Life Lately

It’s nearing the end of August! We have a busy few weeks coming up.  Aaron’s band has a bunch of shows and then Sam starts preschool and then we’re having a joint birthday party for the boys.  The party is going to be farm themed because they boys love tractors.  I have grand pinteresty plans so we’ll see how that plays out.

I’ve made a couple things on the sewing machine lately.  My sewing room is a huge mess.  I need to come up with a pattern organization system because my current system involves throwing them in piles all over the floor.  And my sewing room is a spacious 8×10.

I feel redundant posting pictures of the things I’ve made lately because I think a lot of people that read this blog also follow me on Instagram and I’ve already posted pics there.  If you don’t follow me on instagram, you can! I’m pam_foxandcotton.  I’ve really been into the Instagram “stories” lately.  I just wish more people would post them because I like watching them.  I’ve also read that some people don’t have Stories on Instagram yet.  Is this true?

Here are some pics of lately:

We took the T to the Pirate’s game a few weeks ago.  It was fun! and HOT.  We stayed through the 7th inning and Tucker completely skipped his nap that day.

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We took away Tucker’s pacifier.  We started talking about taking it away around his second birthday which is the end of September.  And then one day Aaron was putting him to bed and Tucker didn’t ask for one so Aaron didn’t give him one…and that was the end of that.  It was way easier than I expected.

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I tried to take a picture of the boys with balloons for their birthday party invitation but they all pretty much turned out like the ones below. fail.

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I’m going to a baby shower this weekend and I’m making the cupcakes.  I made little fondant toppers for them which kind of made me want to make decorated cookies again.  Not enough to actually do it, but I thought about it for a minute.

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I made these little baby pants using this free pattern.  They are really quick and use the tiniest amount of fabric.  I did the whole thing on my serger.  No top stitching or pinning required.

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Now I hear Tucker waking up from his nap early… gooooo back to sleep

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Slouchy Shorts for Tucker

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I have lots of motivation to sew right now, but:

1. I can’t decide what to make because there are approximately 187 things on my To Make list.

2. I can’t seem to make it out to the store to buy materials.  Or I go to the store and forget some necessary part because I’m frazzled from having two kids in a fabric store.

So indecisive, frazzled mom problems.

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However, I did manage to make Tucker a super easy pair of slouchy shorts from fabric I already had.  I didn’t use a pattern, I just traced around a pair of shorts that fit him, added a seam allowance and some length, then cut an upside down U for the middle of the legs part.  I decided to skip elastic in favor of a fabric waist band just because I wanted to use a different color.

Then I added a little faux drawstring.  For the leg hems, I just rolled them twice and sewed little bar tacks in four places to keep them rolled.

I like them!  They were easy and took very little fabric.  I might make them a little shorter next time and make the waist a little tighter.  I also might add a little kangaroo pocket to the front. 🙂

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Wednesday

The boys are at mother’s day out this morning!  I saw two mothers singing “Freedom, 3 hours of freedom” in the parking lot after drop off.

I sewed these two little hats over the weekend.  I used this free tutorial from Make It Love It.  It is e.a.s.y. and requires very little fabric. Plus just one pattern piece.  I’m getting sick of taping together patterns.  Especially since Sam finds and uses all of my tape all the time. (The only photo I had of them was from my Instagram)

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I also sewed this little pillowcase dress over the last couple of days. I kind of want to make another because I still have more of that pretty, green fabric.  My favorite thing about that dress is the pink bias tape.

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My phone almost died last weekend.  I ended up having to do a factory reset.  According to Verizon, it’s because I had 6,000 pictures on my phone.  Luckily, I did not lose them. What am I going to do with 6,000 pictures?

Yesterday, I massacred the hedges.  I don’t like these hedges.  They have spikes.  Who plants hedges that have spikes?  So after I trimmed them, I couldn’t pick up the clippings because they were stabbing me through my gloves.

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I watched the Game of Thrones finale on Sunday.  omg.  That show is crazy.  I told Aaron I think it’s the best show I’ve ever seen.  He’s never watched it.  Is another book coming out soon?  I’ll be curious to see how it differs from the show.

I’m wearing my homemade tank today.  This is right now.imag0089_27945547236_o

Alright, 2 more hours until I have to pick up the kids. 🙂

Sewing Handmade Clothes

I think the next thing I want to make is this Wiksten Tank.  The pattern comes with a tank and a dress option.  And…French seams on the inside.  So fancy.

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Here’s the dilemma with sewing your own clothes: It often costs more to make your own clothes vs. buying.  Unless your buying $$$ clothes, which I do not.  #target

For example:

Wiksten tank pattern: $10 for the pdf download

Fabric: the one I want to use is $10.40/yard x 2.5 yards = $26

Total: $36 without considering time spent to make it.

Hopefully I’d use the pattern more than once so that would cut down on cost. And I could choose to use a cheaper fabric but $10.40/yard isn’t bad.

So $36 to make a tank top that would probably take 2-3 hours labor time!  #thestruggle

Kids clothes can be made more cheaply because they require such a small amount of fabric.  Like I think I made these pajamas with 3/4 yard, if that.

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But wearing/seeing your own hand made clothes on yourself or gifting them is totally worth it 🙂  Best picture I could get with a 1.5 year old.

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–> And in case you’re interested.  I used this Peekaboo Pattern Shop Pattern to make the pajamas.

 

Random Thoughts

This weekend I am going to stay at a hotel by myself.  For two nights.  By myself.  Completely by myself.  My birthday is Sunday. Aaron asked me what I wanted and I said, “to stay in a hotel by myself for a night.”  So he booked it!  I don’t know where yet but he said it’s not far.

I haven’t been away from Sam and Tucker for two nights EVER.  And Sam is 3.5.  Maybe this is why I’m crazy.

I’m listening to a song on repeat right now.  I’m not going to say what it is.  I am not a music snob.  Aaron says I’m a beer snob though.  I mean, I just don’t drink enough to justify drinking bad beer anymore.  I drink like 2 beers at most so they better be good ones.

I am going to be 32 on Sunday.

I haven’t been sewing much.  I made a pillowcase dress yesterday out of fabric scraps.  I used this pattern. I am making a few for a friend to take on a mission trip to Africa.  They’re kind of fun to make. Plus I made bias tape for the first time which was oddly satisfying.

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We are moving at the end of the month.  Back to the suburbs.  In fact, back to the exact same house from which we moved in August!  We may be crazy.  But I’m excited.  I like moving.  I like change.  I can’t really imagine buying a house and staying in it forever.  AH.

I am still debating what I want to do with my free time.  I think I’ve definitely ruled out sewing things to sell.  I really don’t like making the same thing over and over again so that’s probably not my best bet.  So I guess my Etsy shop is closed for good.  I can’t just do nothing though.  So maybe I’ll blog more.  Maybe I’ll blog more about sewing or about our days or both.  Probably, it’ll be sporadic though I’ll likely proclaim a “blogging schedule” at one point or another that I won’t follow.

I can’t wait until it gets warmer and we can be outside all day.

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I’m feeling very introspective lately.