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The Final Product

In Sewing on September 24, 2012 at 4:18 am

Thank you to all the helped me determine the final design of this dress.  In the end I went for a sleeveless dress with the simple grey trim.  I am in love with this dress and how my little one looks in it.  So much fun.

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Need Your Help, Pease!

In Sewing on September 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I keep going back to the simple grey ribbon.  At first I thought it needed something else.  But now, I think I am drawn to the simplicity of the single ribbon.  What do you think?  BTW, totally loving this refashioning project.  Totally what I needed to get out of my sewer’s block funk!

Thanks for your help.  I am looking forward to the feedback and creating a community with my followers.

   

Sewer’s Block…

In Sewing on September 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I have been on a downward spiral in regards to sewing for about 2 weeks now.  I can pinpoint the exact beginning of it (which was when laying out the fabric for the first ever dress I would make for myself and realized upon pinning the pattern to it that I did not have enough fabric).  Now I simply have to pull out of it.  The truth is that this dress, which I knew would test my skills, seemed easier than the one I sewed for my niece, but isn’t.  The darts on the darts on the front of the bodice are not quite in the right place.  I had to use my favorite tool, the seam ripper, to take the sleeves off and replace them so that they hit me in the right place.  And that took a week to do simply because at the end of the day, I knew I was too tired to do it well.  I just kept putting it off and putting it off.  See, the only time I really have to sew is at night after the kids go to sleep.  And while I may be surprisingly good at sewing up simple, sturdy and cute clothes for my kiddos, tackling new patterns and trying to force them to fit my body measurements is a whole different thing. Yes, I read about how to grade the pattern to fit different sizes, but I could not figure it out.  This dress has, without a doubt been my toughest challenge yet and I do believe I may need to put it aside for now.  I have a list of items I want to sew for the kids a mile long; amongst the list is a birthday dress and a dress for a wedding for my daughter and 2 shirts and 2 pairs pants for my son for the same wedding and his birthday.  Plus, of course, there is the Project Run and Play sew along.  Way too much.  I am going to have to cut something out.  I’m just not sure what yet.  But I am pretty sure that if I begin with cutting out my dress from the line up that I may be able to get my creative juices flowing again and enjoy sewing again.  The next step will be to find some sewing classes.  The awful truth is that I am hitting a wall, partially due to the fact that I am such a novice.  I have done well on my enthusiasm and creativity.  Now I need a little know-how!  Sewer’s block, be gone.  Thank goodness for a little time to organize myself and my sewing space today.  It will all start there.

Time Alone: II

In Motherhood, Sewing on August 31, 2012 at 2:45 am

This week I had the fortune of having my son all time myself for a day while his sister spent the day with “Mimi” (their grandmother).  After a weekend of stolen moments with him, attempting to relieve him of his little “soul fever,” I was definitely looking forward to this day to solidify his return to my sweet boy.  And, it was a magical day.  We started out by going to one of our favorite toy stores (Talbot’s Toyland in San Mateo, CA).  It’s a favorite for many reasons.  The first reason being that it is where my mom used to take me when I was little.  Secondly, it is a real, old fashioned toy store.  It has wonderful bike, hobby (trains, remote control cars, etc.), doll, book and toy departments with their own specialists.  We started our visit to the store by racing cars around the track in the hobby department.  We then moved on to checking out a little 12″ two wheeler bike (since he is a crazy man on his balance bike), then back through the hobby section to look at more cars and to run the train on its track.  Next we went to play with the Thomas trains set up in the younger kid play area.  All in all I think we were there for over an hour and no, I did not buy him anything.  And, yes, he was ok with that!  He knew ahead of time that we were just going to go look and play and get an idea of what he wants for his birthday.  Snack was next and we did this while sitting on a bench outside the store which is super close to the train tracks.  So every time a train came by he had to go run around the corner and check it out.  Thankfully, the next part of the day, which was checking out new sewing machines for Mommy, went much more smoothly than I anticipated.  I think Nathan was just as excited about all the new fancy functions and embroidery stitches that the new machines have as I was.  Ok, maybe not just as excited as me, but he had fun: especially since we sewed his name and his age.  Oh how I wish a new machine was in our budget.  I had no idea how nice a sewing machine could be…..  But I digress….  the truth is that Nathan was such a perfectly sweet, inquisitive, devilish little boy through out the entire morning.  I adored watching his eyes light up as he saw a toy or gizmo that was new to him.  I loved being a part of his play and his story telling about all the new things he was seeing and why he had to have them.  We finished our outing by going back through the toy store and reading a few books.  If he is not playing with his trains or breaking his cars he is reading.  Finding books he hasn’t read is a challenge.  So it is always fun to sit and rad new books together and discuss why or why not he would want to have that book at home. Then we went home where we sat and had lunch together before settling in to prep dinner.  He has gotten very good at chopping vegetables, washing vegetables and helping me stir.  My husband had told me that he had done dishes a few days prior to this.  So when he asked to do the dishes I certainly did not say no.  He is 3 1/2 years old, mind you… and yet, he did an amazing job.  Yes, I had puddles of water to clean up on the floor and counter.  But the dishes were thoroughly cleaned.  I dried as he washed and we were done with dinner in no time.  Well, just in time for a little fun throwing a frisbee around and building a sand castle before heading out to pick up his sister.  It is in these moments alone with him, that I have the rare opportunity to see how much he has grown, mentally, physically and emotionally.  It is in these moments that I can breathe and enjoy his goofiness and curiosity for what they simply are.  It is in these moments that I am able to spoil him with love.  And it is in these moments that he and I know that we are connected in a way that no two other people are connected.  I am both amazed and inspired by my little man and I am ever so thankful for our time together.

The Underdog!

In general, Sewing on August 8, 2012 at 4:26 am

I have to laugh at myself a bit for even considering applying for Project Run and Play.  In fact I had to start this blog just to apply.  I was planning on starting one, but this gave me the push I needed.  The thing is, I look at all those beautiful blogs and all the amazing clothes everyone has sewn and I know I am most certainly an underdog.  Not only in terms of my sewing skills.  But also in regards to my ability to present myself and my work in a way that others will joyously respond to.  I’m ok with that for now.  I am only at the beginning of this adventure.  I’ll promise you one thing, though.  If I somehow do make it into the competition, don’t count me out.  I could very well be just like Anya from last seasons Project Runway.  You never know!  I’d like to think so.

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bolero jacket

In Sewing on August 8, 2012 at 1:57 am

bolero jacket

Project Run and Play

In Sewing on August 7, 2012 at 3:21 am

By far one of my favorites this summer.

Am I nuts?  I have only been sewing for about 4 or 5 months and yet I desperately want to be a contestant on Project Run and Play.  It would be so amazing to be stretched like that in regards to my sewing skills.  Speaking of which.. I have no idea what level I am at.  So far I have been able to accomplish every pattern I have chosen with success.  Though frustration did abound at times, I did persevere and it has always been well worth it.  I am definitely the type of person who has to immerse herself into something before going back and reading up on it.  I must get my hands dirty, so to speak.  I’ll give it a go.  All I can do is apply.  If they do not select me I can do the sew along activities and maybe by next year I’ll be ready to go!  It’s always good to have goals.  Wish me luck.

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