February 27, 2012

Polka Dot Blouse

I feel all grown up wearing a blouse. Don't you think that blouse is a fabulous word? It is right up there with frock.

I saw this pattern reviewed on Sew Tessuti last year and loved it. I love the look of it and would love to wear it tucked in to a black pencil skirt with tights and high heels. I just need a black pencil skirt...

Project Details
Pattern: McCalls 5884 View C (OOP - but I got it via an Ebay seller)
Fabric: Black and white sheer polka dot fabric from Tessuti Melbourne
Alterations: shortened ties by 16cm

Take note that this blouse is low cut and you will either need to wear a singlet underneath or alter the pattern. Next time, I will slightly increase the size of the sleeve cuffs. As they sit right on my elbow, my movement was restricted until lunch time when the fabric had given enough. I will also go down a size.

Excuse the mug shot quality photos. It is bucketing down here in Melbourne!

L x

February 26, 2012

To Market We Go

Our regular Sunday morning outing is a trip to the Queen Victoria Markets to do the weekly shop. After the shopping we have a coffee and some jam donuts and watch the kids climb over the statues... I love the markets!

My market top on this hot and blustery day is the freshly made Grainline Studio Tiny Pocket Tank (sans tiny pocket). This is a great simple pattern which took about 2 hours to make from cutting out the pattern to hemming (all whilst watching Playschool and Thomas!). It is a bit low in the neckline so I will raise this about an inch in my next version. I made the newly available size 18 but took the side seams in an extra 1cm. I could probably go down a size but I like it loose and cool.

Project Details
Pattern: Grainline Studio Tiny Pocket Tank
Fabric: Navy Hanataba Japanese Cotton from Tessuti Fabrics (remnant leftover from this dress)

On my sewing machine now is the Colette Patterns Ginger Skirt in a navy drill. I am also working on my Autumn/Winter Wardrobe plans, but it is a bit difficult in this heat.

What's on your sewing machine?

L x
February 25, 2012

Summer in the City

Today I booked in the husband to take charge of the children and I headed out with a HUGE shopping list. I'm not a shopping centre kind of person so I headed in to Melbourne town.

For a spot of window shopping...

A touch of wining and dining...

And a lot of shopping!! This is just one of my many purchases. More on this soon.

I then came home to this.

And a hungry household...

L x

February 21, 2012

Overnight Bran Muffins

I loved these muffins as a kid! Mum used to mix it up the night before and store the batter in the fridge overnight. First thing, she'd crank up the oven and bake these goodies. Served with butter and a cup of milk. Delicious!!

These days I take these muffins in my lunch bag and on outings to the zoo. My mothers group has also had their fair share. These muffins last and travel well.

1 1/4 cups plain flour
1 tsp bicarb soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 3/4 cup unprocessed bran
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup sultanas
1/2 cup oil
1 egg
1 1/2 cups milk

Mix all ingredients together. Leave overnight in fridge. Bake in muffin tray in moderate oven (180 degrees celsius) until golden. Best served warm.

I like mine with sultanas but you could substitute these with chopped dates or dried apricots.

Enjoy with a good coffee!

L x
February 20, 2012

Fitting Clovers

Once again, I seem to be a bit late to jump on the bandwagon. I have finally made up my muslin of the Clover Pants by Colette Patterns . To be honest I really didn't know if this style would suit me. I am a 18-20 in the Big 4 patterns or a good size 16 in RTW. However, I was pleasantly surprised with these.

The back of the pants look good. I will increase the back rise by about 1.5cm.

The front is ok but I do have a lot of excess fabric in the crotch area. Pants for Real People suggest a Flat Lower Belly Adjustment.

I did originally make up the muslin in the largest size 18 as I was inbetween sizes. I took it in an extra 1cm down the side seams and 0.5cm down the inseam, so I am a size 16 in this pattern.

The fabric I chose was a navy stretch cotton drill from Spotlight but I really don't think it has enough stretch. I can stand in these pants but sitting is a bit difficult... A new fabric is needed.

Changes needed:
  • Increase back rise by 1.5cm
  • Remove 1cm from front crotch seam (Flat Lower Tummy adjustment)
  • Increase calf width by 1cm
  • Size 16 not 18
  • Select a fabric with more stretch (also a softer fabric)
I want to make the final pair in a black wool gabardine for work and a navy stretch cotton for casual wear.

L x
February 19, 2012

Weekend Crop

This weekend we harvested eggplants, pumpkins and lots of basil.

I love cooking the eggplant up with tin tomatoes, basil, garlic, red onions and balsamic. Then serving with penne pasta, mozzarella, a touch of cream and parmesan stirred through. Yum!

L x

February 18, 2012

Liberty Love

I have a new obsession!! Liberty Fabrics... I wish it was a cheaper obsession. But who can go past the lovely prints, beautiful quality and 140cm width?!

On the way to me:

This lovely retro style Liberty print - Amy Hurrell. I have this marked for a Sewaholic Lonsdale Dress. I can just see it with a red or blue belt...

The navy Tatum Liberty print I have marked for a Colette Patterns Peony Dress. Or possibly a Simplicity 2215 (button down dress)??

And this Liberty Lantana Wool/Cotton blend I ordered to use as the lining of my next Sewaholic Minoru Jacket. I hope to use a light wool coating for the main fabric. My first Minoru Jacket has been such a hit that I need a winter version.

I ordered all my Liberty from Shaukat in London (all images are from their website).

L x
February 17, 2012

Simplicity 2360

I am rather late to join the Simplicity 2360 bandwagon... Not sure why because I love this dress!! I made it in December and have worn it multiple times over the festive season and summer. As I loved the first version so much I quickly sewed another in a Liberty Wiltshire print.

Project Details
Pattern: Simplicity 2360 - sleeveless with flounce
Fabric: Navy Hanataba Japanese Cotton (from Tomato Fabrics in Nippori, Tokyo & Tessuti Fabric Melbourne)

Project Details
Pattern: Simplicity 2360 - short sleeves
Fabric: Liberty Wiltshire (brown/red - from Shaukat)

I do love the liberty version but I feel this pattern works best in a softer fabric. Next up a black version!! Now the question is... to ruffle or not to ruffle??

L x
February 13, 2012

Worst Blog Photo Award...

End of day creased...
I should have taken this photo this morning before I went to work and sat down all day... But hindsight is a wonderful thing. I finally made this skirt after a few months of it sitting in my to-do basket. I think I could probably do with a smaller size and possibly some stiffer interfacing in the waistband.

In keeping with my resolutions of trying new techniques and perfecting my finishing techniques, I tried out the blind-hem foot from my machine. I am pleased to report that it did a great job!

I wore this skirt today with a tank top I made last year out of a fabulous jersey from Tessuti, Water Snake (which happens to be featured on their blog today!).

Project Details
Pattern: Simplicity 2451 View D
Fabric: Cotton metallic fabric from Tessuti Fabrics Melbourne
Notions: Invisible zip

He wanted to pose!

L x
February 12, 2012

Weekend Jam Session

Citrus Marmalade
500g citrus (oranges, limes, pink grapefruit - or any combo)
3-4 lemons
2 cups orange juice
4 cups water
1.5kg sugar

Blend all citrus in food processor until desired consistency. Simmer chopped citrus with juice and water for about 20 minutes until fruit is softened. Add sugar and bring to a rapid boil. Boil for 20 minutes or until setting point is reached. Rest for 10 minutes before pouring into warm, sterilised jars.

Apricot Jam - as per the one and only Stephanie Alexander. Yum!

L x
February 11, 2012

Simplicity 2591

I just finished sewing this lovely dress yesterday but am yet to wear it. Now this pattern has been fraught with bad reviews all over blogland, but I found it a dream to sew. I did make a few minor alterations for my shape (listed below). I just love how the side panels are cut on the bias, adding shape and character. Next up, a dramatic navy & white stripe version!

Side panel view

Sorry for the lack of wearing photos. No outings in this lovely dress yet.

Project Details:
Fabric - found in my somewhat significant stash (Alexander Henry from Kelani Fabrics)
Pattern - Simplicity 2591 (OOP - purchased from simplicity.com)
Notions - invisible zip, bias binding
Modifications - lowered bust dart by 2.5cm, removed 2cm from upper princess seam (from bust to armhole), graded in sideseams by 1.5cm.

L x
February 08, 2012

Weekend Crop

Summer Weekend Crop

I planted my cucumber & tomatoes way back in the early spring (September) and they are only now coming to the party! 
February 06, 2012

My Minoru Jacket

I had good intentions to follow the Sewaholic Minoru Sew-a-long... But this jacket is such a pleasurable and easy sew that I couldn't help myself. I just kept going.
I wanted a lightweight summer jacket as Melbourne weather is completely unpredictable and often jackets are needed in the middle of summer. I used a cotton and metal blend fabric from Tessuti Fabrics Melbourne. It is a pale pink/beige/mauve colour with a fine silver metal stripe. I can't really do this fabric justice with photos. It has a lovely crinkly texture. For the lining, I used a Japanese cotton Ivory Yuki Small also from Tessuti. I really wanted silver metal zippers but couldn't find any on a white or cream strap so I settled for gold with an off-white strap (from Clegs).
I really love this jacket! Tasia from Sewaholic has done a wonderful job with this pattern. I can't wait to sew another version for winter. Next up, I plan to sew a black wool version with Liberty lantana lining...
L x
February 05, 2012

Welcome to Sew Brunswick!

Hello, my name is Leith and I love to sew, cook, travel, garden & raise my two troublesome boys. For the past few years I have loved reading sewing blogs and thought it was time to enter the world of blogging myself. So here we go!
I am a pharmacist by day and a mother, sewing enthusiast and mad cook in my spare time. I also love a good adventure and outing.
I was taught to sew by my mother and two grandmothers. A craft that at the time I didn't appreciate but now greatly enjoy. I sew most of my own clothes as well as my boys clothes. I haven't yet ventured into sewing mens clothes but I just received the Colette Negroni pattern. So watch this space!
I have been cooking since I was about 2 years old. There is nothing better than cooking dinner after a long day with a class of wine or cold beer as my assistant. I love to bake, cook for friends and am slowly learning the art of preserving.
I work to travel! I plan my next holiday whilst on holidays. My life is lacking something if I don't have a few trips planned for me and the family. Be it overseas, interstate, within Victoria or just around Melbourne.
Lastly, I am a mother to two young boys. Motherhood is not easy but I love the overall adventure!
So, welcome to my little blog. I hope you enjoy.
L x
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