Sunday, January 27, 2019

Sunday Lately: Week 4

Weeks 2 and 3 ran right by me! Every week I would think of it, and then before I knew it Sunday was mostly here I am back with week 4, hopefully I'll do better in February! ;)

Sharing: my baby-stuff sewing obsession. Obviously I've been working on clothes and diapers for my own baby, but I'm also sewing baby gifts for friends and family and having so much fun doing it! I love sending a handmade outfit or accessory set; welcoming a new life with something I made with love is the best way I know how. I love these Apple Tree rompers - I don't know if they will actually work from 3 months all the way to 12 months (I guess that depends on the baby!) but they sure will fit for a while, and the ruched sides created by the hidden drawstrings are so cute for little baby bellies. Also loving these bunnies on the Twig + Tale vest and bonnet - and of course I had to add the bunny ears! I need to make a bunch of bonnets for my baby - maybe I'll finally have one that will wear them!

Here I have half drawn up, snaps smallest setting, cuff rolled up, and half pulled out full length, with the cuff unrolled and snaps on highest setting.

Thinking: of all the things I have left to do before March! Baby on the brain today...c-section was scheduled for the 20th (#5!!) and I'm nervous and excited and nervous and anxious and...
Distracting myself with sewing, mostly, but planning on cloth diapering this one is adding another layer of "what do I NEED" that I haven't had to think about before! So many lists to make, so little time.

Redoing: my Ames jeans (Cashmerette). Not really a redo since I will still wear my "muslin" pair, but they are a little bit big and since my next pair will be made with even stretchier denim, I'm thinking to go down a whole size! They do stretch out so fast - I like to wear my denim a few times before washing to keep it lasting longer, but by the 3rd time or so they are really feeling saggy. Hopefully my Cone Mills "S-Gene" will hold up better though. I've heard good things.

Jeans selfies are always fun. No one ever told me that sewing your own clothes involved all this awkward picture taking. LOL. Selfie stick, anyone?? Tops are slightly easier, though fitting this baby into the mirror is getting harder all the time. I both can and can't believe I have a whole 8 weeks to go (and that'll be two weeks early, even!)

See you next week (I hope!!)

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Sunday Lately: Week 1: 2019

Guess what. 
Today's my birthday. I'm 30. 
I'm going to have my 5th kid in a few months, so I guess that's okay.

Starting off the year with Sunday Lately! The themes are planned for the whole year (amazing, Katy!) so sticking to them should be easy. Should. ;)

My machine has a decoration now. Sewist Sticker from Thread & Grain <3

Obsessing: over not obsessing. Planning was a huge part of my January last year, and it - really didn't work out that well. My Make Nine was "make one" - I did make other stuff, and my closet has more in it, but nothing that I planned for. I'm just going to try better to keep track of what I'm making, and focus less on "planning". That's just not a thing I do well. I did buy these pens off Amazon for my planner, which I'm using as more of a tracker, I guess. And just a regular calendar, because we still have appointments and stuff in real life. And I like colorful things and will use any excuse to buy some! ;)

Also obsessing over my clean(!!!) cutting table! I haven't seen this much of it since I moved my stuff down here, and finally managed to organize the cabinet and clean off the top. I can use my whole cutting mat now, and it's amazing!

Perusing: Instead of making definite plans for my wardrobe that I probably won't stick to, I'm spending more time on Pinterest trying to figure out what I like. I did the "dress your truth" thing and figured out that I'm a type 2, and last year with the RTW fast I pushed myself to add some color to my wardrobe rather than sticking to neutrals and blue. Now I know a little more about my likes and dislikes, but I still woefully lack knowledge of clothing trends. Perusing Pinterest and getting style ideas from other sites is helpful, and it also stretches my creativity in figuring out how to make the styles I want with the patterns I have!

Praising: I have to shower a lot of praise on the whole sewing community I belong to. If it weren't for the friends I've made, the people I've talked to and shared ideas and tips and feedback with, I wouldn't be - well, quite so poor, thanks to the fabric stashing, but I wouldn't have all this knowledge! Not to mention the satisfaction that comes with creating, and the fun. It's a stress reliever and a sanity saver, and I'm glad to start another year with sewing and this community.

Pants selfie: Shakti Pants (bell option) by Designer Stitch; fabric is stretch corduroy from So Sew English. Silver top: Mama Kourtney knot top by Made for Mermaids; fabric is metallic jersey from Sly Fox Fabrics.