Friday, April 23, 2010

death by cuteness

Originally uploaded by sasha_afisha

I came across this adorable pic on flickr today, and just couldn't resist sharing!

It's my birthday on Sunday and a long weekend this week, and I am so pleased to be home, in a tidy house with three days stretching ahead!

Happy kittens and a good weekend to everyone! =)


Tuesday, April 20, 2010


As promised, here is a little explanation of how I did the full bust adjustment (FBA) to improve the fit of my spotty dress =)

I should start by saying that I got a feel for how to do this from Sandra Betzina's Fast Fit book, as well as from lots of tutorials around the internets (like this one here), but I couldn't seem to find anything that was just exactly what I needed (all in one piece - cut on the fold - and empire waist length), so I sort of just fudged it a bit. I am sure there is a better way to do it, but this worked for me so I'm not complaining =)

Here's my front bodice pattern piece.
I used Sandra's method to figure out where the apex should go, since it wasn't marked on the pattern, and then moved it a little so that I could draw a line (blue)straight down from that point to the lower edge right between the two pleats (shown in green), and also out to about a third of the way around the arm hole.

I cut up through the blue line, all the way to the seam allowance on the arm hole, and spread the pattern to give an extra 1.5cm or so right where the blue and red lines meet, and taped the pieces down on a fresh bit of tracing paper.

Instead of making a third cut to the side seam and creating a side dart (like point C in this diagram) I left the extra fullness at the bottom, and added a third pleat right in the middle (which is why I shifted the 'apex' point a little and drew that blue line right between the original pleats) to take it out so that the length would still match with the lower midriff band - there are more technical ways to draw those curves/points where you are putting a pleat/dart, but I just copied the shape of the existing pleats.

Finally, I cut along the red line and spread to add the extra length I needed in the front, and taped those down too.

And there you go - my adjusted bust =)

Like I said, there are LOADS of really good tutorials around the internet to help with doing an FBA, but if you have any questions about how I did mine please ask - I'm happy to try and help out =)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

spotty dress

Thanks for the lovely comments on my new spotty dress!
The pattern is Simplicity 2886 (the view in green and white, obviously ;o)), and the fabric is cotton I picked up at Lincraft.

I actually sewed it up a couple of weeks ago now, to wear to my cousin's wedding - the deadline behind the sewing marathon. I managed to get all the sewing done in one evening, except for the hem (finished with (ready made) bias-binding) and the zipper (invisible zipper in the side), which I did the following evening - between coming home from work and heading to the airport!

it was chilly cardigan weather at the wedding, so this is me today after a lovely afternoon with the Brown Owls girls

I have to say, I am really happy with it - I think it turned out better in fit and in finish than anything else I have made.
And, really that should be no surprise, since I was much more careful to do everything just right than I have been in my sewing before:
- I used my upper-bust measurement to select a size and then did a full bust adjustment (yes, it is only mid-April, and here's my first 'big girl's blouse' garment! But I swear I did sew it in March ;o)!!) - I'd like to tell you more about how I did the FBA in another post
- I did a tissue fitting (following Gertie's excellent video tutorial as a guide)
- I cut a bigger size from the hip down, and curved out the difference from the waist
- And not only is there interfacing where the pattern calls for interfacing, but I also lined the bodice as recommended! =)

I am always really interested to see where people have taken inspiration for the garments or outfits they have sewn - for me in this case I think it came from this outfit which I loved on Jennifer Garner in the movie Valentine's Day

It doesn't exactly look a lot like it - but the red/navy/white colours are there, and the lovely polka dots.
In fact I like this outfit so much that since seeing the film I have been planning to sew up a navy skirt, and have been on the lookout for a spotty cardi to match it more directly :o))

Hope you had a lovely weekend - don't they just go by far too quickly?!


Saturday, April 17, 2010


6pm cutout and ready to sew

7pm bodice lined

8pm pleats

9pm contrast band

10pm pocket

11pm just about almost done =)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Melbourne - cupcakes

With a whole day in the city, I just couldn't resist a visit to a cupcake establishment... or two..

We had morning tea at the cupcake bakery, in Melbourne Central

and afternoon tea at little cupcakes in Degraves St

They're little, so four between us wasn't really so many ;o)

And, while you might expect we were all cupcaked out after that...

...we did manage to sneak in a few takeaways for at the footy =)
well, those other ones were little!


Wednesday, April 07, 2010

horror? or...

Spotted at a secondhand bookshop in Melbourne...


Tuesday, April 06, 2010

a week of melbourne

The weekend before Easter we popped down to Melbourne, where we were excited to see in the new footy season in person...

We managed to squeeze in two games

my team even won!

and, for the first time in years people were allowed on the ground after the game - it looked very cool!

Of course, footy isn't all we got up to, and we took loads of photos, so I'd love to share some more of our Melbourney adventures over the rest of the week =)


Monday, April 05, 2010

hot cross buns

Baked by moi =)

I made two batches from the same recipe I used last time, from the Essential Baking Cookbook, once exactly to the recipe, then a batch with some salt and cardamom thrown in.

I think they worked out even better this year - probably because I left the kneading work to my Kenwood, using the dough hook setting.

Delish! =)


Sunday, April 04, 2010

happy easter

I hope the Easter Bunny dropped by your place too =)