i haven't been kicking butt like others :( but i'm trying! the first night i spent most of my time cutting out everything. i also worked on some super secret boy pants that i was pretesting for. yesterday (this time i tried to get my sewing in while he was eating dinner) i changed out the thread on my serger to the color i was going to use on his tshirt. it took me a little bit longer than expected (i'm pretty blind) so he was done with dinner and i didn't even get to start sewing, but at least it's ready to go. my son has NOT BEEN GOING TO SLEEP, so i don't have alot of time to do stuff. he USED TO fall asleep around 8:30 like clockwork, but now he just won't go to sleep. last night he fell asleep past eleven, and i fell asleep shortly afterwards :(
just real quick i wanted to add...i had NO IDEA kids clothes week was FOUR times a year!!! the things you learn researching for a blog post...that is all
I have signed up to join in on Kid's Clothes Week 2014! Every year I look longingly at everyone's creations and wish I could do the same...this year it snuck up on me and I decided I wasn't going to let another one slip by!
In case you are new, (from their blog): Kid's Clothes Week is a seasonal sewing challenge. What does that mean? We challenge you to commit to sewing clothes for your kids one hour a day for seven days. The challenge happens four times a year: winter, spring, summer, fall. Why would we do this? We feel good when we're creating things, but oftentimes we get stuck daydreaming of things we want to make, but never actually make them. We may get cozy on the couch, or lost for hours on Pinterest, or decide doing laundry or dishes is more important.
By pledging one hour a day, we're saying that our creative time is as important as a clean sink and that our creative endeavors are even more compelling than the endless scroll of Pinterest. Kid's Clothes Week gets you to sit down in front of your sewing machine and sew a little, then maybe a little more. This momentum feeds your creativity: the more you sew, the more ideas come to you, the more you want to sew!
If you are interested in signing up, you can do so here. Let's get to sewing and sharing!
We have rented a storage unit to try to get our little duplex cleared out of extra junk so i've been a little bit busy. Lot's of stuff has happened: i've pattern tested TWICE more (which I, of course, need to blog about) and i've ordered spoonflower labels and have gotten some fabric in!
This is the fabric I ordered from fabricworm back in june and it is SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I have always just gotten my fabric from hobby lobby or joann's or garage sales or the thrift store and haven't experienced the really nice stuff yet. I bought everything on sale (because i'm cheap) but it was still pricey (to me). This is what I received:
so i ACTUALLY finished a shirt from printed pattern to taking pictures within FOUR days! that may sound like a lot of time, but i am such a procrastinator that if i didn't have a deadline, it probably would've still been in the material cutting stage. i'm so proud of myself! (baby steps)...so here, in all it's glory is E + M Pattern's No. 7 shirt (for boys). It is now available for purchase. It was a great sew and the designer loves for the insides of the sewn items to look just as great as the outside, so she gives tips on how to make it look great, even if you don't own a serger (she doesn't own one, either! but the instructions give you directions on how to finish with a serger or without a serger). it was neat to learn some of these skills and i realized when i was sewing the shirt, that i had never done sewn in sleeves before! that resulted in a little bit of a not-so-smooth sleeve, but it stlll looks pretty good.
i have seen some of these shirts adapted for girls as well and they look SO CUTE! definitely check out some of these other links listed below to see how versatile this pattern is and what some of the other testers came up with. you can colorblock it or use fun prints. it has long sleeve and 3/4 sleeve options, but i've also seen short sleeve versions! i can see many more being made for my son in the future. here are some pictures of him with his new shirt.
so, without further ado: time for the giveaway! the designer of this great shirt will be giving away a pattern of your choice! just fill out the rafflecopter below. if you're not into social media, don't be discouraged! just visit E + M Patterns and then come back here and leave a comment telling me which pattern you would choose and who it would be for. you can even visit some of the other blogs on the N0. 7 blog tour because there are giveaways on those pages as well that may still be running. my giveaway will end next friday at midnight and i will contact the winner that weekend. good luck!
here are the rest of the blogs on the tour:
so my blog tour of e + m pattern's no. 7 shirt will be up on Friday. this weekend, I was able to make it by a joann's (not my usual location, though) and was disappointed to find it was way smaller and again I couldn't find a cute print I really wanted to redo max's shirt in :-( but I still really like the fabric I used to test the shirt, so it's no biggie. that is what will be going up on my blog post tour.
after the experience of going to two local stores and not finding anything i like, i've been binge buying fabric online since. not really binge buying, but I put in one order and have been stalking other prints since then. I've never purchased fabric online before, so I'm excited and nervous. I will update once my order comes in.
woah! i just took a look at my site after having worked on it last night and you think i went overboard with the cat pictures?
does it just scream out crazy cat lady in training?
just a heads up, i am doing my first giveaway next friday, the 13th! so head back and enter for your chance to win your choice of E + M Patterns and read my review of her supercool boy's shirt No. 7 (which is currently on sale for $5 if you can't wait)!
and i am so incredibly nervous because i am SUCH a procrastinator! i have SO many UFOs, it's not even funny. but i am nervous and excited at the same time. i am also super happy because it's for a boy's pattern! i will give more information once the pattern has been released. we had basically six days to finish it and i was nervous because by the time i get home from work, feed max dinner, hang out and play with him and by the time he falls asleep (which can be anywhere from 8pm to 10pm or so), i'm exhausted AND then, my bf gets home from work from his second job around 9:30, so that is our catching up on our tv shows time and my sewing machine and everything is at the other end of the house. it's hard to juggle, but so far i'm doing good! i am about done with it (today is friday). so i hope to complete it today and take pictures of max in it tonight or tomorrow. i wish i had my niece nearby so i could pattern test all the cute little girl patterns i see! but i am starting to apply for testing women's patterns which will be an even bigger challenge for me. i just want to hone my sewing skills and get really really good at this!
so....i started a sewing blog back in 2010 and you know how life can get in the way....before you know it, four years has flown by. i am now a ftm (39 at the time!!!) and i want to REALLY get into this. sewing is on my mind ALL the time. i didn't sew for what seems like forever, but it was always there, ideas floating around in my head, images of the stuff i could create. i wanted to draft patterns, i wanted to make beautiful clothes. so i finally got off my butt about three weeks ago and took the plunge.
i decided i will start small. i'm going to start by sewing for my 21 month old son (hi, max!) and my 2 year old niece and get back up to speed. when i get my confidence back, i will start to work on clothes for my post baby body and get out of the jeans and tshirts that i've just been throwing on everyday for the past two years.
so this blog will be my outlet of the things i make and the ideas i have. i love visiting sewing blogs and meeting all the other great mamas out there and i want to be a part of that family!!! thank you, sewing blog world for inspiring me to get off my lazy butt to do something! i will be forever grateful! <3