Yucca Root


Some people may not know or never taste Yucca Root before. Or even doesn't how to cook Yucca. This time I choose the simple way to .....
cook Yucca. I cut to pieces Yucca Root (prefereable thin), wash it with clean water, sprinkle it with salt. set aside.

Chop one or two garlic (optional, but I think its give more taste). Set aside.

Make mixture of flour and water. Make it in a way that is dense, not to thick neither too liquid (this is just a guide line, in the end it is up to you). Mix it with the chopped garlic.
Prepare the pan, pour the frying oil, I use olive oil. I didn't do deep fried, only stir fried.

Fry the remaining Yucca until golden brown, crunchy outside, tender inside. Delicious! Great for afternoon snack.
When my husband tasted, he asked for the "salsa"  (dip) to go with it. I made the dip with onion, fresh tomatoes, salt, a squish of lemon juice and chilly.

IstriTeladan note :
Back home in Indonesia, we call it Singkong or Ubi. Many ways on how to cook it. Relatively cheap to buy, while in Europe would cost 3 euros a kilo, more or less.


New Sewing Space

Good things come to those who wait. After so many months, waiting and wanting (unpatiently) to have a proper sewing space, finally it happened .....
I actually can sew anywhere, on any table, with any sewing machine. Of course to have a proper sewing space is much more convinient, I don't need to clear up my tools, I can just leave them there as they are, so in the following day, I'll remember what I left behind.
Let say, no one would accidentally use my cutting scissor to open the food package for instance ;)

My husband helps me to look for a decent long board (plywood) to turn it into a sewing table. The idea is to have all my sewing tools ready to use anytime I want.

My husband made a hole on the table for Supernova Julia to fit in. It is a highly engineered task when you see the result ;)
Right after he installed the machine, I cleaned and swept the remaining wood chips everywhere. I polished the machine, wanted to put oil on it but couldn't manage...
Then I sat down in front of it , doing nothing just stare and daydreaming for about half an hour,...
Doesn't it look very bright? It is a brightest room in the house. You can't see the opposite of the table, there is another table for my husband computer and stuff. The door on the side is an entrance of the house. The whole room is actually our living room. Our appartement is a one bed house, I could't afford- yet to have my own private sewing room. I'll make sure I have one... in time.

As you can see, line of my sewing tools... from left : Supernova Julia, vigorelly- emergency machine, and last but not least ---hoping to get an industrial one--- is the serger. They always make my day!

Funky Backpack

Do you happen to notice my Funky (enourmous) Backpack?!
It takes a courage to hanging around in the public area with Funky backpack, and it takes someone with a big heart to stand next to someone with a FUNKY BACKPACK!
Anyway, that day was a first day I'm with my F-backpack. Took me more time than usuall to complete the bag. I guess I laid back alot bcoz of the hot weather maybe, not to mention I still couldn't access my other sewing machine (the powerful one), the one I use at the moment is basically a toy.........
Some of these pictures taken when I went to the beach around Las Americas, Tenerife. Las Americas is one of the main tourist area here. Full of tourist, nothing but tourist! When I went, wasn't that crowded thought. I mean it is month of July after all.
We had picnic homemade lunch which was bocadillo, sort of sandwich. We bought the bread in Iceland supermarket, while for the filling, I already prepared chopped tomatoes with olive oil, salt pepper, coriandolo/cilantro (chinesse parsley), and Brie from home. Not much, hey I didn't plan this picnic, I just packed what I found in the fridge. My husband was surprised I manage to prepare them all. And a bottle of water of course.
Some pictures I took during the making of a F-backpack :

One of the important element on my bag is zipper as a closure, so you can be so 100% sure that your belonging is safe inside the bag.

I made a zipper casing. Believe me, it may look like a waste of time by making a case for the zipper, but worth the final look and helps you a lot when you install the whole thing together later on.

This is the frontal pocket. Also with zipper. Secure and neat.
The famous Red BIG Flap on my F-backpack. It's quilted and padded. I sew on my old commercial label Ritney, just for fun.
The F-backpack shell from the front. At first, I thought the bag would turn out small, so I get a bit panic, then I added extra pieces on each side and the bottom, to make the bag bigger. Guess what, turned out enourmous!

The bag shell, viewed from the back. I don't have a special hook for the bag making, so I just did more or less for the straps, the length or so. Seems like work out fine.
Zipper for opening installed on the bag. Very much sense with the zipper casing. To secure even more, I even put snap button there.

Inside the bag, another pocket with zipper, the O ring for keys and lined.
I tell you the downside of my F-backpack, due to its size, it is not suitable for everyday bag. It's more like a weekend bag, you know when you need to go for a short trip, to pack few clothes and such.
Another thing is, due to its faux fur material, makes your skin hot, your back hot, especially in a hot weather like now, OMG... hot!

Last but not least, show me what your needle up to. Share the picture of your creation maybe, anything really... anything that fun and positive. Anything that makes you happy.

Happy sewing everyone.


White Sundress

Lately I get all in the mood to sew anything in cotton or linen material. Due to the hot - sometimes windy -weather I guess. But true, I might change my entire wardrobe with organic material only --- as if like I have so many clothes or what?!.
If you pay attention on the neckline it is actually bigger than what it supposed to be. To compensate, I need to make a strap. The straps are made with my (another) left over batik material. First, I wanted to make the straps in white but I thought, to not to make the dress too much (boring) white, .....
batik or pattern straps could do the trick.

The dress has elastic band on the waist. No zipper, no butttons..(oww,..hate buttons!), very easy to wear. That's the whole point thought. Comfort and stylish. I might want to lower the waist band a little, so that will suit me more, not to look like a pregnant woman?!.... tell me what you think ;)

Coz when I get the correct shape, I may want to produce a few for the shop, dunno yet.
I crossed the straps at the back so that they can grab my shoulder more evenly. I hate when my dress fall on one side when it meant to be on the center. Unless if the style call for it, such one shoulder or half shoulder dress.
You see my hands inside both side pockets, to show that I made pockets on the side seams. I can keep my phone and a tissue to blow my nose ;p, oh... I love pockets.... side seam pocket in particular bcoz aside from it's easy to attach,.. it also hidden from outside, so it won't spoil the look of a plain - elegant dress. In my opinion, the simplest the dress, the more elegant one dress can be.

Blue Oriental Hot Pants

You may not remember, but I made Shanghai dress long ago with the same blue material. I had a left over from it, which I couldn't make anything else but a tiny hot pants.
Usually I install the zipper on the side, bcoz it's easier. But....
that way, you can't have a seam pocket on each side ... such a shamed. Right, I installed front fly zipper instead, slightly complicated but with practice and patient, everyone can do it. I'll make a tutorial about it later.
This blue material is 100% synthetic which makes the whole things uneasy. You see, the problem with synthetic material ... is fray soooo much... I need to serged all edges before sew them together.
But only synthetic has the glamourous.....sheen and shiny look, cotton doesn't have that.
This hot pants pattern is one of my favorite pattern everytime I have a left over materials lying around the house, bcoz it's already altered and adjusted correctly to my size. Besides,... hot pants is relatively easy to make,versatile, up to date and best for warm weather.

Reversible Blazer

I made the Reversible Blazer the other day, I don't actually like to make a blazer nor to wear it. But sometimes I like to give myself a little challenge on sewing. And making a blazer is surely a hell of a challenge!

I chose the wrong material to work with. The black material is a sort of corduray, which fray a lot and make a lot of dirt aswell gives me headache. Also it is thick, hard to sew.

The printed material is much more forgiving. A bit elastane and sort of cotton. The two material combined together makes a reversible.
To make a reversible basically you need to cut double on every pieces. Surely is a time consuming and hard work. But....
Printed side of the blazer.
I think it's well worth it.
You can see the transformation of my blazer when I turn it inside out. Gives totally a different new look, as if I have more than one blazer.
The black side for a calm look.
I think the black side is best to wear it for night time. Coz in the daylight can be sooo hot and a bit out of place.
And the printed side should be for late evening, in other words : can't wear the blazer during the day!

1. Choose a very simple and easy pattern, to make a reversible.
2. Prepare for the "Time consume".
3. Try on working with cotton material, easy to handle and cut.
4. Plain fabric for one side and printed for the other side.
5. Don't forget to take a pictures of your finish project and share it with us HERE

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    There are 3 things I like the most when I'm relaxing : sewing machine, reading manga and a cup of coffee. When I have those things, I don't even need to go on holiday, bcoz I'm on "mind" vacation already and that makes me happy ;)


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