Like I don’t blog here anymore 🙂
All joking aside, another year down, another triathlon or two in the books. I love training for those races, but man, it eats up my sewing time.
The family update: My family and I have had a fun summer and fall! We’ve taken several family trips, had a few local getaways camping and to hot springs, and enjoyed our Montana summer and beautiful fall. My oldest boy started kindergarten this fall and has already lost his first tooth! My youngest started sleeping (through the night) at the end of the summer, has been at the same Montessori preschool this fall, and is becoming quite the entertainer. The sleeping has been a huge change for us. I think it had been 5 years since my husband and I slept through the night. I am finally feeling like a human again without the aid of high amounts of caffeine to function!
Besides the gym bag, I really haven’t done a whole lot of sewing. I trained for another Ironman 70.3 that was in June, followed up with some local races, and just haven’t made the time for my sewing. Not that I don’t have numerous projects that I want to get done. No excuses, I just haven’t gotten to it. Here’s what I have been up to:
I made a toddler backpack for G’s first day of preschool back in February. The only modification is the zippered pocket on the front.
A Peek a Boo Lullaby Line baby gown for a gift.
And I am currently working on a quilted tree skirt for Christmas for our tree. It’s my own design, with inspiration from Pinterest. It has 8 blocks of quilted trees on a white background. The backing will be red, as will the binding. I love how it’s looking! This is just a teaser until I get the whole thing done 😉
And with that, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Cheers and happy crafting!
More baby clothes! I bought the BBBP pattern from Made by Rae when F was a baby. I don’t think I ever got around to whipping up a pair for either of my little chunks, but finally did for a friend’s baby shower. They are super cute AND easy! Bonus points for the instructions being easy to follow and pieces easy to assemble. I think the instructions had even been edited for troubleshooting. So awesome.
My gift recipient’s nursery has a retro/bike theme, and I just happened to have the perfect flannel sitting on my shelf for it!
The pants turned out great! The big butt part accommodates a cloth diaper nicely.
I added an appliqué onesie of the bike to make the outfit complete.
A couple matching burp cloths and bib later,
and this baby gift is good to go!
You can find instructions on how to make the appliquéd onesie here, and I believe I’ve mentioned how to make a bib here.
Happy sewing for your wee ones.
Our oldest son started preschool this fall! We are so excited for him. We fell in love with the Montessori program when we toured the school last spring, and couldn’t wait for him to get going.
As it was his first day of school (ever!), I felt like he needed a little something special from his mama. Enter Made-by-Rae’s Toddler backpack. I had visions of grandeur about sewing this for him weeks before school started, but (as always) the time got away from me, and there I sat with my fabric and new pattern on the night before school. I was only going to get as far as I could get, but by 10pm, I was so close to being done. By 11, I was done…until I realized I had put the straps on backwards. By 11:45, I was finally done, and ready to send my Big Little boy off to his first day of school.
It really is the perfect size for a toddler. Not too big, not too small. Just right (apparently he’s a boy goldilocks?)….
No, we didn’t send him to school in his pajamas. At least we haven’t yet. That day might come.
Sock monkey fabric from JoAnn fabrics, Red dot fabric (Robert Kaufman, I believe) from the Sewing Palace. I did have to line the front and back with a heavier fabric to make it a little sturdier. I didn’t fuse it into place, just basted the lighter fabric to the heavier fabric before sewing the pattern pieces together.
He is still loving his backpack three weeks in. Success! And well worth the lack of sleep to see a smile on my boy’s face!
I have been reading Made By Rae‘s blog for several years now. She always has some awesome projects going on, patterns to download and tutorials to follow.
This year I decided to participate in the Spring Top Sewalong! It’s basically an excuse to sew a new top for yourself….not that I need an excuse….but it definitely gave me a goal!
I have had this pattern in my stash for a year or so, hoping to get to it someday:
I really liked both the short and long sleeved version, as well as the skirt. I could see myself wearing something like that to work, if I weren’t sitting with my legs spread-eagle every day while I work on patients. The skirt–not so practical for me. The blouse–it’s a go!
I ordered some tan lace from Fashion Fabrics Club that would go with a floral fabric that I purchased from JoAnn’s. I have used Fashion Fabrics Club before, and even ordered the silk chiffon for my wedding dress from them. The prices are reasonable, but the shipping seems to take forever (yes, I am spoiled by Amazon Prime).
The pattern itself was easy to follow and simple to put together. I did French seams and serging on raw edges to finish my seams. (The floral would have freyed if I hadn’t done something to finish the edges.)
New look pattern
The fit is pretty darn good. I probably could have gone a size up just for a bit more room, though. (I am still adjusting to my post-babies-figure and sizing, even though my youngest is over a year!)
Future adjustments to the pattern: give myself a bit more ease in the sleeves. They are a bit tight if I bring my arms forward.
However, I like how it fits and have worn it several times already! All-in-all a great top and fairly easy to make!