Although I seem to be on a vacation from sewing, I do have a few items to show from the last month or so. One being my beach bag:This was made following the same basic pattern that I usually use, only I made it wider and the strap longer. This pattern is so easy to customize and I love playing around with it. I'm thinking of making a longer bag or maybe adding inches to the bottom of the original pattern, the way Kashoan did. Really, the possibilities are endless with this one.
Last week Jay took the kids on a bike ride so I could whip up a new skirt for the girl:
Again, this is the same pattern I usually use for skirts. The only difference is that this time I didn't have any matching ribbon for the hem so I made some trim from a coordinating fabric.
It took a bit more time, but ultimately I think it was worth it. My regular hems are never really straight so it's best I hide my sloppy workmanship.
Finally, I had to do something about this:
My scraps. Which used to be in a basket until they began to overflow. Now they are in a shopping bag. And are also beginning to overflow. As you know, I hate to throw scraps away and I try to utilize every last bit of fabric. Because the scraps were getting out of control, I started making these:Scrappy, log cabin style, quilt squares. I try to stick to a color theme of just one or two main colors within each one, and each square is roughly 10 x 10. Eventually I plan on putting these into a quilt, but at the rate I'm going that may be a decade from now. At this moment I only have nine. Plus, I don't want to buy new fabric specifically for this project, only using what I have on hand. So I can see myself coming to a (temporary) standstill when I don't have enough scraps to make an entire square. When it comes time to put them all together I'm not sure if I want to do it by color or hue, or maybe just the grab and sew method. As you can see this is all in the very early, developmental stages.
So I guess I've had a little bit of sewing time, just not as much as I would like. This summer most of my time has been spent
screaming at hanging out with the children.