Blog Hop Time!

About a month ago (Where did that last month go?  It seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye.) Helen from Just Sew Therapeutic nominated me for a blog hop.  I didn’t mean for it to take me a month to get to this post, but this is my first opportunity to sit down and bang out some answers to the questions.  Here goes!

What have you been doing / making / scribbling at your desk this week?

I was just about to type that this week hasn’t been very productive sewing wise, but I did make a sample for Indiesew over the weekend.   I suppose for a normal person that would be considered very productive, but since I haven’t done a stitch of sewing for the last 3.5 days it feels unproductive to me.  I do have a big pile of projects that I want to start on, but I need to get patterns assembled and fabric cut.  As soon as I finish this blog post I am going to get to cutting while one son is off with Grampa and the other is napping.  Here is what is on deck:

I ordered the two jersey knits on the left with the intention of making a Lane Raglan and a maternity My Dress.  I tried on my first Lane Raglan earlier in the week and it is not fitting well.  I forgot how much longer I need my shirts to be when I am pregnant.  I had graded that tee out at the hips so it would fit width wise for a while during my pregnancy, but it’s the length that I’d want it to be when not pregnant.  So now I am wondering if I should just wait on this until next Spring.  Or I could make it longer and hope I have enough fabric to cut out two waistbands and shorten it later.  I am sort of reconsidering the maternity My dress, too.  This is going to be our last baby and, other than church, I don’t really see myself getting dressed up too often for the duration of the pregnancy.  I am trying to just make do with the maternity clothes I already have since I’m only going to be wearing these clothes for the next 5-6 months.

The fabrics on the right are for my sons’ Halloween costumes.  Luke said he wanted to be Sheriff Woody from Toy Story.  We went to Hobby Lobby yesterday and found these.  I am making a button down shirt from the yellow print and a vest from the cow print.  I hope I bought enough of the cow print to make a vest for Andrew, too.  He may end up being Sheriff Woody also.  I will just buy him a yellow t-shirt to go under his vest.  I don’t think I’ll have time to make two button down shirts before Halloween.

I also have two quilts in process.  I made the quilt on the left about a week and a half ago.  I don’t have batting for it yet– I’m holding out to use my 50% off coupon at Joann next weekend.  The quilt on the right was pieced about 2 years ago and I only just dug it out and pin basted the batting and backing to it.  I am hoping to get it quilted this weekend/early next week.

Where are you currently finding your inspirations? (Influences, heroes, sources of inspirations, paths exploring)?

I love reading other sewing blogs and getting inspiration from what other sewists are making.  I think it’s really great to see how different patterns fit different people and to see various ways to customize patterns.  (I’ve recently been seeing a lot of different versions of the Darling Ranges dress and I feel like I may need to add it to my pattern wish list!)

I get inspiration from Pinterest and from some fashion blogs that I read.  I really love Kendi Everyday and Dress Corilynn.  I think they both have really great style and they are constantly mixing moderate price pointed clothes with things I can’t afford (or I could sew for much less money!)   I have gotten some good sewing inspiration from both of those blogs.

How important is being creative to you, and how do you blend this with your work / life / family balance?

It is really important to me to be creative.  I am very fortunate to be able to be a stay at home mom at this point in our lives.  I love being home with my boys but a lot of days it is not easy. Sewing is one of the things that I do for myself to keep me sane.  Both of my sons are very interested in my sewing machine (they love to press buttons!) so sometimes I can sew with them in my lap “helping” me.  I can also usually squeeze in a little bit of sewing time when my husband gets home from work, but my best time to get sewing done is during my younger son’s nap time.  I am so very blessed to have lots of help from my parents and my husband’s parents.  My mom comes to our house once a week to spend the day with us.  My dad comes to our house once a week to spend the day with us.  My husband’s parents live 4 miles away and they usually take one or both guys for a few hours once a week.  It’s really during these times when Andrew is napping I have help with Luke that I get the bulk of my sewing projects completed.

I also really love to cook and bake and with the weather getting cooler I have been spending lots of time in the kitchen.  This is another creative outlet that I really enjoy.  I read a lot of food blogs and I love to troll Pinterest for recipe inspiration.  I love to check out cook books from the library, too.  I usually try out at least 2 or 3 new recipes each week in hopes of finding new things we love (and things that the kids will actually eat!)

I am just making one nomination– Fiona from Fiona Makes if she is interested.

Thanks for reading!



Blank Slate Patterns Juniper Jersey


Oh my goodness, this is one of those projects that I almost gave up on halfway through.  I found this pattern through Indiesew and I actually sewed the navy and purple sample that is on the website.  This is a different style t-shirt than what I usually sew.  The yoke is one piece that comes front to back and forms the overlapped v-neckline.  I don’t have any v-neck t-shirts in my handmade wardrobe.  After I finished the sample for Indiesew I decided I wanted to make one for myself. Continue reading