A lovely friend asked me recently why I didn’t blog more about sewing. I have no good answer as to why I don’t blog. I guess I just don’t see the words coming as easy as they once did. I am able to get my expressiveness out on Instagram (private because of kid pictures), and occasionally Twitter, so I haven’t felt the need. The other reality is that crafting takes time, and I would rather create something tangible for my kids, than write about it. Writing has lost appeal as I see the blogosphere changing from the stories I remember to the machine it has become. It hasn’t helped that Google Reader went away, leaving me with no way to actually read the few that still seem to write. I miss that, Google, do you hear me?
However, I will humor her, and I will write about the crafty me. Because the reality is that in the world of picture perfect sewing/knitting blogs out there, I see little of the real imperfections that come with every day sewing. I mean, well, maybe there are that many perfect seamstresses out there, but there has to be more of the kind like me, that sometimes just live by Tim Gunn and make it work.
Coming up in a couple of weeks is a Kids Clothing Week, but as I work full time, sewing during one wee little week isn’t an option. Not to mention that when I picked my days off from work earned for on call
hell time, I totally forgot about it… So instead I’ve been going nuts trying to do some winter sewing before well, it isn’t winter any more. The girls, they are growing, like weeds. I swear that H grows every time I remember to buy her only favorite vegetable, and M, well we’ve already established she’s crazy tall. Something like 52 inches, and hasn’t gained an ounce for the last inch (giving her free reign to hot cocoa on weekends and as much butter as she wants). The girl is wearing an only slightly too big 10/12 Lands End winter jacket. And she’s six people, SIX! I’m trying to pad my savings account for the special tall designer clothes and groceries now.
So yes, sewing, like giving up watching TV to cut out pattern, and sew, and well, no savings account padding, I’ve been hitting up Girl Charlee, SR Harris and Joann’s pretty heavy lately. For good reason, though there was no good reason for that Heather Ross splurge the other night on Instagram.
First, foxy dresses.
I made one for each kid, but M had an OMG is six the new 13 fit about her sleeves being too short, so you get H. I really really LOVE the Skater dress from Kitschy Coo. In reality it needs to be altered for the worlds tallest six year old, but for H, it is perfect. The fabric is this really awesome one from Girl Charlee. The print, to die for, the fabric itself, meh. Not a lot of stretch, and I’m really wishing that cotton wasn’t so expensive. This pattern in a medium weight interlock or cotton/spandex jersey would be the bees knees.
That being said, I want this dress in my size. I need to go to the gym… it only goes up to about 30 pounds less than I weigh now. Time to go buy some of those foxes. Foxes are business appropriate right?
I’m still going to alter it for M, but in the mean time, I’d already cut out another dress for each kid from the pattern. M’s favorite word would have to be love, based on her overuse. She likes to know what is in my homemade food, and she is the one who tells me every time I put in love. Another Girl Charlee print here. This fabric is way nicer. Still cotton/poly, but a much better hand.
Since H can’t read, she gets a love variation dress. Best 1/2 yard score ever from Girl Charlee (see problem, I have a problem). Its tissue thin, I could only do short sleeves, but who cares, its cute! Wouldn’t you deal with hard to sew with stuff for mustached hearts?
Last, but not least, perhaps my favorite thing I’ve made recently. I adore, adore, Rae. She is the reason I can sew with knits. Her KNITerviews are the whole reason I didn’t mothball the serger after I got it. She’s even doing a new series right now, which introduced me to Girl Like the Sea, a sewing blogger that is real, like really real, which makes me happy to see. Rae is like that too, but she loses real points for her bad ass design skills.
Anyway… Rae makes amazing patterns, that are simple, well written, and she supports her patterns, something that makes indie pattern designers worth their weight in gold. When was the last time you Instagram’d McCalls and had them make suggestions on how you could make something fit your oddly shaped child. Try never. Rae’s Parsley Pants pattern is awesome. So awesome that I was able to modify it in like two minutes for skinny tall girl. Which is good, because then I could make her these. Neon is back. The fabric is a twill from Joann’s. High quality, nope, but seriously, look at them. The photo does nothing to fully express just how neon those flowers are. I love her pattern so much I used its principals to hack an overly complicated AG doll pattern. She’s that awesome.
Oh, and I made H a matching pair. I’m trying to blind my husband.