So, it’s been a bit crazy around here the past 2 or 3 months. For example, you know how I said that I wasn’t feeling very well a while back? Well, there’s a really good reason for that. It’s because I’m 17 weeks pregnant with son #2.
Crazy right? I mean, I’ve got a 7 year old, so obviously I’m not a complete stranger to being a mom, but I’ve got a 7 year old. That’s a pretty big gap. I’m not even sure I remember how to hold a baby, fold a swaddling blanket, or change a diaper. I’ve forgotten how much diapers and formula cost (unless the milkers decide to do their freakin’ job this time) and the thought of budgeting for a new baby is terrifying.
We’ve had a bit of a bumpy ride this time between the chromosomal abnormality scare (you can read this wiki on nuchal translucency if you’re curious)** and the fact that I failed my 1-hour glucose test this time around. I’m hopeful that I can pass the three hour test and then the 1 hour test when I have to take it again at 26 weeks.
**I know that sounds flippant, but honestly, ever since we’ve gotten the test results back with everything being fine, it almost feels more like a bad dream than a former reality. Now it’s almost hard to believe that even last week we weren’t sure if our baby was going to be stillborn or have Down Syndrome. The DS wasn’t too scary–it was the other possibilities that had me stressed beyond belief.
Anyway, so with all that stress, plus the typical pregnancy symptoms, you’ll surely understand why I haven’t been terribly productive in the sewing room. For quite a while I couldn’t do much more than sit down there and stare at my fabric wall or cry. But I’m feeling more motivated and productive now, so after I spruce up the basement bathroom (nesting?), I forsee having new sewing projects to show here on the ‘ol blog, though I’ll confess that some of it may not be terribly exciting because I’m not sure how much sewing I’ll be doing for myself. But don’t worry! This won’t be a space where all I showcase is baby clothes, because honestly, I have little or no need to sew up clothes for the baby. Between hand-me-downs from my oldest (it feels weird saying that!) and whatever his grandmas/aunts find for him, I’m sure he’ll be well-dressed until he’s at least 2! Besides, they grow so fast it’s hardly worth sewing for them when they’re real little.
My husband however, is desperately in need of some business casual shirts/slacks, he’s worn the ones I’ve made him to death!! And my oldest (yep, still weird!) needs pants that fit his skinny butt, so I’ll probably have some of that to show as well.
So now you know (or have verification of) what’s going on in my world. How are things where you are?
I just wanted to give a shout out of thanks to my readers who helped me the other day. Ya’ll had several great ideas, and ultimately I decided to try out Jalie 2107** for two reasons: 1) I’ve made it before for my hubby–erm sort of, and 2) it was already in my stash. I’m not always known for my frugality, (just ask my husband about my ability to fall in love with the most expensive item in the store!) but sometimes, it’s nice to be able to use what you have on hand. Which is kind of funny, since I had completely forgotten I had it until someone mentioned using a Jalie pattern…
So now I just need to call Grandma and have her get that one pesky measurement that I need to get started. Waist to floor–I took the inseam–why does Jalie have to do it different!?!? Argh! Thankfully, she’s a seamstress too, so I know that the measurement won’t be just a wild guess.
** It appears that Jalie 2107 is OOP. I could find the PDF file of the instructions, but couldn’t find it in the OOP section or just by searching the number on the site. But if you can get your hands on it, the reviews for it are here.
Do any of you know of a simple sewing pattern for making slim boy’s trousers? Something that doesn’t look “homemade”, but that doesn’t have so many details they take ages to make? He’s got a 21″ waist and a 22″ inseam. I’d like them a little longer, but I think I can fix that easy enough–though I’ve had some trouble with distortion on his PJ pants when I try to add more than about 4″. If anyone knows why I get distortion, I’d be tickled to know how to fix it. I’d also like the back to be elastic for more comfort and *fingers crossed* a bit longer wear in case he finally decides to get a bit thicker…ha!
Anyway, I found a pattern from MakeItPerfect called High Flyers that are similar to what I have in mind, but don’t know where to buy them here or if there is a better option out there. So if any of you have pattern suggestions (or even RTW suggestions that won’t break the bank!) I’d be more than thrilled to hear them. I know I’m not the only one with a scrawny (but adorable!) boy!
And in case it helps, for those who are still in the age group to buy jeans in the adjustable waist category, I can say that the ones by Levi (style 549) in the slim fit worked pretty well for us, even if they were just a smidge short most of the time for a kid of average height. (They aren’t cheap though, so definitely hit the the sales.) Sadly, my son has outgrown the elastic waistband size range, so I’m out of luck there.
Today I dusted off my cutting table, cleared the cobwebs off my sewing machine, and checked my rotary cutter for rust. I made a small but (in my world at least) necessary item. A car trash bag. And it’s rather cute if I don’t say so myself. Originally there was supposed to be two of them, but it turns out I only had purchased enough fabric for 1.5 trash bags. This sort of thing happens to me a lot, not sure why….
So anyway, since it’s not worth another trip to Big J’s and another $15, I’ll just stick with one, thankyouverymuch. But, I think I read somewhere that if there’s no pictures it didn’t happen, so here’s the pictures!!
So I used this pattern here, which I thought was well-written and easy. I only made one modification, and that was to use a single strap with two black snaps instead of using two long ties and tying them into a bow. I figured I’m probably not coordinated enough to get all that tucked away neatly (at least not more than once or twice), and this way I never have to move the strap, I just unsnap the bag to dump it. Plus, you know, any excuse to smack something with a hammer.
Now the trick will be making sure that everyone uses it, especially the youngster!!
This one’s a quickie–really!
So we went to one of those restaurants with the serve-yourself type drink stations, and some asshole had 2 of the clear water cups and proceeded to fill them with soda. WTF?! If you didn’t pay for soda, you don’t get it. Otherwise it’s thievery, and will likely ruin it for the rest of us who are actually honest and get the water we said we were going to get. So I know that none of my lovely readers are like that asshole, but hopefully if you see it you’ll call them on it. I didn’t and I should have, and it bugs me. I’m generally outspoken to a fault, so I’m still not sure why I didn’t.
See? I told you it would be a quickie, and for once I was right! Hope ya’ll have a fantastic weekend! Hopefully, I’ll have something more interesting to post about next week.
My son turned 7 the other day–it’s still a bit surreal that he’s not a chubby cheeked toddler anymore–so for his birthday in lieu of a party we took him on a camping trip. A good time was had by all, but I think the kiddo had a better time than the rest of us. He took to hiking like a duck to water, and seemed to be nearly tireless–which when it’s hot outside is quite a feat!
Anyway, in honor of my post last week about stereotypes, I thought I’d help dispel another one. You know how there’s the saying about Kansas being flat as a pancake? It’s not really true. See?
Yes, we visited Kanopolis Lake last weekend. The hiking was beautiful, and there’s also horse trails and mountain biking trails (I’d never be able to bike in the sandy paths, but it would definitely be a fun and beautiful challenge for someone tougher than me). The tent campsite we stayed at was maybe a bit primitive for my taste, but then, I was only a girl scout for a couple of years, so I’m maybe a bit of a whiner on that sort of thing.
Anyway, here’s a couple of pictures that I actually took of the landscape, I thought it looked rather awesome considering this is the first year they’ve had much for rain in several years (portions of the plains have been in a severe drought for around 4 years I think). It feels like an eternity, so it’s easy to lose track of the time.
Sorry for the lack of…well, anything the past month or so. I’m not sure what’s gotten into me, but it’s sapped all my creative energy and desire to do much of anything. Anyway, you’re here now for the peeve, so I’ll get straight to it.
Today’s peeve is a quickie. I’ve been doing a fair amount of reading lately, (still working on the Agent Pendergast series, if you’re interested) and one of the books I read recently rubbed me the wrong way. Not so much because the story/plot was bad (though I’ll admit it wasn’t one of the better ones in this series), but because it was extremely obvious the authors had never set foot in the region the book was set in. Also obvious? They’d never bothered to meet any of the people from said region. It’s sort of like all those generic “Arkansas” jokes from people who’ve never actually met anyone from Arkansas or visited the state (which the Ozark region is exceptionally beautiful, and I’d highly recommend visiting if you’re the outdoorsy type). When I read a book set in a certain area, I expect the authors to actually be knowledgeable about the area and give the reader an accurate picture of what the place is really like. I want the image in my head to be accurate. Why? Because sometimes I decide I want to visit a place based on what I’ve read/heard about it, and I can’t always recall exactly whether the description came from a fiction book or a travel show, and I don’t like nasty surprises. I also don’t like “generalizations” of a place based on a stereotype that isn’t accurate for most (or sometimes any) of the population/region. (i.e. Kansas/Oklahoma is all tornadoes all the time, Arkansas is full of trailer trash redneck types, or Kentucky’s population is 100% hillbillies who married their sisters/brothers–see how stupid that is?) Especially because people remember the negatives, but don’t bother to see if those negatives are correct and don’t remember the positives.
Does this sort of thing bother anyone else? Or am I all on my own on this one?
So much for that being a quickie. Sorry about that. Wishing all you lovelies a fabulous (and creative) weekend!