Wednesday, 11 December 2013

African Inspiration

I went to Africa last year for Christmas - as its coming up to that time of the year again its been on my mind, and as it was churning around, the flotsam of realisation surfaced - that I STILL hadn't used any of the fabric I brought home.
 This has now changed... 
Pretty pretty Ghanian fabric - Blogged here

And some Somali kanga type fabric - Blogged here- 

As inspiration for the other (6 kg) fabric I have been trawling for inspiration aren't these beautiful! 
Ahh what should I make next ! The peplum tops look pretty swish!
(Pics are linked to sources)

African print peplum skirtTribal Print Straight SkirtDECO // SS11 Collection Image of Sika Flare Print Trousers Green

Monday, 9 December 2013

The Artful Archer

This grainline pattern is definitely artful- how it quickly becomes one of those patterns you consider making with all new fabric.
I'm quite happy with how it came out- Its extra comfy as the fabric is so drapey (gotta love that rayon) and I made the pattern on the larger size.  The sewalong on Grainlines blog is also extra helpful for the collar and back yoke construction if you haven't made them before (like me!). 
I have already worn this shirt so much-  I think for the next one though I would make the sleeves 3/4 or add tabs to keep them folded up as I don't wear the sleeves full length! 
I'm loving the sleeveless designs people have been sewing up, next project perhaps!

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Go Ghana

Love love love this fabric - Finally I got up the courage to cut into it!
I used Simplicity 1803 view B, but altered the front panel so there wouldn't be a seam down the middle. I also lined the top rather than using facings.  Fun lining no?
The pattern choice was definitely inspired by Jorths Cabbage dress isn't it simply gorgeous!
What do you think of mine?
Love the lining!

Looking a bit too interested...

Oh Sally...

My Goodness, My Garden

As I was perusing this blog the other day - I noticed the post I wrote just as I had finished the vertical pallet gardens -
Hasnt it grown.

The main challenge is to keep the water up as it has been so damn hot! Seriously Australia- calm down with the sun already!

I've been thinking about what else to plant - having a ridiculously small backyard means we are limited in what is space (and effort) efficient to plant.
Some winners that we love are:

Rocket (grows easily, quickly and you can eat it in everything!)
Lettuce (we pick leaves as we need them - I like Cos the best!)
Tomatoes (as you will never get tomatoes from the store as nice as those you grow yourself)
Beans (If you pick them regularly you get heaps!)
Asian greens (keep the water up and they will take over everything!!)
Kale (to keep the hispter street cred)
General herbies such as Parsely, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme
Oh and of course Passionfruit! (its pretty much a weed!)

I'm trying some cucumbers and they are very slowly getting bigger (fingers crossed!)
Carrots are a bit pointless in pots, but are fun anyway!

What veges do you think are the best for the inner city?

Monday, 2 December 2013


Okay so I'm not sure if its still called a Kanga if its from Somalia rather than Kenya but it will do for the moment -
I am ridiculously, absolutely, emphatically, excited with how this dress turned out!
I got the fabric last year when we went to Lamu in Kenya, it came as a double panelled Kanga and again I have been nervous about cutting into it.
The print wasn't quite straight on the fabric grainline so I had to be really careful about choosing which bits to cut out!

Look how skewed the pattern is at the bottom!
But it lined up in the end!
The pattern is Laurel from Colette patterns - I really really love how versatile this pattern is! This will be the first of many!

No fingers!
What a fluke that this pattern matched over the zipper!
Disguised pockets!!

Top Back detailing

Jebediah- Why he wears purple

The massive love for Thread theories Jebediah pants is astounding - however not surprising, considering how easy the pattern is and how professional the finish is.
I have made a number of shorts for the boy- however they aren't really what you would wear out of the house!
I wanted to test the Jebediah pattern with shorts first - before making some work trousers - enter the purple fabric.
This beautiful purple linen was on sale ( I think from the Fabric Store?) yonks ago! Its been sitting in my stash for ages, as it really is quite bright, and wouldn't resolve itself in my mind into any clothes for me!
But I had just enough for shorts! (He likes short shorts - I even cut off another 5 inches before I hemmed them!)
Woo - it all fitted!
They were so easy to make - I started one afternoon and had them finished after 5 hrs! I just could't put them down. As these were only a practice lot - I didnt do all of the seam binding as I still wasnt sure how much I would have to alter them.  Not much as it turns out, for the full length I will need to add some cm's to the thigh due to his cycling muscles :)
I love the binding!
When they were constructed the purple wasn't so overwhelming - I would be tempted to "borrow" them if they fitted me!
Doggies are interested!

Yes - they are a bit crushed!
Love the back yoke seam binding
and the pocket detailing!

Now onto the trousers!