I have completed a few sewing and knitting projects in the last few weeks. One was the lap blanket that I have been working on for quite a few months now. A row or two whenever I got a chance was how it got done. It is just what I wanted it to be. Perfect size for pulling over your lap to read or watch a movie. Perfect size to pull over little ones when they are sick and laying on the couch – and we had a lot of that this last week (luckily everyone is well or nearly well at this point). This blanket has a great weight to it. It is heavy, but made with a cotton linen blend that is warm, but not too warm. I love the colors too: brown (from walnut shells), yellow (marigolds), natural, light green (goldenrod). I just hope the colors have set well because this blanket will need to be washed fairly often, I predict – which means it is getting used and loved. Just what I hoped.
I also made Anne a quick Easter dress the day before Easter. I had a simple pattern by Figgy and some printed cotton voile and pink cotton twill in my stash – perfect for this dress. Anne loved it, but it was a little cool on Easter morn to be sleeveless. This dress will last all summer, though, and I love the print. Thinking of what to make myself with that fabric . . .
And, I did make something for myself from the green linen I bought last year. Watching spring emerge, and the indescribable green that the grass becomes this time of year, made me remember why I was attracted to that vibrant linen which I bought this time last year. I am sure I bought it because it is the color of spring grass, which to me is a color of life. Beautiful.
I envisioned a button up short sleeve shirt that I could wear all summer. Linen would be perfect for this type of shirt and that green in a shirt will not overpower. I went first to my grandmother’s patterns and found one that I thought would work. I made a muslin, a few adjustments, and sewed up my first button up shirt. I was easier than I thought it would be – even all those button holes, I found kind of fun to make. I wore it on my birthday and am very happy with it.
Next project is jeans! I have the pattern pieces cut out, but have been too tired every night since I cut them out to do anything with them. I am also planning to participate in Kids Clothes Week again – next week. I am planning a few things. Thinking about t-shirt dresses for the girls, something for Hythe (because I think he felt a little left out when he realized I made the girls new dresses for Easter, but nothing for him), and something for Steven from that lightning bolt fabric (he keeps asking about it). If anyone is interested in sewing for children, you should check out Kids Clothes Week. They have a huge listing of patterns, tutorials, ideas, fabrics, etc. that are great resources and inspiration.