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Sunday, 9 December 2012

Loungy Trousers

I finally got myself down to the fabric shop in Downend the other day. Best one in the area it seems! I somewhat behaved myself... well kind of anyway; my main buy was some pyjama material which was planned... but I did also get a few fat quarters!

The middle one ill probably use for a glasses case but the other two I don't really have any plans for yet! Lovely Clare also gave me a pack of four fat quarters (which I forgot to photograph) which i need to decide on something for; I wonder if I have enough coming together to make a scrappy quilt... not sure it would all match though!

Anyway back to the loungy trousers; they are the first garment I have tried since I started sewing again so they are pretty simple but I am very happy with how they have turned out!

I don't think there is much difference between the front and the back really, they aren't particularly complex in design. I did use a tutorial but to be honest I didn't really follow it that closely but it doesn't seem to have mattered. It's also the first time I have made clothing without using a proper brought pattern, and instead I used christmas wrapping paper! Much cheaper and simpler solution.

The boyfriend seems pretty happy with them!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Christmas Decorations

It's that time of year again! And the cottage looks so pretty this year!

We had to buy a new tree as the last one went mouldy in the cupboard under the stairs. It may be been salvageable but it was so cheap we decided we would get a new one.

I have put my sewing skills to good use too! Mum gave me lots of Christmas material which she acquired from someone else so I made some bunting and stockings! It looks very quaint!

Herman's all grown up!

On day 10 (or 12 if you forget like me), Herman gets baked! Because he is a friendship cake the idea is to split the mixture into four, three portions are given away (to start the process again) and the last is used to make the cake!

You add 150g caster sugar, 2 eggs and 160mls vegetable oil... I hate adding oil to cakes so I only added about 100mls and it still turned out fine! It also needs dry ingredients of 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon and 2 teaspoons of baking powder. In my excitement I forgot the baking powder but it seemed to come out fine! Very yummy in fact!

The recipe also says that you should add 150g of raisins and 2 cooking apples. I didn't have any apples but I can imagine they would make it even better! I have heard that you can pretty much put any fruit/filling in you like; which I wish I had remembered as I still have some frozen raspberries and strawberries in the freezer. Maybe ill cook another portion tomorrow and use them!

Last of all you sprinkle some brown sugar on the top and some 'dots' (as the recipe puts it) of butter on the top and stick it in the oven! Once cooked this makes the top crunchy and yummy!

The full recipe can be found using this link. Enjoy 

Monday, 3 December 2012

Damage Limitation

I attempted to make two more purses yesterday... It didn't go very well; the purse in the tutorial used a vinyl outside which looked really good so I thought I would give it a go...

The first one I messed up by ironing the inner fabric flat and accidentally caught the vinyl without realising and then spread it over the fabric, completely ruining it.

The second went much better until it came to top stitching around the edges to finish it of. Where the extra fabric made it much thicker it refused to sit properly and wouldn't fit under the foot of the sewing machine... from which at this point I swore loudly and give up.

Then I had a brain wave!!

I unpicked the vinyl from the rest of the purse, sewed the inside and outside together to create a quilted effect and binded the seam (if that's what you call it?) edges instead. Doing it this way instead makes it a little bigger but actually I think it looks really pretty!

I'm glad I tried again, so much so that I have just finished cutting out the bits for another one. I have made them slightly smaller though as I would like it to be more the size of the first one.