Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sewing Again!

For Christmas my in-laws got me an Amy Butler book(Style Stitches) and an Amy Butler pattern (Liverpool Tunic). In January I made the Liverpool size medium and it was just a little bit too small so I gave it to a friend. When my mom came to visit in April, we went to Mood Fabric in Los Angeles ("Thank you Mood!") and I found some fun fabric and decided to start a Liverpool size large for myself. Then life started happening and between the garden, the end of the school year, getting laid off, and looking for, interviewing, and getting a new job-I somehow didn't have time for sewing. Well, after watering the garden today, I put the finishing touches on the shirt.

Originally I had a much longer shirt. The print on the cloth though was a little bit too busy for such a long shirt, so in the end I cut off 9 inches from the bottom and I think that it looks much better. I need to work on gathering sleeves. Every sleeve I make seems to poof a bit. I will keep practicing and hopefully get better.

My in-laws also got me a Sew-U book and I think that I will slowly work my way through the book and learn more about sewing that way. I also have lots of friends who are having babies, so I want to make some projects. I got Amy Butler's Little Stitches for Little Ones from the library and made a swaddling blanket for one friend. I wanted to try other projects so I also bought that book and hope to make some pajamas and other projects for all the new babies coming into my life. I hope to make sewing a priority, but I won't make any projects-I have a new job starting August 15 a wedding to plan for March 31 and lots to do between now and then.

What crafting projects are you doing? How do you juggle all the priorities in your life?: