Sunday, 31 March 2013

Happy Easter


How has Easter been for you all so far? I've managed to avoid too many chocolate eggs, but I did make a chocolate fudge cheesecake (from the current issue of Super Food Ideas if any of you fellow Australians have it) which was so sweet my teeth are still aching!  I have to share a photo because for once my baking didn't go wrong and in fact turned out perfect - my cheesecake didn't crack, sink in the middle, burn on the edges or generally turn into a mess!


Anna's been a bit cranky with me lately because I've been making dress after dress for myself and none for her - every day when I pick her up from daycare she asks me if I had made something special for her and when I say no there's a bit of foot stamping and crankiness let me tell you! So I decided to whip out a simple dress for her, and even let her pick some fabric out last time I was in Spotlight.  Unfortunately she picked out a polycotton that is such poor quality that after prewashing it already felt rough and pilled, and a little bit faded which is annoying but given she'll no doubt grow out of this in millisecond I decided just to make it quickly to keep her quiet (ie to stop the whinging so I could go back to sewing for me!).

I used New Look 6960 which now seems to be out of print, which is a pity because it is a lovely dress that is easy to sew, with a couple of variations and is drafted with sleeves which is important because her daycare has a no sleeveless clothes rule as part of their sunsense policy.  I've made this pattern before and knew that it would fit her because as usual I was sewing when she wasn't available (usually I sew when she's sleeping or at daycare) and I didn't want repeat of the last badly fitting dress I made for her.  She wore this to daycare during the week for their Easter Hat parade, although this year she didn't want a hat at all, just some bunny ears much to my disappointment.  Nor would she behave and let me get a decent photo either!   




Just for you Sandra I included a photo of our front fence (and overgrown lawn).  At the first Sydney social sewists meet up Sandra mentioned that whenever she saw a white picket fence she's reminded of my house which has appeared only a few times on this blog, which is very sweet!

And now back to sewing for myself.  Thankfully it's a public holiday tomorrow because otherwise I would be back at work - yes my child free and work free time has come to an end.  It's Toby's first birthday on Friday, this year has just flown by.....

14 comments:

  1. Happy Easter! Anna looks adorable and quite happy with her new dress.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Well she has good taste in prints! I always think it's so disappointing when a fab design is printed on a lousy fabric.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love that dress! Very cute pattern. In that first pic, Anna looks so much like you. Good luck back at work. My small holiday ends tomorrow and I'm back at work on Tuesday after 10 days off, so I kinda feel your pain. ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great cake! Right now I'm so stuffed after visiting my parents for 4 days... I'll need to detox! Lovely dress. Sorry to hear Anna is in a bad mood... But with such a great mommy seamstress I would want dresses too;)

    ReplyDelete
  5. The dress is adorable and I'm so glad you had success with the cheesecake! I agree it has been a quick year! Hope work isn't too taxing.

    ReplyDelete
  6. The dress is sweet; I hope it lasts as long as it still fits her! Happy Easter!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Adorable dress. Hope the rest of the weekend is nice and relaxing for you. i am sure going back to work won't affect your sewing output too much.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Enjoy those times when your daughter wants you to make her something:)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Happy Easter and that is an amazing cheesecake. Anna looks very pleased with her dress and love the print she picked out.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Anna is just too cute and her dress...just sweet!

    ReplyDelete
  11. that fabric print is adorable!!!
    can i have a slice of that cheesecake???? kthxbye!!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Sweet dress for a sweet girl - I am sure the fabric will hold up until she talks you into making more dresses! :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Happy birthday to Toby. I think Anna might enjoy the photo opportunity as much as the bright new dress that Mum made for her.
    Congratulations on baking a yummy cheesecake too.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Anna is adorable in her Easter dress and the picket fence the perfect backdrop :) She seems very happy with her new dress too.

    ReplyDelete