Friday, 15 March 2019

An Apology

I would just like to apologise to any of my blogging friends, who have commented on recent posts, that I haven't replied to lately. I have not deliberately been ignoring you.  It appears that somehow, I switched off the email notification of comments and was not receiving them.  Thanks to a helpful post I found here,  I think I have fixed the problem.

So a big thank you to everyone for your lovely comments on my last couple of posts.  They are always very much appreciated.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend, whatever you end up doing.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

A Rayon Kyoto Tee

A little while ago, I bought 1.5m of this beautiful ochre toned  rayon from Spotlight.  I got the last of the bolt, so I was restricted  as to what I could make with it.  I felt that due to the colour and print on the fabric, something boho style was needed.  I kept seeing lots of tops with frills on the cuffs in the shops and debated making this ruffle sleeved top, a free pattern from Peppermint magazine, however I decided that a frill would probably annoy me flapping around my arms.

After perusing instagram for inspiration I came across these two Kyoto tees,  here and here, made from woven fabrics rather than the knits it requires. After messaging the two makers and finding out that they didn't adjust sizing at all to allow for using a  woven fabric,  I decided to risk it.  As a bonus,  I already had the pattern from when I made the sweatshirt version.

The rayon was pressed and starched before cutting and I very carefully cut the front and back pieces flat, by flipping the pattern pieces where the fold line would be.  I wasn't going to risk having those medallions sitting crookedly.  Mine is an XS size.  I used the same fabric as bias binding for the neckline, rather than making a facings.  I was pretty impressed with my pattern matching on the side seams.

Overall, I am really happy with how this top has turned out.  Possibly you lose the impact of the ruffle on the sleeve, due to the print, however it will be an infinitely wearable top in a rather different colour for me.

**Photos courtesy Miss B and Mr J**

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Waiheke Island


Today I was lucky enough to be able to spend the day on Waiheke Island, for a work team building day.  This beautiful island is located in the Hauraki Gulf and is approximately a 40 minute ferry ride away from the CBD.  A lot of people live there and commute daily to the city to work.

These are a few of the sights that caught my eye as we were on the ferry and exploring Oneroa, the little town just up from where the ferry terminal is.

It was a beautiful island, lots of lovely little boutique shops, great cafes and restaurants, vineyards and beautiful beaches.  Currently there is also a sculpture trail, which is held every two years, so it was a very busy little island today.

I definitely need to go back and explore properly, perhaps have a night or two there.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Another Day in Devonport

My second Sunday in Devonport.

I walked and explored side streets today, that led to beaches with stunning views of Rangitoto Island, wonderful old houses and interesting architectural details.  Flowers always catch my eye. Yes the sky really was this blue too.

I spent a couple of hours at the movies at New Zealand's oldest operating purpose built cinema and watched Collette, and then had a little spend at Cushlas Village Fabrics.  I'm planning on using the bright Kaffe Fasset fabric as the binding on my Carolina Chain quilt.

Weekends will be back to normal now, so normal sewing and quilting posts may resume.
Have a wonderful week ahead.

Friday, 1 March 2019


There is not a lot happening in my sewing room at present.  After re-carpeting the house and moving furniture back in, the teens have decided they need to think about what they want to put back into their rooms.  On the plus side, yes they can probably get rid of things, on the downside I can't get to my sewing table or machine.  This means my garment sewing plans have come to a temporary halt.

Nevertheless, I am still crafting and creating and playing with pretty fabrics.  I have been recently reinspired by this lovely hexi quilt, and have pulled my hexies and 2.5" fabric scraps out again.   So far I have made about 200 one inch hexies.  I hand baste mine, which, while it takes a little longer than gluing the fabric down, gives me a cleaner finish when I pop them out at the end.

I'm still not sure whether to aim for a wonderful scrappy quilt which I pondered over  a couple of years ago here, or aim for some bright funky pillows for my sofa.

I'm off to Devonport again on Sunday, so these will be the perfect activity to spend some time making whilst sitting in the park.

Happy weekending to you all.

**Linking to Peacock Party at Wendy's Quilts and More**