I have been busy though. We have a new grandson to love and spoil. Ryan arrived on the 30th October and is already 4 months old... where did that time go !! He is the spitting image of his older brother. In fact, Rebekah was showing Lachlan the album I made of his first year the other day and he insisted the pictures were of Ryan and not of himself as a baby. Funny! .
Love the picture of Ryan sleeping on me. Lachlan used to do the same thing when he was tiny. Ryan has so many funny expressions, he is really developing his own personality.
and don't you just love those pics with his Mummy and Daddy.
I have been getting some sewing done. I did a Sew-A-Long with RabbitRabbitCreations with the Piccolo Dress. It is a knit or woven fabric dress with an organza overlay. I chose to create mine in a knit and in a size 12.
It shall now reside in my cupboard until I find some poor unsuspecting 12 year old to try it on LOL
I also made a Create Kids Couture pattern, Noel, although I did make some changes. I used charm squares for my dress so it ended up slightly different than the pattern, but I love it!
First time making a sash, first time with gathering such an enormous ruffle! But I do love the end result.
Then at the end of November, Lachlan, and his friend Edie, celebrated their third birthdays. Amazing party. It was held in a gigantic gym full of trampolines, foam pits and other gym equipment. The kids had a lot of fun and, as you can see in the pics, so did some of the adults (that is Lachlan and Ryan's Daddy swimming through the foam pit) .
Hanging from a beam above one of the foam pits
Yummmmm! Chocolate cake!
THEN.... another huge experience.... we moved.... again!! We decided that we really needed more space than our present rental was giving us. We also had Nicholas and his girlfriend living in a caravan in the backyard as well, and so we needed an extra bathroom. So we started looking. We looked at a few places, til we found the right one. A lot of the houses we looked at were gorgeous, brand new or nearly so... but the one that won us over was the house that appeared lived in, A few marks on the carpet, bumps on the walls, chips in the melamine, that sort of thing. It had blue everywhere... blue and yellow kitchen, blue bathrooms, blue vertical drapes in the windows, but we loved it! One of the requirements for us was driveable access to the back yard for the caravan. It also needed an ensuite (LOVE this) and four bedrooms. This one had the added attraction of a double garage that you could access through the house. Perfect for Gary's trainset. We got the house on the 20th December, with Rebekah, Chris, the two boys and another daughter, Aimee, due for Christmas!! so... the madness began. we decided to try to move as much as we could before Christmas so that we would have enough bedrooms for everyone. Gary and I worked like mad! It was hot work as well but we managed it.
This is hard to share, but I feel that I need to get this down. Christmas Day was wonderful and awful all the same time. It began with ham and cheese croissants and pressies. By lunchtime, Nicholas's girlfriend had lost the plot and was screaming the place down. She had a lot of issues and temper control was just one of them. The police were called and in the end she was arrested and charged with assault... what a terrible way to spend Christmas. It really put a dampener on the day, which was a shame as we had worked so hard to make it special. What pains me the most is that Nicholas still sees her (she is no longer living with us, thank God!) and, as she is so not good for him, as his mother, it breaks my heart. She is a drug user as well and through his stupidity joining in, he lost his Apprenticeship as a Boiler Maker and is now unemployed. Gary and I are trying to be supportive but it is hard when I can see him making such poor decisions.
Back to the move. We had until January the 6th 2014 to be out of the old house, so after the madness of Christmas, we were back to the grind of moving. Gary and I did an amazing job I think, no help from the 18yo, thanks for nothing! ever noticed how much boys love to show off their muscles but are absolutely hopeless at using them! In the end, all done and in time. Sorting out the new place has taken a little while but we are getting there now.
Still sewing, I got to test a new pattern for Funky Friends Factory. The No Sock Sock Monkey. What a lot of fun it was. I made two, one for Lachlan and one for his friend Edie. Then Steve asked for one.... and so I made another one. I also ended up making a fourth, but more on the reason for that one in a minute.
Aren't they cute! Available to purchase so you can make your own little Monkey!
Then... a bit of a halt to the sewing as we were asked to care for another child. Enter BJ to our lives. He is almost a clone of Steve so, as you can imagine, our house is a lot noisier than it was before. Steve has enjoyed playing with another child always available and their imaginations have certainly been working overtime. I seem to spend everytime I am in the car listening to mad car chases and crashes LOL
BJ is only with us for a short period of time as he is going back to his birth mum at some stage.. However, we shall enjoy him whilst he is with us.
And then... more excitement... I got to test this amazing pattern by KidZMoments. I even named this pattern, so doubly great! The Abby Dress is a beautiful pattern and I absolutely adore the back details.
Here is the material I chose for my dress. I made size 3.
Making the bodice with the ruffles
Adding the lining to the bodice
The bodice almost completed. Turned through and now you can see the unique back details of this dress
A closer view of the back bodice
On my new mannequin from Raxs and Dollies (purchased through a fantastic deal on Boo Designs Facebook page) .
front view of button loops for side closure
back view of button loops
pocket detail, I used my Pleat Maker for making this detail and it worked perfectly!
Attaching the skirt. We were supposed to leave a split in the side seam matching the side where the opening in the bodice was. This was then to be topstitched down both sides of the seam. No prizes for guessing which side I left my opening, topstitched an' all! Exactly!! I had a lot of unpicking to do to correct that mistake. LOL
View of finished front
Finished back view.
I am really hoping to be lucky enough to test Catherine's next pattern, She was wonderful to work with.
Well, I think I have shared enough for one day. I really must get back here more often.
PS Links to the patterns I have sewn or tested are linked on some of the photos.
Have a wonderful day wherever you are!