Good morning! Whoa, I am wiped out…but in that I-worked-out-hard-and-I-feel-good way. The tiredness is not from exercising, but from teaching my first ever sewing class (an all-day workshop!) — I think the class went well yesterday! A wonderful group of women gathered together and made some seriously adorable tunics. I loved teaching. I really did. I enjoy the whole process: the preparations of materials, structuring the class, connecting with students/participants. I had so much fun! I’ll talk about it some more soon, and I do have a few more pictures of the studio set-up (wish I’d had time to get shots of the tunics!) but for now, let’s move on to this week’s outfit.
So. When your daughter says, “Mama, can you make me a poncho?” and even though you have a to-do list of epic proportions, a laundry pile that is gravity-defying, and you were actually thinking of skipping the Monday Outfit this week altogether, you respond, “Of course, honey. What color would you like?” Because how often does she actually ask for something to be made by you? Very, very rarely.
And so you shuffle some fabric around to find wool in the bluish purple she wanted, and then laser beam your gaze onto some Lisette Spiral Blue Flowers cotton fabric you’d forgotten all about, and trace out a pattern you’ve made already once before (only one size larger because she’s outgrown that one). You start to sew at an unholy hour on Saturday evening…
Which brings us to her waking up early Sunday morning and exclaiming, “Oh!!! It’s so cool!!!!!” The.best.feeling.
I made some changes this time. I fully lined it, as you can see, and decided to keep the tab closure that I nixed for the plaid one I made a long time ago. The pattern is from this book, and I seem to have long ago laid aside my plans of sewing every pattern from it. Oh well. What matters is that K loves her “poncho” to pieces and wore it from the moment she woke up until bedtime without taking it off once.
These are the times that make me extra, extra happy to be able to sew. The dress, by the way, is one I made a while ago that is finally fitting her properly now. And hey, I’d made a purple coat to go with the dress back then too. Not sure what she’s doing up there, but smiles are involved, so that’s a good thing. We’ve dubbed her Little Purple Riding Hood, and this hooded cape is going to get a lot of love, I can already tell. I think I want one too!