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Ginger Jeans and Bow Neck Knit

Edit: Can I be a super cheeky lady and ask that you please have a look at the pyjama party at Closet Case Files and vote for my PJ’s?? I love those PJ’s (in fact I’m wearing the pants right now) it it would be amazing to win one of those prize packs. And it’s pretty tough competition!


It’s been a while since I posted! But that certainly hasn’t meant that I’m not sewing. In fact, I have a bit of a backlog of projects to photograph (the weather hasn’t been the greatest for photos here recently).

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Crazy (comfortable) Dog Lady: the Carolyn Pajamas

Happy Thursday everyone! Today I’m showing you my first entry* for our Crazy Dog Lady challenge. This one wasn’t even planned for, but it was just One Of Those Things. First, Heather released her Carolyn Pajama Pattern. Then I went to Spotlight (after Siobhan‘s comment I remembered that you can get some nice stuff there) and found this dog-patterned flannel for $4/m.

*Obviously I can’t actually enter to win any prizes – boo! But you guys know that there are prizes, right? See here and here for more details, and SO many thanks to our sponsors – Riley Blake Designs, Grey’s Fabrics, Sewaholic Patterns, By Hand London, BlueGingerDoll, nettimadeit, MrZhuo, Kerso, Michael Levine inc, and G Marie Sews.

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Sewaholic Hollyburn in Viscose Crepe

I’m not really the “plan ahead” type of sewer, nor am I particular meticulous. I’d describe myself as more “slap dash”, though with experience I’m really improving on this front and am making sure I pay more attention to detail. Occasionally, though, I still get the mad desire to make something NOW and grab out some fabric and a pattern and have at ‘er. Often this works well, but sometimes it ends badly, with me throwing the finished garment in a heap, burnt out from such a quick release of sewing energy. Luckily this is happening less and less often, as I learn to recognise the dangers. But the other night I found myself cutting out fabric (badly) at 10pm and starting sewing – always a bad idea. It’s like Gremlins – do not give fabric scissors to Sophie after bedtime.

Luckily, this time it worked out well and I ended up with a pattern/fabric combination I wouldn’t have otherwise gone for.

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“I think this new dress is a hoot”

Happy Waitangi Day everyone! For those of you outside NZ, Waitangi Day is almost sort of like Australia Day or maybe Independence Day, but it’s less “go us!” and more controversial.  Itcommemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, a contract between the Maori people and the British colonists back in 1840. The Treaty is still a big deal these days (for good reason) although some people think it’s importance implies some kind of “reverse racism”*.

*I can only hope that most of you know that reverse racism is not a thing.

The best part, other than the whole colonial accountability, is that Waitangi Day is a public holiday – which I get to take advantage of now that I have a 9-5 job!

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Crazy Dog Lady Challenge

I used to always think of myself as a cat person. I grew up with  a very bossy, spoiled Burmese cat called Khanum and soon after moving to Wellington we adopted an elderly tabby called Travis, but I didn’t have huge experience with dogs (other than being bitten by one a few years ago). I knew I wanted one eventually, but didn’t realise just how much of a dog lady I really was until we got Jessie-Dog.

So, I’m not even close to being embarrassed to announce that I, along with Carlee (Sew, Cook, Garden, Repeat!) and Tanya (Mrs Hughes), are hosting a Crazy Dog Lady sewing challenge.

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