March turns out to be not an easy month for one reason or the other, but I am coming around to think that this may have something to do with the fact that it is my birthday month.
You see, it starts out full of resolutions (the list is long and detailed) but then a week later, I am too exhausted keeping up with this new me. This year, the list came down from ten to two pretty quickly, so I am almost back to being the old-me but not quite.
Of what I did keep, one was to bake a birthday cake!
I bake often, usually uncomplicated stuff. This time I wanted to try something special (put it down to a birthday resolution of course!) and so here we have…
a carrot cake (simple) with cream cheese frosting (for the first time). N decorated it with silver sprinkles, adding just a touch of festive, and we had it last night and some more today. The recipe comes from here which is one of my all time favourite food blogs, and in my experience you can follow her recipes blindfoldedly. The cake and frosting are predictably yummy, but this time around the a-ha moment came while making the cream cheese. To my delight the thing turned out to be incredibly yummy. If you are in a pinch, or like me find cream cheese to be prohibitively expensive where you live, try it. It’s not the ‘real’ thing (what is real anyway??) but good enough for me and my cake.
Anyhow, so, now with cake out of the way, I want to talk about sewing for a bit.
My last success with pintucks made me want to make a few more, and so N got another top.
Sadly, the results this time leave something to be desired. Mostly my overconfidence with the pintucks got in the way, combined with the fact that I was making something from a fabric that I was not feeling particularly excited about.
Plus, for whatever reason it makes her look like she is slouching.
I am now trying to figure out how else I might have done it, because I followed exactly the instructions that came from this pattern book, and I would swear by it. I love this book so! Is it just the uneven gathering of elastic at the back? And what’s with the uneven front and back? I checked my measurements again–they were fine, and so I am still wondering.
What I don’t like much, the child is loving, and despite the intermittently rainy and somewhat chilly weather that we have had in during last week she has worn it more than a few times. In fact in the photos above, you can see even threads hanging from the hem that she refused to let me cut. :-)
The other top I made I like, but the reaction has been far from ‘loving.’ I knew my fabric choice wouldn’t produce an ecstatic response but I had hoped the little frill at the end of sleeve would. And the fact that I lined the frill at the end with a bit of pink.
Well, no such luck.
N is a kind of child who will never refuse anything I make absolutely (okay, maybe except this and this over which I had slaved). She is more of the ‘let me gradually divert my mother’s attention so that she forgets what she was suggesting in the first place.’ So this little top is definitely heading in that category. And there goes my nani iro which I love.
As a saving grace, she does like the pattern. It comes from the same book as the one above, and with excellent pictures was not difficult to make. I love the style, and post detailed consultations might attempt another one in the near future.
It is good to know one’s mind I suppose, and I should be listening more to what she wants to wear anyway!
P.S. On a (food) related note, I realised right now as I am writing that the cake I really wanted to make was not the one pictured above (!) but this!! Same blog, different recipe with an addition of apple cider (I substituted with one stewed apple). Check it out if you have carrot cravings.
P.P.S. And on an unrelated note. This made me feel like I was flying.