Seersucker dreaming

Whoa Baby!

I love seersucker. You don’t see it around much. I found this in a secondhand store. Can you imagine my glee – 3 metres of original seersucker from the 70’s!

It was the perfect summer look for a heavily preggas lady.

Pip Lincolne’s book Sew La Tea Do has some super easy patterns of which i’ve made a few.

This is the Sunny Day Dress.

Sunny Day Dress

Classic Retro Seersucker

Classic Retro Seersucker

Getting stuck / Getting started again

Amy Butler Liverpool Dress - the collar

Amy Butler Liverpool Dress – the collar

In the months leading up to the birth of Baby C I made lots of things. I felt like suddenly IĀ belonged to the great lineage of women who sew for their children. Like stepping into a wide rushing river – swoosh! I was swept away by the joy of it. I pretty much finished everything I wanted to make except for a quilt (tall order anyway- I was still working) and my Amy Butler Liverpool Dress that I thought would be perfect for breastfeeding. Unfortunately I just got too big to sit at the machine AND overwhelmed when I got to the instructions for the collar.

Now this is really silly. I’m no super seamstress but I can follow a pattern and do things like collars. But the pattern just overwhelmed me. I have rule about finishing projects before I start new ones and seeing as I’m about to embark on a really big project I need to finish this. But how to counteract overwhelm? For me i’ve figured out the best way is to lay it all out neatly, make a cup of tea and take it real slow. Break the instructions down to teeny tiny steps. If that fails then look online for tutorials. So this is my next goal: finish that dress!

As it turns out I’ve probably made it a size to large – was expecting to have more baby weight than I do at this stage. So when I’m done I’ll keep it as a reference piece which makes me feel very grown up in a sewing kind of way.

slap dash

Needle Folder

Needle Folder – slap dash but does the job

Utilising my favourite tool of all – the pinking shears my mum bought me.

Sometimes I just like throwing something together. I have needed a little needle folder forever so I got out my scrap bag and cut this out without any measuring or anything. I feel shy to post something so obviously slap dash but at the same time I like it. I don’t need everything to be perfect, I almost revel in the fact that it’s not. It’s shapes are abit wonky but it’s practical and I like the colours and the quick sticks outcome. If I try to make everything perfect I often get stuck. Anyway in the end it’s like anything I make myself – even if it turns out less than perfect I always love it a bunch more times than if I bought it. The quirks make it mine and funnily enough fill me with a tenderness towards myself and my own wonky shapes.