Happy Saturday! This past week has been Selfish Sewing Week, a week to focus your sewing energy on things for yourself! I love this idea, because though I have a huge list of things I’d love to sew for myself, those things usually get pushed aside to make things for the kids. This year Rachael of Imagine Gnats invited me to be a Featured Stitcher for Selfish Sewing Week which was great because, honestly, if she hadn’t, I probably wouldn’t have sewn anything for me! I had also just bought the latest Grainline Studio pattern, the Alder Shirtdress and needed the push to actually make it instead of joining the epic “to do” pile. Continue reading
So so so much sewing going on over here! I wish there were more hours in the day so I could sew more! But who doesn’t right? I’m here with a post for Sew Geeky, a fantastically nerdy series hosted by Sew Chibi and Max California. Each month, they pick a theme and invite some people to sew along with them! In fact, everyone can sew along! Everyone is encouraged to celebrate their inner geekiness!
This month’s theme is Studio Ghibli. I jumped on this opportunity, because I’m a HUGE Ghibli fan. If you’re not familiar with Studio Ghibli movies, I urge you to go and look some up and watch them immediately. The director/writer/producer that is most strongly associated with Studio Ghibli is Hayao Miyazaki and he has created some of my favorite movies. He is the genius behind My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle and many others. And Studio Ghibli has produced other amazing movies as well, like Grave of the Fireflies, Arrietty and Whisper of the Heart. Seriously, go watch them all now. Continue reading
I have a fun review today of a product that I think is awesome! Around the time that Yuki turned 3, she started dressing herself. That year, she also started being in charge of putting away her own clean laundry. Crafterhours makes these awesome drawer stickers that help label your child’s dresser drawers to help them remember where things go. They are fun and practical! Continue reading
A month ago, I talked about a bunch of clothes I had made a month before that, and well . . . I still haven’t blogged half of it. So two months later, but here are some dresses I made. :P
The fabric may be familiar to you . . . it’s from Heather Ross’ Briar Rose Jersey Knits line. It came out about a year ago and it was all over the place at the time – I feel like everyone was making cute things with them! Strawberries! Knit fabric! Cute! But since I’m not one to follow the crowd (*cough* I’m actually just super lame), I decided to sew with this fabric when it’s not so popular and no longer available. Haha. Continue reading
Woohoo – finishing up with the last watermelon project today! Last week I shared a couple of projects from Yuki’s Watermelon Party: the watercolor invitations and a hand stamped dress. I was hoping to share this last one last week as well, but you know, tutorials take time. And I’m guessing that no one was sitting on the edge of their seat waiting for this last watermelon post, but if you were, I apologize! :P
My last watermelon project was a stack of felt pouches to pack up the party favors.
Watermelon Week! All watermelon! All the time!
So yesterday I shared the watercolor watermelon invites that Yuki and I made for her party. But what would a watermelon party be without a special watermelon dress? I was having a hard time deciding between a color blocked dress that mimicked a watermelon slice like this one, or a solid fabric with watermelon printed all over like this one. I was leaning toward the color blocked dress since that seemed easier, but finally I just asked Yuki and she said, without hesitation, the all over print dress.
For Yuki’s 4th birthday, we decided to throw a small party with a couple of her friends. We were talking about a theme (though the theme was definitely more for me, than for her), and I was really hoping that she wouldn’t say “Frozen.” Not that there is anything wrong with a Frozen party, but I just didn’t have it in me to do anything else Frozen related. So I googled “summer party themes” and as we were scrolling through, Yuki yelled out “watermelon!” It’s one of her favorite fruits. She probably called out a few other ideas, but I was pretty psyched about a watermelon theme, so I steered her in that direction (I love that we can still do that with her and yet she totally thinks it was all her idea) and off to Pinterest I went!
I started a Watermelon Party Pinterest board to collect my ideas, but the project we started with first was the invites, of course! I think I was inspired by these party favor holders, but I basically thought it would be fun to get Yuki involved by painting some watermelon invites!
Phew – I say it every year, but this time of the year is crazy busy! It kicks my butt every time. I’m back at work (I run an after-school program at a TK-8 school) and the last month has been tons of prep and yesterday was our first day of school. Hideko is also an educator so work has been super busy for her as well, and smack in the middle of it all is Yuki’s birthday. I seriously wish I could change her birthday – maybe June? July? Even early August would be fine – she’s too young to notice, right!?
Well, somehow we have a 4 year old now. It’s pretty unbelievable. I had this idea last year to do an interview with Yuki when she turned 3 and then we’d do it every year and we could look back and see little snapshots of what she was into or some of her thoughts at the time and how she changed over time. I never actually got around to doing it last year, but I was pretty determined to do it this year. So I came up with some general questions to ask her and then I wrote up her responses exactly how she answered. I’m really excited to do this with her every year! And eventually with Kaya too.
Besides the summery “Elsa” dress, I made 6 other garments for the girls before our trip to Florida and they are all MATCHING outfits (3 things for each girl)! Haha. Didn’t really think that I was the type to go all crazy with matching sibling outfits, but I can’t help it – it’s just too cute! I hadn’t made anything matching since their panda shirts, but Yuki really gets a kick out of it, and whenever she’s wearing her outfit, she usually wants Kaya to put on hers too.
Anyways, these projects are also exciting to me because they are SWIMSUITS. I don’t know about you, but sewing swimsuits has been on a different level of sewing in my head. Something a little more intimidating than regular kids clothes, it just seemed complicated and tricky. The fabric, the elastic, the fit . . . I was nervous to try it, but since I love learning new skills, I was also really excited to try it.
I know, I know, the last thing the world needs is another Elsa dress!! But here’s one for ya anyways :P
So a month ago, my family and I traveled across the country to Florida for a reunion. We stayed in Fort Lauderdale for the first part of the trip, but we figured we might as well hit up Disneyworld while we were all the way out there! I knew there was a good chance that we wouldn’t be going back out to Florida any time soon and we also knew that Yuki would have an absolute blast.
But I kept hearing horror stories about the Florida’s heat and humidity. So between the unavoidable heat and all the fun activities we were going to be doing, I came up with a sewing list that was ridiculously long. Then I had my very own Kids Clothes Week and though I didn’t even get through half my original list, I did make 7 pieces of clothing in about a week or so! I’ll be sharing them throughout the next couple of weeks. First up, Elsa’s summer dress.