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commentary and weekend sewing

Before getting into my own gushing commentary on Weekend Sewing, let's talk about YOUR comments! I'm not sure if you are aware of Typepad Connect ... a new, discussion-oriented comments feature that allows everyone to respond directly to others' comments. After seeing it on Stefani's rockin' blog and scratching my chin for several minutes (which is about the level of patience I have for techno-related things) I figured that she had the feature just because she was cool (which she is, of course) and that I would have to wait for Typepad to switch me over to "cool" status once the feature was out of beta testing. Not so! Thanks to Amanda for clarifying! If you have a Typepad blog, just go directly to Typepad Connect and sign up. If you don't have a Typepad blog but would like to have your own profile and be able to connect to other readers more directly, go here.

I'm really optimistic about this new feature in great part because I am SO BAD at responding to comments. I love, love, love all of your thoughtfulness and responses, but as soon as I read one in my inbox (and I do read every one!) it somehow falls into the black hole of my gmail account - awaiting a response that keeps on getting put off until it is lost forever. Some people put off the laundry. Others put off the dishes. I put off my emails. And now? Things are especially bad what with my workday schedule of 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This book writing has been a real hoot, but it sure has filled my days to the brim, causing many things to overflow - the most noticeable being my emails. So I've made a deal with myself. I need to accept that it's just too much for me to think about, let alone respond to, every email I've received in the last month or so. I need to accept that I just can't do it all! But now, with this wonderful new comment format, I will be able to respond directly to you if you have a question, etc. simply by clicking "reply" at the bottom of your comment on my blog. You'll receive an email from me, and other readers might get their questions answered as well. Also, feel free to hit "reply" below a comment to respond to other commenters directly! I just love the possibilities here - it's so much more conversational and community-oriented.

From now on, look for my responses to your comments directly in the comment thread (or in your email inbox, if I respond directly to your comment). I'm the one with the cherry blossom belly pic!


weekend sewing by heather ross

Okay. First off, thank you for all of your birthday wishes a few days back! I enjoyed a relaxing day which began with a walk and brunch with my mom and my dear girlfriend from way-back-when, who also happened to be the maid of honor in our wedding almost five (gasp!) years ago.

As is my custom, I did something for myself for my birthday. This isn't always a purchase (on past birthdays it has been as simple as making a favorite dish or hanging out by the river and doing nothing). This year, I decided to buy myself Heather Ross's new book, Weekend Sewing . Boy oh boy, am I glad that I did!

weekend sewing huck finn pants

You must understand that, among the many things that I have learned while writing my own sewing book, the first is the amount of love, time, and dedication it takes to design, sew up, and write all of the projects and their instructions. Heather has forty projects in this book, and I want to personally give her a hug and thank her for all of her hard work. She really did a splendid job.

weekend sewing lucy's newborn kimono

Of course, being all baby-brained in pregnancy week 34, I was immediately drawn to the ankle pants and the newborn kimono. I'm bummed that the pants are only sized between 12 and 24 months. I might try to work up something in a tiny size anyway.

The little kimono looks super simple, and I'm a big fan of kimono-style shirts for the little teensy babes. It seems like it would be easier to get them dressed in one of these than in a pull-over-the-head onesie.

Both of these projects are on my "as soon as the manuscript is mailed fury of baby sewing" list that you'll be seeing around these parts very soon!

weekend sewing kimono dress

Here's a dress that I will definitely make for myself. Again, the construction looks simple and quick - perfect for a naptime project. We have a wedding to go to this coming August (my best guy friend from high school is marrying Patrick's cousin - they met at our wedding) and I wouldn't miss it for the world. The thing is, I'll only be three months postpartum and I'll be breastfeeding - not the best combo for dress shopping, right? That's why this dress looks so perfect - it has cross-over V-neck for easy food access, plus the waist is done up with elastic thread. Just in case I haven't lost all 31 pounds by the wedding (ha!).

Heather uses elastic thread in many of the book projects - I can't wait to try it out and make it my best friend.

weekend sewing pj pants

Finally, I'll be working up these elastic-waist pajama pants in a vintage sheet that I've had lying around. I'm hoping that I'll have enough sheet left over to make a matching short bathrobe for those special, post-baby-hang-out-in-bed days.

Hopefully, one day very soon, I'll have a finished sewing project that I can actually show you!


Update - can any of you see the comments at the end of this post? They look great for the previous posts, but they aren't showing up for me when I click on the "comments" link at the bottom of this post in particular. I'm getting your comments in my inbox, but ?? I'm confused here. Hopefully I'll get this up and working sooner rather than later!