Ermergerd, it’s New Year Eve? Eeek! This holiday is going too fast, as always. Before the new year starts, I want to post one last post about projects from 2014. Let’s wipe the slate clean and get ready for a fresh start!
First up: Kitty bean bags for my niece!
When I asked on Twitter what to make a 2-year-old, several people suggested bean bags. I’m always scared of making handmade gifts that won’t get used, so I tried to make them multifunctional:
- They are cats. Cats = cute, cute = good, right? Also, she’s being raised by dog people, so i have to subtly convert her to Team Cat!
- They spell out her name. If nothing else, they can sit on a shelf and decorate her room!
- They are nice and hefty (filled with fabric scraps) so they make good bean bags for throwing and catching games. And because they are filled with fabric, not beans/rice/etc, I don’t have to worry about the food element going bad over time.
I made the “pattern” myself… it’s basically a square with some bits taken out. Techinical, right?😛 I’m happy with how they turned out though. Kawaii!
Next: Clothes for the same niece!
Look, there is only one child on either side of my family – I have to spoil her, right? I had a lot of fun sewing her these little clothes, mostly out of refashioned clothing or scraps from my sewing. Can you recognise any of the fabrics? (Also, three cheers for my sister-in-law for being an appreciative recipient – so much more fun to sew for someone who will likes handmade! Thanks, Sister Kate!)
Oh, and all the tops are Jalie raglans (love that the pattern goes from my size to hers!) and the bottoms are all Hosh pant leggings or pants!
Now for some selfish sewing…
Festive clothes for meeeeeeee! I went a little overboard this year. (I also decided at some point that I’d wear red and green every day for the last week of school, so I had to get sewing!) First I made the plaid ponte Lady Skater/circle skirt dress at the top… then I made a Comino Cap in red polka dot bamboo. (It suffers from the same problem as the identical dress I made in navy here: it’s a little boring. Teeny dots are not enough pattern for me, and I can’t nail how to style it.)
Then on a whim I decided to sew up some sparkly silver knit I had in the stash – with the reasoning that I could wear it to a festive party, if I ever went to such a thing! Haven’t actually worn this yet. I self-lined the front, which accidentally turned a drapy cardigan into something more tuxedo-esque. Hmmm.
Last of all, I finally made a Muse Jenna cardigan… and promptly gave it away! In the emerald ponte I used, the gathers just serve to make my bust look flat, which it’s not! I prefer wearing cardigans open, but this only looks sort-of passable when closed. Oh well. I think it would be better in a looser, drapier weave. It belongs to my sister now, and has already been worn at least twice!
Last but not least…
Family Christmas photos! I set up the tripod and we tricked out cats into being in the same room together… then after 30 seconds they noticed each other and freaked out! But it was glorious while it lasted. As it happens, I made my husband’s hoodie as a Christmas gift, and sewed my own leggings, dress and scarf (truth be told, I sewed the undies both of us are wearing too!) It was a Me-Made Christmas all around!
Oh, and did you notice????
I GOT A COVERSTITCH FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!! Yippee, yippee, yippee! Big thanks to my husband for taking note the one time I mentioned wanting one, and for talking his family into helping pay for it! I haven’t tried it yet gotta work up the nerve first.
Whew. That was long. And wordy. I’m sorry! What a way to end 2014 – enthusiastically rambling about many knit garments. Sounds about right, eh?
HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR, and see you in 2015!