Yikes, has it really been three weeks? The truth is we’ve been dealing with some personal family issues that have completely occupied my mind, and I haven’t given more than a thought to the blog. It happens. I want to eventually talk about it all here, but I still need a little more processing time.
Meanwhile, I did have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday, with probably the juiciest most succulent Turkey I’ve ever had. Compliments to my bro in law Ben and of course Martha, whose idea it was to grill an enormous bird in the first place. It was a glorious spread actually…pretty much pitch perfect.
I’m also working really hard on a BIG series come January that I am SO excited about. It’s gonna be awesome and comprehensive, and you’ll love it. Seriously? I’m in love I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it. It’s ALL about sewing with knits, and so you just mark your calendars for January and I want you to write “Going to have my mind blown with the awesomeness of sewing with knits”. Those exact words.
Ok, now for a bit of sewing. Have I mentioned that I’ve been sewing all my kid’s clothes? It’s been about…hmmm, a year maybe? since I’ve bought anything for them, and although it keeps me busy, it’s been a lot of fun. Most of time I’m able to have a small amount of foresight when it comes to planning for the seasons, etc, but sometimes a need just pops up that is absolutely urgent i.e. OMGoodness Tito has NOTHING to wear to church. He had been wearing some dressy shorts but then it snowed and the boy was left with nothing but jeans. They were fine in a pinch, but I wanted something a little more dressy for the long haul. Luckily last Friday night I had the perfect suiting fabric on hand (thrifted), and even a metal zipper that I got for 10 cents a million years ago. I’m getting faster at pants, although I gotta say, that zipper causes me grief every time. I used the Papa Joe trouser pattern from Ottobre 3/2012 #20, which like all Ottobre patterns is well written and perfectly designed. And thanks to my Sewing Summit pocket class, that back welt pocket was a breeze! (It still took my like 40 minutes, but whose counting?)
He loves them, and actually asks to wear them. My fabric wasn’t stretchy at all, so I was happy with the more traditional looser fit, and so was he. They aren’t anything special, but sometimes you just need to cover your bases. They’re certainly a much needed staple, and they look great with his handsome little suit coat that finally fits him! Sewing for my kids is about functionality just as much as it is about razzle dazzle and fun (especially with boys I find).
How are your crafty plans going? Christmas time is so fun because the creative juices flow, and the charitable hearts abound–a winning combo I feel. I know you’re a bunch of crafty animals, so I imagine you’re dizzy with big plans and messy work spaces like me! Check back in later this week where I hope to share my favorite tip for budget sewing!