There was a time, not so long ago, when I wondered whether I should just sell my sewing gear and reclaim that little corner of our dining area space for homeschool supplies. It had been months since I really made anything, and the future looked bleak for time and energy enough to stick a needle and thread into anything.
Then my infant (yeah, I totally had a baby since I last blogged!) stopped crying constantly, and I got a little sleep, and people started asking me for clothes.
Suddenly the urge to make roared back and things started appearing. Simple things. But things. One thing I’m realizing in my old age is that sometimes you should know your limits.
For instance, when you never get uninterrupted time to sew without someone walking over your patterns, pulling on the iron cord, or yanking the thread out of your serger over and over, you should pick projects that can be finished quickly. It seems almost silly to make tee shirts when you can find them in abundance everywhere, but they bring me joy. Plus its hard to find a freaking 100% cotton shirt these days for a decent price.
My family knows my battle against polyester well.
Not only are these tees cotton, but they are organic cotton. And not just that, but I put my own silly little drawings on it myself. Well, my fabric designs did it. But I whipped my design up and sent it off to be made into fabric to drape my people in.
Btw, this girl up above took offense to me calling her “twig.” Apparently she didn’t see the resemblance.
We did koolaid hair dye earlier this summer. “Temporary,” they say. I did too good a job of blow drying that stuff in there.
“Do sister stuff in this photo.” So, this.
We took these photos in front of our library before it opened. It was really hot that week, and we could use their entryway for diffused light before they opened and the heat was really blazing.
Some old dude was sitting outside of the library when we pulled up though, and I had a moment of wanting to flee because he was right where we were going to do photos. Then my inner 30 year old spoke up and reminded me that it didn’t matter if he thought I was weird. Besides, I am weird, so he’d just be sniffing out the truth.
So all 4 kids piled out of the minivan and we acted like dorks outside of one of our favorite haunts. We were also taking first day of school photos, because that was kickoff day for “WOLF MOON ACADEMY,” our super awesome homeschool. That’s a post for another day though.
Isn’t Clover’s scoop necked raglan cute, btw? It’s the Hey June Camden raglan (comes in junior sizes!) pattern. This was my first time sewing it, but it was the same as all the Hey June stuff. Well made, easy to follow, great result. Clover is only 7, but she’s a tall kid. I’m glad Adrianna is putting out the junior sizes so I have some good options to choose from as Clover keeps shooting up in the stratosphere. Meanwhile, Violet just turned 6, but I can generally still make her size 4 stuff. Haha. Genetics. Ammiright?
Violet prefers everything to have a hood on it. I learned long ago that if I want her to wear something, putting a hood on it is the best way to do it. Afterall, she’s a very shady person.
Hooded – Titchy Threads Rowan Tee
Scoop neck – Hey June Camden Raglan