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So, I decided that it would be more economical for my single income family to make everyone’s Christmas presents. This was a large undertaking, especially for a procrastinator.  I don’t think I slept at all the night of Dec. 23 or Dec. 24, and I still didn’t finish everything on time. Here are some of the projects I did that year.

For my sister and her fiance I made a couple different sets of placemats and coordinating napkins.

     

     

I also made this bag for my sister. We were calling it her “One Fine Day” bag. (From the movie…the main character has one of those bags that has everything you might ever need.) She was moving to Manhattan after the wedding and needed such a bag.

     

And for my future brother-in-law I made this blanket…for all their picnics in Central Park.  I didn’t take pictures of them, but this has little pockets on each corner to put rocks in.  The rocks will then hold the blanket in place while you frolic in the Park.  And look they actually used it!  (You can see the “One Fine Day” bag in the picture too.)

     

And finally, I made some napkins and placemats for my mother too.

     

I started a couple projects that I just didn’t have the time/energy to finish…one was a Super Mario quilt for my brother-in-law.

Here it is as a work in progress…

And here it is complete…several months later, but complete nonetheless!

          

And I made a cute lunch bag and reusable snack bags for my mother-in-law, but apparently took nary a picture of them, so you will just have to believe me.

Lessons learned from Christmas 2009 sewing…don’t procrastinate!  I am still working on applying this lesson, but I’m getting better!

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Before I got started on Christmas presents I was distracted with sewing for the Georgia-Florida game. I decided to make a red dress for myself. This process included making and adjusting at least two “muslins” before even attempting the final product. I came to a couple conclusions through this process…1.) Traditional patterns have lots (lots!) of sizing issues and 2.) I didn’t really love sewing for myself. Since then I have made a few more things for myself, but they were from simple tutorials and much smaller projects. At this point I would rather do my “real” sewing for other people.
Here is the red dress…

The other project I did was small and really an excuse to use my new serger. I cut two onesies in half and serged them together to create a couple Gameday onesies for Dinah. Too cute!

          

Baptism Gown

After I had Dinah I was home from work for three months of leave and I started thinking about a hobby for naptime. I also knew I wanted to make her baptism dress so I dusted of my sewing machine and reacquainted myself with it. I had sewed some in college while working in the costume shop, but I didn’t do very much and that was already 7 years in the past. My first project was this little dress.

I was wandering the Joann’s and totally fell in love with this fabric. It is a textured, lightweight yellow with sweet little cherries on it.  It was perfect for a little summer dress.  I recently pulled it back out for Esther and it was just as cute, but I noticed that my construction skills have really improved since then.  That was encouraging!

Shortly after that I had to go back to work.  So my revived hobby had to take a back burner.  That lasted all of  three months before we decided it would be best for our family if I stayed home with our new baby girl.  Dinah’s baptism was right around the corner so I knew I had to get cracking.

In looking at baptism or christening gown patterns I decided I didn’t like them.  Too frilly for my tastes.  And then I found this cute pattern with vintage baby designs and modified it just a bit to make it longer and more “baptism-y.”  One thing I loved about this design was the little embroidery detail.

It had a been a loooong time since I had done any hand embroidery, but after doing this little bit I fell in love with it.  These little flowers add such a sweet touch and detail that was needed to keep it from being too plain.  I also made a little bonnet for her.  I loved it, but some people just had to point out that it looked like a little Amish bonnet.  I still think it is cute.

    

So, those were my first real projects in my modern sewing career.  After this I decided to be brave and make, yes make, everyone’s Christmas presents that year.  Stay tuned…

Welcome to my new blog…sew in harmony.  I am so excited to start sharing some of my sewing and craft projects with all of you out there.  (All two of you for right now!)  Be on the look out soon for a couple posts telling about some of my past projects…just to get the ball rolling.

Thanks for joining me on this new adventure!