Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sew Nice

I've been getting some sewing projects done lately. I love that feeling, it's addictive. For those of you interested in such things, here's the run down on what I've been stitching

Two baby shirts. One large for Rowen, one small for the newborn daughter of a team mate. These were really easy and turned out really nice. I used cotton knit fabric and velcro closures. I will definitely be making more of them.
My first apron!
This fabric and pattern book was bought as a birthday or xmas present when I was huge and pregnant. I put the project on the back burner until I A) felt more myself and B) had a kitchen again. Fast forward 2 years and I knew it was time for the apron. It turned out beautifully, if I do say so myself. I modified the pattern a little bit, using the body of one apron and adding trim from another. I ran out of binding, probably because of the cute trim I added. But, I had extra length on the ties that I had cut out, so I tweaked the tie attachment to cover the sides where I didn't have binding. I cut out the fabric over one weekend and sewed it together this last weekend. The cute butterfly panel on the front is a pocket.
Other sewing projects coming down the project pipeline:
Napkins: I'm making a large set of napkins, some will be for my table, and some are going as presents for a housewarming and a wedding coming up this summer. This is the second set I've made, as the first set, made of linen, turned out really well and made a nice gift.
Mending: I have a large pile of things that need a bit of repair to them. Including a cushion on our rocker that my mom made and some pants for hubby. I'm really bad about doing mending, it's not very glamorous and it can be trickier than a project started from scratch. I vow to get one thing mended by the end of June.

I'll leave you with a picture of Rowen wearing his new shirt. So handsome! (Did I mention he's starting to walk?)


Ken said...

Nice apron, looks good, and we have the same little fold-up car/walker thing for our daughter.

I saw your post on Bison Blog, about your husband wanting to move to Seattle, I live a little ways away - Maple Valley, but work in Seattle, I've been here 11 years, and it's very beautiful, but has a lot of drawbacks. Quite a few you wouldn't normally think of. The hippy days are totally over, they don't like "outsiders", the tech people are pretty arogant, and the Cops can be jack booted thugs. It's a place of dreams, but the reality gets in the way. If your really interested let me know your questions and I'll try to answer them. Ken

Jennie said...

Thanks for the kind words about the apron.

I've heard that about "outsiders," that it takes a long time to meet people and start friendships.

I'm a tech person, and I grow organic veggies, and my worry is that such people are a dime a dozen out in Seattle. Here in Iowa at least I'm a little bit unique and I like that. Of course, that's Dave's main argument for going, is that we're too unique for Iowa. :-P

We have a few years of serious saving before we'd be in a position to move, but I'll keep you in mind.

Syeda Zehra said...

Awww..what a beautiful apron..
Wish I could sew half as much pretty as that.
Bty I'm starting to knit a woolen cap for myself at snail speed and I suppose I'll finish it in winter time this year and I hope it'll look okay..:)
Happy sewing..!

inadvertent farmer said...

Great job on the apron! I totally understand about the addictive nature of sewing...you should see my fabric stash!

Can't wait to see what other sewing projects you are going to do! Kim