Well, since the last time I posted in, ahem, October, I’ve been a little busy. The fall was particularly chaotic for me and I felt like I could eek out enough time to sew or blog, but not both. Guess which one I chose.
But since the whole point of starting this blog was to keep track of all my projects, I thought I should at least run around and try to get photos of everything I’ve made since last posting. In the process of doing that I realized just how much sewing I actually got done! So, yea, maybe I could have found time for a post or two. Things to improve on in the new year.
Anyway, since I did get a fair number of things accomplished, I’m pretty much just going to post photos. There’s nothing too spectacular to show, but I’m still pretty pleased with everything I got done. So this isn’t a year in review post or anything like that, just a summary of this past fall.
My baby bear! I know, this is a Halloween costume and it’s now January. But it’s one of the things I’m most pleased with, so there’s no way I was going to leave it out. I figure I only have so many years of getting to pick my son’s costume for him, so I’ve got to make the most of it.
Let’s see…I made a few more Renfrew tops…
This last one is made out of a heavier sweater knit that I didn’t have quite enough of for both cowl pieces. So I ended up using a lighter weight gray jersey for the underside of the cowl. I’m really pleased with how it turned out, and I think it drapes better that it would have with two layers of the heavier fabric.
Underside of cowl
The background for these photos, by the way, is the quilt on my bed. I made the quilt a few years ago and a friend did the quilting on her long-arm machine. I love the fabric, and the quilting really makes the whole thing pop.
Next, I sewed some bags…
The last bag was a gift for my husband. We’ve been trading cars more lately, as kiddo’s car seat only fits in one car, so whoever has kiddo for the day gets that car. The bag is for the few odds and ends that my husband used to keep in his car. Now that we’re switching cars so often, it’s nice for him to be able to just grab the bag when using the other car, instead of digging around for loose items.
I should also mention, none of these pictures are in order. With the exception of the bear costume, I can’t really recall which projects came when. So I’m just grouping things in a sort-of logical order.
That said, here are some short sleeved shirts. I made two of these late enough in the year that it’s been too cold to actually wear them yet. Oh well. I’ll have some new clothes to wear in the spring.
All of them are from a basic kimono sleeve self-drafted pattern that I’ve been using for a while.
Next up, stuff for the kiddo! First, we have toddler pants.
Kiddo was “helping” with the photos.
Here’s a bean bag set, with carrying bag I made for him. They’re surprisingly fun to play with and toss around. I find myself practicing juggling more these days.
The bag and bean bags were made with some very bright (these photos do not do it justice) double sided-fabric. Stripes on one side and palm trees on the other.
And then came the Christmas sewing. First off, a new shirt for my son’s teddy bear, Bernard. I’m not sure kiddo really noticed, but Bernard certainly looks pleased.
I just roughly traced a pattern off the (rather sad looking) t-shirt the bear originally came in. It was an absurdly quick and easy sewing job. I foresee more bear clothing in the future.
Then there were Christmas pot-holders. I’m not sure what came over me. I’ve never made potholders before. But I had a bunch of holiday fabric scraps, and some of that heat-proof batting and suddenly potholders sounded like a genius idea. They were kind of fun to make though. And two of them were promptly given away as gifts.
Next, I finally made a Christmas tree skirt. Well, mostly anyway. Technically I didn’t finish the tree skirt until after Christmas, but I did have it done enough to use for Christmas.
The quilting and binding were all I had left to do. So as a temporary finish, I just serged the edges until I had time to do the binding.
Next, I finally finished the quilting on a wall hanging that I started right after the holidays, at the beginning of 2012. I had the wall hanging nearly finished, but decided it needed some more quilting. Somehow, that turned into a monstrous task (much like this post), that didn’t get finished until nearly a year later.
Almost there. I hemmed a couple of towels that I wove earlier in the fall. Weaving is another hobby that periodically eats into my sewing time.
And lastly, I made a pillow cover. I know, boring. But it was a good use of some stash scrap fabric and a horrid peach invisible zipper that I didn’t see ever using for anything else.
For reasons I can’t recall, I have more than a few pillow forms in my stash. I finally decided that instead of saving them for the perfect project, I’d just whip up some quick covers and “store” them on my couch until I could remember whatever the perfect project was supposed to be. Much better. My couch has pillows, and my studio is ever so slightly less full. I say “pillows” because I’ve actually knocked out two more covers since taking these pictures. And used two more random zippers from my stash! Really, where do these things come from? A peach zipper?
Anyway, that about wraps up the last 4 months. On to the new year.