27 March 2013

Hoping for spring......

Hello there peeps

How is everyone?!?!? I've been busy relaxing hence the lack of posts!! I did manage to squeeze in a little sewing shopping.... I'm only giving to a sneak peek today!

I'll tell you the linen is in on a per-wash as I type!!

Are the cogs turning?!?!?!? I hope so!!

On another note.......

The post title is

"Hoping for spring....."

I can't believe it's the 27th of March and there are dancing snow flakes outside!!!! The UK never has been know for its summer...... But this certainly don't look like no spring!!!!

Anyways that's the pre-wash done..... I'm off to hang it near a radiator now to dry!!!!  And get on with cutting my pattern.


19 March 2013

Bonding with my boys....

Hello there peeps

How are we today??

I've had a busy day, which I shall share later!!!

Me and the boys have been having adventures today....

I'm enjoying our playtime, they have such great imaginations! 
Long may it last I say "floor time" is just such fun!

Till tomorrow 


18 March 2013

Topshop Alteration Ahoy!

I'm back with a alteration,

Yes, with another alteration!!! 

I seem to be kept busy with these of late... And I'm loving it, I love the problem solving in it. I might have found my happy place in sewing!!!

Today's alteration is a Topshop dress, that needed taken in from the waist through the bust then the under arm....

This is the dress pinned... I should really have taken more photos of the before and the inside, but hey too late now!!

I had rip out the lining, the overlocking was encased in a straight stitch. That was a bugger to rip out!!! But it was a nice neat touch. After that I was able to rip out the the waist bust and some of the arm, and take it in the 1.5 grading to 2 inch.

Here she is all stitched up!!!
Matching seams and everything!!!

On this side I had to trim the lace to get it to match up....

Arm holes matching!!

And here is the trimmed lace...

I'm happy with the way this dress turned out and working with a new fabric was fun!!!

Well that's me for today, the Housework is calling!!!


17 March 2013

Blog Claimed!!!!! Hop on over to Bloglovin!!!!!!!

Hey there peeps

So the blogging world is in a tizzy over Google reader disappearing....... I have jumped ship over to Bloglovin, to be honest I'm all very confused about it all BUT..... I have signed up, and now you can still keep up to date on all my ramblings all you have to do is click on the pretty picture on the right there>>>>>
And you'll still get my posts!!!



I have to say the thought of just 3 followers, as much as I right for me...... Is pretty scary!!! I hope y'all will come on over to the other side with me?!?!?!?

Anyways I'm of to prep some green cookies!!!


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Happy St Patrick's Day

Hello there 

Happy St Paddy's day peeps

Me and the boys have a day of baking planned.... With lots of green food colouring thrown in!!!

This makes me smile so much..... Finn even pulls the same facial expressions as me!!!

And just for fun.....

My Leprechaun name is 


What's yours!!!!

I'll be back later with our baking fun, See you soon!!


16 March 2013

Sewing Sewing Sewing!!!!

Hello there peeps


I've been busy in the sewing cub/nook this week..... It's a great realization to me BUT, I seem to love a little working under pressure, Knowing a project or alteration is needed in say 2-4 days seems to get the creative me all in a buzz. Question ~ Are you the same? Or do you prefer to have a bit of time to do your sewing/craft projects???

Anyways here's the fruits of my labor this week!

The last of the caravan curtains for a friend.... I plan on making a a couple of 16 inch cushions to go with the rooms. There is plenty of fabric left over!! I think a tutorial might be on the cards.... I'm thinking MASSIVE BOW!!

Next up is a Laura Ashley dress

I have to say this was a challenge, the lace is STRETCHY and I mean real stretchy, I managed to overlock it... I was very patient as it was VERY fiddly!! I then went on to hand stitch the seam, I had to do single stitches every half inch to maintain the stretch! I am very pleased with how it turned out as this was my first time working on this type of fabric!

Now on to the next set of curtains

These are Harry Corry curtains and they were sewn together, this is me sorting out the hem....

The lining and right side were not for matching up but to be honest they were not perfect to begin with!!

I removed two of the rings, to get the rings the right distance apart. It seems the simplest of jobs but the sheer size of the curtains and the space required is hectic!!


So after all my sewing, I felt like I deserved a yummy pizza....

Look at this, do you like spicy???

These are new over at Dominos
Twisted Dough Balls ~ Jalapeno Bites

I say next time your ordering. Spice it up!!

Anyways that's me for now, me and the kids are heading to the pictures AKA The cinema to see THE CROODS

Have a great day!!


12 March 2013

Productive morning for me!!!

Hello there peeps

Today is BITTER COLD, but productive indeed!! The war of endless housework rages on ;) I have a semi tidy abode... You know what that means?!?!?!!? SEWING for me = Happy Traci!!!!

I've fueled up...... Yum Yum!!!

And now I'm prepped up my fabric for more caravan curtains.... This is the last time we'll see this fabric in curtain form.... The caravan will be kitted out with all it's curtains, so just 2-4 cushions to go then bye bye!!!

I have a new dress to alter..... Stretchy lace, I'm thinking zig-zag the hem then hand stitching.... Any tips out there?!?!?!? 


11 March 2013

Mothers Day lovelyness

Hello there 

Happy Monday everyone

So were we all spoilt...... Spending the day with little ones and mummies???? I had the very best weekend. We got to do some planting, I also got loads of handmade goodies from my boys.

 Finn sowed the cyan peppers... I love to make chilli!!

Frazer sowed the parsley..... 

Look at the concentration!!!

All very precise!!

Look at my wee boys aren't they jut too cute!!!

I love this one..... Frazer chose mummy, Finn & Frazer's fave colours!!

This is getting kept in the ever growing memory suitcaase bag!!!

Finn even coloured in my best mummy pic just right, brown hair and a purple dress!!!

Me and the boys even go out for a wee meal too

So to round up, I had the best day ever!!!! The boys were as good as gold. And I was proud to be a mummy. My wee dotes :) xx


Thought I'd give you a peek of my chilli..... Would anyone like a recipe?!?!?!!? It's a regular for dinner party guests!


9 March 2013

My Burda Style faves this month ~March 13.

Hello there peeps 

How is everyone this grey Saturday?!?!?!
We are suffering a "Cold Snap" here in Derry... The weather doesn't like is getting to comfy!!! I have had a rather productive morning, so I felt no guilt having a pour over the latest Burda Style (March 12). I have to say I am inspired... There are lots of yummy pieces to drool over!!! 

These trousers are just to lush.... I personally wouldn't wear that fabric BUT I love the cut..... Are you a fan of ankle grazers?!?!!? I think with a set of heels to set theses of you can't help but look HOT TO TROT!!!!

This is another pattern where I'm not fussed on the fabric but love the cut!!!

This dress is too yummy! I have to say I would raise the hem a little but all in all NICE!!!!

Now this jacket...... How could you not love it, so effortlessly casual and confident!

I'm REALLY happy to see a decent boys pattern... The trousers look class and the top is cool, the top sleeves could be lengthened and used for pj's!!

And this is so on my to make list for the boys..... I will be changing the fabric selection for a boys fabric, it's just a little too girly, I might have to add a eye patch for the added BOYNESS!!!!!!

And look at next months preview (April 13). It looks to be a goody!!!! Father & Son section, I'm rubbing my hands together in anticipation ;)

Has anyone used Burda Style patterns from the magazine?? Do you have any tips??

Anyways have a fabby Saturday... I'm off to finish the housework!


8 March 2013

Laura Ashley Alteration Tah-Dah!!!

Hey there peeps 

Well that's another Friday creeped up on us!! Where did the week go... I have had a week filled with sewing, school work and very little house work!!

As you know Friday night is movie night at chez Traci! Tonight the boys are opting for THOR, I'm loving that the boys are choosing actual movies and not cartoons! Gone are the days of iggle piggle! I wave them bye with much happiness, I never did see the educational reason for a show with a farting ship!!!! I mean come on!! 

Anyways on to the alteration Traci your waffeling on........

This alteration was for a Laura Ashley dress, The dress was for a petite lady....

I needed to shorten the shoulder straps by 2 inches......

I also had to drop the neck line at the back of the dress by say 1 inch, it would have been to high....

I then had to ladder stitch the arm hole closed again...

I then raised the hem with a ladder stitch by say 1.5 inches & the same with the lining..



 All done....

I have to say I am enjoying the challenge of alterations... There is a element of problem solving that you just don't get making curtains!!!! Talking of curtains, I have 1 pair to make, 1 to take up & then 1 pair to join together so I may get a wriggle on!!!