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From Malaysia to Melbourne and now Michigan, sharing my experiences, tales and passions with anyone who will listen (or read)!

Month: July, 2014

Weather like Melbourne’s

Goodness. It feels like it’s been a while.

There have been so many things going on in the last couple of weeks. As quickly as the weekdays have passed, the weekends have been quicker. The weekend just gone was so packed that I can barely remember the weekend before it!

Oh wait, I can. I passed my driving test so now have a MI driver’s licence (or at least, the piece of paper they issue in the interim) and then tricked my poor husband and friends into thinking I had failed the test. Sorry, guys! After my test, we walked the Dequindre Cut to Eastern Market with a Meetup group I’d found. Lunch at Eastern Market was at Vivio’s (great burger!). And that evening/night, we headed to Pig and Whiskey in Ferndale for some pork extravaganza. Despite the name of the event, I would have thought there would be a few non-alcoholic beverages available considering I’m sure we weren’t the only group with a designated driver, but alas my choices seemed to be limited to water and a really sweet non-alco punch. However, special mention to Vinsetta Garage for their deconstructed banoffee pudding. Sensational.

Sunday…? Oh, breakfast at the Original Pancake House and then … shopping! New bike, hair straightener, and kitchen appliances.

For the weekend just gone, we’d originally planned to go to Cedar Point, a rollercoaster and theme park in Ohio, about 2.5 hours from us, for my husband’s birthday. Due to a very unfavourable weather forecast, however, we changed our plans and stayed in Detroit for the day. We had dim sum and coffee with friends, and as the day wore on, it became clear that it wasn’t going to rain. In fact, it turned out to be a perfectly sunny day, and would have been ideal for a theme park! It seems the weather here is almost as unpredictable as Melbourne…

Birthday celebrations kicked on the rest of the weekend – we went (cosmic) bowling, to the Detroit Maker Faire (some good stuff, but very chaotic setup!) and then to a friend’s new house for a bbq. That’s where the rain kicked in, and did it hit hard! Power outages, fires, fallen trees, ensued and the cleanup continued yesterday. It was nuts! See here. Only the second time it’s rained heavily since we got here about 7 weeks ago, but it seems to hit with a vengence when it does.

Well, that was a pretty boring post wasn’t it? Lots of text and no photos! Whoops. The next post will be a food review – my first in Detroit – and will have photos. Promise!

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Simplicity 2255 done -finally!

So it’s finally done. Simplicity 2255, variation D. I chose this pattern because I used to have a store-bought top in a similar style that I loved. It was a navy blue seersucker fabric and with that image in mind, I chose a blue seersucker fabric for this project. Probably not the best choice because 1. Seersucker has a fair amount of stretch in it whereas this top required some precise cutting of the fabric to ensure it fit well and the front sections (plackets, if I must be technical) match up at the neckline, as well as at the hem; and 2. There’s a fair bit of pressing/ironing required, so you end up almost ironing out the feature that makes seersucker so unique in the first place.

Anyway, it took me far longer to complete an ‘easy to sew’ pattern than I anticipated, to the point where I was getting quite disillusioned about my sewing ‘skills’! It was taking me so long to sew the body (I am pedantic about some things so lines had to be as straight as I could get them), then I got to the neckline and my brain couldn’t process what I was supposed to do for the neck facing! After a week off over the 4th of July, I worked out what I was meant to do with that, but then when it came to sewing the buttonholes, well, that nifty sewing machine that I bought? Buttonholes should have been a breeze, right! Wrong! Everytime I had to sew the next buttonhole, the machine seemed to sew it in different directions, so I ended up unpicking and unpicking whenever it started in the direction I wasn’t expecting it to… did I mention I’m a bit of a perfectionist?! 🙂 In my mind, I had spent so long on and had put so much effort into making this top so far that there was no way I was going to have unevenly spaced buttons if I could help it. As it turned out, every buttonhole is a different distance to the next one haha. Oh well. It still looks pretty good, I think!

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I had orignally wanted to make variation A, but wanted to use this as a ‘practice’ run, thinking the capped sleeves would be easier than long sleeves. The fabric I’ve purchased for variation A however is slightly slippery and stretchy so I may get something that is easier to work with for that top. I might also attempt to make something else (I’m thinking maxi dress) before I make a second shirt. This experience has just been a little harrowing 😉

P.s. if anyone can tell me how to ensure my automatic buttonholes start in the same direction, that would be GREATLY appreciated!