Saturday, 31 August 2013

FO: Another Gertie Pencil Skirt and WIP disaster.

OK so I promise this will be the last one of these - at least for a while anyway! I have loads of short lengths of woolen fabric I intend to use for a couple of winter versions though, but I'm not planning on making them just yet!

Not much to report on this in terms of putting it together. I've got the fitting just right after 3 previous versions so this was another extremely quick make. Ignore the creases - it's been sat in my wardrobe for a couple of weeks so has got a little squished.

It's made out of some pillar-box red gabardine fabric bought in Barry's Fabric Warehouse in Birmingham at the last Birmingham blogger meetup a few months back. I added length to the skirt again to ensure it  fell below the knee as I really like this length on pencil skirts.

That's about all to say about this skirt - the vent edge are bound with checkered black and white bias binding, the hem with some red lace I had in my stash and I did another lapped zipper.

In other news, those of you who follow me on Instagram will have seen a picture of some lovely mustard coloured broderie-anglais I was planning on making a self-drafted pleated skirt out of....

well it was an unmitigated disaster so I'm planning on salvaging the fabric and making a lightweight Ginger skirt out of it instead. I can't be bothered with the hassle of trying to sort out the self drafted skirt at this point, so when I can sum up enough enthusiasm to make the Ginger skirt I'll show pictures, but at the moment the fabric is just languishing on my sewing table.

In slightly better news however, I've finally got round to tracing the bodice pieces for the Elisalex dress so I can do a muslin fit first. Hopefully that should be finished soon too!

Thursday, 29 August 2013

A Loaf and a Half - well more like a loaf, some bread , ciabatta and a few other bits and pieces

Hello all!

OK, this isn't a sewing related post, but it is something I made with my own fair hands so officially falls under the 'Helen Made' category! ;-)

My lovely hubby sent me on a surprise bread making course yesterday for my (soon to be) birthday. I'd been eyeing up this course for a while so I was ecstatic when I realised I was finally going to get to take part!

course was held at Loaf Cookery School in Birmingham - it's a social enterprise company, set up to try to bring good quality, well made food to people in the local area. We were there all day and got taught how to make loads of really interesting, tasty breads and loads of useful little tips for bread making when we attempt it on our own.

We were taught how to make a plain white loaf, wholemeal bread, straight yeasted dough, a sponge dough (for white / wholemeal loaves and rolls), a wet dough (for stuff like ciabatta) and sweet dough (for brioche). We also got to use some previously made sour-dough dough to make a couple of other rolls, the funny looking pretzel shaped bread at the front and pizzas for lunch, oh yeah and we made pitta bread too, but we ate that on the course so no pictures of those!

It was such a great day - I'd recommend anyone who lives relatively local to Birmingham to head to Loaf for one of their courses. They're well run and family friendly - the youngest person on the course was 11 - and full of loads of useful information. I can't wait to have a go at their sour-dough course now!