Archive for the ‘sewing’ Category

Here’s why I like to sew:

Because Mary, who looks adorable in her new skirt, tells everyone, “My mama made this for me!” She then does a little demonstration twirl and then adds, “Because she loves me.”

This is a plain-Jane Redondo skirt, made from fleece; it sounded boring when I started it but it turns out that it’s my favorite of the three Redondos I’ve made for her. I like the solid color, and the heavier fleece fabric gives it better drape than the cottons I used for the others. Lots of twirl capability in this one! And it took about 20 minutes to make, since I didn’t hem the bottom edge. I like that raw look in something that doesn’t ravel.

Link to the pattern (though I got it cheaper–through Sewzanne’s, if memory serves…or maybe Fabric Fairy?)

Modification: Instead of using the waistband piece and elastic, I just made a fleece waistband for this (her waist measurement minus 3″, as my fleece is fairly stretchy). Quick and easy. She has a tiny tiny waist so I do that if possible instead of using a pattern piece.

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dirty little truths about sewing

Absolute Truths:

* The amount of time your child will spend wearing/playing with a finished project is inversely proportional to the amount of time you spend making it.

* Your bobbin thread will run out one inch from the end of your final seam. Always.

* Patterns that say “very easy” really mean “requires only 143 hours of sewing and sixteen swear words.”

* It is never cheaper to make it than to buy it. Ever.

* Sewing machine needles last exactly 7/8 as long as they are needed for your project. Then they break.

* Deciding that you don’t need to read the directions because you have made a specific project 13 times before is a direct road to pattern pieces sewn in backwards, ripping out seams, tears, and alcohol.

* When your sewing machine is wadding up copious amounts of thread underneath your work, and it seems obvious that the bobbin is the problem [because, after all, that’s on the bottom too], it never is. The top thread is always the problem, and if you would have learned from your past mistakes and rethreaded it when the problem began, you’d have saved 15 minutes of messing with tension and fixing the bobbin’s nonexistent problem. It Always Means You Need To Rethread the Machine. Duh.

* Ironing is boring and it sucks. The fact that every other instruction is always “Press” means that you have the choice of doing something really boring or having your work look…well…like you couldn’t be bothered to press. [I always opt for the latter–who cares?]

* You need 27 seam rippers because they migrate in pairs to the other end of the universe if you look away.

* Your machine may have 101 fancy stitches, but you’ll only ever use three of them.

* Fabric is so addictive that it should be a controlled substance.

Why doesn’t anyone tell you this stuff?

FO: Lazy Day skirt for Mary

I whipped up a skirt for Mary using this really easy tutorial. I think it turned out great, although it has become clear to me that fuzzy trim is a poor choice for a toddler [she has shed green fur all over our metro area]. Cute, though, eh?

From skirt and garden pics
From skirt and garden pics
From skirt and garden pics

some recent sewing

A few things I’ve been meaning to post–some for me, some for a swap:

* A “Jenny” bag for me. This is not my favorite color scheme, but it’s made entirely from scraps [most of which came from a quilt I made for my grandparents years ago], and was therefore free! I love this pattern and will be making more of these now that I’ve figured out the kinks in the pattern.

Actually I like all of her patterns: http://wiredupdesigns.com/

The wallet, which is handy but a little floppy, was just winged–no pattern.

From sns and garden
From sns and garden
From sns and garden

Just to see if you’re paying attention–here’s a funny picture of Mary wearing a funny outfit:

From sns and garden

I used to have this great denim skirt that I loved. Unfortunately I tore it all the way up the back and I am too lazy to mend it. So, instead, I turned it into a gardening apron [the pockets are just right for garden scissors or seed packets]:

From sns and garden

Cute little diaper cover/shorts for the kids [these are testers for a pattern that’s in development, which I’ll link to when it’s ready!]:

From sns and destash

And finally, a baby carrier for a swap. This is a podeagi, a traditional Asian-style carrier [the narrow-body variation]. Since it’s hard to get a good pic of a baby carrier like this, I borrowed Mary’s bear to model it.

From podeagi
From podeagi
From podeagi

what we got in the mail today

My swap package from my diaper swap partner came today!

She sent us two diapers–one of which Wesley immediately modeled. Cute, eh?

From swap modeling pics and garden
From swap modeling pics and garden

She also sent along a hat for Mary that her daughter has outgrown. Mary was delighted.

From swap modeling pics and garden
From swap modeling pics and garden

Now, a garden update. Everything is looking good! The peas, which didn’t seem to be coming up, have begun to sprout. The other things are flourishing.

Here’s my insanely lush herb planter:

From swap modeling pics and garden

One of my square foot beds–planted with a few snap peas, tomatoes, basil, and a row of mixed greens.

From swap modeling pics and garden

Overall shot of the garden–you can see the green onions growing on the left in a row [the one that needs weeding], a mound of cucumber, a row of beans, and a row of squash [yellow and patty pan]. Tomatoes in the front and serrano peppers!

From swap modeling pics and garden

I just tilled up another couple of rows’ worth of yard off to the side and we’re going to be adding cipollini onions and purple spring onions, plus more herbs and some broccolini. This is definitely the best garden I’ve had so far. Of course, last year I was hugely pregnant and couldn’t weed for more than 10 seconds without toppling over, purple in the face.

Yes, that’s right–your logic tells you correctly. Wesley is almost one.

I have been sewing

A few recent projects:

This is the first garment I’ve made for me! I just winged it–it’s a basic six-gore skirt with godets between. The pic doesn’t really show how flared it is at the bottom.

From sewing/kid pics April 09

This is Mary’s Easter dress–I made it on Easter eve but I was pleased with how it turned out. I love this fabric and have been hoarding it for ages. (It’s a slightly crinkly cotton batik.) I’ll try to get a modeling pic next time she wears it.

From sewing/kid pics April 09

This is a skirt that I seldom wear; it is a bad length for me. I love the print, though, and the brown lace trim around the bottom. So, I decided to give it a new life. Here’s the skirt before:

From sewing/kid pics April 09

And here is its reincarnation as two toddler dresses (pardon the poor photos; Mary was not in a cooperative “sure, I’ll model this dress for you” kind of mood).

From sewing/kid pics April 09
From sewing/kid pics April 09

I love how long it is–it makes her look like she’s going to a cocktail party or a garden wedding or something.

From sewing/kid pics April 09

under the wire

I just finished Grandma’s quilt. I am giving it to her tomorrow. Pics to follow! I would have been done earlier but I am having issues with my machine–thread keeps breaking. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the thread so maybe it’s time for a tune-up. But whatever. Quilt is done. I am tired.