Spider T-shirt - Another Christmas Present Done

Liz wrote this at 23:30 :

I finished this tee last night, but was way too tired to post it. So far it is my favourite t-shirt I have made (not hard considering I have only made about 5). It doesn’t look like a pj top!! It looks so much like a RTW, I have even impressed myself! Fantastic lol
The pattern is Ottobre 3/2008 #29 - Spider T-shirt in a size 122 - it looks huge in the photos, but it should fit him perfectly. I love the design of the shirt - the back shoulder panels come a bit further forward and the seam is just on the front of the shoulders. The spider is just stencilled onto a cotton woven (the stencil didn’t work properly, and some of the paint seeped out the sides, but since I had already made the stencil 3 times unsuccessfully, this spider stayed). I also tried using Soluweb for the web design (as per the instructions). Now mine stated that it was lightly fusible. Ok, I can do this. I traced the web, placed it where I wanted it and lightly pressed with a hot iron, with a cloth over the top. Well it is fusible - to both the pressing cloth and the t-shirt!! So the only way to fix that was to rip the two pieces apart, leaving lots of Soluweb on both bits - argh!! Soluweb - 1, Liz - 0. And no web design on the tee.
After washing the Soluweb (or bits of it anyway) off the t-shirt, I just drew my own web design on there. It says to use top-stitching thread when sewing the web on, but I didn’t have any in white. So I used the triple straight stitch on my machine - this worked really well! I am so impressed with it. In fact I am a little bummed I had to sew the spider over the top lol
All that is needed is a pair of shorts to complete this outfit for my DS for Christmas.



Well We Survived

Liz wrote this at 13:37 :

This weekend just gone, we left the kids for the very first time. The only time I have left either of my babies, was when I went in to have Adele. And even then, I saw Lachie every day. Now hubby has left the kids, as he has had to travel for work and stayed away for 2 weeks at one stage.
So we had a friends wedding invitation requesting our attendance, in Adelaide! Now, we didn’t want to not go, as this is a very good friend of ours. So we decided that since we never had a honeymoon when we got married and mum offered to have the kids for us, we should take this opportunity and take a honeymoon (even if it is 6 1/2 years late).
So we told the kids, and let them know how long we would be away, and that they were going to stay with Grandma and Grandad. They love going to the farm, so that was an adventure for them. Adele apparently got a little sad as we were boarding the plane, until mum gave her a bag of lollies. Man, swapped for lollies!! We didn’t even talk to the kids while we were gone, as they were just having too much fun and didn’t want to talk to mummy or daddy. They knew exactly how many days and sleeps we were gone for, so weren’t at all concerned. Our preparation was obviously very effective. They were very excited to meet us at the airport though :)
We stayed in a lovely hotel in Adelaide, had our little honeymoon and went to a lovely wedding. I must show my bit of sewing for this wedding, I made my dress to wear. The pattern is the Tony Gard dress from Burda WOF magazine issue 5/2008. I originally traced the pattern to my measurements, as per instructions. I didn’t want the scarf that was on the original design, so that required a little bit of re-drafting of the bodice. Ok, I can do that lol So I get all the pieces traced and cut out. I only just had enough fabric for the pattern, so there wasn’t any room for trial and error. The fabric was an end of roll from the (now don’t laugh) furnishing section in Spotlight. But for $5, I couldn’t really go wrong.
After sewing up the bodice, I gave it a trial fitting…….it was way too big!! Yet it matched my measurements, so who knows. Again, I traced the pattern, this time a size smaller. I also changed the shape of the back of the bodice more to my liking. This time, I sewed it up with some cotton fabric that was just hanging around. It fit perfectly - well around my body anyways. I needed some darts added into the bust (seems to have always been a bit of an issue for me). Then when all the kinks were ironed out in the trial bodice, I just managed to get the new bodice out of the old bodice with a few little tweaks here and there.

So here is the dress along with my hubby (on the left) and two of hubby’s friends.



Kids, Tupperware & Ovens

Liz wrote this at 12:44 :

Well the heading says it all really :) My daughter loves to play with all my kitchen utensils and bowls. She makes cakes, salads and many more exotic creations pretending to use the contents of my pantry.
Well unfortunately tonight, one of my bowls sadly passed over to bowl heaven. Now I don’t have much Tupperware, and the stuff I do have is pretty much all second hand, so I treasure it lol
I turned the oven on to preheat it prior to cooking tea tonight, and carried on preparing food. I started to smell a warm plastic smell. I opened the oven door and there on the top shelf was my poor Tupperware bowl – though no longer looking bowl like. It was pretty much transparent and starting to sag between the gaps on the rack :( So I quickly grab a potmitt and pull the shelf out of the oven before racing outside to put the hose on it.
It doesn’t look the same anymore, though it did return to the original colour. Now do you think that the lifetime warranty would apply in this instance? Lol Not exactly a shrinky-dink!!




Pikelets, Gardening & Sewing

Liz wrote this at 14:11 :

Wow, what a rather productive day! Even if it did start with a lie-in, reading my book in peace for awhile. We made pikelets for morning tea. The kids had great fun decorating theirs with hundreds & thousands and chocolate sprinkles. Me, I just stuck with jam lol
I also managed to get out into the garden and do a heap of pruning and weeding and just general tidying up. Looks heaps better!

I cut out and finished one of my patterns that I traced yesterday. Ottobre Designs 2/2005 issue, pattern #1 - Lettuce Edged T-shirt for my niece in a size 74 (for Christmas - she will be 12 months in February, so I want it to fit for the whole of summer). It was just so cute and relatively easy to sew. My ribbing binding on the neckline can do with some work, but I am still trying to find the perfect way to attach this without buying a Coverstitch machine (but I do dream………) But the hems were down with a rolled hem - my favourite way to hem lol So easy! And it is the entire reason I bought an overlocker - but that is a different story :)
Anyways, the tee was to go with a little tunic top and pants, also from Ottobre, issue 2/2004 patterns #2 & #4, also a size 74. I really love Ottobre patterns, and the tunic top made me realise why. It has top-stitching on the panels - now before I started sewing with Ottobre, I had never heard of top-stitching, let alone done any. And it makes all the difference! It adds detail and makes the outfit look more professional.

The little t-shirt - a lovely cotton/lycra remnant from spotlight.

The binding isn’t too bad on the front thank goodness :) It is relatively covered from the back where it isn’t as neat.

And the whole outfit together. I love this rose print cotton poplin. I bought 2 metres of it, on the first day it came on sale in spotlight - and I have just a few little scraps left.

Beautiful Friday

Liz wrote this at 09:00 :

These are the beauties that I spied in my garden this morning. I love Daylillies and Lilliums. The Lillium I was given 2 years ago and each time it flowers, it is more spectacular than the previous flowering. The Daylillies I have either bought or were given to me. I have about 6, maybe 7 different ones (I think, they won’t co-operate and all flower at the same time for me to check lol). I have recently moved the Daylillies to get more sun, and it appears that they are very appreciative.

I hope the pictures make you smile just as the flowers brightened my morning.





Well I hope you have had a great Friday. Nothing too exciting here, apart from the flowers, but I got several mundane bits of housework done, so I can spend the weekend doing other things. I also got some patterns traced out, so I hope to get a start on them soon.