Rediscovering My Love of Craft

Mother’s Day came and went and my loving husband, who I know loves me a whole lot, decided not to get me anything for Mother’s Day. In truth, we’ve been really busy and he just didn’t have the time to go to the stores so instead he gave me the morning off and I slept until like 11 am, which is unheard of because of my 2-year-old.

I had been fighting with a jersey cotton maternity dress that I had for a while, and for some reason on Mother’s Day, I decided I would pick the dress up again and attempt to hem it. It was really long on me and I would trip on the seams of it, so it needed to be hemmed just a little bit so I wouldn’t trip (because falling while 34 weeks pregnant because of your dress is not a good thing). I had been trying to hem this stupid dress on my mother in law’s sewing machine, which was a 40-year-old machine with missing attachments and I just could not get this thing to work!  I decided enough was enough! I’m sure this machine was great for its time, but it was old, missing part and I was tired of fighting with it. I decided it was time for me to get my own machine, and since my husband flaked on a Mother’s Day gift, what better way than to guilt him into saying ok for us to invest in one!

I decided to pick up a Singer 4452 from Joann’s on Mother’s Day and that night I got to work! I hemmed my dress and finished something that had taken me months of frustration to do. But the beauty of all this is not only that I finally got to hem my dress but that I rediscovered how much I love to sew.

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Since I am currently 34 weeks pregnant and probably in my “nesting” stage of the pregnancy, I’ve been making things. I’ve been knitting again and I’ve picked up sewing again for the first time in a long time.

I still had some Rockin’ Sock Club socks that I never knit, from like 2008 (!), so I picked those up. One was the Holidazed pattern that I knit and finished and am kicking myself now for not having done it sooner because they are so comfortable! And I am working on the Gumdrop socks from the same year.

I also got inspired to make my daughters Halloween costume already. Yes, I know, we’re in May, but I figured I wouldn’t have time when she was born to do this so I started on the basic construction.

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When it’s all done it will be a Wonder Woman costume. I crocheted the top using a basic double crochet stitch and attached tulle using a no-sew method. It still needs ribbons and appliques to be added, but the big portion is done.

I also decided to sew a bib and burp cloth (not pictured) using some fabric I had laying around with a chenille backing.

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And I made this cute little Infant Peasant Dress that I found a pattern for on Craftsy.

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I feel like the dress is missing something so I will probably be adding a bow or something to go with it, and will be making little shoes I found the pattern for on Pinterest.

All in all, I’ve been a busy crafting and with the right tools, I’ve rediscovered a love of making things I forgot I had.

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