Monday, April 15, 2013
Common Axis Top and a Happy Birthday
From the beginning Heber has always been quiet, calm, and sensitive. He takes life at the pace of his easy going drum. He is shy and affectionate. He has always been full of surprises (especially the day he decided to join our family and we made to the hospital less than 30 minutes before he was born).
If you were to meet him, you would be greeted with big eyes and a serious face. When strangers make him smile, he usually chooses to turn away and hide his grin in my shoulder. If you get blessed for him to share his smile, you will find warm chocolate eyes, a wide open mouth, and 2 very distinct dimples. Even with just his family, he nearly always tries to stifle his laugh and so it comes out more as a grunt.
He loves to give kisses and when he does he opens his mouth really big and goes in quick. This usually leaves me with a slobbery cheek and a red spot from the rushed kiss. His favorite thing in the world is his big sister Ty. Even on the grouchy, teething days, Ty can have him rolling in laughter. Their completely opposite personalities make for a dynamite duo.
This week Heber turned one and I find myself reflecting on my lifetime so far with him. It's funny how someone so little can make such an impact. He has taught me to relax and to not over extend myself because of his need for the easy going pace (even from the beginning). It was such a shocker when I realized that he would only do things when he was good and ready (he waited to start crawling until he was 9 months as opposed to Ty who was 10 months and walking).
Heber's chill personality brings peace to my soul. This weeks project for PR&P was the perfect opportunity to capture of his happy, zen personality. Heber needed a new shirt for church that was comfortable and didn't require a tie (he likes to chew on them and then they are really soggy and make his shirt wet too). It's been my goal this season to meet the needs of my kids' wardrobe as I sew along for PR&P and I think that I have been successful.
The fabric and design probably seem familiar, because I tried to make it correspond to Ty's Concentric Circle Dress. I didn't want Heber to have another white church shirt. I wanted something stylish and fitting for a toddler boy that had a splash of color. Lucky for me I have Scary. Our minds together are capable of near magic when it comes to clothing design.
Lately she has taken to getting the pictures off the pattern guides from the internet and putting them on Photoshop. Then she works her magic until we are completely satisfied with the outcome. This is what our design looked like when we had finished. It was everything I wanted.
freezer paper and my silhouette again. The biggest difference in my studio design from last time was to try to make the perforations as large as possible.
I used Simplicity 1923 pattern, size 1 and hardly had to adjust it. The only exception is the length which I made size 3. Heber and Ty are both nearly in the 100th percentile for height, so we always go up a couple of sizes to get the needed length, but still want to keep it fitted. I also love the length because regardless of the position he is in while crawling or toddling, he will always have his tummy covered.
Just a reminder about our parenting link ups (see right sidebar) that are open for the rest of the month.
Also, while you are stopping by, feel free to check out what other great stuff my sisters and I have made for our kids during this season's PR&P. And keep an eye out for Scary's incredible dress for Boston. Wow, I am excited!