What I read: August and September 

Hello, my friends. I’d love to tell you that my blogging silence has been because I’ve been reading all the books but I’ve just been knackered. I emerge from the summer and early fall slightly less knackered. Is it the yoga, is it the iron supplements or is it having had a visit from my mum?

Anyway, books. Way back in August I reset the font on my kindle to a dyslexic font and it is the bees knees. So much easier to read that in August I read three books! 

  • Deep South by Paul Theroux
  • Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear
  • At Betram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie 

All three were excellent in their own ways. Come September I started Battle Cry Freedom, and I’m still reading it. I ended up alternating chapters of BCF and Nemisis by Agatha Christie. So far on my reading of all the Miss Marples this one is my favorite, mainly because Miss Marple has to content with a nasty case of mansplaining. 

On the audiobook front I finished A Career of Evil by Robert “JK Rowling”Galbraith and Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery. I got the octopus book because of my two not-so-little octonauts, and I was practically in tears. Octopuses are so smart, and love escaping. I won’t look at them in the aquarium in quite the same light. 

What I Made: July

I sewed for me this month! ME! We had a long weekend away in Maryland so I sewed myself two new Dahlia dresses for the trip. The Dahlia dress is hands down the most flattering and practical dress for me at this point. Love it. Going to make myself some longer sleeved ones for the fall. 

For the girls I knocked out some shorts in the butterfly print (double gauze so perfect for this weather) and Rollerskate dresses that I cut out months ago!

For gifts I finished off a playmat and my dad’s birthday nightshirt. 

July was a really good month for sewing. 

What I read: July 

Only two books read in July, but that’s way better than reading no books! 

I made it to the Carribean with Miss Marple and The Carribean Mystery, and hung out with a sanitation worker in The Bees by Laline Paull. The Bees is a weird and wonderful novel set in a hive with the hierarchy of bees. 

On the audiobook front I’m still hanging on to Strike and listened to The Silkworm. Love catching all the clues the second time around. 

What I made: June

First up, I did make it to the post office so all my gifts got mailed out! Go me! 

June was a good sewing month. I made three Rey skirts, an Everyday  Skirt for me and sectional skirts for the girls. Because we all need Rey in our lives. 

The girls skirts are so long they will definitely last until they get to watch StarWars! I really love the pockets and ease of my Eveyday Skirts. I plan on making another one from cord come the fall. 

I battled with stretchy sports knit fabric and it won. Okay, I did managed to make a tennis dress and shorts each for N & Z, but there was so much swearing that I may never sew sports clothes again. But look how cute! 

What I learnt from sewing sports fabric and watching the Sewing Bee episode on active wear is that buying is money well spent. 

And finally, I sewed two Geraniums as baby gifts: a dress & a tunic. 

I really like the Geranium in knit fabric BUT the bodice needs to be longer so that under the arms isn’t so nobbly. 

Almost time to review July’s makes. Eeek! 

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