Sock It To Me Monday

We still have a third of the Tour De France to watch, and I’m already done with my TDF socks. It was nerve wracking towards the end, as I was playing yarn chicken.

It all worked out in the end, and I was able to try them on while we finished the stage.

I hope they grow a little bit when I block them, as they are more snug than I prefer. I cast on a new pair of socks to work on while we watch the tour, just to keep my hands busy while I think about how much I dislike team Ineos.

Sewing Up Stash

John was out of town last weekend. I was at home with a sick Elliot and stir crazy Audrey. I did what I needed to do to get through: relaxed my TV rules (I bought a season of Sheriff Callie and they were happy for a long time), invited friends over for post bedtime wine, increased my anxiety meds and sewed up my stash so I could stop stressing about where to store it.

I started with pajama pants for John. We often get sushi on date nights, so when I found some sushi flannel I picked some up. As he was out of town it was the perfect time to get a birthday present made for him.

I did make a mistake when cutting out the fabric, so one leg has the sushi upside down. Oh well, he probably won’t notice.

I made a romper for Audrey out of the Pegasus fabric she picked out. This required more thinking than I was in the mood for, but I do like how it turned out. It is knit, which is good, because she is always climbing something.

I had extra fabric, so I made her a pair of shorts too. I’ve learned that morning are easier if I use a fabric marker to add an initial to the back of shorts. Neither kid can figure out where the back is without a tag.

On Sunday I got a start on Christmas sewing and made the kids some Minnie Mouse Christmas pants. I haven’t finished these yet, as I am waiting until November to check on length and elastic width. They were not happy I made them take off their Minnie pats after I took this picture.

Now that I’m out of fabric I hope to find my knitting mojo again.

Smocked Dressapalooza

We were stuck at home most of the day with a sick Elliot. That meant my strict screen time rules were relaxed so he could chill out on the couch watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. It also meant that I had some time to sew while he watched Mickey.

After making Audrey a smocked dress last week I was in love. Smocked dresses are so cute and so fast. When I was at the fabric store yesterday I picked fabric for another dress for Audrey. I made the straps extra long so I can rip the seam out and lengthen them when she grows. I now want to craft a lemonade stand for the sole purpose of doing a photo shoot.

My sisters and I talked about how comfortable smocked dresses look last week after I made Audrey her first one. I decided to make us matching dresses (like my mom made us when we were little). I sewed them all up conservatively (I will likely have to take them in) and made straps for them to attach once they try them on. I hope we rent a lake cabin and spend days drinking coffee and wine and wearing our summer dresses.

I have a few more projects planned for this weekend. If Elliot is feeling better I’ll put them to the side and get outside to enjoy summer. The weekends usually mean a little more time for me to craft. I hope you are having a relaxing start to your weekend. If you are looking for an activity to do I highly recommend sewing a smocked dress.

Sew Much Fun

I had an appointment today, so my in-laws watched the kids. They offered to take the kids all day so I could get a few things done. I was hoping to clean my house. I was hoping to go for a run. I was hoping to run to the store to buy mulch. I did none of that.

I was productive, just not in the way I intended to be. My MIL lent me her serger again (seriously, she takes the kids all day and lends me a really nice serger, how great is she?). I wanted to make sure I still remembered how to use the serger, so I ran to the store to get fabric for a dress. Then I made myself that dress. It’s a Halloween dress that glows in the dark (my life is pretty awesome).

It is not exactly flattering, but I don’t mind. It feels like I’m wearing incredibly comfortable pajamas when I wear it, so come October 1 this is all I will be wearing.

While at the fabric store I found some camel fabric. Obviously I needed to make a pair of camel shorts for Elliot.

I couldn’t just make shorts for Elliot. I also needed to make a pair for Audrey, so I picked up some unicorn fabric I new she would love.

I picked up fabric for a couple of other project this morning too. My plan is to avoid the fabric store until September 14 when I head out on a girls trip to Missouri to go fabric shopping. Wish me luck.