As exhausted as taking care of two kids, a house, and a vegetable garden (it’s kind of growing itself these days!) leaves me at the end of the day, I’ve been managing to get some sewing done in the evenings. This is the best way for me to unwind and relax after my children are in bed. This time is essential to keeping me both calm and happy.
Once in a while I also find a way to work in a few minutes of sewing in while my son and daughter are awake. These are my charmed days.
I am really fortunate that my four year old actually loves to accompany me to the fabric store. A few months ago he picked out an emergency vehicle print. I have an easy pattern for kids shorts so I promised to make him a pair. After he tried them on he asked me to make another pair so that he will still has some when he grows out of these. I love it that he loves them! I am also happy that I always buy too much of any given fabric.
Oops! This is the pair that is supposed to be in storage.
After making the shorts I decided that I wanted to make a couple t-shirts to match. I keep on hand plain white t-shirts and also any stained white shirts that we receive (as hand-me-downs) so that I have something around to dye when I’m feeling inspired. I quickly had a red t-shirt and a blue t-shirt done. I use procion dyes and I could get a uniform effect if I dyed the garments in a pot but I like the mottled look so I use the same squeeze bottles that I use for tie-dyeing. I just squeeze the dye all over the white t-shirt this way and try to make it as uniform as possible. Inevitably the dye isn’t that even, giving me just what I want in the end.
I also wanted to put an applique on the blue shirt so my son and I sat down together and we traced emergency light patterns onto paper. We decided to copy a light from his shorts. We then chose the fabric from old t-shirts that I keep in my fabric stash and I cut out the parts for the applique. I finally got around to sewing it up last night. My son was really happy to wake up to his new t-shirt this morning! I think it looks adorable on him.