Fabric Basket

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I made this little basket using this tutorial.

It was for a baby shower.

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I was going to make the larger size, but I might have accidentally got the sides and the top and bottom mixed up and sewed down the wrong sides. I wasn’t going to pick all those stitches out of all the layers of fabric and batting and fleece, so I just chopped it down and made a smaller basket.

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Sewing Sabbatical, Plus Seth’s Jeans

Well, I took quite a long break from this blog because I took quite a long break from sewing.

I tend to get very obsessed with things and so last Spring I felt like sewing was kinda taking over my life. Not even that I was spending all day sewing, but that so much of my energy was going into it-planning projects, picking out fabric, reading sewing blogs…it all adds up. My life picked up and got busier than ever and so I decided to stop sewing for awhile because I just couldn’t keep up with everything.

I figured I would start again when I felt like it. I assumed that would happen in a couple of weeks, but it didn’t! I think I burned myself out. We basically didn’t buy any clothes at all for two and a half years because I made them all, for our family of 5. My sewing had become like a job!

Then a couple of weeks ago I was with a friend who was talking about her Christmas present sewing projects. While I was talking to her, I thought, sewing sounds fun. So I went home and picked out a pattern and some fabric I had on a shelf and started sewing.

I’m enjoying it again, with plans to be a moderate home sewer! No more making all of everyone’s clothes.

It’s a good think I decided to pick it back up, because we have looked high and low for some pants that will fit Seth, but we just can’t find any. So of course my first project back at it was a pair of pants for Seth.

I have to say that my project pictures won’t be anything fancy. I sold my camera last Spring and am using my phone camera now. Plus, it’s cold and snowy so there’s no way I’m taking any pictures outside right now! This is mostly so I have a record of my projects.

I made him more Small Fry Skinny jeans-the biggest size with some inches added to the inseams and outseams. Plus an elastic waistband because that’s what fits his body the best.

The fabric is Ralph Lauren stretch denim from Mood.

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“I’m too cool for pictures.”

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Archer #2, Plus Another Pair of Sunny Day Shorts

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I made another Archer, and it only took me 5 months to do it! I bought the fabric to make another one in February. Since it’s now June I decided to make it short sleeved.

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I changed the pocket on this one to a dainty little thing. The original pockets are too overwhelming to me.

I bought this fabric at Mood, and it is soooo lightweight that it started coming apart in a few places (I’m sure I should have been using some ultra thin sewing machine needles. The smallest I had were size 80, so I used those). I’m afraid the shirt won’t last long. If it doesn’t I’ll be sad because since the fabric was so hard to work with it took forever to make this shirt.

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I also made Ezra a pair of Sunny Day shorts, just like I recently did for his brothers. It feels summery out there, finally!  Definitely shorts weather. We’re going camping tomorrow to enjoy it. Ok…camping…in a cabin. But still. It will be fun!

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Gray Theory Stretch Denim

I got to sew today for the first time in awhile and it felt soo good! I have missed it.

I have been working away at a huge pile of awesome Theory stretch denim I got from Mood. I got a swatch of it a few months ago and it took me forever to decide if I wanted to order some or not. The description said it had a very slight stretch, and the swatch was so tiny that I couldn’t tell for sure how much stretch it had.

But I decided to go ahead and order 5 yards of it and I’m glad I did because it rocks.

I made Owen a pair of Sunny Day Shorts out of it.

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I like this pattern cuz it’s free and easy to customize. I added front pockets.

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And some square back pockets.

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I had to add several inches of length to this pattern though because it’s really short for boys.

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I also made Seth a pair of Sunny Day Shorts.

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More front pockets.

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And I made one double welt pocket on the back.

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I also made a pair of capris for me out of this denim. I took some pictures of them right after I finished them (not on me) and I’m going to put them up here just in case I never get around to having Jon take some of me wearing them. At least I’ll have some documentation.

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Do you like my duct tape?

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Now I’m finishing a pair of shorts for Ezra and then my 5 yards will be almost gone.

Other Than Sewing

My mind has been occupied with other things lately, mostly my husband’s sister Alisa. She battled cancer for eight long years, and she finally ended her battle yesterday by passing away peacefully with her family by her side.

She passed away on her and her husband’s 15th wedding anniversary, which is so tender and symbolic to me. I believe that families are eternal and that death is not the end of marriage so it is very fitting for her to leave this life on her anniversary. Her family will be with her again!

We are leaving soon to spend the next several days with Jon’s family so it will be awhile before I’m back showing projects on here. I have a few that I have finished but I haven’t taken pictures of yet, and I don’t know if I’ll get around to it. I might just start over when we get back home instead of playing catch up.

Undercover Hood (Again)

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I made another top with my Undercover Hood pattern-this time wtih short sleeves. And my hair is pretty much going to look as bad as it looks in this picture until the end of the summer, because biking season has begun! Today we rode bikes to swimming lessons. It’s so much fun, but my bike helmet isn’t really helping my hair out at all.

Anyway, I like this pattern. I shortened the sleeve and widened it to make the short sleeves.

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I got this fabric from Mood Fabrics, and it is a nice piece of fabric! It is so much stretchier than the ponte I used to make this Undercover top so this shirt is a lot looser.

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I need to make more of these to wear all summer since they’re so comfy.

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