Thursday, November 22, 2012

Anyone For Badminton????

I dusted off the sewing machine!!! It has been gathering dust for over three months. On Tuesday night I suddenly got the urge to sew.  I didn't have anything traced or cut out, so I had to do that before I could sew.   Tuesday night I traced off and cut out the Oliver and S Badminton Dress and cut out the Oliver and S Swingset Tunic.

I have never made the Badminton Dress before. It is one of my patterns that I have bought with an idea in mind, and then in the time that it takes to arrive I am onto another idea and the pattern sits there unused.

The reason for making the dress was this fabric


I bought it some time ago and love it, but was not sure what dress it would suit.  I went through quite a few patterns which I didn't think were right and then I found the Badminton dress which I had basically forgotten about.


Oh My Goodness - how do I love this dress.  Firstly it is a size 3, but I have lengthened it to a size 4. My little girl, she is growing now, but has not filled out at all. I probably could have stuck with a size 2 and lengthened to a size 4.


I love the flutter sleeve detail. I have never made a sleeve like this before, but there is nothing to worry about as they are simple.


The only place that I have detoured from the pattern is the hem. It is supposed to be scalloped. I am not sure if I like the scallop detail. I did cut out the additional pieces, but when I was sewing the dress, I decided to leave it as a simple straight hem. I am glad I did.

Ella loves it and wanted to wear it to Nanny's today. I am glad that I got pictures of it the minute I cut all of the threads off it, as this suffered an untimely accident and was covered in pink medicine that Ella decided she did not like.

As Ella always like a picture, here are her modelling shots. Cheesy photos here we come.








We will finish off with a decent one - which doesn't make her look freaky.









Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Animal Crackers in My Soup

A couple of months ago, before my sewing machine started to gather dust I took a day off work. I had planned it so that the kids would be at daycare and I would have the day to myself where I could sew to my hearts content and not have any interruptions.   I managed to knock out two pairs of O+S Sleep Over Pj's

The first pair which I am showing you today was for Harry.  This is his first pair of mumma-made pj's and I am happy to say that he likes them.


The main fabric is from Spotlight. I love this fabric and it reminds me of the song 'Animal Crackers' the contrasting fabric is a Michael Miller stripe that I have had in my stash for quite awhile. 

Size is 2T - there is quite a bit of room in them, so I know they will last for awhile.  I have again left off the pockets. There is two reasons for this, and both of them are laziness related.  One, I do not check pockets when I wash. I have enough problems with Mat and his need to leave tissues and pens in his pockets. I can't take the pockets off him, but I can leave them off kids clothing.  Second bout of laziness, is I can't be bothered to go to the extra effort to make them. 


Are you shocked about how big my Harry boy is getting???? I am and I look at him every day.  At the moment he is nearly at the same weight as Ella, who will be 5 in less than 2 weeks. 

Anyway I thought I would show you some of Harry's self choreographed modelling session. He may have a future career, if he grows a bit taller than Mat or I (modelling is in my families gene's, even though it did skip me)

Having fun - party boy
Working hard on the iPhone pose
Zoolander eat your heart out


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Did You Miss Me????

Can you believe that it has been 3 months since I posted anything????

My machine has been gathering dust.  I want to sew, I need to sew as Ella has grown out of her dresses and is requesting new ones, but I have lost my sewjo.

Things have been hectic lately.  You would think that I am building the house myself, but I am just over seeing everything. I never realised that building a house would take up so much time and energy. Really that is all I have been thinking about for months.

We received development approval at the beginning of October. It seems that it has been a delay after delay since then and even though we should have a slab down, we are still waiting without much taking place.

I have a build blog if you feel like following along. If you don't, then that is OK, but I thought I would keep all my updates on the build in one place so I don't clog up here if you don't want to read it.

What else has been happening?

A couple of weeks ago Harry broke his wrist. He did a good job and broke both bones, which required setting in theatre under a general anesthetic. How did it happen?

According to his hospital discharge report "mother says child fell out of car"  makes me feel slightly like a neglectful mother.   We were watering our plants at the block of land and he was playing in the boot of our car and he fell out. I will add that it was stationary at the time.  He landed on his hands.

We ended up going to a small community hospital near us, where they xrayed it and then told us we had to go to the large childrens hospital for it to be set. For the journey to the hospital they set it in a back slab


The back slab lasted the car trip to the childrens hospital, only because Harry was asleep. As soon as we got to JHH hospital he ripped it off and kept it un-supported for the next 7 hours while he was waited to be operated on.

My little boy, he is a trooper.  He cried when he broke it, but it only lasted a few minutes.  He allowed Dr's and Xray people to touch it and he didn't complain or cry.    Everyone thought from the angle it was broken, but from his lack of pain, thought it must not have been, until they saw the Xrays.  

He broke his wrist at 11:30am and didn't get operated on until 10:30pm at night. His pain threshold is amazing, I am sure it has something to do with all the trouble and pain he has gone through with his ears.

Waiting to go into theatre
He was a happy little boy all the way through.


Luckily for me, he didnt have the same reaction this time when he was coming out of the anesthetic. He slept it off until the next morning.


 His cast was initially too high up his arm, so it had to be cut down. They tried with plaster scissors as they didn't want to scare him with the saw.  I told the nurse that he was deaf in his right ear (broken his right wrist) and he wouldn't care.  He was a trooper again and even watched the whole thing.


As he is a typical little boy and loves water, they have given him a fibreglass overlay to try and keep it in place. Happy to say it is still in tact


The purple cast matches his Vans trainers.  We have since been back to have it re-xrayed and it is healing well and he gets his cast off in 3 weeks. Until then it is a weapon and everyone (including the dogs) has received a few whacks from it.

Next post I will update with some pj's that I made for the kids - this time I assure you it wont be 3 months between posts.