Monday, January 11, 2010

First Jammies of the New Year


Big surprise--another pair of Kwik Sew 3234.  My kids love these jammies.  Megan picked out the ducky knit fabric from JoAnns.  I really do love sewing these...quick and easy!

My son has requested "a pair of pajamas with fish and a zipper".  He's 5.  We did look through my Kwik Sew pattern book (special offer from Kwik Sew a few weeks ago) and picked out these.  Now to find some lightweight fish fleece--probably easier said than done.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A couple of WeeCare gowns


I've been hanging on to these way to's good to have the finished.  I'll turn them in at our monthly SAGA meeting this coming Sunday.

On the first, I tried to mimic the trim with my stitching.  I tend to try new techniques and stitches on WeeCare gowns.  It turned out well right next to the neck binding, but not so well farther down--it looks best when the stitches remain close together.

The next is a light yellow gown.  On the sleeves I did a bullion picot stitch...a technique we learned in our local chapter many months back.

Here's a closeup of the sleeve edging:

My WeeCare goal for 2010 is one gown per month.  It really doesn't take that long to stitch one up, and WeeCare is such a wonderful program.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

2009 Summary


I read a lot of sewing blogs, and everyone seems so productive compared to me...especially Dawn--95 items!  Holy crap! 
So I thought..what the hell...I'm going to open a spreadsheet, try to remember everything I made, and see what I really accomplished in 2009.  Turns out I was more productive than I thought, making or working on 69 items total. 

Honestly, I had no idea I had made so many pajamas!  My kids love pajamas and every Christmas, I make coordinating PJ pants for all of us.  I guess that adds up!

Since I made so many pajamas, it makes sense that I used Kwik Sew patterns so much.  Kwik Sew 3234 is my TNT pattern for the kids knit PJs.  The SAGA stuff accounts for all the Wee Care gowns I worked on.  And the kids and I are in love with the fleece socks from Green Pepper.  I've had the pattern for years but made them for the first time this past year.

If I had to pick a favorite item from 2009, it would have to be my daughter's First Communion Dress that I posted about here and here.  It is quite possibly the nicest thing I have ever made, and I'm very proud of all the handwork.

My goal for 2010 is to use more Ottobre and BWOF patterns.  I've subscribed to Ottobre since 2003 when they started publishing in English, and I became a BWOF (or whatever it's called now) subscriber beginning in 2009.  My daughter would really like some more doll clothes for her doll...maybe I can up that number as well.

Oh, and I also plan to blog more.  To be honest, I hated the Blogger interface, so I'm trying out this ScribeFire thing...we'll see how it goes.