August 13, 2014

Quick Notes on Summer Sewing

Summer is kicking my newbie blogger butt! I had grand plans all prettily organized on an editorial calendar, and then Summer actually happened. Yikes! All of a sudden it feels very obvious that I've been doing this blogging thing less than a year. Yesterday I had scheduled to share The Peanut's new backpack. It currently looks like this. I'm learning a lot about what NOT to do as a full-time blogger when school is not in session. Hopefully I'll be able to actually apply those lessons in the future. Right now I'm just pushing on until Labor Day weekend. In the meantime I'm also making sure we enjoy Summer: swimming, and train rides, and popsicles, and tricycles.

Summer Sewing 2014: Swim Suit | The Inspired Wren
Why yes, I did sew that swim suit!

In between I've eked out some sewing, too. 



Looking at more recent posts, you'd be forgiven for thinking I'm more of an accessories sewer than a clothing sewer. But I love sewing for The Peanut, that's where my true passion lies. And this Summer I have sewn for her, I just haven't shared it here.

I made this kicky little skirt using my Ink-Jet Printed Fabric tutorial and paired it with another Muse of the Morning Practically Perfect Tee. I was privileged to share it on Diana Rambles. And I was thrilled when it was also featured on the Oliver + S blog.

Summer Sewing 2014: Ink-Jet Printed Skirt | The Inspired Wren
That lovely piece of bark has since become a mess of crumbs all over the backseat of my car. Someone should stop sewing and go clean that up.


I also whipped up a pair of summer PJs. They weren't on the editorial calendar, but the urge to make them struck and I just had to do it. It's a third Muse of the Morning Practically Perfect Tee this time with a cap sleeve option (loving the fit of this pattern on The Peanut!) and a pair of Go To Patterns Go To Leggings. These leggings are also mashed into that Ink-Jet Printed Skirt above: they are obviously one of my TNT (tried and true) patterns. 

Summer Sewing 2014: Quick PJs | The Inspired Wren
Since they were already sewn I submitted these to Shorts on the Line.

Remember those rompers from earlier this Summer? They each won me prizes! I wanted to take a moment to thank Sewing Mama RaeAnna of Romper Week and FrancesSuzanne of Flip this Pattern for rewarding me for doing something fun. How great is that?!


Summer Sewing 2014: Rompers | The Inspired Wren
That's a Pleated Playsuit from E&E Designs on the left and a Mash-Up Oliver + S Croquet Dress and Puppet Show Shorts on the right.


I have nothing but respect for those of you who only sew in the evening after bedtime. I've shifted my daily routine to evening sewing, and after just three days I'm exhausted. I'm used to just sitting quietly with a couch craft after The Peanut's bedtime. When I'm sewing in the evening I have trouble stopping: just one more seam, just one more step, just one more stitch...and then I look up and it's past midnight. I wish I was one of those humans that only needs 4-5 of sleep per night. Sadly, I'm closer to a 9-hour sleeper. What I would give for an extra four or five hours every day!

While I figure out how to sew during sleep, you can rest assured that there are some new outfits coming soon: first day of school clothes, not one but two flower girl's dresses, some PJs, and a tutorial from my very first ever self-drafted pattern. Stay tuned, I'm going to go mainline some coffee now.


Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.
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14 comments:

  1. I cannot do late night sewing either. Same reason. Either I stay up too late or I try to do too much and make mistakes because I am tired. What you have sewn is all so cute.

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    1. Thanks! I really don't know how the people with full-time jobs and/or homeschoolers ALSO blog. It blows my mind that they can.

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  2. I'm so impressed by that rash guard! Very cute!

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    1. Thanks! That was my favorite project to date. I'm sad to report the gold fabric lost some shimmer to those ocean waves, but the suit is still swimming on!

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  3. How well I understand you! I have two boys of 9 and 12 and since the summer vacations started I've been struggling to make my two posts every week... But that's fine as summer is for having fun outside and taking the time to do things we can't possibly do the rest of the year. :-) For my part, I'm so exhausted in the evening that I could not even think of sewing. I also have great respect for those who sew in the evening (and even in the night)...
    Congratulations for your prizes! Your citrus romper is gorgeous and was definitely a winner in my mind when I first saw it.

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    1. Thanks! We have enjoyed Summer, and that's more important to me in the long run.

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  4. I have a 7 year old and a 3 year old and I feel your pain. I only have time to accomplish something when they are asleep and by that time I'm too tired myself...

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    1. Right?! This backpack is the slowest sew I've done in a long time, and I know it's because it's happening when I'm tired.

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  5. Ren - your sewing projects turned out really well. Congrats on winning prizes - that is always fun! I know what you mean about summer and not getting everything done. I try and plan my day carefully but something always comes up with the kids or house or an errand to run and I get behind. Also, some things seem to take me longer to do than I planned. My 3 boys go back to school in about a week and I am hoping to have more time to get some things done with my blog as well as my crochet, knitting and sewing. Enjoy the rest of your summer! Kimberlee

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    1. Thanks, Kimerlee! I can't WAIT for school to start again. I have a list of blog and sewing To Do's that is a full notebook page long. I'm eager to tackle it.

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    2. Ugh. Sorry about the misspelling, Kimberlee.

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  6. Is that a Harry Potter swim suit? I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!

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    1. Yes it is! If you haven't already you really should read my full post about from my CraftingCon entry: http://maeandk.com/craftingcon-harry-potter-competition-entry-1/

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  7. That skirt! Bestill my beating heart! (Google doesn't think that's a word...)

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