weekending, Tova, and KCWC

We had a perfect spring weekend (although today I am wondering where Spring went?).  Family was in town house-hunting, as in, moving here!  They have two boys, the youngest is five like Jack.  Here are all four boys walking to the T-Ball fields.

It just happened to be the big Jamboree fundraiser event at the fields this Saturday, so the boys had a blast running around the festival together.  After my volunteer hour, I spent the game like so:

Don't you just love it when a quilt is being used? And so much more comfortable than bleachers.  Plus I was in the shade of the dugout overhang; Saturday was HOT. Here's a close up of my little slugger:

My birthday was Sunday and I got some leisurely time along in my sewing room.  Plenty of family fun, too, but with little ones time alone is a treat!

I finished my Wiksten Tova for the Sew-Along with verykerryberry. I did not hem the bottom, as I am considering making it more of a top than a tunic, but can't decide.  Why does the wind always pick up when I step outside with a camera?

I used a cotton lawn print from the Lisette collection at JoAnn's.  About a quarter of the cost of Liberty lawn, I figured my first go ought not to be with something so dear.  I sound like my grandmother, she always called expensive things dear.  Do other people even use that word that way?

The only major divergence from the pattern is that I did a bias bound neckline instead of the band collar.  Not really sure why, it just seemed like a good idea.

I also got a head start on cutting out squares for the quilt coming up in the Zakka Style Sew Along.  I am excited to make two quilts for two friends expecting baby girls!

Finally, I also readied some fabrics and patterns for Kids Clothes Week Challenge Spring 2012! The challenge is to sew clothes for your kids for an hour each day all week.  I toyed with not participating, but come on, who was I kidding!

My first completion is a pair of Board Shorts from Patterns by Figgy.  I love the construction of these, but it was unfamiliar to me, so the first pair kept me up a little later than expected.  I have to finish Jack's tonight, but at least with the cold, blustery day we are having, no one needs them immediately!

I made them using a Kokka Trefle fabric in a nice, sturdy cotton canvas.  I bought the fabric months ago with this project in mind.

I love the details on these shorts, they are just tough to see with the dark thread and dark print.

The side pockets were especially cool to make.  I love a pattern that uses a lot of details.  Sometimes it can seem like extra work, but the results always make you so glad you put in the time.

I'll be back tomorrow, hopefully with a second pair of board shorts and some pants.  We'll see!  Hope your week is off to a good start!


  1. Happy Belated Birthday!! I hope you had a great time!

  2. The Lisette lawn is very pretty and made a lovely Tova- the bas neckline has worked well too!

  3. Love those board shorts! Adding this pattern to the list!

  4. the tova looks great!! and i love the shorts :)

  5. Love those shorts! They came out great!

  6. How was the sizing on the pattern? I've been dying to make one, but I'm afraid it won't fit me.

  7. Oh I'm so happy you like the pocket details! Your next pair will go quicker times one hundred!


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