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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Create beaded jewellery, keyrings or a lanyard!

One hobby I’ve been dying to try out is to create some beaded accessories. I had a look on Instagram and found some really amazing craft suppliers who sold these silicon and metal beads, as well as leather cord and snap closures. I sat down and created a number of accessories including a bracelet, lanyard and kids key rings.

The craft suppliers in Australia that I got my beads from is Over the Rainbow Beads and AJ Craft Supplies. They have pretty much all of the bits and pieces to create any of the things here, plus way more.

For those who work and have to carry around swipe access cards or train passes you could also create a beaded lanyard. These are way better than the dorky company lanyards that you get and you might even remember to wear it each day if it was stylish! Otherwise just create it into a necklace and wear it on it’s own!

I can’t wait to make more of these into Etsy saleable items or gifts for family and friends. I’ve also made myself a heap of bracelets because I love the bright colours and designs. This is a really simple and easy hobby and worth trying out with your kids or friends!

Hope you enjoy! Erin xx

10 New Year Goals for Health & Happiness

Happy New Year everyone! I know it’s a little late to send out my goals for the new year but I’ve been absent from the blogging world for a few months and thought I’d share my ideas anyway. At least you’ll be happy to know I’ve already started achieving these.

1. Sewing – Learn how to Shirr

I’ve been purchasing a lot of dresses lately that have some form of shirring in them. So I’d love to learn how to shirr myself so I can start creating some clothes of my own.

Tutorial blogs include:

2. Adopt a kitten

I will be picking up a kitten to make my home complete and give the puggies another play mate. I have always wanted to adopt an animal and have often donated to AWL in the past because of the amazing work they do. I can’t wait to pick up my new little ginger kitten…. I’m going to call him Ziggy!

3. Listen to more Podcasts

I’ve been spending more time listening to podcasts over watching TV or listening to music on my daily walks. Some of my favourite Podcasts so far include Crime Junkies, Something was wrong and the overwhelmed brain. I’m still a newbie so if you have any recommendations I’d love to hear them!

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BurdaStyle Skirt and Jacket

You can tell that I grew up in the 90s with this Clueless inspired outfit including a high-waisted skirt with a flounce hem and short cropped jacket. I made this right before we all locked down from Covid so I haven’t had a chance to wear it anywhere yet.

Description: Slim fitted high waisted skirt with flounce hem and a short cropped jacket.
Pattern: Bouclé Skirt and Bouclé Jacket
Fabric: Wool from Spotlight

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