Practical sewing v fun sewing

As much as I want to order this gorgeous dress pattern, I have quite a few planned projects that have been sitting around for a while and my conscience is telling me to start one of those before I pull out the credit card and place a bulk order with any number of awesome indie patternmakers.

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Easy peasy pizza

Not to brag, but I know good pizza.

My mum is Italian and the little hick town where I grew up is often referred to as “little Italy”. Some people even say the pizza in my hometown is better than the pizza in Italy. I can’t say whether that’s true or not as I’ve never been to Italy, but I can promise you that I am the snobbiest of the snobs when it comes to the party favourite.

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When life gives you lemons, make pound cake

I had a couple of friends visit me today, and anyone willing to venture all the way out to see me at the farm is deserving of some sort of baked good. On the menu today was a tangy, moist and totally delicious lemon pound cake. It’s made with cream cheese and is melt-in-your-mouth amazing, if I do say so myself. Try it and let me know what you think!


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In between and out of sorts

After I finish a project, I feel a bit lost. I’m daunted with all the options of which pattern/fabric/challenge to take on next, seeing as my sewing time and finances are so limited.

Of course, I have a giant stack of patterns that I will probably never get through, and yet I find myself hunting for new patterns in a quest to find new inspiration. Something about wanting what I haven’t got, yada yada.

But if I resist the voice of reason and my pitiful bank statement (I have two mortgages!) and allow my daydreams to press on, here is a (uber) short list of what I’d love to have in my pattern stash.

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How to fix box pleats that just don’t line up

When I was sewing my Elisalex dress I had a hell of a time trying to get the bodice to match the skirt. I’m sure it was a glaringly obvious step that I overlooked or stuffed up in the fitting/pattern alteration stage, but those damn box pleats just would not match up with the princess seams and side seams on my skirt back, or if I pinned them that way, there was all sorts of issues. I clipped the hell out of my skirt to stretch out to fit my bodice, sewed it up, and was horrified at the results.


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