It has been a Falafel sewing week!
What have you made today?
Did you ever have one of those sewing days when everything was going fine and then when you are almost finished making an entire garment, you go to trim the seams with your pinking shears (to make them all pretty) and you accidentally cut a hole in the MIDDLE OF THE BODICE??!!! And then after you stitch it closed, your buttonholer decides to eat your fabric and make a mess of a buttonhole so you have to zigzag stitch your own, freehand??
Yep. Me neither.
Anyhow, my baby is turning 8 very soon, and she wanted a Little House on the Prairie party. Since our girls are born 4 days apart (um and 6 years), we have a Birthday rule in our house. After age 10, no more parties. Instead they get to invite a friend or two to do something special.
That small rule has saved my sanity for the past 4 years. Instead of two parties and Christmas (plus the multitude of other birthdays we have this time of year) we only throw one party. Because of that, we agree to make each one (up to age 10) such lovely homemade fairly grandiose parties. We did it for The Bee. Falafel still has a few more coming to her.
So when she asked for a special Laura Ingalls dress complete with bonnet and apron, I hopped right on it.
The best part about this (even despite my difficulties), when I showed her the apron, Falafel gasped and said “That is the perfect apron!“. She had drawn me a picture and I made it to look like what she wanted. It made it all worth it.
We are crossing off things on the party list, and preparing to celebrate another year. This is one of my favorite themes so far. Although, I did love The Hobbit from last year quite a bit too.
On our shelves this week is a book in a series that is a favorite of Falafel and Jim’s.
Written and illustrated by Esther Averill
These books are stories they read together, only, so I have very little to say about them. Although I will tell you they LOVE how they are written. I have heard from my crew they are quite enchanting stories.
What is on YOUR shelves this week?
Are you sick of me saying the word “sick”?
I have a cold right now. Again. Lots of congestion. So much so that I feel like my head is in a fog. Our oldest, who has been incredibly well, stayed home from school today with some chest congestion and all around general ick. Nothing serious. Just enough to slow us down and even stop us from our daily activities. Plus, I really don’t like to spread illness. Ever.
How are you? It seems like everyone is saying the same thing lately. Sickness abound.
Are you battling colds/flu/fevers right now?
Wishing you all a healthy weekend!
As I posted yesterday, I made Falafel’s party favors. I wanted to show you a bonnet a little closer.
This is a breakdown of all the different pieces involved in this seemingly easy head covering. I did it this way to ensure a neat and professional inside as well as outside. Cause, you know that matters to a bunch of 8 year olds. *rolling eyes at self*
First, I made a “brim sandwich” of the ties and the ruffle to hide any seams, then I turned it right side out and sandwiched the gathered main bonnet piece in the brim with the edges of the brim turned under. Does that make sense?
For the casing in the back, I turned the edges under and sewed around the perimeter. Then pinched a rectangle of fabric across the middle and sewed a straight line. This created a channel to feed the elastic through.
I stitched the ends in place, and it was done. I just wanted to explain a bit of the process because I took the time to figure it out, and I love sharing all that I find. I truly appreciate all the knowledge shared by all you crafty people out there. It has helped me improve my skills and be a better sewist!