27 April 2014

long weekend[s]

Two long weekends in a row. First Easter, then Anzac Day.

We saw a film (The Grand Budapest Hotel) which was very lovely and features every actor you can think of plus another couple you've forgotten,

baked bread

sowed some seeds

sewed some Liberty pillow slips

made (goats milk, beeswax and olive oil) soap

visited the William Ricketts sanctuary

baked Anzac biscuits

got caught in the rain

basked in the late autumn sunlight

gazed out the window

aaaaand fell asleep.

16 April 2014

When you're onto a good thing ...

I got my sewing mojo back bigtime. In addition to the plethora of quilts (which i still haven't showed you, i know), i've been having a lovely time choosing pretty fabrics and churning out multiple versions of the same couple of basic patterns. (So when i say i have my sewing mojo back, i don't mean i'm doing anything challenging, just aesthetically pleasing. Lazy, that's me).

This is the Port Elizabeth top. It is two pieces (front, back) and a strip of bias binding. Hooray for mindless sewing with stylish and highly useful results. I've been wearing these with jeans or skirts on the weekends and with my work skirts midweek. I even extended one of them into tunic length (the Duchess of Cambridge homage on the far right).

Best of all, it's a freebie on the Burdastyle website, here.

Thanks to my awesome work colleague Kate for the heads up on the pattern.

Edited to add fabric details. From left: Prints Charming heavy cotton, from Spotlight; blue crisp cotton (i think it's a quilting cotton); blue lightweight cotton perhaps a voile, i remember the name of the print was Sweetpea; navy blue linen; pale peachy pink linen made from a skirt i never wore (because it was see-through); black linen (very useful, i wear this one most); lightweight voile, very cool and good for hot hot hot days (seen modelled in the shot in a previous post where i am holding the brand new kitten); a pale blue spotty voile from Spotlight, extended to dress/tunic length, worn often over a short straight skirt to work, avec pearls because i am old.

1 April 2014