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What I wore: Red and black at 35 weeks

35 weeks
35 weeks
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35 weeks
35 weeks

Another one of the gumtree bundle maternity dresses I don’t think I’ve shown yet? This is probably my least favourite one, the waistband is a bit strange and as a result the shape isn’t the nicest, but at 35 weeks there isn’t really much to be done.

Outfit stats:
* dress – off gumtree * cardies – H&M * necklace – from a swap * sandals – saltwater *

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Hidden Door festival

hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival
hidden door festival

We went to the Hidden Door arts festival yesterday. It ran for the first time last year (see my photos from then) in some arches by Waverley station, which are now being redeveloped.The new site is a disused street lighting depot just off the Grass market and it worked really well! It’s bigger and it’s nice that it’s enclosed. The lovely weather helped too! I really enjoyed all the art this year too, and we didn’t even manage to see it all because Milo wanted to be outside all the time. Lots of video art, which I’m not usually a massive fan of, but actually probably my favourite thing was a video installation about bees.

If you’re in Edinburgh, and you haven’t been yet, I definitely recommend it! Its’ on til Saturday and all the info is on the official website.

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Project 52: 21/52

21/52

Milo loves the dandelion seed flowers (called dandelion clocks in english? Pusteblumen – blowing flowers in German), but he really hasn’t figured out how to focus his blowing properly yet, so usually just ripping the seeds off

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

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What I wore: Red dolores dress

34 weeks
34 weeks
34 weeks

Wearing the red Dolores batwing dress at 34 weeks pregnant, hoping the picobee will take it easy with the growing.

Outfit stats:
* dress – I made it * cardie H&M * leggings – braintree * shoes – brkenstock

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Cukoo’s Bakery Bruntsfield

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cuckoo's bakery bruntsfield
cuckoo'sbakery bruntsfield
cuckoo'sbakery bruntsfield
cuckoo'sbakery bruntsfield
cuckoo'sbakery bruntsfield
cuckoo'sbakery bruntsfield
cuckoo'sbakery bruntsfield
cuckoo'sbakery bruntsfield
cuckoo'sbakery bruntsfield
cuckoo'sbakery bruntsfield

I took the camera out for our Saturday wanderings to take a picture for the project 52, but then ended up so many at our coffeeandcake stop that morning that I decided to take some of the more and make a post of it. This is the new cuckoo’s bakery in Bruntsfield. I really love the retro interior! It specialises in cupcakes but we both had other types of cake (raspberry cheesecake brownie for me, white chocolate and raspberry cake for Dave) and very nice they were too. Milo had a mini banoffee cupcake!

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Julia cardigan by Mouse House creations

Julia cardigan
Julia cardigan
Julia cardigan
Julia cardigan

Woo, a completed dressmaking project, can you believe it! It’s been absolutely forever! It’s the Julia cardigan by Mouse House creations and I got it as part of a perfect pattern parcel. I actually had this cut out for the first blogger sewing day but didn’t start it so just left it sitting in its bag and pretty much forgot about it. We had another sewing day (this time much smaller, only Kerry, Elaine, Jen, Kerry’s friend Kate and Mrs Stitchery Cassandra were there) recently and I mostly made this during that morning, just had the hem to finish at the weekend.

And dear god, the hem! But let’s start with the description and the good things before going into what didn’t go so well. But overall I really like this pattern. I never button cardigans up so the floaty open shape is perfect for me. And it means you don’t really have to do much/any fitting. The instructions are photobased (which I don’t always prefer but in this case it worked) and detailed.

I cut the size L based on my (admittedly pregnant) bust measurement. I would definitely tighten the cuffs (and it does say in the instructions that it’s cut quite loose and that people may want to tighten) and maybe shorten the sleeves as well. Actually, looking at the back photo now I might actually just cut the size M.

The other thing I will change next time is that I will just throw fabric at the problem and make the doubled over version, which means I don’t have to sew a hem. The hem goes in a giant circle all around the front of the cardigan (confusingly, this piece is called the collar in the instructions, which had me briefly panicking that I was missing pattern pieces) and it takes forever to do and with being circular all the way round isn’t the easiest to keep even. And I’m not the tidiest at that sort of thing at the best of times. It did look pretty atrocious when I first finished it but thankfully steam ironing made it look acceptable.

Apart from that I did ok though, I managed to keep a fairly even seam allowance and all the seams that are meant to match up do, with the exception of the one in the bottom right hand corner. I used the bamboo jersey again, you know how excited I get about the properties of bamboo, I love the colours it comes in and it holds it’s shape pretty well for a knit.

I think I’ll make myself another one in navy and then one for Dave’s mum. It’s a good pattern for making for other people because there’s nothing to fit!

P.S. I love these pictures! We had an away day the other day (we both work in the same division) and it didn’t start til 10, so we had some time to bumph around after dropping Milo off at nursery, including taking these pictures. The light is so good! These are unedited, but my skin looks much better than it is and for once I don’t look all puffy in my face. I actually made that first picture my facebook profile picture. The back picture made me decide to get a pre-baby hair cut though!

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Project 52: 20/52

20/52

We went to Morningside yesterday morning to have Milo’s hair cut, followed by coffeeandcake (all one word according to Milo) and a kickabout in the (extremely windy) Bruntsfield Links

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

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Handknit toddler cardigan

handknit toddler cardigan
handknit toddler cardigan
handknit toddler cardigan
handknit toddler cardigan
handknit toddler cardigan
handknit toddler cardigan

Dave’s mum had been knitting some more! The pattern is the seamless top down Fisherman’s Rib Jacket by OGE knitwear, with an extra ribbed border at the bottom to match the sleeves and collar. Yarn is the one recommended by the pattern.

I probably should have brushed Milo’s hair before taking these pictures!

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Some thoughts on minimalism

Deltas On a Steel String

A couple of people shared this article about minimalism and tidying on Facebook recently.

I was quite interested in the topic because I am feeling a mad impulse to throw stuff out just now. No cleaning urges for me, but I get irrationally annoyed at things in cupboards. We got the newborn clothes out of the storage the other day, we’d bought a new chest of drawers which fit exactly one of the four giant boxes we had stashed away. I wanted to give stuff away straight away, but Dave managed to persuade me that another few months isn’t going to make any difference. I know with my brain that this chucking things out thing is just a phase and actually thinking about it for writing this has persuaded me that I’m just going preggers crazy.

I’ve written about minimalism before, and when I think about it rationally my position is exactly the same. I’m fascinated by capsule wardrobes and people who live minimalist lives, and I’m not at all in favour of buying stuff all the time, or keeping so much crap that cleaning becomes impossible, but at the end of the day I love stuff because it says something about people. I think the ‘after’ picture in that guardian article is the most depressing looking flat ever. It looks like she’s just moved in, or is about to move out and some of the stuff is already gone. There is no personality, no signs of a life being lived. I know that there are plenty of people who move into those beige new built flats, and then don’t do anything to them. No painted walls, no interesting furniture, hardly any pictures (maybe some generic ikea ones though). And I know that not everyone is into interiors the way Dave and I are, or at all. But I do find it strange when I go into a place like that.

Another interesting thing raised in the comments of that article that I hadn’t really thought properly about before is how connected ideas of minimalism and consumerism are. The idea that you should chuck things you’re not constantly using out takes it for granted that if you do ever need one of the things you’ve chucked, you just go and buy a new one. Which assumes that you have enough money to do that, and that you have access to shops that will actually let you do that. And it ignores the environmental cost of replacing things when you need them and then getting rid of it*. It also normalises the tiny size and minimal storage of so many of today’s new builts. Clutter wouldn’t be clutter if you have enough space to store it properly.

The consumption link becomes particularly apparent when it comes to clothes. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read bloggers embarking on some capsule wardrobe challenge that is also described as a ethical fashion project. The first thing people do is to chuck out all their existing fast fashion buys and I just find that so confusing. The resource has already been spent, so shouldn’t you get the most out of it? I mean fair enough if you want to start from a clean slate and assemble some highly thought through capsule wardrobe, but that (1) is expensive (2) wasteful. Please don’t call it ethical. I often feel like the whole thing is just an excuse to go shopping. Like the aim is to only have a limited number of things, but not necessary for those things to be the same ones all the time. Minimalism doesn’t necessarily mean sustainability I guess.

* and yes I know people often donate. But people wildly overestimate the desirability of their cast offs. Plenty donated stuff never even makes it into charity shops before it gets moved to Africa where it swamps local markets, or just plain ends up in landfill.

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