Dresses!

I have dresses for the Day Dress, Night Dress contest! I used a New Look pattern and ended up with a wearable muslin. The white version, illustrated with rocket ships and a clock by my boy, is the day dress. The black, with blue underlining, is the night dress. Somehow, I cut the front (or back) on the reverse side of the fabric. I just went with it, so it came out a little less interesting than I had planned. Live and learn, right? This month has been full of sickness, so the best photos I could muster were on the dress form. The dresses fit pretty well to my body both have a bit of stretch in the material. 

Here’s the day look.

Here’s the night look.

 

I’ve also made a few bowties for friend’s pets. These were fun and easy. I based the design off of Grainline Studio’s free downloadable Happy pattern (for humans). Sake modeled.

 

In other news, I think I’m in the market for a new serger. I’ve been working with a dealer to service mine, but I think the needle tension is unrepairable.

And some other photos of how blue the under layer is, my textile designer at work, and the art of distracting sewing “helpers.”

 

Little by Little

When my kiddo came into my life the one sentiment I heard over and over again was, “the days are long, but the years are short.” I get it. Regularly life feels like a groundhog day repetition of the day before with no change happening. Then periodically you wonder how in the world you where you are in the parenting life cycle. Currently that means figuring out schools for your little baby, who isn’t very little but instead eating everything in sight and constantly growing out of his clothes. 

I feel like I’ve definitely fallen out of the habit of daily creating. I’m being inspired by Alisa Burke’s suggestion of 10/20 minutes at a time. Sometimes it feels like I’m striving and doing without a clear road map, or perhaps that I am expecting “BIG” returns each day for the effort I’m putting in. I’m realizing it isn’t always that way. Little by little I need to move forward and then at the end of a period of time, I will have actually accomplished quite a bit. 

I have an idea on the casual dress part of the day/night dress project that involves repurposing a pile of old tshirts. I plan to enjoy the process on that one and if it works out all the better. I’ve selected a pattern and fabric for the “night dress. A latticed stretch black with an extra layer of nude fabric for modesty underneath. It is essentially a tee shirt dress with a few more design modifications. Time to get cutting!

I warmed up with a few kiddo projects: quivers and a tie blanket.

 

 

New Beginnings

I’m always a bit nostalgic around the New Year. I love new beginnings, fresh slates, setting goals, organizing my thoughts, and reflecting on the past. I tend to hope for better, but I realize that sometimes sets me up for disappointment when overall things seem to continue to be messy, as life often is. On the other hand, I’ve never regretted the times I focus instead on being thankful. That always provides me with a sense of wellness and gratitude for my circumstances. Likewise, my family just moved so we’ve been a little extra nostalgic about our Bay Area life as we settle into a new rhythm in SoCal.

I’ve been a big fan of Lara Casey’s goal planning. (Here’s part one for 2017.) Her steps are easy to follow and help me refocus on things actually worth my effort instead of the “shiny and new” things I tend to find through comparison. 

I’m planning to join in “The Day and Night Dress Challenge” from elizabethmadethis.com. Still not sure on my designs, but it’ll be fun to work through my stash and see what I can come up with. 

I’m grateful for the strangers that have become friends in this space, like Bad Mom, Good Mom and AfricanKelli (check out her new book!!!!) And I look forward to making some more.

 

Check These Out

Check out what Albuquerque Fashion Incubator is up to. It is very awesome. Scheduling conflicts prevented me from attending this one, but wow! What a cool opportunity.

If you like the Pattern Magic books, I heartily recommend Zero Waste Fashion Design by Holly McQuillan and Timo Rissanen. I was lucky enough to hear Holly speak this week and it is very interesting ideas. I hope to try my hand at it when I make studio time this coming week.

KR

Messy Motherhood

Truths I’ve learned almost two and a half years in.

  • The people that told me the days were long, but the years were short, were not actually full of it.
  • For me, there is a sense of peace in solidarity. Just about everything my kiddo has done good or bad has been done before and people survived.
  • I will in fact get sleep, at some point.
  • The amount of help I get from my community is astounding and totally appreciated.
  • If I get comfortable, things are sure to change. Embrace the change, that’s where I’ve seen my strengths pop out and I’ve learned the most from my kiddo.
  • Be funny. It is so much more enjoyable than being stressed.
  • Seasons come and go. Appreciate the one you are in because you will have much different experiences in the next one.
  • Kiddo puke is gross. Milk puke is the worst. It still is funny, but probably only after the fact.
  • Trust your mama gut. Even if you take your kid to the doctor to be told he has a cold. For him, it may be the worst/longest/most pathetic illness ever. Full of coughing until milk puke multiple times a day. Which is funny, but only after the fact.
  • Don’t be proud, accept help.

What about you, what new truths have you learned lately?

Kiddo

A Whole Lot of Nothing

chocolate

I thought I’d share some random thoughts and musings:

  • I sneeze if I chew peppermint gum. Just once right away.
  • I sneeze if I eat dark chocolate. Again, just once right away.
  • When nap time hits, I generally rush to put my feet up and enjoying an iced beverage: soda, iced tea, iced coffee, water. It has become a ritual.
  • Since I got a retainer in February, I misplace it at least once a day, but so far haven’t lost it for good.

Happy Weekend!

Sewing Days

Every now and again I am able to schedule a sewing day complete with a bit of childcare. The creative break does me good. Here’s a top I made on one day. The fabric was “run” so I got it for free. I was able to cut the sleeves with the “run” down them and the shirt didn’t have any mars. A cute, pretty quick top (I just eyeballed/drafted a pattern) is what I’d call a successful day!

I got a few great wears out of the top, then the fabric grew and/or I shrank, so I passed it on to someone else to enjoy.