Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Fattycakes Pattern Review

I'm on a mini-mission to actually use every unused pattern that I own, this year. Way back when, before I started sewing and selling Very Baby diapers, I bought pretty much every diaper pattern under the sun. I've never really used them, so I thought it's about time to put them all to use.

I looked through all of my patterns, trying to decide which to sew first. It was an easy decision to start with Fattycakes, because I've only ever heard it's praises. So many diaper seamstresses love this pattern and many sew and sell from it. I was a little bit worried about the fit, because my boys are anything but fattycakes, more like skinnysticks.

Fattycakes is available as a PDF download from Inspired and is only $6. I consider that to be very affordable and it's nice to not have to wait for the mail man to deliver it. The pattern pieces print out on 3 sheets of paper and are easy to cut and assemble.The pattern is really adaptable and can be sewn into a fitted, all in one, or a pocket diaper.

I chose to make a pocket diaper. Rather than pinning and cutting it out, I find it easier to trace the pattern with a fabric pen and simply cut along my markings. I used an inner layer of suede cloth and an outer layer of PUL. The instructions are straight forward and well written. It went together in a flash with no glitches. I top stitched around the entire thing, just for my own personal preference.

I really love how it turned out. The fit is actually really good for my skinny guys! The waist snaps make it so adjustable that it fits both my 27 lb babe and my 20 lb babe.

So, in short, it's a great pattern and a fabulous way to spend $6. Licensing (to sell from the pattern) is also available only if you are an active member of Diaper Sewing Divas, and is on a case to case basis.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

We were adopted.

Holy smokes, I forgot how much work puppies are! Chewed shoe, check! Hole dug, check! Three zucchini plants ripped out and the then buried, check! Cabbage eaten straight off the plant (days before ready for picking), check!

Meet Willie, our little rescue pup. We found him abandoned in an empty parking lot a few weeks ago, with the intentions of taking him to a shelter on their next business day. He made himself at home, and fit in so well that we couldn't bear to part with him. He's become best buds with Oscar, and he loves the kids.

He checked out very well with the vet, who thinks he is a lab/Aussie mix. Whatever he is, he sure is a cutie. Now if I can just survive the constant training, we'll get along just fine!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Sweet Baby L

L is autistic. There, I said it. It's out. We don't know where he falls on the spectrum, but we know that he is on the spectrum. It will be at least six months before we have any more information. This is our new reality. I can't seem to get my mind off my sweet babe.

I don't think that any family ever wants their child to have ASD, although it is relieving to know why L is the way he is. Through this whole ordeal, all I want to do is scoop him up and hold him, snuggle him, and never let him go. Unfortunately that won't happen because he isn't a fan of being held and touched, only on his own accord, which is rare.

I've had a couple of very sad and teary weeks. It's time for me to move on from my denial/pity party. My child is healthy. He is happy. He doesn't know that he is any different. He is special. He is beautiful. I love him for his differences, not despite them.

I don't want anyone's pity, only support and love. Please send vibes of strength and attitude renewal my way. On another note, I have found that comments like "there is no way that an 18m old can be autistic, that's ridiculous", "he's too young to know that", "I don't believe in autism", or "autism is just an excuse for poor behavior and learning deficits" are completely unhelpful, not at all comforting, and honestly rather insensitive. Even comments made with the best of intentions are not always a good idea. If you know anyone going through something like this, it might be something to keep in mind.

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