The Inside Scoop

When I was first learning to sew, I’d often remark, “It’s a good thing no one can see the inside!” I’ve heard the same comment from others who are new to the hobby, and I always try to reassure them that it will change and some day the insides of what they sew won’t have to be hidden.

I finished this jacket today and have to say that I’m particularly pleased with the insides. While I always turn a garment inside out during and after sewing, this is the first time I think I’ve ever photographed the results. (I’m not sure if the person to whom this jacket has been sent reads my blog but she has a great sense of humor and I think she’ll laugh to see it inside out and hanging from a tree.)

The pattern is a modified version of Butterick 5187. I combined a couple of the views so the jacket would look more like a smaller one I’ve sewn, right down to the binding on the sleeves. This particular jacket has gone a step further with the addition of welt pockets with flaps (which is a post for another day).

What makes this jacket special in my eyes is the amount of hand sewing involved. I’ll be the first to admit that I avoid hand sewing whenever I can. I’m kind of an immediate gratification sort of girl; I equate hand sewing with “labor intensive” and “time consuming.” Seriously, who has time for that?

Let me tell ya: sometimes it is worth it. This jacket would be lovely no matter what but I really think the hand sewing — the facings, hem, bindings — elevate it in the construction department. Yes, I could have finished the jacket two hours faster but it wouldn’t be quite the same.

Still Waiting

For fall, that is. Because then I can actually wear my fabulous new jacket!

I fell in love with the style when I sewed a similar one for the bunny. I couldn’t find one exactly like it but I found something close and just tweaked it. I think it’s a pretty good match.

The fabric is from the Park Slope line by Erin McMorris, which I lurve like nothing else. The color is just beautiful, such a deep raspberry and I think it’ll look great with jeans or maybe even a fall skirt.

I’ve been planning to add the little girl’s jacket a a you-pick-the-fabric custom to my Etsy and am contemplating doing the same with this one, but I’m not 100 percent certain yet.

Regardless, I think I’ll be making a couple more of these for my closet. Of course with coordinating jackets for Mini Me. 🙂

Recording Childhood

We’ve forgotten so much of what the boys said when they were young, those little goofy pronunciations that come along with learning the language. As much as I thought I’d remember those things forever, I can’t. Honey and I have had countless conversations, trying to recall who said what: amblylamps (ambulance), movie theetee-er (theater), watermelvin (watermelon — that one was my eldest).

I’ve been planning to do a scrapbook layout of the little missy to preserve her unique take on some common words. It wasn’t until today, though, that I had the perfect photograph for the page.

There’s so much about this picture that tickles me, from the quirky expression to the hands tucked in her pockets. I think it makes exactly the right statement.

The two papers are from the Take Flight digital scrapbooking kit that was available in May. I used some of the fabric for the page title (Heather Bailey’s Fresh Cut line) and sampled the colors in the fabric for the text colors and backgrounds behind the misspoken words (with their translations).