Tuesday, 19 April 2011

So, Sew

I have been on a bit of a sewing-roll lately. To be honest, I have been sewing quite a bit for myself. But carrying an extra 15kg means I don't really do the clothes justice, even if I am happy with the sewing and the finished garment. Adding to that, my husband really doesn't take nice photos of me..... at least he doesn't seem to look at the photos he has taken to advise me that I need to turn my body a bit, or retake the photo cause the way I am standing draws attention to my stomach. He took 2 photos of me tonight in which there was NO light in the pic. Hey, just for the fun of it, I will post the pic, so you will know what I am talking about......

Yep, that is what I am dealing with.
Anyway, edited version.....

This is the Tessuti free pattern. I have more fabric to make a couple more versions of these too. I think they will be my staple for winter. I am sure they look better on someone smaller than me, but at least they cover the belly and muffin top, and are super comfortable.... just make sure you choose a cotton-rich fabric.

I also picked up some Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric from a local quilt shop. I LOVE it. I decided to make up a cushion for my kids and my niece and nephew for Easter (rather than going overboard on chocolate). I really like the finished product.

P.S. don't worry there will definitely be chocolate in our house at Easter, just trying to cut back a little (for the kids). And perhaps if I cut back I wouldn't have 15kg to lose....

Saturday, 16 April 2011

A Little Oliver+S

Earlier this year I bought up a huge range of fabrics from overseas (pretty sure it was QuiltHome that I bought from). Amongst my haul was some of the lovely Oliver+S fabrics..... including the pink knit fabric. The problem is that I am not a lover of sewing knit fabrics. Lack of experience really. However, with winter coming I thought I really need to bite the bullet and get some winter clothes whipped up for Layla in particular (James is covered with school uniforms for most of the week now, yay!).

So I went ahead and cut out a long sleeve top from the Oliver+S Hopscotch pattern. I forgot to put the walking foot on the machine for the hems (the way I 'do' knits), but overall I am VERY happy with the result. It was a particularly easy pattern to assemble, and I will be making more for winter.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

A Terribly Late Thank You....

I can't believe it has taken me so long to post this. I took the photos during a 'blog break' so it kind of got lost in the system. Late last year I got to meet Christy to hand deliver the pattern that she 'won' from my blog giveaway. Turns out we live not far from each other. And she was so lovely to give me the following gift.....

All made by Christy..... beautiful binding and crocheted trim. I am still waiting to find the perfect project for them. I don't think I could possibly use them on a present for someone else (I am too selfish) - they will be used on something for Layla.

Thank you so much Christy!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Sew It Together - Part 2

Dinner on Saturday night at Sew It Together was at The Heritage Belgian Beer Cafe in The Rocks....... YUM!

Karen and I

Ingrid, Helen and Cass

Pork Belly

Chicken dish (which looked delicious)