WIP: First Pair of Pants

Since I failed a test last week, I know I should be using every spare moment to study. However, I feel a bit crazy if I don't create. I am starting to work on a pair of jeans. Once again, I am working from the Sew U book. The pattern looks pretty great, but I won't know til I stitch it up.
I went to Jomar to get muslin (thin white cotton material that you use to make a practice garment) and some stretch denim. The guy who cut my material was giving out great advice to a woman in front of me in line, so I decided to ask him for help. He gave me lots of great advice, and told me which muslin to buy, and told me just to make ONE leg of the pants. Genius! He also told me about the brown paper that he uses to trace his patterns onto in order to make them more durable.
I am at the point where I have just started stitching the muslin pants up:Jomar stealsmuslin pants


Doll Diapers

I made 2 doll diapers today for my doll, Iddah-Cah-Do. She is now Sage's favorite doll, and as you can see, has been loved for MANY years.
I just copied a little diaper that came with another one of my baby dolls from when I was little. I can't wait for Sage to wake up from her nap and see them!
Diaper #2

My Mom

My mom was one in a litter of 13 kids. She is still alive, but sadly, 2 of her siblings have passed away.
They grew up in upstate New York. My grandfather was a professional musician, and my grandma obviously was busy at home. My mom learned how to sew at a very young age, and made clothes for her siblings. She also cared for all of her younger siblings in a large capacity, and I love hearing about how she would cut their hair.
The one photo of my mom that stands out in my mind is when she was about 4 years old, and she has the cutest 'do: nice, short, uneven bangs and all crazy out back. She did it herself!
Growing up, my mom always cut our hair, and I loved that it was just one more thing she taught me to "do myself". So here's to you, mom: a sweet early-90's asymmetric fadeaway. I know you're going to hate it, and give me that look of disgust, but I'm over it. Aren't you proud I didn't just buzz it all off??sweet 90


Shop Update

I updated my Etsy shop. Just the hooded shirt you've already seen. Take a peek!


New Sweater

I will quickly post a photo of the size-2T sweater I made yesterday. I will be posting it to Etsy as soon as I make the time to alter my photos. It is recycled wool, (lambswool, angora, and merino), and a one-of-a-kind. I made it up as I went, so there will never be another one like it!
Short-sleeved hooded sweater



Fern started walking the other day. We had an appointment at St. Christopher's to determine whether she needed tubes in her ears. There was a 16-month-old girl who was trying to take off every time her grandmother let go of her hand. She did it a couple of times, and I finally thought to myself, "Hmm, maybe I don't want Fern to start walking quite yet."
10 minutes later, she took about 10 wobbly steps. As you can see, she's pretty wobbly, but oh so cute. And yes, she's getting tubes March 2nd.


Cloth Menstrual Pads and Writing to the President

Today Sage saw the Obama sticker on the back of my cell phone. She started asking me all kinds of questions about him, like where he lives and everything. I showed her a picture of the White House, and told her about other presidents (there is a picture of George Washington on the White House website). I told her that presidents are in charge of our country, etc. etc. and that some of them are on our money. She said, "Is Wama on our moneys?"
"Well, no, he just became president."
(In an effort to avoid 10 million "why"s), "He just became President, but do you think he should be on some money? Why don't we write him a letter and tell him we think he should be on money?"
That followed with lots of questions about why we need money, and then we sat down to make our letter. It quickly changed into Sage wanting me to draw monsters and dinosaurs, and then she got all mad that I was trying to make it a letter:
Sage cranky
Okay, I should be doing homework. But lastly, here are the cloth menstrual pads finished, an improved method:
Cloth pads