If you’ve read these Dupe posts before then you know they’re really just an excuse for me to dump a heap of info all in one place, and also a thing I use to justify how I’m always looking to find the exact fabric that has been used to make clothes!
In this episode, I also tell you where to find double gauze in NZ and drop some links to what might be new-to-you fabric stores!
Some fun new patterns have come through the printer in the last wee while, so here’s a roundup of some goodies that looked particularly interesting! I’ve also included some recommendations for NZ-based places to shop for fabrics which would be a good fit for these projects.
The Mitchell Trousers is a new pattern from Closet Core in Canada. They’re available in 2 size ranges, the largest up to a 160cm (63″) hip.
Pleated trouser with a fly front, they have deep pleats and a tapered and wide-leg view.
The dupe in this means duplicate rather than to be tricked by. Although, I suppose if the pattern and fabric match I recommend is a good enough match then you might trick people into thinking you purchased this exact look, thereby duping them?
Maybe it works both ways!
Wrap or Faux Wrap Dress
This dress pairs a great printed woven fabric with a wrap (or faux wrap bodice that’s finished with a self-fabric bias binding. There’s a casing around the waist for ties (which seem to tie in the back or the side) and the sleeves are elbow length with a slight blouson that’s gentle gathered into cuffs.
This dress has a v-neck, dropped shoulders with gathered sleeves. There’s 2 tiers of fabric gathered into the bodice. The fabric used brings a decent amount of structure which lets the sleeves sit out from the body rather having them drape down the arm.
I’d say that with the round neckline and welt pockets the closest pattern match would be the Tamarack Jacket from Grainline Studios. However, this jacket has a dropped shoulder and a much more relaxed fit than the Tamarack, and if that’s what you like then perhaps the M&B Grainger Coat is for you.
Hello Friends! I know we recently pronounced that cool weather sewing was done with and that collectively we’d emotionally moved on to sewing for warmer weather. Well, I’ve fallen into a rabbit hole of quilts, quilting and quilted garments and the warm weather can be damned!
Here’s 10 great quilted jacket PDF sewing patterns which were designed specifically with quilted fabrics in mind!
The Grainger from Muna and Broad is available up to a 162cm (64″) bust and 182cm (71.5″) hip.
The pattern comes with 2 lengths and different size pockets to keep the look proportional.
The Tamarack Jacket
The OG Tamarack from Grainline Studio is available in 2 size ranges (purchased separately) up to a 142cm (56″) bust and 149cm (59″) hip
The Tamarack features fancy welt pockets and View B has buttons up the front (and I presume a bit of extra length across the front to give them space).
Workwear Jackets, Chore Jackets, Artist Jackets! Hard-wearing jackets for working hard in (and not working hard in)! It’s handy to have big pockets to fill full of things (who doesn’t need a dedicated mask pocket), which will make up for the lack of pockets in so many of the clothes you don’t sew for yourself.
Without further rambling, a selection of Chore Jacket Sewing Patterns!
Cobden Chore Jacket
The Cobden from Muna and Broad is available up to a 162cm (64″) bust and 182cm (71.5″) hip
This Jacket from Atelier Brunette is available up to 126cm (49.5″) bust and 134cm (53″) hip
Julien Chore Jacket
The Julien from Ready To Sew is available up to a 123cm (48″) bust and 129cm (50″) hip
Chore Jacket Fabric?
Classic Chore Jackets are made with bottom-weight fabrics that are hard-wearing, so you can work in them! Grabbing a canvas drop cloth from Bunnings or Mitre 10 can be a cost effective solution because the extra width brings the per-metre price down.
The Paola is a free pattern from Fabrics Store which is available up to a 147cm (58″) hip
All of these Jackets really highlight their buttons! My favourite places to find buttons in NZ is Hawes and Freer (who have some great eco options like corozo nut and sustainably farmed horn), and TradeMe.
When hunting for buttons on TradeMe, I type in the width I’m looking for and filter the search to items within NZ.
The Foreman from Merchant & Mills is designed for men and is available up to a 112cm (44″) chest and 98cm (38.5″) waist. It’s not available in their extended size range.
The Remy Shirt from Papercute Patterns is maybe closer to a shacket than a chore jacket but it was too cute to not be included. Add your own extra pockets for storing rocks and other important bits.
Want to get printing?
Email your PDF pattern files through to firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. A0 printing is $6 per sheet and A4 from $.15 per page
Over on the ChCh Sews instagram this weekend I asked if you were sewing for winter or if you’ve emotionally moved forward to planning your makes for warmer weather- summer and spring it was! Of course, my mind jumps to swimsuits, so here we are!
Nobody asked but I’ve also included my favourite local-to-Christchurch pools! Scroll down to check them out.
The Faye Swimsuit from Closet Core Patterns has multiple views and is available up to a 63″ hip
Most t-shirt patterns will be suitable for converting to a rash vest, but I especially like long sleeves and a high neck for the sun protection! Check out this round up of knit tees for more ideas if the Tarlee isn’t for you!
This bikini from Jalie is available up to a 66.5″ hip
It’s always a good idea to research patterns before cutting into your good fabric, but especially free patterns! Sometimes you get exactly what you pay for! Check out the hashtags on instagram and do a quick google search (or check out a website like pattern review .com). Most of what I’ve included here are from established pattern designers, so it’s likely that you’ll be getting something that’s consistent with their paid releases.
Basic Instinct Tee
The Basic Instinct Tee from Secondo Piano is a free pattern that you can access when you sign up to her email newsletter.
Available up to a 42.5″ (108cm) bust and 45.5″ (115cm) hip
The free Wren Shirt Pattern from Mood Sewciety is just 1 of SO MANY free patterns on their website.
Hello lovely readers- here’s a quick roundup of some ready-to-wear clothes and patterns that you could use to ‘steal that look’ and sew yourself a version!
Dupe this linen top with The Rātā Top from Chch-based Below the Kōwhai
This linen was in stock at Draper Fabrics a few years ago and you might spot it in your local bricks and mortar store. I feel like it came as both a linen print and a rayon- you can see other patterned rayons at Drapers Fabrics.
Of course, StyleArc has several options. I’m not really sure what the difference is between the McKenzie Woven Blazer (left) and Janie Blazer (right) other than an extra button set of buttons which aren’t functional…. but here you go!
Want to get printing?
Email your files through to email@example.com to get started!