Hot! The “One Year On” Dress

The first Sew Weekly dress I made in 2011

Name:Kat Hardisty, Wellington, New Zealand

Blog: Modern Vintage Cupcakes

How long have you been sewing: About 14 years – I started back when I was at university, as I was fed up of sleeves always being too short on me.

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: The last few years, I haven’t done much sewing – it’s always been one of those things I wanted to do, and meant to do, and felt a bit guilty for not finding time to do. Last year (2011) I stitched along with The Sew Weekly themes. Creating a garment (or two) each week really kick-started my sewing and crafting once more! Having a deadline, and a theme to work within, meant that I made around 12 times as many things as I had the previous year, I developed my sewing skills a lot, and I worked on a lot of projects that I otherwise wouldn’t have attempted. After a year of rediscovering my passion for sewing, I’m committing to sewing weekly once more so I can focus on improving my sewing, being creative, and ensuring I continue to have a balance between my creative life and my work life. And making new friends on the way!

What do you love most about sewing garments: Oh, this is a hard one. There are so many things I love – I love the concept of slow fashion, making things by hand rather than purchasing cheaply-made garments. In the past two years I’ve purchased only 6 new items of clothing. This year, I plan to purchase none. I love being able to make something that truly matches my style – the colours, prints, and shapes that I like that I could never find in stores anyway. I love making up vintage patterns – that glimpse into history, being bought forward into today. I love making things that fit me properly – sleeves and legs that are long enough, and bodices that don’t have heaps of fabric in the bust.

What do you hate most about sewing garments: Cutting out patterns. Tracing patterns. Argh! It just takes so much time!! (One of the reasons I love sewing with unmarked vintage patterns – no cutting out needed.)

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: This year, I’m wanting to focus on improving my techniques, and making sure everything fits perfectly, and is as tidy inside as it is out.

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: I’ve got two for this one: running a half marathon, and reducing clutter in my life. I’m a hoarder, and I come from a family of hoarders. I refuse to be ruled by “stuff” any more!

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: Oh, there are so many to choose from…. Top of the list would be The Sew Weekly (of course!), Debi at My Happy Sewing Place, Charlotte at Tuppence Ha’penny, Meg at Meg The Grand, and Karen at Did You Make That.



Kat stumbled upon The Sew Weekly at the end of 2010. Inspired by Mena's creations and dedication to sewing each week, Kat stitched along with all the weekly themes for 2011. Through The Sew Weekly and the girls who contribute to it, she deepened her passion for vintage styles and started amassing a large collection of vintage patterns. Now she needs an excuse to try using them all.


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  1. Yay! Nice to see a kiwi on here :)

  2. That’s a smashing dress. I want one.

  3. aaaaaaaaaah! i challenge you to make pants! IN BLACK!

  4. Yay Kat I’m so pleased to see you on the contributors list, I’m looking forward to seeing your future posts, very excited.

    • Right back at ya, lady! So excited to see what you come up with this year. I’m thinking one of these days I may have to try and get across the ditch for a Sew Weekly girls meet-up…..!

  5. Loving the collar on your dress

  6. HIHIHIHIHI!!! Soooooo glad you are here!! And I love that you plan not to purchase any clothes this year :) Go get ’em, girlfriend!!

  7. Great to see you here! Don’t feel so lonely among all the new faces now!

  8. Well hello lady – I just loved that photo shoot (almost as much as the psycho dress!) – you’re up for another year? Good on you! x