Well, I have a long list of sewing projects that I want to try. I usually shy away from clothing, especially for me, but I got a little spark in me to try it- without a pattern! And I'm actually pretty pleased with the results.
First, if you have a 4 year old girl, or want to readjust the pattern, you must try this pattern by Un Petite Design. I have a hard time buying dresses for Madeline that fit her around but aren't too short. This fleece one is so cozy and comfy. Perfect for wintry days. She loves it.
And my mom thinks I'm crazy, but I've been messing around with making maternity clothes. I made this one out of thicker jersey fabric - kind of like sweatshirt fabric and just used another shirt to draw a pattern. I had been wanting a longer shirt to wear with straight or skinny jeans for the fall. To accommodate my quickly growing middle, I added some elastic on the sides as ruching. I used this tutorial as inspiration. Sometimes the neckline looks a little homemade, so I just took a tube of fabric, sewed it to the neckline and made a cowlneck. Here is a tutorial. Just attempting it gave me a lot more confidence in trying to make or rework clothes I already have. I'm working on fall/winter tshirt dresses for me and madeline. I'll let you know how those go...
Feeling a little awkward about posting a "posed" picture of me on my blog. I tried cropping my head off but that just looked even weirder. Madeline and I had fun taking pictures of each other. We got some very silly poses.
Girls are so much fun to make things for. I think I need to come up with some boy ones so Charlie can get in on the homemade action. Although, a couple of weeks ago I looked at all three of us sitting on the bench at church and realized I had made something on each of us. It was a little embarrassing!
Happy Thanksgiving! We are missing family today, but putting on our own Thanksgiving makes me feel kind of grown up - I guess expecting my third child, being married for almost eight years, and having a husband in a medical residency doesn't really provide that, but being in charge of a turkey does?! :) It will be a good day. My little family is together and we have so very many things we are grateful for.