First Weaving

Eily made a bracelet on the kid’s loom.

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Superhero capes

Gabe turned 6 this summer. When we held him a party in the fall, I made initialized capes for the guests (instead of grab bags). They were cut from old tshirts, while keeping the original neckline. It was a simple craft with a pretty great outcome.

Books

We added our little library to the boulevard last weekend, in amongst the plants where Brett has been naturalizing.

Eily and Gabe each painted a side (a sunflower and fireworks, respectively) and they asked me to add the leafy garland around the door. I also painted the five trees on the back.

Perfect Score

Well hardly. But the third try saved this dress before I was out. Once again, i picked apart the side seams and took it in. This time more the bodice than the waist.

I have learned, over many indie patterns, that I need to err on the side of too small rather than too big. Definitely riskier but it’s what the research tells me.

Twill

My favorite shorts last summer were too big this summer.  At first I thought I’d just set them aside but every time I came across them I felt a bit sad at the loss.  In the end, it didn’t take long to alter them – a bit of stitch-ripping during a train trip and setting in the waistband a second time reminded me how much I love sewing with cotton twill.