i wanted to sew something quick/easy/functional as a “palate cleanser” before i jump into Halloween costumes and while i’m still waiting for the go-ahead to blog a few other more involved projects that i’ve been sewing (i have like 12 or 13 things i can’t blog yet – it’s getting ridiculous). plus, i recently realized i haven’t shown baby C on here for a while (he’s 8 months old already!!!!!) so i had to fix that.
now please enjoy my pile o’ children in their homemade pajama pants.
they’re all wearing flannel elephant pants; citron, gray, and pink elephants from Rae’s cozy Fanfare Flannel line for Cloud9 Organics. teehee! Continue reading
went and made myself some more comfy pants.
i bought this fabric right after i made my first pair of True Bias Hudson Pants (and even mentioned it in my blog post). it took me way too long to get around to sewing them – August, finally – and then of course didn’t get photos until now. it’s been bugging me, because i’ve really wanted to share them! i just LOVE these pants.
before i show you the sewing, i’ve got a little story.
it’s no secret that my little gal has a strong affinity for elephants. she has since she was about a year old, and the obsession continues to this day. it’s pretty cute to have this feminine little girl that loooooves giant gray mammals with huge noses, but hey she loves what she loves!
well. she has about 20 stuffed elephants, but her favorite has always been Frankie, and E is very attached to her. Frankie is Real in the Velveteen Rabbit sense – loved to the point of shabbiness. one day, E dropped Frankie somewhere between summer camp and home, and we didn’t realize she was missing until bedtime. her absence caused a panic. E has a huge heart and tons of empathy for everyone and everything, and she was so certain that Frankie would be very sad and lonely without her. of course, E was very sad and lonely without Frankie. my husband and i were worried that someone would see a “ratty old stuffie” on the sidewalk and would just toss her in the trash. it broke our hearts, and after making the walk himself to look for her, my husband even found and ordered the same type of elephant on ebay (though of course Frankie could never be replaced).
fortunately, this story has a happy ending. in fact, E happened to drop her in front of pretty much the best house possible. Monica, a mom of three little boys that could see how loved Frankie was, noticed her on the sidewalk and kept her safe that night. my husband and i actually went to high school with Monica and say hi when we see each other in the neighborhood, and her son was even attending the same summer camp! it was a wonderful coincidence that the next day at camp (after I had searched the place top to bottom) she came over and said “is anyone here missing a stuffed elephant?” i freaked out, hugged her, and beelined straight to her house, where she had kept Frankie dry (yet visible!) during the overnight rain…
i mean! oh man! it made me cry! E was thrilled to be reunited with her special stuffie, of course, and thought it was funny that Frankie “spent the night in a tree.” i had to make Monica a thank you gift. wouldn’t you?? an especially good deed deserves a handmade thank you, for sure.
i made a foldover clutch from my tutorial (with two tone variation tutorial by Cherie). Continue reading
popping in with a little birthday present i made for my sister Laura. she loves to bake but doesn’t own a stand mixer (!), so for her “main present” the family teamed up on funds to help her buy one. couldn’t just leave it at that, though! had to make her a pot holder too.
i love to make pot holders as gifts. they satisfy the urge to do a little bit of quilting, they’re super practical, they’re quick and fun. i can make them with scraps or a fat quarter in an evening. haha too bad my own pot holders are basic black ones that i bought when i was in college…
it’s a difficult thing to design a unique children’s dress these days. super difficult. the market is flooded with patterns, and now that i’ve been sewing dresses for this little gal for about 5 years, i’ve gotten to the point where i’m able to sew a lot of things with only a quick glance at the instructions. a lot of it just becomes intuitive. that’s all well and good, but it’s also very refreshing to sew something that feels new and different!
this dress, the Fawn Lily by Rebecca of rock the stitch (for willow + co) is new. different. fresh. crisp. Continue reading