I have been on a sewing role this week!
Love coming home from a day filled with people and numbers and be able to catch up on some downtime and have a creative outlet!
Tonight I whipped up some pants with a ‘tea party’ fabric I have had sitting around for awhile. I decided that I need to clean out my fabric drawer to allow for new fabrics to be purchased… :) …. and I think this fabric made for some fancy pants!
I also took the time to review my Janome instruction book and pulled out the overedge foot and using a ‘serger’ stitch to finish off the seams and love how tidy the finish is - who needs an overlocker!
Yesterday I started to sew a wee pinafore dress.
Then disaster struck when I realised the buttons I had were too small.
So after a trip to spotlight this evening… the dress is completed!
Sorry for the dodgy iPhone photos - I get too excited and want to quickly photograph, so I can wrap it up to be sent down south!
(This is the first time I have used a sewing machine to sew a buttonhole - super easy! Also used the self-cover buttons - also super easy!)
Managed to fit in some time of the sewing machine yesterday - and whipped up some baby pants and shoes for a good friend! Was my first attempt at baby shoes… the second shoe was definitely an improvement on the first!
Haven’t really done much sewing (apart from repairs!) since I started my new job… so good to get back into it and looking for any good sewing books with great ‘how-to’ instructions - so if you have any recommendations, I would love to hear them!
Sorry for the poor night-time iPhone photos! x
Oh nearly the end of May!
This month’s challenge for Colour Me Happy by Colour Me There was to ‘create a colourful blanket fort’!
So on this cold and rainy day in Auckland - I convinced Guy that we need to get our ‘creative hats’ on and come up with a fort!
We incorporated our two couches, the giant lamp, blankets and numerous cushions and of course - we positioned it directly in front of the TV - for a comfy area to watch some TV together!
Ahhh I decided to make the most of my Friday afternoon off work and dig out the sewing machine and whip up some new cushions for our bed!
We purchased the Citta Design Chiya duvet cover set with the matching euro cushions the other week - and we love it! Great quality and it is super comfy… think I may of managed to convince Guy that we should buy a new Citta duvet each season release :)
Here is their stunning photo of it:
(I wish our room looked as tidy at the moment!)
Using the tea towel and some white drill cotton fabric, I made the most of my new invisible zipper foot to whip up some cushions!
And the finished product…..
To be honest…. I think they look great! And they look fantastic on our bed (will upload some pictures when I get the chance for some daylight!)! I have been sewing invisible zips using a normal zipper foot, so the new foot makes it a lot easier and gives a really clean final result! I definitely advise to use feather-inner cushions - gives a great plump look and very comfy to snuggle into!
Total cost of the two cushions:
- Citta Design Megura tea towel $11.50
- White Cotton Drill Fabric $2.5
- Invisible Zips $10
Ah I have been enjoying a lazy relaxing day! Can never have too many of those!
Today has been spent catching up on some TV, spot of supermarket shopping and following the realtime twitter updates of the RMS Titanic!
I’m not much of a history buff - but it has been really interesting following the story of the Titanic as it is the 100-year anniversary of its sinking - check out TitanicRealTime on twitter, created by The History Press - it has been giving a perspective from the captain, crew, officers and passengers from the final engineer testing of the Titanic, through to the current stage of the Carpathia rescuing the passengers that were lucky enough to make it onto a lifeboat.
Right…. so that’s my History story for the year….
While following the tweets I got a little crafting in the Kitchen tonight.
After watching Masterchef NZ’s Masterclass last night, we were craving risotto - so made a yummy spinach & mushroom risotto!
And some yummy muffins for this weeks lunches!
Now I think an early night is best for a week of work, spending time with my Mum who is heading up to Auckland and no-doubt a spot of shopping (thank-you Mum in advance!)!
So I am looking forward to doing some online shopping with my prize vouchers! Some new lunch boxes and pretty jewellery will be on the list!
Make sure you enter in for April - super easy! - just ‘like’ Colour Me There’s facebook page and follow through the details to enter through the Rafflecopter link and all you need to do is tell Maddie ‘something that makes you smile’!
Easy Peasy! Must get my entry in!
Thought I would share a quilting project I completed a month or so ago and recently gifted to a friends beautiful daughter - Lyla!
Was my first attempt at using paper-pieced letters and found it all quite straight-forward!
Haven’t had a chance to do any sewing since I started working full-time… but my lovely mother taught me how to cut out a sewing pattern, so think I shall attempt fashion sewing… hmmm!