The Herrenvolk shirt – The Monthly Stitch Indie Pattern Month Challenge Two – New To Me

Hello friends!

So, IPM is a month late this year, and while it may have thrown off my form for the Tour de Fleece (I’ve spun NOTHING) I have had a great time sewing. Challenge one didn’t eventuate due to my not being careful enough with pattern sizing (we will rectify that later!), but challenge two has me rather happy!


I sewed up the Anderson Blouse from Sew Over It UK and absolutely adore my results!

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The Monthly Stitch – June 2017 – Put a Bird on It

Hello internet!

The June challenge for The Monthly Stitch was exactly what I had hoped it would be – I’ve had this bird fabric sitting in my stash for AGES (and I have it in another colour too!) and I was rather hoping I would get a chance to use it! I picked it up at Spotlight, probably on clearance – of course – and is a lovely fleece backed heavy knit.

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So shall we start with the usual ‘I forgot to blog for a while’ post with a barrel of excuses, or shall we just head right on in to the MMMay17 fun?

MMMay17 it is!

Here is my pledge from the ‘official’ sign up thread:

I, Heather, of and @dancing_in_my_pjs (IG) sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’17. I endeavour to wear as many me-made items as I can for the duration of May 2017. I also pledge to re-start my sewing habit (knitting and crochet has taken over my life!) and sew four garments in May 2017.

I haven’t sewn anything clothing related for an extended period of time, bar a cardigan which will remain nameless for some time as it didn’t fit well and I am mad at it, and am holding off having to try and re-work it or have to brand it a failure. Knitting and crochet has become a more favoured hobby as I can take it around the house with me, it takes so much less space when I am actually doing it, and the tools take up less storage space. I also find it is generally less-expensive, as if I am really in the mood for a new project, with non-stash supplies, I can choose a small project like a hat or cowl or mitts, and only need to spend like $10 at most, where as to sew anything substantial (I don’t like sewing accessories) I would need to spend a lot more, even on cheap fabric – which is something I am trying to move away from.
Me-Made-May’17 is hopefully going to give me the opportunity to not only sew some things up in the next couple of days (already planned as I am on holiday until Wednesday), but also to plan and sew some items during May, so that by the end of it I will hopefully have a few more items in my wardrobe that I can start to wear!

With any luck this won’t be a ‘Heather posts once and then drops of the face of the earth again’ endevours with my blog, and I full intent to make myself some stickers for marking out when I need to write posts/schedule posts and when they will go live. We will see how that goes.

x Heather

The Monthly Stitch November challenge – Capsulate!

So, it’s been an age. Let’s move on…

I haven’t done a Monthly Stitch challenge in a while. Half for lack of inspiration, and half for lack of time. But! This month, I have a) a week off of work! and b) butt-tonnes of inspiration. I’ve been meaning to make up some new work-appropriate but also awesome clothing items, and a capsule wardrobe works well for me. I don’t have a uniform at work, but I also almost always end up wearing slim cut pants with patterned tees. They’re easy, comfortable, and still look professional.

So here we go – I know it looks like a LOT, but I am still hopeful of achieving it!

Starting from my original inspiration for this whole thing, I am going to make a Colette Lady Grey summer coat. I’ve had the Lady Grey pattern since I snapped it up from Dresses & Me when they still had a paper copy left. I don’t have anything against PDF patterns, I love them, but sometimes I like having physical patterns. Having seen these two fabrics I realised I needed a summer weight jacket that will work equally well for spring and autumn.

Summer Lady Grey

I love the pattern of the outer, and the gumdrop blue lining seemed like a great pop of colour.

Next up I wanted some new pants. I’ve had the same pair for the last age, and they are being worn to death. I have settled on a pattern from one of my BurdaStyle magazines, but I can’t find a picture of it online so I’ve gone with a RTW pair that looked similar.

Summer Pants

I’ve wanted polkadot pants for an AGE, and the soft olive looks like a good neutral-but-not addition to my wardrobe. The place I am buying from also lists a blush pink and a pale green of this fabric, but sadly is sold out. I may have to ask when they will be getting it back in stock!

I’ve decided two tops will be good to go with these, one more dressy and one less so. First up, the dressy one.

Summer top + fabric

I’ll be making the cross back version, and possibly altering it so that there isn’t a cut-out in the back – just not 100% sure about that at work. But otherwise I adore this pattern, and will be using a dusky rose ponte as the fabric.

The less dressy top will be yet another Kirsten Kimono Tee from Maria Denmark – I swear, I own like 10 of these now. I adore the pattern, I’ve done edits to give some banded hems and some fold over sleeve ends. This time around, I’ll be doing something new…

Summer tee + fabric

I’m going to cut the front in a floral soft feel polyester, and the back in the same dusty rose ponte as the other top. I’ve seen a whole bunch of half woven/half knit tees around that I’ve loved, but haven’t brought myself to buy one. Makes sense I try and make one myself instead!

It looks like a lot, but I do at least stand in the knowledge that a Kirsten Kimono Tee takes me one and a half hours from start to finish, so that one won’t take me long. Pants also aren’t majorly long endevours for me, now that I know how to make them. The coat could be interesting, but I am still determined to attempt it!!

Me Made May 2015 – Week One (and an extra day)!

Whelp, I’ve done it! I’ve completed my first week of Me Made May, and I am so pleased with myself. I didn’t really have a specific pledge that I wanted to complete, just that I wanted to wear me made things more often. And here are my wears for each day – not always the best photos, I’ll admit, but at least me made!

Day One - Friday

So, day one! Friday 1st May. I made this Pinocchio skirt on the Thursday night, and wore it to work the next day. I used the Delphine skirt band by Tilly and the Buttons, and then just a gathered oblong for it.

Day Two - Saturday

Day Two – Saturday 2nd May. Yeah, I’ll be honest, you’ll see these pants more than a few times this month! (She says, typing this while wearing them). These are the snuggliest, softest pants that I’ve ever worn, let alone made. Wasn’t leaving the house on Saturday, just doing chores, so no need to properly get dressed!

Day Three

Day Three – Sunday 3rd May. I know, I know, this is a terrible shot. But it was late-ish in the evening and I was off to bed!

Day Four

Day Four – Monday – May The Fourth Be With You! My geek-fu is a little low, and so I didn’t have anything Star Wars related to wear for this historic day. Oh well – pretty floral me-made top it is!!

Day Five

Day Five – Tuesday May 5th. Wobbly blurry photo, but I loved wearing my ruffle blouse.

Day Six

Day Six – Wednesday May 6th. Okay, so this was a bit of a cheat day. I wore this gorgeous scarf I knitted out of the house over a store-bought top and pants. Fully intended to wear it for a lot of the day. But, I walked out expecting a 12-13degC day, and walked out into a 22-23degC day! So scarf went into my bag and didn’t come out for the rest of the day!!

Day Seven

Day Seven – Thursday 7th May. I love this top. LOVE IT. The fabric, the cut, everything. It’s the Kimono Tee pattern from Maria Denmark, and I highly recommend it.

Day Eight

Day Eight – Friday 8th May. And another Maria Denmark Kimono Tee. Guh. I love it as much as the first one. And the other three I have ready for next week!!

Okay! A good round up for the first week of Me Made May 2015. Looking forward to next week. Are you participating in Me Made May 2015? I’d love to see what you’ve been wearing.

A quick and easy no (or low) chocolate Easter gift

Happy Easter everyone!

This Easter James and I are lucky enough to be on holiday with my parents at our bach. And when it came to gift shopping, Mum was easy – we found a cute wee chocolate bunny in neon orange with yellow and pink flowers, just her kind of thing!

But Dad was a little trickier. He’s worked really hard on weight loss, and now pretty much only has desserts etc on special occasions, so I didn’t want to just load him up with chocolate gifts.
Instead, I came up with a cute gift that works into a holiday breakfast really well – Easter Eggs!


I dyed four gorgeous Central Otago eggs to be pretty colours, put in one marshmallow egg (his favourite kind), and a voucher for egg breakfast. He loves eggs for breakfast because they are healthy and energy packed, and also delicious.

For the box, I covered the label with Easter pastel paper, and wrote Easter Eggs and Happy Easter on it.

While Dad doesn’t have allergies, I think this would make a wonderful Easter gift for anyone who is trying to avoid over doing the sweets, has allergies to chocolate or it’s components, or for wee kids who aren’t used to brightly coloured chicken eggs!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic Easter, and stay safe out there!

A quick little project

One of the doctors who I work with is going on maternity leave this week, and we’re throwing her a baby shower.

So tonight I made her up a wee gift for when her wee man arrives!


A sleep sack! I drafted the pattern quickly based on images online, and I picked up a baby blanket on my way home that I thought would work well with the remnant of zebra fabric I had – and I think they look really good together!


I’m really happy with how it turned out, especially as it was a quick project.


I even attached a Dancing In My PJs label!

Why I love Pinterest

Okay, it won’t surprise anyone to find out I have a Pinterest, and am a semi-active pinner.

When I first started pinning regularly my partner made comment on the fact that I was turning into one of those pinterest people (yes, he spoke out loud in italics. He is a very clever man.) I did laugh, because if I wasn’t a pinterest person, our house would be a LOT messier.
I’ve always been a cut-and-paste kinda gal. I used to cut out pictures from magazines and stick them in notebooks. I had piles and piles of notebooks with pictures stuck in them – things I wanted, things I liked, things I wanted to do, the list goes on! So when I discovered pinterest, I was immediately hooked. No more scissors and glue to remember things I want to make and do!!

My most populated boards are my wedding board (turns out, when you’re crafty, you spend half your time gathering ideas for a wedding – which you haven’t been proposed to for mind you – in an effort to do a completely DIY wedding), my crafting/sewing boards, and my healthy lifestyle board.

It is also amusing when people say “I wonder if there’s a way to do _____” and I can say “Hey! I’ve pinned that!”

What do you like about pinterest? Or do you prefer the old scissors and glue method?