Thursday, November 8, 2018

Sew Thankful Tour

It's November, and it certainly feels like it! Snow has already fallen (and is again, now, as I'm writing this) and it's suddenly ridiculously cold. I wasn't ready!

But I kind of was. I've been bitten by the sweater bug, and in the past month-ish I've made myself three new ones. Sweaters are so fun to sew! And wearing them is one of my favorite things (maybe one of the only things I like, actually,) about cold weather. There's nothing like a cozy sweater on a chilly day to brighten your mood as much as it warms your body.

I am one of those people who is perfectly happy to let Christmas start as early in November as it likes, but I love this tour for the reminder to stop and remember that other major holiday I celebrate, Thanksgiving! Of course, I am aware of all the things I have to be thankful for throughout the year, but I appreciate one day set aside to really think about them. Now I am thinking about them early (never a bad thing)! Big or small, they all matter - I'll only mention a few here. ;)

One: I am thankful for a family. This little guy is my 3rd of 4, and he's such a joy. I sewed him up a couple of Alderwood pullovers, and he was just so pleased with them! Every time I get fabric he is poring over it with me and telling me all sorts of things I can make him.
He tells me often I'm his "fwavewit". He's (one of) mine. ;)

This pattern is by Phat Quarters. The fabrics: motorcycles from Girl Charlee; distressed jersey from Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe; scales from So Sew English.

And along with him, my two beautiful girls, and my naughtiest-in-the-world toddler boy, we're expecting #5 next spring (a tie breaker!) Another blessing to be thankful for!

Sewing maternity clothes is something of a novelty for me. Before this I had the same Target maternity clothes through a few kids, and after Landon was born I got rid of them, because I was sick of looking at them. Add in a ready-to-wear fast, and suddenly I had to sew my own just to have something to wear!

I particularly love this Jemma pattern from Sinclair Patterns. It's tunic length, which means tunic now, top later (ha!). The asymmetrical collar is a beautiful detail, and I loved picking out the gold buttons from Grandma's button tin to accent the gorgeous burgundy color. (PS - no button holes! They're just decorative!) And need I mention the pockets? They're huge, and so perfect and cozy for cold hands (and a cell phone, or almost anything really.)

The fabric is a soft, drapey (I never know if that's a word, but we'll go with it) baby French terry from Simply by Ti. And in my favorite color! I love anything red, and darker tones of it look better on me than fire engine brights. I used a burgundy double-brushed polyester for the collar and as it's just a tiny bit darker, it pops just a little bit.

Two, and three: I am thankful for sewing, and a patient husband. He tolerates every fabric purchase, every frantic question about does this go, or is this pattern going to work, even if he has no idea - he answers anyway. He's as supportive as possible, and for something he doesn't understand! Sewing is mine. I am a mother, and a wife, and a homemaker (after a fashion), and all of these things involve so much doing for others. Sewing is something I can do for me, because I love to, and it's mine alone. It's connected me to people I am thankful to know, and taught me patience and perseverance.

What are you thankful for?

Coming up over the next few weeks, more bloggers will be sharing their Sew Thankful inspirations and stories. Below is a schedule so you can be sure to follow along (and don't forget to read the rest from this week prior to today, too!)

Week of November 6th:

Week of November 11th:

Week of November 18th:

Week of November 25th:


  1. Congratulations on the blessing to come and pretty sweater!

    1. Thank you Diane!! It’s exciting 😁 and the sweater is my favorite thing to wear!

  2. You look so good Meriel!! Congrats & I love the sweater on you!

  3. looks fab! I really love that grey worn through look fabric! and congrats on baby!

    1. Thank you!! The distressed is so fun - I have it in three colors and wish I had more!

  4. Congratulations! The sweaters are beautiful, especially the red!