Last of 2017

And this is how the last post of the year looks:

Yes, that’s our youngest pup; he woke up sick today. Giving credence to my extreme fatigue the past two days and rip roaring headache in my eyes all day today. John looked at the computer for five minutes and came out crying, “my eyes are hurting so bad”. It’s a strange illness mostly where you have a terrible headache and feel tired, but thankfully no expelling of any body fluids.

Even with my crazy headache (never even thought I might be getting sick; as I tell my kids all the time, “moms don’t have time to be sick“) I made a nice bubbly batch of warm Butter Beer. A recipe I found on Pinterest earlier this month, inspired by the Harry Potter series and somehow got it stuck in my mind we should make for New Years Eve. The boys were sports, but neither of them liked it much “too spicy” (meaning actual spices – not ‘hot’ spicy), but boy did Hubby and I like it. Probably shouldn’t have doubled the recipe. Although, tomorrow is the last blast of 2017 decadence, so why not?!

Butterbeer (recipe link in blue above)

Thankfully, I also made all our NYE dinner a night early (last night) so we have plenty of food leftover to get us through today/tonight and into tomorrow. I’ve been forcing myself to eat pasta salad for my run in the morning. Otherwise, I know it’ll be miserable running on a day old empty stomach, even if my headache is gone.

I had planned a great ‘Year in Review’ type post, but now I’m not feeling quite up to the task. Probably I’ll have to do it in early January. Ha! Oh well.

One final make for the year – the Banksia Blouse by Megan Nielsen

Finally got to it, as I already had the pattern traced and ready to go for a Size Small (which matched my measurements perfectly). I threw caution to the wind on a muslin and cut straight into the shirt fabric. Probably because Megan’s Veronika skirt went together so well. There was not the same great fit magic with the blouse.

As a sidenote, I’m reading a book about couture sewing. It covers the history and some techniques. Very interesting and inspiring. In there it talks about tops (and certain dress styles) being one of the hardest garments to fit because they are the hardest to adjust once the garment is constructed. I completely agree. You almost always have to scrap it and start afresh.

Back to the blouse. It is really cute, simple and reminds me of resort wear, but just a size too large. Usually, I give up and start on a totally different project. Not this time. I got busy tracing off the XS size and sewed it up over the past few days out of some gauze fabric I picked up in one of Christine Hayne’s online destashes. I had plans to make a blouse with a giant bow out of the gauze. That has not happened and I was a bit annoyed at this fabric after trying to make a kimono out of it and the neckline stretched down to my navel.

All that aside, I decided to give it a go on my Banksia 2.0, i.e. one size down. As you can see the fabric is sheer. All the seams that can be are French seamed. for the sleeve seam, I did a felted seam (I think that’s the right term) to encase the raw edges along that seam. Oh! and the really lovely part about this pattern is that Megan has a sewalong on her website, full of little bonus features. Like this faux placket (the cheeky method). In case I just lost you at placket – where the buttons are. It isn’t functional, just looks like it is. The pattern includes directions for how to make it a real functioning placket, but that was way too much to ask from this fabric. Very pleased with this version. Fits just like I’d hoped it would. My 8 year old told me, “WHOA! What?! That looks store bought! And I’m not kiddin’!” (He learned to speak in the South)

The pattern is listed as an intermediate pattern, but definitely doable for a beginner with the faux placket or no placket and collar (like my first version).

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