Sunday, 31 May 2009

Weekend Sewing

So much to note down, but not now. I have been quite busy sewing things for myself, for work (a small class version of Little Red Riding Hood) and a couple of gifts too. Dad was visiting for a couple of weeks, we had a good time visiting local towns and eating out - I don't really bother when I am alone, and cheering my football team on to victory. ;-)

My birthday present to myself was "Weekend Sewing" by Heather Ross. My Dad offered to pay for fabric as a birthday gift, which made for a good combination. I was a little worried that the book might be a bit too full of totes, napkins, and wrap around skirts, but it is a good mix of things, and worth it for the photography. These headscarves were the first thing I sewed up after Dad's visit ended. They were really quick and simple and made from scraps I had left from other things. No pattern required, just a bit of measuring.

Last weekend I traced off patterns for the kimono dress, summer blouse, guest slippers, Lucy's kimono (baby top for a gift) and weekend travel bag (more of a make up bag really). I ordered some beautiful 100% bamboo fabric from a very friendly and helpful Etsy seller (Whipstitch Fabrics), along with some printed cotton 1/2 yards, for the kimono dress. The seller was lovely, she replied to my daft questions about drape and colour immediately, and even got back to me to tell what quantity of fabric I could order for the best postage deal - and the fabric arrived all tied up in ribbon.

I finished the dress today, the fabric is lovely! Very light and silky, easy to iron, and the first thing I have sewn without any problem at all on the sewing machine! I did have to make a few alterations to get a reasonable fit, but I'm happy with the way it has turned out - photos when I can get someone to take one I suppose. ;-)

Monday, 4 May 2009

Bundle for Harry

Bundle for Harry, originally uploaded by soja.

Ooo - that sun is bright, still, if I leave it 'til later it will be too dark. This is a little set for my new (and first) nephew. A very organised little baby obviously - he arrived on his due date. My sister and her husband live over in Philadelphia, I'm not sure whether to post this or give it to my father to take over with him in a month or two.

All the material is cotton from Ikea, the onesie was bought locally. The bib and zipper pouch pattern are adapted from 'Bend The Rules Sewing' by Amy Karol and the bird from "Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts' by Joelle Hoverson.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Happy Birthday to Me

Happy Birthday to Me, originally uploaded by soja.

Now, where are those candles.....?

These are the 'Mucho Margarita Cupcakes' from 'Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World" by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero.

They are one of my favourites in the book, maybe because of the lime and tequila! Though I switched lemon juice/zest for lime this time as that is what I had.

Friday, 1 May 2009

On the trail with the Easter Bunny


Though that only really explains two weeks. I'm really glad I didn't go travelling, instead going back to the UK to spend time with family and friends. It had been too long. I'm sure the Easter Bunny was twice as tall as she was the last time I saw her!

Life has been a bit more down than up recently, but the typically very short spring here, after a much longer than usual winter, is turning into summer almost sneekily.