DIY tea party with scones and lemon curd

I felt like having a tea party. So I found my favorite tea pot, some cloth napkins, my favorite Tinkerbell tea mug from my Uncle and my favorite little saucer. My favorite part of any tea party are the scones and lemon curd. I decided to whip up some homemade scones and lemon curd.

I found the scones recipe from allrecipes.com. The scones came out moist and delicious. It was also very light and airy. I believe that is because of the 5 teaspoons of baking powder in the recipe. It’s been a long time since I’ve made scones so I was surprised with how many teaspoons of baking powder went in the recipe. The baking powder definitely helped the batter to rise enough and make enough bubbles in the batter to make a very light and airy scone.

The dough was pretty tricky to handle because it was so sticky, but I managed. Instead of making scones that were triangular, I made them circular since it was easier to drop them onto the baking sheet.

I also made mini scones using a mini cupcake tin. They came out great!

Next, I made the lemon curd. I found the lemon curd recipe at allrecipes.com. It was very easy to make. I’m lucky to have a lemon tree in my backyard so I picked a nice big lemon for this recipe.

I have never made lemon curd before so I was surprised to find out that there are eggs and butter in the recipe. Also, it has to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Our tea party turned out great. The scones and lemon curd were delicious.

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B5955 Butterick pattern review

My latest sewing project was a blouse using the Butterick pattern B5955. The description of the blouse states that it is a very loose-fitting pullover that has a V-neck top and a back yoke with slightly forward shoulder seams extending into dolman sleeves.

Butterick patterns have 5 types of fit. These are fitted, close fitting, loose fitting, semi fitted and very loose fitting. You can find these terms in the garment descriptions on the Butterick pattern envelopes. These 5 terms will tell you what to anticipate when it comes to the fitting of the item. Each term indicates an amount of wearing ease that is built into the pattern. Ease is the extra inches built into a pattern for wearing room.

That being said, in reviewing this pattern, this finished blouse ended up being extremely large for me the first time I sewed it. I had to adjust it to fit afterwards and sew it to fit again. This could have been prevented had I taken notice of the wearing ease of this pattern. As described on the envelope, this is a very loose fitting blouse. According to the Butterick ease chart, very loose fitting will have an ease of over 8 inches. That’s alot!

After sewing the blouse to fit me again, I took a picture of the blouse that actually fit me compared to the sewing pattern. What a big difference!

In addition and most importantly, I should have also taken notice of the pattern’s finished garment measurements. Had I done this, I probably would have sewn a blouse that fit me the first time based on my measurements regardless of ease.

You can find the finished garment measurements by looking on the tissue and finding the symbol that looks like a circle with a cross through it. The chart underneath will tell you the finished measurements at the specific point (waist, bust or hips).

On a side note, I have noticed that most sewing patterns have so much wearing ease in the patterns that in most cases, you can get away with wearing one size smaller than the pattern companies tell you that you do based on your measurements.

So onto my finished product. This pattern calls for crepe de chine, lawn, or charmeuse fabric. I used a navy cotton lawn. I changed up the pattern a little bit by folding the end of the sleeves and sewing it in place.

I will definitely sew this blouse again, except next time, I will use a crepe de chine with a pattern on the fabric. I felt that using the navy colored cotton lawn made me look like I was wearing scrubs.

Here is my finished product:

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