Backlogs and baby booties

September 30, 2010 § 3 Comments

Maybe it’s a case of adult ADHD,  i don’t know, I always get distracted by something new and shiny and then my brain goes into overdrive. If you sit close to me you’ll even hear it whirring, like an old Seagate external hard drive and I can’t sit still.

When one of my high school buds gave birth to a baby girl last week, my internal light bulb went ‘ting!’, “Why not make something for the new baby??”. The urge to sew for little ones grew even greater after I saw this book at Kinokuniya and at Etsy. I’ve only sewn PJ pants for my little boy, Coco, who’s two, and the clothes here were so lovely, I thought to myself: “Why not make something for him for his birthday?”

NEW YORK STYLE BABY KIDS FORMAL AND STYLISH CLOTHES BY YUJI OGATA

NEW YORK STYLE BABY KIDS FORMAL AND STYLISH CLOTHES BY YUJI OGATA

“Why not?” My other self answered, forgetting she had a lot of backlog work to attend to. I’ve finished the skirts and worn them to the mall and to my daughters’ music classes. I’ve photographed them, but when I didn’t like how the pictures came out, I put them aside and automatically my head started to think of something else to do to forget about my failed attempts at photographing my skirts. I’ve forgotten I have 6 pairs of boxer shorts already cut, that has been waiting for me since Father’s Day, which I had promised my husband I would sew two weeks ago. There is also one pair of wool office pants my husband bought, that has been hanging in the closet for two months waiting for me to alter them, and a couple of PJ pants for my fast growing tweens that I keep forgetting about.

Backlog. Not to mention the pile of laundry waiting for me and I have to clean the house, change the sheets to four beds…

To forget the ever growing pile of backlogs, I decided I needed eye candy so I headed off to Etsy where this caught my attention: reversible baby mary janes by Sewingwithme7.

Mary Jane and Mary Jane Pleated PDF Patterns 2 Patterns-Reversible

They’re so cute, I went ahead and bought the PDF patterns to make them! Now I’m distracted again! I’m almost done with my first pair and I’ve already finished cutting two pairs of these babies using some of my Japanese sewing fabric scraps leftover from when I made Daughter #1’s (D1) Yucata.

I’m just thanking the stars for another long weekend coming my way, maybe just maybe I’ll get rid of the backlog and finish the current project I’m on…or…maybe I’ll  get tired of housework and will want to just rest, or worse see something shiny again, procrastinate and forget the things I have to do. LOL.

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Happy, happy sharing!

September 23, 2010 § 1 Comment

Isn’t this shirt very pretty? The lovely Taeco from Love Sewing drafted this pattern herself. I was blog prowling, stopped by her blog to read her new posts, admire the shirt for her husband, and  to stare at the pretty t-shirt more, checked the comments section and lo and behold! She replied to my comment/request on her post and she is going to share the pattern with me. Yey! (I can’t wait, too excited!) Thank you, Taeco! Blog prowling is indeed beneficial!

Marine T-shirt via Love Sewing

Now what fabric from my stash (not hoard, husband!) am I going to use?? After I’ve finished hemming my last skirt and sewing on the hook and bar closures, I’m off to Chinatown for some fabric prowling! Heehee!!

UPDATE: I received the PDF pattern from Taeco via e-mail and I’ve already printed them out. I’ll just have to figure out how to enlarge them a bit to fit me, squeeze in the time to make it, and enjoy it with jeans. Thanks again, Taeco!!

What have I been up to? Oh the skirts…

September 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’ve been so busy with making skirts I forgot to post anything here.

I self-drafted a skirt pattern to knock off this baby here (from Old Navy) and I am now in zipper installing mode. All in all I have made four skirts already, three with front flies and one with an invisible zip. More details later though, but now I leave you with this snazzy video from Fashioning tech and a couple of links on how to install our favorite but mostly feared zip closure – the invisible zipper!!

Marmalade Kiss invisible zipper tutorial: http://marmaladekiss.blogspot.com/2009/04/invisible-zipping-woman.html

Clever Nesting invisible zipper tutorial from Whipstitch: http://www.clevernesting.com/2009/06/invisible-zipper-tutorial-from-whipstitch/

Sew I Knit! invisible zipper tutorial: http://sewiknit.blogspot.com/2006/03/invisible-zipper-tutorial.html

Kamusta?

September 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

Hi! Kamusta?

My name is Kaith. Welcome to my new blog, Tahian Ko! Join me in my sewing adventures as I sew, knit and make crafts for myself and my family. Come visit often as I plan on sharing some of my very own sewing tutorials and self-drafted patterns very soon! (Also check out my blog roll, it’s a list of the favorite craft and sewing sites I like to troll often. I’ve also included links to sewing craft related tips and techniques that I’ve collected over time that I have found very very useful.) The list is quite helpful, especially to beginners, and novice hobby seamstresses like me. See you later then!

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