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Roses part two

So I kept the roses and they are sitting on my window sill. I was sitting on my bed and this is what I could see, so had to take a picture, oh so pretty :)

Roses

There is something beautiful about a rose that has died. I got these roses from a bunch of flowers my Nan was given on her birthday and as we were throwing them out, I saved these.

Think they make some pretty pictures.

Love the colours and the details of them :)

Love hate relationship with circle skirts

I have a love hate relationship with circle skirts, at the moment more hate than love though, let me explain…

I have made a few circle skirts and love the shape and the way they drape and the no pleats and everything, nice and smooth at the waist, but..

Yes there is a but. Obviously they take up more fabric, they are harder to cut out, but it’s not that. It is the dreaded hem. Is it just me or does anyone else have such trouble with the hems of circle skirts?

I thought I had cracked it when instead of a normal hem, I did a tiny rolled hem on the very edge of the circle, but today with my satin fabric, this didn’t work too well and it all seems to lay funny. I am hoping a wash and iron will solve this though. I will keep you posted on that one.

Funny because other circle skirts I have made haven’t caused me so much hassle, like this one, all seemed ok, maybe it is just the fabric type.

Bias Binding vs facing

I hadn’t, until recently, used bias binding on the clothes I made. I saw it in books telling me it was an easy alternative and knew what it was and had come across it before, but I had just always used facings.

I always found facing items easy enough and they always looked neat, but more recently I used bias biding in items like the Sorbetto blouse and then a dress using the same pattern.

Then I was in the process of making a lace dress and because the lace was see through bias binding was needed to finish it off.

But what works best for you? I think I prefer facing, I find it easy to sew and it always looks nice. Bias you have to do really neatly to get a good finish, and I always feel there is a bit of a risk that it might not be attached properly or will pull in a strange way somewhere if it is not sewn just right.

I think bias has a place and sometimes you need it, but if I was just doing an average dress, then I would stick to facings.

Lemon curd

I do love a bit of lemon curd, so made some today. Didn’t want to make too much as it doesn’t last, so just made a jar and a half. Yummy.

Lemon curd

I do love a bit of lemon curd, so made some today. Didn’t want to make too much as it doesn’t last, so just made a jar and a half. Yummy.

Rose

We were clearing out some dead flowers today from my Nan’s place and I spotted a couple of roses.

They looked pretty all dried so I brought them home to photograph.

I have taken more pics on my camera, but this is just a phone one. Think it looks pretty anyway tho :)

Rose

We were clearing out some dead flowers today from my Nan’s place and I spotted a couple of roses.

They looked pretty all dried so I brought them home to photograph.

I have taken more pics on my camera, but this is just a phone one. Think it looks pretty anyway tho :)

Modcloth

Just gotta say, and this is just a bit of a random post, but loving Modcloth. It’s a website that I only discovered recently, but they have some lovely dresses. Perfect for inspiration and ideas.

I want this dress:

and I love this one.

I have already purchased some dusty pink chiffon to make a dress inspired by this. I have also bought some navy chiffon for another dress I have planned.

On top of that I bought some turquoise jersey as I have plans to make another hope wrap dress and then print it with a black bird print.

Oh so many plans as always.

I really ought to finish off some of the projects that I have started, there is a black lace dress still half done in my wardrobe among other things and a kimono that I have just started… I should get off the internet and get making…

Little owls

You can find this pattern on Ravelry, free of course!!

Little owls

You can find this pattern on Ravelry, free of course!!

Little owls

I made these little owls for the Little Havens project.

They are crochet and quite a quick and easy make, but once they have their eyes and beaks on, are rather cute :)

Every year I attempt growing some of my own and this year is of course no different, except I was trying to go for things that slugs and catterpillers don’t like eating so much.

So here’s what I picked out of the garden today, lots of potatoes and some onions. :) No doubt there will be more to come, as well as the usual random shape veg pic!!