Sewing up a storm…

11 Apr

I’ve been one with the sewing machine lately. I realized I’ve been waiting for Dave to take some pictures of me wearing some of the things I’ve made, but that never happens, especially when I look half decent. Oh well, they’ll get on here sometime.

So I’ve been redoing some of my maternity clothes. I’ve come across a lot of tutorials on how to refashion maternity clothes and also how to make your old clothes appropriate for maternity. I have quite a few old clothes I’ve set aside because they (obviously) don’t fit right now, but as I was going through some that have actually been sitting there since I was pregnant with Rylan, I kind of figured I wouldn’t be too upset to cut some up some of my old things. T-shirts that are a bit too short or maybe a bit tighter than they used to be (how does that happen??), tons of pants, and other various items that I will probably make into things for Maya.

I got a new sewing machine last week (wheeee!) and I’ve been getting to know it a bit better. I also ordered a bunch of fabric online and made a trip to the States to pick it up. It’s SO nice to get the fabric I want instead of making do with what I can find in 10 minutes at FABRICLAND (boooo 😦 ) while my kids terrorize the aisles. (This would be today’s experience). Anyhow, I really wanted to make some baby blankets and I love minky, so I bought some of that with some really nice flannel and then some other nice cotton prints. I was able to get 2 blankets out of each yard of minky, so I ended up making four in total. I’m also planning to make Maya an apron so I got some kitchen-appropriate (cupcake) material for that. The other fabric I ordered was some really nice jersey to make a couple of wrap maternity tops. I made one on my old sewing machine and it turned out really well. I was waiting to make the other one until I got my new machine, but I think my motivation has waned a bit. It wasn’t difficult to make and I know my new machine can definitely handle it better, but I think I need to figure out how to wrap it really well since I’m always worried about gaps through the wrapped part. It really is a cute top and surprisingly fits very well. (I’m sure the fact that it’s stretchy has something to do with it.)

Before Rylan was born I decided to recover my infant car seat. That turned out really well and this time I have a bouncy chair that I’ve used for both kids. I thought I should maybe recover that one too. I think it would be ok to manage seeing as I’ve already done a car seat and that was a lot more involved. We’ll see about that one.

We’re going on vacation the beginning of May to Hawaii, and I thought it would be nice to wear skirts there since I don’t really have anything other than pants for bottoms. Of course I’ll have to convert some skirts or just get some material to make some with.

Today I whipped up (seriously, it was easy!) a skirt for Maya (a purple princess dress, so she says) out of some of the leftover material from my wrap top. She loves it and I was VERY impressed that it turned out well in the end. I’m kind of a lazy sewer, meaning if I don’t have to pin, press or measure much of anything then I’m happy! Of course it usually doesn’t produce the greatest results, but if I’m saving time…

I’ve also learned how to use elastic thread to do smocking (or “shirring”). Pretty fun and addicting. I have a few more small ideas of things to make.


2 Responses to “Sewing up a storm…”

  1. Rachel April 11, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    Jen!!!! You look soooooo good. Also, I am blown away by your talent. I even showed Justin your jeans+tshirt = maternity skirt wonder. Please, please move down the street from me. I will watch your kids AND make dinner every night if you sew for us and take our photos! 😉

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