April 29, 2012

Sew: Simplicity 2215 Skirt

I love how this skirt turned out. I wasn't sure that a full pleated skirt on a thin waistband was going to suit my fuller figure but was pleasantly surprised. The pleats are well placed so that there is not a lot of bulk on your hips and the pleats sit nice and flat. The pleating is also asymmetrical which adds a nice design element. The skirt is secured with a side invisible zip and has deep pockets.

I picked up this fabric at The Fabric Store as an impulse purchase and I am so glad I did. It is a lightweight printed cotton which perfectly suits this skirt. The colour looks brown in the photo but really is black with the yellow brushed through the black.

This pattern didn't really float my boat until I saw the lovely Mary's numerous versions. I have even ordered a lightweight denim for another skirt and am yet to make my original planned Liberty dress version. Slowly, slowly...

Project Details
Pattern:  Cynthia Rowley Simplicity 2215 - Skirt C
Fabric: Printed cotton from The Fabric Store
Alterations: Extended length by 10cm.

I am doing a smashing job of my Autumn Winter wardrobe. I have finished another Renfrew (white knit linen with the v-neck) but need to take it in more. I am also putting the finishing touches on my black wool Minoru.

L x
April 26, 2012

Sew: Kids Tshirt

I've lost count of how many of these tshirts I've made. Simple, quick & easy.

Project Details
Pattern: Kwik Sew 3149 Size 4
Fabric: Thick cotton knit jersey and rib trim from Spotlight

L x
April 25, 2012

Bake: Scones

3 cups Self-Raising Flour
1 cup Cream
1 cup Milk

Mix all ingredients together. Press out dough to 2.5cm on a floured surface. Cut out dough using a cookie cutter and place on baking tray lined with baking paper. Brush tops with milk and bake until golden in a moderate oven. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Enjoy with jam and cream! Plus coffee of course.

L x
April 24, 2012

Travel: Perth

On the weekend I packed my bags and headed solo to Perth for my cousins wedding. I left the husband and kids at home for 3 whole days! I hooked up with my parents, who had come from Queensland, and we spent a lovely 3 days gallivanting around Perth & the Swan Valley.

Armed with We Love Perth on our phones we hit the streets. First up, Fremantle! Wandering the streets, shopping, eating and drinking coffee was a nice way to start the day. I re-discovered Morrison pants after 2 babies and 4 years. I seriously love Morrison pants. Australian designed and made!!

We tasted the beers at Little Creatures before indulging in a seafood lunch whilst watching the boats.

Later that night we strolled the malls of Perth city and lined up for a Korean feast. The next day we had the morning free before heading out to the Swan Valley for my cousins wedding. We hiked over to Northbridge to find it deserted. Thankfully Little Willies was open and we drank coffee and ate bircher muesli whilst teaching my dad how to use an iPhone. How cute are my parents?!

In Northbridge we visited the museum and art gallery before wandering around a young designers market. I bought a bunch of paper flowers made from old dressmaking patterns and a hair clip made of buttons!
Simplicity 2591 in action

The wedding was lovely and it was great to see my family. We came from all over Australia and don't often get to see each other. My mum and I both wore dresses that we'd made. I'm sporting a Simplicity 2444 in an amazing silk/wool blend that I picked up at The Fabric Store. My mum wore Butterick 5319 in a black and white polka dot silk from Shanghai.
Simplicity 2444 & Butterick 5319 in action

During the weekend, my mum also wore a Vogue 8747 that she made up in a Liberty fabric (Red Pepper) that I gave her for Christmas. It was lovely. If I look like this when I've 60, I'll be one happy lady!

Vogue 8747
Thanks for a lovely weekend M & D! Now back to reality and my sewing machine... 

L x
April 19, 2012

Sew: Big Butt Baby Pants

Project Details
Pattern: Big Butt Baby Pants by Made by Rae (size 2 - double hemmed with basting stitch)
Fabric: Printed pinwale cord from Spotlight (last year)

Seriously good toddler pant pattern! Especially for those big nappy butts. This pattern has been extremely well used over the years. I really like the way the legs are shaped.

Happy Sewing!

L x
April 16, 2012

Make: Lunch Bag

I take my lunch to work everyday. I even take my own coffee in a Thermos as I hate International Roast... I used to use a very old and sad looking Harrods bag that I bought in Hong Kong airport (of all places) way back in 2004. It was getting quite sad looking and a bit smelly, but I couldn't bring myself to part with it. Then it tore a hole in a new pair of tights (really good tights!!) and was thrown straight in the bin.

Enter my new swish lunch bag...

Project Details
Pattern: copied existing lunch bag (plus a bit extra width for my Tupperware & coffee Thermos)
Fabric: Laminated cotton - Garden, designed by Hokkoh - from Tomato Fabrics in Nippori, Tokyo

I cut two pieces for the main panels (40cm x 25cm) and sewed a seam at the bottom so the print would be the right way up on both sides of the bag. I then sewed two panels for the sides (32.5cm x 12.5cm) before turning the top over an inch and topstitching. The handles are an inch wide (37.5cm long) and I simply turned in 1cm on both long sides and topstitched both sides before stitching them to the bag with a cross pattern to secure. I've used a piece of thick plastic (cut down from a green supermarket bag) to line the bottom and give the bag some stability.

The laminated cotton was super easy to sew with. I used a normal stitch with a size 80 needle. My only problem was that I'd carried the fabric home from Japan folded which has left fold marks. I hope these disappear with time. It is best to store the laminated fabric rolled or hanging.

I adore the print on this fabric and think it is perfect for Autumn!

L x

PS. Do you like our new coat racks? We have two - one for adults and one for the kids. Perfect for hanging my Minoru and pink merino scarf!

Bake: Bread

I bake my own bread. Crazy? Yes. But nothing beats fresh bread. The process is quite simple and even my husband can bake it! I use the basic recipe in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and have great success. This basic recipe can also be used to make sticky pecan scrolls, pizza bases and foccacia. Yum!

L x
April 15, 2012

Sew: Kid Pants

The weather is getting cooler and my 3 year old is growing exponentially (who wouldn't if they ate 3 weetbix for breakfast?!). He's also still going through a few pairs a day (please tell me this will stop soon?!). So I've been mass producing pants - navy cords and flannel pyjamas. I used fabric my stash that I bought for $2/metre at the end of last winter. I wish I'd bought more as I've run out and I think I still need to make him another 8 pairs...

Project Details - Cords
Pattern: Burda 9793
Fabric: Navy pinwale cord from Spotlight 
Alterations: Extended by 10cm

Project Details - Pyjamas
Pattern: Kwik Sew 3149
Fabric: Novelty flannel from Spotlight
Alterations: Extended by 10cm

L x
April 11, 2012

Sew: Lipstick Pink Scarf

The last time I visited The Fabric Store I was looking for a red knit for a scarf and some wool for a cape. I did not find these but was immediately drawn to this amazing pink merino knit. I thought about another Renfrew top but knew an infinity scarf would be superb in this colour. It was also OWOP so I couldn't face another Renfrew at the time...

An excellent decision! I love the luxurious feel and colour of the fabric. It will certainly liven up my Melbourne winter! And go perfectly with my soon to be completed wool Minoru jacket.

Project Details
Fabric: 60cm pink merino knit from The Fabric Store
Instructions: Followed tutorial on True Bias

L x

PS. I was not driving whilst taking this photo. Just waiting for the groceries at Click and Collect. I love not having to get out of the car to get the groceries...
April 09, 2012

Travel: Beechworth

Happy Easter!

We spent our Easter weekend camping in the lovely town of Beechworth. It is such a beautiful town, surrounded by lovely countryside and an amazing valley leading in to the Victorian Alpine region.

Beechworth holds the Golden Horseshoe Festival on the Easter weekend. The main streets are closed and full of animal farms, food stalls, shops, kids arts & crafts and festivities.

It was a weekend filled with long walks, playing, eating, drinking and riding our bikes between cheese shops and wineries. Unfortunately, it was also very cold. Next year, I promise to pack the thermals...

Autumn is a spectacular time to visit as the leaves are turning and the colours are amazing.

A few years ago we did the entire Murray to the Mountains rail trail (when we only had one child!). Now with two kids in tow we took it easy and spent the morning riding the newly opened section through Milawa and Oxley. Along the way we visited the Milawa Cheese Factory and Sam Miranda Winery.

Trip Details
Destination: Beechworth, 3 hours north of Melbourne via the Hume Highway
Accommodation: Lake Sambell Caravan Park
Activities: Walking, cycling, eating, beer & wine tasting/drinking, gourmet foods (cheese!), festival activities, history & culture
Surrounding towns: Milawa, Bright, Myrtleford, Stanley & Yackandandah

I hope you all had a lovely Easter. Over the weekend the weather has turned very cold here in Melbourne. Poor Mr N is walking around in pants with a good 10cm of socks showing. Time to pull out the 6 metres of cord and start making pants!!

L x

April 03, 2012

Autumn Wardrobe Progress Report

Check out my progress on my Autumn Wardrobe sewing!!

  • Sewaholic Minoru Jacket - Black Wool Coating with Liberty Lantana lining - currently sewing
  • Tessuti New York Cape - no perfect fabric found yet... - still no fabric

  • Clover Pants - Charcoal Wool Suiting - done!

    • Clover Pants -Black Wool Crepe - cut out & waiting
    • Clover Pants -Navy Stretch Drill - done!

  • Renfrew Top View C (cowl neck) - Black Wool Interlock - done!

    • Renfrew Top View C - Yellow Merino Wool Knit - done! 
    • Renfrew Top View B (plus 3/4 sleeves) - Charcoal Marc Jacobs Mesh Knit - done!

    • Renfrew Top View B - black linen knit - done!

    • Vogue 8028 Shirtdress - Suda Night Check - done!

  • Vogue 8560 Skirt - Black & White Doily Fabric - 3/4 made but I have lost motivation...
  • Infinity Scarf - leftover yellow merino knit - done!

  • Simplicity 4237 pants - lightweight denim - cut out
  • Simplicity 2451 skirts - lightweight denim (cut out) & charcoal cord
  • Leggings (I can never find the right ones instore...)

  • I'm pretty happy with my progress. Out of 15 items, I have completed 8 items, have one item almost done and have cut out 4 more items.

    I may have also added more items to me list... And I managed a new skirt salvaged from a failed maxi dress.

    L x
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