Thursday, January 31, 2013


I'm so proud of my new dress, I'm even willing to pose for a photo to show it off! Last year I made the Lisette Portfolio tunic, and was very impressed with the beautiful pocket detailing.  Unfortunately I chose a busy print and the detail got lost, so I thought about ways to accentuate it.  I also wanted to try it on an old favourite pattern of mine, a dress from the Japanese book Sewing Talk. I thought about it for ages and as usual it took much less time to actually make it.  I had to make new pattern pieces by combining the front panels and adjusting the pocket panel, but it wasn't as hard as it sounds.  The fabric is a heavy printed linen I found at Fabricabrac last year and the piping is really just a folded strip of cotton cut on the bias. I made sure it was cut nice and straight so that the binding would be the same width throughout. Next time I might add a bit of width in the skirt part, so I can have my hands in my pockets without worrying about what my behind looks like!

Monday, January 28, 2013


We've just returned from another little camping trip; this time up north at Baylys Beach near Dargaville.   It was a very relaxing weekend, and we had plenty of time to catch up with family, fly our kite and build sandcastles. I ended up drawing a sandcastle, preferring to spend my time reading back issues of Extra-Curricular I didn't get a chance to look at last year.  Almost time to start school and work again...

Saturday, January 19, 2013


Our summer holidays only started properly last weekend; Craig worked over Christmas and New Year and so we're on holiday while everybody else is back at work. Not a bad thing! We've just spent a few days in the Coromandel, camping at Fantail Bay.  The weather wasn't too great, and the bay quite exposed to the wind, but we had a great time nonetheless.  This year we got the boys their own little tent, which they were very proud of.  We're not keen to get a much bigger tent and we were starting to run out of space, so this is a good solution.  

Most New Zealanders will know how beautiful and rugged the Coromandel is, but for the sake of non-NZers, I have to explain.  It's a peninsula on the east coast of the North Island, and is about a couple of hours' drive from Auckland. The road is narrow and windy and mostly follows the coast, with stunning scenery.  We went way past Coromandel town, about an hour north on a really narrow dirt road. The further we went the more amazed I was at how remote we were. As the crow flies it's actually really close to Auckland but you might as well be in a different country.  I felt so privileged to be there.  We took a drive to Fletchers Bay, the end of the road on the western side of the peninsula and were the only people on this beautiful beach for about 3 hours.  Bliss!

We've still got a bit more traveling to do, so be warned this might be a holiday blog for the next couple of posts before I start thinking about serious business again!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


May 2013 be a wonderful year for you: as full of promise and as exciting to get into as a juicy red pomegranate...