Sunday, January 26

Rainbow Swimmers

Same as before, just a more lush, gorgeous stretch velvet lycra, delicious!!!

K requested no cross over straps for these ones, and I left the bows off, cause I don't think this fabric needs any embellishment,  they aren't quite a snug fitting but they are getting their first work out currently.

Yum cherries!!

So it's Australia Day here and aside from the fact that I seemed to have pulled some muscles somewhere in the vicinity of my ribs and am sewing in very short bursts.  I managed to make K some togs.

I used the La Jolla Swimsuit pattern by Peek-a-Boo patterns.  I made the size 8 - K is slender but tall she's is 7 1/2.

I didn't have to tweak the pattern to fit at all.   I like how it has nice bottom and front coverage, it's stylish but still girlish.

Fabric is a lycra blend from Girl Charlee that I've had for awhile, I didn't read the description that well when ordering and I thought it was a cotton lycra print for tees, turns out it wasn't.  So I have it in both black and white background.  Swimsuit lining and the green trim are both from Spotlight.  I couldn't get red lycra there, why am I not surprised.

Anyways pattern went together well, I used a combination of 3 thread overlocking for main seams.  Zigzagged on the elastic, except for the straps when I used the overlocker.   Topstitched with a twin needle.

Anyways year of ethical fashion and all that, so I'm off to make another pair, in something a bit brighter.  Stay tuned …...

Saturday, January 11


Long time no chatter on the crafting/cooking blog - ah well - you know life and that got in the way.

But I'm determine to sew and bake more again this year - last year was lets just say less than stellar.

Anyways I baked bagels off the Christmas break, they were good - these are better!!!!

Sarah bought me a Baguette Kit for Christmas from here

They did provide a recipe and it was this one from here  - I did tone down the salt to one teaspoon but otherwise followed the recipe.

It was easy to follow - it is quite a wet dough - so I used the oiled hands aka Paul Hollywood.

I didn't have to knead it for very long at all

I did over flour the cloche oops!

And I should have checked the length of the baguettes BEFORE rolling them to check they would fit on the tray and in the oven - FAIL they didn't, so they got cut in half.

The first and third batches from the oven were best, the second one was a bit too crunchy - no idea why though.  I did also put a pan of water in the oven - you need a super hot oven.

They were DELICIOUS!!!  the recipe made enough for 5 cherubs for lunch, they were goooood!!

Would I make them again HELL YES!!!  Though I would make them fatter and shorter and they would be delicious with really good melty camberbert, prawns and avocado, super thin slices of rare roast beef - well heck pretty much anything you want to put on them, they were THAT good.  I don't know if I can buy a fake baguette now from the store.

There is a fair bit of wait and see time, but very little manual labour involved.