Tuesday, October 23, 2012

autumn making for my family


I have finally returned to my sewing, and how good it feels. I feel so much myself when I am pressing fabrics at the ironing board, snipping with the scissors, stitching away at the machine. And the girls are in such need of clothing. I don't know how much I will get done before the baby is born, but I am at least making some progress.

I finished a new top for Chloe a few weeks ago, made with some old green calico. We call these "farm shirts". They can be worn outside while playing in the dirt, gardening, to the the farm. They will get dirty. They may get worn to pieces, as Chloe's last two did. So we aren't going for super pretty fabric here or anything. Mostly actually I am just going for something that fits. Goodness these girls are growing.

I am also almost finished with two new autumn skirts. The brown striped fabric is for Chloe, the golden hemp/cotton muslin is for Chessa. Again made with older fabrics, and the girls are preferring these more earthy colors these days.

And the cardigan! I sure can be a slow knitter sometimes. A hooded brown cardigan for Chloe. It is done except for the buttons and blocking. I will share more details soon...

And more soon on what I have been making for baby. It's not all super exciting, things like a nursing pillow, some newborn fitted diapers. And of course some good knitting too.

I am going to link with two of my dear friends this week... Ginny and her fun Yarn Along, even though I guess I left out the book part this time. And I am so happy to be finally for the first time joining Nicole and her Keep Calm Craft On!

What have you all been working on?

Now to return to this teeny tiny super cute adorable sock I am knitting.
Oh wait, I guess I should go finish making dinner first...

Happy creating!!!



Mama Shara said...

I love earthy colours too! It must be hard to find girls clothing that isn't pink!, so it's great to have a skill like sewing. :)

Lisa said...

Such beautiful garments!!!! Doesn't sewing and making things bring you a sense of peace? I just love it!
Happy Autumn

Angela said...

Beautiful pieces. I've been knitting up a storm, and reading your post makes me realize how neglected my sewing machine is...your lovely skirts make me want to tackle some pleats!

If you're looking for some newborn knitting, I just put up a free pattern - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/georgie-vest.

Enjoy your autumn crafting!

sustainablemum said...

Love the colours. I know what you mean about sewing, I did some last week for the first time in ages but have not had time this week :(

W-S Wanderings said...

I just love the things you sew. Your beautiful creations are always an inspiration to get some sewing done. Somehow, though, knitting seems to predominate. Probably because it's more portable than a sewing machine. Maybe I need to do more handsewing.

I'm looking forward to hearing more about the cardi. It looks great!

Mama Ash Grove said...

Dear Renee, I so love how conversational your dialog is on here! IT always makes me smile!
I love the farm shirts you make the girls- they would be totally my style too. And we have definitely made utilitarian children's clothing, without too much thought behind "pretty fabric@!"
Love to you, and I know you'll be smiling a whole lot at those tiny socks. Nothing's more adorable and ridiculous than newborn socks!

momto5 said...

those skirts are lovely. i really like the top one alot. and yeah on the finished cardi.

tess said...

Oh, I wish I knew how to sew clothes! Those skirts are gorgeous. Everything is, really. :)

Julia said...

I'm very envious of your ability to sew! Great hoody too! Lovely to find your blog through yarnalong! http://www.justonewip.blogspot.co.nz/

a little crafty nest said...

Dear Renee...
Oh, if only there were more time in the day for all the projects I'd like to be doing. Knitting always, but sewing a little here and there (birthday quilt), and then I'd love to be stitching, too...and spinning...and...on and on. But then there is the gardens to put to bed, canning to finish, a house to always clean, and littles to love up!!!! Ahhh, how to get it all done? And friends to email back ~ eeeeek! is about all I can say to you about that note you sent and one shall follow soon. But honestly, how beautiful your girl looks in the farm shirt (I make similar and call it a prairie shirt). Oh, I'd like some new clothes, too. We must catch up more soon, my friend! Love to you,
xo Jules

Plain and Joyful Living said...

Hello Renee,
I so admire your sewing - you know that, though. I wish we lived nearby so you could teach me.
Also, the cardigan is just great!
Love to you.
Can't wait to see the baby goodies.
Love, Tonya

* said...

Dear Renee,
I like your fabrics and sewing very much.
When I read your blog there always comes peace and calm to be.

I hope you are well!