Sewing Under the Influence… of a Newborn

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Hi friends! It’s been awhile since I made time to sit down at the computer to write anything of substance. My new little one is a doll, but she’s quite demanding about my time. She must be held at all times, preferably while being walked, bounced, or swayed.

She’s happy being in a carrier most of the day though, so that does give me a bit of freedom. However, she seems to require that I stand while wearing her. The first few times I tried sitting down with her at the sewing machine ended quickly due to her loudly voicing her resistance.

Trying to look at things in a glass-half-full frame of mind, I realized that she had actually been giving me about five minutes of peace in front of the sewing machine before deciding that she was through.

My response was to try purposefully sewing in five-minute chunks. In my sleep-deprived state, I thought that sounded like a grand idea.

And, you know what I ended up doing?

Sewing the straps onto my camisole wrong four different times.

I haven’t yet gotten the courage to attempt a fifth time.

So, yeah, that’s what’s been going on here. Life is great, but productive sewing isn’t really happening!

UPDATE: I didn’t see this post in my Bloglovin’ feed. I’m not sure why, so I’m trying out a few things, including this bit of code: Follow my blog with Bloglovin

UPDATE: It turns out when you haven’t posted in a while, Bloglovin’ doesn’t know to pull your post into its feed generator. It will eventually find it though, as it did for this post a few days after I posted it.

17 thoughts on “Sewing Under the Influence… of a Newborn

  1. I remember those days!! Feels like it was yesterday even though it was almost 3 years ago. If it helps, I set my sewing machine on a tall surface so I could sew standing up. Now I don’t need to hold my kid while I sew. In stead she destroys the house during sewing time 🙂

  2. Congratulations! 🙂

    If it makes you feel better I have no children (and hardly any responsibilities, I’m basically still a child!) and I still repeat mistakes endlessly! I can’t count how many times I’ve sewn the pockets on the wrong way just on one particular project!

    1. I’d have an easier time laughing at myself if I hadn’t been trying so hard to actually get them right every time I sewed them on! Thanks for sharing that it happens to us all!

  3. Glad to hear I’m not alone… sewing with my 2 week old and my toddler running around has been reduced to “writing out shopping/wish lists” for future projects. Hopefully we’ll get there soon!

    1. Two-week old! Congratulations! That feels like both yesterday and ages ago. Time is such a strange thing when you’re taking care of little ones. But, yes, hopefully we’ll get there soon.

  4. I’m just preparing myself for these days so trying to squeeze in as much sewing as poss over the next few weeks. I’m sure (I hope!) it’ll all come back in time 🙂

  5. I always felt that just getting my toddler, my baby and myself dressed by mid-day was an achievement in those first few months! Like SamCain I also started sewing standing up at my kitchen worktops. Although with an 18mth old who is still teething terriblely I just accept on days when I’m too tired equals a no sew day…I plan future projects or order fabric online – I mean I’m sleep deprived so that counts as an excuse to buy more fabric doesn’t it?!

    1. My biggest feeling of accomplishment is when I get in a shower. How funny [terrible?] is that?! And, I’ve started standing up with my computer, and it’s helped a lot! Now I’ll have to think whether I can make that happen with my sewing machine as well!

    1. Yeah, five minutes wasn’t really enough. At least not for me! I would think I was pinning so carefully, double checking what layer was where and which way around, and then after stitching everything together on the second day, I’d turn it around on the third and find that I’d still gotten something wrong! She’s growing quickly, so I do think I’ll have more time here before I know it. And, I’ll probably look back longingly on the days when I just held her all day! Ha!

  6. Thanks for sharing. I thought my niece was the only one who had babies demanding to be held every second! Now I will apologize & tell our family we need to support her. I held my babies too but my last one did allow me sewing time. I’m glad you’re enjoying the baby, but wait a little longer to try to sew the straps on your camisole. Just a top from a grandma, mother, & reader. Take of you, too. Rest when that baby girl sleeps. Time enough to sew when she’s older.

    1. I do think there are some babies who just need to be held. My first one wanted to be held a lot, but I don’t remember her needing this much attention (I may have selective memory though?!). But, I had a friend who had a baby who always wanted to be in this one seat. They even put his seat in his crib so that he could sleep in it when it was time to nap! He’d start crying when you tried to snuggle him too much. Babies are so funny! And, yes, I have learned my lesson – now is not the time to try to sew. Especially not fiddly camisole straps between two layers of silk that are identical on both sides of the fabric and, nearly, on both the front and back of the garment!

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