February 26, 2014
I’ve been collaborating with some amazing blogging ladies on the Facebook page The Daily Sew. One day last week a reader informed us of a unique service project for a wonderful cause and it immediately piqued my interest.
I bookmarked the link to the post about the project. Please read about it HERE.
I didn’t read the post until yesterday in the car pool line waiting to pick Sofia up and as I read, tears rolled down my face. The post is written by a woman named MJ, who discovered 9 years ago, as a very young woman and Mother, that she had breast cancer. I was immediately moved by her drive to give back to the women who follow in her heartbreaking footsteps. It takes a lot to fight cancer, and a lot more to turn it into a chance to make a difference.
I’ve always felt very passionately about breast cancer and its research, awareness, and fundraising. Breast cancer hasn’t been something that’s affected people in my life, but for years and years it’s touched my heart. There are a LOT of women in my life–my Mom, 2 Grandmothers, my sister, sister in law, cousin, 3 nieces and 3 daughters, and countless more that come in the form of friends, peers and neighbors. My Uncle’s Mother has been battling it for the past year and a half and she’s just so amazing to me.
I love a good service project. I’ve sewn dresses for girls in Africa. I make pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer and donate them locally. And I LOVE the idea of this project. There are so many stories now about the never ending Mommy wars and this is such a beautiful way to gather together as girlfriends, and spend some time lifting each other up, restoring our of community of giving, loving, charitable women.
MJ is asking for bags to be mailed to her by Mother’s Day. That’s 10 weeks from now, including mail time, and I’m going to challenge myself to make 2 bags a week. 20 bags that will forever touch the lives and hearts of the women who receive them. What a wonderful way to serve others. I’ll be using the tutorial she links to from Skip to my Lou since it’s what she recommends. These bags sew up super fast and are a great way to use up some of those scraps we’ve all got laying around waiting for a wonderful cause.
You can either mail yours to MJ at the address listed in her post, or donate yours locally if you know of a place that would like to have them. As a thank you to all my readers who choose to sew and donate, for every 5 bags you make, I’ll give you one of my patterns. Just send me pictures of your bags and which pattern(s) you’d like to have and I’ll get them to you.
I’m all in. Will you join me?
February 14, 2014
I’m really excited to be participating in the Sew In Tune series! When I started thinking about what song I wanted to be inspired by, I immediately knew it was going to be something from The Beatles. When I think about music I love and that inspires me, nothing comes close to the Fab Four. But how can you choose just one song?
My love for the Lads from Liverpool started the summer after the 6th grade. We were traveling from Kansas to South Carolina for summer vacation, by way of Atlanta to spend a few days with my Grandparents. I had my walkman with me, and enough Debbie Gibson to get me to the moon and back. We were somewhere around the St Louis arch when my oldest brother asked, “You want to try listening to something you’ve never heard before?” and handed me Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I listened to it the entire way to South Carolina, by way of Atlanta, and I couldn’t get enough.
“We’re Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, we hope you will enjoy the show…”
When we got in the car to leave South Carolina, he took Sgt Pepper back and gave me Abbey Road. The music filled my little headphones, and I remember feeling so emotional–I’d never been so moved by sound before and it was an overwhelming experience. I adore the whole second side, how it flows from one song to the next as if it’s one long, glorious piece, building to one of the sweetest lines ever written in music.
“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make”
And that’s all it took to get me hooked for life. When we returned to Kansas I borrowed every tape my brother had and spent hours listening, memorizing, absorbing. The Anthologies came out soon after and with them, a surge of Beatles love. I got my girlfriends hooked and we all became obsessed with the 60s.
“Here comes the sun do do do do”
I’ve read every book, article, and blurb ever written about them that I can get my hands on. I read Beatles nostalgia the way my Dad reads Civil War books–the past isn’t going to change, but I want to know every nuance of every minute. I’ve often wondered what it felt like for them in the height of Beatlemania. The excitement and isolation all rolled into one. I’ve wanted to be a fly on the wall during their writing sessions, to soak in that pure, raw talent. There isn’t a person out there who doesn’t know some song of theirs, even more than 50 years after they began writing music! That’s downright incredible.
“Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly”
When I had a boy I struggled with style for him. I’m not into the baby look, and I definitely don’t like generic graphic tees and sweat pants. So there’s not much other than preppy or old man so we’ve been weeding through them and figuring out a style for my little guy! I’m nuts for this outfit and I think it’s totally something the Beatles would wear if they were a young band now.
“There are places I remember all my life though some have changed”
Okay, maybe they wouldn’t wear a shirt with their faces on it, but some other unique tee for sure!
His chartreuse and teal pants are the amazing Tree Climber Trousers by Go To Patterns. His wee legs make it hard to see the unique details of these pants, but I cut the knee piece on the bias to give it interesting detail.
The incredible little jacket is Blank Slate Patterns basic blazer. I made it in a dark wash stretch denim. It wasn’t the easiest fabric to work with, but it moves great on him and that’s what matters. Channeling CoCo Chanel, I lined the blazer with the same fabric from his pants.
The tee I made using a freezer paper stencil and an image I found while searching. I absolutely adore it and think I’ll be making many more of them for Sir Oliver in the years to come!
Thank you for indulging me in my trip down memory lane and my oversharing of pictures of my adorable boy! Make sure you stop by Melly Sews and Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy to see all the other great music-inspired boy fashions!
February 10, 2014
This past weekend was Ollie’s First Birthday! And when Amy announced a pattern tour for her new Lullaby Layette Line, I knew I wanted to make Ollie something special for his birthday. And boy did these precious overalls deliver!
I love the look and feel of these adorable overalls! They’re roomy and comfy and he looks completely precious in them! The side tabs are probably my favorite feature, followed closely by the sweet, tiny back pocket!
This pattern was truly a fast sew. I printed my pieces in the morning and during just one nap time I was able to assemble the pattern pieces, cut them out, and sew the entire thing together! I didn’t do the snap inseam on this pair, he rarely lays still long enough for me to snap up outfits, so I figured why waste my time putting the snaps on, you know?!
I adore this little outfit so much, I made a matching bib and Ollie wore it for his birthday party!
I can’t rave enough about this sweet pattern! We love it and I see many more in our future for this summer when the days are long and hot. And I’m in total denial that this once tiny baby is now a year old! My the time is flying on me!
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