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02 January 2014

I began

...as I mean to go on.

I don't think I did a single thing that I *had* to do yesterday. I took the "holiday" part of New Year's Day to heart and did only things that I *wanted* to do. That is something that I will strive for more this year: occasionally, a day off can be just that!

  • I slept until I woke up.
  • I had a nice breakfast with my husband.
  • I puttered in my PJs most of the morning.
  • I grazed for lunch.
  • I watched football.
  • I visited with my mother.
  • I sewed.
  • I embroidered.
  • I drank a beer.
  • I drank another beer.
  • I enjoyed a nice dinner with my husband.
  • I filled in the gaps from my erratic watching of Luther.

I had done some sewing just before Christmas, finally sewing up some burp cloths for the baby -- the materials for which I bought in JULY! They're made from a variety of fat quarters, cut and pieced, cotton terrycloth backing, stitched and turned, with some simple "stitch in the ditch" to join the pieces together.

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2013-12-23_1387837882

I wasn't too terribly particular because, um, BURPING! It was fun to use my mother's old Singer Slant-O-Matic -- the ROCKETEER... it pretty much sews at the speed of light.

1-Alabama-Chanin-bib

Yesterday's sewing was quite different, and has also been in the wings for quite some time -- ever since I purchased and watched Natalie Chanin's Hand Embellishing Knit Fabric: Stenciling, Applique, Beading, and Embroidery last MARCH on Craftsy.

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Since then, I bought the fabric & supplies to make the coat featured in the class, and recently fell hard for the Onesie & Baby Blanket because... well, for a lot of reasons, but the main one being ZIM!

Officially, 10 days. Unofficially, IT COULD BE TODAY! Probably not, but... waiting for Ali's labor to begin may be worse than waiting for my own! Haha. Not really. (That was a long time ago... I can hardly remember that part.)

Thanks to my fairly recent birthday and also Christmas, my collection of Alabama Chanin books is now complete (new books are in the works, but for now I'm up to date). I am well read on the subject and recently reviewed pertinent parts of the Craftsy class (one of the greatest things about it), but I still didn't want the coat -- or even the onesie or baby blanket -- to be my very first hand-sewing project. There's a whole page of free downloadable resources at Alabama Chanin, including a pattern for a baby bib (general assembly instructions here). I finally cut up some clothing items that I'd set aside for just this type of thing.

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3-Alabama-Chanin-bib

The printed fabric is from a pair of yoga-lounge pants -- the print is the "right side" of the fabric but was hidden on the inside of the pants! The black fabric is from a knit cardigan that's too big. I didn't realize 'til I was cutting that the cardigan was actually a ribbed knit fabric, but again... BURPING, ETC.! I also have a gigantic dress from J. Jill (oh, it's the background in the photo above) in the "cut pile," but I didn't like the gray with the brown of the pants.

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5-Alabama-Chanin-bib

 

I think it turned out great! I couldn't be happier. And I did the whole thing, start-to-finish, while watching the Wisconsin Badgers lose their bowl game -- cutting up the pants/cardigan, marking & cutting the pattern pieces and pulls, loving my thread, needling my thread, and sewing up!

I knew I wasn't going to cut this piece in the signature Alabama Chanin style, but that print was screaming to be embroidered, so pulled out my floss (it's been ages!) and did a bit of embellishing in the evening.

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7-Alabama-Chanin-bib
7-Alabama-Chanin-bib

So flippin' fun. I have another already cut and ready to sew... and it will be cut! Practice makes perfect. I love that I can make tiny useful things from clothing I'd otherwise discard while practicing my stitches and other techniques. From now on, cleaning out the closet will be done with a completely different eye!

 

Comments

Your New Years day sounds much like mine. I worked on a jigsaw puzzle (addicting!) much of my day. I did take a walk as we had some sun...filtered through smog, but SUN!
Zim is going to be well dressed no matter the activity or event! Great idea to use discarding clothing as practice fabric.

Your New Years Day sounds like my 2014 so far ... except I don't have anything that cute to show for my time.

This may be one of the best New Year's posts I've read! I LOVE your sewing machine and all the things you're creating with it. I'm intrigued by the idea of cutting up old to make new, and am going to look at some of my old clothing with a new appreciation. I have my mother's 1950 Singer 221 Featherweight sewing machine, and I love the connection I feel using it. I hope 2014 goes on just as you began!

Oh, the cuteness! (Zim. I can't wait, either!)

Zim is one lucky baby with all of those cute things!

Sounds like a great start to the year.

A perfect New Year's Day. The embellishment really adds the pop to that bib. I've said it before but it bears repeating: this is going to be one well-dressed baby!

Happy new year Vicki!
Your new year's day sounds just right. I love Luther and yet often find it too disturbing to watch! Alabama Chanin is on my to do list. I have been bookmarking inspirational ideas for ages - love the bib.
Almost baby day!

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