Sunday, 28 April 2013

Re-Finding Dressmaking

Okay so I am 2 weeks into the new diet and 4lb down, whoo! I’m trying to make sure I stick to the plan by distracting myself with painting, making jewellery and a re-found hobby – dressmaking..... 
After watching the Great British Sewing Bee, I was inspired to dig out and dust off my 20+ year old sewing and over locker machines, they took a bit of dusting and oiling, but I was pleasantly surprised to find they both still worked perfectly, must be several years since either of them got an airing!

I ventured to the local fabric shop, and was both surprised and pleased to find that dressmaking patterns have come a long way since my last pattern purchase (my wedding dress almost 25 years ago!).  I can now buy a pattern that has bra sizes as well as dress sizes, takes the hassle out of adjusting, I love them.  I bought a classic dress pattern and some lovely crisp linen to make a dress with.

Next came the cutting out, this took a few hours as I’m way out of practice I was crawling around the floor pinning and cutting out... ouch for my knees and pin stabs!

As this is an open weave linen I had to overlook all of the pieces before sewing to make sure it didn’t fray and then I started to join the pieces...  So far I have sewn all of the front pieces together and all of the back pieces together and out in the zip.

Now all I have to do is press and then join the front and back together, check for any adjustments and then fit the linings for the arms and neckline...piece of cake I hope! Now all I need is a few more hours in the day to finish.... will post pictures of finished dress soon - wish me luck!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Best Brownies Ever!

Well today is my hubby's birthday and we have the kids and their partners over for dinner tonight, lamb kleftiko is the main menu with greek dips to start, but what to make for dessert.  Having only just joined weight watchers I didn't want to scupper my diet already so scoured the net for something yummy, but decadent without overdoing on the cals.

I happened across a fab recipe for low fat brownies (only 190 cals each).  Well I followed the recipe to the letter and this is what they turned out like - choccie heaven!

When I first came across the recipe I was a bit sceptical as there is one unusual ingredient in there - can you spot it?
 yep that is mayonnaise! your not seeing things!for anyone who loves brownies I would recommend this recipe they are moist rich and absolutely delish! here's the link I'm def going to make then again and would try low fat mayo to reduce the fat even more. Now I just have to resist them until after dinner this evening....