Saturday, October 29, 2011

I've got crabs.

Not that sort - that is just gross!

No, this sort.

Fabric is Crab Walk in Orange by Emily Herrick   The fabric comes from the Going Coastal line, and I think I actually need to buy the whole set of it.  That is coming from someone who is on a fabric ban, so maybe I will just put it in my shopping cart and leave it until my stash gets a little bit smaller, or my bank balance looks a little bit better.

Shirt is using my trusty O+S Sketchbook shirt. I have seriously made this shirt way too many times to count now. This is by far my most used pattern.  This time it is made in a size 12-18 months, but I have have lengthened it to the 18-24 months - only because my kids only get taller, they don't tend to fill out.

I have had a cracker of a sewing week this week and have churned out quite a few projects. It is amazing what you can achieve when you have a little peace and quiet at night when Mat is on night shift. So there will be quite a few blog posts to follow in the coming days.

Friday, October 28, 2011


I have wanted some seersucker for a while - well ever since I saw this shirt. I have put myself on a fabric ban have resisted buying any. A couple of nights ago, I was ironing some fabric and I looked at my ironing board cover and realised that if it wasn't seersucker, it was pretty close.   Luckily I kept the scraps after I made the cover, and had more than enough for a pair of shorts for Harry.

Pattern is the O+S Sketchbook Shorts. I have made these before. This time however, I omitted the front pleat - which I think gives a more casual look.  I also made the shorts flat fronted instead of having the elastic the whole way around.

Aren't they so cute. I fell in love with them as soon as they were made. Mat was not convinced when I showed him, as he thought that they were a bit girly, and would be better on Ella than Harry.  What do men know when it comes to fashion anyway!!!!

What do you think of Harry's face now. I think it is pretty good. Most of the swelling has gone now, he just has a little bruising across the bridge of his nose, and the burn-mo. Luckily, it turns out that I don't think his nose was broken, as I am sure there would have been a lot more bruising if it was.

Sorry - had to put that last picture in, as Ella wants to be in all photos these days, and gets quite upset if she is not allowed. 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Winners are Grinners

I don't usually win blog giveaways. I enter my fair share, but it doesn't usually matter how many entry's there are, I don't win.   So when I won Sukies giveaway, and there was over 250 entries, I was so shocked.

What did I win????

8 fat quarters of Art Gallery Pure Elements Solids.  I am going through a solids phase at the moment so I am loving these.  Plus I got a little scrap of patterned fabric, don't know what it is called, but I think I might have to get some more of it.

So thankyou Moona Fabrics and Amy aka Sukie for the giveaway and for choosing the great colours.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tricycles and tears

Yesterday morning I was at work, the kids at daycare and I get a phone call. My heart always skips a beat when I see daycares number flash up - I always panic that something has happened.

Yesterday it was one of those days when something had happened and my heart dropped.

"Harry has had an accident, he has fallen off a tricycle and hit his face. His nose and lips are swollen and his nose is bleeding. We think his nose might be broken, and we are also concerned, we don't think he passed out, but his eyes were rolling back in his head"

It was a long 10 minute drive to daycare, I was trying to hustle but had visions of being booked for speeding on the way.

This is what I saw at daycare

When I saw my little boy, it took everything to hold back the tears.  He was dazed and didn't really make much noise. The GP didn't want to see him, it was a trip to the hospital. 

We seem to be regulars at John Hunter Hospital and every time we go there, they whisk us in straight away. They were concerned about Harry as he was quite drowsy, but once they gave him a good pinch to wake him up, he perked right up and was happily trotting around the paed emergency ward.  Two hours of monitoring and many visits to other patients we were released.  

They don't know if his nose is broken, at the moment there is too much swelling. I am just glad that it is still in its original position, I had visions of it being plastered on one side of his face. We have been warned about black eyes and his face turning all different shades due to the bruising that will come out.  

This is Harry today - a lot better than he looked yesterday. The nose is still swollen, but no bruising yet.  Even with his injuries he is still a little cutie.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Its a Parade

I feel like I haven't made any clothes for ages. The reason being is my kids have way too many clothes. I enjoy sewing them, but I am worried that they wont wear them all. 

Ella loves dresses. Unlike me, I don't own many dresses. I feel more comfortable in a pair of pants or jeans. If you ask Ella what she wants to wear, her answer will always be to wear a 'pretty dress'

This dress is really simple. I have made it a couple of times before, here and here.  They are made using the Lil Blue Boo Sundress tutorial.  

The fabric - the main body of the dress in 'On Parade' by Sarah Jane from her Children at Play collection. I love this!!!. I had originally decided to do the top of the dress in white, but my fabric did not 100% match, so I changed it to the red - which actually looks a lot better than the white. It is Denyse Schmidt from the Picnics and Fairgrounds collection. 

The worst thing about this dress - it is TIGHT!  Tight around the chest. The tutorial uses chest measurement and adds an extra 1.5". The problem with this, it is hard to get it on. You can put it over her head, but to get her arms in - that is a whole different ball game.  So my answer is to get Ella to step into it, and also to step out of it. 

So there you have it a really quick summer dress. I love a project that you can finish in a couple of hours. 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Check Mate

Remember the quilt from this post? I basted it, and quilted it and then I left it. The only thing that I needed to do was the binding, but it has been sitting at the end of the bed in my sewing room for the last month. Yesterday, I thought I would bind it, as I was going to give my friend Fiona a binding lesson.

The funny thing is, I actually enjoy the binding part of quilt making. I enjoy sitting on the couch and hand sewing it. Call me nuts, but I find it very therapuetic.

This is the biggest quilt that I have made, it measures 72" x 52" - it was not too bad to quilt, and like usual, I have just used straight line quilting, following the checkerboard pattern.

I am loving the back - maybe I actually like it more than the front.  It is the first pieced back that I have ever made, and I winged it with the design, as I have never made anything like that before. Love the quilting lines on the back.

So there you have it - one more down. Now last post, Mat asked me 'who or what this quilt was for?'  I didn't know then, and I still don't know. Maybe for the spareroom/sewing room. I don't know.... Does everything need a purpose?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Harry Boy is Swimming

Water and the Harry Boy do not mix! I have documented many times about the terrible trouble that he has with his ears.   He has had his grommets in since the end of March, and since then we have had 6 lots of ear infections in both ears.  Not good - the only suggestion from the ENT is that he might need a bigger set of grommets put in.  Now this suggestion scares the pants off me, as his last lot took an hour to get in when they should have taken 15 mins as his ear canals are so narrow - can you imagine the struggle to get a larger set in.

Poor Harry, he loves the water, but he has been loving it from a far.  The closest thing he gets to swimming is the bath - and that is a quick dip.

A couple of weeks ago, after much searching, I found a place that would make up a set of swim plugs for him. He has cheapy plugs from the chemist, but as we have a pool, he needs to be able to swim for enjoyment and for his safety.  The swim plugs arrived on Friday and he had his first swim in well in a year on Sunday.

He had his swim plugs and a head band, and just to make sure that no water gets in his ears, he is going to have a swimming cap too.

Watch out world - Harry is now a swimming man!!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Tiny Pocket Tank - Take Two.

Thursday was my lazy day, Friday was my energetic day. The car had a flat battery and we were stuck at home. Perfect time for a bit of cleaning and a bit of sewing. I sewed my second version of the tiny pocket tank.

I made a couple of changes from the original. I added an inch to the neckline and lowered the arm holes by 1/2".  After wearing the original version, I was having terrible trouble with my bra showing and the arms were a bit tight.

I really love the new version. The fabric is Denyse Schmidt Diamond Chevron in Cranberry . I love this fabric and actually bought it in 3 different colour ways.

I am sorry, I cannot keep going on this post, while ignoring the photo above.  It is bloody terrible! My grin - what is that all about and the roots - Oh my goodness, what it happening there.

Now for my problem with this top.  It is great when I am standing up - as per the photo above, even though I think it is a little short - I need to add 2" to it.   My problem is, you can't sit down in it as it flops over. It shows all my bra. 

I dont know how to fix this. We had friends over yesterday, and I wore the top, Mat told me afterwards that my bra was showing the whole time. Thanks Mat for telling me afterwards!!!

Can anyone tell me what alterations I need to make, so that it does not sit like this when I sit down?

Thursday, October 13, 2011


I am feeling so lazy today. I want to sew, but I can't be bothered. I have cut out a new top, but that is as far as I have gotten.

The kids have been asleep for two hours, but I have just watched trashy tv instead of sewing. Do you have days when you know you want to sew, but it just seems too much of an effort?

So rather than showing you a finished article of clothing - as I know that that will not happen today, here is a picture from last Thursday night with Gok.

The photo, it is terrible!!!  Not of Gok, of me.  My goodness, I need to learn how to smile. I can tell you that the modelling genes of the family were not passed onto me - or the height for that matter!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it!!!

I had a lucky day yesterday. I usually never win anything - I won TWICE.  Firstly I won a blog giveaway, but more about that later.   My biggest win, and the thing I am most excited about...... no, I haven't won lotto.

I am going to meet....................


I love this man. OK, I know I have never met him before, but I seriously love him.  I watch way too many of his shows.  

Now if you don't know who Gok is - for those in Australia that don't have Foxtel - I have done a You Tube search for you. 

Now, how do I get to meet him. I entered through Retromummy and I never thought I would actually win. Thank you Retrodaddy for picking my entry.

Now I better get going, I have to go and find an outfit to wear. I was going to get my hair done as my roots are dreadful - damn you mother-in-law with your broken leg!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Handmade virgin

I can now say that I am no longer a handmade clothing virgin..... for myself!!!!   I have made plenty of handmade clothing for both Ella and Harry, but never anything for myself. 

There are a few reasons that I have never made anything for myself. It was the fit, it is easy to make clothes for kids, their sizes are pretty standard. Plus kids clothing takes a lot less fabric, so if it all goes wrong it doesn't matter. Plus I know my own nature and I know that it would probably sit in my cupboard and never be worn.

However, lately I have been thinking about it more and more. I tried making a Colette Sorbetto - with way too many alterations from the original pattern. I should have thought about 'baby steps' as it looks rubbish. Again it put me off making anything for myself.

Then I bought the Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank pattern, It looked so easy.  I was waiting for my fabric to arrive before I made it, but an impromptu trip to Spotlight on Friday and I bought enough fabric for 3 trial runs.

So here it is. My first ever!!! It is made from Silk Chiffon. I saw this fabric when I first walked into the store. $30 per metre. I put it straight back, I couldn't spend that much.  I chose two other fabrics, but still went back to the original. It was the print, the colour.  Then I saw the sign..... 40% off silk fabrics. It didn't mention silk chiffon, but I thought I would get the lady to check if it was on sale. I could pay $18/m  - that was not too expensive to stuff up.   I went to the counter - asked the lady to scan it to see if it was on sale.   She told me it was it was $3.00 PER METRE!!!!!!

I couldn't believe it!! $3.00 PER METRE.  I thought I was restrained and I only bought 4 metres. I should have bought more. I am kicking myself. 

Inside view

The pattern is great. I made a size 2 and it fits really well. No alterations at all.  The silk chiffon was slippery and my machine did not sew the best with it.  I actually changed my thread for the top stitching to a crappy cheap thread and it fixed all the sewing problems.  I did all french seams. Usually I don't bother with french seams and just use the overlocker, but I thought this top was worth the extra effort.  All of the bias binding, I have put on the inside - adds to the simplicity of the top.

It is the Tiny Pocket tank - I left off the pocket. The fabric was so slippery - I didn't want to ruin it by not having it 100% perfect.

I have worn it out. I wore it to dinner Saturday night.  I love it. I was so proud of it.  Mat asked if I told everyone at dinner that I had made it.  I told him that I didn't - he was a bit disappointed that I didn't. He said it is really good and does not look handmade.

I wanted to get modelling shots - but waiting for Mat to take them, this blog post would never have happened. I will try to get some shots soon and post them.