The ByWard Market and the Ottawa Jail Hostel

Byward Market Ottawa

Tomiko and I spent a night in Ottawa on our way home from our Quebec Culinary Adventure. After checking in to our hostel, we took a stroll down to the ByWard Market, one of the oldest and largest public markets in Canada.

Lieutenant Colonel John By, who also built the Rideau Canal, laid out the street plan in 1826. He designated George Street and York Street to be extra wide to accommodate the public market. ByWard Market is the size of about four square blocks and includes museums, cafes, specialty grocers, boutiques, galleries, pubs, restaurants, and salons. It’s not really a food ‘market’ like St Lawrence Market in Toronto or Marché Jean Talon in Montreal, but more of a neighbourhood, like Kensington Market.

Byward Market Ottawa

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Dufflet Tiramisu Birthday Cake

Dufflet Tiramisu Birthday CakeWe picked up a Dufflet tiramisu cake for Karlos’ birthday last month. Last year I made him a chocolate turtle birthday cake, but this year he didn’t want a homemade one and the only alternative to a homemade birthday cake is one from Dufflet! Dufflet Pastries is a local bakery chain that has three locations throughout Toronto. During Toronto Bike Month in May, there is even a cycling event that calls on all three locations for a little pick-me-up – a tiramisu.

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DIY: New Look 6262 V-Neck Dress with Gathered Skirt

New Look 6262 V Neck Dress Gathered SkirtNew Look 6262 V Neck Dress Gathered Skirt

The New Look 6262 dress is the first dress I ever sewed for myself! I made View C with the v-neck, but added the short sleeves of View B.  I purchased the lovely plain weave cotton in a bright pink and orange poppy pattern from Fabricland during one of their sales. Fabricland is fortunately (or unfortunately?) closer to where I live than the myriad fabric shops on Queen St West, so that’s where I’ve been picking up most of my fabric recently.

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DIY: McCall’s M7317 Pleated Surplice Dress

McCall's M7317 Pleated Surplice DressMcCall’s M7317 pleated surplice dress is a great summertime dress. I made this out of a beautiful white rayon challis patterned with green leaves and orange flowers. This was the first time I sewed with rayon challis so I used a microtex needle instead of the usual universal type. It was also the first time I ever added a lining to a bodice, but it wasn’t too hard to put together. Once again, I sewed a size 18 but the bodice was a bit too large in the shoulders. Would sewing a size 16 fix this problem? Luckily, I always trace my patterns onto Pellon 830 Easy Pattern so I could easily try to sew the size 16 (and make a muslin this time – whoops).

McCall's M7317 Pleated Surplice Dress

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DIY: McCall’s M7193 Gathered Surplice Blouse

McCall's M7193 Gathered Surplice Blouse McCall's M7193 Gathered Surplice Blouse
I made this McCall’s M7193 gathered surplice blouse in a pink rayon challis print.

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