It’s been over four months since I last sat in front of my sewing machine! Life just gets hectic sometimes. Leading up to Christmas was crazy, followed by a fabulous family holiday to the USA (our first time to the States), my Dad’s 70th birthday; which included my first ever public speaking engagement (very daunting!!) and then a truck load of work emails to deal with meant there was no time left to sew.
My crazy husband is away this weekend competing in a half Ironman race in preparation for a full Ironman race at the end of next month; so after getting the kids dinner, bathed and to bed I decided why not get back to the machine? A year ago I had bought a stack of fabric from the States so I decided to make a simple little skirt for my daughter to wear to a party today.
The skirt takes me about 40 minutes to whip up. It’s very easy to make, in fact I think the second thing I ever attempted to sew when I started this ‘learn to sew’ adventure was this skirt. The difficult part was trying to get her measurements at 9pm (in the dark) when she was fast asleep; I managed to do it without waking her! Either she was super tired or I was a genius…
I think the result is pretty good, and by the looks of things she’s pretty chuffed too!
Now I have to try and make some headway on the quilt I started 5 months ago!
So the weekend away was most eventful! I really surprised myself with how much I actually achieved! I went with great intentions but having three children (now 5 and under) I didn’t really believe that I would get much done; if anything to be really honest.
My husband decided that he was going to take the two big kids into town to get some ingredients to cook up a lovely casserole for dinner so I stayed at home and got going on the sewing whilst our baby boy slept. I powered through heaps of belts; the ones using twill tape took no time at all; about ten minutes each, the ones I made with ribbon took a little longer only because I ironed some interfacing in-between two strips of ribbon just to give it a bit more rigidity. I think they have come up really nicely so I’m now working on a tutorial to add to my site for anyone that’s interested in making a few. You certainly don’t have to have any experience in sewing to be able to make them, and you could even just hand stitch them if you don’t own a sewing machine. (Obviously it might take you a bit longer though).
The belt my son is wearing in these photos is the ribbon version. I have to say it was a lot more difficult to get him to pose than my daughter; it comes pretty naturally to her, this one didn’t enjoy it as much so when I asked him to then model the twill tape belt it all went horribly pear shaped so I just gave up – I figured it wasn’t a fight worth having. I like to pick my battles wisely!
This weekend my husband and I are off to the Southern Highlands for a few nights R-&-R (my husband especially needs it after his efforts on the town last night…. but hay what’s new!).
It is suppose to be tops of six degrees whilst we are there so I can’t imagine we will be getting out of the house all the much – I think we will spend the few days inside by the fire reading books and doing some craft or cooking with the kids. So to save me from going completely gaga I have decided to take down my machine and whip up a few belts for the kids. Don’t you love the use of the word ‘whip’ – I make it sound like I’m a professional on the sewing machine but the reality of it is that a twenty minute task will probably take me about an hour…and that’s per belt!
If there is one thing I always find difficult to buy, it’s small sized belts. Yes there is the odd shop that sells children’s belts but they are still miles too big for my kids. This is especially true for my middle child whose waist is five centimetres (two inches) smaller than our third child who is 22 months younger! (Poor kid – he’s super skinny).
So the other day I laid my eyes on this really bright coloured twill tape and thought, “If I just buy a couple of D-rings I could whip up a few belts in no time”. So this weekend that’s the plan – I’ll see if I can make some belts for all the kids in these great rainbow colours…. and if it turns out to be a success I’ll add it as a tutorial. I’ll keep you posted.