Wednesday, 23 October 2013

How do you like them apples....

I'm just back from a trip to Somerset, it's really gorgeous this time of year, all autumnal and golden (and wet, but we'll ignore that bit) We went for a gorgeous walk around some orchards out the back of where my mum and dad live. Theres some super cute pigs snuffling away at all of the fallen apples, the ones that didnt get sniffled ended up being taken home...

which was actually quite a few, so I need a few good apple recipes to use this lot up.

So last night was apple pie night :)
I'm not too into all the weighing and measuring so my apple pie went something like this..
Slice as many apples as you need to fill your pie dish..

Pop some putter into a pan....

Once melted add your apples, along with a good sprinkling of brown sugar...

and cinnamon...


then let it all stew together for a bit until the apples start to soften...

Pop the apple mixture all back into your pie dish and cover with some short crust pastry (I used ready made..so shoot me) Pop into the over for around 25 mins and...


Enjoy...

This was ready just in time for the Bake Off finale (any cosy winter tv will do)

As you can imagine theres quite a few of those apples left and as much as I'd love to I dont think a pie a night for a week is the best idea......next up apple and sultana chutney.







Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Deer and Doe; Belladone....

Can I just say.............loving these Deer and Doe patterns!
I finished my first Belladone and its a winner :) This is another of my autumn patterns, I was just waiting for the right fabric to turn up when I was gifted some lovely heavy weight black elastine sort of stuff (ha I sooo have no idea what it is, but it's got a bit of stretch, doesnt crease and sews like a dream so it's all good) I had some really pretty peices which I picked up at the swap but weren't really big enough for any whole projects so I threw some pretty purple/blue floral print into the mix too, and this is what I came up with...

This dress has such great potential, what with all of the different back, waist and pocket peices, it's perfect for using an accent fabric with to highlight different areas.
I also used this make to have a go at piping, I've been wanting to have a go for ages but never really found the right peice. i don't think I did too badly for a first attempt...

I love those little peekaboo pockets.

My only major hiccup was I think I put the zip in  alittle low so I added a cute little button to the top so it doesnt look too obvious (right?!)

I think I say this about every dress I make but I love this, it's a great length and shape and I can really see a few more of these turning up in my wardrobe. I also think I might have to add few more Deer and Doe patterns to my wish list....




Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Scout Tee: Modcloth copycat....

I wanted to make a gingham dress all summer and never got round too it. Something about gingham=summer (probably something to do with picnic blankets?) But then I saw this cute top featured on a Beautiful Mess blog...



It's been sitting on one of my Pinterst boards for a while. Then I got hold of the Grainline Scout Woven tee pattern and my little brain worked out it could be mine!

The scout tee comes with short sleeves so I adapted the pattern using the precise mathmatics of measuring arm length and width and some nice slopey pencil lines.....soooo technical.

Anyways it worked and I've ended up with this...



It's a nice soft cotton, it'll need layers in the winter but the sleeve length is perfect for this time of year when it's still a bit muggy but you feel a bit bare in a tshirt. I love the Scout neckline but think I could go down a size on the waist and hip when I make another. Sucha  quick make too, this is my winter Sorbetto replacement!