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Other Obsessions: Sewing days!

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The baby shower has really kicked off this preparation mode.  

And I decided that it was time for me to get back into some serious sewing (my fabric stash is also getting out of hand!)

stash

 

I picked out some patterns and fabrics from my stash. They're organized in a way -- An easy project after a more complicated one, slippery/drapey fabric after crispy fabric, etc. I couldn't wait to get started!

I started with some fast sewing projects for the baby. Sewing for baby was an interesting process. I had to think about, is this fabric good for babies? Buttons or zippers? Is this going to be easy washable and sturdy enough for the dryer?

Baby quilt - just 1 yd of each fabric, and poly batting in between. 

Baby quilt - just 1 yd of each fabric, and poly batting in between. 

Ponte knit pants in newborn size, the pattern was a free pattern  from Craftsy pattern page.

Ponte knit pants in newborn size, the pattern was a free pattern  from Craftsy pattern page.

Pants out of soft flannel, prewashed twice! The pattern was a Kwiksew pattern, K3375. 

Pants out of soft flannel, prewashed twice! The pattern was a Kwiksew pattern, K3375

I originally bought this fabric from a local fabric store to make project bags, but decided it would make a really unique baby's shirt! The pattern is Kwiksew 3730 in View C. 

I originally bought this fabric from a local fabric store to make project bags, but decided it would make a really unique baby's shirt! The pattern is Kwiksew 3730 in View C. 

Currently, I'm taking a short break from sewing for the tiny person, and focusing my energy on sewing for myself. Although I'm limited in what I can fit into these days (tshirts and knits are still ok; woven fabric dresses are not!), I'm going to appreciate a closet with new handmade additions once I get this baby out of me! 

I'm working on my 3rd Macaron dress by Colette Patterns. I keep going back to this pattern for a lot of my fabrics. It works well with sheer fabrics (for the yoke) and dressy materials as well as crisp cotton blends. It's a very versatile design, as it can be dressed up or down.

macaron

I always omit the pockets, and for this one I cut one layer of sleeves, instead of 2 (the pattern makes you cut 4 pieces of sleeves). I just need to sew the skirt portion into the bodice and then put in an invisible zipper on the side. I love the print of this fabric! I got 5 yards of this fabric from Michael Levine Loft in downtown LA. I think it was a special order print fabric for some designer, because the order sticker was still stapled on one end. I think this will be an awesome dress for this summer!