Sunday, September 13, 2009

I think I might be in love.....

 ...with this crazy fabric. You might remember this top and this bag. So when I saw the print in corduroy, naturally I bought some more. I had a jumper in mind when I made it. I was looking for this fabric, and couldn't find it until after buying more of the Carnival Bloom. I really like the mini boden version, but hate to pay that much for a play dress.
Pattern: New Look 6903, I omitted the pocket and hem ruffle.
Fabric: Michael Miller "Carnival Bloom" Corduroy.
*note added later: Here is yet another project made from the flannel type of this fabric that I completely forgot about. Sigh. I must be in a rut!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Labor Day is Done, on to Halloween

Cooler weather has got me thinking of all sorts of projects to make. I'm beginning to wonder why my creativity seems to be linked to the weather.....or the anticipation of it. By the end of spring, I'm dreaming up all sorts of summer outfits for the kids. The end of summer, I have corduroy, jackets, tights, leggings and of course costumes on the brain. Now if I just had more time to make them.

The boys are really wanting to be Hogwarts students for Halloween. I'm good with this, except that when I started pulling together the cloaks, ties, wands, and all it got really out of hand. I'm great at finding patterns, fabric and fantasizing of how glorious their costumes will be. Not so great at executing my plans as of late. I know I have the same amount of time each day as everyone else, but why am I getting so little done? I do realize that time with my kids is not "not getting things done," and I am aware of how quickly they are growing, but sometimes it would be nice to have something tangible to show for my day, besides boogers on my shoulder and crumbs on the floor. Not complaining, really.

So in an effort to spend time with my kids instead of my sewing machine, I am purchasing the boys cloaks. S's arrived yesterday, and though it may not fit my lofty expectations of what a costume could be (and may have been have been made by a child his age in Malaysia), he loves it. G is slightly jealous and his will be coming soon. He was going to use an existing costume from our plentiful supply, but after seeing S's has changed his mind. I'm trying to talk G into being Ron (isn't her sweater and Scabbers great?), but am not making much progress in that area. We may have two Harry's at our house on Halloween, because to have a lightning shaped scar is too cool to pass up, and because G is always the sidekick.

As for Miss A, I'm going to wait and see what comes into my brain. I know this much, nothing itchy (no tulle) and nothing on her head. Which leaves so few options. Any ideas?