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The Sassy Silk Shirt

Jodie Woods

  NOV 29th    I talk a lot about clothes being great communicators and connectors. As women they are the ice breaker. They encourage our first words to one another. But as well as being one of the tools we reach for in relationship building, for me they also storehouses and mementos - like photographs in a cherished family album. For my Mum and me especially they trace the history of our relationship. I look at clothes she’s made me, or I have made her over the years and I remember what we talked about as we chose the fabric...


The Road To Organic Denim

Jodie Woods

  NOV 22nd    Ok Confessions, this one barely scrapes by as a Throwback Thursday – technically we’re throwing forward as these beauties are yet to hit the racks. But for me they have been a long time in the making – their story began right back at the beginning of Tonic & Cloth  The road to organic denim with comfy, ‘on point’ goodness was a wiggly one. Dotted with samples that were too heavy or lacking stretch, or with suppliers whose minimum order quantities had me shaking at the knees. But it was also a road that was stretching...


Get Shorty Shorts

Jodie Woods

NOV 15th   The Get Shorty Shorts started as a One of a Kind Wednesday creation. I wanted the flirty summer goodness of a pair of shorts, but with a little kick of vintage sass. AND they had to be wearable too of course – so yes you guessed it, elastic! And pockets! I made the original pair from a light-hearted sherbet yellow linen and backed the waistband with a vintage floral print. The high waist/elastic combo brought the polish without the pain. While their flirty vintage goodness had me hankering for a martini and a spot of tennis. You...


LIGHT + vessel x Tonic & Cloth

Jodie Woods

NOV 8th July 1st was my birthday and like any woman worth her salt I bought myself a gift. Then had my kiddos wrap it and present it to me in a flurry of birthday morning excitement. It was the ultimate ‘put a smile on my dial’ gift, a set a tiny ceramic coffee cups handcrafted by the incredible ladies of Light + Vessel. Two days later, on July 3rd I received an email from Carolyn Enting of Good Magazine asking Tonic & Cloth to show in the Good Sustainable Style Show at NZ Fashion Week. Carolyn talked about the...


The Gatsby Pleated Pant

Jodie Woods

NOV 1st Let me tell you a little story about a pair of trousers I coveted at 15. Keanu Reeves was wearing them in the most delicious black and white poster that adorned my wall. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Keanu – but it was those trousers that truly ‘had me at hello’. Tweed, pleats, waisted, structured, beautifully finished at the hems with deep cuffs, I was in love. I needed them in my life and my grandmother, an impeccable seamstress, was happy to oblige. What she created was perfection. The pleats exacting, the cuffs crisp, the fabric fell...