This is the dress I made to announce my engagement at Thanksgiving to some extended family. It was my first Burda Style pattern (09/10 #109B), and it turned out great! Unfortunately, the September patterns aren't posted on the website, so I can't link to it. The only thing I changed from the pattern were two strips coming out the sides to tie in the back for shape/decoration.
It's a simple tunic look dress made from crepe-backed satin. I didn't actually use crepe-backed satin, I used a thicker regular satin and the reverse side of that fabric. And the best part of the fabric is that it has some stretch to it!
Yes, I do realize my face looks ridiculous in this picture, but I thought it was the best one of the dress.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Remember those pumpkins from before? The ones I put in the freezer after making pumpkin butter, pumpkin chocolate chip bread, and pumpkin seeds? Well I pulled them out and made something AWESOME!
Pumpkin and black bean stew (with chicken):
Olive oil to coat pan
1/2 diced onion
2 cloves garlic1 small can V8 juice
3 cups chicken broth
2 hot chili de arbol peppers
~2 cups chopped pumpkin
5-6 chicken tenders
1 can rinsed black beans
1/2 cup greek yogurt
Salt and pepper to taste
Friday, November 12, 2010
Though this was a simple pattern, it was the first piece of clothing I designed myself. I was inspired by the Zoe dress from Burda Style, and I used the Coffee Date Dress as a starting point for the bodice. I made the front darts smaller and added side bust darts, and I lengthened it/curved it out. Then, the bottom was just a really wide rectangle that I pleated the width of the plaid at each dart.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Fall is my second to least favorite season for a few reasons: summer ends, it gets cold, it gets darker, the days get shorter, and worst of all, it means winter is coming. I typically hole up during fall and dread the winter to come, but I decided to enjoy fall for its positive traits this year as much as I can.
This, of course, started with apple picking.... leading to a ton of apple butter, which I successfully (I hope) canned for the first time ever. Then, I bought two pumpkins which I tackled Friday night.
I stuck the pumpkins in the oven for 10-15 minutes to make them soft enough to cut. I cut off the tops, removed the seeds and stringy stuff, cut them into about 8 pieces each, and put them back in the oven to soften some more. Then I removed the skin with a knife and chopped up the pumpkin. I washed the seeds and left them to dry overnight. This took about two hours total and left me with a sore wrist. So, question one to my limited readers (maybe more in the future): is there a better way to do this!?
|My collection of pumpkin goods|
(well, just the pumpkin seeds and bread)
Here are the recipes I used (please note that especially the pumpkin butter is more of a guessing game than a recipe):
After about six months of brainstorming a name for my blog, and about eight hours making the banner out of individual pictures (a bobbin, basil, and a pot of sauce). Anyway, I'll document my domestic pursuits (sewing, cooking, gardening, and more) here.