It is our first day at home in a very long time. On top of everyone being very ill (my husband was diagnosed with a double ear infection and bronchitis just after I last posted) my oldest daughter has been busy at her first ballet senior intensive! Very exciting! I do wish someone had told me how expensive this was all going to be before we committed to ballet, but she is such a lovely dancer, it's all worth it (I think?).
So today we are thoroughly enjoying ourselves with a new inflatable pool, outdoorsy books, and crafts. I don't think I've done crafts with the children since our little baby arrived. I feel so darn proud of myself. I'm also knocking out the to do list faster than I thought possible.
I started and finished a sewing project: pajamas. I love working with knit fabrics but I have such trouble with technique, especially necklines. I've tried all the tricks and some work better than others, but I'm still occasionally getting stretched, wavy seams. In the spirit of practice makes perfect, I sewed a pair of 'Sleeping Johns' from Growing Up Sew Liberated using a jersey that I've had for a year or so. They turned out beautifully and this is my favorite legging pattern to date. To pair with it, I sewed a basic tee from a free pattern. I love this pattern and the technique for sewing the neckline. I think I just haven't been stretching my ribbed binding enough. Using Dana's measurements, this lay perfectly and came together very quickly. It's a little big as written but I just used a slightly more generous seam allowance for a better fit for my 2 year old. I hemmed the arm and leg openings with a twin needle and I'm so happy with the finished product! I can wait to make more (this fabric line looks super yummy!).
There's a gentle rain falling on our parched garden now. The peppers are still producing and we have our very first watermelon. Everything else is just enduring right now but I'm making plans and gathering seeds and school books for fall.