Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wedded Bliss

Some sewing, some revelry, some family, some travel. Along with something old, new, borrowed, and blue.

Congratulations Kar and Pat!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Vacation Sewing

Nothing like an upcoming vacation to spur on the creativity. In anticipation of all that relaxation, I just had to stress about something... so I hunkered down in my workspace for some late nights and sewing "absolute essentials" for our beach trip. The results:

A dress for Etta:

Oliver + S Popover Sundress in Amy Butler's Martini in Yellow

Shorts for Oliver:

MADE's Kid Pants pattern, shortened and cuffed

Matching Jammies:

Made-by-Rae's Flashback Tee (modified) and Sew Liberated's Sleeping Johns

More jammies

with another Flashback Tee and MADE Kid Pants

a Bucket Hat (meant for Oliver, but gifted to Simone)
I wasn't a fan of this pattern at all. I think I'll heavily modify when I make it again for Oliver. It is too fussy of a pattern that ends up too floppy and too small, so I'll work on those elements for the next go-round.

Good stuff

Friday, August 17, 2012

More Multiples

(OK, I promise. More kids pics after this one. For real.)
After Seattle, I had to head to San Francisco. Although the trip was to see Jules, I snuck in a couple other friend visits as well (you just can't go that far and not).

For the two Titulaer boys, I had to make some more backpacks! I have come to love this pattern because it really is the perfect size and age appropriate gift for toddlers and preschoolers. They like sorting and containing (in my experience) and so far the packs been well received. 

Yes, that is corduroy lint all over it. Couldn't help it.
Problem was, I ran out of time. Last minute, I asked Oliver if I could give the boys his backpack with frogs and turtles and I would make him a new frog and turtle one when I got home (or birds or dinosaurs or trucks...). He agreed and whew! Gift ready. The other backpack is a color block version with thrifted corduroy. I love it! It's well worn in and very soft. Hopefully, it'll still hold up to whatever Leland may stuff into it.

Before that, I whipped together another one, for Henrik on his 3rd birthday. This one is home decor weight and is fairly sturdy. His sister (my future daughter-in-law I've been told) has dropped the hint to her mama that she would like me to make her a backpack for her birthday... Luckily, I have until Halloween!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

In Multiples

After I made the two dresses and the 2nd backpack, I kind of got on a kick of making multiples. Can I show you? I'm slightly proud of this set.

For my recent trip to Seattle to see a babe in arms and a babe in a belly, I had a mission: to finish Winifred's quilt. The quilt was a cooperative effort coordinated by Erin (babe in belly). Each participant made a block (from repurposed mens shirt fabric!) depicting an image that they wished for Winnie's childhood. It was a beautiful idea and I had the responsibility (yikes!) of assembling the blocks, appliqueing around the fabric edges, binding, and quilting. Here's the result:

I couldn't let the trip pass without attempting to make quilt for Erin's babe as well. I didn't have a community-involved brilliant idea, but I know that E&T like mid-century design (chevrons!) and wanted something gender neutral (giraffes!) and were thinking of mustard and grey for the nursery (Jansdotter!). So here's what I came up with:

It took some late nights, but I got both done and delivered them in person. They love them, wahoo! And before you think I'm an overachiever (KP, you will accuse me), keep in mind Oliver's baby quilt is yet unfinished. He's 4.