Lots of Little Things
I hope you and your families had a wonderful Christmas! We certainly did…we had all the family here and had a wonderful couple of days of food, presents, and time spent with families. And only one trip to the emergency room (Esther got her eye stabbed by her sister’s fondue fork…just a scratch and she is totally fine…could have been so much worse).
I did hardly any sewing for Christmas this year. The one thing that I completed was a stocking for little Miriam.
I didn’t even make Christmas pajamas this year. I had the fabric all purchased was totally going to do it, but then the weather changed to be way colder and the short sleeve shirts and pants were no longer going to be acceptable. So, off to the mall we went to purchase matching fleece jammies…2 days before Christmas. It was a miracle we found some, but we did!
So, now that it is the new year folks are doing round up posts or posting lists what their plans for the next year are. I thought I would take this opportunity to do a round up of several little things I sewed last year, but never actually posted about.
I had several friends welcome new babies last year so I whipped up some cute little baby gifts.
The first was for my fellow Doctor Who watching friend. She recently moved away, but she would come over and watch new episodes with me while Christian was working. So, a gift for her newest little boy was a no brainer. I made a couple Doctor Who themed shirts. For one I bought a TARDIS embroidery design and stitched it onto a onesie with my favorite Doctor’s (Ten) favorite saying…Allons-y! And then I used a freezer paper stencil and fabric paint to make another shirt declaring that “Bowties are cool” as per Eleven.
The other two ladies that I made something for were both having their first little girls after each having two boys, so I felt something cute and girly was definitely in order. My favorite simple dress to make right now is the Geranium Dress from Made by Rae. It has the cutest silhouette and is very simple to whip up quickly. I made one alteration that made the sewing time even quicker. I used the pleated skirt pattern piece, but instead of pleating I simply gathered where the pleats would be. So, I still get the streamlined sides of the dress, but it still has the cute girly-ness of the gathers. I have to say, this is probably my favorite way to make this dress.
For the yellow one I also used some piping along the bottom of the bodice just to give it a touch more visual interest. I also used a snap for the closure instead of buttons because this dress was for a smaller baby and I just hate having to fasten real buttons on the backs of tiny babies. It is just so difficult until they can sit up better on their own.
For the pink one, I decided to make a tunic and include some bloomer shorts. I actually made the tunic out of two fat quarters. I had *just* enough to squeeze out a 12-18 month size. For the shorts I just used one of my self drafted baby bloomer/shorts patterns. This friend also uses cloth diapers and I knew she would need the extra room for all the fluff. 🙂
I, of course, also had a baby this year and I wanted to make the girls something special for their big sister presents. They love being mamas to their dolls and animals and as Miriam’s arrival was approaching they were ramping up their pretend play in this area. So, it seemed like a good time to make them their own little carriers. Dinah refused to be photographed this day, so I just have Esther here. But Dinah’s is identical, except hers has a D on the pocket. I used the pattern from Oliver + S’s Little Things to Sew and they really came together so nicely. I always love their patterns, they are so well written and I usually learn a new trick or two. This book is so great and has lots of sweet projects to try. The one change I made to their carriers is that instead of fitting the carrier on them and then placing the velcro, I simply placed a very long strip of velcro on the straps so the carrier can be adjustable. Now they can wear their babies for way longer!
Later on I sewed up one more quick Geranium…this time for my own Miriam. She was “black and white Dorothy” riding on her tornado (stroller) for Halloween. I used a simple black and white gingham and left it unadorned for Halloween. After the trick-or-treating I spiced it up a bit by adding lime green buttons on the back and a cute little lime green and white striped bow on the front. Too cute!
The final project I’m sharing today was I think one of my very few pieces of “selfish sewing” from last year. With the baby and diaper carrying days approaching I knew I wanted to have a larger wallet instead of a purse. Basically something that could hold everything of importance, including my phone, and would become a clutch when I didn’t have cause to carry the larger diaper bag. I scoured the interwebs looking for just the right thing and found the Necessary Clutch Wallet Pattern at Emmaline. It is such a great pattern and for as fussy as it looks, really didn’t take that long to make. For this I followed the pattern straight up, but I think for future wallets I would add a panel of the stiff interfacing to the front and the back of the wallet as well, just to help it be a bit more rigid. I did make this with Joann’s home dec weight fabric and I know that helped with stiffness as well. I just love this wallet. It is light weight, but has slots for all my cards and several sections. There is a zippered center pocket as well as two flat pockets behind each card holder.
Okay, I think that is everything. The only thing remaining is the baby wrap that I made out of gauze and a square of quilting cotton the day before the baby came because I needed something to do. 🙂 However, it is really hard to get a picture of oneself wearing a baby in a wrap, so you will have to content yourself with this picture of Dinah trying it out for me.
I hope your New Year is starting out bright! I am looking forward to what is in store for us too! Coming up…Project Run & Play starts in two weeks! Eek! Get sewing!