Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Midweek Extremely Quick Sew -- Hip Hop Pants

On Monday afternoon, C asked for a pair of hip hop pants to wear the next day. She wanted a pair of loose fitted pants with a dropped crotch. For starters, shopping is not my thing. I felt drained already just to think about going from shop to shop to look for those specific pants. What are sewing mamas to do? We sew! I've made them before in my early sewing days (check here and here), and I knew they were extremely fast to make.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Classic White Linen Pants

Water saving has been the big topic lately. School is reinforcing how to effectively save water on children and at home we try to be water efficient as much as we can. Ideally, we should all use buckets to collect the clean water during shower while waiting for the water to get warm, and then use it for other cleaning purposes; collect grey water from washing machine to flush the toilet; change to eco-soap so we can reuse the water for our gardens, etc. It does sound like there's a lot of extra work but I was surprised to see how much water we could actually reuse. We are not doing enough in our daily lives, really not enough....

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Black Potato Sack Dress

One thing that's happening for sure is I've got my momentum going, and I'm loving it.
We've been back for a week and our lives are back on track. C's started school and I've started curing my fabric addiction, um hmm, by using up some of my stash.  I've still got a few new year appointments here and there, some motherly duties --- like going to parents' meeting and supporting your daughter at Athletics Day, but other than that, I'm spending lots of time with my machines, which is exactly what I need right now.

Monday, January 23, 2017

A Simple Gathered Skirt

"I like your style." People are often too kind.
Whenever I get that compliment, I automatically think they are just refering to the outfit I'm wearing. I don't think I have a specific style. Yes, I like linen clothes and I always go for 100% cotton, but other than that, I'm not fussy. A loose fitted tee shirt and a pair of shorts make me happy on a daily basis, but if I am in need of some bubbly spirit, I opt for a fitted tee + skirt combo every single time.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Saturday Frilly Top

This past weekend was awesome. Great friends, yummy food, aspiring conversations, really you can't go wrong with them. Did I fail to mention that our kids were self-entertained too? It was utterly soul saving. It felt like I had spent two days doing some much needed planning without interuption. As a matter of fact, I managed to make this top from scratch on Saturday, with the help of a playdate for C. I know I've bragged enough in the past how much joy it brings to make things with your hands, but to do it with speed, is a whole new level of satisfaction. Right now, I'm all fired up and I don't want to slow down.

Friday, January 20, 2017

A Little Not-Black Dress

Hi there (with a big wave), I'm back.
I was away for 5 weeks, and boy did I miss this place. Overtime without me knowing, I've become quite dependent on my sewing. No matter what my daily life is like, making things is my drug. It pulls me away from reality and this might sound weird, it fulfils me.