I'm happy to join up with needle and thREAD again this week. I love getting a peak into other people's sewing adventures and I always come away inspired.
This past week has been surprisingly fruitful in the sewing department. As I shared here, I did a little girl's dress makeover earlier in the week. (Size 10 dress into a size 5 dress)
That project was a ton of fun because the dress turned out how I wanted it to and that hardly ever happens!
I also stitched up another nursing cover as a gift for a friend who is due in June. I had originally promised her a pair of booties, but she gladly accepted the offer of a nursing cover when she didn't get the one off of her registry.
Is it me or is choosing fabric for other people terrifying??? When I went to the fabric store to find something for the cover, of course, I couldn't find a lovely subtle black and grey floral print like the one she had wanted and then I agonized for at least fifteen minutes (a very long time with children in tow) over whether or not my friend would want green or teal or purple or chevron or calico or My Little Kitty...before I finally grabbed a bolt I really liked and made for the cutting counter.
And now, of course, the lack of black and gray and especially subtle has me afraid that maybe the fabric I chose is too me and not enough her and....oh bother! It's so hard!
Anywho, enough drama.
Now that I've sewn a few of these nursing covers, I think I've figured out the dimensions that make the best use of a yard of fabric. As it turns out, if you figure it right, you can make a nursing cover and a lovely little carrying bag to match!
(DIY details are after the jump. Can you believe how super organized I am this week?)
That's what I've been up to in the sewing world.
As far as reading goes, I've had great aspirations that haven't much materialized. We took a trip to Miami a week ago on something of a whim -- TWENTY HOURS in the car each way! -- and I packed a whole big purse full of books and didn't crack a one! Something about watching a 16 month old around water makes leisure reading a bit difficult :o).
However, I did pick up my copy of The Handbook For Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul (by Lisa Hendey) again this week. I'm about halfway through and I think the reason I never seem to finish it is because the author references her family and upbringing very frequently and that is weirdly off-putting to me. I say weirdly because I had a happy childhood, but maybe I'm still having a hard time relating?
Oooooooor, maybe I need to take a chill pill and go find myself some good summer fiction!
And this is a total aside, but I'm asking prayers to find my engagement ring that was lost sometime in the last few days. We think it might be in the house, but we are at a total loss. Your intercession is much appreciated!
Thank you for stopping by and many thanks to Elizabeth for hosting again this week. For more needle and thREAD, head on over to In the Heart of My Home and see what everyone is up to.
Nursing Cover and Bag details after the jump...
(If this jump business works --- I'm a first time jumper here.)