Tidying the sewing room – as if

After doing quite a bit of sewing I had a very messy sewing room – I don’t tidy while I am busy with a specific project. Jumped in and started sorting it on Thursday and in the process had to put some smocking magazines back on the shelf, but had a quick look through when I had a coffee. BIG MISTAKE!!!!!!!! Saw these two little dresses and wanted to make them immediately. And here they are – both just need buttonholes and buttons, but otherwise they are all done. The first one is very small as it will fit a new born, the second one for a 2-year old. The sewing room is still a mess



Knitting, sewing and cake

This week I prepared more little dresses to be smocked as I still feel like smocking and sewing. You can’t see all of them, but there are seven on this pile. Just have to pleat, smock and make 🙂


I also knitted a jacket and booties for a little boy who was born on Sunday.


But then I was a bit bored last night and knitted a bonnet, which means it is now for a little girl. Will have to knit another set for the little boy


The pattern for the toiletries bag has been saved on my desktop for a very long time – when I found some iron-on vinyl I decided it is time to try it out. Don’t think I’ll make it again, it is so much easier to buy pretty ones in the shops

And my favourite of the week? Chocolate cake




Dresses all made!

I’ve had a very productive week and I love all the little dresses and the two little rompers – but I don’t want to see another buttonhole or button for a very long time. But it is lovely to look back and see what I have done this week, instead of the normal cleaning and cooking (have to admit – I have done NO cleaning this week!). I took a quick photo before the one little romper went to a mum-to-be who is expecting a little boy


I have about another 8 bits of fabric already smocked but will leave it for a little while before making the dresses. The sewing room is a big mess after all the sewing and that will have to be cleaned first. And then the rest of the house 😦

Let’s cook chutney!

I have been threatening to make chutney for weeks now, even bought the ingredients ages ago. Yesterday I decided it is time and prepared the fruit for the chutney, as it had to soak in vinegar overnight

And this morning I cooked it. Bit of a bite. Tip of the day – do not smock while cooking chutney……it might have a little bit of a burnt taste (the chutney, not the smocking)

‘Top of the class’ dress

I have been busy pleating and smocking dresses, but then this one showed up on a blog and I simply had to make it. Luckily we were going to Christchurch this past weekend and I managed to find some corduroy fabric for it

So on Monday I pleated a new piece of fabric, smocked and then made the dress and then copied the first of the embroidery pattern onto the dress. By Monday evening I had two done. This morning I quickly embroidered the third one and finished the lat bits of handwork on the dress. I am happy with this lovely (and unplanned) dress. I managed to find the long sleeve T-shirt at a local shop (for only $4!!!!). The dress has black buttons on the back

It is funny how I used the same diagram for the embroidery, but all the little faces are looking different