I was all set to write about my hits and misses.
But then it got me thinking and I erased it all.
So I thought about my reflections and wrote about those and I erased it all.
I wrote about my inspiration and goals and I erased it all.

2013 was a wonderful year in which I met wonderful people.
I learned a shit load of new stuff.
I also learned a ton about myself.
I know what I did wrong and I know what I can do to fix those things.
I made lots of plans and felt guilty when they didn’t happen.

In 2014 I just want to feel good about myself and my life.
Sewing is who I am and that will never change. Sewing is what makes me happy and makes my life complete.
But as John Lennon said: “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.”

So the only thing I’m planning in 2014 is getting this baby out and then I’ll see where life takes me.

Happy 2014, happy sewing!

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The One with the Very Selfless Sewing

I did some seriously selfless sewing today. Not only did I make something that isn’t for me, it isn’t even a present I’ll be giving.

I made a sleeping bag for a baby. A few months ago my colleague bought the pattern (Burda 9640) because she wanted to make it for a pregnant friend. She did quite a lot of sewing 30 years ago and thought it would be fun to pick it up again.

The baby was born last week and still the sleeping bag wasn’t finished because she admitted that the jersey with fleece lining had scared her off a bit. I would be scared too if I only had a regular sewing machine.

But luckily I’ve got a serger at my disposal so I packed it up and took it to her house. I actually ended up doing all of the sewing, but I didn’t mind as she had done all the cutting and that’s the part I like least 🙂

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I did everything with my serger apart from tacking down the bands around the armholes, which I did by hand. I don’t know if I assembled everything like I should have because she gave me the pattern along with some others a few months ago and I didn’t bring it along, so I didn’t have the manual 🙂 I even inserted the zipper with my serger and it was so easy! I’m definitely doing that again!

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But all in all I think it turned out great. Apart from the zipper at the top and the slit at the end, they are a bit crooked but I’m the only one who noticed 🙂

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I have to admit that I secretely hope the mother doesn’t like it so my colleague will give it to me instead and if not, it only took me 3 hours so I can easily make one for my own baby. Aren’t the frogs cute. There’s boy and girl frogs, so it works for boys and girls! And I took the leftover fabric home, so there might be enough left for a baby t-shirt for my little baby!

The One where I need Holiday Inspiration

Hi guys,

I need your help!
I want to wear something pretty for the upcoming holidays but I’m all out of ideas. I want to look pretty and festive and not feel like whale. My problem is mostly due to the fact that I have such nice fabric in my stash that it would feel like a waste using it for a one time maternity holiday dress.

Is that weird?

So any suggestions? On patterns or fabric?

And for those interested here’s a small construction and baby update:

We’re getting our central heating installed today (finally). The upstairs are finished apart from the painting. We’ve decided to keep our temporary kitchen for now since construction is so much more expensive than we originally thought and we’d like to keep some money for the baby 🙂

Speaking of the baby, it is doing perfect. Heartbeat is super strong and it moves all the time. I’ve got 8 more weeks to go and I’m definitely countng down as It’s getting harder and harder for me 🙂 The weight I gained is situated all on my belly which is good, but because of that my balance is all off and my back has to carry the shifted weight. Which caused my back muscles to tense up. I’m in constant pain so I carry around a heat pad wherever I go 🙂 The thing that bothers me most about my back is that it keeps me from sewing since sitting at my desk and bending over is nearly killing me 🙂 I’ve also stopped being able to put on my own shoes and socks, even getting in and out of the shower has proven to be difficult at times (the bath tub border is too high)

But I’m happy the baby is doing great and everything else is forgotten as soon as the baby starts kicking. I love it so much already!