Hi friends. Wonder what I've been up to?
I've been sewing doll clothes.
Yeah. Doll clothes.
Like a tiny little tailor I've made tiny little patterns, cut out tiny scraps of fabric and sewn them to other tiny scraps of fabric to make... you guessed it, tiny doll clothes. For some reason, I find this extremely satisfying. I have very little experience in pattern construction and I am completely floored by the process of figuring out the contours and cuts needed to properly fit the body. Even a very disproportionate doll body. I've been referencing these simple doll clothes and patterns from Dana of Made. For me it's been a bit of a Goldilocks process. The first pattern is too small, the next pattern is too big, until finally I make it just right. At first it was just Lets see if I can actually do this, and now I'm all, I think I need to hand stitch itty-bitty flutter sleeves on that dress and Miniature peter pan collar? Yes please.
A couple months ago a friend pointed out that our version of nesting is making things (the quilt, the modern kids table, doll clothes) and while I didn't realize it at first I think she's right. While the Christmas decorations have been up since the day after Thanksgiving and most of my shopping is finished, I have yet to deep clean the house and pack my bag for the hospital. As I anticipate the life altering changes a newborn brings I think I can sense this most especially in the lack of creative time. So I sew. That coupled with the fact that the majority of these clothes are for the ugliest but most beloved baby doll in the world. A simple cloth body baby doll that was gifted to us by a friend when Lamp latched onto it at her house one day. The baby has never had any clothes and one of the eyes is half way rolled back in her head but somehow this baby is the number one, the alpha dog, the my girl Friday of all of Lamp's toys. It's sweet really. And since I was making clothes for ugly baby Lucy, I thought I should make something for the beloved and beautiful Susan. (I really hope my 6 year old doesn't read/see this post. She's a great reader, in fact we just found out that her teacher has her reading books to the whole class everyday lately. Ha! That's one way to get some extra grading time.)
And of course I really love doing this for my girls. Buying gifts is fun. Spending time and making these little clothes that I think they'll really enjoy is better. And someday I hope their hearts will be warmed at the thought of their mother stealing their precious babies from their slumbering arms trying to make something special and homemade just for them.
Susan raising the roof and modeling her new dress. See that Peter Pan collar? Not easy.
Wanna know what else I've been up to?
Retaining water. This is not nearly as satisfying as sewing little doll clothes.
Baby watch 2013/2014 is officially on.
I'd like to get your opinion on the whole push present thing. Opinions? Is this something you do or do you think it's just plain ridiculous? I have mixed feelings on the matter. However, my husband is firmly in the "push presents are ridiculous" camp.