Last May I made my first ever women’s clothing item, this red Staple Dress. I loved it and wore it all the time. However, since it was my first time sewing a women’s pattern after only sewing kids clothes for the past year and a half, I had a steep learning curve ahead of me. That is, I did not realize that what sometimes works easily on a children’s pattern does not work the same way on a women’s pattern, because kids bodies and women’s bodies have very different things to take into account. Read More
On June 6, six days before movers would descend on our flat to pack up our things and ship them to America, a small group of four-year old princesses came over to celebrate Hannah’s fourth birthday.
Just over a month ago Jayce started at his new school.
I have been sitting on a little secret for just over three months now that I am so excited to finally let out.
In February I was invited to contribute to an incredible project, Stylo Magazine. If you haven’t heard of it before, it is a Kids Fashion Magazine entirely composed of clothing that you could make. All pattern links and fabric links are included and contributors are encouraged to outdo themselves with fun styling and photos. Even if you don’t sew or aspire to sew it is incredibly inspirational and fun! The kids, clothes, and photos are just amazing.
I ended up making seven different garments for the issue, five with patterns that I had never used before, and one pattern that was in Dutch and I had to Google translate (and head scratch) my way through. Luckily the photos in the tutorial were very helpful and I was so pleased with the way that everything turned out. I was especially happy to have a good excuse to sew for Jayce and I just adore his look.I even made a tutorial for the pineapple pocket dress that is pictured above, and it will be up on The Sewing Rabbit later today. I love that dress.
I’ll be back later on in the week with some more details on some of my looks, but I don’t really see any reason for that now because you really need to just go check out the magazine itself here.
Grab a warm drink and take your time because it is beautiful!! I love the things I made but my co-contributors really outdid themselves!!
Last Sunday Chris ran a half marathon that he has done for the past three years. We met him at the finish line and he ran in with the kids, as he has done in past years. Just for kicks, the previous years’ pictures are below. Read More
In the last few weeks all of these happy people have been here and then gone again.
There is something wonderful about seeing family for special occasions, and there is something else that’s wonderful about seeing them for no reason in particular. Typically we see our family about once a year when we descend on their homes, take their rooms, and dip into their lives full force for a few days or a week. But it is good in a different way when they get to hang out with us in our daily things: bus rides, school runs, favorite dinners, nap times, daily dress up or lego building.
It’s never been easy for us to leave our families, even if we have grown accustomed to it over the last decade or so. But it’s becoming increasingly harder on they kids.
For two weeks we had an influx of people that changed each day. There were different combinations of people over for dinner, picking the kids up from school, hanging out in the living room, and staying over night. It was great, sometimes a little tricky, but also deeply satisfying. Unfortunately, the kids got used to people being around, and when everyone left they had to reacquaint themselves with the reality that their extended family is just not around on a day-to-day basis.
For a few days after everyone left there would be comments at dinner like, “Wait! Justin and Tasha can sit in those seats!”
No, they aren’t in London anymore.
“Mom, I’ll look out the window for Grandma and Chelsea to come back!”
This was for the next few days after we had watched them take a taxi to the airport from that window.
I used to try to distract the kids from being disappointed whenever we left family or they left us.
I know you’re sad that we’re leaving grandma and grandpa, but aren’t you excited to get back to London to see your friends? I know they’re missed you so much!
But I haven’t done much of that this week. I don’t want to pull a veil over how enjoyable it was to have everyone around just to help the kids cope with disappointment now that it is over. Instead I’ve just been letting them talk and affirming them when necessary.
I’m sorry you’re sad. I miss them too. That was really fun when we all went to the park, wasn’t it? If they come visit again, what should we show them that we forgot this time?
Also there has been chocolate, the king of all coping mechanisms. And naps. Lots of naps.
This is a very brief catch up because my family is all here and I need to get back to family business. But here are three quick things.
First, I couldn’t go another day without posting a picture of our graduate.
She did it!! And she’s the first Golden with an MSc. We’re so proud of her and there are more pictures, but for now here is a picture of when it all became official.
Or this one, if you need a better picture of her modeling her shoes.
Second, the kids got their school sibling photos back this week and I am dying over them. Dying. Even though I take pictures of my kids all of the time, this two-in-one school photo is just killing me with cuteness, and I am tempted to buy the biggest photo package that they offer so that I can pass this picture out to every single person I’ve ever known. The mom-ness in me is just bubbling over.
Third, have you heard of Kollabora? It is a website that features the work of various artisans: seamstresses, knitters, and various other creatives. It’s great for eye candy, new ideas for projects, seeing what new patterns have been released in the sewing community, and sharing the things that you have made with the other members. I was so excited last week when they asked if I would like to be a featured member! They sent along a few questions and the post went live yesterday, you can read it here. It’s really fun, aside from having to describe myself in three words. Seriously. How would you describe yourself in three words?
And that’s that! Have a good week!