Saskatoon trip, part one: a sewing retreat

I’m back! We just returned last night from a great week in Saskatoon visiting family.

I didn’t take a lot of photos this trip because I’ve been obsessed with getting a few sewing projects done. One obsession at a time, I guess!

I’m a complete beginner when it comes to sewing but that didn’t stop me in January from dreaming up a gift for 8 special girls in our lives: twirly skirts. I completed 6 in the last couple of months and finished the 7th in Saskatoon. I can finally breathe a sigh of relief; the 8th and final one isn’t due until June. I had a lot of problems with my sewing machine doing the first 6 so I’m really glad I got to sew on my mom’s new and reliable machine for the 7th. I think I may have to invest in a new machine for myself; based on the cost of my last tune-up, I could probably get a new machine for just a few bucks more.

Anyway, sewing the twirly skirts was plenty ambitious for me but I actually decided to take on another project: mermaid outfits for Claire’s birthday. She is inviting only two girls to her party so I thought it would be reasonable to whip up three mermaid suits. But then, hey, what is my son supposed to wear to his sis’ party?! Well, I asked him and he said “Nemo”. Oh, okay. Hmmm.

This project was only possible because Paul’s parents had the kids for a couple of days and nights. I coped surprisingly well without my little munchkins but that’s probably because I was obsessed with sewing. While they partied with Baba and Dido, I worked feverishly, first designing the outfits, creating the patterns out of newspaper and then sewing. My mom didn’t sew a stitch but she offered a great sounding board along the way in terms of design and technique. I learned a lot on the way (a lot of it in retrospect as I realized how I could have done things better!) but I’m still happy with the way everything turned out, considering I’m a beginner.

Claire really likes her little mermaid suit. It’s maybe a little crazy but to a preschooler, I guess it’s cute and they probably won’t see the mistakes. I hope her little friends like the suits too; I’m going to drop them off with their parents in a day or two.

As for Ren’s outfit, I remembered when I was designing it that Nemo has one fin smaller than the other. When I mentioned to this Ren, he immediately changed his mind; he didn’t want Nemo after all, he wanted his dad, Marlin, because he wanted two regular sized fins. Interesting, huh?

Anyway, I didn’t end up doing as much on Ren’s costume as I had planned. I was going to have a 3D tail with fins, etc. out the back but I just ran out of time and steam. He doesn’t seem to notice anything missing. Whew!

The following picture shows the 8 pieces I sewed last week. The twirly skirt isn’t the actual one I sewed; I gave it away before remembering to take a picture so I substituted Claire’s here instead. It’s the same design but with different fabric.

Btw, the mermaid skirts are to be worn with the tail in the back (like the middle suit). I just displayed the outer suits with the tails front-up for better viewing.

Claire’s party is this weekend. I look forward to seeing the kids in their outfits! You can bet I’ll take a ton of pictures!

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  • All I can say is… wow… and you call yourself a beginner?! That is very impressive. You must have a lot of patience!

    Have a great birthday Claire!ReplyCancel

  • Super mother you are! Amazing work. Your kids are going to really appreciate all these fun things when they look back as adults…ReplyCancel

  • Wow, you have way more patience than I do that's for sure. I love the outfits. They're so cute. I can't wait to see the kids in them. Congrats and good luck with #8.ReplyCancel

  • Are you serious? Listen, beginners, like me, try to sew a hem, not an outfit!

    Those mermaid outfits are smashing, I love love love the tails! …and they will be sew (couldn't help that!) special because you made them yourself – I think homemade stuff is simply the best, even though I don't actually make anything myself – I truly wish I could, but I'm not gifted in the sewing department at all. Cross-stitch is the only thing I can do with a needle and thread! My Mum made us outfits for school plays and whatnot and they are real treasures. It is too cute that Ren changed his mind on Nemo, he is too funny! I simply adore his Marlin outfit!

    I cannot wait to see the party pictures! šŸ™‚

  • Wow! I wouldn't call yourself a beginner sewer anymore!!! You are designing and making your own patterns and sewing them?!!! That sounds all pro to me!! Congrats on amazing sewing work. Hey, you can have your Mom's serger if you want, that makes sewing super fast!!! Let me know!! Happy early Bday party to Claire too. That's gonna be so much fun. Can't wait to see the pics <3 xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoReplyCancel

  • Wow! You've set the bar high for loot bags if you're giving kids mermaid costumes. šŸ™‚

    They're wonderful and the girls will love them. What an awesome job you did! Designing them and everything? You definitely aren't a beginner.

    Can't wait to see photos of the party and the kids in their cool costumers. Have a wonderful party, Claire!!ReplyCancel

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