Saturday, September 26, 2009

Exciting Stuff

There have been a few exciting things happening around here.
I was thrilled to win another giveaway! Since hubby has banned me from on-line shopping for a while then these things are especially a blessing and very special! Ha ha.

Can you imagine my excitement when I decided to give shirring another go and it worked?
Oh my goodness. I had tried this about 2yrs ago and I could not for the life of me figure out why it would never work. Then, the other day I read a post about it on Jelly Baby Blog and watched the Threadbanger video on how to make a summer dress.

It looked sooooo easy. So I decided to give it another whirl. This time I did thread the elastic thread in the thread tension thing in the bobbin case. I started sewing and voila!! I was shirring with excitement in no time. It's a bit late to make a shirred maternity top since I don't have long to go. Perhaps a nice shirred summer top instead. Something to think about.

Of course, I had to show *hubby* the end result. He was pretty happy too which makes me happy. This is just my prototype. It's some left over cotton print that I made shorts with previously. It's now Little Miss's home pj top. It's very sheer so great for warmer weather.

I know you want to see my belly progress, right? 36wks, 5 days... 23days to go.

Can't wait. Very clucky.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Porcelina Butterflies

The days are quickly passing by. Weeks are churning slowly and I'm realising that my To Do List will not get done by a long shot since it takes a week to start and finish a project (at the least).
However, this has not dissuaded me into doing some projects while time permits.
Or when hubby hasn't trashed the hobby room with computer items and boxes, including unloading things all over my sewing table, grrrr, GRRRRR.

I digress, the skirt is from the Japanese book (pic in right side bar). First I cut the pattern in size 120cms and then decided that it was too long when I tried it on Little Miss.
So I cut the waist band part to meet the 100cms measurements. She is about this height.
I omitted the elastic casing as the waist part already was waist level.
This proved to be a hazardous idea as I didn't have enough fabric to make a casing as the ribbon gets in the way. I ended up adding a piece of extra material to make up for the shortfall.

I remembered that Heather Bailey created gorgeous outfits ages ago and I decided to applique some butterflies on a t-shirt so she could have a matching top.
I learned quite a few lessons from this project.
Firstly, read instructions carefully! Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 has two (2) liners. You peel off the first to apply it to your cut out fabric (shape), THEN you must peel the second liner off so that when you iron it onto your project it actually sticks.

Secondly, if you are going to applique on a knit fabric you should add some sort of stabiliser. In my case I used light interfacing. This makes the knit more stable so it doesn't pucker or bunch up while you are applique'ing. The left butterfly is without the interfacing and the right one does have it. It gives a much smoother result.

Thirdly, use a ballpoint needle for stretch fabrics. I did also use my Hyflex gloves (that I only found at Coles).
Lastly, Just take your time and enjoy it.
Pictures of Little Miss in it to come as she will be wearing it today.

Time for a nanna nap.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Our Cozy Nest Giveaway

The wonderful Nicole of Our Cozy Nest is giving away some goodies.

I am a bit biased about this giveaway because these goodies look so easy to make and it would be a nice present for the next bub.

She has a great tutorial on Moda Bake Shop for a ribbon block and blanket. It looks super easy so if you have to make a baby gift for an expectant mother you should go there now! I love going there as it's always updated with free easy and new projects from talented bloggers all over the land.
This hot weather is making me sooo lazy. However, I did make a start on a little skirt from my Sassy Girls Book (pic right) and hope to finish it tonight or tomorrow.
Can't dinner make itself???

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

To Do List

That's us: me, Little Miss, Little Man and Daddy, (newphew in law in the corner).

I'm officially on maternity leave! I get one year off with a portion of it being paid leave. Hurray!
There are so many things on my To Do List:

Number One: A pair of Pajama's
I've decided to join Sew Mama Sew's Sept. Theme.
I've stashed a pj pattern for about a year now which is perfect for this summer.

Number Two: Things for Baby
I want to make some terry cloth burpies, carrier canopy, finish the quilt and knit a baby beanie.
Number Three: Things that can wait.
Summer gear for the toddlers, curtains, cushion covers, whatever else I'm fancying in blogland.
I have to say it's so relieving to know that I don't have to get up and head out to work. I stay up at night tidying the house while they are asleep. I write in my diary and sometimes read a parenting book. It's therapeutic to write down your thoughts. I've read it does help you deal with emotional issues etc. I use to write in a diary when I was much younger, say age 11 and then sporadically throughout my life. I've picked it up again. It does take some time but it's worthwhile to get things off my chest.
Moving on, 35 weeks now and very excited to start washing newborn clothes.
Let the nesting begin!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Barbie takes the Cake

Someone turned three just recently!

So I made her a Barbie cake. It's my first cake made from scratch.
I used a Dolly Varden tin to bake the skirt using this rich mud cake recipe.
It tasted soooo delicious and even though I was stretched for time to decorate her cake I think it turned out quite nice.

Now to suck up all those silver and pink cachous that are scattered on my kitchen floor.

Me... 34 weeks and feeling rather huge. No motivation to sew as I have 'nesting' bouts of energy and would rather pick up toys and tidy the house. I will have to sew up some comfy pyjamas for the hospital I think so maybe I'll join the Sew Mama Sew Pajama Party Sew- Along!

Sounds good.