My Sewing Experiments: Part One

Sewing has always been one of those things that has eluded me. I don’t know if it is cause I just didn’t try or just wasn’t interested in it, but I really, really want to be interested in it. Home Economics class in Junior High was the first time I ever remember using a sewing machine + I can’t say it was that eventful. I think we made pin cushions… or was it a bean bag? Who knows. Either way it didn’t really make an impression on me. As I got older, I thought it might be interesting to try and sew some things, but never got into it. Instead I taught myself how to knit more involved pieces + finally taught myself how to crochet to add another dimension. I still knit + crochet, but sewing was ever looming on my list of things to learn.

I found some felt patterns on Etsy that I fell in love with from Little Hibou Shoppe. All of Tina’s patterns are adorable + come with really easy to follow instructions. I finished a few pieces in no time + felt pretty good about them. My first attempt at sewing was a success. However, I still wanted to try my hand at a sewing machine. No doubt, sewing machines are intimidating if you’ve never used one before!

My amazing husby bought me a Brother CP6500 (he is awesome, huh!). I picked up some fabric for my first project + went for it. I made this skeleton doll for our baby girl (Zumi is such a good model, holding up the doll for me).

 

The doll didn’t come out that bad, but I did learn some lessons. Jumping right in with a jersey fabric was not the best idea… it is stretchy + bunched up when I started sewing. I had no clue how to adjust tension on my machine or what adjusting tension even meant. Not to mention, I chose a project with a million pieces as my first one. I felt lost, but pushed through + finished it.

As I was perusing my usual blog list, I came across a discount on e-courses over at A Beautiful Mess. I took advantage of their summer sale + bought their e-course, “DIY Dress Up” (as of today, they no longer offer this e-course, but offer other great courses that you should check out).

I’ve made it through the first two courses, a bow (I made mine into a hair clip) + a magazine tote bag. I have to say, I’ve already learned a lot, but I still have a LONG way to go!

 

 

I can’t wait to get through more projects + expand my sewing capabilities. Hopefully I can tackle some dresses for our baby girl soon!

~Katie

Fawn Jumper for an Infant

Ever since we found out that we were expecting, I’ve knit + crocheted a few hats, some baby booties, a blanket… but I felt like I was in a rut. I wanted to try something new that would take a little longer than the typical newborn hat. After questioning some fellow knitters on patterns they liked, I decided to try the Skull Jumper by Malia Mather. The pattern states it is for a 6 mo- 1 yr old + since I’m a instant gratification sort of person, I wanted to knit it slightly smaller so that it would fit our little girl in her 3-6 mo age.

I rarely gauge my knitting before starting  a pattern… probably why I’ve tossed out a few or given them away because they turned out unlike I expected. I mean, if you don’t gauge, can you really expect it to be a great fit? No… but I like to pretend that it will. I had some yarn sitting around that I wanted to use for this project, but it was in a light brown color… not exactly indicative of skulls. I decided I would go ahead and knit the jumper without the skulls, then when I was finished, go back in with a duplicate stitch to put on whatever chart I found that fit.

I liked having the option of convertible straps, so I adapted this method to knit the straps longer + attach buttons so that the straps could be crossed or straight. I also realized that I do not like knitting a one-row buttonhole. I read several tutorials online before attempting it + I just didn’t like any of them. Either that or it was late at night… I was tired… and fidgeting with making buttonholes for my first time was getting to me.

The yarn I used was aptly named “Doe,” so I thought a deer bust of some sort would look cute for the final touch. I found a few that were okay, but not overly impressive… until I ran across this knitting chart for a fawn by doing a google image search. What better than a baby fawn for my baby girl?

I’m really happy with the final product, even though I think it still won’t fit her until she is 6 mo, even with the needle change. I think I’ll try this one again in a few different colors.

~katie

Weekend Thoughts

As husby is off on another work trip + it being the weekend, I start wondering what it is that I do with myself when I’m the only one home. More than anything else, the result is a lot of cleaning, organizing + thinking about baby. I feel like since husby is only home so often, there is nothing more I want to do when he is around than spend all my time with him. I mean, who wouldn’t?

I finished this cute little basic newborn hat (pattern here) on Friday night. I love the colors pooled in this variegated yarn (Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream in Violet Veil). I’ve found that every newborn hat I’ve knit or crocheted seems like it is going to be too big for a newborn’s head. Or maybe I’m just underestimating the size of a new baby head… I guess I’ll find out soon enough!

Husby is so good at shopping for the baby with me + he even ordered these lovely onsies all on his own:

 

Very cute + humorous. He is definitely going to be a great father + a protective one at that.

I spent this morning at the pool to soak up some vitamin D for our precious girl. I’ve determined that tanning your back is not easy with a baby bump. After attempting to lay on my stomach for ooooh say, 30 seconds, I realized it just can’t happen. As suggested by my lovely friend, Dawn (also expecting!), looks like I’ll be investing in some type of flotation device to lay on in the pool with my back up towards the sun. Otherwise I will be sporting a very nice half + half look.

On a side note, I love this video! I mean how adorable is an 8 year old girl singing her first metal song? I have our little girl may be attempting this in the future.

8 Year Old Sings Metal

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend so far!

~katie

Weekends Were Made For…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you all had a great weekend!

~katie