This month’s finds feel especially random… but then, isn’t that the point?
At the risk of sounding like an overeager 4-Her, I wanted to share what sewing projects I completed this past year! I’m doing this in part for me to review and see all that I made, and also to share with you so that you get the itch to start making something. It’s sew rewarding!
To put it in perspective so you know how much I usually sew: 2020 was a blockbuster year for me. I don’t usually sew as much as I did this past year, mostly due to placing priority on other projects, but this year I found that I really enjoyed it and don’t regret one single moment that I spent sewing. Also, shoutout to covid for giving me more time at home to sew. 😉
An important note is that I will never think of myself as a seamstress, and I say this because I will always love the design part of projects more than the construction. I don’t usually use patterns when I sew (although I did for three projects this year because they can be helpful), because there’s really no design involved when you’re just sewing something from an existing pattern. Instead, I value the creative process of making something from scratch over the speed of using a commercial pattern – and that’s one reason why I will never be a super prolific sewer, aka seamstress. And I am okay with it!
One last thing – this was a great sewing year for me but not a great photography year – whoops! So we’re working with some less-than-stellar photos for many of my projects, but you still get the point.
PROJECT ONE: Baby Blanket
If you can see past the gigantic pillow in front of it, that’s the double-sided baby blanket I made for our baby boy. I actually made three of these this year, all with different fabrics, and for different babies. Pattern: none.
PROJECT TWO: Baby Gown + Hat
This was super fast and super adorable to make, so I made two sets. Also, WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT TINY BABY BOY?? Pattern: here.
PROJECT THREE: Leather Bag
I’d bought this beautiful suede-lined mint leather years ago and was tired of it wasting away, so I made a cute tote bag out of some of it and now use it as my teaching bag. Pattern: my own.
PROJECT FOUR: Masks
I’ve made several of these, using different patterns, and BLAH. But it looks like I’ll keep making them for awhile. Pattern: various.
PROJECT FIVE: Halloween Costumes
This was, by far, my most time-consuming sewing project of this past year, and I’m thrilled with how it turned out! I made elements of my children’s Halloween costumes (Madeline and the tiger!): a Madeline jacket, baby cap, and sewing and attaching a tiger tail to a purchased footie pajamas that I’d painted as well as a black ribbon to a straw hat. Patterns: my own.
PROJECT SIX: Baby Baptismal Gown
Oh, the time I spent on this one for it only to be worn for a couple hours ever. Still worth it! I used white silk for the gown and fine english netting from my bridal veil for the sleeves and ties at the hem, and then paired it with a baby blue pater pan collar. Pattern: my own.
PROJECT SEVEN: Christmas Stockings
I had made my daughter a Christmas stocking last year, but I didn’t really like how it turned out, so I made a new one this year, and made one for our baby son as well. It was fun to pick out different fabrics to pair together, and I think these will grow well with them. Pattern: here (not quilted).
PROJECT EIGHT: Dopp Kits
I made zippered dopp kits for a few of the men in my family for Christmas, and failed to take a single photo of any of them. Whoops! They were pretty easy to make and I think they’ll last awhile. Pattern: here.
This post is for all of you Prime members who still haven’t finished your Christmas shopping! 😉 If you’re not a Prime member, then you’re probably going to have to finish your shopping in person because shipping is so s-l-o-w right now from most retailers! Anyways, enjoy scrolling through my current favorites, and have a merry Christmas.
Welcome to this month’s Amazon Finds post! You’ll find products ranging from $5-$110 – and let me warn you, most of them are kid-related this month. Must be the stage of life I’m in! 😉
Today, as you may have already guessed from the title, I pose a question of high significance to you. 😉 Can sweatsuits actually be stylish?
I’m not here to answer the question, I’ll let you do that for yourself. All I want you do to is to think about it for a bit – we’re currently seeing sweatsuits on all the major retailers’ websites, which is probably the first time ever that sweatsuits are actually trending. The pandemic has taken the type of clothing formerly only worn around the house (or to the grocery store, if you’re me), in private, and not even ‘grammed about, and instead made it front and center style. I’m seeing bloggers post sweatsuits more than nearly any other type of clothing, and I guess that makes sense if most of us are still at home most of the time.
But practical or not (which they certainly are in a time like this), are they actually stylish? Comment below with your thoughts, I’d love to know them! In the meantime, here are a few cute (stylish?!) sets I found from recent browsing.
Once again, it’s the time of the month where I share my Amazon finds with my readers. Guys, it’s a real chore. 😉 This month I’m sharing a lot of products that I own and love – until you get to the end, where I fell down a bit of a preppy rabbit hole. Whoops!