I mentioned the other day we put our Christmas tree up ridiculously early this year, and I took some photos with the Diana lens. No whole tree photo as the light was behind it and the lens wouldn’t play, so just lots of details of our various ornaments. We had enough to cover the whole tree even though we’ve never had one before!
New clothes alert! Braintree Clothing contacted me to see if I wanted to review something from their autumn/winter collection, and I was only too happy! I’ve been a Braintree fan ever since I won one of their throw cardigans in a competition last year, which I lived in all winter.
I really love the prints they’ve got in their new stuff, so much choice! I chose this blue based print and went for the tunic length (it also comes as a top and a dress) for versatility – the Ziva vintage inpired tunic. It’ll go with jeans but can also be worn on its own with opaque tights. At least for a shortarse like me!
I’ve actually got really into short lengths recently, weirdly. I would have never worn something this short a few years ago because I felt self conscious about my giant thighs and I’m actually a fair bit heavier now. But I also feel more toned from getting into a proper cycling to work every day habit. The increased muscle tone may or may not actually be there, but I don’t care. Yay for randomly acquired body positivity!
I also love this tunic cos it’s made from 70% bamboo. Bamboo obviously has some sustainability advantages because it’s a fast growing renewable resource, and it also feels great as a fabric. It’s super soft and does not at all feel syntheticy (though I am aware it is a synthetic really, the bamboo goes through a lot of processing to make it into fabric). Is also breathable and antibacterial. I have a pair of bamboo leggings also from Braintree, I wear them to yoga (ashtanga and vinyasa, i.e. sweaty) all the time with ages between washes and they have yet to get stinky. I do wash them obvs usually after I spill food on them!
Anyway, that’s enough about this dress! You can see the rest of the Braintree collection here, and if anything takes your fancy, I’ve got a free delivery discount code for ya! Just enter the code ORANGES at checkout (valid until 1.1.15).
Playing with the toy bus. Which he alternately pronounces in English and German (for all other words he’s chosen a language)
A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014
The weekend before last we went for a wee Sunday trip down to the autumny botanics and the new water of leith cafe in canonmills (previously at the shore). It’s a really lovely location, right by the river, and a bit bigger than the old one. Same yummy food! Unfortunately Milo had worn himself out running around, so lost it pretty quickly and we had to leave without pudding.
I also want to talk about the jacket, which I bought ages and ages ago in the sales and has been the best ever buy. It’s the hello yellow jacket by Ana Nichoola. It’s a cycling jacket obviously, but it’s nice enough for wearing with normal clothes. I love the peplum! And it really does it’s job as sportswear, it’s breathable and keeps you warm without overheating.
Ages and ages ago I entered a pattern reviewer giveaway on So Zo… to celebrate the release of the Dolores Batwing Top/Dress. And I was one of the winners, woop! Of course, it’s taken me a million years to actually sew it, I would have felt bad if it wasn’t for the fact that I said in my entry comment that I wouldn’t be able to do it quickly, and to please disregard my entry if that was required.
I should say I’d never sewn with knits before, and this is a great pattern for a first project! It’s just six pattern pieces, front and back and the neck and cuff pieces. Also not many pieces to print out and piece together so this is defo less painless than a lot of pdf patterns.
The pattern comes in three lengths and two sleeve options, so six versions overall. I’d initially planned to make the long sleeved top version, but after getting out the fabric (which I got at a swap, it came from Helen), I realised there was enough for a dress. According to the pattern you need the same length of fabric regardless of which sleeves you do, though unfortunately that turned out not to be true so I had to decide between sleeves and dress length and after some dithering went for length. I have some liberty jersey I bought at the last sewing blogger meet in Glasgow which is destined for the long sleeve top.
Though I think I want a bit more practice with knits before I cut into the liberty. While it wasn’t quite as difficult as I thought it might be, this is not my finest work. The cut edges are super wonky as is pretty much all of the stitching. Thankfully you can’t really tell (at least from far away), but the innards of the dress really do look awful. Oh well, practice will hopefully make perfect! I’d also take the neckline in about 5cms next time, not sure if it was me doing something wrong or if I just have freakishly narrow shoulders, but it keeps falling off my shoulder.
I do really like the pattern though, as I said it’s easy peasy and takes no time at all. The instructions are really detailed and come illustrated with photos. Definitely a good beginner one!
We put out Christmas tree up this weekend (I know, it’s early, we usually leave it way too late so overcompensated). Milo thinks the baubles are balls and throws them like a cricketer. Just as well they’re sturdy plastic!
A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014