Freshly-baked Homemade Bread Everyday

Lately, I'm all about efficiency and short-cuts when it comes to cooking.  Ever since giving birth to my daughter, we just don't have the kind of time we used to have (those friends who'd told us that kids would change EVERYTHING were right all along).   

Before I actually became a mother, I had this perfect (and unrealistic) image in which I would make everything from scratch with the best of ingredients for my family everyday...  
And then, I had a baby.
Trying to figure out how to keep this little creature alive, the house reasonable organized, and everyone fed and clothed is quite challenging for a new-bee mother like me.  
If you are also like me...or just love freshly-baked bread, I think you'll love "Artisan Bread in Minutes" by Zoe Francois from! (I'm not getting paid for writing this article nor did anyone ask me to write this...I'm just a fan.)
I think Zoe Francois's bread-making method is innovative.  You mix simple ingredients in a large container, let it rest in room temperature for some time, and then in a fridge for up to 2 weeks. (no neading required!) You can use a little bit of this doe at a time and keep the rest in the fridge for the next time.   
I'm quite novice on baking.  In fact, my only experience before this class was helping my mother nead bread doe when I was little.  So I think I can safely say that a beginner of beginners can bake decent bread with her method.  watching her technique in the video was also very helpful.  


そんな時見つけたオンラインクラス"Artisan Bread in Minutes" by Zoe Francois from。材料を大きな容器に入れて混ぜ、2時間発酵させてあとは冷蔵庫で保存!あとは焼きたい時に焼きたい分だけ取り出して焼く・・・というもの。


I'm Taking Part!

This is the exciting time for sewists around the world! Zoe of "So Zo... What do you know?" blog is hosting another Me-Made May event.  




This is the forth time for me to take part in Me-Made-May, although my last two year's challenges were cut short (during MMM14, I  found out I was pregnant and got a bad case of morning sickness, and last year we had a family emergency).  With my husband working in education, May is also our time to travel and visit  families in two different continents.  

My pledge is to wear at least one me-made item everyday, and also to go outside in it everyday!

This is a challenge for someone who spent most of winter at home wearing PJ's. 



McCall's7288 Pink Wool-blend Jacket

I finally finished this pink wool-blend jacket which I started last year for my mother.



The pattern is McCall's 7288.  I picked this pattern because it has multiple cup-size options.  My mother has difficulty finding jackets or shirts that fit because she is full-busted.

I completely changed the back; She liked a photo from my Pinterest page, which I believe is of one of Anthropology's cardigans. So I mimicked the style lines from the photo. I think it turned out pretty good... I had to make several mock ups to fiddle with the proportions (my mom is quite short).

I cut out simple sleeve-heads from left-over fleece fabric. No shoulder pads, but I think even just the sleeve-heads give nice shapes to the shoulder area. 

Buttonholes were challenging because the fabric had stretch, and I also used stretchy tricot lining to keep the garment soft.  Probably bound-button holes would've been easier----but I like to add button & buttonholes after the whole garment is made up, deciding their sizes and placements at the very end.

Benberg lining... should've added more ease, or should've used stretchy lining....??? 

One thing I disliked about the pattern is the sleeves.  I feel like they hang funny... if I make the jacket again in the future, I'd draft up two-part sleeves.  

In Theatre, I was taught that putting labels in before the garment is finished is a bad luck.  Is there anything like that in fashion??

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Simplicity1564 Baby's Footed Pants

I've made several baby's footed pants so far.  They are great to layer over bodysuits.  I tried 4 different patterns for footed baby pants, and my favorite is this one*This post contains affiliate links. I may make small commissions on qualifying purchases made through these links 


アメリカの型紙(Simplicity1564) を使って赤ちゃん用の足までカバーするタイプのズボンを作りました。このタイプのズボンはいくつか作ったのですが、この型紙が一番良かったです。

The reasons why I like this pattern over others are:

  • Front and back is one piece, so less seaming & bothersome seam allowance inside
  • Elastic around the ankle 
  • Nicely shaped foot patterns
  • No waist bands

So in short, the pant part is really simple, and it has nice elastic casings around the ankle which is a must to actually keep the baby's feet in the "foot pockets".

One change I made was to make the back of the pants longer than front by 1".  This made sense because at the time our daughter was mostly sitting down.

These were great and our daughter wore them all the time!

Now that she started walking and needs real shoes, regular pants & socks combo makes more sense. So I had to (sadly) retire these cuties...


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