Wednesday, February 24, 2016

February Blues

I really have no business feeling blue this February. It's been a relatively mild winter here. But, it seems there have been more gray days than not, and it's been just cold and dreary enough that I'd rather stay indoors. I'll admit - and this is a tough one for me to admit - I'm getting bored.   

That said, my time at home with Lyla has been so nice recently. She seems to have jumped leaps and bounds with her speech over the past month and it has made a world of difference. She talks, I understand (!), I respond and her face lights up with joy. We're having actual real conversations! 


We've been talking a lot about dresses lately. She loves the dresses I've made her and wears them (plus a couple more I've made over the year) regularly. Seriously, this girl is my biggest handmade supporter. So, of course I've told her I'll make her a new dress (or four). She wants "pink tigers" on her dress and she wants it done in about 30 seconds. She says "you make my dress now. OK, Mommy? I paint hearts." She paints a bit, turns to find me watching her and says, "s'ok, Mommy, you just make it." Sure thing, sweets. 


I think that soon enough, I'll be able to sew a bit with her by my side. Up until recently, I would never dream of us sitting here creating together, knowing she'd likely wander off within minutes and get into things. But, I'm noticing her becoming more independent and engaging in her own play just a little bit more lately. It's wonderful on so many fronts. I love those moments when she drifts off into her own little world, seemingly unaware that I'm nearby. What a bright spot she's been this February.



And, then, there were other bright spots, of the the impulsive purchasing type. I hope I'm not the only one who does that. Last week I added this pretty stack of indigo fabrics to my stare and gaze at on my shelf stash. Mostly all from Handcrafted by Alison Glass, but a little of Cotton and Steel's Bluebird as well. Good gracious, they're beautiful. But, what shall I do with them? That's what I'll be pondering this March while I sew dresses for my little girl.


I hope you've found some bright and beautiful spots this February!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Bluebird Poolside Tote

I knew when I made my first Poolside Tote that it wouldn't be my last. This pattern by Anna Graham of Noodlehead is one of my favorites. It's a fun one to put together and makes a super functional bag. I especially love the shape and all of the details Anna has added to the pattern. 


The exterior of this bag features a fun print from Cotton and Steel's recent Bluebird collection. I'm slightly obsessed with this collection of blue fabrics (more on that soon). To me, this print screams summer, pool time, beach, and sunny travels. This particular fabric is printed on an unbleached cotton, which gives it a lovely natural look. Since it's a lighter weight cotton, I basted canvas to each of the exterior pieces. This adds some sturdiness and weight to the bag. It's just a bit on the floppy side, but I kind of like it that way.    


The handles of the bag and the interior are yarn-dyed Essex linen in black and chambray. The accents are Cloud9 Fabric's Cirrus Solids in Coral (which I was ecstatic to discover at Joanns!!). I interfaced all of these fabrics with Pellon SF101.


This bag is so roomy and can hold so much! I included a little leather clip on the interior for those keys that tend to disappear.



This bag was a gift for my friend Kendra's 40th birthday. This is the year my closest friends (and I) turn 40 (I'm still trying to wrap my mind around that one) and I decided I wanted to sew something for each of them. Maybe Poolside Totes for everyone and then a group trip to the beach! Sounds pretty perfect to me!