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1. I’m secretly happy winter’s coming ‘cause THIS COAT MAN. 2. If anyone knows how to deal with growing out a pixie, please share your secrets, because the outfit says cutie pie but the hair says rockabilly pioneer space pirate in the bad way and I just don’t know how to manage it while also keeping it out of my face. Help. Also swipe for an additional hair pic. .
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#drapersfamily #handmadewardrobe #selfie #imakemyownclothes #pravanavivids #vintagevogue #sewcialists #sewistsofinstagram #isew #sewnz #aucklandsews #makersgonnamake #makeitsewcial #sewingaddict #sewingblogger #pinkhair #retrostyle #vintagestyle #1950sfashion
1. I’m secretly happy winter’s coming ‘cause THIS COAT MAN. 2. If anyone knows how to deal with growing out a pixie, please share your secrets, because the outfit says cutie pie but the hair says rockabilly pioneer space pirate in the bad way and I just don’t know how to manage it while also keeping it out of my face. Help. Also swipe for an additional hair pic. . . . #drapersfamily  #handmadewardrobe  #selfie  #imakemyownclothes  #pravanavivids  #vintagevogue  #sewcialists  #sewistsofinstagram  #isew  #sewnz  #aucklandsews  #makersgonnamake  #makeitsewcial  #sewingaddict  #sewingblogger  #pinkhair  #retrostyle  #vintagestyle  #1950sfashion 
My ‘Flight Suit’ is up on the blog this morning! For those of you unfamiliar with my tragic sense of humour, it’s the  100% me-made outfit I have created specifically for airplane travel- merino shirt and cardi, merino fleece pants with elastic+drawstring+theft proof zipper pockets, wireless bralette, and handknit socks! If you’re going to live in the far corners of the globe, comfy travel clothes are a must. More details through the link in my profile!
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#flatlay #merino #thefabricstore #bramaking #handmadewardrobe #sewcialists #sewnz #imakemyownclothes #knittersofinstagram #sewistsofinstagram #makersgonnamake #makeitsewcial #sewingwithknits #memadeeveryday #diyfashion
My ‘Flight Suit’ is up on the blog this morning! For those of you unfamiliar with my tragic sense of humour, it’s the 100% me-made outfit I have created specifically for airplane travel- merino shirt and cardi, merino fleece pants with elastic+drawstring+theft proof zipper pockets, wireless bralette, and handknit socks! If you’re going to live in the far corners of the globe, comfy travel clothes are a must. More details through the link in my profile! . . . #flatlay  #merino  #thefabricstore  #bramaking  #handmadewardrobe  #sewcialists  #sewnz  #imakemyownclothes  #knittersofinstagram  #sewistsofinstagram  #makersgonnamake  #makeitsewcial  #sewingwithknits  #memadeeveryday  #diyfashion 
Today I went to a local sewing group (my machine doesn’t leave the house very often, it was weird!) and not only did I make a lot of progress on @lillklebenow ‘s graduation dress, I also made new friends and finally met @sue13sews in real life!! Seriously guys, sewing friends are the best friends!
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#sewingfriends #sewcialists #handmadewardrobe #sewnz #aucklandsews #diyfashion #selfie #makeitsewcial #makersgonnamake #sewistsofinstagram #lovetosew #sewingaddict #sewinglife
Today I went to a local sewing group (my machine doesn’t leave the house very often, it was weird!) and not only did I make a lot of progress on @lillklebenow ‘s graduation dress, I also made new friends and finally met @sue13sews in real life!! Seriously guys, sewing friends are the best friends! . . . #sewingfriends  #sewcialists  #handmadewardrobe  #sewnz  #aucklandsews  #diyfashion  #selfie  #makeitsewcial  #makersgonnamake  #sewistsofinstagram  #lovetosew  #sewingaddict  #sewinglife 
Little Darkness is a street kitty my sister has adopted, and I’m working on my @straycatsocks ‘Dhanya’ socks.. the colour name means ‘thankful’ and I kinda think that’s what Little Darkness feels... when he’s not busy sinking his claws into my yarn...
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#knittingwithcats #straycatsocks #sockknitting #sewcialists #knittingaddict #pinkhair #blackcat #catsofinstagram #makersgonnamake #knitnz #isew #knitlife #makeitsewcial #knitstagram #imakemyownclothes #diyfashion #pravanavivids #rescuecat
Little Darkness is a street kitty my sister has adopted, and I’m working on my @straycatsocks ‘Dhanya’ socks.. the colour name means ‘thankful’ and I kinda think that’s what Little Darkness feels... when he’s not busy sinking his claws into my yarn... . . . #knittingwithcats  #straycatsocks  #sockknitting  #sewcialists  #knittingaddict  #pinkhair  #blackcat  #catsofinstagram  #makersgonnamake  #knitnz  #isew  #knitlife  #makeitsewcial  #knitstagram  #imakemyownclothes  #diyfashion  #pravanavivids  #rescuecat 
**Wedding Dress Progress Alert!!**
There’s a new video and some pretty drool-worthy photos of all my fabrics and beads, etc. on the blog/ YouTube!! You should also know that draft 1 of dress 1 is done, and I just have a few minor adjustments before I make the bodice for real! HOW. EXCITING. Also how scary that I, at some point, need to DYE all of this fabric. 😳💍👰🏼
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#handmadewedding #sewingvlogger #handmadewardrobe #diywedding #dressmaker #sewcialists #sewnz #makersgonnamake #makeitsewcial #katmakeswedding #pinkhair #sewingaddict #sewingblogger #isew #aucklandsews #diywardrobe
**Wedding Dress Progress Alert!!** There’s a new video and some pretty drool-worthy photos of all my fabrics and beads, etc. on the blog/ YouTube!! You should also know that draft 1 of dress 1 is done, and I just have a few minor adjustments before I make the bodice for real! HOW. EXCITING. Also how scary that I, at some point, need to DYE all of this fabric. 😳💍👰🏼 . . . . #handmadewedding  #sewingvlogger  #handmadewardrobe  #diywedding  #dressmaker  #sewcialists  #sewnz  #makersgonnamake  #makeitsewcial  #katmakeswedding  #pinkhair  #sewingaddict  #sewingblogger  #isew  #aucklandsews  #diywardrobe 
On the morning before we left the campground in the valley of Mt Cook, the most fabulous thing happened. So, obviously, I made @lillklebenow take pictures of my freshly-finished yellow rain jacket with said fabulous thing. I feel like we did it justice 😁 🧥 🌈 ☂️
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@closetcase.patterns #kellyanorak with polyurethane coated cotton from @wearethefabricstore ❤️
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#imakemyownclothes #isew #sewcialists #rainbow #yellowraincoat #imadethis #sewnz #roadtrip #southisland #mtcook #handmadewardrobe #aucklandsews #sewinggaddict #sewingblogger #makersgonnamake #makeitsewcial
On the morning before we left the campground in the valley of Mt Cook, the most fabulous thing happened. So, obviously, I made @lillklebenow take pictures of my freshly-finished yellow rain jacket with said fabulous thing. I feel like we did it justice 😁 🧥 🌈 ☂️ . . . . @closetcase.patterns #kellyanorak  with polyurethane coated cotton from @wearethefabricstore ❤️ . . . #imakemyownclothes  #isew  #sewcialists  #rainbow  #yellowraincoat  #imadethis  #sewnz  #roadtrip  #southisland  #mtcook  #handmadewardrobe  #aucklandsews  #sewinggaddict  #sewingblogger  #makersgonnamake  #makeitsewcial 
My sister and I spent the long weekend touring a little corner of the South Island, and although I made only a few rows’ progress on the wedding ring shawl, something amazing did happen. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m happy to report that the entire width of the shawl DOES fit through my (tiny, size 5) ring! Here are some snaps of the shawl on our trip- and the proof in the second photo 💍
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#knitting #knittersofinstagram #weddingringshawl #engagementring #handmadewedding #memadewedding #diywedding #southislandnz #campinglife #imakemyownclothes #knitnz #knittingaddict #knitinpublic #weddingplanning #knitlife #weddingshawl #airplaneknitting
My sister and I spent the long weekend touring a little corner of the South Island, and although I made only a few rows’ progress on the wedding ring shawl, something amazing did happen. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m happy to report that the entire width of the shawl DOES fit through my (tiny, size 5) ring! Here are some snaps of the shawl on our trip- and the proof in the second photo 💍 . . . #knitting  #knittersofinstagram  #weddingringshawl  #engagementring  #handmadewedding  #memadewedding  #diywedding  #southislandnz  #campinglife  #imakemyownclothes  #knitnz  #knittingaddict  #knitinpublic  #weddingplanning  #knitlife  #weddingshawl  #airplaneknitting 
Not gonna lie, showing you my crafty princess pin is a thinly veiled excuse to also show you HOW PINK MY HAIR IS 😍! - I have been trying to find a more permanent, less clothing-staining alternative to my old dye that reaches peak retina-burning brightness, and we are finally there! Crafty princess, meanwhile, gives me hair length goals and also crown goals. 👸🏼😁💕 (swipe for detail, and also go check out @twillandprint because all of those pins are perfect!)
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#pravana #pravanavivids #pinkhair #sewingaddict #enamelpin #selfie #sewnz #sewingaddict #sewinglife #sewcialists #handmadewardrobe #imakemyclothes #expatlife @pravana #isew #sewistsofinstagram #memadeeveryday
Not gonna lie, showing you my crafty princess pin is a thinly veiled excuse to also show you HOW PINK MY HAIR IS 😍! - I have been trying to find a more permanent, less clothing-staining alternative to my old dye that reaches peak retina-burning brightness, and we are finally there! Crafty princess, meanwhile, gives me hair length goals and also crown goals. 👸🏼😁💕 (swipe for detail, and also go check out @twillandprint because all of those pins are perfect!) . . . #pravana  #pravanavivids  #pinkhair  #sewingaddict  #enamelpin  #selfie  #sewnz  #sewingaddict  #sewinglife  #sewcialists  #handmadewardrobe  #imakemyclothes  #expatlife  @pravana #isew  #sewistsofinstagram  #memadeeveryday 
It’s possible I’ve gone a bit overboard, but thanks to all of your suggestions on my previous post I’ve got a whole sketchbook page of new baby clothes ideas to draft! We’ve just found out that the baby my coworker is expecting is a boy (not a velociraptor, drat) so I’ll be focusing my efforts there. This week’s blog post has all of that plan, plus links to the free patterns I used for the first batch! (And some feelings on babies in general) Link’s in the bio as always 💕
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#babyclothes #handmadewardrobe #bulletjournal #idiy #isew #sewnz #sewingaddict #sewistsofinstagram #sewcialists #selflesssewing #sewinglife #sewingforkids #succulents #scrapbusting #sewingblogger #freepattern #makersmovement #makeitsewcial #bujo
It’s possible I’ve gone a bit overboard, but thanks to all of your suggestions on my previous post I’ve got a whole sketchbook page of new baby clothes ideas to draft! We’ve just found out that the baby my coworker is expecting is a boy (not a velociraptor, drat) so I’ll be focusing my efforts there. This week’s blog post has all of that plan, plus links to the free patterns I used for the first batch! (And some feelings on babies in general) Link’s in the bio as always 💕 . . . #babyclothes  #handmadewardrobe  #bulletjournal  #idiy  #isew  #sewnz  #sewingaddict  #sewistsofinstagram  #sewcialists  #selflesssewing  #sewinglife  #sewingforkids  #succulents  #scrapbusting  #sewingblogger  #freepattern  #makersmovement  #makeitsewcial  #bujo 
Fact: If you make your sister a beach kimono for Christmas, the sister will spend January and February borrowing your handmade clothes, and in March submit a list of wardrobe requests, including but not limited to a graduation dress, plus matching separates made from an actual kimono. Related: You will spend March finding earrings in the pockets of the cardigans she borrowed.
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#sewcialists #sewnz #selflesssewing #imadethis #motuihe #handmadewardrobe #imakemyclothes #sewnz #aucklandsews #weekendvibes #sewinglife #isew #sewistsofinstagram #sewingaddict #expatlife #craftylady #patterndrafting #millennialsewing
Fact: If you make your sister a beach kimono for Christmas, the sister will spend January and February borrowing your handmade clothes, and in March submit a list of wardrobe requests, including but not limited to a graduation dress, plus matching separates made from an actual kimono. Related: You will spend March finding earrings in the pockets of the cardigans she borrowed. . . . . #sewcialists  #sewnz  #selflesssewing  #imadethis  #motuihe  #handmadewardrobe  #imakemyclothes  #sewnz  #aucklandsews  #weekendvibes  #sewinglife  #isew  #sewistsofinstagram  #sewingaddict  #expatlife  #craftylady  #patterndrafting  #millennialsewing 
This week, I’m starting small. I have created a shop page on my blog to sell one-off items I make with leftover supplies, items I wouldn’t normally have a chance to make (incoming... baby clothes!) and items I loved making so much that I just had to make again, like this avocado. I’m hoping to support the blog, and I’ve talked more about it in my post this week but the short version is if you want an avocado pincushion and you don’t feel like making one, the one on the left is currently for sale on katmakes.com 🥑(there’s also info on how to make your own- I’d never keep anything like that from you!)
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#sewcialists #sewnz #handmadewardrobe #avocado #handmade #smallbusiness #sidehustle #makersmovement #makeitsewcial #feltedwool #isew #sewingblogger #handdyed #sewistsofinstagram #sewinglife #sewingaddict #shopsmall
This week, I’m starting small. I have created a shop page on my blog to sell one-off items I make with leftover supplies, items I wouldn’t normally have a chance to make (incoming... baby clothes!) and items I loved making so much that I just had to make again, like this avocado. I’m hoping to support the blog, and I’ve talked more about it in my post this week but the short version is if you want an avocado pincushion and you don’t feel like making one, the one on the left is currently for sale on katmakes.com 🥑(there’s also info on how to make your own- I’d never keep anything like that from you!) . . . #sewcialists  #sewnz  #handmadewardrobe  #avocado  #handmade  #smallbusiness  #sidehustle  #makersmovement  #makeitsewcial  #feltedwool  #isew  #sewingblogger  #handdyed  #sewistsofinstagram  #sewinglife  #sewingaddict  #shopsmall 
If you saw my stories a few weeks ago, you may know I’ve been busy making baby clothes for our neighbours out of my knit scraps. Yesterday, it was revealed that one of my coworkers is ALSO going to be a dad, so I have an excuse to make EVEN MORE baby clothes! .
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I don’t want kids, but I do concede that the clothes are adorable (and fun to make!) And I really want to try drafting some baby items. So. I need some help. What are some baby clothing items (or features of items) that you baby-havers find useful? Are there design features I should include or stay away from? I know they have to be non-constricting and easy to get on and off a squirming child... but is there anything else? .
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#sewcialists #sewnz #handmadewardrobe #babyclothes #isew #sewistsofinstagram #sewingforkids #sewingaddict #sewinglife #newborn #makersmovement #makeitsewcial #babywear #babyfashion #sewist #patterndrafting
If you saw my stories a few weeks ago, you may know I’ve been busy making baby clothes for our neighbours out of my knit scraps. Yesterday, it was revealed that one of my coworkers is ALSO going to be a dad, so I have an excuse to make EVEN MORE baby clothes! . . I don’t want kids, but I do concede that the clothes are adorable (and fun to make!) And I really want to try drafting some baby items. So. I need some help. What are some baby clothing items (or features of items) that you baby-havers find useful? Are there design features I should include or stay away from? I know they have to be non-constricting and easy to get on and off a squirming child... but is there anything else? . . . #sewcialists  #sewnz  #handmadewardrobe  #babyclothes  #isew  #sewistsofinstagram  #sewingforkids  #sewingaddict  #sewinglife  #newborn  #makersmovement  #makeitsewcial  #babywear  #babyfashion  #sewist  #patterndrafting 
After a few months of hiatus, the Monthly Draft is back! On the blog today, I talk- and diagram- you through drafting and sewing a scalloped paneled skirt of your very own! My skirt uses a Liberty silk chiffon underlined with cotton lawn (both from @wearethefabricstore ) and you might say I’m pretty happy with how it turned out 😉
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#sewcialists #sewnz #thefabricstore #highwaisted #imadethis #thanksimadeit #sewistsofinstagram #makeitsewcial #handmadewardrobe #scallopedskirt #libertyfabric #60sfashion #selfdrafted #aucklandsews #makersmovement #isew #sewingblogger
After a few months of hiatus, the Monthly Draft is back! On the blog today, I talk- and diagram- you through drafting and sewing a scalloped paneled skirt of your very own! My skirt uses a Liberty silk chiffon underlined with cotton lawn (both from @wearethefabricstore ) and you might say I’m pretty happy with how it turned out 😉 . . . . #sewcialists  #sewnz  #thefabricstore  #highwaisted  #imadethis  #thanksimadeit  #sewistsofinstagram  #makeitsewcial  #handmadewardrobe  #scallopedskirt  #libertyfabric  #60sfashion  #selfdrafted  #aucklandsews  #makersmovement  #isew  #sewingblogger 
PSA: @theknitographer is even lovelier in person - I’m looking forward to all the knitting and all the coffee with you in the future - and thanks for letting me talk (and talk, and talk) in great detail about wedding dress plans!! (Also I would like to meet your never-ending sweater 😁)
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#instafriends #knittersofinstagram #aucklandsews #sewnz #newfriends #makeitsewcial #handmadewardrobe #sewcialists
Things that make me cheese so hard my eyes close for a picture: The last 2m of AMAZING HOT PINK faux fur. Clearly I’ve caught the non-seasonal coatmaking bug. Now to decide what type of coat this big furry monster will be...
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#sewcialists #handmadewardrobe #fauxfur #hotpink #graffitiart #sewistsofinstagram #imakemyclothes #handmadewardrobe #isew #sewnz #aucklandsews #makeitsewcial #sewingaddict #sewingblogger #sewinglife
Here’s a throwback to some blonde hair and a cool brick wall down the street. In other news, my blog post this week is a list of all the fabric shops i’ve found in Auckland (read: places you’ll most likely find me on Saturday morning) - in case you need ~eighteen more reasons to visit New Zealand!
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#fabricshopping #sewnz #expatlife #aucklandsews #thefabricstore #imakemyownclothes #handmadelife #diywardrobe #isew #makersmovement #makeitsewcial #sewinglife #sewcialists #sewistsofinstagram #sewingblogger
Here’s a throwback to some blonde hair and a cool brick wall down the street. In other news, my blog post this week is a list of all the fabric shops i’ve found in Auckland (read: places you’ll most likely find me on Saturday morning) - in case you need ~eighteen more reasons to visit New Zealand! . . . . #fabricshopping  #sewnz  #expatlife  #aucklandsews  #thefabricstore  #imakemyownclothes  #handmadelife  #diywardrobe  #isew  #makersmovement  #makeitsewcial  #sewinglife  #sewcialists  #sewistsofinstagram  #sewingblogger 
I feel like I’ve been living under a rock! I’m back from 3 weeks (with limited data, which is not always bad!) in the US, and I’m catching up on my blog roll to discover that TWO of my pairs of #gingerjeans have been featured on the @closetcase.patterns inspiration post for #nofearjeansmonth !!! All the amazing pairs in Heather’s post make me want to make even MORE Gingers - go check out that post and also go make some jeans!!! (Ps there’s moto hack instructions for the Gingers on my blog 😉)
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#imakemyownclothes #memadewardrobe #denim #motojeans #patternhack #closetcasepatterns #sewnz #drapersfamily #diyfashion #instastyle #highwaisted #aucklandsews #makeitsewcial #sewcialists #sewistsofinstagram #makersmovement #memadeeveryday
I feel like I’ve been living under a rock! I’m back from 3 weeks (with limited data, which is not always bad!) in the US, and I’m catching up on my blog roll to discover that TWO of my pairs of #gingerjeans  have been featured on the @closetcase.patterns inspiration post for #nofearjeansmonth  !!! All the amazing pairs in Heather’s post make me want to make even MORE Gingers - go check out that post and also go make some jeans!!! (Ps there’s moto hack instructions for the Gingers on my blog 😉) . . . #imakemyownclothes  #memadewardrobe  #denim  #motojeans  #patternhack  #closetcasepatterns  #sewnz  #drapersfamily  #diyfashion  #instastyle  #highwaisted  #aucklandsews  #makeitsewcial  #sewcialists  #sewistsofinstagram  #makersmovement  #memadeeveryday 
Remember way back when I posted my ‘finished’ Vogue 9566 in December? Well, she’s actually finished now- hand stitched buttonholes and everything! My blog post with construction details (hair canvas and alllll the hand stitching) is also up. .
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Plus, here’s some photographic evidence of that time I stood out in a snowstorm in Ohio and made Jon take photos for the blog. Swipe for the pretty guts and the pattern envelope 😊
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#vintagestyle #vogue9566 #sewvintage #sewretro #sewnz #pinkhair #makeitsewcial #diywardrobe #imakemyownclothes #handmadewardrobe #vogue #sewcialists #sewistsofinstagram #isew #aucklandsews
Remember way back when I posted my ‘finished’ Vogue 9566 in December? Well, she’s actually finished now- hand stitched buttonholes and everything! My blog post with construction details (hair canvas and alllll the hand stitching) is also up. . . . Plus, here’s some photographic evidence of that time I stood out in a snowstorm in Ohio and made Jon take photos for the blog. Swipe for the pretty guts and the pattern envelope 😊 . . . #vintagestyle  #vogue9566  #sewvintage  #sewretro  #sewnz  #pinkhair  #makeitsewcial  #diywardrobe  #imakemyownclothes  #handmadewardrobe  #vogue  #sewcialists  #sewistsofinstagram  #isew  #aucklandsews