 at Fabric-a-Brac in April. What a score! It was 3m by 90cm wide so was a bit of a mission cutting this beauty out of it.

I had to create a seam down the CB of the skirt pieces since it was so full it didn’t fit in the fabric..

I also left the neck piece until last when cutting out *sigh* and I ran out of fabric. My god I seem to be getting good at that!

Woman Graffiti Dress Ties

When I came to the part of sewing the neck tie, I then decided to do something about it and that was when the added length to the skirt came off to fix the problem.

Woman Graffiti Dress Ties Length

Since the skirt is quite full, the neck tie turned out a bit long. I like it though, long is good! It sits so nicely in this fabric as well.

Fake Street Dress Front Skirt

However, it made the dress a little short.. eep

Graffiti Looking Over Shoulder Windy

REALLY have to watch out for that wind now.

Fake Street Dress Neck Tie

I took the waist in by about a half inch on each side and I should probably take it in by another half inch each side again because it is still a little big around there, however I am hesitant because I don’t want to end up with weird lines under my bust which it already does by creases, this stuff creases so quick!

Graffiti Back MJ pose

Whole outfit, doing a cool pose! Aww yeah!

Tree Dress Buttons

The dress is fastened by buttons right up the CF. I used 10 in all and chose my own button placements cause that always seems easiest.

The buttons I got on special from Spotlight when I was working there about 5 years ago. I think they are brand Beuton (?).

Once the dress was constructed, I hung it overnight for the hem to settle since the skirt is quite round. They also mention this in the instructions which is awesome because I have never seen it before only heard about it from the WSBN.

Woman Graffiti Dress Front 2

Next day I hemmed it – the shortest part was the button placket (YUSS). So took off.. well only surprisingly small amounts to bring it to that length.

After that I decided to roll hem the bottom because, well.. that is the easiest type of hem IN THE WORLD and they look great and they are so fast.

HOWEVER, the fabric decided it did not want to be roll hemmed, ugh. So I just ended up folding it up 1cm and stitching it down, it’s not the prettiest but I didn’t want to loose any more length!

Fake Street Dress Back

Right, I think that’s all. Time for the deets!

Pattern: Papercut La Sylphide

Fabric: Rayon 3m x 90cm $3

Notions: Buttons x 10 from stash

Bluak Bellatrix

Hi everybody!

Hi Dr Nick!

How you all doing?

I’m good. Just on my lunch break at work. Aww yeah, blogging at lunch time, win!

Graffiti Front Button

Anyways, I made the Bellatrix Blazer by Papercut as part of my Indie Fan Girl outfit along with a La Sylphide by Papercut.

Indie Fan Girl is a competition this year – this month – this week. June – Indie pattern month.

Basically you had to make an outfit of at least 2 patterns from an Indie designer – but only 1 Indie designer, couldn’t mix and match them. This is why I chose Papercut. I absolutely love the patterns that Papercut has to offer and they have a wide range of patterns to choose from which makes life so much easier for the outfit choice! I wanted a blazer/jacket – sorted.

Graffiti Front

However, then it got hard.

I decided I wanted the blazer but then what to go with it? A skirt and top? Pants and top? Dress?

OMG LA SYLPHIDE ! Sooooo pretty !!

Woman Graffiti Full

Back to the blazer though.

I made this out of a remnant that my sis pulled out of the remnants bin at The Fabric Warehouse in Wellington – my first time there too. It is so brilliant!

The fabric itself was amazing it was hard to cut it up. And now I’m gutted I didn’t take a picture first! Imagine this though.. Selvage edges are both black and then grading into this vibrant bright blue right down the middle.


Yellow Wall Blazer Close Up Back

We agreed that it was some sort of wool blend which of course is perfect for said blazer in middle of winter. (Is it really winter if there is no snow or is it just an extended Autumn..?) I feel like I’ve been gypped though, Wellington is cool, people say it gets cold, but there is no snow. It’s all a large conspiracy. WHERE IS MY SNOW ?!?!?!?!?

Tree Fluffy Thing

Right.. so.. Since it was a remnant ($5 – WIN !!!) there was only about a Metre of it at looked like 1.5m wide and with the grading, well I seriously had to place my pattern pieces carefully. Chose to have the blue at the top and black at the bottom. I also did the shorter variation (Variation 2??) as I didn’t have quite enough material for the longer version.

After cutting out the main “outside” pattern pieces I had sufficiently run out of fabric for the facing. Except then it was pointed out to me that the front “facing” piece will be showing because it’s part of the collar and gets folded over – omg I am SO SMART…

Yellow Wall Blazer Close Up

SO.. then I had to find out how to cut that bit off and the answer came with, make this piece into 2 pieces and then join them together! So I did that, however when I went to cut the pieces I ended up cutting them both exactly the same so I then had to use the wrong side for one of the pieces, can you tell which one though?

Blazer Pocket and Button

Now onto the actual pattern. (Sorry guys, this seems to be getting like a long post, but come on, I’m at work, procrastinating and am on a serious rant at the moment so just enjoy it)

The pattern came together REALLY well.. The welt pockets – which I have never done before and scared the begeezes out of me – were done in the easiest way and they look SO GOOD.

Lunch break over, BOOM !

Blazer Pocket Lining

Oh my gosh, next day lunch break, here we go again!

The pattern was really easy to follow for the most part. I did get confused by a couple of things though.

The pattern pictures are based on the longer variation blazer and I like to follow pictures, especially Papercut pictures as they make things so easy! However, the longer variation has different bottom pieces to the pattern and are straight along the bottom at the front rounded at the corner. The shorter variation bottom piece is longer on one side than the other and naturally I thought the longer edges would go down the side seams.

Graffiti Back

I was wrong.

Graffiti Side 2

There was probably something on the pattern stating where the CF was that I just completely missed, but either way I managed to put them on wrong and when it came to sewing the blazer altogether I finally figured it out and had to unpick the pockets/bottom pieces and switch them over to the other side of the blazer.

Blazer Front Side Button

The other part I found difficult was attaching the sleeve cuff lining to the sleeve cuffs. I have never made a lined blazer, or any sort of blazer-like thing before so I was desperatly following the instructions at this point. However I must have done something wrong at this point because after I sewed this seam and tried to turn it the other way, it didn’t work at all, that shit was cray-cray!

So I did it my own way.

Fake Street Open Jacket

When blazer was still un-turned through the lining gap I reached through between blazer sleeve and lining sleeve and pulled them through the lining gap. From here I machine stitched the cuff facing to the cuff lining which actually looks mental (thought I took a picture, my bad!) and when I turned them through properly they were all happy as! YAY !

Graffiti Side

Now summary of deets!


Bellatrix Blazer by Papercut


A wool blend (?) remnant from Fabric Warehouse Wellington $5

A synthetic polka dot lining from my stash

A quilting remnant from Spotlight about 5 years ago $1


1 large black button from my stash.

Wow.. I am so uber proud of this blazer.

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.