Sewing

Butterick 6457- A blouse with peek-a-boo sleeves

I finally got around to sewing this pattern. I initially bought this pattern for the cold shoulder sleeves, which I was never really interested in but interested enough to buy the pattern. Luckily, there are 2 other views which don’t involve the cold shoulder sleeve, but rather, peek-a-boo sleeves. The sleeves have slits on the side to show a little bit of arm.

I chose view C. It was very easy to sew and the sleeves were actually a little fun to sew.

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I like the end result. I like it so much that I have worn this top many times already. It’s very comfortable because it’s a loose fitting top. I like the peek-a-boo sleeves. They don’t show too much arm, but it gives the blouse a little bit of an edgy look.

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I made a sash with the leftover fabric and I tie it around my waist. I like the way it looks because it emphasizes the waist.

I’m planning to make another blouse but without the peek-a-boo sleeves.

Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

 

baking

Alien finger cookies

 

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I made these cookies for a Halloween party. I suppose it would have been more appropriate to share in October but hey, you can enjoy alien finger cookies anytime of the year. Why not. I’ve used this recipe many times before in many different ways. Sounds poetic, but it’s true. For example, I’ve made them as bloody finger cookies- Creepy Halloween Finger Cookies. Use your imagination to fit the occasion because these cookies are delicious and very easy to make. Here’s the recipe:

2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter (at room temperature)
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
5 tablespoons of granulated sugar
a pinch of salt
1 and 2/3 cups all purpose flour
peanuts
green food dye

Heat oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Separate 1 egg. Set aside the white. In a small bowl, whisk together the yolk of the first egg with the second egg and vanilla. Set aside.

With an electric mixer, combine butter, confectioners’ sugar, granulated sugar, and salt. Beat on medium speed until well combined. Add the egg mixture. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the flour and about 6 drops of green food dye. Mix on low speed until incorporated. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

When dough is chilled and ready, roll each piece back and forth to form finger shapes about 3 to 4 inches long.

When all fingers are formed, brush lightly with egg white.

Place and push peanuts into the dough to attach the “nails”.

Bake until lightly browned, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Happy baking!

 

Sewing

McCalls 7052 peplum blouse

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I love this blouse. At first I was worried that I would not like the finished product. I like peplums but that doesn’t mean that they like me. However, this blouse turned out pretty good and also turned out to be one of my favorite makes. I mostly like this blouse because of the fabric. It’s a light blue cotton fabric with little cherries on them. I bought it in 2016.  I was saving it to make a summer sundress. It’s a Gretchen Hirsch fabric so it has that vintage vibe. I’m glad that I opted to make this blouse rather than a sundress because I think the mixture of the peplum pattern and the vintage vibe fabric work well together.

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I made view D. There is an option to make view D with lace and lining. There are also 3 other views with double or asymmetrical  peplum options and sleeveless or short sleeve options. I’m not too interested in the double or asymmetrical peplum options but I am interested in making this as a short sleeve or sleeveless option. I might also try the lace and lining option, especially since I have not yet sewn a top with a lining yet. It would be good learning experience.

I have worn this blouse twice already. Warning: do not wear this blouse in windy weather unless you enjoy showing off your midsection in Marilyn Monroe fashion. Walking around with your arms straight down while holding onto the bottom of your blouse looks awkward. I wouldn’t recommend it.

Happy Sewing!