Last week the lovely Michelle of Handmade Martini invited me to participate in this blog hop that’s making the rounds of the sewing internets.
To be honest, when I first saw the email hit my inbox with the sender listed only as “Michelle,” my first thought was , “Who the $&%# is this and what are they trying to sell me?” But I quickly realized what was going on, and I was quite flattered! I mean, Michelle is big time. Or at least big time next to little ol’ me, toiling away in relative obscurity in my basement sewing dungeon in my corner of Kansas.
But now down to business. Michelle deviated from the standard “why do you write” questions for this blog hop and asked me sewing questions instead. Good decision — the reasons that I sew are likely way more interesting than the reason I write. Let’s face it, I write because I can’t have a blog without writing and because I’m a lawyer. Law school and my subsequent 10 years of practice has pretty much instilled in me the need to share every bit of knowledge in my head with anyone who will listen. My husband will attest that you really don’t want to get caught in the middle of a dinner conversation with two lawyers. Well, I guess you might if you need a cure for insomnia :)
If we were having coffee today … Well, it’s Friday night so let’s be real here, we’d be having drinks!
If we were having coffee this morning, I’d tell you that last week had so much going on that I didn’t even manage to tell you about it all! In addition to getting our first stitches, taking care of nosebleeds, and my Labor Day shopping extravaganza (it feels really nice to have more clothes that fit, by the way), I also got a new car!
If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you all about our adventure this week — J got his very first stitches! I got a call at work on Wednesday around lunchtime that J had an accident on the playground at school and cut his ear. It was bleeding pretty badly and they thought it might need stitches. I hightailed it over there and picked up both the kids. J had a pretty good gash on his ear (but thankfully not in the cartilage) so I took him to the doctor.
This is a repeat of a pattern from one of my favorite indie designers, Megan Nielsen. As you can see, I decided to give the Eucalypt Dress from her Breakwater Collection another go. It was pretty successful, wouldn’t you say?
I wasn’t as productive as I had hoped during summer KCW, but I did manage to finish a couple of outfits for each kid. Here are J’s:
Rocket ship tank with blue linen pants
Airplane tank with brown chambray pants
No new patterns or reviews here — when I sew for J, I pretty much stick to my TNT patterns anymore. He has fairly simple and predicable taste in clothes. Comfy t-shirts and tanks, loose, comfy pants or shorts … do you sense a theme?
If we were having coffee this week, I’d tell you that we are all tired at our house today. This was the kids’ first week back at school and while they were very happy to be back with their teachers and friends, it can take a while to get back in the routine after three weeks off. N is going four days a week this year for the first time, and by the time her week was done, she was just one big crabball. She was crying and throwing fits over the tiniest things this morning — it will be good to have a quiet weekend to rest up.
Welcome again to my Two-Piece Setacular! Today I have part 2, my Vanamo top.
The Vanamo Top — a great little crop.
So as I mentioned on Tuesday, this is the top from the Named Vanamo Two-Piece Cocktail dress, which was released with their SS 2014 collection.
My tentative plan is to use Vanamo for my dress for my brother’s wedding in September, so I decided to take this opportunity to muslin the top for that dress.