Okay, I usually don’t get excited about new stores coming to town, but it’s IKEA! IMO many stores have tried to copy IKEA’s style and cost, but just can’t. I am so excited and Fini, I know you are too because it will be open when you come- no more having to stop at the Seattle one. It opens next Wednesday, July 25th at 9am, but I don’t know if I will brave the crowds. I heard that people actually camp out to wait in line. Now, you know I have much better things to do with my time… wait, what time? I realized last
night, no 3 am counts as this morning, that summer is already flying by and I haven’t really planned much. I need to get going…
note: I know that I said I’m trying to buy less stuff, but we have a nasty bathroom and an unfinished basement that we want to fix up soon. We would like to get most stuff used, but there are some things you just can’t. Hopefully IKEA will help us do it with a little more style and less money than those other chain stores.
Baby got new kicks:
I made these using Stardust Shoes’ tutorial. They were easy and pretty fast to sew together. I used Minkie on the inside so they are super soft as well. I followed her pattern, but added about 1/2″ for Ms O’s 12 month feet. Also, since I used Minkie which tends to fray, I made button holes for the elastic to thread through on the top of the shoe and also sewed the sides of the heel together. These are great and don’t fall off. Livvie liked them too since they stayed on for hours! The only problem that I can see is that I used felt for the soles. The tutorial calls for bonded suede, but I couldn’t find it at JoAnn’s so I picked felt since it wasn’t as slippery feeling as fleece:
BAD choice. Livvie scooted across the grass once with them and it seems like they picked up every blade in our yard! Then, when I tried to pull the grass out of the felt, it started to come apart. My next pair will be out of fleece or if I make it out to the Depot, I should be able to find some there. The boys want “slippers” too so I get to make some for all the kids. Yay!
I’ve been sewing like crazy the last two nights because I have to say good-bye to my sewing machine and really, my whole “studio” for three days. We’re having some people over this weekend so I have to break-down the studio so my dining room can be a dining room again. I’m going to miss sewing since it’s become such a big part of my “Mommy Time”. I’ve heard that those around me are excited to have a clean house, cooked meals and maybe even folded laundry again…. whatever! 🙂
I love Fridays. In this house, it’s dubbed “Star Wars Friday” or “Couch Cushion Friday”. It’s a great day for everyone. The boys get to pick out a Star Wars movie to watch while they jump on all our couch cushions which have been pulled off and thrown around the room. And so today while all that was going on, I got some free time to make these:
I had intended to make seersucker pants, but I started them late last night… and ummm, they were a
little lot off. Let’s just say that instead of 3T, I ended up with something Ms O can wear… maybe.
Instead I decided on shorts because I didn’t have enough material to start over with the pants. The pair on the left are the ones made out of seersucker which were supposed to be a birthday present for a special Hawaiian boy who turned three earlier this month. Better late than never I guess. Happy Birthday K-K!
The other pair are made out of a cotton/linen blend that is machine washable. I wanted Linen for the boys, but then I saw the cost of 100% Linen ($19/yrd!) and that it should be dry cleaned- NOT. This linen blend was only $9.99/yrd and I can throw it in the washer and dryer- perfect. The pockets are made out of a cotton print with brown Koi on a red background. I picked up it as a Fat Quarter at Bolt thanks to a gift certificate from my sisters- thank you! Augie’s favorite color is red so the choice was easy. (By the way, it’s HARD to find boy prints that aren’t too kiddish, don’t you think?) Eddie has already picked out his- cranes on a black background, and yes, I got it at Bolt as well. His are in the works so I should have some pictures up tomorrow.
All in all, shorts are easy to make especially these due to the elastic waste and baggy fit. I love the style of these which started out from a pattern for girl’s Capri pants. I used freezer paper to trace the general shape of the original pattern, then adjusted the length and width of each panel to better fit my boys. I now have my own pattern for Augie and Eddie AND I can iron it on- no pinning! There was some trial and error while trying to follow the pattern instructions as to how to put the pants together. After ripping out several seams that I had no idea how the !@#$ they were supposed to all come together, I figured it out on my own and it worked. Hooray for summer shorts!
(And for Fini, maybe I’ll post my own tutorial for these because I know you can sew some too!)