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Hedgehog shorts

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Hedgehog [Shorts]

It’s been a very warm summer in Wellington.  The warmest summer on record in fact.  So I’ve been making, and wearing, lots and lots and lots of shorts, and lots, and lots of short-sleeved Scroop Miramar tops. I tend to make my shirts in solids and stripes, but I like fun, patterned bottoms.  Summer shorts should be a wee bit silly.  You’ve already seen my Smaug Shorts as a pretty good example of that. When it comes to fun and wacky, my latest pair of shorts leaves the Smaug shorts well in the dust. Yes. They have hedgehogs all over them. In green and fuchsia purple: I just couldn’t resist when the fabric came in at Made Marion Craft.  It’s a beautifully soft cotton drill, and Hedgehog Girl is my superhero alter ego after all (she rescues hedgehogs). I know it’s slightly ridiculous to wear hedgehog shorts when you’re on the dark side of 30, but I’ve embraced the fact that slightly ridiculous is something I’m OK with being. Fuchsia and bamboo green on taupe-grey isn’t the …

Scroop Patterns call for pattern testers

Scroop Patterns – Pattern Testers Needed!

UPDATE:  Thank you all, applications to test this pattern are now CLOSED. I’ve got a new Scroop Pattern ready to be tested! I did a general call for pattern testers a year and a half ago, and that gave me a fantastic pool to work from.  I’m incredibly grateful for all the amazing people who responded, even if the sheer volume meant I wasn’t able to use everyone as a tester.  After 18th months (and now that there are so many new Scroop fans – thank you all!), I realise that people may no longer be in the same position to test.  From now on I’ll be doing calls for pattern testers for individual patterns. So, who wants to test my next pattern? The Pattern: It’s a modern zipped hoodie pattern with design options ranging from very classic, to very quirky. The pattern comes in the full Scroop Patterns size range, from size 30-52 Sizes 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 Body Measurements in Inches Bust 30 32 34 36 …

The 1921 Daisies & the Devil's Handiwork dress

Looking back at 2017, looking forward to 2018

It’s that time again!  (slightly late, as usual).  Time to reflect on 2017, and look forward to 2018. When I first looked back at 2017,  I was kind of depressed.  I accomplished a maximum of 4 of the 10 goals I set for myself.  And honestly, I’m not totally happy with 2 of the 4.  🙁 At first I was really depressed thinking about how little I got done.  The more I started writing this post, and breaking down what I actually did in 2017 the happier I felt.  It wasn’t what I planned, but I did really well, and I coped with a lot of unexpected hiccups and stress. If I’m learning anything as I get older, and slightly wiser, it’s that I expect too much of myself all the time.  The more I can learn to let go, accept my limitations, and be content with what I do achieve, the happier I’ll be.  I’m learning to do that. I’m getting better at reminding myself that launching one pattern is more work than the …