Wedding sets

Set 1: Kwik Sew 3716 now lined jacket, Kwik Sew 2694 top, Kwik Sew 3003 bias lined skirt.

Set 2: Kwik Sew 3716 now lined jacket, McCalls 6247 View B top, Kwik Sew 3003 bias skirt.

Set 3: Kwik Sew 3716 jacket, Butterick 4132 cowl top, Kwik Sew 3003 bias skirt. Each piece is lined.

Set 4: Kwik Sew 3716 now lined jacket, Butterick 4132 cowl top, Self drafted elastic-waist lined skirt. This gold set was a test set that works for warmer weather.

Set 5: Kwik Sew 3716, Butterick 4132 cowl top, Kwik Sew 3003 bias skirt and all are lined. I wasn’t able to get the matching mocha fabric so I bought the brown instead for the skirt.
I’ll post up the real life pictures after the wedding. You could say these are Petite plus styles.
Mum now has 3 new jackets, 4 new skirts and 6 new tops.

That project list…

In May I developed a projects list for June:

  • Computer bag McCalls 6410
  • Gloves Butterick 5695
  • Jacket for Mum Kwik Sew 3716
  • Update the fit of 2 winter work jackets
  • 1912 ladies spring mantle

To date I’ve finished the gloves before winter hit. You read how easily my attention was diverted and I made lined trousers and a matching pleather jacket for the gloves, pjs because of the cold but I did start the wedding clothes for Mum, although none of these were on the original list. Yes, June was last month :))

I now have 1 week to finish off Mum’s wedding ensembles (fingers crossed). Two new knit tops are done and I’ve cut out the matching skirt for the bronze jacket. I have another skirt and top combo to cut out. I’ll post these up when I finish them.

This was my 3 step approach at the end of June
Step 1 – Make Kwik Sew 3916 in the day fabric I had originally planned to use. That way, she has an everyday jacket that she can get used to wearing so the evening version is familiar to her to wear. (tick)
Step 2 – Make an easy skirt and top ensemble to keep me motivated. (tick)
Step 3 – Make the evening jacket. This should take less time and fit well. (tick)

Researching for Mum
As you’ve seen, I completed the jackets first and then I did a stack of pattern research on PR and bought enough top/skirt pattern options from Lincraft and Spotlight for Mum. I can now see the end of Mum’s project on the horizon. I also read the PR topics for petite plus and menopause because I thought that was the best way to figure out what the best patterns and pattern adjustments would suit Mum. I still haven’t read similar forums on Stitches guild because time is zooming by.

Easily led
Again, I’m being led (Renata, Sharon and Alison) to make a bag next month (PR 2-week challenge) so the computer bag may get made. I might update those 2 winter jackets for myself. I could fit in the 1912 ladies spring mantle for the wedding as a special piece – but these are just some thoughts.

My wedding outfit options
The other small issue I’m thinking about for this wedding is:
a) do I make a new dress for myself (I hope so but what do I pick),
b) do I make it formal length or cocktail length dress (I’d love a formal length number),
c) do I make a formal trench to get me through a winter wedding (yes but am I nuts for considering two time consuming pieces??)?
This will all become a treasured family memory once the wedding is over. Did I tell you we have another wedding next year?

Prioritising sewing doesn’t work
I have a new test dress up my sleeve made from Pitt Trading garbage bag remnants …

Real Koupes

We had arranged to have dinner with friends at their house and I agreed to make something Cypriot, so I decided Koupes would be worthwhile testing on us. Our friends really loved them served as an appetiser with lots of lemon juice and so there were none to take home. I made more for us the very next day.

The Italians do a snack called aranacini. The Greeks do a similar snack called Koupes using cracked wheat instead of rice. Mum would make this during lent when we were supposed to avoid meat and she used a cooked mushroom filling.
Ingredients:

3 cups water
2 cups cracked wheat
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 cup plain flour
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Method:

  1. Soak the wheat in water and let it sit for 2 hours.
  2. The mix all the ingredients together. I added oregano, salt and some curry powder to the wheat mix.
  3. Make the mixture into balls and fill each ball with any mince filling or a cooked mushroom filling.
  4. Deep fry or bake the balls until brown and serve with lemon!
  5. You’ll get about 12 hand sized Koupes with this recipe. 
As you can see, I shallow fried these and kept turned them with two forks.

 Because of the oil, I drained these twice before serving them.

Winter sewing week

That’s the only heading I could come up with because this week I had a head cold – and everything that comes with a head cold. That meant I couldn’t do a fitting with Mum and get her wedding skirts and tops finished this week, so that’ll happen next week.

While I was confined to home, I decided to make up a few more winter pj bottoms so that there I have no flannelette in the house come spring.

When I originally made pjs, I bought enough fabric for 2 pairs. The blue plaid belong to DH and the animal print and bike print pairs (from Spotlight) are for moi. DH agreed the bike print pair were more my style than his.

We both realised the original pjs were big and roomy so this time DH has medium size and mine are small. I’ve put a pocket on both sides instead of the left side only.
There’s nothing fierce about winter pjs, they just do their job and keep you warm.

Pattern tests

Hooly dooly. I’m all pattern tested out.
Kwik Sew 2694:
The test fabric is a bolt of poly knit from Tessutis that is see through but if this works, I’ll line the bodice. I’ve used the overlocker and coverpro to sew this up in XL size. I’ve also used seams great for the shoulder seams.

McCalls 6247 View B:
Same test fabric and I’ve used size 14 but added to the width of the front and back bodice pieces. The neckband was a new skill for me and it worked. I’ve used seams great for the shoulder seam stability and I’ve cover proed the hems.

Butterick 4132 View E:
I bought this pattern yesterday at Spotlight (50% off) because I didn’t have a size that suited mum’s measurement and I can’t waste time adjusting my existing patterns.

Here’s where I overlayed the two tops to check the cowl depth against the McCalls v-neckline.

This fabric is also a test fabric and I really do like it for formal occasions. I bought it from the fabric place that was at Burwood but closed down last year. It has a crushed look to it. I’ve used steam a seam lite2 for the hems and french seam finishes.The skirt is a test and no pattern used, just the fabric width, waistline casing for 30mm width elastic and overlocked hems, for now.

Kwik Sew 3003:
Here’s a bias skirt with elastic waist that will work for the bronze woven skirt. I’ve used a suiting fabric and lined it with chiffon. The seams are overlocked and 30mm non-roll elastic was used in the waistband. Using steam a seam lite2 for the hem and a twin needle made this an easy skirt to neatly finish.

Below is a rough combo check.

That’s it until we do the first fitting. My crash test dummy isn’t as wide as mum so I can’t just finish these items off without checking. Then I can update the patterns and finish off Mum’s combos next weekend. At least I’ve learnt how to construct these new patterns.

Future patterns
I also bought Kwik Sew 3659 for the cowl and neck tie versions and

Butterick 3886 for a blouse and cardi for her.

Mum is definitely a Kwik Sew size 16 but my height so I’m getting used to doing her fit adjustments.

While looking at the pattern books for Mum, I felt like a real geek because I was doing a PR review check for each pattern for technique issues and fit problems. There weren’t that many using these style but the reviews that were there were truly helpful reviews.

Aussie classic American-style pancakes

We normally make pancakes on a Sunday morning using the Commonsense Cookery Book recipe – 1 c flour, 1 egg, 1 pinch salt and 1 1/4 c milk.

This morning DH decided to make Classic American-style pancakes from David Herbert’s recipes in yesterday’s The Weekend Australian Magazine (page 30).
The main changes he made to the recipe is skipped adding  the melted butter, only added 1 T sugar, added 1 egg only and substituted wholemeal flour for plain flour. And he usually added bananas to the mixture – my favourite. He added bananas for this version.

Ingredients:
1 c plain flour
1 t baking powder
2 T caster sugar
2 eggs lightly beaten
3/4 c milk
20g butter melted (plus extra to grease pan)

Method:

  1. Sift flour, baking powder, sugar and a pinch of salt into a bowl and make a well in the centre.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine beaten eggs, milk and melted butter.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into the centre of the dry ingredients and mix until smooth batter forms, adding extra milk if needed.
  4. Let batter stand for 10 mins.
  5. Head a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat.
  6. Lightly grease pan with butter,.
  7. Ladel batter into pan and cook for about 1 minute or until bubbles appear on the pancake and the underside is golden.
  8. Using a spatula, flip pancake and cook for a further 45 – 60 seconds before turning out.

Makes 6 – 8.

They were definitely heavier than the Commonsense Cookbook recipe. DH liked this recipe.

Possible skirt/top combos

So the second formal jacket is complete and I’m thinking of the skirt and top combinations.

The jacket has three rows of topstitching and I’m thinking of doing three rows of topstitching along the jacket and sleeve hems. Maybe topstitching on the sleeve hem might be enough to balance this feature.

 Mum still needs to try these jackets on for a final fitting before I finish the hems properly.

The button loop is made from two rows of the braid edging I’ve used on the lining. I’ve zigzagged two rows of the braid edging and the stitching is keeping the button loop in shape.

McCalls 6247 V-neck top: This style uses a knit fabric with a print as the contrasting top with the combo. Knits will provide Mum with movement so that’s a good thing. What I might add is a chiffon scarf tie to this top from my Jalie pattern.

New look 6609: I like the jacket pattern and I would convert this to a top – maybe. On second thoughts, I might just stick to the v-neck knit top and Kwik Sew cross over top that I’ve made for her before.

The skirts will be straight with elastic waist but I might add two vents at the back so Mum can walk easily. I’ll make all of these decisions when I start working on each piece.