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7 Quick Takes Friday

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Finnian is trying out for Battle of the Books. I love that he is reading so well and wants to do it. I’m nervous about what happens if he doesn’t make it or is the only one his age to make it. He’s up against second and third graders to make the team.

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Beckett is really, really teething this time. I saw a red spot on his gum and he’s being a little Fussbudget. Which is kind of a misnomer, because there is no budgeting of the fuss.

— 3 —

Fleas seem to thrive in my neighborhood. I have been battling them in our house all summer, but the last week has been the worst. I’ve swept, vacuumed and mopped frequently, treated the (indoor) cat and (outdoor) dog with Frontline, tried vinegar, EO’s and sprays from Raid and Hartz. All it does is make them mad. In the past we’ve tried diatomaceous (sp?) earth and that did nothing. We don’t even have carpet. Luckily they aren’t in my craft room, but I’m afraid to go in there and have one follow me. ūüėõ Basically, help!

— 4 —

Finn has a school holiday today. I didn’t want him in front of the t.v. all day, so I insisted we walk to the park. You would not believe the whining! I thought it would be a treat. He finally came around once we got there.

— 5 —

I’m pretty sure my across-the-street neighbor is on her fourth garage sale of the year. I think the city only allows two. I really don’t care, except my dog barks and people park so it’s hard to get in and out of my driveway.

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Finn is having his first sleepover at a friend’s house, so I expect to be up all night. Not that I’d be sleeping with B teething anyway.

— 7 —
I’ve been trying to update my wardrobe a little without actually having to go to the mall or spend a lot of money. Yesterday, my neighbor (who I hadn’t told about my clothes shopping) gave me a bag of clothes that she didn’t want either because of the size or needed repairs. Some of them needed more work than I can do and some didn’t fit. There were two pairs of jeans in styles I was looking for that miraculously fit (2 sizes smaller than I normally wear!) and had fairly easy repairs needed. I love it when things work out like that.
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Mini Tutorial- Altering Pants

Earlier this week I mentioned quickly taking in some pants at the waist. I was always afraid of adjusting pants, but with my fluctuating post baby body, I needed a way to have pants that fit without lots of shopping. It may not be 100% perfect, but it works for me.

First, try on your pants to determine how much to take in. You’ll be¬†stitching¬†at the side seams, so you’ll want to divide that amount evenly between each side. You can either actually measure or just pinch and guesstimate like I did.

Now, you’ll sew your new seam starting with the max amount at the waistband and tapering out to the seam somewhere around the middle to end of the pocket depending on what you need for fit and how the pants are structured. I didn’t want to change the shape of the legs, so I just did a gradual taper of probably 5-6 inches. Repeat on the other side.

Some things to keep in mind while sewing:
Keep the waistband even at the top
Use a denim needle for thicker materials
Taper all the way out so you don’t end up with a weird little pleat
Avoid stitching over belt loops.
WATCH OUT FOR METAL RIVETS. Seriously. I’ve had needles break and hit me in the face without hitting something metal. Use extra care if your jeans have metal details around the seams.

This tutorial was based on one I saw on another blog, but I can’t find that blog now. If you know the one I’m talking about, please let me know. I would love to link back to it, and the blog probably has tons of other awesome tutorials I need to see.

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Attempt #1: Blue shirt sewing project

I need some cool, cute but relaxed fitting, nursing-friendly shirts for the summer. I decided to try making a few with my overflowing fabric stash.

I’ve been working on this shirt from Simplicity pattern P1969 for about a week during Mr. B’s morning¬†nap times. I had a little trouble understanding some of the instructions, but I’m sure a more experienced seamstress could have easily finished it in a couple of hours or less. This slightly flawed version is straight from the pattern. It’s such a basic design, though, that I would like to try a few variations with it.

I actually haven’t had the chance to try it on yet, but my lovely torso double Athena stepped in to model it for you.

Note: it’s best to use the handle to pick up a hot iron.

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