2016 Christmas Presents – Part II, Clothing

I’ve already shared the slippers and knitting needle roll I made for friends this Christmas. This post is about the clothing I made for Christmas: dresses and PJs for my friend Beth’s children*, and a shirt for my dad.

Firstly, the little outfit for Beth’s kids. After going way over-the-top for their birthdays, I kept it simple with some classic Christmas pyjamas and a special dress each. Both of these fabrics were op shop finds: the amazing robot fabric I used for the PJs is actually a doona cover, and the fabric for the dresses is Michael Miller’s Children at Play Parade, which I couldn’t believe I saw hanging from the racks at Salvo’s.

Two pairs of children's pyjamas in robot print.

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Regina the Fourth

OK, so I know I promised you more Christmas presents, but I haven’t managed to get adequate photos of them yet. So instead, I wore a wool hat and scarf in 35C+ degree heat to take photos of this project. It’s a hard-knock life, guys.

A woman wears a red cloche and white scarf.
Scarf is Trellis Scarf by Purl Bee, knitted in white Ton of Wool cormo which is unfortunately discontinued. Lipstick is Kate Moss for Rimmel #10, for any other diehard lippie fans.

This hat is my Regina the Fourth, named as such as this is the fourth hat pattern I’ve made from this yarn (not counting all the hats of the same pattern knit and reknit cos I chose the wrong size). It started as a Verity, which was immediately ripped and knit into a Cloche Divine, then Ripley, and now Carina Spencer’s free Regina pattern.

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2016 Christmas Presents – Part I, Accessories

Despite my usual insistence that making Christmas presents is for chumps, somehow this year I managed to make far more presents than I expected. I’ve split them into two posts: this first post features the presents I made for my childhood friends Alyce and Beth. Continue reading “2016 Christmas Presents – Part I, Accessories”

Top 5 of 2016

Every year, Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow hosts a Top 5 of 2016 round-up, whereby members of the online sewing community share their top 5 hits, misses, highlights, reflections and goals. I haven’t been blogging long enough to do a full post on each category, so today I’ll share one from each.

Hits

A woman stands in a garden, wearing a white button up shirt and red skinny pants.

My definite hit for the year are my Style Arc Elle Pants. Made up in cherry red and berry purple bengaline, these pants are comfortable, stylish and easy to wear. They’ve also opened up the rabbit hole that is sewing stretch pants! My only complaint is that they are made from such a lightweight, cool fabric, I can only wear them in the warmer months. Continue reading “Top 5 of 2016”

“I’m not saying you’re ‘MAD'”, and other lies doctors tell me – on somatic symptom disorder

Content warning: contains GIFs, discussion of abuse and gaslighting

If you’ve been following along with this blog so far, you will know that my already poor health has taken a sharp turn for the worse. The decline is so sudden, dramatic and long-lasting, that I have started to consider that there may be some underlying medical condition affecting my health other than ME/CFS. As it had been some years since a full medical review, I decided to try a few different GPs in town for new ideas.

Dr Spacemen from 30 Rock speaks on phone. Text: medicine is not a science

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Butterick 6528 – Are Pineapples Still Hot Right Now?

A year or so ago, a pineapple craze swept the Instagram sewing community. The tag, #pineapplesaresohotrightnow, accompanied creations made in a pineapple print fabric. Being typically late to the party,* I have only just made a similar pineapple print dress.

A woman stands in front of a garden fence, wearing a pineapple print dress and panama hat.
99% of the photos I took are of me staring in this direction, to avoid the hot northerly blowing dust in my face. Country Road leather loafers, from op shop, hat from KMart.

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Good news, everyone!

Professor Farnsworth from Futurama. Text: good news, everyone!

The Griffith University National Centre For Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED) has announced they have been granted funding for a diagnostic test for ME/CFS. Their ground breaking research on the biomarkers of this disease has already laid the foundations for this test, and all they required was funding. I have high hopes that diagnostic test will be swiftly developed, and go a long way towards validating the experiences of ME/CFS sufferers.

You can read their press release here, and catch up on their research on their Publications page.