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I am extremely grateful to all of you whose who take the time to read and follow this blog. I want to tell you about my new blog, Sewing Myself Stylish. I hope you will take a peek at it, and even follow it too! To date, it has two posts featuring these garments.
I still love to do all the fiber art stuff I post about on this blog, and will continue to post here. I just had an urge to start sewing clothes again. You can read about that in the About page of my new blog.
I made the tote bag a few years ago with hopes of selling it in a pop up boutique that was in conjunction with fundraiser that had an orange (the fruit) theme. It a well made, functional, fully lined bag that even has a zippered, padded pocket for an iPad. The t shirt was part of a series I dyed to sell this holiday season. The grey and blue ones sold, but I had two brick red ones left. I always like to throw in a few more things to take full advantage of the vat, so I put in a yard of cotton trim and a fat quarter of cotton fabric folded and bound with two pool tiles adidas flux .
I had a ton of fun participating in my first Se adidas flux w Mama Sew Giveaway. I loved reading about all of your favorite holiday foods.
A big thanks to everyone who submitted an entry. I was truly overwhelmed by the response. I do have some wristlets in my Etsy shop if you care to take a peak.
I always thinking about new things to make with my fabric stash. Recently I noticed wristlets on some Etsy sites. So I made up a few in my own style. Shortly after posting photos of one on social media, I had the follow text conversation with my daughter.
I was so excited when my daughter told me wristlets were popular (I had no idea) and that she wanted one for Christmas! I always put super high value on positive comments given by a young person. Because then I feel a teenie weenie bit hip.
After our conversation I immediately started cutting out a few more. I am offering up this one made with Lotta Jansdotter fabric for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!
The wristlet is accented with hand dyed cotton trim and a tie dyed wristband.
ANYONE can enter the giveaway! To enter just tell me your favorite holiday food in the section. If you want to enter TWICE, Modern Home Ec on Facebook (just let me know you have done so in your comment.) The giveaway is open through December 13, 2013. The winner will be notified by December 15. You can enter more giveaways at Sew Mama Sew!
A few months ago I posted photos of some beautiful hand dyed fabrics in Great Weekend for Dyeing. I felt they were too pretty to cut up, but I finally took the plunge and made a few things. Here are two fold over bags.
I sewed on leather handles. A first for me. I just got a new machine that can do this. (40 year old Elna Super I still love you and will always keep you.) The inside is fully lined with an Amy Butler print fabric. (Side note I had the good fortune of attending an Amy Butler workshop in Los Angeles this past Saturday, and she truly is a rock star. Also the nicest and possibly tallest woman on the planet.)
These bags are both for sale on Etsy.
My husband Michael and I have been empty nesters for two months. I am not employed and my professional rsum of the last 20 years is spotty. Without a child at home to distract me, I have been looking back and asking myself, have I done all these years? find myself looking at the blogs of 30 something mothers of young children posting adorable photos of their kids in the cute clothes they have made for them. I feel like I have something in common with these women. I feel drawn to them because I can relate to them. They are having a great time doing creative projects for and with their children while possibly putting their professional careers on hold. However adidas flux , I feel ageism at work for me. I doubt they would be interested in me. I am a seamtress, not a sewist; I use McCalls, Simplicity and Butterick, not indie patterns with first names. I am an early 50 something, and I blog about handbags and purses.
So I am posting what follows for two reasons. First, here is one of many, many things I have done in the past 20 years. And, second, young mothers, we do have something in common. I been through it and enjoyed every moment!
The first costume I made for Jasper was a bee, and there are no photos to be found. When he was three, he wanted to be a dinosaur.
When Jasper was four, he wanted to be Simba. Well, fine, but I wasn making that, so we bought one.
However, Hanna was one, and old enough to dress up, so I made her a bunny costume. Confession: I don think I asked her what she wanted to be, I just decided.
From about age one to six, Jasper was car fanatic, and I mean FANATIC. When he was five, he was Jeff Gordon, Nascar driver 24. This prized costume was a joint effort between my husband and me. I painstaking made the outfit letters, numbers, logos and all. Michael contructed the cardboard car.
Currently, Jasper goes to college not far from home, so he was able to indulge me with this recent photo. That costume will always be loved.
At six, Jasper was an Indiana Jones, adventuring, sort of guy. I made the vest. Hanna, at three, was Miss Potato Head. I think I pushed for this one. This costume is one of our all time favorites. Hanna has actually worned it multiple times, as recently as a year or two ago, only it came up to her waist, the armholes were tight and the velcro didn close completely adidas flux in the back.
Another great year, I made Jasper, now seven, an Anakin Skywaker inspired costume. And, Hanna, four, was a beautiful, handcrafted mermaid.
All good things must come to an end. This shiny cape was the last Halloween thing I sewed for Jasper to go with his alien mask when he was eight. Hanna, five, insisted for some reason, that she wanted to be a tiger. I remember we had an Indian summer on that Halloween day, and I think she was roasting in that costume during the school parade.
Hanna, at six, asked me to make her a glamorous Cleopatra costume.
Jasper at age ten, crafted a pretty clever costume as a headless man. Hanna, seven, chose to be a pioneer girl. Did I mind that it was a separate dress, pinafore, and hat, and required yards of fabric? Of course not!