babies & sewing & zines, oh my!

i made some curtains:

& i repleated & pressed the hidden bookcase skirt:

i also finished sewing the top of the baby quilt i started for ramona when i was still pregnant. basting, quilting, & binding it will be an adventure. i’ve never done any of that before. i hope it goes all right, because piecing is really enjoyable & i’d like to make more quilts.

i found a blog by some woman who is making 36 quilts in the year 2013. i was like, “holy fuck, that’s three quilts a month!” then i read that she “has a quilter”. which means she just pieces the tops & then passes them off to someone else to do the hard part. i could easily make three quilts a month if all i had to do was piece them! christ.

i started an etsy shop. we’ll see how that goes.

i made a new skirt!

i call it the hidden bookcase skirt. the main body of the skirt is chocolate-y brown with little black dots (so it can be worn with block tops & not clash). it has inverted box pleats made out of pink bookshelf fabric. the pleats stay closed (more or less) when i’m standing still & open up when i walk or sit. the effect would be more obvious had i taken the time to press the skirt one more time before i took these photos, but i was too excited.

i have enough fabric to make another, if anyone would like to buy one. i am charging $50 for a skirt & all i need are your waist & hip measurements (in inches) so i can cut a pattern to fit. it would be just like this one. the visible thread (the hemline, the edgestitching around the pleats) is hot pink. it’s lined with light pink cotton (so you don’t need a slip & need not fear standing in direct sunlight) & it closes with an invisible zipper (brown to match the main skirt fabric) on the left-hand side. i can make the skirt big or small, it doesn’t matter. i can even make it a miniskirt or mid-calf! i just think this length is the most flattering, so it’s what i made for myself. interested?

i used almost every bit of free time i had yesterday to take apart the typewriter skirt i made & re-sew it to be closer to perfect. it took HOURS. i worked through both of ramona’s naps (& one of them was really long) & almost all the time in the evening while jared looked after her. i only took breaks to eat dinner, pump, & skype with bart. i still need to sew the lining to the zipper tape, but it looks much better now.

i also made a little circle skirt for ramona out of the same fabric.

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matching skirts, matching eyes!

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cutest baby ever!

& yesterday i bought the fabric for my next skirt:

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update: of course the bias tape on my skirt was difficult to use & didn’t match up to the illustrations i was using…because it was single-fold! i just busted out a package of double-fold bias tape for the skirt i am making for alana & it’s so easy! i don’t know how i missed that before.

this is the kind of thing that is going to seem really embarrassing in like five years, when i am a master “sewist” (the word people are using so they aren’t referring to themselves as “sewers,” even though i think “sewer” is kind of cool). it’s like the sewing equivalent of not knowing how to make a double-sided copy, so your entire zine is all single-sided copies taped together. probably.

since part of why i resurrected this tumblr is to write about sewing & what i am learning, i think i need to have a little truth & reconciliation process with the skirt i made.

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mistake #1: wiggly stitching on the pocket lining. this was just due to the learning curve on my new sewing machine, figuring out how fast it sews & how to handle the foot pedal. also, i really should have topstitched this, but i just regular-stitched it.

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mistake #2: i didn’t sew down the back side of the bias tape. i just didn’t understand how to do it because i’d never used bias tape before. i thought that if i stitched down the tape pretty close to both edges, the underside would be caught in the stitches & hold fast. yeah…that didn’t really work out. next time, i will stitch down the back side like i’m supposed to. it’s not like it’s difficult. the pattern i was using had illustrations for this part that totally confused me but i get it now.

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mistake #3: using this dumb shark tooth stitch on the hem. i just don’t like the way it looks. i’ll straight-stitch or topstitch next time.

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 mistake #4: i sewed the hemline too close to the bottom of the fabric & after the skirt was washed, the folds that hadn’t been stitched down unfolded & started to fray. next time i will take care to stitch the hem a little higher & make sure the entire fold is caught in the stitch.

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mistake #5: i used a regular zipper instead of an invisible zipper. this isn’t technically a mistake. i personally don’t really care for invisible zippers. they seem a lot less hard-wearing than regular zippers. but maybe the tails of the zipper wouldn’t be poking out the top had i used an invisible zipper.

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mistake #6: so. this was dumb. i was supposed to sew the skirt & the lining together with a 1/2” seam allowance, but i misunderstood & only used a 1/8” seam allowance. as a result, a tiny bit of the skirt didn’t get properly sewn under.

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mistake #7: i should have topstitched this.

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mistake #8: i don’t even understand how this happened. i thought i had sewn the lining in inside out, but i didn’t. however, the seams where the zipper goes had been ironed backwards. so i had to iron them the right way after the lining was already installed & then stitch them to the zipper. it worked out fine except for at the very top, where the fabric is twisted because the lining was already sewn to the skirt there. i guess i could have cut the stitches & reironed…live & learn, i guess?

all in all, this is pretty damn good for a first try. & now i know a few of the dumb, elementary mistakes to try to avoid next time.

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can a baby wear an A-line skirt? i had a moment of madness yesterday & thought, “yes! ramona will look great in an A-line skirt!” i drafted a tiny pattern based on the pattern i’ve used for myself & even put in tiny darts so the back of the skirt will drape nicely over her diaper.

but now i’m having second thoughts. i haven’t tried it on her yet…maybe it will look great. but because we cloth diaper, there is a LOT of diaper to cover. i had originally made her a little dress with a circle skirt…(second photo above)


i’m thinking that might be cuter & more practical for a baby. baby clothes are so tiny, because babies are so tiny, they can pull off A LOT of look. i felt self-conscious when one of my friends said, “it looks like a princess skirt,” because i don’t think of ramona as a very princess-y person. but my mom used to make circle skirts/dresses for me when i was little & i’m not princess-y either. it’s just a smart look for a child.

i am learning a lot about sewing. making a circle skirt pattern for a baby is so easy! maybe i’ll make a tutorial someday when i have more time/energy. but i’m still not totally smart: i tried to cut a circle skirt for ramona out of some scrap fabric, but i cut around ALL the edges. so instead of a circle, i had four semi-circles. & i couldn’t sew them together to make a circle because there was no seam allowance. i just wasn’t thinking. i was too frazzled by how difficult ramona has been since she started cutting her tooth. now i have to wait until my new fabric arrives & try again. oh well.

all right, i am resurrecting this thing, with a new name, in order to talk about the three things i spend most of my time on: zines, skirts, & ramona. today ramona woke up from her morning nap at noon…& then she stayed awake until 5pm. she spent most of that time screaming & crying because she is teething. the homeopathic teething tablets we got from jared’s professor didn’t seem to work. breast milk ice cubes distracted her for mere moments. peekaboo worked really well, but there are only so many times a person can exclaim, “where’s ramona? there she is!” before the sweet release of death starts to look very tempting. she finally fell asleep…& then woke up twenty minutes later. had an active volcano been available, i probably would have thrown myself into its maw.
anyway, this is a skirt i made over the weekend. it’s a typewriter print, fully-lined, with an invisible side zipper & back darts for a nice drape. it’s my first time making a skirt…but not my last. i am obsessed! i’ve sold a version of this skirt to my sister-outlaw alana (she is dating my partner’s brother, so we’re like sister-in-laws minus the legal marriage part). she’s a librarian & thought the typewriter print would make a fine addition to her library wardrobe. i’m also making an A-line dress with a smocked bodice for ramona. 
my plan is to make a new skirt every month until…who knows? forever, maybe. & i guess i’ll document them here, along with mom stuff & zine stuff. more later after i’ve recuperated from my Long Day With The World’s Angriest Baby.

all right, i am resurrecting this thing, with a new name, in order to talk about the three things i spend most of my time on: zines, skirts, & ramona. today ramona woke up from her morning nap at noon…& then she stayed awake until 5pm. she spent most of that time screaming & crying because she is teething. the homeopathic teething tablets we got from jared’s professor didn’t seem to work. breast milk ice cubes distracted her for mere moments. peekaboo worked really well, but there are only so many times a person can exclaim, “where’s ramona? there she is!” before the sweet release of death starts to look very tempting. she finally fell asleep…& then woke up twenty minutes later. had an active volcano been available, i probably would have thrown myself into its maw.

anyway, this is a skirt i made over the weekend. it’s a typewriter print, fully-lined, with an invisible side zipper & back darts for a nice drape. it’s my first time making a skirt…but not my last. i am obsessed! i’ve sold a version of this skirt to my sister-outlaw alana (she is dating my partner’s brother, so we’re like sister-in-laws minus the legal marriage part). she’s a librarian & thought the typewriter print would make a fine addition to her library wardrobe. i’m also making an A-line dress with a smocked bodice for ramona.


my plan is to make a new skirt every month until…who knows? forever, maybe. & i guess i’ll document them here, along with mom stuff & zine stuff. more later after i’ve recuperated from my Long Day With The World’s Angriest Baby.

so. i seriously thought that only leah, mike, jessika rae, & a small selection of internet denizens who share my interest in being horrified by otherkin ever read this thing.

turns out i was wrong! i don’t know how the heck random people that i know but have never discussed tumblr with found this thing. they MUST have googled my name, that’s all i can figure. which is kind of weird. maybe not as weird as setting up a fake twitter account under someone else’s name, so perhaps i am in no position to throw stones. but regardless.

find it they did! i won’t go into how i found out. i just feel a bit uncomfy about the whole thing, so i deleted everything i’ve ever posted here.

i am in no way angry but i do feel that the sanctity of my tumblr has been compromised. yes, i feel like a 13-year-old writing that. a 13-year-old whose mom found out that they are a demisexual wolfkin because she snooped around on tumblr. in that respect, i am totally using tumblr for its intended purpose here.

i’m keeping this tumblr so i can continue to read mike’s ridiculous posts about going to school drunk, & leah’s strange manifestos about the intersections of brittana & waldorf education, & getoutoftherecat, but the posting gravy train has come to an end. for all your future internet surveillance needs, please visit my real blog at http://crabigailadams.wordpress.com. that one is actually for public consumption.

& yes, i am pregnant. if you want to talk to me about it, we’re facebook friends. drop me a message! that would be great! :D