You silky minx Waikerie…

Well, back into Level 3 lockdown here is Auckland. Three cases in the community, a family including a border worker who thankfully, as soon as she felt unwell,  got tested. Fingers crossed with some pretty epic test & tracing going on it will be nipped in the bud. I spent today working at home in my “lounge wear” under the supervision of Tommy & Tuppence. Many treats & cuddles were administered, cats love lockdown! 

Sadly however, I did not get the chance to wear my swanky new SILK shirt to work. Boo! Yes, you heard me, I tackled silk. There were no tears, barely any swearing (honest), I only used my unpicker twice. I know, these are indeed crazy times.

The Waikerie shirt from Muna & Broad. I made View B with short sleeves, I would probably never wear a long sleeve shirt without rolling the sleeves up, I thought the soft fabric would not stay rolled for long.

Oh hey there…

Because I have previously made this Waikerie dress (an extension of the original pattern), I already had some pattern pieces cut out, and I knew the yoke and collar was the right size for me. The fabric I picked up on sale from The Fabric Store a wee while ago, I LOVE the sequin print , but was always a little hesitant to use it, a) not being experienced sewing silk (not sure how I thought that would change NOT sewing with it?) and b) I was never sure the colour worked for me. Now I’m a foxy silver its practically camouflage yes?

Isn’t it fun

The only thing I did to compensate for sewing silk was use a finer gauge needle, and as far as I could, use French seams. The sleeve band method is the same as the Torrens top, I really like it but wish I’d finished the seams on this one with binding rather than overlocking , I can feel it slightly rubbing on my skin (Five minutes sewing silk & suddenly a delicate wee thing I am…)

Love a good box pleat

I really like the slightly sporty style of the shirt, with a slightly boxy fit, dropped back hem & shorter sleeves, combined with a really luxe fabric. I love it with my jeans & sneakers for the weekend, but it works equally well with pants & heels for the day job (well, when I’m in the office and not sitting at the dining table in my slippers covered in cat fur hey…)

Is there a ship ahoy or what?

As with other Muna & Broad patterns, the instructions are nice & clear and the drafting is great, I’m already planning a cute linen version. Or silk satin, now I’m a bit of an expert…? Yeah, nah.

Contemplating life…or trying not to put dents in the wooden floor?

So what else has been happening around these parts?

Watched a fab movie on Netflix The Dig recently, not only a lovely film (based on a true story) but some really fabulous costumes too! I received the The Foldline newsletter last week, which did a wee rundown of patterns if you wanted to recreate the look. I personally adore the whole 40’s Industrial Land Girl aesthetic so this was right up my alley. I also wear silver shoes & animal print so I’m clearly also slightly confused on this point…

Actually if this is your vibe too, check out Old Town clothing and of course one of my favorite pattern designers Merchant & Mills

On a completely different tangent, Series 2 of Blown Away has just dropped on Netflix & I’m very excited. Mr D & I loved series one, a show about glassblowing doesn’t sound like everyone’s bag but trust me, it’s fab. So much artistry, so many different personalities, by the final we were really invested!

On the bedside table, The Marlow Murder Club, really enjoying this one, in the vein of The Thursday Murder Club, it’s a fun whodunnit in the classic Golden Age style, with a spunky older sleuth, lots of fun

I hope where ever you are it’s been a good start to the week, I’m currently having a G & T because from memory that’s what ones does in lockdown on a Monday night, or is that just me?

Kristina x


  1. Anna says:

    Love that silk shirt! Insert heart emojis galore. It really suits you, and I agree on the combo “fine fabric, sporty styles”. So cool!

    (The newsletter was from The foldline, not In the folds.)


    1. plumkitchen says:

      Thanks Anna πŸ™‚ (and thanks for the heads up re The Foldline, I’ve updated!)

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  2. says:

    I do love reading your blog. Your spunky style hits the right notes. So is that actual sequins or a fabric print? I thought a print until I saw the close up and then did not know. Great job on another beautiful garment.


    1. plumkitchen says:

      Hi Susan, thanks so much, yes it’s a sequin print, as soon as I saw it I had to have it πŸ™‚ x


  3. pixiesews says:

    Hi Plum, Cute shirt! I will have to check out that pattern. Thanks for the Netflix suggestions. In one of your earlier blog posts you mentioned Repair Shop. We have been watching and really enjoying it. I would love to be skillful enough at something to be able to work in a place like that.


    1. plumkitchen says:

      Hi there, thank you! Yes my husband & I say the same thing, oh to be so clever, some of the repairs are just amazing!!


      1. pixiesews says:

        Blown Away is great! Quite enjoyable watching people and super hot furnaces when it is -10 degrees F outside … lol!

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      2. plumkitchen says:

        I can’t even imagine how cold that is, stay warm!


  4. Jay says:

    Hi, love the shirt. Very brave to tackle silk, but you’re inspiring me. Hope lockdown works fast.

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    1. plumkitchen says:

      Thanks Jay, go for it, wasn’t as tricky as I thought! 😊


  5. catkins13 says:

    Lovely and Mondays are def good for G and T !! (Not just during lockdown I have discovered)


    1. plumkitchen says:

      Ha ha, thanks! I feel Wednesday may call for one also…πŸ˜‰


  6. Meagan Taylor says:

    Thank you Kristina. Great shirt, I love it. If only you could get out to wear it. Looks smashing with the silver shoes too. Which shirt is easier to make? Muna & Broad Waikerie or Closet Core Kalle shirt?
    Heading over to Foldline to check out their 40s inspired outfits.
    Thanks Meagan


    1. plumkitchen says:

      Hi Meagan, thanks so much πŸ™‚ Hmm, I think probably the Waikerie was a little easier, maybe the collar construction is a little simpler, but it could also be I’ve a lot more experience now than when I made the Kalle, so that probably helped. I enjoyed making both & will make them again if that’s any help! K x


  7. You are a treasure. I know it takes a lot of work to keep a blog. I appreciate how you share your makes. You’re writing style is like sitting with my best friend having a gab. Thank you!
    Now — what I want to know is how many needles did you break making this shirt. I tried sequins once, and oh, never again;)


    1. plumkitchen says:

      Thanks! Yes it is a bit of work but I do enjoy it πŸ™‚ No needles broken, yay!!!


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