Tuesday, October 18, 2011

So much for having a plan...

First and foremost Baby Boy turned one on October 7th.  How is my baby already one????  Happy Birthday little fellow!

Last week was Kids Clothing Week Challenge.  I was going to be participating for the first time - somehow I always find out after the fact that it's on, but this time I found out a whole few days ahead of time.  So I made a plan.  It looked something like this:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday -

  • cut out flannel for boys and (BF)G's new set of matching pjs (ok - I realize (BF)G's pjs don't really fit in with KCWC, but whatever.  If I'm cutting out a gazillion yards of the same fabric I might as well do it all in one fell swoop.
  • sew at least complete sets for the boys (Using Kwik Sew pattern 3126)
Thursday -

Friday and Saturday - 

  • make outfit for friend's expected baby
  • make LTM a new belt using elsie marley's tutorial
Sunday -
  • finish up odds and ends from the week and possibly begin work on a birthday gift I hope to make

I'm so dilusional it hurts!

Here's how the week actually shaped up:

Monday -
  • Cut out fabric for pjs, realize I don't have enough for the fronts of the boys tops and (BF)G's top in it's entirety
Tuesday -
  • Go to my local LFS and buy another 2.5 m of flannel, preshrink it once home

Wednesday - 
  • Sweet nothing - oh! Not true.  Pop into the fabric store in the city for corduroy for LTM's hat
Thursday -
  • Cut out hat
  • Start sewing pjs - get the boys' bottoms done except for elastic
Friday - 
  • definitely sweet nothin' done
Saturday -
  • ditto
Sunday - 
  • Feeling all woe is me, I completely failed at my first KCWC I decided to make one project and see it through to completion.  The Eddie Cap is sewn and well loved.
So.  What a bust.  All the challenge required was one hour a day.  I tried to be realistic and tell myself if some days didn't get any challenge love it was alright because other days I could double up.  Ah well.  Life being life, sometimes other things come before sewing, and (BF)G had a week of vacation time from work and spending time with him and the little guys, plus spending a day with G before she took off for Costa Rica for the next six weeks all fell into the coming before sewing category.

That being said, I really wanted to do KCWC, so although the official week is done, I'm doing my own little challenge this week, just to say I did it.  So far so good.  Right now I can't for the life of me remember what it was I did Monday.  Hmmm.  No clue.  Must be getting old.  The memory is going! Tuesday I cut out and sewed the pants for my friend's baby as well as cut out the shirt.  Today I sewed the shirt.  And thought about cutting out the remaining top pieces for the matching pjs - does thinking about it count?? Tomorrow, maybe I'll actually start tackling the tops! Once they're finished I'll see what comes next.  Belt (kind of necessary - suddenly LTM has become a skinny minny and his pants keep falling down) or the birthday gift -  birthday's not till December so maybe I can wait on that one.

I did do some major sewing before Baby Boy's birthday and KCWC.  I made Baby Boy his birthday crown and nine goodie bags using Fishstick's tutorial.  I also knit two hats for the babies that were too little for regular party goodie bags and finished a blanket square and small toy. 

The round up of finished projects (in no particular order thanks to Blogger not letting me put the photos where I wanted them to be):

Baby Gift Outfit
(top is Fishstick's Lap Tee and bottoms adapted from a Simplicity pattern)

Blanket Square and Toy for a communal project

Party Favor Petunnia
Party Favor Pumpkin

Goodie Bags for Baby Boy's party guests

The Eddie Cap
The Eddie Cap View 2
So overall some good productivity.  Just not during the week I expected to focus on it.

PS:  It's just come to me what I did on Monday!  I sewed (BF)G's pj bottoms!  Phew.  That lack of memory was kind of bugging me!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Busy, busy, busy!

I've been so busy sewing, knitting, and, well, living, I haven't had time to blog about anything for ages.

I shouldn't be blogging now.  I should be getting ready for Baby Boy's first birthday party!  I can't believe my wee little boy is turning one in two short days!  How did that happen so fast??

I thought I'd do a quick round up of my month's work!

Sleepy Baby models his newest pjs - Fishsticks Designs Lazy Days Lounge Set with modified sleeves

LTM in his Thomas pjs - Fishsticks Designs Charlie Tee and bottoms from Kwik Sew 3126
Fishsticks Designs Little Fishies Undies because apparently every other pair LTM owns are "TOO TIGHT MOMMY"

Felt Tools and Toolbox from Serving Pink Lemonade
Fishstick's Designs Austen Lee Coverall - 1st version (before the toddler/scissors incident) with modifications

Fishsticks Designs Austen Lee Coverall Version 2 with modified sleeves and legs
So mostly practical sewing - except the tool box and the Austen Lee Coveralls those are for a swap with  my October 2010 Mommies Group.  The first set, you'll notice the caption mentions a toddler/scissor incident... let's just say I'm quite proud to say I did not yell, cry or scream even... and the toddler is still here.  Very proud indeed.  I had just finished the last of the snaps on the legs, folded the outfit neatly to be wrapped and stepped away from the kitchen counter for a second to put the remaining snaps up where no little fingers could grab them and try to eat them.  As I turned back to the kitchen, my heart almost stopped to see LTM with a pair of children's craft scissors (that honestly barely cut paper) in his pudgy little toddler hands.  

With my cry of "Noooooooo..." he happily said, "I helping you Mommy! I cutting the fabric for you!"  Sigh... Of course the scissors that barely cut paper had managed to see fit to work just fine on my just finished gift.  Back to the drawing board.  I mended the back of the romper so Baby Boy is able to get use out of it, but without enough tool fabric to make a new romper I had to figure out something different.  

Truth be told, I kind of like the second version better.  I did a much better job modifying the cuffs on the sleeves and the ankles, and I think it looks better with the contrast instead of the all over print. Or maybe I've just convinced myself of that so I feel better! Ha ha!  I also did the next size up after realizing my little swap partner is taller than baby boy and the first romper fit baby boy to a tee.  So important lesson learned.  Do NOT turn your back on a two year old with go-go gadget arms that might snag a pair of scissors in the blink of an eye.

I've been knitting too - catching up on some blanket squares and strips for different group blankets my fellow Summer Mommies 2009 group are making for new babies that are expected in our little circle.  I'm looking forward to finishing my commitments for those so I can get back to knitting other things.  

The rest of this week will see me busy with prep for the aforementioned birthday and then next week I'm going to take the plunge and jump into the Kids Clothing Week Challenge hosted by Elsie Marley.  We'll see how well I do...