Oct 17, 2014

Fun Food Friday - Jook/Juk

Just in time for cold and flu season.  Today's FFF is Jook/Juk, (Korean Rice porridge).  

This stuff is the go to food in Korea if you are sick, and in it's plain form is a great first food for babies.  Here in the US, I think it makes a nice alternative to chicken noodle soup when you aren't feeling your best.  As a bonus, it is extra gentle on yucky tummies, and it's pleasant creamy texture, is  just right for sore throats.

In it's most basic form, Juk is rice boiled in water until the rice is super soft and makes a traslucent creamy broth.  However, the variations are endless and Juk is often served with added meat or vegetables.  

Here are a few variations to try the next time you're under the weather.

Did you know, in Korea, they have restraunts devoted to Juk?

Check out this fun blog entry about Juk by Cute in Korea to learn more.

Oct 15, 2014

Finished 1950's Girl's Dress

Remember the patterns I showed you a while ago?  

Well, here is my daughter's  finished dress based on the Butterick pattern above.  

Above:  My sweet girl with her cousin Cash.

Left:  "Really Mom?"

Below:  My favorite picture.  Isn't the setting gorgeous.  FYI, this was later in the day and she was tired of wearing the crinoline.  I love how  this dress transforms to a 1940's style if you remove it.  She looks so grown up.  

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Pt. 3  - Trick for well matched seams

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Oct 13, 2014

1950 Girls Dress- a few tricks for well matched seams

I was so excited when I found this fabric.  It met my daughter's requirements for "not girly" and was a nice small geometric that I thought would match well.  However, I made a huge mistake by not checking to see that is was printed on the true grain and guess what.  It wasn't.  What I thought would be a quick and easy match job turned into a nightmare!

Luckily, I have a few tricks to deal with that sort of thing, and that starts with the right tools: Lots of pins to help match pattern points, wax crayon to mark cutting lines, and chalk to mark seam lines and pattern marks.


I'm a huge fan of chalk, and always mark my seam lines when doing precision sewing.  For the center front piece below, I placed the pattern on the fabric so the center front fell at the center of the fabric design.  I marked the seam with chalk, then folded the fabric right side out along the center front.  Smoothed the fabric gently, then gave several swift taps along the seam line to transfer the chalk to the unmarked side.  Open it up a viola, all the lines have been transferred.

Lots of patience and some fiddling with layout, got  decent results for the shoulder seams above-left.  But nothing could give a perfect continuous pattern match on the center back, so I settled for a mirror image match.  Because the pattern wasn't true to the grain, I ended up sewing the seams from the seams I cared about by hand from the right side.  I went back with my machine to reinforce from the wrong side where necessary. 

With the bodice sewn, it was time to check and see how the skirt was going to fall over the petticoat. 
 Not bad.  though it is hard to get a good feel for the finished product with the seam allowances poking out.  

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Pt. 4 - Finished Dress

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