My BFF came all the way from Atlanta to visit me, so I rolled out the red carpet and used her visit as an excuse to do several of my favorite “local” things. The best thing? Beach hopping. This is the last day she was with us, please note the sorry state of my skin. Bronzed! Oh no!
This is what did it. We went kayaking at Byron Bay in hopes of seeing dolphins. It’s a regular occurrence there, and humpback whales are quite common during the migration season. We didn’t see any, but I love being out on the water and the view from the Bay is breathtaking.
I’ve never been out on such a choppy day, but it thrilled me like a roller coaster. I’d see a swell rise up higher than my head in front of me and use the paddle to keep straight as we rose on the water and it splashed all over me, refreshing in the stiff breeze. We went with Go Sea Kayak– they guarantee dolphin sightings or you may return as many times as it takes for free until you do see them. My husband is a mad keen kayaker (I do it less than he does, but I rather enjoy it); I think we’ll work in a few more of these trips in the coming months.
We had such a great time at Byron Bay, I wanted to share a few photos. After a few days of swimming at dawn, hiking along the headlands, kayaking, and hearing little more than the pounding of the surf (not to mention catching up with a good friend), I feel completely refreshed.
It’s an easily walkable town, with a substantial transitory international backpacker scene. It’s probably the prettiest, cleanest, and most laid-back backpacker spot I’ve ever visited- well worth a visit. Of course, there’s also a residential section of the town and the lovely big houses for rich people on the headlands. Byron Bay also offers posh resort-style accommodation and somehow the mix of all those elements works really well.
Now that I’m back, I’m doing boring stuff like emptying sand from my tote bag, laundry, etc. I’m also working on several ideas and projects, I thought it might help me organize myself to list them:
The Lorax stencil has waited for me in a state of near completion for three weeks. I need to finish him, fix the eye I messed up, and spraypaint him already! I’m thinking lime green on a navy shirt. The Koala of the Dead stencil is a little more complex, I think I have to do him in two layers (advice?). That’s fine because he’s so freaking cool. These are both for my husband, and quite apt given his line of work.
I need to get back in the saddle and meet the Sew Weekly challenges in a more timely manner! I completely welched on the Academy Awards theme, but I’m not going to beat myself up over it. Next week’s theme is a refashion, so I’ll take the opportunity to hack this dress to pieces.
I settled on the design details for a pair of cute straight leg 7/8 length stretch jeans. I’m using the pretty selvedge-stretch denim I torture tested a few weeks ago. I want to make a double-yoke on the back, and for the flat-felled seams to “wrap around” my body and become a double front pocket feature (if I can work it out… maybe horizontal front slot pockets instead of curved..). We’ll see what happens. I’m thinking either white or coffee colored jeans thread- what do you think?
When I finish these pants, I’ll have cracked the last issue for the Custom Pants Blocks service the Consulting Dressmaker wants to offer. I plan to launch the Pants Block service on the 4th of March, I’ll be giving away some yummy bottom weight fabrics with the launch so keep your eyes open!
But this afternoon and tomorrow I’m focusing on February’s “Hack” of the Blank Canvas Tee. I have had a few requests that I make the hacks into patterns for sale. Ok. I can do that, but I’ll still publish the drafting instructions for free for those who want to learn to draft. I improved my method for making electronic patterns since the Kimono Wrap Top and I’m keen to perfect it. You all also asked for dresses, so I may make this as both a top and a cute dress.
(Edited to add: I took a couple of quick shots of the first draft of this pattern on facebook. Post to follow.)
I also have several Downton Abbey style posts planned, and I have some more Mad Men style posts to write. Busy times!
Does anyone have tips on ways to banish a sun tan? Just takes time?