Thursday, May 26, 2011

Topstitching dilemma...help me out!

I am finally getting around to making up a cute vintage pinafore dress for Miss C but have hit a snag.
I have a purplish pinkish pinwale cord fabric but cannot match the colour to a thread for the topstitching.
So when faced with the same problem do you go a shade darker or lighter when choosing the thread?
I could of course just run up a sample using 2 different colours and see what looks best, that would be kinda smart, but I thought polling the sewing/blogging populace might be fun!
So, opinions please!

Technically challenged note: poll is located on sidebar to the right of this post. I could not for the life of me figure out how to put it into the actual post!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Electrical appliances have lousy timing



Today our freezer decided to give up the ghost. Ordinarily this would not have been terribly much to worry about. But aside from having the usual frozen items, like erm 4 different varieties of ice cream, I had managed to build up a stash of about a months worth of frozen meals and was planning on doing more this weekend.

And cooking is not my area of expertise, so getting all those meals together took a considerable summonsing of effort in the kitchen on my part.

And while The Bloke is generally a bit of a genius at resurrecting non compliant appliances (he has managed to bring our washing machine back from the brink on more than one occasion), apparently the freezer has a problem That Cannot Be Fixed.

So tomorrow we head off on a trip to our closest Big Town to haggle with the electrical appliances salesman to spend money that we don’t have.

Oh well. It could have been worse. It could have been the hot water system. And being on the cusp of winter that would have been a Very Bad Thing Indeed!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sweater love

I can’t believe it has taken me a whole month to get 2 sweaters done!




And to only have Miss C announce ‘But you know I don’t wear GREY Mum!”

Sigh. And both the sweaters are more like a size 6 or 7 so they won’t be getting any wear this winter. Maybe in a few years pink will be off the list and grey will be back on.

But I am happy with how they turned out. Using op shop knits and refashioning them, while a bit fiddly, is a good way of getting some nice warm sweaters that I know I can bung in the washing machine without fear of shrinkage. And they don’t really need to be ironed either which is a bonus.

And now with 7 weeks to go I am well and truly on the baby countdown, and most of my childfree time is going to be taken up with doctors and hospital visits, so those visions of lovely piles of handmade infant clothing are slowly fading I am afraid!