The fabric was a cheap cotton from the Levana Popup shop in Porirua for a $1 a metre. The buttons were from stash and I mixed up the colours a bit so I had enough :)
I had to grade the pattern at the shoulders, bust and hips. The sleeves were far too long and I've shortened them a bit. I could also benefit from making the cuffs a little tighter and somehow lengthening the centre front. Also need to make the shoulders smaller and do something with the neckline too. The fabric wasn't the greatest choice of this as its too light for heat but pleased with the pattern and trial.
Rather pleased with the trial of adding the buttons. Washi tape really helped the process.
One of my good sewing buddies (Wendy of Sew Biased) made up the Muse Jenna Cardi in a lovely black merino sweatshirt fabric. But the cardi didn't fit unfortunately - or rather fortunately as it was then gifted to me and I finished it off by sewing the buttonholes and adding laser cut pakman buttons. Love them!
Behind the three tiers of calories, you get glimpses of the Papercut Watson Jacket (by Zara of Offgrid Chic). I've one of these in the final stages of completion - I chickened out of doing the buttonholes myself and have actually paid someone to do them for me! Also peeking out is the Star Wars creation that is Joy's dress - also self made - awesome print, no?
What high tea would be complete without a knitted tea cozy. A tea cozy is the next crochet project I plan on starting. Though I still have to blog about three blankets (just finished the last one yesterday).
Given the Kilbirnie location, Emma, Gemma and I also visited Stitchbird - a predominantly quilting store in Kilbirnie. Some cute craft patterns and quilting inspiration. I don't end up buying much as quilting isn't a passion but much cuteness. Since its too late to say that this year is the year I finish a quilt (optimistic, eh?) - I'm formally announcing my intention to finish one before the end of 2016!
He's arms and legs rotate and his trousers are a bit tight but he's a spiffing cat.
His body fabric is a felted wool jumper (boo hiss for unintended felting), his ears are a map fabric I'm too attached to to just throw out the scraps that are left over and his tie and trousers are a quilting cotton.
This was the first year I went to anything at Handmade Wellington. Normally I just find it ridiculously overpriced for stuff that I can figure out how to do on my own. This year I went to a handmade dumpling class and a stevia talk.
This wasn't how mine turned out - but it is from the House of Dumplings who ran the workshop.
So earlier than I would have liked on a Sunday morning, I toddled off to Weltec on Cuba Street to make some dumplings. I'm normally a morning person but that morning, it just wasn't happening. The class was a little too large and we didn't quite get to do all the stages ourselves - pity as I would have liked to figure out more about when the dough was good to go. The intro to the class also took an age - and ate into our 'doing' time. It is great to get everyone to introduce themselves but not in that size of a class with to and fro questions and then not enough time at the end :(
We were given prepared dough and told at the time how much spinach or beetroot to add but unfortunately weren't given this written down anywhere.
The fun part was making different dumpling shapes.
We had a vegan and a pork version. Annoyingly though we rolled our own dough, we didn't get to use it to make the dumplings so I couldn't tell if I'd rolled mine too thin/thick or if the person's dough I used did. A number of mine seemed to be too thin and just fell apart when I added the mixture and tried to manipulate it into the different shapes. Pity.
My lovely creations! I was running really late so there's no photos of the finished products. I haven't been tempted to make them since - as I didn't feel like I got a good idea of the different stages, I know when/if I make them at home, I'll have to allow a good bit of time to experiment.