Back to Sewing
Posted by thedarwinexception on October 24, 2008
So….(or should that be “sew”?) I’ve been sewing. In the middle of getting ready to make a Charlie Brown shirt for Val’s little boy for Halloween, I decided to get out some of my fabric and patterns I’ve been meaning to make for her new baby girl. Got a few things done – until I was interrupted with the electricity being out, anyway.
There’s something about cold Fall days that lends itself well to sewing, I think. I get more motivated to sew when it’s chilly. And it’s a good thing, too, because after all this time of being in this house, I think it’s finally time I make some curtains for the living room and dining room. I need some heavy drapes for those rooms, and since I can never find the heavy drape material that I really want to make curtains out of, I’ve decided that the next best option would be to just get some of the lighter material and just line the damned things. I mean, I can’t just wait for Paul to finish those rooms and paint and insulate and rip walls out and refinish floors, because, let’s face it, this is Paul and shit like that is NEVER going to happen. Not until I just hire someone to do it.
So this weekend I need to go to Joanne’s and get some black felt for the Charlie Brown shirt, and I’m thinking I’ll just get some medium weight fabric and some pellon of some kind and make drapes. It’ll be better than nothing, I suppose.
But, in the meantime, I did finish a few things for the new baby girl Anna.
First off, I made one of the sleeper sacques for her. This one I used the flannelette that says “I love Mommy” and “I Love Daddy” all over it, and pink bias tape and a little white pearl heart button at the neck.
Then I made a little lace and silk bonnet. I really like the bonnet – it came out really cute. I used some of the antique lace that I had inherited in my grandmother’s sewing stuff. I have TONS of the lace, and I like using it. The little bonnet is all lined in silk and the ribbon is a bright white silk.
The next thing I kind of “made up” – the top is made of yellow t-shirt material and has little baby t-shirt capped sleeves. The bottom is like the sleeper sacque with elastic in the bottom. I left enough of a hem around the bottom so there’s a ruffle beneath the elastic. I like the way it turned out.
Then I made an old standby – the bear blanket. I’ve made a million of these things, and they are super simple to make. You just take some fake fur and cut out two head pieces, stuff them, and then take a piece of terry or flannelette or whatever, cut it 20 X 20 and bind it with blanket binding. Sew on the head, put on eyes and nose and you’re done. Takes less than an hour to whip one of these up, and they are really cute.
So, that’s what I’ve been doing – sewing. I’ve got the Charlie Brown shirt to do and a couple of little dresses in the queue and those damned drapes, so I’ll probably sew all weekend. Then back to knitting and finishing up those things I have going. I’ll never finish that damned Devan sweater.