McCalls M7789 Tie Front Dress

I’ve been wanting to sew this dress for a while now and seen so many beautiful versions of it on Instagram. This pattern has a number of variations too so they all look completely different from each other. I purchased this Cotton Sateen fabric from DK Fabrics that I have been holding out to use, wanting to find the perfect style of dress. I’m glad I did, as it worked amazingly and is so soft and comfortable to wear.

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Christmas Shirt by BurdaStyle

Firstly, Happy New Year! I haven’t been able to blog for a while but I wanted to take everyone back to Christmas! It was only a month ago and has to be one of my favourite times of the year. Everyone is so excited and winding down for the holidays and it’s usually when I get a few weeks off work and get to spend the holidays seeing my family and friends.

Last year we starting to slowly make our way back to office for work and luckily I was able to meet up with my colleagues for a Christmas party right before the next wave of Covid came through. To celebrate this I made myself a Christmas themed work shirt from Disney Mickey Mouse fabric I purchased at Spotlight.

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McCalls M8104 Denim Beach Dress

Coming into summer I wanted to make a beach dress that I could just throw over my swimmers. I chose McCalls M8104 pattern and made it from a lightweight denim. There is a lot to love about this pattern, including the slim-fitting shape, detailed sleeves and front and slim-fitting skirt with variations.

Description: Empire seam button front dresses with length, dolman sleeve variations & flounce details.
Pattern: McCalls M8104
Fabric: Lightweight Denim

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Crochet Baby Blanket

If you’re looking for a cute, soft and extremely fluffy blanket for a baby or toddler this is the perfect project! I’ve now created three blankets, all are going to be gifts to friends and family for their 1 year old or new born babies.

They end up being approximately 80cm x 80cm in width, which is the perfect size for a pram or carry blanket.

How to make this blanket

Purchase 2 x Makr Baby Blanket Yarn – 250g Polyester Yarn from Lincraft. I bought a multi-coloured one, plus 1 x plain colour for the edging. These wool yarns are about $10 each but when they are on sale they come down to about $5.50.

Crotchet needle: 7mm

For the tutorial on how to crochet a granny square blanket, as mentioned in my previous post I highly recommend Bella Coco’s video. She went through each step slowly and I found it really easy to follow along to create a basic square. She also shows you enough of the blanket that you’re comfortable to continue on, making the rest yourself.

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Learn a new hobby – crochet

This year I wanted to branch out a try a new creative hobby. I started Googling and came across this incredible list of Creative Hobby’s by The Curiously Creative. One of the hobbies that seemed affordable and easy for me was crocheting. All I had to do was pop over to my local craft store and purchase some wool and a crochet needle.

What you need:

  • 100g acrylic wool x 12 (depends how big you want your blanket)
  • Crotchet needle 7mm

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