Friday, 13 July 2018

Here & Now

I have actually been doing other things apart from coat sewing lately, so here's a little rundown of what is happening behind the scenes.

Loving // All the good reads I have had lately from my library.

Eating // Winter comfort food - soups, casseroles, risottos

Drinking // Hot chocolates

Feeling // Very virtuous - I went to my weekly yoga class, then spent a couple of hours in the garden, cutting things back for spring.  I can see where I've been, however there is still  quite a bit more to do, but that's a job for another day now.

Making //  A new felt and embroidery project - this one won't take long, then it's back to my Solstice Dream. Check out that glitter felt !!

Thinking //My tamarillos can't have too much longer to wait  until I can eat them

Dreaming // Of making some summer clothes, I must finish a couple of WIPs before I get distracted again though.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.  Linking to Here & Now at Say Little Hen

Monday, 9 July 2018

Sapporo Coat

I made a coat!!

When I first fell into the rabbit hole of indie pattern designers, and discovered Papercut Patterns earlier this year, I immediately feel in love with their Sapporo Coat pattern.  I loved the diagonal pocket seam on the front and the elegant cocoon shape. This coat has been on my want to make list, but relegated down the list as being to hard.

Fast forward to winter, and cooler mornings, a workplace that doesn't have aircon/heating all the time, and I decided to be brave and make this.

I visited Draper's Fabrics in Newmarket during their birthday sale, and purchased a beautiful cherry red and grey wool/linen/cotton blend fabric, that's not to thick, not too light, still cosy feeling and a lovely patterned viscose for the lining.

I have read numerous blogs and reviews  saying that it is quite an oversized coat, so I made the smallest size available xxs/xs. I didn't feel confident enough to adjust seam allowances or alter the pattern any further this time. Cutting out the pattern seemed to take longer that the actual sewing of the garment, and I made tailor's tacks on all the markings instead of cutting notches.

Papercut Patterns have a lovely detailed little instruction booklet with all their patterns, and I did refer to these youtube tutorials for help occasionally.

Overall I am really pleased with how this has coat has turned out.  There are a couple of little maker's faults with it, but no one notices them and I'm not going to point them out.

**Photos of me by Mr J**

Monday, 25 June 2018

Sunday Stitching

Sunday saw me sitting on the sofa in the sun doing some stitching on my final Solstice Dream block. (sorry for all the alliteration there)  Still a little more to go on this block:

  •  the remaining leaves still need embellsihing
  •  the large gold flower needs an outline stitch of some description 
  • the egg shapes have to have special bees on them - not looking forward to making them, though if they turn out properly, they look fabulous.
Fingers crossed blogger is working again properly for me to reply to comments.  I very nearly moved my blog to WordPress over this.

Wishing you all a fabulous week, where ever you are and whatever you are doing.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Things Here Lately

  • Not much in the way of flowers in my winter garden at present - however these little cyclamen always appear and always charm me.
  • Gosh this book was a wonderful read.  Very topical as it is about a mass shooting in an American school, but told from a child's perspective as to how he and his family deal with the aftermath.  Have tissues handy though.
  • More sewing - this time a dolman top in a lovely merino.  I made the medium.  As the pattern had short sleeves I had to draft longer ones, however, because I made them slightly too narrow I wasn't able to cuff them as they wouldn't fit over the arm of  my machine. I want to make this again, so next time will widen the sleeves slightly and decrease the neck line. Free Pattern from Cation Designs.
  • I took Miss B and Mr J to see the Bodyworlds Vital exhibition currently showing in Auckland.  Well worth a visit, we all learnt a lot.
I'm off to go and sit in front off the fire now, with a pile of new magazines which turned up in the post today. 

Monday, 18 June 2018


Hello all, welcome to another week.

It is with sad hearts that after much deliberation and discussion, Linda @Kokaquilts and I have decided to stop hosting Sew, Stitch, Snap, Share,  our fortnightly linky party.

Lifestyle changes, time constraints, and a drop in numbers linking up have all contributed towards this decision.  Over the past year we have been hosting this, we have been continually amazed and inspired by the creative quilters and stitchers who have linked up each fortnight,  and would like to thank you all for sharing your work with us and other readers.

I am still going to keep blogging, there is something to be said for sitting at my computer, with a hot cup of tea or glass of wine (dependent on the time of day) and reading through my list of favourite blogs.  I liken them to online magazine articles, always lots of lovely photos, little personal anecdotes and more details on beautiful creations and the stories behind them than Instagram has to offer. I think you get to know the writer through blogs.

In saying that, I can now be found on Instagram @julielou41 too, however more detailed info on any quilty/sewing type photos is always on the blog.

Again, thank you all for supporting Linda and I with Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE, over the past year.

Happy sewing and blogging.


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