Friday, February 28, 2014

Self Care Sewing: Swoon Scarf Neck Cardigan

I'm going to make myself a bit vulnerable here, and post a selfie. A bathroom mirror selfie.

After procrastinating an entire month away, I finally got the pieces cut for my scarf neck cardigan by Swoon. Last night I pulled out the serger, and today I sewed it all together! It still needs hems on the sleeves and around the neck and bottom of the cardi, but I'm waiting til I figure out rolled hems to do that. ;)

So. Um. Here it is.


I cut off the top of my head, very attractively.

I had originally hoped to have the shades switched, to have the darker gray on the sides (it's slimming, you see, and...well. Anyway.) Buuut. It didn't work out that way, so I'm going with it! And you know what? 

Here's the thing. My body isn't perfect. I've had two kids, both of them c-sections, and things just don't stay the same. Neither is my cardigan perfect. The seams could use some help, I basically constructed the whole thing with a serger that I'm still very much in the process of learning, and it's a bit large. (That makes me feel pretty good though - I made an XL, what I'd typically wear. If an XL is too big, it's a happy day. LOL)

But I like myself. And I like my cardigan, and I will wear it happily because it's mine. I made something for me, for once! It's comfortable, cozy, oh-so-soft, and gray is one of my favorite - neutrals?

I will be making another one of these. Size Large. In hot pink, or bright red. And I will wear that one proudly, too.


This post is linking to a Pattern Revolution linky party for Self Care Sewing Month.

Scientific Seamstress I Love to Read Challenge: Duck Feet for Natalie

For Christmas, Natalie was given a copy of "The Big Green Book of Beginner Books", a collection of stories by the famous Dr Seuss, writing under his pen name of Theo LeSieg. While she likes all of the stories in it, one has stood out from the beginning as her favorite - so much so that I have it pretty much memorized, we read it so often! She even takes the book to bed with her every night, refusing to go lie down until she has her "duck feet" story with her. I used that story as my spin-off for my I Love to Read month challenge, from the Scientific Seamstress.



I wish I had a picture of Natalie in it. She's sleeping, since it's - very early, let's just say. ;)

The challenge was to use a Scientific Seamstress or Sisboom pattern, or patterns, to make a look inspired by a favorite book - either an adult pattern, with your own favorite book, or a children's pattern inspired by their favorite. Easy enough to do, for Natalie. And this outfit is perfect for her - a comfy cozy knit PJ set. I used the All-the-Rage Raglan, and the Louey Boxers (as well as duck feet slippers from Peekaboo Pattern Shop) to create a set that (hopefully) she'll love to wear! She is the type to want to wear pajamas all day long and be "cozhy", so I think she'll happily add these to her repertoire. ;)





Thursday, February 27, 2014

Little Kiwi's Closet: Tara Sundress Review

I love pattern testing. Really, I do. Especially when I get to test something as sweet as these little sundresses from Little Kiwi's Closet. My second international test - this one is from New Zealand!

The Tara has two skirt variations - the tiered skirt is in Lydia's Etsy shop now, and the simple full skirt is scheduled for release very soon! I was lucky enough to test both the tiered pattern and the simple skirt add-on. Originally I tested the 9-12 month size for Sam, and then decided I loved the dress so much on her, I made one of each style for Natalie as well! (Of course I don't have modeled pictures on Natalie. We know how much she loves the camera. :P )

I made a 3y size for Natalie, and the girls fit perfectly into their dresses. I love the pleat detail on the tiered dress, and the sweet little bodice ruffle on the full skirted one! Making these dresses, I had my first experience putting in a zipper. I had previously been intimidated by them, and when I signed up to test this dress, I actually didn't realize the back closed with a zipper! I might not have signed up if I had realized, so I'm glad I didn't notice - it gave me a chance to try something new. Plus, Lydia's instructions and pictures were so thorough that I didn't have a hard time - at all! I was pleasantly surprised to find how easy zippers really are, and lining up the tiers on either side really wasn't difficult either!

Natalie really likes this dress - she calls it her "bee bugsh" dress!
This dress can also be made with knit fabrics, eliminating the need for the zipper - I may have to try that next! I will definitely be making more of these, I know that. It's really the perfect little summer dress for active little girls. So many of the dress patterns out are party dresses, or something that you make and then are scared to let the kids wear! But this dress is the best of both worlds. It's cute, it's comfortable, it can hold its own with all the "party" dresses, and it's perfect for a picnic at the park! (all the alliteration!) And then the girls can run around and fly down the slide in it, too. I'd better make them matching bloomers, first, though. ;)


Sam is a pretty good patient model, and she loves to cheese at the camera.

The shoulder ties and bodice trim I made with bias tape that I had handy - I make my own, generally, and so Sam's second dress I kind of built around the trim! There was just enough left. The little shoulder bows are so precious! There are so many details to these dresses. They're very easily customized, and you can make a different look for every day of the week with one simple pattern plus an add-on! 5 star rating! :)




Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sassy and Sleepy: Pattern Review(s)

I've already posted some pictures of these adorable Izzy tops I've made, but here they are in action- with a giraffe friend, coming soon from Sweetbriar Sisters! (etsy shop here)

Now, I've already extolled Izzy's virtues. Quick, easy, and cute! It's so simple, and the finished product is just perfect for those little baby/toddler body shapes. Plus, it's virtually impossible to mess this pattern up. The pieces go together so simply and easily, and the gathered skirt can be manipulated easily into the bodice. The first top I made, I wasn't entirely happy with how the skirt looked. Now I realize how easy the fix was - topstitching! Just minutes later, the top looked a lot better - so remember, topstitching is your FRIEND.

Sweet and sassy...

Natalie let me take a few pictures, in exchange for the promise of ice cream with chocolate sauce! :) She's not the most patient model...and although she LOVES her new giraffe (he was the first thing she picked up this morning), she's contrary. As soon as I told her she should hug him for the picture, well...she did exactly not that.

Playdoh doesn't taste so good after all.

Gerald the Giraffe is about 12 inches tall from head to toe, excluding the little knobbys on his head, and of course his ears. :) His eyes can be done with safety eyes (recommended in the pattern), or buttons, like I did. Even snaps would work - half a snap set for each eye! And of course, there's always hand embroidery. If you don't have the safety eyes (I don't), then hand embroidery is always a safe alternative for little hands and mouths - no small parts to detach. However, in this case, I used buttons for time reasons, and made sure that my machine sewed them on VERY tightly.


The pattern for Gerald is so simple. Three pages of full size pattern pieces to cut out, plus one page of thorough instructions to make the process as quick and easy as possible. The instructions even have little illustrations, line drawings, for the more visual learner. The illustrations show some, but not all of the steps. However, between the illustrations, the carefully worded instructions, and the clearly marked pattern pieces, I didn't feel that I missed a thing!


I do not typically make stuffed toys, except on rare occasions to give as gifts, or when I see a pattern I just can't resist for a new toy for my girls. Somehow, they intimidate me - but this giraffe wasn't scary at all. The pieces went together so perfectly - all the edges and corners matched up just right, and the darts in the head and nose pieces shaped it all up beautifully. It was so much fun to turn it right side out and see that perfect little head pop up, ears and knobs attached! And the little yarn tail is a perfect place for little hands to grab and hold on - just ask Natalie. Great for swinging Gerald around! (I hope he enjoys it as much as she does!)



Go check out Sweetbriar Sisters shop - as well as Gerald, they have a Pegasus winged pony, Harry the horse, a trio of dinos, and many other stuffed toy patterns sure to be a hit with your littles, no matter their attitude! I have my eye on the dinos myself, as well as their Adorable Autos!


And going to back to Izzy for a moment - here's the sleepy sister in her matching top.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Free Pattern Friday: Starting off with a tutorial instead! :)

There's nothing better to me than a good free pattern. I have over 200 patterns in my files, and yes, many of them are free! (That includes my toy/accessory patterns as well as clothing, but I'm leaving out the quilt blocks and "home goods" type of thing; pillows and such. I think those two categories alone would add another 100+, and 99% of those were probably free as well!)

I won't tell you how many patterns are in each of those files.
Since I started this blog, my purpose has slowly evolved as I've discovered what I'm capable of. Sewing more and buying less was one of my goals this year, so I'm starting something new - Free Pattern Friday. I will do this feature once every two or three weeks, depending on my schedule, but I will try my best to do it at least twice a month. Going through my files, (as well as all my bookmarks on Chrome!) there are enough free patterns to introduce to you to keep us going for at least a year, at that rate! ;) 

Today's pattern is a bit of a cheat, as it's actually a tutorial (and it's Saturday, just by a hair, according to my clock). But, specific measurements are included, which is about as close to a "pattern" as you can get without actually printing anything off. I know of designers whose patterns consist largely of measuring rectangles, even for clothing - and honestly, sometimes I prefer that! Who wants to print off 10 pages, just to tape together and cut out a rectangle??

Natalie is a bit obsessed with cameras - she broke mine a while back, and I borrowed my mom's indefinitely. (I'm thinking of saving up for a DSLR next year. Maybe this one. But we'll see.) I knew I'd seen a tutorial somewhere for a little toy camera to sew up for her, but I couldn't find it in my files anywhere! Must be the one left on the internet I didn't save.

Google came to the rescue, and seekatesew! This is a different toy camera tutorial than the one I had in mind, but after looking it over I decided I like this one better - it's 3D! I just got an order of felt in the mail, so I had all the materials on hand - except for the vinyl for the LCD screen, but I used a piece of a gallon zipper storage bag. They're a little thicker than sandwich bags, and it worked okay. I don't think it liked my machine much, but it behaved itself all right.

Front view of Natalie's new camera

I had to work fast, because Natalie was waiting impatiently by my leg through the whole process. You can see bits of my white bobbin thread (serves me right for being too lazy to switch!) and I'm not 100% sold on how far the "lens" sticks out. I think I'll make that piece a little narrower next time.
Back view - that "screen" started shredding a little, but it's holding
I used KAM snaps for the button and the "flash", and twill tape for the strap. She loves hanging it around her neck, and threw a fit when I wouldn't let her take it to bed with her. I think I'll cut the strap off and make it removable, so she can have her camera without the strangulation hazard!

Cwick! she says.

Each step in the tutorial is illustrated for you with a photo, and it's broken down in manageable bites for a beginner! This is a great naptime project, to surprise your littles with when they wake up.  Natalie loves hers - she picked out her own felt color, and helped stuff it with fiberfill. What kid doesn't like Mom's camera? Now they can have their own!


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fabric Covered Buttons - A Tutorial Thursday

I know I said tomorrow, and it's definitely not "tomorrow", but I've been very busy with tester sewing! 2 done, 2 to go! So here is the covered button tutorial I promised - they're really very easy, and if you've never tried them I strongly recommend it!

Here are my button blanks, my fussy-cut fabric scraps, the mold (clear) and pusher (pink).

Covered button blanks come in different sizes. Like KAM snaps, the number on the snap has little to do with the actual measurement - the size I have currently is size 30, and they're about 3/4" across. The blanks come in two styles, one with a shank on the back for sewing onto clothing, and one with a flat back, for gluing onto pins, hair clips, and other small accessories. I have both, but prefer the shank since most of my crafts are sewing related.

This picture shows the fabric cutout guide disk. It states the size of the corresponding button (30).
The center hole can be placed over your fabric to show you just what will be showing up on your button.
The process is simple. Gather your button blanks, as many as you need, and small scrap of fabric for each one. Most covered buttons you find in stores come as kits, with a mold, a pusher, buttons, and sometimes a small plastic disk with a hole in the center. This disk shows you the size of the fabric to cut for that size of button, but if you don't have it, just keep in mind that your fabric piece should be between 1/4" and 1/2" wider than your button, all around. Any smaller than 1/4", and the fabric won't stay caught between the button halves. Any larger, and there will be too much bulk to allow the button to stay together. 3/8" is a good number.

Supplies needed for one covered button. Notice I used my cutout disk to get the green striped heart
exactly in the middle of my fabric scrap - that is the design that will be seen on the button.

 Take the "bowl" side of your button blank (like all that alliteration? :D) and your fabric scrap. Place the fabric scrap right side/pretty side facing down into the mold, then press it down into place with the button half. Tuck your fabric edges into the "bowl". This is where you'll know if your fabric scrap is too big or too small - the fabric edges should just cover/come together around the circle, without too much extra. If there is too little fabric and it's only just covering the edges, it is likely to come off of the button and leave you with just a plain silver one. :)

Excuse my poor lighting (it was night time when I took these)...and my stubby fingers! haha :)
 Next you will take the back of the button (flat or shank) and place it over the top of your fabric. You can press it down a little with your fingers to keep it in place while you place the "pusher" over it.


Push down until you feel the button back "pop" into place. You can move your finger in a little circular motion over the pusher to ensure that all the edges of the button back are secured. And here is what you finish with! A beautiful, custom made, fabric covered button - handmade to match whatever materials/crafts you are working with! I have used quilter's cotton and even light flannel to make buttons with - lightweight denim or corduroy may also work, but watch that your fabric isn't TOO thick - the back won't stay on.


Some buttons I made for the pincushion swap. :)
I thought they made a neat little finish to the colorful package.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Color swap

A while back I mentioned that I was joining in on the Skinny Pincushion Swap, hosted by Amy at Amy Made That!. We were all emailed a swap partner at the beginning of this month, along with a little information about the "swapee" - a small list of likes and/or dislikes, to help determine what colors and prints we should use for our pincushion. This list also helps those who are sending along voluntary little "gifts", such as fabric quarters, pins, and even chocolate, to pick out just the right finishing touch.

I created a colorful "print" on this black twill by stitching lines of colorful thread in a freehand design. I pulled the thread colors from the other fabric I used, a bright floral print.
Some of the information I was given included bright colors, flowers, and cats. I don't sew with a lot of prints involving animals, but I did happen to have a couple of fat quarters in my stash with cats on them - so I'm sending them along as a gift! Also, I made a rainbow of covered buttons to send along, and added some lace trim from my stash.. Covered buttons are my go to for a quick, easy way to add a coordinating pop of color, or to highlight a little piece of a special fabric. I'll be posting a little "pictorial" how-to tomorrow, for anyone who hasn't been introduced to the fun! But today, my swap photos - everything is ready to be sent out! I hope my swapee enjoys!


One side of the pincushion. I fussy-cut the flowers on the end from the print.

Here's the other side! I am really happy with the placement of my fabrics.

Here's the finished package! Pincushion, two fat quarters (cats, flowers, and bright colors all in one!), a string of colorful fabric covered buttons, and a package of vintage-y lace trim. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

GIDDY

I am so, so, SO happy. Giddy with excitement. (Delightful phrase, isn't it?)

I. Have. A serger. I mean, it's coming tomorrow. But I HAVE ONE.

!!!

Yep! I bought a brother 1034d - after unsuccessfully entering to win one three different times in the past few months, I just went and got it myself! Now I better not enter any more giveaways for one, because if I win one now I'd be slightly annoyed...

Just kidding, I'd sell one. Or just be special and have two.

I bought a little fabric too. Lani from The Plush Plum (link goes to her Facebook business page) has been destashing, lucky for me! So I bought a little - only about 36 yards or so. :P (heehee - don't worry, it'll be used!!) While chatting about the fabric, we realized we have something to offer each other! Lani creates handmade cloth dolls (and they are ADORABLE), and they need some clothes.

Guess what I've been trying to get myself set up to do??

If you guessed doll clothes, then you've probably talked to me. Or it's obvious, or both.

So. Lani is sending me one of her beautiful dolls to use as a model, and I am (hopefully!) going to create some lovely little things, and she will sell them! Plus, soonish, I should have some stock for 18 inch dolls as well, and will be setting up my own Facebook page! And once I do you can bet I'll be sharing like crazy, and I hope you will too!

This is a dream of mine, and it's finally coming true. Thank you, Lani, for the chance to get my name out and do something amazing*!




*as long as I figure out the serger - hope it's as beginner-friendly as they say! haha!


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sick and tired

of being sick and tired. You know that one, right?

Dave came down with the flu, and the girls joined him with bad colds - Sam has the worst one, poor baby.
:( I hate when the kids are sick. I have a cold too, but it hasn't stopped me from sewing. Just have to stop to blow my nose and wash my hands every couple of minutes, but I'm not the world's fastest anyway so I'm not sure it's made a difference.

We are so, so over winter here.
Picture found here.

I've actually been (oddly) more productive than usual - making some small headway through the Giant Stack o' Projects. Also, I managed to pick up three more tests (and apply for a fourth and fifth, because I'm an idiot). Can't share any of them with you yet, so ha ha. Be patient.

Along with those four little Izzy tops, I finished my three Bubblegums I was working on for KCW (yeah, a bit late!), two of my three test projects, and a couple of weird little stuffed dog toys (really, they are odd looking) for the girls - Natalie is rather attached to hers, and calls it her "Hungley-dog" (after Hundley, the dog on Curious George, which she loves). Sam is indifferent.
Here's a picture of the pieces for the dog (along with some foil from a chip bag I put in the ears for stiffness/crinkle). The red print I intended to make bandanas for the dogs to wear around their necks, but it never happened.

I'll post some finished pictures as soon as I get the okay to share my test photos! (And if I can get Natalie to show off her monkey she calls George, and her "Hungley-dog"!)


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wishing

I think every sewist out there, no matter how much equipment you have, has a "wishlist" of all kinds of stuff that would make your life easier, your products look better, your sales go up, or maybe just make you and your family and friends (whoever you sew for) happy.

I definitely do. And at the top of my list, currently - a serger!

brother 1034d serger

I've been reading rave reviews about the user-friendly (beginning user-friendly!) Brother 1034D serger, and I don't think I've stopped wanting one even for a second since I saw the first review months ago, on a Facebook sewing group. They're relatively cheap, reportedly easy to use, and good quality! My current machine that I do everything on is a Brother, and I love it - (although I will admit to wanting an upgrade now and again, but only to another Brother. ;) )

For me, a serger would let me expand my capabilities in ways a regular sewing machine can't. Those nice trimmed evenly finished seams? Done. Faster production? Done. I do have an overlock stitch on my machine right now, which does almost the same thing - but those fraying edges on woven cottons will just never look as nice as they could.

Seamingly Smitten (designer of these beautiful, classic patterns) is hosting a Brother 1034D giveaway, ending in only five short days!! If you're like me and you just can't justify the purchase right now, but would give your eyeteeth (whatever those are) to own one - GO ENTER HERE! And good luck (but I still hope I win, haha!)




**I'm blogging about the giveaway in order to receive extra entries into the giveaway. This option is open to all participants with a blog, but there are five additional ways to enter as well - now go check it out!

Busy Izzy!

A matching set for my girls

Fun coordinating set for another pair of cuties I know!

Monday, February 3, 2014

A quilt beginning: 2014 Challenge Project

My biggest project ever started last night, and I didn't know it until this afternoon.

Baby quilts made with simple squares and those log cabin blocks I made last month have been the extent of my quilting experience - so basically, not much experience at all. I love the idea of quilting - I just wasn't sure I had the patience to do anything more than basic blocks.

Enter English paper piecing. There's a great tutorial I found, that explains the basics really well - for hexagons, but the principle is the same with any shape. EPP has intrigued me for a while, and also intimidated me a little - so many little pieces! So time consuming! So much - ugh - hand stitching. I detest hand sewing, and avoid it if at all possible. (I love machinery, electricity, convenience...the "old days" aren't for this girl.) 

But...

About two weeks ago I found this tutorial and template, and I thought "those are so PRETTY! Maybe I want to try that..." So I printed the templates, and cut them out (hexagons and diamonds both) and shoved them in a sandwich bag. And then I forgot about them. Last night, I was roaming around the internet looking at stuff - and found the Buttons & Butterflies tutorial. It looked so easy.


Guess what? It IS easy. And fun - and yes, every single stitch on here has been done with my pretty little hands. (They're not actually very pretty.)

I started with the pink and black, intending to make placemats or little pillows or something. This afternoon, I realized that I have so many pretty charm squares, I just couldn't pick my favorites to use - I needed a bigger project. A challenge project.

There is no reason I can't make a quilt. A real one. A king-size quilt.

I've been avoiding it, because there is no way on this earth that my little Brother can handle something that big, and - did I mention I hate hand sewing? - I am NOT hand quilting that. No way. (I may be able to persuade myself to hand bind it, though.)

There are long-arm quilters out there for a reason, I'm sure.

This is my 2014 Challenge Project (and hopefully it'll be done this year). I am going to use all my charm squares, if I need to. I will dive into my stash and pull out every usable scrap (and trust me, there is no end in sight of those). This quilt will be big and bright and crazy-colorful! And it's going to be the Best Quilt Ever, because I made it myself (with the help of a professional quilter, when the top is done). I might even be brave and add some diamonds in there, once I get the hang of the hexagons!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

KCW: End.

I kinda dropped the ball on Kid's Clothes Week. Kinda. I was gone all day Friday, and most of Saturday. That cut out two of my hours (although I'm pretty sure I made them up earlier in the week, being up until 3 every morning...)

Front of Sam's Izzy Top - the hem isn't wonky, it's just hanging weird. I do love that sparkly black fabric.
Not one of my garments is finished. My closest-to-being-finished top for Sam still needs a button and a buttonhole, and I've just been too unmotivated to switch the foot on my machine. That, and I'm not entirely happy with how the skirt part of it came out. I'm trying to decide if I hate the look of it more than I hate my seam ripper! :D
Back of Sam's Izzy - that button tab wants its button, already!!

I did, however, get a lot of cutting done! 13 pieces. THIRTEEN. All the patterns were taped, traced, cut; all the fabric ironed and cut; and 13 soon-to-be garments are waiting piled on my ironing board. Well, 12, since I'm almost done with one. And three of those 12 are actually started, just not sewn together - I've put together bodice pieces and gathered skirts, and that's where I stopped.

It all counts for KCW. I should even be proud that I got that much done, because ironing and cutting fabric is my least favorite part of the whole sewing process. Yes, you read that right. I even like taping and tracing patterns better than cutting fabric. Weird, I know. Anyone want to come cut fabric for me? I will happily trace your patterns for you.
Sneaky peeky! 3 Bubblegums (paisley fabric, hiding); 2 Maras (Minnie and Princess, with pink accents); 2 Swing skirts, denim with pink on one and Easter eggs (peeking) on the other; Boy/Girl Overalls (for a boy this time - army men); Kenzie's party dress (Easter eggs, rainbow stripe, and some pink accents).

Track down the patterns mentioned in this post: Candy Castle Bubblegum dress found here; Compagnie M's Mara blouse; Compagnie M's Swing skirt; Whimsy Couture's Boy/Girl Overalls here; EYMM Kenzie's Party Dress, free Izzy Top by Climbing the Willow.
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Three more Izzys! Izzy,izzyizzydizzy.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Putting an end to "selfishness"

Selfish Sewing. If you sew, you've probably heard the term (and even if you don't sew, you may know it).  Selfish sewing = sewing for oneself...or does it?

Robin Hill, mastermind over at Pattern Revolution, wrote this post about that ugly term, and it strikes a chord with me. See, I sew for my kids. I sew for dolls. I sew little things for my house, or other people, or kids of friends, family...

But nothing for me. 

Staring at all my little log cabin blocks last month, after finishing the SewCanShe New Year Sewalong, I finally decided that they should be made into a big ol' tote bag. Perfect for diapers and baby/toddler paraphernalia, or library books, or even groceries. My toddler instantly claimed it as "hers", for about 15 minutes. Then it was my diaper bag for a couple of days - until I read Robin's post.

This is for me. It now proudly holds all of my quilting pieces I'm working on, and my embroidery projects.
 It's my happy tote!

Then I realized - that tote is MINE. It's not for diapers. It's not for kids' books, or for changes of their clothes. It's not for my husband to carry around his laptop in (okay, so he wouldn't be caught dead carrying it, but if he wanted to, he can't). It's mine, for my stuff, whatever I want. And that's okay.

I have my selfish moments, for sure (I do NOT share my food, chocolate in particular). But I do give. I give my sanity and my energy (what little of both I have) to my kids, constantly. Which is fine. I give the same to my husband, and I don't begrudge him that (much ;) ). Minutes after finishing that bag, and admiring it (I've never made a bag before, and I wasn't using any sort of pattern at all) I was already thinking of a few people I could give it to.

What's wrong with that? Well, nothing. Except...I worked hard on that bag. It came from me. The only part of it that belongs to anyone else was the tutorial for the log cabin blocks (which was awesome, and now I'm kind of addicted) - but the layout, the measurements, the construction: all me. And I love it! There are imperfections, sure, but I DID IT, and I'm proud of it!

So why give it up? Because that's what I've conditioned myself to do. I've only been sewing for three years - but in that time, I have never once sewn anything for myself. At least, nothing that I've actually kept. There is always someone who wants it or needs it more, and I've given. 

I don't regret the past three years, or anything I've ever given away! Of course not! It wouldn't be any fun at all to sew if all I did was keep it for myself - part of sewing is community, and sharing with others. There is no better feeling than giving someone a gift that you have made yourself, and are proud of. But that feeling extends to giving yourself those handmade gifts, too. Or at least, it should.

That isn't being selfish. That's why the term "selfish sewing" is so offensive. It implies that any time you sew anything, it had better be for someone else. It implies that should you make something for yourself, it had better be something you need. It asks "how dare you take that time spent sewing and use it on yourself?"

Well, how about because I can? Because I want to? Because I need to, for myself? That time spent sewing is mine. It's my sanity-saver, some days. It's my passion.

That post put into words a feeling I've had, but couldn't express. We should be allowed - no, encouraged - to sew for ourselves. As Robin said - it's self CARE sewing. It's not selfish at all. 

Self care sewing = sewing for oneself. Because you need to, because you want to. That's reason enough.

Now, kindly excuse the miserable cell phone photo, and go sign your pledge here. And then go make something for yourself! Wear it, carry it, love it! It's yours - for you.