Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sewing for Thomas

I decided to try making a shirt for Thomas, since I've been sewing mostly for Eleanor recently. I found a pattern with good reviews on Pattern Review and some cute fabric. First, I traced the size 3 pattern from the multi-sized pattern onto some interfacing, then used that to cut out the shirt pieces. Due to the print, cutting out the shirt pieces so that the trucks lined up across the front and were centered on the back and sleeves was a bit tricky. I had found some good tips for making shirts on the internet, and I used several of those, like topstitching everything and finishing the facings neatly. Everything went smoothly, and even the buttonholes behaved! I'm pleased with the way it turned out, and I think Thomas will like it, too.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Patrick's Birthday

We celebrated Patrick's 23rd birthday last weekend with a family dinner. The grandchildren helped make and decorate his birthday cake. Thomas insisted it needed a car on top. Much fun was had by all.

Fun with Grandchildren

We kept the grandchildren last weekend while their parents enjoyed some much-needed R&R. Amanda entertained them beautifully with her amazing balloon art skills!