Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Karori Cemetary - Penguin Shipwreck Walk

This is a very photo heavy post my friend, a few weeks ago (well maybe longer than a few weeks...) I met up with some of my sewing blogger friends for a walk in Karori Cemetery. The plan was to do the Penguin Shipwreck Memorial Walk, we did the walk in a round about kind of way, but I'd love to do it again and spend more time (and also perhaps read the information in the brochure to get a better understanding).

Although we did not follow that path of the walk particularly closely, it was nice to spend the morning walking and spending time with friends.



















Monday, February 20, 2017

Strawberry picking day trip!

In my most recent post I mentioned that I have been doing a few day trips, in my part of the world its currently summer (although you would be excused for thinking other wise, Wellington weather has been pretty average) and it had been a while since I'd caught up with a group of ladies who were really my first Wellington friends - so we decided to head over to Masterton to visit Jess, go strawberry picking and catch up.

First up was the strawberry picking at a very cute place called the "Wee red barn" - I usually end up doing a lavender picking day trip in the summer, but that didn't happen this year, it was strawberries instead and it was pretty great.
The Wee Red Barn was pretty great, they grew a bunch of different berries at the farm, not just strawberries - but of course we were there to pick the strawberries!
The strawberries were growing under shelters and were growing off the ground, so we didn't have to bend over too much before we picked them - which was a bonus!


I was also really amazed how huge these strawberries were, we were also allowed to eat strawberries as we picked them which was a bonus!
Once we had eaten all the strawberries we could and filled up our cartons of strawberries it was time to leave.
The cartons seriously held A LOT of strawberries, look at this container, I can't imagine even being able to buy strawberries like this back in Wellington (and if you could buy them it would cost about a million dollars).
 We stopped at the store on the way out, there was fresh fruit, jams and a lot of other delicious things for sale. I bought a BIG container of blueberries - we couldn't eat them all so I ended up freezing them - perhaps I can make blueberry muffins?
Also I couldn't resist saying goodbye to these guys on the way out - even if they didn't really their photo taken!

We stopped for lunch at Paper Road Winery, even as a non-drinker I can't resist a lunch at a winery. There's always lovely, relaxing views of the vines!

We finished up our day at the park in Masterton, I had no idea the park in Masterton - there were deer in the park (I did actually know that) and they made the strangest noise (I had no idea deer sounded so weird!). Also much like goats, deer really don't like posing for photos!




I had such a fun time out with these girls - hopefully we are more organised and don't wait so long before catching up again x

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sophia the First dress as worn by Sophiia!

Hello All! Just a very quick post of something my brother sent me this morning I thought was worth sharing! Back in 2015 my niece turned five and before her birthday I found some Sofia The First fabric. I imagine it's pretty excited for a princess obsessed girl to have a princess with the same name as her (even if its spelt differently!).

I blogged about the dress I made here, but it was too big for Sophiia, so I don't think she wore it too much. However, I guess with kids clothes its better they are too big rather than too small!
Fast forward to this morning, when my brother sent me this photo and told me that the Sofia dress now fits Sophiia and it's her favourite! Yah!

I guess I should probably start thinking about what I should do with the Frozen and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fabric I bought my niece and nephew at a recent sale, I'm thinking I should make them some Easter presents (because let's face it, they will get a tonne of Easter eggs) my brother said they could do with some pajamas, time to get hunting for kids patterns!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Sweet Tooth Cross stitch

Hello there! This week has been so busy for me so far - I've had a couple of day trips, a weekend away, been to two amazing concerts, have a friend stay, finished an old job and started a new one. Plus I've sewn stuff that I haven't yet blogged - I will catch up eventually!

For now I thought I'd share my latest completed cross stitch which is a really late birthday present for a friend.
I made this cross stitch for a friend who is a big fan of baking and also has a sweet tooth (just like me!). The pattern is from one of my favourite cross stitch pattern companies, Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - every pattern they have is so cute! I kind of want to make all their patterns.
As this was a small cross stitch, I didn't follow the colour of the floss as I don't like buying new floss for every single project (especially when I have a big bag of the stuff) so I just matched the colours as closely as I could with what I had.
The wee slice of cake is my favourite part of this cross stitch, he's just so cute!

My new years resolution to blog more regularly may be off to a bit of a slow start, but its not due to a lack of things to post about! Hope you all have had a great weekend x

Thursday, January 26, 2017

At the Beach - Exhibition

Every so often, the New Zealand Fashion Museum will have an exhibition pop up at the Dowse Museum. I've been to a couple of these exhibitions in the past, the latest exhibition is "At The Beach" and last Saturday my friend Jo and went to check it out.
On display in the exhibition was 100 years of New Zealand beachwear, mainly togs (that's what we call swimsuits in my part of the world).
The togs from 1890 that were both woolen, Jo and I were both pretty into the togs on the left - as in we could both see ourselves in a cute sailor dress (we do not want to wear woolen togs). While most people know that in this time people were much more modest and covered themselves up when swimming, its something else to actually see the types of things women wore swimming and think about how impractical it would be by modern standards.

I guess the thing that got to me most about this swimsuit is the woolen tights, I last wore woolen tights in high school as they were part of our school uniform and I remember them being so uncomfortable (and I wear tights most of the year!). The thought of wearing woolen tights to swim makes me want to cringe.

The togs on the left were from the early 1900, again much more of a dress than togs but at least there are no woolen tights involved! 
I also took a photo of what men wore around this time, while still make of wool they aren't too far from what men wear currently to swim (at least here in New Zealand where men generally wear board shorts).
 I have to admit that I don't remember the date on the next pair of togs in the exhibition, but they were still woolen so it must have still been pretty early on.

Can we all take a moment to admire the towel cape - why isn't this still a thing? Why did I not know about towel capes? I feel like this is a thing that needs to make a come back.

I took a close up of the label on this pair of togs as I thought it was rad. A lot of these earlier togs had really cute labels.
 The next piece that caught my eye was this 1940s play suit, its so cute with the contrasting cuffs and trim.
The hat on this mannequin was something pretty special too, why don't they make hats like this anymore? Can you think of a better hat for a day on the beach?
 My favourite part of this play suit was the fact the print was upside down and it was handmade! This fills me with all kinds of joy as its a mistake I've made myself and its a mistake someone made a long time ago but their garment is still beautiful and worthy of being in a museum. Who knows? Perhaps at some point in the distant future some of my less than perfect garments will end up on display somewhere.
Another rather lovely pair of togs, again woolen, but I was rather taken with these the straps were a little tired on this pair - not sure I'd trust them to hold up very well in the ocean anymore. I also have to say I love this swimming cap! I remember seeing people wear these types of swimming caps in old movies when I was young and often wish that's what I could wear to the pool instead of the boring modern swimming cap I had.
If I remember rightly, these togs were all from the 1950s/1960s and I thought that the women's togs in this part of the display were all amazing (not so much the men's togs, they don't change much really do they?).
Jo and I were both pretty smitten with this pair of pinstripe togs, I love the piping detail so much! I never find togs I actually like and this pair makes me feel ALMOST brave enough to try sewing my own togs, just so I can try and create something fabulous.
This was the first bikini and its pretty incredible and yes it is faux fur. The mannequin didn't really do it justice, but it looks amazing in the photo below where it was worn by its original owner. 
I can't help but this this was a bikini for lounging rather than swimming - that top could have resulted in some major wardrobe malfunctions in the waves.
These cotton togs and play suit were all from the 1950's and they were all beautiful, I could totally see myself wearing togs like these (although I'd prefer they were made from stretch fabric, not cotton).
These togs both had shirring around the back to help with fit (I assume) and all kinds of beautiful details like top stitching and piping (to name a few).
This little play suit was just beautiful, I love the fabric and the pattern placement - especially the flowers along the top.
The next group of togs were from the 1960s and were made of Bri-Nylon and I pretty much loved them all.
However, I have to say the blue floral version with the detachable skirt was my favourite.
There were also a couple of "summer scenes" in the exhibition - that featured more than just swimsuits and summer dresses.

I would totally wear both these dresses now and I especially like the one on the right - I love the little matching bolero and the crazy print of the fabric.

There were more 1960s/1970s togs, I really like the ones in the bottom photo too - very cute, also not only do we not have towel capes, we don't have towel bags either! I love the towel bag (I suppose I could easily make both a towel cape and bag if I REALLY wanted too).

This bikini was also on display from the 1970s, if I remember rightly, it was bought from a market so I'm assuming it was handmade. I guess its just for lounging like the fluffy 1950s bikini because swimming in suede just seems like it would end badly.
The next group of togs from the 80s until now were less exciting - although those sparkly speedos were pretty exceptional!



 There was also some information about various New Zealand swimwear companies, some that no longer exist and some that still make swimwear today.





The exhibition finished up with a display of a "traditional" Kiwi summer holiday, complete with caravan.





Just to finish up, here's so selfies Jo and I took, because we always have to take a selfie or two!