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Seventies duvet Onyx shirt

Paprika patterns Onyx shirt
Paprika patterns Onyx shirt
Paprika patterns Onyx shirt
Paprika patterns Onyx shirt

Today I’m showing you my second Onyx shirt. This ones has an FBA. I’m actually not 100% sure I’ve done this right, I followed this tutorial, but wasn’t sure how much to add at the bit where you stick on the new paper. I could have pivoted the pattern a lot more to make a bigger dart if I’d wanted to. I erred on the side of keeping it quite small though, partly because I want to make one with a large Donna Wilson print I got recently which will get messed up by a dart, and partly because my large cup size is breastfeeding related so comes and goes anyway. I definitely prefer the fit of this one over the unaltered size 5 anyway!

What else? I chose the high neckline this time, and annoyingly didn’t get it to lie as flat as my first attempt. Still looks fine though! I also added the cuffs this time. I’m not sure if I made a mistake or what, but they unrolled themselves quite a bit when I took off the top, so I ended up tacking them on all the way round, which somewhat ruins the effect! Any thoughts?

Oh yeah, the fabric! It’s a sheet made from cotton and terelene (I’ve no idea what that is but here’s a line in a suede song that goes ‘an elegant sir in a terelene shirt’ so it’s stuck in my head. What can I say, I was a teenager in the nineties). I didn’t inspect it much/at all before buying it as it was only £2. Turns out it’s a double sheet (no pillowcases) that someone had made into a single one. At least that’s what I think they did, it’s got two lines running down the long side anyway, leaving a roughly single duvet sizes space in the middle. It does seem like quite a strange thing to do though, it’s not as if single duvets are hard to come by.

I really liked the print to start off with, then I went off it and was prepared write the whole thing off as basically just another trial run, but now I’ve worn it out I actually really like it again! I’ve got ridiculous amounts of the fabric left though, and I’m not sure I need more than one top in that fabric. Maybe I could use it as a contrast thing for colour locked things though. For now it’s going back in the stash.

Next up in going to attempt either a sleeveless version or one with long sleeves!

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Project 52: 10/27 and 34/52

10/27

I know Milo features quite prominently in this photo, but this is a nice one of Ellis and my sister who’s been to visit. Also, it’s hilarious!

34/52

And here’s Milo by himself, playing ‘hiding!’ in the shed.

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2015

ALSO, a question for anyone that reads posts on the actual page as opposed to a reader: I noticed the ‘you may also like’ tool underneath the post now shows four adverts (and four of my links). I kind of like when it shows some of my old posts, but is this benefit outweighed by irritating weight loss advertising? At least it’s obvious which are adverts and which are real posts now, but still.

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Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea
Song of the Sea

I’ve started going to the baby cinema now our says have settled down a bit and last week the film was Irish animation Song of the Sea. It was AMAZING! I started summarising the plot, but it was getting a bit convoluted, so let’s just say it features selkies and fairies, and death and family. It looks beautiful, the characters are done in more traditional cartoon style but all the backgrounds are almost painterly. The story is sad but ultimately uplifting – I may have teared up a little bit at the end, but I’m sure that’s just residual hormones. Go see if you can!

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Ellis weeks 5-8

5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks

So Ellis is 8 weeks already! Time flies! We’re now at a point of lots of smiling, a lot less vomiting and still very little sleeping in the cot. He’s a lot more awake and alert and has dropped from off-the-scale-giant baby status to normal big baby status. He likes singing and looking upwards while being carried about. That’s about all there is to report!

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Lovely streetart

Gifford Park Mural
Gifford Park Mural
Gifford Park Mural
Gifford Park Mural
Gifford Park Mural
Gifford Park Mural
Gifford Park Mural
Gifford Park Mural

Some photos from a new mural on Gifford Park off Clerk Street. I am so excited for something like this to appear my side of town, there’s loads in Leith, but not here. This street has been improved no end, it’s a little bit of pedestrianised alley that was previously full of crappy tag graffiti (though some idiot had already sprayed over the tea lady by the time I took the photos, four days after it was finished) and big bins. They’ve rearranged the street furniture now and added some pedestrian crossings, as well as the mural, so it looks great!

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Project 52: 33/52 and 9/27

33/52

From our trip to the Bo’ness steamtrains on Monday. We arrived thinking the museum opened at 10 when it was actually 11, so went for a wander to pass the time. We found lots of pinecones, which reminded us of a year ago, when Milo was obsessed with them and would aways carry one around. We called them pontipines (we still watched in the Night Garden then, he doesn’t like it now).

9/27

Smiling! We were in the free open air cinema in Old College that’s on for the festival.

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Beach life

Portobello
Portobello
Portobello
Portobello
Portobello
Portobello
Portobello
Portobello
Portobello
Portobello
Portobello
Portobello

Pictures from last weekend when we took the bus to Portobello for some sandcastle destruction, jumping off the prom walls, shell collecting and lunch.

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Yellow yellow

yellow

I’m taking part in Susannah Conway’s August Break and today the prompt was yellow. I did quite a lot of walking this morning and ended up taking lots of pictures, so decided to post them all here. My problem with photo taking is never a lack of inspiration, my problem is managing and editing them, so I don’t end up with a massive backlog of photos, and they actually get seen!

Incidentally, which photo is your favourite? I’m asking because I’ll do a mosaic of all the daily photos at the end of the month, and need to decide which one to include.

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Paprika Patterns Onyx shirt

Parpika patterns Onyx shirt
Parpika patterns Onyx shirt
Parpika patterns Onyx shirt
Paprika patterns Onyx shirt

Yay more sewing! I had planned to make another Julia cardigan next, but I was over Jersey fabric after all those plantains, so got a new pattern instead – the Paprika Patterns Onyx Shirt. It’s a dartless closureless boxy tshirt, similarity to the Scout tee. I’ve been wanting to get a Scout for a while since there are so many great versions around the blogs (particularly Helen, the queen of the Scout), but actually I prefer this one with the clever cuffs and epaulettes. It’s also a Pdf, which I prefer as it means I can redo things easily when I need to change something.

Which I think I will have to do for this. I cut a size 5 (my bust measurement was between a 5 and a 6). I wasn’t really expecting it to fit that well at all, given that this is drafted for a b cup and I am currently ambling in f-g territory, but was pleasantly surprised! It’s just right on the chest and stomach. The shoulder seams are way, way off my actual shoulder though. I’m actually wondering if that is a wider issue than that it needs an FBA. I don’t *think* I’ve got narrow shoulders, maybe they are very slopey? What’s the word for that if I need to fix it?

Anyway, I have started making my next one in a size 4 with an FBA, so we’ll see I guess. More on that when it’s finished!

Back to this one! Fabric is some cheap I ikea stuff. I got it years ago with the intention of using it for a Chardon skirt practice run, although that wouldn’t have worked anyway, since it’s slightly see through which is fine for a top with a vest underneath but not a skirt. I had it in my head that it was 100% cotton, but It’s fairly stiff, so maybe some kind of cotton linen mix, they do sell that I think? Anyway, it’s not ideal but I need to use it for something and I do like the design. I will definitely wear this top, in fact I already have three times since I made it.

As you can see, I ditched the cuffs and epaulettes, I thought I’d wait with those until I’d got the fit right. This was the first time I’ve ever finished a neckline with bias binding on the inside, which I prefer to having it visible on the outside. The instructions for this part are excellent (as indeed are all of them, but this part in particular is explained in a lot of detail). I also used a lightweight and soft fabric binding you can buy in packs in John Lewis, so much nicer than the stuff scratchy stuff you can buy by the metre.

That’s all I can think of to say about this. More versions coming soon, hopefully.

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