Occasionally I get a few spare minutes to read my blog-roll and one of my all-time favourites is Lauren of Lladybird. She’s creative, sassy, southern, and swears like a trucker. I love it. She recently posted about Why She Sews and it really resonated with me. I’m sure most sewists often get asked “why do you sew? It’s not any cheaper than buying clothes at the mall.” Which is very true. But for me, like Lauren and I’m sure pretty much anyone else, it’s not just about the money.
Being a mom of two little kids (ages 3 years, and 8 months) I don’t really have much time to sew… Nor take photos of the items I do complete! I made this dress last spring while I was very pregnant with my son. We’ve been having a really nice spell of weather at the moment, so I snuck outside during naptime to grab a couple of photos. Sorry for the poor quality, I had to use my cell phone because my hubby took the camera out of town for the weekend.
I borrowed the world-famous Drape Drape (Vol 2) sewing book from the library last year to check it out. Sewing bloggers have been going ape-sh*t for this series for years now, and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I own a copy of Stylish Dress Book (Vol 1) and have made a few garments from it, so I’m familiar with how to trace Japanese patterns. After consulting a few Japanese friends to make sure I was interpreting things correctly, I made 2 pieces from Drape Drape Vol. 2.
Greetings! Hope everyone had a lovely holiday season / end of 2014 / beginning of 2015. Our household came down with that nasty cold/flu virus that was going around. So we spent the better part of the past month being sick. Yuck. Despite this, I managed to make my sweet little girl a party dress for her 3rd birthday (3!!! I can hardly believe it already!).
I love this time of year. I really do. But the past few winters of living on the South Coast have made it tough to be excited for Christmas. I have to force it. The non-stop rain, grey days, rainfall warnings, flooding, lack of snow… Now that my Little Miss is nearly 3 (!!!) she is beyond excited for Santa. She loves the lights that brighten up the wet, dark nights. The music playing in Walmart (wow Mommy, another Santa song!). And of course all the treats and yummy foods at holiday parties.
And yet, even though I am feeling MUCH more into it this year, there have been some really sad things happen to some close friends of mine. People have lost their parents to cancer or other illnesses. Other people in their late 20’s or early 30’s have lost a spouse. And most recently, a very good friend of mine and my husband’s lost his brother quite suddenly. Now the bright lights and holiday spirit don’t seem to matter so much anymore. Or do they?
In Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. So by the time Christmas rolls around, we’ve kind of forgotten about all the things to be thankful for. These past few weeks have really reminded me of it. I can’t stop thinking about my friend’s mom, and how awful it must be to lose a child. For the past few nights while I’ve been nursing our Little Dude, tears fall silently onto my pillow. When I burp him, I hug him so tightly I worry I will crush him. I cuddle my Little Miss while we watch cartoons together, or I kiss her hair over and over while she sits in my lap reading books. I listen to my husband laughing and playing with her while she’s in the bath. It makes my heart so happy I could weep. I really am so lucky. I have no idea why. But I am so aware of it this year and I am a blessed woman to have such a wonderful family to share it with.
So just take a moment to reflect this holiday season… Count your blessings. Kiss your kids. Wrestle with your dog. Dance with your significant other like a dork in the kitchen. Phone a loved one just to hear their voice. Try not to get too caught up in the busyness of it all, and just take a minute to breathe.
Wishing all the best to you and yours,
I made this Roxanne blouse by Victory Patterns back in the summer, kind of while I was waiting for the Little Dude to arrive (11 days late, hmmmph). I had all the pieces cut out and ready to sew when I
lost misplaced my pattern instructions. Booooo! I frantically emailed the designer and she was SO KIND enough to email me a copy of the instructions. Seriously folks, this is one of the many awesome things about using independent sewing pattern companies! Mucho gracias Kristiann!
We just got back from a 5-day trip to Scottsdale/Phoenix Arizona for a friend’s wedding. I made my own dress, as well as a vest for my hubby, and a button-on bow tie for my little dude.
Hi all, just a quick post to show what I’ve been working on the past few weeks… Hint: it may or may not be fancy attire for a wedding State-side…
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that there are barely any menswear patterns available (compared to women’s patterns). Thankfully there are several (usually independent) companies changing this. There is the popular men’s Negroni shirt by Colette patterns, a few from Burdastyle, and of course the entire Thread Theory Patterns company headquartered “just across the water” from me over on Vancouver Island.
Luckily my hubby has an average but manly build. Nice broad shoulders that usually don’t require too much tailoring, and he’s slim but not skinny. So usually ready-to-wear clothing fits him well. That said, I’d been dying to make him a semi-formal vest to wear to the massive amounts of weddings we seem to attend each year. Usually 2-3 or more… I’m a bit of a hoarder by nature, and I downloaded the Jason vest pattern from Burdastyle a few years ago when it was available for free for limited time. Glad I did!