Straightgrain Bubble Dress

Late to blog this number but here is a Straightgrain Bubble Dress (with alterations) I made 2 years ago. I was inspired by Shirley Temple and that Era of dresses to come up with my own version. Here is what I came up with: My inspiration: The details: Pattern: Bubble Dress by Straightgrain patterns (no longer available). I chose this pattern because of the short bodice. The bodice is fully lined with a pointed collar buttoned down. The skirt is the from the sewing pattern – only instead of sewing together the outer and inner skirts to create a bubble I left them separate to create a skirt and a lining. I also added the full back opening to incorporate the fully functional buttons. Ps. Thanks to Bec for the great photos <3 Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...
Sewing my way through ‘Love at First Stitch’ – The Megan Dress

Sewing my way through ‘Love at First Stitch’ – The Megan Dress

  The Megan dress pattern is one of my absolute favourite basics. I have 2 in regular rotation and they are so great for all seasons to wear to work. Not pictured is a cute one in rayon that I have to wear strictly with leggings as it is a bit short (Ran out of fabric). I make a few small adjustments – personal preference really. I prefer this dress with a fully lined bodice instead of facings. I put the zipper in but don’t often need one – the neck hole is wide enough. I have also decided I do not like sleeves on this dress. I find it limits my movements and feels constricting in my arms. It looks super cute with sleeves though. I have several more planned of this one – going to make some with gathered skirts too. It is such a great basic bodice that isn’t too fitted but still gives a little more shape then a shift dress. Overall: Highly recommended!   Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...
Period underwear: truth

Period underwear: truth

This year I have been trying out and testing period underwear. For those that do not know period underwear is a sustainable alternative to disposable sanitary items – think cloth pads only sexier. If you are only just looking into period underwear you probably have seen them crop up here and there. Basically the idea is you wear absorbent, specially made, protects your outer clothes underwear in place of OR in addition to other items. After wearing them for the right amount of time, different for everyone, you just give them a rinse, hang them to dry and then throw them in with your regular washing load. It is very easy and not disgusting at all – at least I haven’t found it weird. You can even just give it a rinse in the shower. Some key advantages: Much more comfortable, more freedom of movement, no chemicals touching your fragile areas (all the bleach and chemicals in pads and tampons is absorbed by your body and they can also dry out and adjust your natural balance), dramatically reducing your environmental footprint, long term better on your hip pocket. There are a few companies on the market. I tried two: Modibodi and Thinx. Modibodi Modibodi is Australian owned, this was very exciting for me… Until I received the products and found they were made in China anyway. They came with an excessive amount of plastic packaging and took months and months to arrive. Unfortunately they also stuffed up my order. The customer service team were okay at resolving this. This product does work well – however they only have light and...
Sewing my way through ‘Love at First Stitch’ – The Megan Dress

Sewing my way through ‘Love at First Stitch’ – The Megan Dress

The Megan Dress is one of many patterns in the Love At First Stitch Book, thanks Granny Nancy for the awesome gift. It was not love at first ‘stitch’ for me with the Megan Dress. The fit on me did not match the fit displayed in the book and it wasn’t something I was used to wearing. I have worked out that this is because the measurements to fit are very different to the finished garment measurements. I made the first one in an amazing light weight Indian Cotton in blue with a small pattern on it. I loved the fabric so I committed to wearing the dress… Even if it was looser then I had hoped. I am beyond happy to report that I grew to love this first Megan Dress so much that I now wear it so long it is definitely a major staple in my wardrobe. Granted, I do have to wear a bra with this dress given that it does not have a full lining and it is not fitted. I love love love the Megan Dress (at least my first one). I have tried unsuccessfully to make another Megan Dress that I have fallen in love with. This is my fault though for choosing the wrong fabrics. Light and soft fabrics only for this one guys. Definitely try it and love it, or hate it and then give it away. I have tried making it with the sleeve option and have always hated it and found it uncomfortable. You might like it though, so who knows. Thanks for reading. Catelyn 🙂 Share this:TweetShare...
Elimination Communication (EC), what’s next?

Elimination Communication (EC), what’s next?

First of all, what is Elimination Communication (EC)? Well, it is not potty training. It is a gentle process by which a baby, often from very early stages, learns with the help of parents and caregivers to communicate and become aware of his or her elimination needs. Practicing EC removes the need to ‘potty train’ your kids as they already understand when they need to use the toilet and can do so on their own. For support and resources check out this page. Having seen this first hand this whole process can be amazing! I have seen my sweet little baby nieces happily holding their ‘eliminations’ until they are being held over a toilet. Happily lying there without a nappy on and having no accidents. *I myself am not a parent, but I have every intention of becoming one someday so want to be fully informed and understand how to parent my children. I also understand that what works for one family does not necessarily work for everyone else. So here you are, your baby understands their elimination abilities and have become physically able to get themselves onto a potty or toilet. This is a very exciting step as finally you are free of changing/washing (if you cloth) nappies! Get yourself a good baby accessible toilet. Here is a pretty comprehensive write up on some of your options and what to look out for that will work for you. Baby will need some sort of underwear that they can easily undo/take off. Get yourself some cloth nappies with velcro so tiny hands can start to help themselves. What to wear: shirts...

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