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Family Room Fresh by monaandolive featuring a cowskin rug

Casa outdoor lounge

Casa outdoor lounge

Casa outdoor lounge by monaandolive featuring plastic outdoor chairs

How I made this Wedding Dress – Part 3 Lace overlay

Part 3 of how I made this wedding dress – the lace overlay.

 

Jess on her big day
Jess on her big day

The lace overlay was probably the hardest part of the dress and definitely the part I dreaded the most! The thought of cutting in expensive lace and possibly making a mistake really got my heart pumping! But I managed (and sewed grandma slow!) and I think it was worth the effort! The lace fabric that Jess settled on, came from New Zealand! We searched high and low, but we didn’t find anything that we liked and was in our price range! But Grace and Lace had all the answers!

the wedding dress
Jess in her wedding dress

First of all, bust out the good scissors (this is what you have been saving them for) or at the very least get yours sharpened! If you are really nervous I suggest buying some very cheap curtain lace that is a similar width to your lace to practice cutting out so that you know if you have bought enough. Or which way to cut it out. Jess wanted lace with a scolloped border, which is understandable because it looks AMAZING! But that means that your cutting out needs to be perfect! For this dress we put the scollop around the neck and back and around the hem line to get the best look. The only problem with this was – this pattern connected two pieces of fabric to create the neckline – so I had to create new pattern piece for the the bodice to get the full affect of the scollop.

1. Using your original toile pattern pieces for the bust – roughly sew them back together so you can make a new pattern piece for the the lace. This is the only new pattern piece you will need to create. I laid out a large piece of paper, and put the toile bodice piece down, you want the straight edge of the paper in line with the neck line – this is how you will get the scollop edge to be neckline. Trace along the bottom of the bodice – move the toile neckline along the straight line. Trace where the toile ends – you will have a large pattern piece, to make this fit you will need to put a dart under the arms, but it is worth the trouble to get the scollop to become the neckline.

2. Roll out lace and start placing the pattern pieces down. I did each piece separately, but on my toile I took the time to label every piece which side was the right side and which was the edge we wanted the scollop on. Once every piece was pinned down, I cut each one out and left them attached to the toile pieces so I didn’t need to label the lace.

Cutting out the lace
Cutting out the lace

3. At this point you will need to change the needle on your machine to make sure that it is for fine fabrics such as lace, you will also need to use a scrap of lace and practice sewing on it. You may need to change the tension so you get a nice smooth stitch. You can see the massive difference changing the tension can make.

Sewing on lace before changing the tension
Sewing on lace before changing the tension
Changing the tension - makes the stitching so much cleaner and tighter.
Changing the tension – makes the stitching so much cleaner and tighter.

4. Sew together the skirt pieces first. I recommend sewing this with french seams – this means sewing your fabric with the WRONG sides together (opposite of the normal way) and then trimming the seams and folding them back so the the seam is enclosed in a seam and is neat. It is a good idea to do this with a fine lace because overlocking would be very obvious and it gives the seams extra strength and looks finished! Pin together the pieces starting at the bottom making sure that the scollop edges match up. Leave the side open – on the same side as the zip.

5. Start the bodice – start by putting the bodice on yourself (Pin at top of the shoulder) pin in a dart so that the scollop forms the neckline. Pin in darts on both sides – sew them. Try on again and make sure you are happy with the scollop placement and if you are – trim away excess fabric from the back of the dart.

5. Attach the bodice front with the back under the arm and at the shoulders. Leave one side open to get on and off.

6. Using the french seam method attach the bodice to the skirt – leaving on side open.

7. Roll the arm holes in onto themselves and hand or machine sew down. Alternatively you could make very thin bias binding from the satin and bind around the arm holes.

8. Place the nearly finished lace over the finished satin dress – mark where is zip ends with a pin on the lace. Sew using french seams the open side seam – up to the mark of the zip.

9. To get in and out of the lace dress I used clear plastic press studs hand sewn up the sides. I thought a zip would of been way too obvious. By hand I sewed 5 press studs up the opening.

10. Try on both dresses! Finally I marked by hand where I wanted more press studs to go. I put them on the shoulders so the lace wouldn’t slip off, at the back of the open back so to didn’t move, the neck line and lastly under the bodice so it would sit tightly on Jess’s rib cage so the lace didn’t just hang.

11. Once that hand sewing was complete the last thing was to do was make 2 small cuts in the lace at the centre back seam. This was so that the button and loop would poke through and the lace could also be hooked up at the back.

12. COMPLETE! Congratulations you have made your own wedding dress!!!!!!!

My big bro - pretty happy with his effort
My big bro – pretty happy with his effort
The perfect Day!
The perfect Day!

See all the steps for this wedding dress

Step 2

Step 1

You can check out Jess’s final dress

The Wedding!

We bought a house!

I know I have been a little quieter than normal – we have been busy selling, packing and now buying! A new house!!! We sold our townhouse really before we meant to, so we were busy with me packing and finding storage for everything and CJ finishing his uni exams! But finally this week things have calmed down, uni is on holidays and our new house has settled! So get ready for the onslaught of mood boards while I decide how to decorate the new house! 5 weeks and counting!!! We can’t wait!

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How I made this wedding Dress – part 2 satin dress

Wedding Dress and Dress bag
Homemade wedding dress and dress bag – all ready on the big day

So this section covers how I made the under satin dress to this homemade wedding dress.
This part of the dress is was the easiest of all – After I made the pattern it was truly easy sailing. The pattern I had was for a bridesmaids dress but I made alterations to make it a wedding dress. I followed the basic dress instructions to finish the dress. I made it in two dresses – the satin dress first and then another dress from lining – then finished them by sewing them together.

1. Start with the bodice from satin, as you sew together the pieces of the bodice ensure that both your shoulders are the same width.
2. Once you sew together the top start on the back, again ensuring that the back straps match with the front straps. Sew together on one side – leave the other side open for the zip.
3. Construct the skirt, making sure that you leave the side seam open for you zip.
4. Sew together the bodice and the skirt of the dress – leaving one side open for the zip.
5. Finish all seams.
6. Do steps 1-5 again with the lining.
7. With both dresses right sides together – the satin dress inside the lining, carefully pin around the neck and back.
8. Sew around the neck and back, carefully turn back in and try on. you should have both seamed sided inside the dress, the right side should be outside (obviously) and lining against your body should be the right side of the lining so it is comfortable against your skin.
9. If you are happy with the neck and back line and it is even, turn back inside out. Once inside out clip and notch the back and neck line. (clip and notch means to cut out little triangles in the seam allowance – not cutting the seam. once you turn out the right way the neck line will sit flat instead of being bubbly)
10. Turn the right way out and admire your work! You are nearly done! At this point you need to work out if you want to keep your lining – because the bodice is sewn to the dress you can’t take it out and it looks much better with lining. But you don’t need to have it all the way to the ground! When Jess tried on this dress we found it was really hot with the lining to the floor, so we cut off the lining at the knee. It made a big difference!
11. Insert the zip in the side opening – I put in an invisible zip.
12. By hand fold in about 6 mm of both the satin and lining to the inside of the dress. Do this so they are not visible, pin as you move around the armhole. Top stitch around the armhole, starting and finishing under the arm. Repeat for the other arm.
13. Hem the dress, now I did this by hand because I wanted it to be as invisible as possible. If you are keeping your lining to the floor I would recommend you hem the lining into the dress especially at the back of the train. (If you aren’t going to clip up the back to dance then that’s not really necessary.
14. Jess did want to be able to clip up the back of the train so she could dance! So to do this I added a pearl button which I sewed onto the middle of the back seam about mid thigh.
The point of clipping up the back of your dress is so that you don’t ruin the back of the train but also so you can walk/dance easily. We did it so the dress skirt hung in a fan and covered the inside of the dress.
15. Have the dress hung up on a door and pinch the fabric up to match the button. You want the skirt of the dress to cover the folds and to fall in line with the rest of the hem line. Place a pin at the pinch make – this is where you will make you loop to go over the button.
16. To make the loop thread a needle and knot the end. Starting on the inside, create about 5 loops around your finger, all the same size. Starting at the base of the loop, tie a knot to tie all the loops together. Working your way around the loop and make the knots nice and tight. Once you are finished all around the loop, tie it off at the back of the of dress.

skirt button
Sewn button onto dress to hold up skirt for Dancing!

 

loop
Creating loops to go around button

 

knots
Creating knots around the loops to re-enforce the loop

 

The loop and button
The loop and button keeping the skirt up!

17. There you have it you are finished! If you are going to make an lace over view then I would leave step 11 -14 until you are finished the lace – that way you can be sure everything at the bottom sits properly.

wedding dress
The finished Dress ready for the Big Day

Please watch out for my Step 3 for how I made the lace overlay, it will be done shortly! But also check out these posts about the wedding dress too!

The beautiful wedding photos are from www.Thurtell.com

The other steps are here

Step 3

Step 1

Or the important sewing tips for the professional look

15 Hot Tips

 

 

 

No Food Processor Bliss Balls

Bliss Balls
Bliss Balls

Out of not having a food processor necessity – I made this recipe. I still wanted to get onto the bliss ball bandwagon but I didn’t want to buy a food processor (I’m holding out for a thermomix!)
Anyway, I find these really do hit the spot when you need a sweet treat that is relatively healthy!
Ingredients
1 cup of dates chopped
1 cup of nuts or seeds chopped. I use raw cashews and chai seeds to fill the gaps of the cup
2 tablespoons of cocoa
1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil (optional)
1 tablespoon of protein powder (optional)
coconut to roll in

Bliss ball preparation
Bliss ball preparation

What you do
1. In a saucepan place the dates with 1/4 cup of water, place on medium heat until reach a slight boil. Allow to slow boil for a couple of minutes until soften. Take off heat and drain.
2. Allow to cool.
3. Add cocoa, protein powder and oil, mix in.
4. Add chopped nuts and seeds, stir in.
5. Allow to cool completely and roll into balls.
6. Store in fridge, makes 12 – 15 balls depending on size.
Don’t eat all at once, you will find that – that many dates are NOT your friend :-)
Great to be put in the freezer to snack on whenever you need them, once set put a couple in a zip lock bag and put them in your work freezer great for the 3pm snack!

Bliss Balls
Bliss Balls

no processor bliss balls

Pink and mint lounge room

Pink and mint lounge room

Pink and mint lounge room by monaandolive featuring an iron floor lamp

Iron floor lamp
arhaus.com

Hand made oriental rug
bloomingdales.com

Acrylic wall art
artfulhome.com

Wooden trunk
orientalfurniture.com

Window ledge
blisshomeanddesign.com

Replica furniture
$745 – mattblatt.com.au

Why I love Bloglovin’

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Just to start – this is NOT a sponsored post all 100% my opinion! I truly do just love Bloglovin’ because I’m a massive nerd!

Are you sick of trying to remember which blogs you like, but you don’t want to sign up for their emails because your inbox is already overflowing with Myer and scoopon promos??? ENTER –
Bloglovin’ here it is a site that you go to and set up an account. Once you have done that you start to select blogs that you like. For example you would search “Mona and Olive” and press the little + to follow. Then you get an email each day with new blog posts from all your blogs you like. So if you follow 800 blogs you get 1 email, 1!!!

Amazing, and once you choose a couple of blogs they also give you recommendations so you can discover new blogs. Awesome.

Once you have it all set up you can also get the app and when you have 20 mins waiting for the doctor, whip it out and catch up on all you favourite blogs together! Told you it was amazing!

I know there is a couple of sites like this but I use bloglovin’ and I really like it. Easy to set up and easy to understand and I don’t have to remember blog names!
Here is my favourite blogs to get you started!

Mona and Olive
House of Rose
The Design files
A beautiful mess
Sew Delicious
The Organised housewife
A Pair and a Spare

What is a blog your loving at the moment??? Please share, now that my favourite blogs are organised I’m like obsessed with new blogs

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Simple Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni

spinach and ricotta cannelloni
easy vegetarian cannelloni

This easy cannelloni is a go-to vegetarian meal, not overly fussy it is delicious and filling! This is a recipe I use because it’s simplified and creates less mess, but the results are just as great!

Ingredients
500 g frozen spinach
500 g ricotta cheese
1 pkt cannelloni tubes
600ml tomato passata
1 1/2 cups grated cheese
40g butter
3 teaspoons crushed garlic
Nutmeg (optional)

vegetarian cannelloni
vegetarian cannelloni
Vegetarian Cannelloni
Vegetarian Cannelloni
Vegetarian Cannelloni
Ready for the Oven
Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni
Ready to Eat!

Method
1. In a saucepan place butter and spinach on a medium heat, stir regularly until soft.
2. Drain spinach if necessary
3. In mixing bowl, mix together spinach, ricotta and half the grated cheese. (And nutmeg)
4. Using a dessert spoon fill the cannelloni tubes, using the back of the spoon to push the mix down. I fill from both ends of the tube.
5. Pour a small amount of passata onto the base of your baking tray, lay cannelloni tubes. If you have to stack the cannelloni tubes put another layer of passata between the layers of cannelloni.
6. With the remaining passata in the bottle, add the garlic and put the lid on and shake to mix in.
7. Pour the garlic passata over the cannelloni, top with remaining cheese and put in oven at 180 degrees for 30 mins!
8. Enjoy!

Even my carnivore husband goes back for seconds!

KIDDIE ROCKY ROAD

Rocky Road Recipe
Rocky Road Recipe
Rocky Road Recipe

This Rocky Road is the best thing I have ever tasted! Rocky Road is always a hit in our family, but for Easter Sunday dessert this year I made it with a twist so that all the kids could eat it, even my anaphylactic niece Phoebe could enjoy it too! By leaving our the nuts, you need a crunch factor which is where I added the rice bubbles. Instead of turkish delight, lolly snakes – truly amazing. It was a clean plate at the end – even the crumbs were eaten which considering it was Easter it proves how good this Rocky Road is.. This Rocky Road is for every choc-oholic! From my 67 year old Dad to my 2 year old niece everyone wanted more – my Dad even asked for the recipe :-)

Rocky Road
Kid Friendly Rocky Road

Ingredients
500 g cooking chocolate
200 g snakes (chopped into 1cm pieces)
100 g marsh mellows (I brought mini’s so I didn’t need to cut them up)
1 cup rice bubbles

Method
1. Melt 100g chocolate – spread a very thin layer onto bottom of the baking tray
2. Melt 300g chocolate – mix in snakes, marsh mellows and rice bubbles – layer on top of the baking tray chocolate.
3. Melt final 100g of chocolate and drizzle on top to join together.
4. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
5. Chop into rough pieces.
6. Enjoy!

rocky road
Baking Tray full of Rocky Road
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Close up of the delicious rocky road
Rocky Road
Plate full of Rocky Road – ready to be eaten!

TIP – If you are worried about burning your chocolate, I microwave it in 30 second goes, but you can also add 1 dessert spoon of coconut oil to make it easier to work with!

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