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Sunday Stash

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Today’s theme is “fabric I bought in the middle of the night while feeling sorry for myself.” There hasn’t been much sleep in our house since munchkin made her entrance 6 months ago. She’s an amazing baby and good at so many things. Sleeping is not one of those things. We’ve worked really, really hard to teach her to sleep the best we can, and we’ve made massive progress recently, but there have most definitely been plenty of nights where I was awake for hours with a screaming baby in the middle of the night and needed something, anything, to make myself feel better. So, fabric it was!

Girl Charlee was having a sale on bundles of off-prints and I swooned for this floral. I’ve already used some of it to sew a plantain tee, but have many yards left so there will be more in my wardrobe! It came bundled with a forest green printed with little hearts that I liked more in the photos than I do IRL, but I will certainly use it as I have a knit pattern I’m working on right now (albeit very slowly) and it will be great for muslins.

hacci-knit

I also got a lovely hacci knit that reminds me of a subtle birthday cake with little sprinkles. I had a project in mind for it, but I had it in my head that it would be heavier than it is (yes, hacci knits are by definition lightweight knits but I was sleep deprived and it was the middle of the night) so I don’t know what to do with it now. It would make lovely dress but would need to be lined to not be sheer.

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From Fabric.com I ordered cat print ITY knit and a coordinating solid black. I have a couple of different ideas for the fabric – either a Diane Von Furstenberg style wrap dress or a rub off of a BCBG dress I bought in college. I usually only stash fabric without an intended project if it came from the thrift store, but I needed to order a quilt backing for a quilt I’m working on and if I upped my order I got free shipping so it it didn’t make sense not to buy it. Also, I was feeling sorry for myself and it was the middle of the night and it has cats on it. If I get a move on, maybe I could make myself a Thanksgiving dress in time?

Do you make “I’m feeling sorry for myself purchases”?

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  1. Yep many a “cheer me up purchase” has been done over the years! Nearly always a bargain but not always any good😂
    Hope your sleep deprivation improves soon. Even though my little ones are all grown up I remember those time well.

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  2. Yes, yes I do! I even own that same cat print for the same reason. I hope your wee one learns to sleep soon!

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  3. I feel ya. I’m currently trapped next to my napping 11 month old. Definitely done some online fabric shopping to cheer me up. It occasionally bums me out because I struggle with finding time to sew it up. That said she’s much better at sleeping at night now so I can sneak in some evening sewing. This too shall pass. I like the cats. Hope you get to make that wrap dress soon.

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      I think we are finally hitting the point in her night sleeping where I can start to sneak in some evening sewing. I’ve actually been able to watch TV with my husband the last couple of nights after she’s gone down to sleep, which is pretty novel. So sewing should follow soon!

  4. Fifteen years ago my baby girl only slept for forty minute stretches. Now she’s the best sleeper in the family. I didn’t sew at all during the baby years. Promise it will get better.

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      Thanks for the words of encouragement. It is definitely getting better. I just hope for her sake that she grows into being a better sleeper because both Adam and I stink at sleeping!

  5. Just broke my left knee in two places, I’m flat on my back for awhile, definitely don’t need another scrap of fabric, but I had to miss the quilt retreat and I know the middle of the night is coming soon!

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  6. Yes, I have done it soon. I haven’t sewn with a knit fabric and I just bought a pj pattern that requires a knit fabric (jersey, I think). Could explain the different types of knit fabrics and explain how we can select the right one online? Thanks in advance.

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      I think with knit fabrics the most important thing to consider is weight and stretch. For pajamas, you can pick a mid-weight (like a jersey) or even a heavy-weight (like a ponte or double-knit) if you want it to be super warm. But you don’t want it too thin or it won’t hold up. Stretch matters too – a pattern should tell you the stretch percentage you need on your fabric and if it needs to be one-way (like most jersey’s) or two-way (like swimsuit material) stretch.

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