forgive my absence, but we've had 2 ridiculous weeks of abnormally hot weather and I have been distracted with a sudden urge to garden. our poor yard hasn't had proper attention paid to it in I don't know HOW long. so, I've been raking, mulching, pruning, planting. hopefully all this hard work will pay off and we won't be overtaken by weeds mid-June.
last week was spring break. I barely saw my young Mr. Social Engagements, except for Friday, when I skipped out of work early and took him to the zoo. (zoos actually really depress me... look at that lonely elephant... but I didn't share that with Loo, he had fun)
I stumbled on another great photo stash while out and about today; about 130 or so, one extended family, spanning 1910-1940. the seller told me the photos were from the estate of a 97 year old woman. (once again – where the hell is her family??? why are they letting these go???) I am assuming that the woman is either Estelle or Esther.
anyway, I have started a new blog... the link is over there... to the right (dustbin), for posting my vintage photo collection. it's still pretty rough, and I will be tinkering with it over the next few weeks.
my 2 cents: I've heard many parents say that they believe it is their responsibility to protect their kids from the world until they are adults. I believe that it is my responsibility as a parent to prepare my kid for the world.
once again, the pattern is in the right hand column, in the "patterns" category titled "doll shoes."
out of felt (or pleather or whatever) cut 2 tops, and 2 bottoms. (make sure you have a 'right' bottom and a 'left' bottom)
right top sides together, stitch the heel seam.
right sides together, carefully pin each top to it's sole. you might consider hand basting. I do that with the dolls' feet... all those pins can become cumbersome on such a tiny little surface, and it is important to achieve a nice smooth line of sewing. felt is pretty easy to work with though.
turn right side out. in order to give the shoe some definition, I usually blanket stitch around the bottom seam with either matching, or contrasting embroidery floss. and add little french knot flowers, etc., but since these are for a boy, we'll let them be!
the pattern is in the right hand column, in the "patterns" category titled "doll cap."
cut 6 of cap material. sew 3 sections together. sew the other 3 sections together. right sides together, sew halves together and there is the outside of the hat!
cut 6 of lining material and piece together the same way.
to prevent your sewing machine from "eating" the ends of your pieces, hold the string ends taught and gently pull if necessary. (I learned this trick from Amy Karol's Bend the Rules Sewing – brilliant!)
right sides together of the lining and outside cap (forming a little bowl), line up the section seams, pin, and sew all round, leaving a small (1 1/2 inch maybe?) opening so you can turn the whole thing right side out.
press the edge flat, and ladder stitch the opening closed. (does everyone know how to ladder stitch? I geeked out last winter and borrowed a bunch of upholstery sewing tutorial videos from the library. priceless)
sew a little button on the top, going through both layers of fabric, or, if the doll is for a young child and buttons are a concern, a couple of small stitches through both layers will do.
the young gent for whom Harold is intended has decided that he prefers bald! and who am I, Patrick Stewart worshiper that I am, to argue? Harold is rather jaunty, no? I am going to make him a cap, and of course he still needs shoes. I solved the whole buttonhole dilemma with the easiest solution of all... snaps! but not the cheap, wobbly sewn on kind; but the nice, sturdy indestructible punched in kind!
I just can not get the lighting in my little sewing room right. (top with flash, bottom without flash).
once he is fully complete, I will set up the seamless and spotlights for a proper photo shoot. right now I am too tired. that's what exercise will do to you, or so I'm told.
it was a perfect blue sky day (although you wouldn't know it from these photos) so all four of us dragged ourselves out of our winter cave for some SUN and EXERCISE! woo-hoo! we took a walk along the erie canal. not too incredibly picturesque; basically a rather shallow ditch dug by hand. of course I started singing...
I've got a pup and her name is Sal... 15 miles on the Erie Canal... she's a good ol' worker and a good ol' pal... 15 miles on the Erie Canal.