Monthly Archives: December 2011

Day dreaming of summer

We are right at the cusp of winter in North Carolina.  The days are shorter and the temperature is beginning to drop.  I must admit that I really prefer the spring and summer weather to the drab, gray landscape of winter.  I haven’t even found the heart yet to pull up my caladium and dahlia tubers (and if I wait any longer there might not be anything left to salvage!)

So much has changed for The Professor and I over the past six months, that the summer feels like it was ages ago.  I was browsing through my photos last night, and realized that I never finished my post about the beautiful summer wedding that I had the honor of attending.  The bride, is one of the most creative people I know, and the thought and planning that went into every detail of her wedding was spectacular.  She needs to blog about it to capture all of the neat ideas she incorporated…

My tiny contribution was the construction of the flower girl’s dress.  The bride had the imagination and vision.  Here is what she created–

How cute is this little flower girl?  She was quite serious about her job.  I wish that I had gotten a picture of her little brother in his matching bow tie and jaunty cap… What a special day.

Check back later this week.  I’m endeavoring to post a tutorial on adapting a regular women’s shirt pattern to a maternity shirt.  I underestimated how long tutorials can take to compile!

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Boy, oh boy!

So it’s official, we are having a little boy!  We found out last month in conjunction with The Professor’s birthday, and we couldn’t be happier.  We are in the process now of converting our guest room to a nursery and have finally begun to make some progress.  I’ll be posting some pictures as we start to pick out furniture and put together the room.  I’m thinking that I would like to decorate in shades of blue, green and yellow– with a heathly helping of gingham.

Over Thanksgiving I had the chance to visit two of my favorite fabric shops in the mountains of Western North Carolina- Waechter’s Silk Shop and Foam and Fabrics.  Waechter’s did not disappoint and I was able to pick up a bundle of fabric and a few little boy’s patterns.

Here is the fabric stash that I have assembled so far for my little baby boy.

From top left to bottom right: Vehicles by David Walker; Zoo Menagerie- Blossom by Eleanor (flannel); My Happy Nursery by Cloud9 Fabrics; Larkspur Circles by Alexander Henry; Oh Boy! by David Walker; Blue Plaid by Timeless Treasures Fabric; aqua kona cotton; Zoo Friends by Kelly Tanner (flannel); green kona cotton; Strawberry Picnic by Whistler Studios

Pima Cotton Gingham from Waechter's: red, navy, orange, teal and green

When I first found out that we were having a little boy, I pored over the pattern selections of McCall’s, Simplicity and Butterick but didn’t find much that peaked my interest. My initial excitement over having a few handmade pieces in the closet turned to disappointment, and I believed that I wouldn’t be able to make him cute, heirloom outfits. It turns out that I was just looking in the wrong place.

I found four beautifully constructed boy’s patterns at Waechter’s.  I can’t wait to start working on them!

Banded Diaper Shirt and Nappy Cover by Debbie Glenn
Paulie by Children’s Corner
Jordan by Maja’s Heirlooms
Sunsuit/Sundress by Creations by Michie

I think that I’m going to start with the sunsuit pattern first– perhaps in green gingham.  I’ll update the blog with my progress and review the patterns and I work through the list.

Stay tuned.  I’m also playing catch-up with blog posts.  I’m endeavoring to post a tutorial next week about how to adapt the Simplicity 2599 pattern to a maternity top.  Let’s hope that it’s sunny so that I can get outside and take some pictures!

Banded Diaper Shirt by Debbie Glenn

Paulie by Children's Corner

Jordan by Maja's Heirlooms

Sunsuit/Sundress by Creations by Michie

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