Papercut patterns Miss Chalmers skirt

I’ve been wanting to make some clothes for myself for a while. I have so many big plans but just seem to prioritise other things. When I found the book Homesewn in the library I had to have a look. I was so excited to find it had actual patterns in it. One of which was the Miss Chalmers skirt by Papercut patterns. Papercut patterns is a New Zealand independent pattern making company with some really funky designs.

Here’s my version of the Miss Chalmers skirt. I made it out of an old skirt I hardly wore but liked the fabric.

Pattern: Miss Chalmers Papercut patterns.
Fabric: Repurposed skirt.

Ottobre shorts

I’ve been squirreling away a few Ottobre mags as I find them for sale but not had the guts to try much from them as yet. All those lines just seem so intimidating and the instructions so, well, brief. However it’s hard to find good patterns for older boys anywhere else and Lucas needs some new shorts for summer. We had a rummage through the mags and narrowed it down but when I looked closer at the instructions I had some major palpitations! There were so many firsts for me on this patterns I could hardly count them all.
1. Belt loops.
2. Boys opening fly.
3.Don’t even know the technical word for the type of side pocket!
4.Blindstitch hem.
5.Welt back pockets.

Can I just say that again. Louder. WELT back pockets. Now I could have chickened out and just sewn on some other type of pockets but he had his heart set on this rather loud denim stripe and welt pockets seemed like a pretty good idea. Until about 11pm that night of course.

Pattern: Ottobre 3/10 # 36 Combo bermudas
Fabric: Locally bought striped denim.


CZM mareen

CZM Mareen had been recommended as a good raglan sleeve T shirt option so I had to give it a try. Obviously I need to practise a little more as the neckline is a little wide for my liking but still wearable, thank goodness. I really do need to learn to try new patterns in cheap fabric first!

My new coverstitch machine gave me a few headaches on this one too after doing a gorgeous job on the Svenja. I’m wondering about whether this might be the quality of the thread which is causing the problems.

Pattern: CZM Mareen
Fabric: Sydilla + JNY?
Embroidery: Huups