Big Plans

This is it. This is the month I am going to sew. And BOY! I am going to jump right with both feet in a serious way.


That’s the plan anyway.


I’ve been slowly accumulating fabric, patterns, and projects for about the past two years. A few things have gotten in the way but I’m kind of done with digging for excuses and ready to start creating. Two women have helped get me over the proverbial hump. First Rebeka at Artsy Crafty Babe created this amazing skirt from the Alabama Chanin book, which I’ve had on my shelf for about a year and a half or so. I am so inspired by their work; if I could find the extra money and time I would love to take on one of their weekend workshops. Something about what I saw in that book and on their site really got me going. I love the thought of using something as utilitarian as a cotton tshirt and creating such a wonderful peice of work. And the fact that it is all hand work, and not run through a machine seemed to make it that much more approachable for me. I came across their work as a result of an idea that I have for a memory quilt using my kids’ baby clothes in reverse applique, but that’s a post for another time. I have all the materials lying around, but before I saw Becki’s skirt, I hadn’t found the urge to dive in. Then Autum of Creative Little Daisy declared November as Sew Something Month. Well, isn’t that the perfect alignment of the stars? How could I not take up the challenge?

So here’s what I’m planning on sewing this month:

  • One skirt, Alabama Chanin style
  • Soft Cotton Duck storage containers
  • Basket liners for the baby’s room
  • Proof-of-Concept for the baby quilt
  • This Apron from Sew Liberated

So hopefully, by the end of the month, I’ll have something to be shown from this mess.


Of course, I still need to finish a hat


or two. maybe three.



Unpacking? Who eeds to unpack?


If you wondered what this sweater looked like on the newest addition, here she is debuting Cosy‘s amazing work, the b14-27 Jacket, trousers, soft toy and blanket in Alpaca by DROPS design.



Momma loves green!! The colors are truer on the first photo, but doesn’t she look cute in the second?

And here she is with another gorgeous cardigan, the Squares And Rectangles Baby Set by Susan B. Anderson, knit up by Laura.


So soft and and snuggly! Although, once again, I’m having trouble with closures. Laura and I purchased a beautiful hand painted silk ribbon to tie this sweater closed, and for the life of me I can’t find it now. I know I should just go and get another ribbon, but I can’t bring myself to do it knowing that an hour after I bring the new ribbon home I’ll find the original one.

So many beautiful handmades to wear, and so few weeks they’ll fit!