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!