Mother's Day

This year, for me, Mother’s Day meant: a 1 week lead up to my “surprise” from my kiddies where they loudly whispered to each other to keep it secret. It meant making breakfast for all six of us, including muffins. It meant my husband volunteered to do the grocery shopping and I made dinner. It meant receiving 5 handmade cards, two from son #1, and a painted ceramic heart that the same son made on his school trip Friday. It meant I was told “I love you, mom” about 5 million times and given a billion hugs. In short, it was mostly like a regular day around here. And it was awesome.

Painted heart...

Mother’s Day

This year, for me, Mother’s Day meant: a 1 week lead up to my “surprise” from my kiddies where they loudly whispered to each other to keep it secret. It meant making breakfast for all six of us, including muffins. It meant my husband volunteered to do the grocery shopping and I made dinner. It meant receiving 5 handmade cards, two from son #1, and a painted ceramic heart that the same son made on his school trip Friday. It meant I was told “I love you, mom” about 5 million times and given a billion hugs. In short, it was mostly like a regular day around here. And it was awesome.

Painted heart...

New Duds: Me-Made-May Looks

Me-Made-May 5.1.10

This top used to look like this which is basically a modified pattern from Sew U Home Stretch.

I took little tucks all around. Two on the front, two in the back and at each side. I stitched them down about 1/2 an inch. I think it has done wonders for it. As it was I would have never worn the top. But now, wearable and worn ;o)

This was the first day of Me-Made-May and I was fortunate enough to be granted great weather. It was gorgeous outside!

This top is super comfy. It could still stand to be a little longer, but it works with this skirt. The skirt is such a go-to item, I really should make more.

Me-Made-May #2

Though this was worn on the 4th day of the month, I was only on outfit #2 ;O)
I only went out for groceries on Sunday and was home from work Monday. This dress is, of course, inspired by the Tie Front Mociun dress that half the craftiverse has copied.

Pattern: A slightly modified version of Dress M from Stylish Dress Book 1
Fabric: Cotton Poplin $1.95 a yard from Fabric.com (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

This dress cost about $4, and I’m rounding up.

Me-Made-May #3

Another Me-Made outfit!!
This one with the added bonus of serged seams! So professional looking I can hardly stand it.

The top is the same heavily modified BBW Sew U Home Stretch pattern that I used for my other knit tops. I free-styled the shirt detail and had to hold back from overdoing it, it was so much fun. Lol It’s plain ole cotton jersey, in a color I probably wouldn’t have bought in the store but kinda love.

The skirt is from this McCalls vintage pattern, but I clearly went in a totally different direction.
I added pintucks and used the darts as a further detail on the outside. I kinda love the look of it and plan to use it again. I used stretch cotton sateen from Fabric.com, which was not in the $1.95 section for a change.

Though I like the skirt, it’s another reminder that I tend to over estimate the size I need. This skirt is still a little too big. With the stretch fabric, I could have really made it more fitted and it would have been fine. Next time, I guess. I still have about 4 yds of this fabric and plan to make pants and shorts from it.

Lots more to come from Me-Made-May!! Check out all of the beautiful work popping up in the flickr group!

A Challenge. Or three.

If you read sewing blogs at all, then I’m sure you’ve heard about

Me-Made-May

Some people, like Zoe who started this whole thing, will be striving to wear handmade every day in May. Personally, I’m shooting for 2 or 3 handmade days a week. That will involve sewing more garments as I only have so many spring/summer handmade thing to wear at the mo.

That’s what will make it a challenge for me. A challenge to use the tons of fabric I have (as well as the stuff on its way to me ;D) and actually making the time to sew up the stuff I daydream about during the day and dream about at night. You can follow along with all of the participants over on Flickr where we are posting actively in the group discussion area. Many people, myself included have posted inventory shots. Mine is so horrible it’s practically meaningless ;o)

If that wasn’t enough creativity for the one month, I hopped on this little kid sewing bandwagon, too.

Kids Clothes Week

With four kiddies, two of which are boys, this will be a real challenge. I find that there is a real lack of cool and inexpensive patterns for boys. At least the kind of things I want to see my boys in. But it would sort of suck to keep making them PJ bottoms all the time, ya know. It’s dead easy to make something cute and quick AND patternless for girls. Luckily there are a ton of cool links for inspiration and tutorials for both sexes over on the Elsie Marley blog. I have some really cute Olivia fabric to make them all spring/summer versions of the PJ pants I made them in the fall. But, I hope to make them all something that they can wear outside, too. We shall see. It’s about action not output. I will definitely sew for them during that time, so I’m already a winner ;o)

I hope that this jump in sewing activity will lead to some other sewing related goals becoming a reality. Those goals will be directly helped along by this new piece of equipment

Guess what arrived today?

I am the proud new owner of this serger! It’s amazing so far and SUPER easy to use. I’ve already, mostly, completed a skirt with it and it only just arrived. The How-To DVD is priceless. I never would have got the thing threaded using the manual.

I’m off to map out handmade outfit number one for tomorrow. This outfit must work for an all morning excursion with ALL four kiddies. Oy.