Friday, November 30, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sleeping Bag

I have found it really tricky to find a good sleeping bag for Olive that was just the right weight and not completely out of my price range so I was a bit excited to see a pattern for one in Handmade Beginnings. I managed to make it out for things I already had in my craft room (this is not surprising - there is a lot of stuff in there).
I used some charm squares I had for the front.
Instead of velcro I found a packet of snap fasteners. I have no idea why I had them, this was my first time using them. I think I much prefer them to velcro on things like this, I think the snaps are much more likely to stay shut.
I love this green fabric and there was just enough for the back, side and the binding.

I don't tend to have a stash of flannel fabric, but I found a metre of this and used it for the lining.
The pattern is meant to be for 0-3 months, but this is quite big on Olive still at 2 months. I added an inch to the length and I think it will fit for quite some time. It was very hard to get her to stay still yesterday. It is not often she is still at all when she is awake.
I think this would be great in winter using some cotton batting between the lining and the outside and I think it will be quite easy to size up.
It was worth buying Handmade Beginnings for this pattern alone.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Vegie Patch

I love this time of year in the garden (except for the snakes, we had our second one for the year in the garden on the weekend). The garlic is nearly ready to pull up, my mouth is watering at the thought of fresh tomatoes, lots of herbs are growing and there are potatoes to eat. The silver beet is nearly at the end. We have been making the yummy silverbeet crustless pie out of Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion to finish it off.
We made the decision to not plant zucchinis this year. Pretty soon there will be people begging us to take some of theirs. There are a bit like broad beans - everyone grows them as they are so easy, but you always seem to have more than you can eat.
 The girls and Chris dug up some huge potatoes. I think this will feed all of us all one night.
I prefer the tiny little ones and I have been making them into a nice salad by boiling them and then adding chopped spring onions, lemon juice and wholegrain mustard.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Butterick 4914

I started Butterick 4914 the other night and finished it while Olive slept yesterday. I added the band to the neckline which I cut to just under 2" wide. I think I have found the perfect width and this is definitely my preferred way to finish a stretchy neckline at the moment. I made this with more cheap polyester stretch from Spotlight.
Once again I used the sleeves from Simplicity 3775. I have not thought much about sleeves before but the shape can completely change the look of a garment. Even though this looks a lot like Simplicity 3775 the pattern pieces are different shapes. The Butterick one fits me a lot better.
I would have taken some photos of me wearing it but that would have involved brushing my hair, shaving my legs and finding a decent bra so I threw it on the ground artfully arranged it on the floor.
This pattern is out of print, but you might be able to find it on ebay or etsy.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Breastfeeding Dresses

I made a couple of the Hotpatterns Cosmopolitan Dresses last year and I knew they would be perfect for breastfeeding as the wrap goes the whole way across the dress. Because they are made from stretchy fabric they are also perfect for those of us who don't immediately lose that post pregnancy stomach (I still haven't lost mine after having the twins 7 1/2 years ago).
I love this fabric from Spotlight. Yes it is polyester, but it is pretty soft and I love the colour and it was on special. I can't remember for how much, but this was a pretty inexpensive dress. I think I managed to get it out of 1.8m. I left off the tie as it just drew attention to my stomach and I used the short sleeve from Simplicity 3775. I also added a band around the neckline as before. I cut it 2 1/4" wide, but would make it even thinner next time.
 Will anyone notice if I wear the same style of dress every day this summer?
 I made this one earlier in the week in the same way. I'm not loving it like the other one. I am not a big fan of the fabric. It has a completely different feel to the other one. It feels like polyester and just does not hang the same.
 I have a couple of other dress patterns that would also be easy to breastfeed in. I have seen some great versions of Vogue 8379. I think I am just a little put off by the facing, I have never had much luck with facing on stretchy fabric.
I have already cut out Butterick 4914. It is very similar to Simplicity 3775, but when I compared all the pattern pieces, the tops are quite different, so I thought I would try it and see what it is like.
Have you made any good breastfeeding clothes? Can you recommend any patterns?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


On my bedside table.
Triburbia - kind of like 'The Slap' in that it is told by different people and so far most of the characters aren't likeable.
Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing - love this book, I am learning a lot.
Handmade Beginnings - I think Olive needs a dress and some pants. I love the little coat pattern.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Red Whirligig Shrug

The Whirligig Shrug I made Olive when I was pregnant is perfect for the in between weather at the moment. I love this pattern for babies. It is quick and easy to knit and the arms are easy to fit tiny baby arms and fingers through.
I thought I had better knit another one in the next size up for when she grows out of it. I used the same yarn - Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK - in red which is really quite difficult to photograph, but it is a really lovely red.

 More details on ravelry.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Colour Blocks

While Olive slept in my arms I played around with quilt block ideas.

 Then Eva made a picture of the beach.
It is beautiful beach weather today. I wish it was just a little closer.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012


After reading on how Claire of Craft Schmaft made some beanbags I decided we really needed to update ours. I was going to make them the same way, but after a quick google search I thought I would try the one from Stardust Shoes. Somehow I found myself in Spotlight without working out how much fabric I needed so I bought 2.5m of each of these and a lot of cheap cream poly/cotton.
The cotton drill in Spotlight was perfect for beanbags, they have lots of rolls of it in different patterns and colours at the moment.

I realised when I got home that I didn't have quite enough of each fabric. I also thought the small beanbag was too small and the big one was too big. So I cut my own pattern using as much of the fabric as I could. I managed to cut 4 segments out of 2.5m. I also cut 2 circles about 4.5-5" across to applique to the top and bottom just like the pattern. I couldn't find any velcro but I had a lot of long zips so I used them for the opening. I made the exact same shape bag for inside out of the poly/cotton (but I did not applique the circle on). Once the inside bag was full I sewed the opening closed with the machine which was a little tricky once the bag was full.
Here are the dimensions for a 1/4 of one of the pieces.
A stack of beanbags. The bottom two have a 100L bag of beans in them, I ran out of beans for the top one so it is just waiting for a little bit more.
 A perfect kid size beanbag.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Pride and Prejudice

If I didn't have Olive I would have just bought this for myself.