I used to sew a lot of gifts, but these days, not so much.
Time is a big factor. When I didn't have children the pleasure I took from sewing for others was enormous. If the outfits were not worn I didn't mind.
I had had my fun.
These days I am so time poor I like to know the gift is wanted and what they will use.
Liddy badly wanted me to sew something for her friend Jessie. As Jessie's mum used to do a lot of sewing (funny, as a full time agronomist, running a farm with her husband and two small girls she doesn't do much anymore) I was more then happy to oblige.
|Ice Cream blouse and Hula Hoop skirt|
both by Oliver+S
I lined it as per my tute here
My clever sewing gal pal Peta is the Queen of Handmade Gifts. She knocks up the Hula Hoop skirt (also by Oliver+S) with amazing speed so I took a leaf from her book.
|WIP Bubble dress|
My favourite cousin is having a baby soon so when she announced her special news I had to make a teeny tiny Bubble dress. Like me, she would put it on a tiny baby boy.
Tea Party dress (another Oliver+S).
There are two little sisters up-the-road that I always make Birthday and Christmas dresses for.
Lily and Annie's Mum doesn't sew a stitch but I adore sewing for her girls as she makes me feel like a Rock Star.
She likes girly but not too girly.
Little Miss Mae is another little girl I like to sew for. I sewed dozens of garments for her older sister as that was before I had my own children. I often feel guilty about Mae's lack of hand made.
While I was minding her one day, she explained I didn't have to make her a dress this year. She very sweetly told me that you can buy a card and put money in it. That would save me a lot of time.
Tildy became very excited about this idea as she had seen a card that was made to look like a purse only a few days before. Guess what I am going back to get for Mae's Birthday.
I told Mae that I could indeed do that if she would rather it but after a few minutes thought she answered that she actually would like a frock if that was not too much work.
One with butterflies on it.
I had not actually planned to sew for BIL daughter. I used to but I wasn't sure she actually liked it and as I said before, time is precious.
A comment from my SIL (her stepmother) made me change my mind. I guess I made the dress as much for my SIL as my niece.
After making Zara a silk Oliver+S Seashore dress I was convinced that it works as a sophisticated pre-teen garment.
I used a denim printed with a gold, cross hatched pattern.
Unfortunately, it was too snug but as her mother sent it back promptly with a request for another dress, two sizes up I think she liked it.
And I am very happy to oblige.
I still have a few long time promises to finish. A Sorbetto top in Liberty for a friend. Two
Sketchbook shirts for two sweet baby boys. Overdue Australian fauna print pyjama's for two little siblings and a Secret Agent trench is some gorgeous lilac japara fabric.
But I will get there.
And as long as I size up for the children all will be well.
Thanks for popping by