Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Rigby Shirt by Shwin Designs

I love Shwin Designs. Unique patterns, good fit, great construction.

This awesome Rigby Polo is no exception. The minute I saw it I knew the fabric I needed. I'd been eyeing an awesome black and gray hounds tooth at Joann, but didn't have the perfect project. Problem solved.

Happy little dude.

It went together perfectly and I even learned a new technique...adding snaps! It was very simple once I figured it out.

Mr. Long and Lanky needed the 6 width with a 7 length. This is part of the reason I love making his clothing. I can custom fit them to his shape and style. 

Reason number 1 I love making him things: He loves them! 

(I was totally not paid or compensated in any way for writing this. Just loved the pattern!)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Well, well, well

I'm back to tell you how awesome I am. Just in case you forgot. :)

Remember my goal to sew more for me. And the other one to create what I want to create?


I hit both of those with this little (not really little at all) beauty.

Her name is Betty and she is from a pattern made by Swoon

I love her.

polka dot pocket
Plus I really stretched my skill set and tried some new things. Learning is always a win.

piping for miles <3 td="">

She is big and roomy and so very very me. No one sees the inside, so I almost went with something plain. Then I remembered *I* see the inside and picked my favorite fabric. Designing what I want FTW.

Awesome pockets. I'm pretty sure  my Kindle will fit in there. 

While she is very far from perfect: the lining is too big, piping could be neater, my hand sewing is atrocious, etc, I love her so so much.

Friday, January 3, 2014

2013 in pictures

Cutting my bangs, birthday party for a friend, convention swag, me, bumper cars FTW, organizing my sewing room, my sweet friends treating me to lunch on Librarian Day, this sums me up pretty well, discovering Shel Silverstein

Inheriting some vintage notions, my first Mexican soda, new library laptops, tiling my bathroom, Super D, the picture that sums up our summers, The Force, creating, IronMom and Hawkeye

Painting the living room, first sewing project for Daniel, cousins come to stay, learning to play Minecraft on the PC, painting my sewing room, designing for me, first (real) haircut, finally climbed to the top, bike riding

feeding giraffes during professional development, first day, my awesome new sign from The Odd Unicorn, teaching grandma to play MarioKart, Book Parade costume, winning the Responsibility Award, The Boy Who Hates Writing makes a list, Creeper hat, first Build a Bear

Low key 6th birthday on Thanksgiving Day, learned to play Magic, first Santa pic since infancy, cookie party, the winning Christmas gift, Easy Bake Oven goodies, bribing with Clementines, Enderman + Creeper = BFFs, writing a New Year's resolution 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Sewing Projects 2013

I had way more fun than I thought I would looking through pics of things I created last year. I didn't include everything, but here is most of what I sewed during 2013. 

For a friend, so nice I made it twice, first time using lace, rainbow elephants, rainbow twirl, capris, made the one on the left for her 8th birthday, for a friend, 10 adjustable skirts for kindergarten's Cinco de Mayo program, first time using linen, dress for her 6th birthday, LOVE this one for my shop, for a friend, for my shop, I hate using paper patterns, can you tell I like mustard? 4th of July dress, for Daniel's first day, 4th of July, stripwork maxi, Gnomeville is awesome, testing a knit dress, first birthday skirt, for a friend, donated to tornado victims.  

2013 Goals Revisited

I know, twice in a week. Amazing!

I was going to do a list, but I got about halfway done and was bored. Long story short, my list was too long. I'm glad I've pared it down this year. 

Having Daniel at my school.
Reading more. Hope to do even better this year. 
Dealing with the loss of my daughter. I've been able to talk about her more than ever. 
Avoiding things that annoy me. 

Being silly in the lunch room

Deciding to have another child (or not)
Raising an introvert. Daniel has come out of his shell a bit. Not through any effort of mine though. 

Good memory jar. We lost steam a few months in. 
Sewing for me is the one that I failed at. Miserably. I was always putting it off. Finally the second week of December I decided to make myself an infinity scarf. It turned out great. Then I tried it on. The color was so so terrible for me. I gave it away to a friend with lovely olive skin and she rocks it. 
Warning: Color not suitable for pale people. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014 goals and word of the year

I did this last year too. I like having some goals for the year. I'll revisit my 2013 goals soon and see how I did (spoilers: not so hot).

1. Read more.
I didn't find much time to read this year. I have read 8 books this month alone, but the rest of the year wasn't as productive. I'm setting a goal of 4 novels a month and 10 (new) picture books. This should be simple enough.

2. Sew for me.
This one is a repeat of 2013. Spoiler: I failed at this. Hard. I have so many amazing patterns on my Pinterest board.

3. Move more and eat better.
These are simple enough. In the last week of October (Halloween people, boy do I have timing!) I began to count my calories. I'm down nearly 20 pounds, but I need to add movement.

4. Create what I want to create.
I sew a lot for selling purposes. I tend to watch trends and get input from others. I've decided I am going to go with my gut more. The things that I have loved have sold the best.

Like this swirly rainbowy happiness

My list is much shorter that last year, but I feel like I am in a better place. So yay for that.

Now for my word of the year!
Font is Cupcake, image template from Traci Reed

I chose focus because it is perfect for my life right now. I'm all over the place and have a hard time finishing things that I start. I start too many projects, have too many things I want to accomplish, and spend too much time on the darn computer. So, my goal is to focus up. (Anyone else think of The Lonely Island's "Captain Jack Sparrow" when they saw "focus up?" No? Just me. Mmmkay.)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sewing for the boy

You guys know I've been debating where to take this here blog. The truth is, I really don't know. So I officially have no official plan. Which is pretty much what I was doing all along. Glad we got that cleared up.

Sewing for D is one of my most favorite things. Not only do I get to create (yay, making things!), but his enthusiasm for what I make is pretty much the cutest thing ever.

For example, I made him these PJs from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop (affiliate link) which I've mentioned is my favorite shop for patterns for everyday wear.

That smile is 100% legit, no bribery. Dude was so dang excited about some PJs. He went on and on about how soft and stretchy they were. They totally passed the cartwheel test. Wait my kid is the only one that has to cartwheel in any new clothing he gets to test them out? Huh. I also had to pry them from his grip to wash them. 

Then he asked me to make matching underwear and I'm totally going to do it. :) 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

A long time coming

Hey all. So this here blog of mine... I dunno. I've been contemplating deleting it. My job has implied that anything I put out there online (regardless of if I speak about my work or not) can get me fired. I know it probably isn't legal or ethical, but I'm a teacher in Texas (right to work state), so I know my rights are (very very) limited.

While I don't personally feel anything I have written about here shows a lack of judgement, I'm scared that someone else would think differently. It sucks. But there it is.

I've been wrestling with this a lot. I like having this place to visit and vomit out what is on my mind. It is so incredibly cathartic for me. Even if no one were to ever read this again, I'd want to keep writing. I do it for me.

Instead of a complete deletion I've decided on a shift. I am going to go through and unpublish some posts, but I am going to keep them all. For me. Hope you decide to stick around.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

First day of kindergarten!

So, back to school like every August. But this year Daniel has joined me! Daniel and I planned his first day outfit very carefully and picked out the fabrics for his shirt months ago. Like true Jamie form, I began sewing it the day before. Oops. I used the Maxwell Top from Shwin Designs. It was awesome like every other pattern I have gotten from there!

Fake smiles FTW!

Refusing to smile for real at lunch.

Like I have already mentioned, he is attending the school where I work. I had posted about making him a new shirt. Tons of my friends stopped him in the hall, cafeteria, and pick-ups to see it. I think he may think this is the norm. I failed miserably in getting a good pic of the back, but his specially chosen (ridiculously expensive) Batman fabric is back there. His favorite part was the hidden collar lining. Just flip it up and Batman is fighting crime for all the world to see! It was a total win and he wants another shirt or two.

As for me, I am fine. Even though I don't see him much, I know he is close and learning so much!

Here is just a random pic I wanted to share. I participated in a sewing swap sponsored by Peek-a-Boo Patterns. I used the Classic Ringer and the Beach Bum Bermudas. The little guy I sewed for happened to be Daniel's size, so I made him try them on. He wasn't feeling particularly cooperative (shocking).

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Kid's Clothes Week

I didn't know it was Kid's Clothes Week until Friday. And my two nieces were hanging out with me and Daniel, so sewing time was minimal.
This was my house for the 2.5 days they stayed with us. Nonstop awesome with a side of exhaustion and a dash of chaos. 

I did still manage to whip something small up...and I have some (Daniel designed) shorts in the works.

I made Daniel a t-shirt.  This probably doesn't seem like much, but it is something that I have been wanting to try for a long time. Knits intimidated me. They are stretchy and can be a total pain, but I think I have them under control now. I made this using the Classic Ringer Tee from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop. Sizing is excellent and it took me far less time than I thought it would. Start to finish with major interruptions, it only took me about an hour. 

We went to Joann's and Daniel picked out a ton more fabric so that I can make him some more! 

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