WIP Report

Made myself a shirt!

Little Yellow T-shirt

I’ve been sewing like crazy, but not taking much time to record or photograph. It has to do with finding a balance between the sewing I do for myself and the sewing I do for work as well as trying to figure out what’s going to be a good balance here. The responsible part of me feels quite strongly that all the sewing I do should be “work” sewing. The other part has its own ideas and keeps tapping me on the shoulder. It speaks sweetly about my passion for sewing, my interests in learning to sew clothes, the joy I find in sewing for my family, the pleasure I get out of sewing things we can use every day. It’s an on-going task to find a balance, but I’m getting there! As for what I’ve been making, let me share!

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Enjoying Museums with (young) Kids

Paleis Het Loo

Paleis Het Loo

Paleis Het Loo

I have to confess that I don’t enjoy most “kids” activities. Playgrounds drive me a bit nuts. Indoor playgrounds seem like they were invented by the same people who invented the asylums and then led tours through them. I love culture and history and books in a bad way! My kids have plenty of art supplies and I’m working on a killer library, but amusement parks? No thank you. With summer vacation coming soon, how do you do museum or “cultural” outings with little kids? Mine are 3 and 5 and I think we’ve got it figured out. Today, we left the house at 9:30, drove an hour, spent an hour in a thrift store, spent about three hours at Paleis Het Loo (one of the Dutch royal palaces), and then they opted in for a second thrift store before we drove home, arriving at 6pm. We had a great time, all three of us. Read on and I’ll tell you how we make it work!

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Colette’s Sorbetto Top

My Sorbetto

My Sorbetto

Side seam details

Side seam details

Colette Sorbetto: fabric

This summer, instead of going to the shops to add to my wardrobe, I want to make my own. Back in April, I made a start with Colette’s Sorbetto. It’s a free pattern for a loose fitting tank-top with a box pleat in the front. I love a tank top, but am no longer in love with spaghetti straps. It has something to do with feeling a bit older and spending the past few years in seriously supportive nursing bras. Those aren’t straps you want the world to see! So, I downloaded myself a pattern and got sewing!

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In My Kitchen

Oregon Sugar Snap Peas

Peas: Kelvedon Wonder & Oregon Sugar Snap

Lettuce

Mint

I’m playing along with the In my Kitchen day over at Beauty that Moves. Go have a look!

So clearly, I’m a bit obsessed with the things that come out of the garden and pretty much sticking my camera as close to them as I can. What can I say – looking at the world this way is inspiring! It’s so easy to not see the veins on a lettuce leaf or the little knob on a pea when they’re usually in bunches and handfuls. But when I stop and look at those details, I get a little shiver. They are just so beautiful and each piece is unique.

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Public, private, and epic sewing

Phone cases in progress

Finished phone cases

Convertible phone case

This week, I did some special order sewing. It was exciting, so exciting that I decided to share lots of pictures on my Facebook page. Then, of course, it didn’t work out and along came my crisis of confidence. What kind of silliness led me to get showy about my making and arrogant, too? It’s so nice to share things that work and so hard to share things that don’t. But the truth is, sometimes things don’t work out. Sometimes it’s going to be private, sometimes it’s going to be public, sometimes it’s going to be epic.

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Happy Happy Joy Joy T-shirt

Little Yellow T-shirt

Little Yellow T-shirt

Little Yellow T-shirt

Little Yellow T-shirt

I’ve been sewing a lot of clothes lately, for myself and for Pumpkin. For the past few years, I’ve slowly been teaching myself to draft patterns and sew clothes. When my serger arrived in December, sewing knits became a very attractive option. In the months since then, I feel like my personal t-shirt pattern and my comfort with using it have come a long way and I’ve got a few different shirts to show for that. But the ultimate in sewing at home is, of course, when your child requests a piece and you can make it happen. That’s exactly what happened last Sunday morning.

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