Friday, July 20, 2007

Orange it prettttttty!

I wanted to try drafting my own full bodice pattern and decided on a cowl neck style. I got this fabric on clearance for 1$/metre to try out jersey style pattern drafts before using my good (read: more expensive) knit fabric. but turns out I really like this fabric too (common problem which stops me from testing out things with fabric originally bought to "test things out")!

Anyway I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. There are some issues - some which I know how to fix in future patterns, some I'm not too sure how to fix (such as a gape in the back neckline)

The pics are a bit dark but here they aaaare!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Jumper on the band wagon :)

So I really like those jumper style tanks and dresses that are popping up everywhere
I like the look of the ones gathered in front but question how it'd look on my. So I tried making one
one of the straps is too wide (oops) and I think I gathered it TOO much in the front. next time i'll gather it less and only gather it in the centre, not the whole width (it make me look a tad well preggo shall we say - actually when I eat my tummy balloons right out and it seriously looked like I was pregs last night. the boy face didn't appreciate me saying "look at ma bebe!" repeatedly so much...)

right so here's the shirt with a couple of different ways of wearing it:
(excuse the silly faces, I'm really bad at posing for photos)

The original style - no belt but can wear belt as a headband or necklace-scarf thingie...

with some waist definition:

with the low hip belt, kind of ancient greek-esque no? would look better with a wide brown hip belt me thinks

The high waist/under bust belt

ugh that too wide strap is really noticeable and now it's bugging me. sigh it's going to be SUCH a pain to fix! Times like these that I hate being a careless crafter...

Long time no post

I have HAVE been making things though! kind of...ok not really
I made a skirt which turned out nicely, will post the photo later
actually in general i'll post photos later :)

I've mostly been getting into the whole baking/cooking/eating cycle
I am obsessed OBSESSED with these muffins
I use all fresh blueberries, gluten free flour and didn't have the spices around so I went without and they were still ridiculously delicious
I actually tried them last night with 2 cups of blueberries and non of the topping and they were still wonderful and only like 116 calories each and I could feel they were healthier although in all fact you're only getting like 1/16th of a cup of berries each muffin so...

**CORRECTION: you'd actually be getting 1/6th of a cup blueberries per muffin which is not bad, not bad at all!**

and this quiche but with this slightly altered recipe instead:


1 Package, Firm Silken Tofu
2 Tablespoons Tapioca Starch
1 tsp Curry powder (1.5-2tsp if you'd like a curry flavour - which is very good as well, add a bit and then taste, repeat)
2-3 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast Flakes
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 teaspoon Salt

I added in cherry tomatoes, black olives and mushrooms sauted first and then stirred in and I didn't use any crust.
cooked the whole thing at 350 for 25minutes
and it was deLICIOUS. next time i'm going to add spinach to make it extra healthy

and AND FINALLY I've been eating a boatload of hummus. I really want jalapeno hummus but apparently the stores by me don't sell any jalaps (grrr!). But yes here's the recipe I've been using:
1 can chickpeas
4 cloves garlic (we really really like garlic)
cayenne pepper (to taste - i like it spicy, i like everything spicy)
3 tbsp tahini
lemon juice (about 2 tbsp)
1/4c water (sometimes up to 1/3c, start with less and add a bit at a time till you get the ideal consistency)

food process the sucker up and serve with carrots, celery and cucs

oh and (one more recipe I promise): PEACH CRUMBLE!!!
actually I'll leave my crumble recipes till next time :)

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