a whale and a bowl of petunias

I couldn’t resist the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy reference, even if the print isn’t precisely petunias. It’s kind of flowery and purple, so close enough, right? I did finish both of these projects in February, even if I’m late taking photos as usual. So here goes…

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I don’t have UFO projects very often. This one wasn’t so much unfinished as barely started, to be honest. It started life as a Vogue pattern (I forget which one) that I cut out a few years ago, realized I screwed up when cutting the front and therefore never got to sewing at all, and then eventually lost interest in. And then I had a baby, and knew the smaller sized fitted style of the shirt would unlikely not work on me for a long time. I still liked the print, though! So I took the largest pieces– the front panel and the two raglan sleeves– and some solid teal jersey that I’ve had sitting around for awhile, and hacked a new shirt using the Deer & Doe Plantain tee as a starting point.

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Overall, I’m happy with how it turned out! I’ve been needing some more casual shirts that double well for teaching lessons or running errands, while still being loose enough that I can nurse in them. And I’ve been craving color, as I always do as winter draws to a close. So this one fulfilled both rather well.

 

IMG_3493My other UFO project was one that I started back in December, but it got set aside while I was trying to get my fabric reorganized and tidied up to start the new year off. It’s not clothes, so I hope you don’t mind my sharing! Awhile back, I saw instructions on Pinterest for a denim whale, and thought it was cute. I cut it out of a falling-apart pair of jeans that I’d made, since non-stretch denim doesn’t work for me anymore, and got as far as that and embroidering on the eyes. It took me about two sittings to finish this off after that. I managed to do some scrapbusting too, since it’s mostly stuffed with the leftover polyester stretch lace from a shirt I made in December, and yarn left over from a sweater I knitted! They were free and unraveled from a thrift store sweater, respectively, so I didn’t mind. Stuffing is expensive anyway. So far, the baby isn’t super into it, but hopefully that will change as he gets a little older.

There’s a few more details for the shirt and the whale on my blog. Thanks for reading!

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