Guilt Pant Pandamonium

THIS FEELING.

If you are a person who has not bred yet, you might not know that particular brand of THIS FEELING. If your offspring is independent, you might remember IT. If your little human is youngish and growing like a weed, you feel IT all the time. The “selfish” time you spend on thinking, drafting, muslining and fitting and re-drafting, and sewing and blogging all for yourself! And then you end up with this guilty, hangover-like sensation buzzing around your head. You might have your own way of dealing with it, you spectacular mother of a young child. I have my own way, and it always involves throwing pants (specifically pants) at it, hence the term “guilt pants” was coined in my household. This time, pajama pants for the whole family. Image

How could you resist this panda-printed, softest ever fleece? You don’t. In the midst of cutting you realize you only have enough for Daddy-o to get shorts in the best case scenario. Just as well, he has great legs!

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Yes, I am married to The Rock.

To show how much you care, you add some fake flat-felled seams with black topstitching, and secure the waistband elastic to the side seams, to prevent twisting. Wow, what a great mom I am!

And then, that weird feeling of glee at the whole unit having matching PJ pants… I don’t understand this feeling, but allow myself to feel it anyway… Yey, matching PJs!

Now that I’ve cleared my conscience and unburdened my guilt, it is back to my regularly scheduled programming. The word “nautical” buzzes around my head…

Do you get THAT FEELING? Or am I the only one? How do you deal with it, o excellent mother/mother to be/wife/girlfriend/auntie/gramma/godmother?

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Come back to me….

 

Back to school and other news

Hello, after a loooooooooong silence… Another successful summer (3 camping trips, yo!) is over, and I have to admit it is nice to be back to the old routine… Well, kinda, details to come, so keep reading!

My head has been filled with great ideas and kinds of things I must get done once the child goes back to school: clean the kitchen PROPERLY, sew, sew, sew, go to see the Christian Louboutin exhibit at DX, workout, see the Mesopotamia exhibit at ROM,  and sew. When the child left the house Tuesday morning, I found myself collapsed on the couch in a pool of my own drool, with nothing but the sound of static going through my head. And then it became 1 PM. Finally, I motivated myself to do something, and I played video games for next 3 hours.  And then the child came home. Today was better, keep reading!

The reason why I needed to decompress so much, other than the obvious, is that I no longer have all that free time I used to have. In addition to my usual, and not very much energy consuming business, I got myself a part-time job. Where, you ask? A fabric store, obviously! Like a moth to a flame, like an alcoholic to distillery, you get the idea. There are lots of good and not so good things about that job (but I guess it’s true with any job out there), and the worst/best thing about it is, you guessed it, fabric proximity! On my second week of the job I got myself a little gift from the very store I work in:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAdjustable dress (and pant) form, with the back length measurement short enough for me (a freakish 14″, all other “adult” forms start at 15″…) I will have to build her up quite a bit here and there (hence the bra), and I guess I am a bit afraid of that process, since I’m stalling as much as I can… But to be honest, I have been suffering from a major sewing block (sewing constipation, if you will), and finally today I tackled a small project to remedy that situation. Enter Burda 9860.

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I figured it was going to be quick and useful, and here’s what I ended up with:

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The red whatever on top of the hood was my addition, not a part of the pattern. Other than that, I figured that this hoodie will be too large for my monkey, even though he generally wears clothes for 6 year olds (the smallest size in the envelope is for a 7 y.o.). The sewing process was fast, instructions easy to understand and follow. What I did not like about this pattern is the looooooooooooooong sleeves and rather short torso, and the method of zipper insertion. Oh well, I will make another version of this for sure, with necessary modifications, since a four year-old can NEVER have enough hoodies! Here is the garment in action:

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My son did not let me shorten and hem the sleeves. He really enjoyed running around and waiving them all over the place, swatting them at tall grasses, swings, and benches, yelling “weapons, weapons!”. O-kaaaaaaaaaaaay…….. said the confused mother…

It is possible I will blog about my summer sewing failures (there were 2), and almost successes (2 as well), and one very lovely dress. But I will not say when, I don’t want to lie to you, dear reader! In any case, it’s good to be back…

…all my children

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Here they are. All eleven. Three days in the making. So they can be given away to kids as party favours at my son’s school. He is going to be four tomorrow and the kids are celebrating today. Why? Because when I made them last year  some parents told me that their kid will only sleep with their sock buddy. Even though as I was making the eleventh one I felt like “just shoot me please”, I enjoyed the whole process. I especially liked putting on their faces, each of them have a different look. Even the ones that turned out looking like cats, still have very distinct mugs.

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Here are the cats.

I was joking last year that each sock talked to me and told me what animal it wanted to be. And there was some truth to that. This year, all the socks were screaming “I’m a cat, make me a cat!” I guess I must be missing my  dearly departed BooBoo, maybe  that’s my way of immortalizing his lovely catness…

But there are also other animals, some of them even inspired by real creatures:

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Clockwise from top left: Teary-Eyed Missy, Frank the Lounge Lizard, Fun Mau5, and Jack the Cool Cat.

Here’s more pictures:

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All packed up and ready to go.

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Mother’s love is… flat felled seams.

Mother’s Day (here in Canada at least) came and went. I got treated to some lobster for dinner on Saturday, lovely roses, and Ariel, the Little Mermaid. Supposedly I collect dolls now, since Christmas I got 2 Barbies and 1 Ariel. I love them all dearly, but I think we should draw the line at 3. Oh, and I also got an awful cold, so I spent Mother’s Day gulping gallons of ginger tea and sweating truly ungodly sweat. Fortunately boys went to spend some time with my mother-in-law, so I was home alone with all this ungodly stinky sweat. There was no way I was going to sew for myself, as I would have stunk up whatever I was making by trying it on, so I’ve decided to make a shirt for my baby. The “baby” will be 4 years old in July, is a size of a 6-year old, outgrew all of his “fancy” and non-fancy clothes, so I thought I’d make him something nice for his picture day at school on Tuesday.

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The front
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The back

I used Simplicity 5581 pattern (yes, one of these days I will make matching shirts for both Dad and “baby”, I have 10 meters of totally crazy-ass fabric earmarked especially for that project), and I had 1 meter of this really cool, vintage tractor themed crafting cotton. As I wanted this shirt to be super special and very comfy for my offspring, I’ve decided to make all the seams flat felled. So I did. I really enjoyed taking the time to do this right and tidy, this shirt has the best looking guts of any of my me-mades! A small disaster almost occurred as I was making the last buttonhole, but fortunately I got it fixed.

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Inside out. Not hanging straight here, so the hem seems uneven. In reality is it VERY even. I’ve never made such an even hem before…

The pattern was easy and straight forward, although the collar directions were a bit hairy. I also don’t quite understand why the facing is the shape it is (the part that should be tacked on to the shoulder seam does not reach anywhere near the shoulder), I will modify it next time I make it. I made this facing in white cotton, because the print would slightly show through on the other side and “muddy up” the whites. Some more sewing porn? Here you go!

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My mostly straight stitches on the sleeve. Can you see how flat my felled seam is?
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Armpit area detail, inside of the shirt. See, no seams, none at all. I’m so proud of myself!

Of course, I wanted my sweet baby to model the shirt for the blog. No way Jose… These are the best of the bunch:

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And my personal favourite:

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Next time, I will just post a video of the beast running around all over the place in some of his clothes. But tomorrow, he is wearing this shirt to school, to get his pictures taken. This one is on you buddy, mommy wins!