Personal sewing

I was an extra good girl over Labor Day weekend and worked hard to get my Work work finished. Then I snuck down and took some time to get my own projects finished. I continued working on these in snippets throughout the week – they’re all small, fast projects. I love having them done!

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Three jumpers for the fall for Genna. I’ve been hoarding these corduroy prints for several years, so now that cord costs far more than I’ve ever seen it… I didn’t have to pay the higher prices for it. Yay! All based on the same pattern, but each with slight differences. Experimenting with how I like to do the facings.

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Baby gown.

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Found these all but finished in my Unfinished Projects box. They were originally going to be embroidered or painted and listed on Etsy, but with new laws in place now, I’m choosing not to list children’s products with zippers. And of course they’re too small for Miss Genna. Fortunately, I know people having babies.

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Fleece sleeper for new baby, made with leftover scraps from the pouch (below).

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New fleece pouch for new baby. Not sure I like it now that it’s finished.

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Two fall/winter skirts for me.

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New carseat cover for Genna. Her old one was FILTHY. This one is kind of busy, but I have several Disney prints I bought for a particular project that I never did and I’m kind of trying to use them up. She was delighted.

One Knitting Project Done!

Dollies

I started these little dollies at Knitting Night on Monday, and have continued working on them in bits and spurts this week. I was able to really spend some time getting them done on Friday when I needed some preggo mama rest time, and then in the car while running errands and doing other things this weekend. Two of these will be attached to oiled wooden rings as toys for the new baby; the others will be birthday presents or stocking stuffers for Miss Genna.

She’s seen me working on them, but I’ve made them disappear without her giving it much thought. She picked one up and said, “Oh! My dolly! Oh, mommy, so sweet….” Yeah, her adorable moments help balance out her orneriness.

Dollies

More Knitting

One thing that sick kids are good for, and that’s lots of knitting time, usually. I was planning to restock fitted diapers again this week, but all I ended up doing in my office was the bare minimum of shipping out a few orders. Instead, I sat in the bedroom with two sick kids, first with high fevers (104/105) and then with what appears to be an upper respiratory cold. Sounds like pretty much all the other little kids I know in town have had the same thing. We’ve been laying pretty low all week. Wally’s spent most of his days laying in bed watching movies, and Genna’s spent most of her days sitting in the chair, either alone and looking sad and pathetic but refusing comfort, or snuggling up with me. Sometimes they snuggled together in the bed, but with both feeling unwell, that often did not go well.

So, very little sewing, but quite a bit of knitting.

I finished up the Jules Verne socks that I’ve been puttering with for a while. I usually make a pair of socks for every “major” book or series that I read. (classics, or good series, or really super excellent single book.) I read two Jules Verne books recently – well, listened to on audio to be truthful. I had planned to read/listen to more, but after Around the World in 80 Days and Journey to the Center of the Earth, I decided that I didn’t really care for Jules Verne’s writing. It’s very flat, his characters lack any real dimension, and they’re just not too engaging. Nonetheless, his books are classics and I’m glad I finally got around to reading (listening to) them. (I listen to audiobooks when I sew on my Work Nights when I don’t have the kids with me.)

Jules verne Socks

So, here they are. The pattern was chosen because it’s kind of a winding path as in Around the World in 80 Days, and because it’s also mountainous as in Journey to the Center of the Earth. The yarn is Unique Sheep Sushi Socks, which I bought for my yet-to-be-knitted Lord of the Rings Socks, because the picture on their website was much, much darker. It’s far too light to be suitable for the LOTR socks, but seemed just right for Jules Verne. It was delightful to knit with, and the skein was huge. They’re a treat to wear, too, and might be my new favorite socks.

Jules Verne Socks

I also started and finished the shawl I need to go with some fancy pants dresses I’ve borrowed for an upcoming event. I have certainly felt like an old lady knitting this, lol. There are certainly fancier shawls out there, and I might have preferred one made with a finer yarn, but I needed something simple and fast, and this fit the bill.

Shawl

The yarn is KnitPicks Shine Sport, which was nice to work with. I bought 5 skeins based on the pattern recommendations, and though I started to panic a bit at the end, I ended up with just under a yard remaining. That’s my kind of project! The pattern was simple and easy to follow, and is based on a 1930s shawl.

More spring sewing

I haven’t felt much like cleaning lately. I mean, I’m doing the minimum – picking up toys and washing dishes and cleaning up the 8,000 messes that the two kids and husband make every day. But I haven’t felt like REALLY cleaning – scrubbing and sorting and A Place For Everything And Everything In Its Place. Instead, I’ve been reading, knitting, and sewing personal stuff. I tend to hate February. Hate it. Longest month of the year. Cold, depressing. So very winter. ugh.

So, you know, I’m hibernating.

At any rate, I made myself three more skirts and Genna two dresses. A pair of new PJ pants has been requested by Wally, so I hope to get those done next week.

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(please ignore the lack of ironing, but feel free to admire my awesome socks.) These two skirts are both made from linen – the green is a nice organic linen I picked up on clearance. The tan is the same linen I use for many of my Wallypop and Boulevard Designs products. I always have a bolt or two on hand. I used my Super Easy Patternless A-Line Skirt tutorial, but actually made myself a paper pattern for a two-panel skirt (a front piece and a back piece) and then cut it out on the bias for both of these skirts. I don’t tend to do bias-cut skirts often, because they use SO MUCH fabric, and I’m cheap that way, but I love the drape of bias skirts.

The green one, I cut out a wedge from the side of the hem and inserted a little ruffle. I think this might have worked out better with a less stiff fabric, but it still looks ok. The green one is made with a zipper at the side waist. The tan one, I cut wider and bound the waist with Fold over Elastic (the elastic binding sometimes used on diapers and covers) to make an easy pull on skirt. I totally borrowed the idea from, I think, Amy Karol at Angry Chicken. I’ve used FOE to bind gathered edges of tops, and on children’s clothes, but never on a skirt waistband.

spring skirt
This one is another made from leftovers from ring slings. It’s a four-panel skirt, using the ideas in the Super Easy Patternless A-Line Skirt tutorial, but making the waist wider to use elastic instead of a zipper.

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Genna’s dresses. The blue one is made from a McCall’s pattern (I do actually own patterns, too!). The wrap dress is from this tutorial at Tiny Happy. It would have looked way, way cuter with handmade bias tape, but I was quickly running out of naptime and decided for forgo the pretty, wide bias tape in favor of something pulled from my Bin Of Bias Tape. The dress is actually quite large, and probably won’t fit her well until next year, which is a little disappointing, particularly considering that I could have easily figured this out by just taking a minute to think about it. Ah, well.

Sundresses are my absolute favorite for Genna. They can be made appropriate for winter simply by putting a long sleeve shirt underneath, and maybe some pants or Little Leg Warmers. In spring, or cooler days in summer, they are matched with a short sleeve shirt and Little Leg Warmers if needed. And of course, they can be worn as is for hot weather. Many sundresses also last for several years, if they’re wide and drapey, which is an added bonus.

Travel Documents

Some of you might know that our family has an upcoming trip, one for which we need passports.

Fortunately, Thimble, a blog I follow, posted a handy little Travel Documents project about a year ago and I bookmarked it! (And, in an unusual twist, a project I wanted to complete was actually still online when I went to look it up later. Usually, I go back to look at my bookmarks and the webpages have been taken down, lol.)

Travel Case

Travel Case

I made the mistake of doing the topstitching with the inside facing me, so it looks a little sloppy from the outside, but it looks like it’ll work perfectly for our needs. I think that she made hers out of all cotton – I used all bottomweights, because I’m running a little low on cottons, and that consequently make it pretty thick and hard to sew through in places. I was hand cranking my machine, and that’s saying something. (I have an industrial machine that will sew through practically anything.)

On a related note, if anyone has tips on air travel with two year olds, I’m open to suggestions!

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