Saturday, 1 January 2011

The 52MMMC Week 13

Well hello!

I've decided to be succinct in showing you my next 'make' but make it I did indeed.
So no masses of photos just the two.

I joined a class to make clothes! and what a fab class it was too, it was one of my aims to actually make an item of clothing to wear. Now I know I had already completed the shirt/blouse but this was the challenge - a jacket from beautiful fabric in a vibrant colour to be able to wear.

As you can see I chose a 'very easy' pattern to create my garment from, don't want to run before we can walk and all that!

And this is the result! like? or no? it does look better on a person than a hanger, a free flowing swing jacket/coat, warm, cosy and handmade by me!

so tick in the achieved box there!

If you are wanting to learn about making clothing from patterns yourself then I highly recommend the class I attended which is back this year (2011) for a new term of creating. I can't make it this term as I have another pressing venture unfolding (more soon.....!! all v exciting!) but if you would like to join up then here are the details:
Venue: Broadstairs Adult Education Centre (Hilderstones) Kent
Tutor: Barbara Roots (so lovely and enthusiastic about your projects!)
Course title: Sewing - clothesmaking
This terms course starts: 12/01/2011 for 10 weeks.
Times: 10am - 12pm. (Although I think there is also an evening class too)
Check out for further details, dates and courses.

Oh and before I forget way back now I was asked for the recipe for the fruit gingerbread I made so here it is:

400g plain flour; 1tsp baking powder; 1tbsp ground ginger; 1tsp ground cinnamon; 225g unsalted butter (cut into sml pieces); 125g molasses or blk treacle; 175g soft light brown sugar; 3 eggs beaten; 75g dried cherries, halved; 115g stoned dried dates, chopped; 50g preserved stem ginger, drained and chopped; 90g sultanas.

Preheat oven to 150C/300F/gas mark 2. grease and base line a deep 20cm square cake tin.

Mix the flour, baking powder, ground ginger and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Set aside.

Put the butter in a saucepan with the molasses or black treacle and sugar, stir over a low heat until melted. Pour into the flour mixture and mix well. Beat in the eggs until smooth, then stir in the dried cherries, dates, stem ginger and sultanas, mixing well.

Pour the mixture evenly into the prepared tin. Bake in the over for 1-1 1/4 hours or until a skewer inserted in the centre come out clean. Cool for 10 mins, turn out onto wire track to cool completely.

Ta dah! yummy cakery!
Obviously if you're anything like me who never finds the exact ingredients to go in things then you kind of ad lib and bend the rules on what your cherries, dates, ginger make come like!
enjoy! x

1 comment:

Debs said...

I know Barbara! She is one of my colleagues at Adult Ed. In fact I share a room with her at The Cube in Folkestone. I teach soft furnishing there.
She is very inspiring and you have done a great job with your jacket - well done!
I'm looking forward to meeting you at our fair - Kitsch and Stitch - I do hope you come, we love your work!