Monday, June 25, 2012

A post about tiny pants for a person I haven't met yet


Let me say WOW and thank you for all the well-wishes and kind words about the baby.

I've shared all your comments (whether they were here on the blog or delivered in person at the shop or around town) with Ollie and we are both touched.

I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

*Clears throat*

So... those tiny pants!

We don't know if we're having a boy or a girl yet (although as you read this I may have just found out!) so the challenge at the moment is to make things that would work for either.

I love a challenge.

Most people's reaction to the baby news has been "This is going to be one well-dressed baby!"

So, in other words, the pressure is on to live up to the "sewing expectations" of my friends and customers (and myself).

I work well under pressure.

The Quick Change Trousers from Anna Maria Horner's excellent book Handmade Beginnings have been on my radar since waaaay before I was pregnant (that little patch across the butt just kills me!).

I've seen these pants all over the interweb and whether you've got kids or not, I think we can all agree they score very high on the adorable-o-meter. 

The day I came home from my first ultra-sound all I could think after meeting that little baby and seeing him or her up on the screen for the first time, rubbing his or her little baby eyes, wiggling his or her little baby toes, was:

A) Holy cow: there really is a baby in there!


B) I gotta sew something!

So, I drafted a copy of the pattern for the Quick Change Trousers (size newborn to 3 months but the pattern goes all the way up to size 2T) and before I knew it... pants!

Tiny pants!

3 pairs of teeny tiny pants!


All of these fabrics came from my stash and most of them aren't available anymore... but I did buy the bumblebee fabric recently on Spoonflower.

How fun to pick out fabric combinations for a set of Quick Change Trousers!

And I love that they are reversible, so really I feel like I made 6 pairs of pants, not just three.

The baby's due date is December 12th: 12/12/12.

I think he or she is going to need one more pair of Quick Change Trousers in this size.

A Christmas-y pair.

Something that would be perfect for a boy or a girl...

And perfect for a Christmas visit to Grandma and Great-Grandma!



Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sunday afternoon

Just stopping in for a quickie...

And to let you know some very important facts.

My (not so) little sister graduated from the 8th grade this past Friday night.
Johanna is so beautiful inside and out (I want to be just like her when I grow up... ha ha ha).
I was really proud of her and you'll have to excuse me as I brag a bit.
She received a special award for highest achievement in creative writing skills, which in our family I would say is the highest of all high honors.
Johanna also had one of the five highest grade point averages so she was chosen to make a speech.
In fact, she was the "opening act." 
I told her the opening act was the best thing to be.
Madonna always opens the show or nothing at all.

I am here in the shop on a glorious Sunday afternoon, with the doors and windows wide open and a delicious breeze wafting through the building.
It's quite pleasant.

 I am listening to one of my favorite songbirds: Miss Kate Bush.  If you've never heard of her before go out and download (or buy if you are still old-fashionedy like me and enjoy CD's) a copy of "The Kick Inside."  Immediately!

There is a promotional code for 10% off your in-store or online orders over at Soulemama's blog.  If you are speedy, you may still have time to enter the giveaway for the new "Wildflower" Turning Twenty kit (pictured above), but the promotional code is good until June 24th.

I think tonight I shall have a vanilla milkshake for diner...

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Coming this summer to an Alewives Fabrics near you

I'm going to admit that I'm a little frightened by the amount of new fabrics we have ordered for the shop lately, but how are we supposed to NOT order something if it's completely fabulous and amazing?

Every time I have a spare moment at the shop I wander around and rearrange/neaten the shelves, and I am a bit reassured about the huge orders when I see that there are an awful lot of empty spaces where there once were bolts and bolts.

Without further adieu, take a look at some of the collections that will be arriving this summer...

"The Birds and the Bees" by miss Tula Pink:

This is an image from Tula's blog, which if you don't already read may I recommend the hasty following of?  We've *almost* ordered the entire collection (quilting weight cottons, laminates, voiles...) and folks, this is a big. ol. collection!

Another big.ol. collection: Field Study by Anna Maria Horner (photo found here).  We have ordered the entire collection: leopard spots and all!  Again with the quilting cottons, laminates and voiles.

Remember these from Martha Negley for Westminster?  Yeah, me too.  They are some of my all time favorite fabrics (of all time).  I somehow convinced my business associate (Mom) that we should order the entire collection.  It was a no-brainer and she was powerless to resist.  This collection is just in quilting weight cottons as far as I know.

And speaking of no-brainers...  we've got the entire Chicopee collection (the latest and greatest from Denyse Schmidt) on order as well!  And because I am that kind of a girl, I contacted Westminster and pulled a few strings and we should be getting our shipment of Chicopee just in time for Denyse's visit to Alewives in August.  How do you like them apples?  This collection is quilting weight cotton.  It has a few prints in corduroy, but sadly we found those to be a bit cost prohibitive, so for now, we are only going to be carrying the quilting weight cottons in all their glory.

Heather Ross' "Nursery Versery" will be out this summer, too!  Every time Heather comes out with a new collection, it is cause for celebration, and we double up on our order at the shop, because it takes sooo long for the fabrics to come in but virtually no time at all for them to sell out.  I personally have BIG plans for this here cheater print. 

These are some samples of Amy Butler's newest collection, Cameo.  Yup, we've got the whole kit 'n caboodle on order.  Quilting weight cottons, laminates and all.  You can see the whole shebang on Westminster's site here.  I am really loving this collection.  A lot.  It has just a touch of schizophrenia and you know I love that in a collection.  Keeps everything from being too "matchy matchy."

And believe it or no, there is a lot more coming in to the shop in the next few weeks!  These are just the big, huge collections that will be arriving.  I've probably forgotten some, but the majority of them should be covered in this blog post.

I can't wait!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

My sewing room and what I have been sewing lately...

I went to Stonington to teach a class at Kyra's this past January and was treated to dinner and a visit to her home.

It was one of my favorite nights in my whole life ever and we did a lot of talking, laughing, bonding and admiring of Kyra and Renee's amazing home.

One of the best parts was seeing Kyra's sewing room.

Wow, that girl has got a stash.

When I came home, I was inspired to invest in some shelving (a local antiques store was where I got the best bargain and the shelves that fit my style the most, wouldn't you know?) and organize my own stash and spruce up my sewing room.

Now when I go in there everything is nice and neat and organized.

It makes me feel so much more inspired to sew... 

I most certainly am someone who thinks best when things are tidy.

My great grandmother's 1961 Kenmore.  I use it *almost* every day.  Also a cute child's chest of drawers that is perfect for my notions.

The view from the hallway...


Some special bolts and collections and a glimpse of the design wall...      

And the money shot!  Most of my stash  is in this shelf.  Ahhh.... it makes me happy to see it all neatly folded.

The rest of the stash.  Plus some books and patterns, etc.

This pincushion and needlebook are linen and were a gift from my friend Dawn.  She used the Sprout Block Tutorial from Sew Mama Sew to make the pincushion and the needlebook I believe is a pattern found in the book Zakka Style.  I love it lots.  I made the little pink flower at the March SEAM meeting.

Some scraps, a doll I ordered from Emily (formerly her blog and Etsy shop were called Ravenhill.  I am so glad I snagged one of these before she stopped making them).  The fox is from the book Countryside Softies and I won it at one of the last Craft Swaps we had (thanks, Barbara M.!)   

And this is what I have been sewing lately... little pairs of Quick Change Trousers from Anna Maria Horner's excellent, excellent book Handmade Beginnings.

 Can you guess who the little pants are for?

For once, I can tell you that it is exactly what you are thinking...

Ollie and I are going to have a baby in December.

We are both very excited...

And I have a lot of sewing to do.