Sewing Spree

I’ve been busy, busy, busy will all kinds of fun things! It all started with an inspiring blog post written by my friend, Rebecca. I’ve had some cloth napkins cut out for well over a year. I decided it was finally time to get them made! I pulled them out and worked on them until they were finished. It felt so good to get them done! These napkins are obviously a fall theme but at least they’re done.

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Then I had an idea to make Esther a dress. I’ve always wanted to have a daughter so that I could do lots of “girly” sewing. And I really haven’t done any! Of course, it’s possible to sew for boys, too, and I need to find some projects I can make for my special men. 😉 Anyway, I had some fabric I’d bought close to a year ago and I already had a pattern, too! It’s always nice to know you can tackle a project without spending much, if any, money. I pulled out the pattern and traced it onto some interfacing I also had on hand. (I hate cutting a pattern apart that has multiple sizes because I may want to make the same thing some other time in another size!) I still don’t have the dress quite finished but I’m getting there. I needed to buy some buttons and some thread to match the fabric. (I was able to do that last week!) And I also need to hem it. I decided part way through making the dress that I wanted to make some pantaloons/bloomers to go under them, partly for modesty’s sake but also so she can wear the dress a little bit longer (I hope!). [Scroll down to almost the bottom of the page I linked to.] The pantaloons were a quick sew although I’d still like to add some lace to the bottom of the legs. My plan is to have this outfit done for Resurrection Sunday. I remember my mom making new dresses for me to wear on Easter Sunday. It’s a very special memory.

Sorry about the bad lighting. I’ll get better pictures when its all done. And obviously made some progress since taking these pictures. 🙂
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Since I couldn’t finish the dress right away I decided to pull out another project that had been in my UFO (UnFinished Object) pile. The same friend I mentioned above, Rebecca, had traced off a bonnet pattern for me to make for Esther. She’d had one on her sweet baby girl when we (the children and I) were at her house for a book exchange last summer. I pulled out the pattern and the fabric I’d already cut out. I read through the directions and proceeded to sew it up. It also went together fairly quickly and easily. I already have fabric picked out to make another one! Now if I could just get Esther to leave it on her head. 🙂

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Then I pulled out a pattern for a maternity skirt from Blessed Designs that I bought when we first found out about this newest baby blessing. I’ve only ever owned one maternity skirt. I bought is shortly after Isaiah was born and wore it for 3 years straight, pregnant or not. Needless to say, it was worn out by the time this baby came along. My only problem with making this pattern was that I didn’t have any cotton knit fabric for the maternity panel. I’d been planning a trip to JoAnn Fabric since before Christmas but either we didn’t have the money to go or we weren’t headed in that direction. I found two nice pieces of floral cotton fabric from my stash so I decided to trace off the pattern and cut out the fabric for the skirt itself. Then I decided to sew the pieces together minus the maternity panel. It went together fabulously! I’ll definitely being using this pattern a lot! Finally last week, during JoAnn’s Coupon Commotion, I was able to make a trip to town! I was able to get everything I needed for the skirts as well as a few other projects (remember those buttons for Esther’s dress?!). Everything was either on sale or I was able to use a coupon! I was able to work on one of the skirts and have it almost finished. All I have to do is hem it! I’ll add some pictures of these as soon as I have them done.

While I was at JoAnn’s I was able to fulfill a promise I’d made to my sweet Isaiah-man. My mother-in-law made lap-sized blankets for John and Noah a couple years ago. Then her sewing machine died. John and Noah use their blankets all the time. Before Christmas Isaiah started asking for a blanket of his own. I told him that I’d buy some fabric to make one just for him. Well, as I mentioned before, it wasn’t until last week that I finally made it to the fabric store. These little lap blankets are so easy to make! All you need is a yard of your child’s preferred print (Isaiah wanted something with horses) and a yard of fleece to match. Wash up the fabric, square it up, sew the cotton and fleece right sides together leaving an opening along one side to turn it right side out, and then sew the opening closed! Isaiah has been so happy to have his own little blanket to carry with him wherever he goes. I need to get a picture of his blanket, too. And I plan on making one for Esther soon, too.

I have a several other sewing projects floating around in my head, one of them is this apron. (Click on the picture for a larger image.) I’ve had this pattern for quite awhile and have yet to make even one! It comes with a pattern in adult, child, and doll sizes! And it looks so easy to put together! I can’t wait to get started. Also among my list of future sewing projects is a couple/few more maternity skirts for me and several every day summer jumpers/dresses for Esther.

FYI, if anyone else is interested in making maternity skirts, I just saw in the JoAnn’s ad that I got today that they will have “Sew Classics Interlock and Rib Knit Solids” on sale for 50% off March 21st through April 3rd!

I’ve also completed some knitting projects and have others in the works for my children as gifts on Resurrection Day. I guess I’ll save them for another post, though. 🙂


5 thoughts on “Sewing Spree

  1. You’ve gotten so much accomplished, great job! I cannot wait till our taxes come back because something is just not right with my machine, and I really would like to get it fixed so that I can get working on some projects I have floating about in MY head. So, as soon as those taxes get done, my machine will be fixed and I can do some basic sewing projects I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while now…I cannot wait to see Esther’s completed outfit , are you making a coordinating bonnet for it for Easter? It would be SO SWEET 🙂

  2. Elizabeth,

    Thanks for stopping by! I hope you are able to get your sewing machine fixed soon! I’d love to see all the projects you are planning to make. 🙂

    I hadn’t even thought of making Esther a bonnet to match her dress. What a wonderful idea! I’ll have to see if I have enough fabric left. 🙂

  3. You’re making me feel like a bit of a bum ;D
    I can’t seem to get past the cutting stage of sewing. The weather is too tempting (well not today, it’s raining) and when I sit to sew it’s making me grumpy watching everyone else out enjoying themselves. I know that no one wants a grumpy mama so I quickly abandon my work and soak in the sun!

    Your projects look great- and I must say I’m partial to the purple paisley fabric as I made myself a three tiered skirt with it last year 😀

  4. That is so weird. I *KNOW* I posted a rather lengthy comment to this post back a few days ago…but where IS it?!?!


    Well, lost in cyber space I guess.

    Wonderful job on all your sewing! I enjoyed this post SO much~that purple ensemble is going to be DARLING and the bonnet is SO precious! (I always sew on some ribbon ties to tie under the chin to help it stay on, btw)

    Can’t wait to see your skirts~I have been thinking about doing some maternity things too and possibly nursing tops. We shall see. I am trying not to overwhelm an already overwhelmed to-do list! 🙂

  5. LEAH! I’m so glad that you found me at Back to Basics. I tried sending you an email letting you know about my new blog, but it bounced back. I’m the same Tracy as over at Unless the Lord.

    I love all of the sewing you’ve been doing. I’ve made an apron out of the fabric you’re using to make napkins. Those are really pretty and would look great in my dining room. I’ll have to look in my scrap pile to see if I have any left over.

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