Just checking in for a moment to say hello!
Right now I'm on vacation. Well, sort of, because when I go home (to see my parents) it's - going home, not on vacation. :-) The upside is the beach at a 100 m distance. :-) Only, the weather is not cooperating this summer. I have to sleep with a blanket on my bed!! The temperatures are in the 20s (sometimes lower) and it's the end of July!! Not to mention the clouds and rain and storms... Oh, poor turists, they finally got to the Adriatic, only to experience torrential rain and cold.
Today was wonderful, though. And since circumstances are forcing me to stay a couple more days, I hope to get to sunbath and relax properly before going back to Zagreb. Also, someone please remind me to take my sunglasses off! (You know the racoon look,eh?)
Did I mention that I brought my sewing machine? :-D
Yeah, I promised Grandma to sew something for her. I made her two dresses and a blouse. Another blouse has to be recut as the pattern is too loose. Several aprons are in the making. She promptly wore the blose to church.
Oh, she was so funny while I was sewing! At times I would ask her to try a garment on and then she would walk like a model across the living room forth and back. We had some loughs! And I loved seeing her happy. But there are no photos, unfortunately.
Then, my little niece wanted some clothes for a doll. Of course, I obliged. :-) And we had a lot of fun making them. She was very curious about the sewing machine and its parts, and accessories. (Asking a billion times when is the skirt, or blouse, or hat going to be finished, hehe.) She had fun cutting the thread on the corner cutter and counting the needles in their little boxes. At one point she also wanted to sit on my lap while I was sewing. She looked really really interested, so much so that at moments it was hard to keep her fingers off some part of the machine or presser foot. I had to raise my voice a couple of times to avoid accidents. :-(
All in all a fun adventure. :-) For her and for me. Who knows, she may want to learn to sew some day. What do you think?
So, the week went by in a blink. Luckily, it rained most of the time, hehe.
I hope you are having more luck with the weather and chances to wear the cute summer dresses you stitced up! Maybe I will be able to do so in August.
Something completely different
Bicchieri Estate or Summer Glasses
You will need:
Cherry jam ( I used homemade)
1. Put 1-2 spoonfull of cherry jam in the glasses
Then pour in some panna cotta and let cool (best overnight).
2. Whipp the cream and add some jelly from the jam (no fruit), mix well to get a pink tint you like.
Add the cream to the glasses and form a flower shape with a spoon (or any other utensil you prefer).
Decorate with a leaf and some more jam jelly.
They have this dusty, wavy, icecreamish look of summer. I like it!
Lately, I've been diligently working to make them smaller. :-))
Pattern: Burda 5/2004-115
I like it a lot.
I only lengthened the pattern before sewing the muslin. The top is nice. The bottom piece needs alterations. The obvious and usual swayback alteration (so, why don't I do it right away???) and , how strange, some fabric needs to be taken from the front, as well. Then, the back of the skirt needs to be lengthened.
Sigh.. I don't know. This could remain an UFO until I put my new dress form on a proper stand. Or forever. We shall see. I'm not so easily discouraged, but really not in the mood to finish this dress right now.
Pattern: Burda 12/2008-121
Just...bleh. It's in the trash now. I used remnants to make the muslin, so no damage done. I kept the bottom pieces of the pattern, though. They could be used to make a skirt.
This is the best dress pattern ever, as I am concerned.
I made some basic alterations and used this yellow silk (that used to be curtains) to make the muslin (if wearable could be a nightgown..?).
A couple of issues emerged.
The front was good, but pulled on the sides near the bust. Then I noticed why! How come? Because I'm not particularly gifted in that area, hehe!? This was easy to change on the pattern. The pulling on the left foto is due to my posture. Also, I had to scoop the front armscy a bit.
Now the pattern is ready for some faboulous fabric!
I'm really looking forward to sewing this one.
More UFOs info in the next post.
Have a nice weekend!
Finally it is hot hot hot and I can wear my pretty dresses, yay! :-)))
And decided to make some cake. First I thought about pies/crostatas, but then I opted for panna cotta.
Here is the Spring Glass or Bicchiere primavera creation (copy paste from CCS method :-) ):
You will need:
For the lemon cream:
150 gr sugar
50 gr butter
For the panna cotta:
0,5 l cream
1 vanilla bean
10 gr gelatine ( I used unflavored granulated prepared with 4 spoons of cold water)
For the caramelized orange and sauce:
1 cup sugar
0,5 cup water
First you make the lemon cream.
You can use any other citrus you prefer.
Zest and juice the lemons.
In a metal bowl wisk together 1 egg+2 egg yolks and the sugar until light.
Add lemon juice and stir.
Cook on bain marie (double boiler; over until boiling water) until thick. It takes about 10 minutes. When the cream thickens, add a pinch of lemon zest (or more if you want a stronger taste) and cook a bit more to release the flavour.
Remove the bowl and add the sliced butter. Stir until melted and well combined. You wil get a smooth, thick cream.
The cream can be made a day in advance.
Basic panna cotta method:
Cut the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds.
Combine in a saucepan the liquid cream, sugar, seeds and bean.
Prepare the gelatine. (You can use the type you prefer)
Place the sacepan on the stove and bring to boil. Remove the vanilla bean and cook for a couple more minutes.
Remove from the heath and add the gelatine. Stir until well combined.
Put the panna cotta into cups, glasses, or any other container or mold while it is still hot because it thickens and hardens as it cools down.
After it cools at room temperature refrigerate it for 4 hours.
To remove panna cotta from a mold insert the mold in very hot water (the outer layer will melt) and then turn onto a plate.
Turn the slices over a couple of times.
When the caramel sauce is very thick and the orange slices "transparent". Take out the slices and put them on a piece of backing paper or oiled surface to cool.
Juice the lemon and add the juice to the caramel sauce, stir until well combined. Remove pan from the stove.
Now, to recap:
1. make the lemon cream
2. make caramelized oranges and caramel- lemon sauce
3. make panna cotta
How to assemble the Bicchieri Primavera:
1. Pour hot caramel sauce into glasses (while it is still liquid)
2. Add the lemon cream.
3. Pour hot panna cotta into the glasses carefully.
4. Let cool and refrigerate overnight.
5. Decorate with caramelized orange slices and melissa (or mint) leaves.
I realised that most of the UFOs on the pile are actually muslins. Which is a rather good news since I don't have to finish them completely. Unless they are wearable. Or I want to. There are several dress patterns I really want to get right, but that's for another day...
The after: top Burda 12/2005-111 (without the band and slightly lengthened).
This is the before:
Sorry to be missing, but, as you already know, I've had some technical issues lately...
The good thing is one can actually make something instead of browsing around the web.
Two of the finished objects:
Both fabrics (three actually...) are from stash. You can call these "ugly fabrics" project really, hehe. Z says he likes the African fabric. I think those colors don't suit me, but both garments are actually wearable, and they are also coordinated (accidentaly). Work well with jeans.
So, I have less fabric in the stash and many things to show you. What I don't have is the camera...I took some pictures while I had it last night, though. Thus, you'll have to forgive the bad quality of the pics. :-)