Hanging with Serge

OK, so not a very creative name for my serger (a Brother 1034D; I know someone’s going to ask), but we’re still stuck on the baby name, so all my name-picking energy is being directed thataway. It’s been the machine of choice around here because 1) I found myself short on 2T summer clothes for Elliot and knits are the obvious answer and 2) It’s so QUICK.

I used an Ottobre T-shirt pattern (issue summer 3/2006) and a trace of another pair of pj pants E has to make this pair of pajamas for him:


In this shot you can get a better view of the dog interlock (which I found at JoAnn last summer, along with the brown knit jersey used to trim it):


These were a test run for some PJ’s out of another knit material I bought (with submarines!) at SewZanne’s, hopefully you’ll see those soon. Here’s the recipient modeling them, but only because he was bribed with sprinkles (yes, the kind that are completely artificial…sigh). Although I have to say, a pinch of sprinkles goes a LONG way for a toddler with limited dexterity.


I also used the Ottobre pattern to make a tee for E out of one of Mr Rae’s old tees, and used one of his old summer sweaters and a trace of a pair of well-fitting pants to make “jammers”:


I just love using old clothes to make stuff for Elliot; it’s hard enough to find good fabric for boys, so reusing thrift pile stuff instead is extremely gratifying. I know I’ve seen a bunch of great tutorials online on how to make baby pants (feel free to share more in the comments section), but here’s a great one from Dana of MADE.

:: Miscellany ::

Lickety Split Thanks
Thanks to everyone for your support of the Lickety Split Pattern launch earlier this week! I’ve been shocked and amazed at its popularity and am so glad that so many of you are enjoying it. Instant download seems to be working really well, and helps me avoid potential problems when folks don’t get my pattern emails, so I may move the other patterns over there too eventually. Thankyou thankyou thankyou!!!

Hooray!!!
I won the Top Tutorial Sewing Category over at luvinthemommyhood! Thanks so much for all your votes! It was such an honor to win in the midst of such fabulous competition.

MadeByRae Maternity Leave
After the Dr’s visit I had on Monday, I wouldn’t be surprised if Baby #2 comes early, so I want to give fair warning that I’m going to be taking my “maternity leave” a little earlier than expected.

I appreciate your patience with me as I’ll need to slow things down around here for awhile (yes, I’m aware I’m not all that speedy to begin with…). And since I know many of you are experienced in the multiple-child-department, I’m going to try to gather as much advice as I can. Any tips from anyone out there on transitioning from one kiddo to two?

26 thoughts on “Hanging with Serge

  1. Those PJs are adorable. I need to figure out my serger.

    I have 2 little girls and in my experience the transition from 1 to 2 is WAAAAAY easier than the transition from 0 to 1. Way. Granted my first was 4 when #2 came along, but I was so much more relaxed and easy going. I loved it and would probably consider another if they didn't eventually turn into toddlers!

  2. After you get a schedule going with the baby, it will be fantastic…I have a built in baby entertainer (not toddler i guess!) for those 5 minutes after nap when I can't stand to NOT finish that project!

    Congrats on the maternity leave–hope all goes well!

    I also love my serger…I used it to do the side and bottom seams of my LS bag and it is so study! I love the pattern and received many compliments on our trip to the library and ritas today, so congrats on a well-done pattern!

  3. going from 1-2 was a lot easier than 0-1, but the best advice i've gotten is to always deal with the older one first. the older one might remember getting ignored for the sake of the younger, but not vice versa. and the baby can't take revenge on the older one, at least for a while. it's worked for me so far: my just-turned-3-year-old LOVES his 8.5 month old sister, and is VERY protective of her.

  4. Congrats on your impending baby!! I went ahead and bought the bag pattern!!! I am very excited to make a bag quickly, since every single thing I have sewn so far has been more like samsonite luggage than a quick project! It is so cute and I appriciate the warning that it would be unavailable for a while…. Hurry back, we'll miss your inspirational blog! πŸ™‚
    Lurker no more,
    Jennifer

  5. Good luck! Hope the delivery is quick and painless! I think you're having a girl, by the way. When I read the first post where you announced it, I thought, "OMG, she's having a girl." I don't know why, but I did.

    Best wishes to the you and an early congrats to the whole Rae Clan!

    xoxo Meg

  6. Grats on the upcoming baby…My advice is to include the older one as much as possible. My daughter had just turned 2 when her sister came along, and couldn't' get enough of her. Also once the baby gets on a schedule, try to have them both nap at the same time…it'll keep you from going insane lol πŸ™‚ Good luck πŸ™‚

  7. Hugs to you, Rae! You're going to be a great mom of two. Advice- none. Just some encouragement: everything will be easier the second time around – nursing, midnight waking, being generally calm, not overreacting to the slightest rash etc. But especially nursing.

    Congrats on winning the tutorial competition, born teacher, you!

    Oh, and in case you're wondering, yes, it is possible to sew again after the new baby comes. Yes. Too much.

  8. You'll be fantastic πŸ™‚ 10 months into the "two kid" thing… it works best if we're all in the same room (as in, I'm sitting on the floor in the playroom just watching the kids play.) The first few months are pretty good, because the baby sleeps so much and the older one gets time to adjust. Have fun, and good luck!

  9. Congratulations! You'll be missed while on "maternity leave." I find your blog very inspirational. I have a 21-month-old little girl and a baby boy due in October, so no advice on the whole two kid thing. I also have been making clothing for my 2T from recycled items. I find it really satisfying. I do find knits and a serger intimidating though. πŸ™‚ Elliot's pjs turned out adorable.

  10. Low expectations for starting out with multiple children – LOOOOOW. I have found this to be especially relevant with 3 but it also helps with 2. That way, in the beginning, when you are adjusting, it seems like a really huge accomplishment when you do something on top of making sure said children (and maybe yourself) are fed.
    LOVE the blog, Rae. I'm so impressed! Kinda makes me wish I'd paid more attention in 4-H and perhaps learned a lesson or 2 from my mom. As it is, my family will be super-lucky if I get missing buttons sewn back on. Love your stuff! All the best with baby 2!

  11. Going from one to two was hard for me, but not as hard as zero to one! Just try to include Elliot in everything – have him get the burp cloths, diapers, etc. Let him sit next to you while you nurse. Sing songs with him to baby. You'll probably be more relaxed with this one, although somewhat sleep-deprived, lol.

  12. Ditto to what everyone else has said on the 1 to 2 kid thing – we are 1 month into our own 1 to 2 kid transition over here, so far so good. Also, let people help you, and ask for help when you need it!! It will help you keep your sanity, and others will reap the blessings of service. I'm also finding that, while it's good to have low expectations of what I'll be able to accomplish every day, I like to have one goal for every day, no matter how small (eg write 5 thank you cards). It feels good to at least be able to say that I did that much!

  13. Congrats on the upcoming little one, I hope the transition goes smoothly, pop in once and a while and show off that cutie πŸ™‚

    We'll miss you while you're gone.

  14. I agree with the others. Going from 1 to 2 was way easier then 0 to 1. You already know that your whole life has changed, and that you survived, so you just take it all as it comes. We had #3 this last year and man, we are having so much fun. The anxiety level has gone way down and I just enjoy all the moments. It goes so fast. Have fun.

    BTW, I am starting cloth diapering and I am not sure if you do this or not, but being crafty…there is a huge cloth diapering underworld to be had. Just FYI. It might be fun to get into with this little one.

  15. I have two sons. The 1st one was 3 when baby came. As the other said, it was easy, things just came together. There will be rushing days, but….take just one day at a time and do not forget that wonder woman is just a myth !!!

  16. cute and cute! Love the refashioned Tee and shorts. Your little E is too cute. Can't wait to see what the next one looks like!
    Two kids….hmmm…it may be overwhelming at first. But once I figured out how to go to Target and to the grocery store, on my own, with both kids, I felt more confident. Some days I'm throwing my hands up in the air as both kids are bawling and want to be held. But at other times, I feel like life couldn't get any better. I'll hope for more of the latter for you πŸ™‚

  17. Wow, Rae! They're adorable. I have an unreasonable fear of knits, but I yen to give it a whirl.

    Congratulations on winning the Top Tutorial! I voted for you and am delighted you won! πŸ™‚

  18. Love these…am a bit intimidated by sewing with knits still, but I think it's time to dive in!

    I also love using recycled materials for new clothing…feel great!

  19. Rae, I don't have any baby advice, but I am sure you will be great. I just downloaded the LS bag, and the pattern is so well-written! Thank you! I will be thinking of you as I whip up some new bags. Can't wait to see the new little one.

  20. I'm one of the people who (immediately) bought one of your patterns for the Lickety Split bag. I picked out fabric the same day, started sewing and finished next morning. It really is lickety split, the bag goes together so easily and so fast. Thank you so much!
    Have a beautiful and healthy baby!

  21. Those are so cute. I'll have to find that pattern AND get myself a little Serge.

    I'm not going to sugar coat the difficulty of going to two children but the good news is the transition doesn't last that long. Before you know it, everything is "normal". Granted, a new normal. One thing I am really glad we have done is always told the older siblings how much the new baby loves them. It is also really important for the older siblings to get out of the house and run around as much as possible! Run off that frustration!

    I enjoy your blog! Enjoy your maternity leave!

  22. I agree. Stuff made from other stuff that you were ready to just give away is the coolest. I have a waterproof rainjacket trench-like coat that I'm planning on using to make a jacket for my DD. I do feel guilty though…shouldn't I just give the jacket to an adult who needs it???

  23. Cute PJ's. I love making PJ's. The thought of those little sleepy babies that will be wearing them makes me melt while sewing.

    About that transition from one to two, to three, to… ? Acceptance. That's the most important lesson I learned: To accept that things get done slower, or not at all, or a bit later. To accept that there isn't much time sometimes to spend on the things I wanted to spend it on. To accept that I can plan whatever I want, but that it remains to be seen what will become of those plans πŸ™‚

    You will do great. Nothing better than watching siblings interact with eachother, I think. It's wonderful!

  24. Good luck with the delivery and the transition! You will all do fantastically! And, thank goodness those adorable little teeny bundles of joy sleep so much. Your son will still get plenty of time with you! PLUS, it means you will still have time to sew, and we will still get to see your fantastic projects!!

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