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...
Ishi Dress Blog Tour

Ishi Dress Blog Tour

My favourite pattern shop for children’s clothing is Straightgrain. An runs the blog and shop out of Antwerp, Belgium (also one of my favourite places… Which I will blog about eventually). When it looked like a new pattern was coming out by An I was so excited to try it out and I am so glad I have gotten the opportunity. This is the second time I have gotten to come along the ride on a new pattern blog tour. I also got to try out the Lua Sleep sack here. Amelia was the lucky baby to get to wear that pattern too. She has definitely grown. My love affair with Straightgrain stretches right back to when I first began sewing and An’s patterns were all free and hand drawn BUT still beautiful and perfect. I own just about all of her patterns. My absolute favourite – the Hanami dress. Todays dress is a special one. The very recently released Ishi Dress. I had a lot of fun with this one because there are infinite combinations. You can customise different fabric solids or patterns, short sleeves, long sleeves, no sleeves, buttons, zips. Sizes run through from 1-10 years which means I can keep clothing my little nieces in this number for a long time. I opted for the long sleeve version – it is very difficult finding a nice long sleeve pattern. This one came together really well – the fit is good and she can move all around. The details: I made the long sleeve view with zipper back. Fabric – main fabric used is some floral lawn I...
How I altered the Grainline Archer into a dress.

How I altered the Grainline Archer into a dress.

If anyone has been following along with my Instagram (@morningstardesigns) you will know I have made a number of Archer Shirts. You can check out some I blogged here and here. I have been looking for a sleeveless shirtless dress to wear over leggings or jeans in Autumn/Winter for a while and could not find any in the shops… I would also like something I can sell in my shop that is actually good. Now for the photos (follow to the end for the how).         Now for the part that all the sewing people out there might find interesting… Here is the short of it: I have altered the bodice part of the Grainline Studios Archer in the past to fit me well and now I have a pretty well fitting set up. So what I did with this one: Add 6″ in length and made the skirt more A-line. Omitted the sleeves. Angled the top of the arm hole in. Added bodice darts to wherever they worked the best. Finished the arm holes with bias tape. Extended the button placket all the way to the bottom (the buttons are fake after the top 5).   *** What I will do different next time, make it an extra inch longer. Use a bit less interfacing. Hopefully work it so I don’t need a bust dart at all.   Happy Sewing! Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...
Winter in London

Winter in London

LONDON Winter, 2014   This is the first post in a long line of countries Mon and I visited over the Australian Summer holidays. While it was well over 30 degrees celsius in Australia, in London it didn’t get warmer then 5.    (For general travel advice, such as what to pack/wear scroll down to the bottom) Our first stop on the long 50 hour journey to London was Incheon Airport in Seoul. We saw our first snow here (dirty and small as it was). It was a balmy -7 degrees celsius. We flew with Korean Air which meant we got to stay over a night in a Best Western hotel with a dinner and breakfast included. While waiting at the airport for our next flight we had a milkshake with our last few dollars at the ‘Hello Kitty Cafe.’ The next length of our flight was another 12 hours long.     We got to London at night and had to catch 1 or 2 trains on the underground to get to our accommodation. We stayed with a lovely couple we found on Air BNB.    This was our first breakfast! I think it was only about 5 pounds each. They even put the toast on a separate plate.     This was outside the National Portrait Gallery.   This was the first of many Christmas markets we found across London and Europe. It was our first taste of mulled wine – we were not big fans – but I am sure it can be delicious.    We went on a double decker bus tour – great for seeing a bit of...

How a 3 year old sees the world

After taking lots of photos of Sofia (3 years) and her sister (3m) Sofia wanted a turn with the DSLR. Turns out she is pretty good at taking photos and many photos had very cool composition. Great insight into what is seen from her perspective.   Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...
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