I’m still here…

So, it’s been a while since my last post.  That’s mostly because not a whole lot has been happening around here sewing-wise.  Between work, the kiddos and general craziness of life, I haven’t spent a whole heck of a lot of time in my sewing space.  And not that things are expected to calm down anytime soon with spring around the corner- our new baby chicks arrived last week, the seed starting has been in full swing for a month or two now and so much to do outside with the yard/garden clean-up before everything springs to life around here.  But anyways, that is no excuse and this space is about sewing which I need to carve out more time for.  (If only I could get my one year old to sleep in his own bed, I might be able to get a little precious me-time before the kiddos wake up, but I digress..)

Maybe it’s because I’m slightly daunted by making jeans (seems far too advanced for my current sewing skills….) that I’ve been dragging my feet a bit.  The good news is that I have all the pattern pieces traced and cut out which is often the most cumbersome and time consuming part of making a project for me.  So now onto the fun part- actually sewing!

Well, sort of.  For this particular project, I’m first going to baste the jeans together to test for fit to see if any adjustments have to be made.  Which basically means I’ll sew all the main parts together and then rip it all out.  It sounds like a hassle but then again going to all the work of sewing jeans and then having them not fit properly seems like it’d be pretty defeating (and expensive!) so the extra time will be worth it I think.

This was originally intended to be a wearable muslin but there don’t seem to be a lot of fabrics that mimic stretch denim well, so I picked up this stretch denim at JoAnns for about $15/yd and since I’m going to all the trouble of making them I might as well finish them off.  The only pair of jeans I currently have fit me horribly, so what’s the worst that could happen?  The fabric is very lightweight- 7 oz so it is on the lowest end of the fabric recommendations for the Ginger jeans and is almost jeggings territory. Hopefully they will look okay. Next up, baste together my pieces.

Since I don’t have a whole lot to report, here are a couple of late Christmas presents I’ve finished off in the last couple months (yup, still finishing off gifts from 4 months ago- that’s how I roll…).  I finished Joe’s Christmas hat after realizing I’d misread the directions and made it way too long.  Held my breath ripping out all those stitches and weeks of knitting after I worked up the courage but it turned out okay in the end.  The pattern was a free pattern I found on Ravelry for a Men’s Basic Hat and the yarn was Lion’s Brand Fisherman’s Wool in Nature Brown.

And this Nature Pals Woodland Set had been finished since before Christmas but just waiting or me to stitch a couple of rings on the back to hang it on this wall.  So cute, this project was a Creativebug class by Kata Gilda. It wasn’t too complicated, just lots of pieces. And I wouldn’t have gotten the hand cramps from all the embroidering if I hadn’t left it until a day or so before Christmas to do the background. Still am really pleased and think it came out adorable!

L’s cardigan is still a work in progress, just finishing up the second sleeve and then need to figure out how to do the front edge and buttonhole/buttons.  Hopefully it’ll be finished before it gets too hot out and will actually fit her!

And since I’m going back to things I made for Christmas, here are a couple of other things I actually finished on time- a heavy baby doll for L (a class her preschool had) and a baby quilt for T. I’m a big time planner and dreamer but sometimes struggle with the follow through and meeting deadlines. Hence the point of this blog to help me with accountability and keeping track of my makes.

More to come with jeans fitting…

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