Sunday, July 3, 2011

Self drafted twist front top

I drafted this top using the instructions from the book Pattern Magic. I picked up the English version towards the end of last year from Tessuti. The twist front top is the first project I've tried from the book. I used a fairly basic shirt pattern from BWOF 02/09 as the base for the pattern and followed the instructions for converting the front pattern piece into a double twist front. After some fiddling it worked out quite well. The top is made from a black 100% cotton rib jersey which breaths really well. I used the same cotton to make a polo shirt for my brother for Christmas last year.

My only issue with it is that the neckline is a little wide and can show my bra strap which is fine at the moment because I'm almost always wearing a scarf with the weather the way it is at the moment in Sydney. I think next time I make this pattern I will bring in the neckline a little to stop this. 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookies

This post has been sitting as a draft for quite some time. We made these peanut butter cookies a few months ago when I discovered Smitten Kitchen's Peanut Butter section. It was one of the first recipes we made from her website and since then we have made many more. These cookies turned out slightly differently to how they appear on the smitten kitchen website but they were delicious and I will definitely be making these again.  

We made these as a spur of the moment cookie making on a Sunday afternoon so we didn't have any chocolate chips around and I'm not certain that peanut butter chips are even available in Australia, although they seem like an awesome idea, so we omitted both of those. Otherwise we kept the recipe exactly the same. You can find it here