I love how this is all about the reality if handmade clothes and not just those behind the staged pictures. So much gets created that often does not enter the blog land, and so many times I am lucky enough to barely remember to take a picture with even just my phone of kids on the clothes! I put my kids in momma made about every day for the last several weeks and barely remembered to take pictures! It's not until going through my phone and instagram that I realized I often put them in momma made, just don't think about it! (that's so nice!)
|Little man wearing some PAB Classic Chinos|
|Older kiddos wearing mommy made pjs|
I look for simplicity when choosing new projects. Simplicity of the pattern and the speed with which it can be sewn together. Time is valuable and often, if I cannot get it done in a nap-time, then it's never going to get finished. If it's a project that has many steps and complicated directions? "Well. Then," I say to the kids and myself, "tough". There are the occassional exceptions...
I also try to shop my pattern and fabric stashes first. My budget has been cut back drastically and I have to fit it in with what I already have. Often that means that I have to modify and adjust patterns. Then they rarely get finished.
Right now I have a batman dress for the middle child to work on and it hasn't happened yet. I now have everything for it, but it's the embelishments.
|gyct designs firecracker dress|
2. Is there anything you would like to (or wish you could) do differently when selecting projects?
Plan my sewing better so I have time to complete an object that I know myself and my kids will love. I'm working on this one. Trying to fit it in. Goodness, school for us starts in less than a month! Little boy needs new clothes!
|blanks slate vintage v-neck and his tiger tail for dress up play.|
This little black drop waist dress for my little girl. I made it for Husband's Grandpa's memorial and she wears it whenever she can.
For me it is my Greenstyle Creations Jillian Tank. This thing is awesome for our super warm weather and super easy for nursing the baby. I wear it over a nursing tank. I haven't
After that I would say Halloween costumes. They come out for play all the time! Drives my husband nuts when he learns we have gone to the store/event/or anywhere in a super hero costume! I just laugh. I'd rather the costumes get wear more that one night! I've had to deal with breakdowns because of the outfits being in need of mending! I so dislike mending!
4. Do you have a project that you thought would be used/worn frequently but just did not end up working out?
My finished sewing projects...
My daughter's hooded Zanzibar shores tank. It has everything she loves: pocket, hood, no sleeves. But she wore it a couple times and that was it.
The hat that went with my son's "boys can wear pink" outfit. It is a style he always go straight to if he sees it at the store, and the pink band is removable for his dad's comfort. But the hat was never dawned after pictures. Come to think of it, I don't even know where it is...
Unfinished, I'm hoping the batman dress will be worn, but thats if i can ever finish it.
and a pair of skinnies for me. I've been trying to get the waistband right forever...
All it needs is a waistband and to take it in from the thighs down. It turned out different from my muslin and don't know why (same fabric, so it's not that, maybe cause it's a pant?) but now I feel like it's scrubs. Major second guessing myself here. 😕 #jocoleskinnypants #jocole #isew #sewsomething #selfcaresewing
5. What is your favorite tip/quote that applies for sewing in real life?
so many ...I think this one is cute. Doing what we are created to do...
I like this one as a reminder to myself to keep doing it. If I'm not feeling it with my heart then there I need to sit and reflect why. One of the reasons I need to start planning better. if I'm rushed then my heart isn't in it. Colossians 3:23
Craft your heart out and your soul will grow!
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