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    nzsewist @Ann-Maree

    It sounds like it was such a great celebration @nicole. 🙂

    I’m not sure it was me who suggested the two cakes, but regardless I am very glad for you that the cake (and all the other catering) went well. I can’t wait to see more photos.

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    nzsewist @Ann-Maree

    For a second there I was thinking… “Wow! We’ve got until May!!! I can go all out with this one!”

    Then I realised it was just a dating convention difference.

    2/5 is 2nd of May to a New Zealander. But 5th February is fine for an end date too. 🙂

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    nzsewist @Ann-Maree

    I have been almost exactly where you are. I used pre-made binding as the armhole facing for an unlined dress for myself once and it was so scratchy and uncomfortable that I couldn’t wear it.

    Could you cut some cotton lawn or silk on the bias (or some of the fabric you used for the blouse) and hand stitch it to the seam allowances of the piping? I guess that only deals with the allowances though and not the piped edge. Would covering the allowances help to put some distance between your skin and the piped edge though so that it wouldn’t rub?

    Or could you unpick it and re-do it with some home made piping? Sometimes some well placed stay stitching and some starch can hold things in place for you to re-sew, even if you’ve clipped curves etc. already.

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    nzsewist @Ann-Maree

    I think it would be a good idea to have an end date for the next challenge that is in January or February. We are coming to the end of the school year here in the Southern Hemisphere and there is always lots going on with that as well as Christmas preparation.

    I’m happy to do whatever and whenever though. 🙂

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    nzsewist @Ann-Maree

    Another discussion thread has just got me thinking that a pattern hack challenge could be fun. It could be as simple as adding pickets right through to merging designs together and drafting entirely new pattern pieces.

    I’m a rule and instruction follower by nature so that kind of challenge would definitely stretch me in a good way! 🙂

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    nzsewist @Ann-Maree

    Maybe the playtime tunic/dress pattern could work here too? The back yoke would need to be changed to be one piece and the front pieces adjusted to include the placket. And some fullness added to the sleeves to get the gathered effect.

    The playtime pattern works great with knits too if you were thinking of making the dress in a knit instead of a woven.

    I can’t wait to see what you make. And I think I will be following your lead as that style would look great on my girls.

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    nzsewist @Ann-Maree

    Oh yes I think we should definitely brainstorm lots of ideas @justsewit.

    I love it when geometric (especially stripes) and floral prints are paired together. Maybe an unexpected pairs challenge? Kind of tricky to define ‘unexpected’ though.

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    nzsewist @Ann-Maree

    @roundtheworldgirl and @sarvi… Did you see Todd’s comment on the blog post. The out of stock notification often just means that the stock is allocated to carts but not all of those purchases will be completed. I signed up for the email notification and was able to get the class picnic in the larger size range about half an hour ago.

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    nzsewist @Ann-Maree

    I like the look of the see Kai run sandals @corlee. I found one supplier in NZ for those so I might look into them for next summer.

    I was able to get a second hand pair for each of my girls. Pink size 10 for N and purple size 4 for L. They love them! They’ve been wearing them around the house most days and on sunny days they have been wearing them out and about too. I have been amazed that neither of them has a single blister.

    Thank you all for your recommendations. I really appreciate it.

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    nzsewist @Ann-Maree

    I am biased towards a plaid/check/gingham challenge since I suggested it. 😉 Especially since I love seeing how sewists can take these very traditional fabrics and put a modern spin on them.

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    nzsewist @Ann-Maree

    Timtams are available at some walmarts in the US now so don’t know if that is an option for him from Canada? A friend of mine who travels from here in NZ to the US once a year always takes some for her friends over there but they’ve been able to get themselves now so that they don’t have to wait 12 months between their Timtam doses! 🙂

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    nzsewist @Ann-Maree

    Thank you for the advice ladies.

    I am keen to use up my stash so will use the ribbing for the waistband but put some elastic in too. I want these to survive through kindy for both N and her little sister and neither of them are the kind of girls who just sit at the craft table or play inside for the entire session! 🙂

    I remembered as well that she has some rtw harem style pants with a ribbing waistband and we had to relegate those to pajama pants because she got annoyed at them slipping down all the time.

    School holidays are over now and kindy starts again on Monday so I had better get on to sewing them.

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    nzsewist @Ann-Maree

    I hand wash mine in wool wash and dry flat (a trampoline sounds like a great idea!) before cutting and sewing. With whatever lining I’m using too, although sometimes I separate them if I’m worried about any colour coming out. If colour does come out of the wool then I keep washing until it stops shedding dye or add some white vinegar and salt to the rinsing water to help set the colour a little better. I’ve got a couple of really large buckets that are fine for washing a piece of wool for a child’s coat but if you’re sewing for yourself then you might find you need a large laundry tub or a bath to have enough space to move the fabric around.

    I’ve never bothered with dry cleaning. It’s just too expensive and I’ve had items come back in worse condition than when I dropped them off. I just hand wash or spot clean woollen items and I’ve never had any problem as long as I am gentle with them.

    Are you making the school days coat. I have made that in wool twice now and it is a dream to sew up! 🙂

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    nzsewist @Ann-Maree

    This is my go to recipe for birthday cakes…

    Annabel Langbein’s Ultimate Chocolate Cake

    I always make the cake or cakes a few weeks in advance, wrap in cling film and then freeze until the day before. I’ve made this one in both 27cm (entire recipe) and 20cm (recipe split into thirds) tins. I’ve also staked two 27cm cakes, and you could definitely go to three or four of these stacked no problems to feed all 200 people.

    The recipe has instructions for mixing the entire batter in a food processor, but you do need a really big food processor to be able to do that. Mine isn’t quite big enough so I just put all the ingredients in my stand mixer and do it that way.

    From a catering for multiple people perspective…

    When you make the ganache or icing/frosting that you are going to use for crumb coating, sandwiching and covering the cake make even more than you think you will need. There’s nothing worse than not having quite enough and needing to make more.

    I definitely recommend delegating the portioning of the cake at the party to a team of willing helpers. One or two people cutting the cake into portions (little square pieces, not segments) and putting it onto serving platters. And then a team of servers taking the cake out to guests with serviettes/plates. If you wanted to be involved with that then make sure that you are just a server and not a cutter. Your guests will miss out on an opportunity to pass on their appreciation of how wonderful your son is and how awesome your cake is if you’re stuck behind the scenes cutting up cake for half an hour! 🙂

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    nzsewist @Ann-Maree

    I’m glad it was a fruitful trip @sarvi. What did you get?

    Their store here in Wellington is my favourite place to go fabric shopping.

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