Am back from Mexico! Am missing coconut ice cream!

After the last post I had an epiphany. You don’t really read my blog for the sewing, although that’s maybe how it started. Now you’re here for the baby pictures. You’re a bunch of Baby Junkies, am I right? Well here’s your fix for the day:

We’re back from Cancun, where I slathered SPF 70 lotion on myself and Elliot all last week and kept Clementine out of the sun completely. So we don’t look like we went to Mexico, but boy did we have fun. And wonderful, warm humid weather.

I had a crisis a couple weeks ago when I realized I really had no nice dressy things for dinners out (due to my post-partum body redistribution and slight weight gain…ack!), so I threw this dress together in a day or so. The cut is very simple, really just a couple of shaped rectangles. I pleated the waistband and then shirred it with elastic thread ala Heather Ross‘ Weekend Sewing shirring technique (BTW I just went to her blog to get the link, started reading, and oh my dear goodness is that woman ever funny. Do yourself a favor and subscribe if you haven’t already).

I was going for an empire waist, which is not quite what I got, but oh well. This is superduper comfortable, even if it isn’t high fashion. It’s about knee-length, which you can sort-of see in the picture below.

The fabric is from IKEA, which looked vaguely familiar; then I got home and looked at the Itty Bitty Dress Pool and realized that this baby dress is the same fabric. I have to say I love the orange and pink combination. And the pockets. The main drawback is that I can’t nurse in it without pulling the whole thing up. Gah.

All in all though am v. pleased with results and plan to make another one, slightly more fitted with a drawstring waist. And I need input here so what do you think: should the waist go up or down? It seems to be too high, or too low? I can’t decide…

Also just wanted to report I am making progress on this as well:

Clementine Likes Yarn

Took a quick break from the swimsuits and sundresses yesterday to start this Gnomey Hat by Hello Yarn (spotted recently at SouleMama as well). You know, the sort of project that makes perfect sense when you’re about to leave for Mexico [end sarcasm].

Except somebody started eating my yarn during the fitting…

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Fairy Tale Quilt

Too many things to blog about, too little time. That really sums up how I feel right now as time with two hands free is so hard to come by. I’ve got a purse pattern in the works (ack, why can’t I do that faster??), a new dress for Mexico I want to show you, a baby quilt that’s almost finished, and then the other day in a moment of inspiration/insanity at Fields in Holland (Michigan), I bought swim material. For a swimsuit. For me. Yes friends I have completely lost it.

And I wish so badly that these pictures weren’t so grainy, but I’m just going to barrel ahead with this post anyway and not obsess about it. HURRAH HURRAH I am finally finally finished with Elliot’s fairy tale quilt!!!

I figure I have about six more months before he decides he’d rather have Star Wars sheets (overheard during book reading: “Wuke faw in Jabba’s twap!”) than his mama’s choice in bedspreads, so I’m glad I got this finished now. Not to mention how excited I am to have the real estate free in my sewing closet. Boy howdy.

He loves the fairy tale pictures (Gingerbread Man, Wizard of Oz, and Jack and the Beanstalk) and has been pointing to the various figures and animals and talking about them.

It was started last year (I posted a preview pic here, those Rocket PJ’s still fit him by the way) with Superbuzzy fabric that was ordered maybe a year before that, so unfortunately as far as I know you really can’t get any of this fabric anymore. The checks are Moda and the stripes are old IKEA fabric.

The pattern for this came from Amy Karol’s Bend the Rules Sewing, which my dear friend Giedra also used to make a quilt for her toddler as well. I totally stole the idea from her, so now we both have BTRS quilts for our toddlers. You can see a preview of hers here, it’s so cute with owls and turquoise…and we were just talking about these the other day, which is what motivated me to finally finish. So thanks, G!

Mine’s slightly different than the book pattern in that I added 12″ of chenille to the edges. This really explains in a nutshell why it sat in my closet for so long. The chenille was kindof a nightmare to work with, compounded by the fact that all of the fairy tale fabrics are mid-weight canvas (that’s why you’ve seen them here and here before), making this a puckery disaster. I salvaged it…but NEVER AGAIN I TELL YOU. Just learn from my mistakes, will you? Use quilting cotton for quilts. And nothing else.

Oh and I also wanted to show off a closeup of the vintage Irmi lamp that I refurbed (cleaned up, retouched paint, rewired) and now lives in E’s room:

The ferris wheel winds up and plays “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” I love it.

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