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 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.
Below 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.