Thanks for all of the great suggestions on machines and ideas for sewing with Elliot on the last post! It’s so fun to hear about your own experiences and what you’ve done with your own kids. That could be a whole new blog theme, for goodness sake.
I have been sewing so much this week that I’ve really been slacking on the blogging, sorry about that (it’s always a tricky balance). I have a couple of projects that I just finished that were started in New York for Heather Ross’ Weekend Sewing Workshop that I want to show you that I’ll blog about next week. I also bought some new fabric in NYC and had to make this as soon as…
I am like a proud mother hen. Do you know what this is?
It’s the first bit of sewing Elliot’s ever done completely on his own. He doesn’t nap anymore in the afternoon so after his quiet time is over he wanders upstairs and (go figure) I’m almost always in the sewing room. Often I keep him busy while Clementine finishes her nap with games on the tablet or coloring or cutting or we play a (real) game. The other day he told me he wants to “sew something.” I gave him this scrap of fabric and put the pedal on a box so he could reach it with his foot and this was the result.
He did it all himself. There isn’t a bit…
The Pierrot Tunic features a lovely gathered neckline, swingy ease and comfortable fit and looks fantastic with jeans or leggings! The elastic neckline and sleeves can be taken out as your child grows. Pierrot can be sewn entirely with a sewing machine; no serger necessary. Instructions are also included to extend the pattern if you would like to create a Pierrot dress or longer tunic.
This sewing pattern is a digital PDF sewing pattern that you purchase, download, and print at home. The 32-page eBook sewing pattern includes detailed step by step instructions, color photographs, printable instruction summary sheet and full-sized pattern pieces for NINE sizes (wow!) for babies and children. Seam allowances are included on all pattern pieces.
The digital eBook including pattern and…
It always really amazes me how long it takes to make a sewing pattern. Theoretically each one I make should get faster but somehow that never seems to happen. I’ve had the sewing pattern for Pierrot more or less ready for two weeks, but between “being a mom” (which can mean anything: a trip to the zoo, the apple orchard, piles of laundry, a sick husband, and what I think was possibly the longest game of Chutes and Ladders in the history of the universe yesterday), friends visiting last weekend and a trip to New York, I really just haven’t had any time to get it up and running. The final push is always the most tedious, proofreading for what feels like the…
Sometimes a work in progress sits for so long unfinished that I don’t even see it anymore. This patchwork shower curtain has been sitting in a pile for a couple of months (I gave a guess-what-this-is preview here, and a bunch of you guessed correctly, nice!). I finally focused in on it the other day and the only thing I had left to do was add the buttonholes on top. Seriously? So I spent a half hour sewing those on and it was finished. Do you ever finish something and then want to punch yourself for how long it took you to get to that last little thing? That is exactly what was going on here I tell you. Ridonkulous.
This project is…
Elliot: What happened to her?
Me: I don’t think so. I think she’s just resting.
Me: No, I think she’s just fine.
Elliot: She’s going to fall in the water and drown and get eaten by sharks.
I took so many pictures in NYC it’s ridiculous, so I’ve decided to present them to you in “gallery-view” so you can get a taste for my week and click on the ones you’re really interested in seeing. They all link back to my Flickr, where there are even more pictures in each of the sets for you to peruse. I’ve tried to narrate them a little, but yikes, I think it just took me nearly an hour just to label all of them. Enjoy!
For the past five days I’ve been enjoying the city of New York, first as a participant in the Weekend Sewing Workshop hosted by Heather Ross, and then for a few days of couple-y together time with Mr Rae, without kids (cue the “awww” or the “YAY” however you feel about it). This was my very first time in the city so I tried to hoof it all over the place rather than spend any time on my computer, hence my slightly-longer-than-usual online absence of late, which actually isn’t all that odd come to think of it but maybe somebody noticed. No? Good. Mental note: take more blog breaks.
So yesterday I walked from Chinatown to Little Italy to Soho (where…
I really love sewing with knits. It used to be more of a fierce loathing, but I’ve since realized that this has less to do with some innate fault of knit fabric or my own skills, and more to do with the equipment I was using to sew with said knits (or perhaps I should say, *trying* to sew). I don’t want to blather on about that because believe me I have a whole other post in my head about that very topic, but I will say that I do now have a serger so the knit projects go super-quick and are v. satisfying.
Enter the Knit Fabric of My Dreams: