With the snow starting to melt here plus a couple days of sunshine, I feel fit to burst with excitement. Normally I’m quite ok with winter weather, but after being cooped up so much with the kidling, I am in desperate need of spring. It makes me feel like spending more time outside and less time in front of the sewing machine
Yesterday we celebrated the first birthday of Clementine’s friend B. The birthday party was rather a big deal for me because Clementine is only a couple weeks younger than B, meaning…my baby is almost one. Sob. Anyway, after my recent relative success with the Flashback Tee pattern, I decided I’d make a tee for B. I planned on using some Elk Grove but when searching for it online I came across this other print, Just For Fun Camper, which was so perfect for B and his camping-loving family–although the mustaches would have been so much fun too. Gah, too many fabrics!. (Spoiler alert: Somehow some of the elks made their way to our house too. They spoke to me, saying they wanted to be a shirt for Clementine.)
Like usual, I was sewing the shirt up kind of last minute. I had to run to JoAnn to find some rib knit for the neck and wrist cuffs, and was disappointed to find so few color options. I was hoping to match a color in the shirt, but I had to settle for this gray, which is ok but not super. I think even white would have been better, but they didn’t even have any of that in stock. I also thought about doing a binding instead, but since it was a gift I decided to stick with cuffs as I was fairly certain I could do that properly. I stitched two straight lines for the hem. It ended up a little wavy (I think I stretched the knit too much?) but overall not too bad. I’m trying to graciously accept compliments and thanks for the things I sew for other people, instead of pointing out all the flaws! I can’t wait to see the handsome birthday boy in his new shirt!
Clementine is obsessed with some little bean bags I whipped up for her recently, so I decided to make a set of those for B as well. I filled his with lentils because I had a big jar in the pantry, and more importantly, because I’m tired of lentils. I also made a little drawstring bag to use as a stuff sack for the bean bags, based off this tutorial but in a smaller size.
And…I finished the gifts up a whole three hours before it was time to leave for the party! I even had time to walk the dog and take a shower before we left.
Happy belated Valentine’s Day! I’ve never been one to celebrate the day, but then I’ve never had a babykins before either. Having a child makes me want to start traditions and spread a little of the magical feelings that I felt as a young one during holidays and special occasions. Basically, I’m trying to get myself to quit being such a bump on a log, ha ha! For V-day this year we still didn’t do anything special (it didn’t help that I was sick with a cold and Husband was at work until late at night) but I did at least dress Clementine in the flashback skinny tee heart shirt I made for KCW. Never mind that we didn’t go anywhere all day! It was so dark in the house yesterday I couldn’t get a non-blurry photo even with the flash. Add to that the fact that C is a squirm ball and, well, it’s really tough to get any decent photos of her. I sewed the 18-24 month size for my large, just-turned 11 month old, and the fit is nice. I had to shorten the torso length just a little to get the pattern to all fit on the fabric. The sleeves are a little long so I might try to shorten them next time, but maybe not.
But wait…there is more! I also made this felt heart garland a couple weeks ago. I was congratulating myself on how easy the project was and apparently didn’t think enough about stringing the hearts. I ran the string too low through many of the hearts, leaving them hanging upside down, doh! I didn’t care enough to fix it though…maybe next year!
If you were appalled by the lack of clothing on tiny baby Clive in this post, please rest assured that his indecency is no more! I spent way too much time one night and during scattered bits the next day sewing up these overalls for him. I used some Robert Kaufman Chambray Union, which I purchased to make another Schoolhouse Tunic. I have since cut out the pieces for the tunic, but I was happy to have a bit of practice with the fabric before sewing the tunic as I actually find it a bit squirrely. Anyway, baby Clive was my mom’s (Clementine’s nanny) Christmas give to Clementine. She absolutely ADORES him. We get a big kick out of asking her to give baby Clive some kisses just so we can watch her scan the room until she spots him, toddle over to him, shriek in delight, and then fall on him in a rapturous fit of slobbery kisses and love bites. Clive came with a super cheap diaper that wouldn’t stay on, so I decided to make him something a little more sophisticated. I crossed the straps in the back to help keep them on, and added little snaps to the front. Clementine was in awe when she saw him clothed, after weeks of having a naked baby.
I was starting to get a little tired of working on these by the time I attached the straps, so it’s a little messy from the back. But that’s one of the fun things about doll clothes–nobody cares
I spent too much time sewing during Kid’s Clothes Week, and not enough time doing boring things like my real job or taking care of my house! So I forced myself to take a week off from the sewing machine–although I did finally give in last night and start working on a little something for Clementine. Here are a few scenes from around home this week.
Our barn in the snow
Snow flower (tulip tree)
Indoor activity: oiling wooden utensils
Whew, I managed to finish three more pieces of clothing for Kid’s Clothes Week! Sewing four things in one week is a pretty big deal for me
Up first, another Geranium, this time in the dress length. This is going to be Clementine’s birthday dress for when she turns one in March. The fabric is Cricket Clover from the Briar Rose line by Heather Ross. The little crickets are so cute! Like the tunic, I sewed the 18-24 month pattern, but I shortened the length just a little for my 10-month old. Yes, she’s a big girl!
I’m feeling quite unoriginal here as even the colors of this are similar to the colors of the tunic I made earlier in the week. At least I changed it up a little by omitting the flutter sleeves and doing the gathered waist instead of pleats. I’d been wanting to try out fabric-covered buttons, so I gave it a shot here since I didn’t have any buttons in my stash that worked. They were kind of fun to make.
Next, a Valentines shirt, using the Flashback Skinny Tee pattern and a thrifted t-shirt.
I stepped way out of my comfort zone here. I’ve sewn with knits just a little before, with mixed results, but this turned out the best so far. I was pleased with the binding on the neck and cuffs, although I haven’t tried it on the girl since I added those. Disaster was narrowly averted when I realized I had cut the rib knit binding with the stretch in the wrong direction, only seconds before I started to sew it on. Thankfully I had more and could cut strips in the correct direction. The seams could be better; I think my zigzag stitches were a little too far apart. Someday I will own a serger! Again, I sewed the 18-24 month size. Best part was that I was able to use the hemmed bottom of the thrifted shirt!
And finally, for one more quick project I sewed a simple elastic-waist skirt with some Michael Miller fabric I’ve had for a long time. A while back I came across this shirt at our local kid’s consignment shop and immediately thought that it would match the bicycle fabric wonderfully. So I finally got around to making the matching skirt, although I didn’t have enough fabric to make it as full as I would have liked.
And this is why it’s better to just show pictures of the clothing hanging on the wall. My little gal won’t stand still for anything!
It’s Kid’s Clothes Week, and I’m participating for the first time. Well, I unofficially attempted to participate in the fall but ended up having a weird week during which I had almost no sewing time. I only managed to sew up a simple pinafore/tunic that is so big that I’m not sure when the girl will fit into it! I’ll have to show pictures of that soon.
In the spirit of trying to find a little more “me” time, I decided to go for it this season. Because what says me time more than painstakingly laboring over clothing for somebody else, especially when that somebody is 10 months old and would be just as happy wearing a paper sack?!
Anyway, here’s my first finish: a Geranium top using my favorite print from Cloud9′s House and Garden collection, available at JoAnn. The lining is a polka-dot print I’ve had for a long time.
I’m really happy with how it turned up, except for the notched neckline, which is a little puckered at the point. I hated it the first time and had to re-sew it, making the notch a little bigger since I had already clipped and cut it! It came out a little better, and I keep reminding myself that it’s just fine for a little girl who doesn’t sit still long enough to notice little details anyway. I sewed up the 18-24 month size even though my babe is only 10 months old and within the suggested size ranges for the 12-18 month size. I’m glad I did, as this one fits well but has enough room that it seems like it will still fit this summer.My button stash is quite small, but I happened to have these green buttons that match really well.
Fingers crossed I’ll be back with at least one more finish before the week is over!
Firstly, I promise my table is not that dirty. The splotches are merely the unfortunate result of a botched staining/sealing job on our otherwise lovely, handmade table. It will be fixed…someday. Anyway, I started this small and relatively simple sawtooth stars project in November, and of course fully intended to finish it before Christmas. But, as happens, life got in the way, and then my indecisiveness got in the way. After piecing the stars and adding the sashing, I couldn’t decide what to do with it. Machine quilting? Hand embroidery? Leave as is? I liked that it had an old-time feel to it, which suits our old farmhouse and our general tastes, so after Christmas I finally settled on simple hand stitching around each star.
After adding the linen-blend binding it got a little wavy, but that’s ok. Adds to the character, I suppose. I ended up making six stars so I have another, nearly identical top–waiting to be made into another table runner, I think. I’ll probably try something different with that one, but for now it’s tucked away in the attic with the rest of the holiday decorations. Hopefully inspiration will strike again by the time it gets unpacked next holiday season. In the meantime, I’m going to consider this one my first completion for Christmas 2014! Man, I’m so on top of things this year!