I’m declaring Wednesdays around ~E Made This as Wednesdays for Wee Ones. It’s not that I don’t like sewing things for my kids, but often, my queue is really deep. Inspiration is always buzzing around me and I get caught up in the whims of my own imagination. In the midst of this, projects for the boys are the first thing to go down on the priority list even if they’re things that are really needed. At the end of the day, what I like sewing is garments. Period. Be they miniature or for me, watching a jacket or pants or a top take shape brings me tremendous joy. 50% off Saturday at ARC also gifted me with some great knit fabric in the way of blankets and a construction-themed cotton curtain, and it got me to thinking.
Rather than being weighed down by guilt brought on by how much I sew for me and how little I sew for the kids, I’m setting aside 1 day in the week to work on stuff for them. To really work on things that they will enjoy and to give myself a mental space so that I can enjoy doing something for them instead of rushing through it so I can get to what I want to do. I think it’ll be a good rhythm for me to do this, and though it’s one more thing to commit myself to, I think it’s a good goal. Too much I look at my Ottobres and my NY Kids’ Style book too longingly and wonder when I’ll find the motivation and time to work on things out of them which is absurd because I love working out of them.
Today I made some pajamas out of the construction fabric and Butterick 4647 and a shortened version of the Ottobre pants that I always use for Noah’s bottoms. I love the rounded edges of the collar and the facings on the top, but not so much that the facing can’t be sewn with the collar at the same time. I hate stitching the edge of the facing into the shoulder seam after the fact. It just isn’t the prettiest finish.
I also made a pair of long bottoms for the long top I made out of Cars flannel I made for Noah’s bday (Katie‘s big guy is his virtual twin). What with the silly 45″ fabric, I had underestimated how much yardage I needed, and wouldn’t you know that Noah has not been the most excited about the pajamas since there weren’t pants to match. So last time we were at JoAnn, I got a little more to finish up the pants.
I don’t know how long I’ll be working on Wednesdays for the kids, but I want to do it for a while. By next week, I’ll have a badge ready in case this is a challenge you would like to take on as well.