It’s been a year since my hubby helped me to launch this website, so I thought it’s fitting to write an entry looking back at the last year.
So much have changed, a most awesome new baby and a new dream job really shook up my life quite a bit. Through learning about fashion design, I learned the importance of having a creative outlet in my life and it really changed me as a person for the better. In so many ways, I think I wouldn’t have landed my current job without having gone through this experience.
I’ve said that I wouldn’t make baby clothes, but I lied. With very limited time, making baby clothes is actually the best way to practice my skills. The clothe is small, so it takes a lot less time to draft a pattern, tweak it and sew up the final garment. Unfortunately I no longer have 40 hours to put into a jacket and another 20 hours to come up with the pattern.
I always wanted to make something when I saw this pattern from spoon flowers: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/524703 so after some thinking, I decided to make some pants for Brendan. I started with copying the pants pattern from one of Brendan’s pants. It took some estimation and guessing. Knit is pretty forgiving, so I feel better about just to try something.
After truing up the seams, I added 1 inch seam allowance.
to test out the draft, I used an old t-shirt. yes, it’s a very old t-shirt, from my high school PE class, it’s time for it to serve some other purposes. =D
now, on to sewing. since the test garment is so small, it took only 30 minutes to sew this baby up. it’s very rewarding to get a test garment together so fast, horay for baby clothes!
The most exciting part is to have Brendan try it on, but all he wanted to do was tummy time, so I didn’t get a front view of the shot. He’s such an active kid. The pants fit for the most part, except the crotch can be a bit bigger since we are using cloth diaper. I actually added 1 inch to each of the pieces for the final draft, so it’s 4 inches all around.
After some tweaking around the pattern, I cut the fashion fabric and whipped up the final pants. With all the seam finishes, it took about 2 hours. It was hard to find the time to do it, but I did it. Brendan moves a lot and rarely wants to be held now a day, but we managed to get a picture together. The pants actually fit better than the picture. here you go. Notice he’s about to kick off his right sock?
By the time we managed to get a picture taken of Brendan wearing the pants, it’s already been a month since I made the pants. Notice it’s getting a bit short, that’s how fast this little guy is growing. crazy, eh? This morning, he’s been eying the cheerio while I ate my breakfast. so I fed him some even though he’s not supposed to have that much solids yet, but he LOVES it.
so that’s it, Brendan’s designer custom made pants from his Mama. hahah!
The last year was also filled with incredible sadness towards the end with the unexpected murder of my beloved aunt Susie, who welcomed me into the family with open arms when I marry the love of my life. She has always been a source of inspiration for me through our shared interests in cooking, crafts and most importantly hard work. Many mornings, I woke up feeling like she’s still with us.
Looking back, from the tragedy that took place in my life when I was 16 to now, I couldn’t have had more joy in my life than ever before. Tragedy did strike again, but I was able to move on. It’s not because of incredible good luck of winning the lottery of some sort, it’s because I found in myself what brings joys to my life and no one/nothing could ever take that away from me. I hope that’s something my son will understand when he grows up.
So here here, to turning one year older.