Saturday, September 1, 2012

Operation: project $0 (week 3) sorta, kinda

Hello All,
I realize it seems like I am off my game already - I said I would update on Fridays, this is not a Friday.

Well, on Friday B had surgery - nothing major, but still a little nerve wracking.  Watching a nurse carry your screaming baby away, even for a small out patient procedure, is torturous.  Luckily all went well and he is healing great - life would be easier if I hadn't cut his catheter down to a nub by mistake (sleep deprived mama and wriggly 18 month boy with a complicated double diaper = disastrous results).  Traveling 2 hours each way for all the followup appointments is probably going to be the hardest part on all of us.
 in the waiting room, all happy smiles
 unsure of this new outfit and strange hallway
 cow and Elmo were there for comfort though
 quiet moment with mama, 'don't worry mama, I'm a big boy'
bravely walking to the surgery wing

But I did sew this week!!!

  And drum roll please (da da da dum...........)

not just sorta done, 100% done.  And I LOVE it.  It isn't perfect, but it looks great, and the best thing is that B loves it.  I put it on him after finally getting the zipper in (smurfity smurf smurf smuf, zippers!) and he ran all over the house giggling, and cried when I took it off.  I take that as a compliment!
The materials in this jacket include: khaki capris, men's dress dirt, men's sweater, my wedding aisle runner, and a zipper I have had in my stash for some reason since college.
  yes, yes, these are terrible pics... I'll take real ones eventually, but these are the proof!
*And yes, my children do wear pants - just somehow never when I throw something on them to snap a picture ;op

I will be doing a tutorial for the jacket (well maybe multiple stages of tutorial) in October.

(there is always a photo bomber lurking!!!)

I also did some girly sewing this week (I realize is isn't officially part of project $0, but it is all still upcycled).  I really love rompers on my girl, so I decided to wing a non-pattern romper using Made By Rae's Baby Sunsuit as a general starting point.  I wanted mine to have a bodice rather than straps and I was forgoing the shirring, but I figured I could use her basic measurements as a guide.  It would have worked perfectly -except my brain forgot that her length measurement was from sternum to bottom and I was making something from shoulder to bottom - arghhh the difference 2 inches can make.  So, I ended up with a bubble onesie - meh, still cute. (Hubs thinks I should paint a big M on it and have her be our brown M&M - 'cause she is the smart one).

 The revamped version of this pattern will be my first entry to Project Run and Play.  Here's a sneak peak.  If all goes well, it will look NOTHING like a little M&M baby ;o)

 I also finally got around to making those cute cotton baby sandals, and a lace headband that will go with the PR&P outfit.

This upcoming week is 100% back to the BOYS!  I need to start working on my fashion inspiration look (I'm doing pants, sweatshirt, suspenders, and hat - and maybe a shirt, but I might have something in his wardrobe that will work, is is bad to mix???)  And I need to draft my pattern for the White Sheet Challenge - I have a boy and girl item in mind (both will require fabric treatments that I have never before tried).

Whew - what a week!

What have you been sewing????  Link up your kid creations to the flickr group and get featured next Friday! (I will also be picking 2 bloggers at the very end to guest post here at Winter Wonderings...)

Wonder What Operation: Project $0 is all about???
The Beginning
Week One
Week Two

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  1. Well, you have the two cutest little one, if you two this cute with bad photos that they have to be adorable!!!! Love the capris to jacket, and lace headband. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  2. I LOVE that jacket! I would like to see more how you made that from capris :o0 Came over from Keeping it Simple. I would love to have you come over to my Tasteful Tuesday Link party! The link goes live MOnday night at 8:30.

  3. Wow, looks like you've been incredibly busy! So glad that your little one is doing well. And your sewing projects look fantastic. Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize this week!

  4. That jacket is amazing!! Can't wait to see the tutorial from that. Such cute photos of your little models too! Hope the recovery and follow ups from the operation all go well!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  5. The jacket is awesome!!! Hope B is feeling recovered (and you too).

  6. I'm impressed with all the things used to make this & it turned out great too. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)