Skip to main content

A Quick Easter dress

You know, I'm all about last minute. I have been deliberating on if/should/can I just make my own dress pattern. Being a Gemini, I can not decide for the life of me.
Anyway, I had thoughts about making a simple shirred dress for Easter Sunday.
Then I just could not be bothered shirring all those lines. Then I finally decided to use two patterns and blend them into one. I've never done anything like this before but I threw caution to the wind and this is the (almost) final product (it's un-hemmed on the bottom). I'm thinking knee length but I was too excited to wait. It goes on over my head without the need for a zip.

I used the top C pattern from New Look 6035 and the skirt piece from New Look 6697 for the skirt. I pushed up the skirt pattern piece about an inch below the waist line of the top. The white band in the middle is a belt from some linen pants. It looks like a sack without it. I don't have any matching belts at this time and I vowed not to buy anything material for myself this Lent season. It's proved to be very hard and I broke my vow by buying this material : ( But I've been really good since the end so I think I deserve it. I love the gathered bit at the neckline. You have to cut out binding for the arm holes and necklines and I put them on like I do quilting.This is a size 10 and I made up a muslin from old bed sheets to check the fit of the top. It might turn out to be my favourite top pattern.

I think it came out really well since I had no idea how it would turn out. The material is a lovely flowy rayon from Spotlight and I bought 2.2mtrs. I initally cut out my second piece wrong and I have some scraps left over. I might have to make a matching belt for this?? or will it look too matchy-matchy? It has to be belted.

In other news my sis came over a few days ago and showed me how to make almond milk. Since learning that soy milk is no good for you I've been wanting an alternative.
Almond milk is incredibly easy to make! Grab a bag of almonds. Soak them overnight in water. Drain the water and chuck them in a blender and begin blending with a cup of fresh water. Strain the liquid through a muslin (she found some in the first-aid box, LOL!) and voila! Almond milk. We made up about 400mls and she added some salt but I preferred it without salt. It's rather creamy too and not too nutty.

I compared it to store bought almond milk and our version is much creamier/whiter and of course, healthier! I suppose they must water their ones down.

You can repeat the process again with the same processed almond with some more water and then use the almond in your cooking for cakes/biscuits/sweets. She left the skin on the almonds by the way. You can peel them after the soaking if you prefer.

I hope you will all have a fantastic Easter and a safe holiday.
May God bless your families and keep you well.


  1. Kim, this is a beautiful dress! I LOVE the colors! Thanks for sharing the almond milk recipe... my hubby loves almond milk. I must try this!

    Happy Easter!!!!

  2. That dress is so wonderful! Perfect for Easter. Love it so much. Actually I'm looking forward to seeing my wife wearing that one.


Post a Comment

Thanks for spending time to make a comment. I will try to respond but I'm very sorry if I do not. XOX

Popular posts from this blog

Invisible zipper foot - Birch

I thought I might shed some light on the invisible zipper foot. I bought a Birch model from Spotlight and it came in a little plastic bag with four blue shanks and a rolling foot.

First I removed the standard foot from my Janome sewing machine (Sewist 521). I realised I still needed to remove the shank, which is the part that is screwed on, and holds the interchangeable feet. So with one hand holding the screwdriver and one hand holding my daughter, who just had to watch, it popped out disappeared somewhere. NO! I was about to kick myself but luckily I found it in the basket underneath my table. Phew.

The Birch invisible zipper foot comes with one shank already in place so you know how it's suppose to fit. You have to select the correct shank that fits your machine and slide it onto the foot piece.

I just tried each blue part on my machine and made sure it was wide enough to cover the metal leg bit and that I could fit the screw in it's side. Once you find the correct shank slide…

The cutest labels - Hippo Blue

This is my youngest daughter Jacquie. Jacquie is 3, turning 4 very soon and goes to day care once a week. She also has speech therapy once a week and bad mummy packs her food in plastic bags and old lunch boxes and scribbles her name on paper labels. 
Jacquie is very happy today because she's sporting a brand new lunch box which has her name imprinted on it and it was made by Hippo Blue. Jacquie is in dire need of special name labels and that is where Hippo Blue saved my day and made everything look pretty. Hippo Blue made up a batch of their Vinyl Label Variety pack and I could not be more pleased. I've had other labels before and these ones are quite impressive. Why? well because there's a lot more variety. I like how there are different sizes so I can plaster her name on all her pieces she needs for day care and school.
Did you see those cute footprint stickers? They're shoe stickers. How cool! We also recieved round dots and new square ones which I've never se…

Laser Eye Surgery

< feeling sleepy Blogger doesn't like any of my camera pictures at the moment so I can't show you the pictures taken while I was having my eye's lasered. Here are the pics that Blogger decided it would upload of my eye surgery. I finally decided not to wait any longer and after I saw an advertisement at the local medical centre for the Sebban Eye Centre I decided to see if I was a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery. The check only takes 30mins and boy was I glad to hear that I was! I booked an appointment the very next day but I had to still wait 6weeks.
< during the laser!
A week has passed now and I still have slightly blurry vision since having TransPRK or Advanced Surface Laser. Sometimes when I use the saline drops I have clear vision even from the kitchen to the lounge which is fantastic. I just wish it would hurry up so I can get on with things. I have to have IE at 125% otherwise I find it hard to read and I haven't been on the net for a few days now…