My hobbies have always provided me procrastination fodder. This weekend I hosted a dear friend's baby shower (photos tomorrow!), and after it was over I just couldn't bear to spend my evening cleaning. I had already run the dishwasher twice that day, not to mention all the cooking and decorating. I needed to do something different, and sewing or scrapbooking feels productive-- and therefore a reasonable alternative. (Isn't it great how we justify things to ourselves?)
Anyhoo, that night I made the cutest little onesie dress for my friend's newborn. I used this tutorial. The onesie used to belong to Audrey, the pink fabric is from my trip to the Salvation Army, and the ruffle is off a crib sheet that I got for $2 in the "As Is" section of Ikea. About an hour of work, and I had this:
As with most projects, it will be much quicker the next time around. My favourite part is that because it's attached to the onesie, the skirt will stay down in place. I used to hate it when dresses bunched up under my babies' arms/necks all the time. The new mama popped by with her little girl last night, and she loved it. I believe she squealed. I also am prone to react to baby clothes with a squeal, too, so I get it!
Sunday was a quiet day, and interspersed with laundry and dishes, I decided to try out the Laila pattern by Yeppar, on Etsy. I want to make a few pieces for my niece, Becca, who turns 7 in April, but I don't trust myself to make something perfectly the first time-- my kids are my test subjects. Good thing, too, because I had to pick apart three different seams on this top-- and I'm pretty sure I sewed the yoke on inside out. (I don't blame the pattern, although some of the directions could be clearer.) It still fits well enough for Audrey to wear, though:
(That's her new "I'm getting my picture taken" face.) Audrey loves the fabric because she can read all the words.
My first button:
I will make the bodice longer next time. Also, somehow the back ended up about an inch shorter that the front. To cover that I took a strip of selvedge and sewed it to the bottom. I think it looks cute!
I always love text as a design element, and, of course, you don't need to hem the selvedge edge! Close-up:
One thing is for sure-- shirts are a lot harder than dresses. No surprise there.
Finally, I made these no bake granola bars:
(photo: Kitchen Simplicity)
Every day I have to give Audrey a nut-free snack for school. (I absolutely support a nut-free environment. If a kid's life is on the line, a little inconvenience is not too much to ask.) However, all the nut free granola bars I have found at the grocery store are covered in chocolate, or filled with chocolate chips-- not what I want her eating on a regular basis. Alternatively, most of the granola bar recipes I've found use peanut butter as a binder. Not going to work. This recipe uses a mixture of honey, butter, brown sugar and molasses boiled together into a syrup as binder. Also, it's no bake, which I always appreciate. Now, there are nuts in the recipe-- but I just replaced them with an equal amount of cheerios. Voila--- nut-free. They are yummy-- both girls loved them-- but I think there is too much sugar. I already reduced it a bit, and I think next time I will cut the brown sugar in half, and add some flax seeds. With those changes, I recommend this recipe!