The ES Clyde jumpsuit aka the mother of all pockets

I took a break from sewing masks to sew up a muslin of the Elizabeth Suzann (ES) Clyde jumpsuit last week. Which I adore. I have long been a fan and was sad to hear that the business had closed … Read More

Making: with Liberty print jersey cotton

I picked up this colourful garden print at The Fabric Store’s last sale. I couldn’t make it in so bought it online and was so gutted when it arrived. It felt all stiff, like a polyester.  It softened up when … Read More

Sneak preview – Pattern review: Coastline top

All you non-crafty sewy types might want to scroll on by this one! Sarah from SewKnitLove posted a request for pattern reviewers for their new Coastline top on facebook and was swamped in hours. I was lucky enough to be among the … Read More

Making – a denim fen

I had some lightweight denim cotton from my birthday splurge at The Fabric Store that was just begging to be a shirt. I have a thing for denim. I had the long sleeve shirt cut out but completely forgot about … Read More

Flashback Fridays: re-usable snack bags from July 2011!

June 2018 marked nine years of blogging here on GrowMama. NINE years! We’re coming up to almost 1000 blog posts – plenty of posts to revisit on Flashback Fridays. Let’s reminisce…this post was published on July 19, 2011. Making re-usable snack bags … Read More

Making: striped chambray Sarah dress

I had this dress cut out and waiting for sewing attention for at least a month.  You can see the original review post for the SewKnitlove Sarah dress pattern HERE.  I wanted to see what the dress would be like with … Read More

Making: a cloud dress

Gotta love a dress with clouds on it. I’ve been wearing it layered up on these cold winter days with jeans and a cardi. I realised that my winter wardrobe is pretty much all dark colours. A stark contrast to the … Read More

The Fabric Store

This is where non-fabric enthusiasts can keep scrolling past! On my birthday I went to The Fabric Store for the first time.  Yup. After we’d eaten at a great new Mexican lunchbar. The thought of going to just fondle fabric … Read More

summer tote

I was hanging out with the amazing Alia Bland of Little Bee the other day.  I told her about the happy shirt I made as part of my plan to wrestle 2018 into being a great year, and she told … Read More

100 Acts of Sewing

And so life goes on. With a good measure of sewing therapy to ease things along. I had to admit to being envious of the winner of the big holiday GrowMama giveaway. I promised myself I would buy one of … Read More

a summer sewing jag

I got some early summer sewing in this year. Thanks to the need for therapeutic sewing kicking in and the unexpected trip to Fiji I got on a roll. I think my bag for Fiji was 75% handmade garments. I … Read More

little kiwi’s closet

The lovely Gabrielle over at Life in our busy household put me onto this pattern. It’s by Little Kiwi’s Closet and it goes from 0 – 6 years. (I am pretty sure the copy I have goes up to 13 … Read More

my 70’s sewing jag

So, I mentioned about my 70’s sewing jag. You’ve seen the culottes. Here’s the jumpsuit! It’s the Sallie pattern from indie designer, Heather Lou, under her label Closet Case Patterns. You can check it out HERE. It has pockets! I … Read More

spring culottes

Culottes. I have a vintage pair of navy polka dot culottes that I love. Although I had been calling them wide leg pants, technically they are culottes. I came across Itch to Stitch’s Emily culottes pattern. I had not sewn any … Read More

Making: a woven hemlock tee

There has been a bit to think about in the last week. As usual when the proverbial hits the fan, I hit the sewing machine. It’s a productive sort of a therapeutic approach. I found this double gauze on sale … Read More

It’s pyjama season

I use the pyjama pattern from Heather Ross’ Weekend Sewing book. It was one of those books I read about in blogland, borrowed from the library and couldn’t bear to part with. I bought it, and I am so glad … Read More

the hemlock tee

 I like simple patterns that I can tweak and use in many different ways. I have been on the lookout for a good jersey T shirt pattern and have found it in Grainline’s Hemlock Tee. Not only is it everything … Read More

Peppermint sewing school shorts

Yep, these photos were taken when the sun was too high and bright and you know what? That’s okay. I can live with it. It was the only way they were going to get done. It has been a mad … Read More

renegade summer sewing

It’s been sooooo HOT here in the New Zealand summer. Several degrees warmer than our usual summer high’s. Not exactly good sewing weather. Especially since my sewing lab is upstairs in our little house. Heat rises and the afternoon can … Read More


Now I have an independent seven year old, I have a lot of time on my hands. Well, at homechooling groups and classes at least. I find it really hard to sit and just chat. My thumbs weren’t created with … Read More

not being graceful and therapeutic sewing

Goodness. What a week. What a month. Or quite possibly, year.  I haven’t been managing to juggle all that is life very gracefully lately. At all. I have been running around trying to make things on time, always feeling like … Read More

the sewing revival

I have been on a bender. Of the most innocent kind I might add. I have been sewing. I have adopted Angela from Mermaid’s Purse’s ziploc bag sewing project system and having every thing bagged and ready to go just … Read More

Sew Love Tea Do – don’t mind if I do

I popped into see the lovely Sarah Lancaster at the Sew Love Tea Do sewing lounge in St Kevin’s Arcade on Auckland’s Karangahape Rd yesterday. What a stunner of a store it is too. If you love crafty goodness, fabric … Read More

Pillowcase bag workshop at Sew Love Tea Do!

My blog post on the pillowcase bag I designed years ago went super duper viral on Pinterest. It’s STILL out there doing the rounds, that and the tutorial are my all time best viewed posts. I get asked all the … Read More

making. feverishly

There has been need of some sewing therapy lately. With attending Fabric-a-brac and the Vintage Textile Fair in the last few weeks, there has been a healthy dollop of inspiration. And a few beautiful additions to my fabric stash. I … Read More

beginnings of a crafty winter

Making stuff is one of the foundations to my happiness. Or my contentedness. I can get by on making good food and good deep conversation or organising for awhile, but really, I need projects. Of the crafting variety. Designing something, … Read More

The Washi Dress. A pattern review of sorts.

The Washi dress was all over crafty blogdom awhile back. I finally splurged and bought the pattern. I am so glad I did. A little sewing therapy was definitely called for. This dress will be a summer staple this year.   The … Read More

a tale of a dress

Some of you will remember the big Vintage Sale of Hazel May’s collection I was involved in. One of the pieces I brought home was a stunning piece of vintage 50’s fabric. Once home, I realised it was the skirt … Read More

transforming vintage pillowcases

At the Auckland Vintage Textile fair I was mainly after two things: vintage pillowcases and inspiration. I got a healthy dose of both. Once I got the vintage pillowcases home I realised some weren’t fit to be transformed into my … Read More

Modcloth did the right thing

For my birthday I bought myself a dress. A new one. Okay, it was on sale on the Modcloth website, but still…a new dress! Not handmade and not secondhand. Here it is. I wore it to a morning of work … Read More

star babies

I love hand sewing projects. I had this star baby project in a tray in our living area for the last few weeks. They were easy to pick up and work on while Jed is working on a project. It’s … Read More

Pixie hoodies

  Each season I check through Jed’s drawers and take stock. A bunch of stuff gets passed on to the cousins and friends. I have to get sign off from every item that comes into his clothing repertoire because otherwise … Read More

Sew Liberated – Paloma pattern

I came home from Fabric-a-brac with six metres of a beautifully soft cotton/merino blend in this stripy jersey. I kept fondling it…and now i get to wear it. I finally bought a pattern from Meg McElwee’s Sew Liberated range. I … Read More

my other blog

What? Your other blog?! I hear you say?! Ah, well, it is not strictly mine, although I created it, write for it and beckon lovely guest bloggers to it. It is a fledgling blog. A work in progress. It is most lovely and … Read More

some simple sewing

At the last Sew Fun retreat I, er, talked rather a lot. I haven’t been well for some time and was so relieved to be feeling better. I had been certain that this time I was going to prepare ahead … Read More

The GrowMama superhero cape towel

Dressing up is big around here.  We live near a beach and one day last year, after a swim, the little guy fastened his towel around his neck like a super hero cape.  Hmmm, thought mama…and promptly got busy late … Read More

boxing corners – a tutorial

Okay, as this riveting first photograph intimates, there is no way to jazz this up. This is pure sewing geekery of the educational variety. For those of you not that way inclined, come back tomorrow for GrowMama business as usual. … Read More

a gift to self

I’ll let you in on a secret. Each gift giving time I give myself a gift. Yup, no disapointments then! Kidding, it is more about valueing myself and what i do. I don’t get alot of that in my current occupation. … Read More

Tutorial – vintage pillowcase to bag

This is the long awaited tutorial detailing how to make your own shopping tote bag from a vintage pillowcase. The blogpost i wrote about the design a few years ago (HERE) has had thousands and thousands of hits and many of … Read More

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