Hey guys! This is a bit of a miss-match of a post but bear with me.
I am doing OK! I am really only just coming out of my pneumonia recovery now, I had at least two weeks of frustrating back pain and have also had conjunctivitis (gahh… kids) and gastro problems. Usually I am really healthy so it has been kind of a shock to not feel in control of my body and have to take things slowly. Mainly it was just scary realising that I’m not invincible! I felt like a very old person for awhile there grunting every time I change position while sleeping and loosing my breath after a particularly long or energetic sentence. Anyway I don’t mean to complain too much, but it is sometimes good to share a little more about what other things are going on in our lives 🙂
It’s now week 39 of pregnancy, so I’m hoping that baby arrives in the next few days rather than going 10 days over like Harry did. I haven’t posted a photo for ages, so here is a bad mirror selfie taken about two weeks ago. You totally can’t see it… but I did make the ponte pencil skirt.
Despite a slower life-pace I have still managed to do some sewing – of course! Last week I started making a few things for when I’m (hopefully) back to normal size. I’ve finished some of them and left others to finish once I can do waistband fittings etc. I totally can’t fit anything right now except pj’s, so today’s pics are of Kelvin modeling his new T-shirt.
For my birthday I got the latest Great British Sewing Bee book. You’ve probably seen it reviewed on the blog tour so I won’t go into that, but I quite like it. It has a few projects that I think I’ll make and it’s nicely laid out. I have already started the jumpsuit. One of the projects is a mens T.
I’m not 100% loving the picture in the book (It looks a bit shapeless around the chest) but thought it would be easy enough to make slight alterations to. In the end all I did was add some shaping around the waist, so I dub it a success!
I used a pretty cheap fabric that I bought online from Levana textiles, a NZ company. I really don’t like buying fabric ‘blind’.. obviously i can see it, but I really want to touch it and get a sense of print-scale and weight before I buy. Anyway, I took the plunge during a sale and bought three different fabrics from them. None of them were really what I was expecting, but then again perhaps my expectations were a bit high for the prices offered. They were all fine though and good for the first run-through of a project.
This one is just a bit thinner and drapier than I wanted and it feels like it will wear out fast. Kelvin actually wears this top every weekend though and it’s still looking fine so perhaps I am judging too harshly.
Anyway.. what more can I say.. it was easy-peasy to make and the size medium fits great with a bit of waist shaping. The cuffs are a little droopy but I think that’s the nature of the fabric.
While I’m posting T-shirts I thought I may as well include the three kiddie-T’s I’ve made from scrap fabric lately. Thay have been a good opportunity for me to practice with knits and figure out what works and what doesn’t. To be honest I much prefer sewing wovens!
The second one is made from my failed attempt to ombre dye and a little pocket of denim. I really like it for some reason.
Finally… since I’ve been talking about books I thought I would show off my latest acquisition – Famous Frocks – purchased for $1 from the Whitcoulls clearance table. $1!
It has 10 patterns inside with variations to make 20 dresses, all of which are based on famous people such as Farrah Fawcett, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn (woops- seems I missed a few photos). There are some quite pretty dresses inside.. I just need to make more of an effort to wear them.
I think these are my top picks – the zip front (left) and wrap (right) would be good for breastfeeding so perhaps I will try them soon.
Anyway.. sorry about the randomness of the post! I am trying to keep my toe dipped in blog land while not really having any garments of my own to show off! Hopefully I will be back soon, bump free. I finally finished uni by the way.. and got an A for my final project hurrah! Not quite ready to re-join the working world yet though!