Month: September 2013

September sewing

With the return of cooler autumn air (or, actually, with the departure of the hot summer air) I got my sewing mojo back a bit this month.  However, being in my third trimester, the sewing I could do for myself is a bit limited, as I’m trying to hang on until the end without buying or making anything new.  I did sew two items for me this month, which I’ll blog about in a separate post (the items in question are in the wash hamper and haven’t been photographed yet).  Mainly I did some some sewing for my Munchkin-to-be.

One of my friends runs an etsy store specializing in imported kawaii (cute) Japanese fabrics. A few years ago *ahem* 5 years *ahem* she was in Portland showing/buying at a Quilt market and had some leftover 1/2 yard cuts of that she didn’t want to take back with her. She left them with me, and they made their way to my stash, where they’ve sat ever since. Since I don’t quilt and I have enough bags already, I always wonder what to do with 1/2 yard cuts. Hooray for the impending SHB! I picked up a couple of infant/toddler patterns at Joann’s during one of their pattern sales and decided to make some toddler-sized outfits for Munchkin. I’ve been avoiding making newborn/infant clothes, since I know she’s going to grow so fast that I don’t really want to invest my time in those clothes. (Although I totally respect those moms who do.) I grabbed my stash and got to work. Now Munchkin has a better coordinated wardrobe than I do. 🙂

The first pinafore I finished at the end of August, so not technically September sewing.  However, it is totally a stash buster, though.  Both pieces of fabric (the Eiffel tower print and the nautical anchor print) have been in my stash since spring of ’08.  Eep.  The pattern is Butterick 5625.


And the reverse side.  I actually made this same fabric (a lightweight cotton) into a great summer top for myself last year.


And here are the five September makes, using New Look 0184.  The white with vertical stripes and the blue denim fabrics were ones I purchased at Fabric Depot in Portland when I first visited the city in 2006, so, yeah, they are really stash busters.  The middle tunic (natural cotton with musical score) and the red polka dot cotton are both bits that my friend left me in 2008.  I used some of the leftover Eiffel tower print for the neckband of the middle tunic, though it’s hard to see in this photo.  The last tunic print (on the right) I bought last year just because it was so darned cute.  (Click on the image for larger view.)


And here are more photos of the various combinations. I hope that the sizes work out so that she can wear them at the same time.  *fingers crossed*  And I’m also hoping that when she’s the size to wear these it’s  summer here in Portland.  If not, I’ll make some tees for her to wear underneath and she’ll be rocking the Parisian nautical look in greyest, rainiest February.



IMG_2982Below is my favorite combo of the bunch.  I’m not a print girl myself (or so I think/tell myself) so perhaps I’m living out my print fantasies vicariously by making these outfits for Munchkin to wear?  (Or maybe I just wish that I could get away with wearing a blouse made from tiny smiling flowers.)


Detail of the tiny smiling flowers, from the Lecien collection tiny prints. IMG_2985

The short-yet-long summer

I still can’t believe that it’s September already.  Where did the last two months go?  While it doesn’t feel like I’ve done anything, there has been a lot going on Chez Spiceweasel.

At the beginning of July we headed to Minnesota to visit my family for over a week.  In addition to spending a lot of time just relaxing, my mom and I also dug through boxes in the garage and unearthed treasures for Munchkin.  Treasures like this Fischer-Price record player that my sister and I played with when we were munchkins.


And my sister gave us this piece of art for Munchkin, which she purchased in New Orleans.  It totally goes with the creature theme that seems to be developing for Munchkin’s room.  I love it so much!


After we returned from MN, both hubby and I caught colds on the same day.  Thank you very much, airplane air!  It took me almost two weeks to get over that, so my productivity in July was pretty much nil.  I did, however, manage to finish my “diaper” bag.  I used the Amy Butler Sunday Sling pattern, which is reversible.  I made the large size, and now wish I had made the smaller size.  I think I’ll be able to fit my daughter AND her stuff into this bag.  Still, I love it.  No one else has one just like this.

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I also got a little mobile made for Munchkin’s room, out of scraps of felt, ribbon, and fabric I had laying about.  I live in Portland, so there had to be a bird in her room, right?


In early August I went down to Austin, Texas, (yeah, am I crazy or what?) to help a friend do inventory for her etsy fabric store.  She sells the most adorable Japanese fabrics, so I was happy to help.  Thank god for air conditioning, though.  I think the highs averages 104F or 106F every flippin’ day.  OMG, how do pregnant women in the South deal with the summer heat?  We worked hard and I ate as much Tex-Mex as I could, as Tex-Mex is one area where Portland is severely lacking.  Just looking at the photos of the food now makes me so crazy hungry for it.  (Below, my last dinner in Austin: Chuy’s Chika-chika boom boom with Hatch green chile rice and refried beans.  A girl would pay a lot of money if they could deliver this fresh to her doorstep every so often.)1116244_707222092627265_796533763_o

After returning from Austin, I had another regularly scheduled OB visit, where I was told that my iron levels were low; borderline anemic.  So, my doc put me on extra Iron supplements, which have really helped improve my energy this last month.  Thank goodness, too, as my energy pool already is limited as it is.

Since returning, the crafting and sewing mojo has been returning, though I discover I can’t spend all day at it like I would in previous trimesters.  Here’s what I’ve been up to lately.

I appliquéd some scraps of Japanese fabric to some scraps of IKEA fabric and embroidered around the edges to make an ABCあいうえお block for Munchkin’s room.  I had planned to frame each one in a little IKEA frame, but in spite of measuring three times, I still made the squares too small.  Feh.  I stitched it into a single block and it’s now getting framed.


I made a ton of diaper inserts.  Well, ok, maybe only about 56, but it felt like a ton.  I am planning to use the Flip diapering system and rather than spend US$5 per insert, I did some research on-line and found a place to buy pre-cut diapering blanks.  I slapped them together and sergered (serged?) the edges, and for a fraction of the price of name brand, I (hopefully) have enough diaper inserts to last me for days.1073985_714029231946551_1049471620_o

I also made this cute little reversible skirt for Munchkin out of a scrap of Heather Ross knit given to me by my friend from her store.  I’m trying to avoid pink overload, but sometimes you just have to give in to the cute.  Right?11181_710298918986249_23250149_n

And the latest off the sewing table is this little reversible pinafore dress made with some fat quarters and half yard cuts given to me by that same friend.  (Albeit these she gave me five years ago… ^ ^;;)1184968_719840351365439_341160205_n 1011652_719840644698743_954416441_n


And in addition to this, we’ve been working on house remodeling projects: hubby got the entire basement and garage rewired (to code, yay!), we had some pros in to remove the last of the asbestos wrapped ducting in our basement, we removed the last of the ducting in the house, decommissioned our air conditioning unit and removed it, removed our aged furnace, had our old natural gas pipes removed and replaced, ripped out the nasty late 70’s brass fireplace insert from our fireplace, and started making holes in the main floor walls to get the main floor total electrical rewiring project started.  So, yes, it’s been a bit of chaos around here.  All part of the larger plan to get the house insulated before winter, and get a room ready for the Munchkin before she arrives in the world.  (Full term, munchkin, you hear that?  Full term, please.)

More sewing awaits on the sewing table, but more house projects also await.  We’ll be making progress in both this month.  More posts to come.

Happy September, everyone!