again and again, i get asked how i find the time to sew so much with a baby. no, i don't have a nanny. yes, i do have a very untidy house. i choose to spend mae's nap times sewing rather than cleaning, usually. i have a large playpen set up, taking up over half of my sewing room, full of toys that mae is happy to play with for half an hour here, twenty minutes there. i use every minute i can to sew because i genuinely love it (unless i need to take a nap, which has happened more and more at the 3pm mae nap time lately). i'll usually spend an hour or so sewing in the evenings after mae has gone to bed, after dinner is finished and i've caught up on the day with shane. he goes to bed pretty early too as he gets up at 5am so i don't feel too much guilt at being squirreled away in my own little room, watching tv on my laptop and playing with fabric. and i think i'm just a speedy sewer. i used to be called the fastest graphic designer around. when i'm inspired by something, i'm excited and i just want to get it done, to see it finished. not to say that there aren't times when i'm not inspired, when i flip through japanese craft books aimlessly, when i pull fabric off the shelf only to put it right back. having lots of projects on the go helps with this because there is always something i can work on. and if all else fails, i can always cut out oobees for the christmas rush.
plus baby clothes are small and quick to sew up. these pants took me a couple of hours, spread out over a couple of days last week. it's a pattern i drew up by looking at another pair of mae's pants and i adjusted it to add the gathering in the back for this pair. they are lined with flannel so perfect for crawling around on our chilly floors.
now i have a cold and mae has yet another cold. she is sleeping, i'm going to pour myself another cup of coffee, pop a couple of cold tablets and hit the sewing machine : )