Last weekend Amelia’s best friend, Olivia, came over so that the girls could do some more sewing. They were working on the slightly larger version of my apron pattern that I had just drafted, (so really these are prototypes). The girls chose their favourite motif from a whole range of food-themed appliques that I designed ages ago, and slightly different applique fabrics from my stash.
Apart from sewing the appliques on, using the dangerous rotary blade, and a tricky bit of top-stitching to attach the pockets, the girls did the lot. We had a really fun time and they are very proud of their aprons. I found having one sewing machine (set to very slow) and a space to pin and measure was perfect. There was barely any standing around waiting for a turn.
When it was time to sew around the circumference of the apron (including the two curved sections that go under the arms) with a 1/2″ seam allowance, I decided to use a trick – to draw the stitching line on. Until then, the girls had been sewing using the 1/4″ foot to align against. I gave each of the girls, a ruler and one of my new “frixion”pens, which are erasable pens. The ink is designed to erase when you “rub it out” using the rubber tip, but the tip is not really an eraser, it is actually heat, that the friction or rubbing creates, that makes the ink disappear. This means the ink disappears when you iron over it! This made the going much easier for the girls, because they just had to follow the line they had marked, with the needle. I know they could have marked a line with chalk, or washout pen, but these lines are really crisp and stand out.
Since the weekend I have been really busy. On Monday I went with the preps on an excursion to the Zoo. Big groups of 5 and 6 year olds are exhausting, (but so enthusiastic). We had a lovely time, and the fact that there was a gentle rain all day meant that the school groups pretty much had the Zoo to themselves.
On Tuesday the kids had no school, so were home with me all day.
Yesterday I drove out to Healesville with my Mother and her friend, to see the portraits created by the Archibald Prize Finalists for 2011, at TarraWarra Museum of Art. It was wonderful, I am so glad I went. I enjoyed all the different styles of portraits, but this one was my favorite.
Finally, I will leave you with this lovely clip, celebrating the Sydney Opera House. You can read more about it here.