After having kids, something super nerdy overcame me and I suddenly had a voracious appetite for learning as much as I possibly could about a certain topic. Education, nutrition, theology, world religions, breastfeeding, child development, herbalism, birth, to name a few. I'd stay up late pulling research articles or devouring books, reading as much as I could about the subject of interest. Doing so ignited something in me and it was - and is - really exciting. I hope I'll always be a lifelong learner.
As an aside, this obsession for learning reminds me of something Jude's homeschooled buddy said to me, which was that some kids had called him a nerd. His dad, in turn, told him that nerds rule the world.
I asked how he felt about being classified as a nerd. Did he see it as a compliment? He informed me, "Not a compliment, but definitely not an insult." I love it! And what self confidence for a nine year old.
So all this is to say that this pretty much sums up how I feel about Ottobre patterns right now: obsessed and downright nerdy. I was brainstorming, "What if I sewed only Ottobre patterns for an entire year?!" Then I realized, I didn't need to be extreme about it - or so/sew exclusive. ;)
The truth is, though, it would be easy to sew only Ottobre for a year. There's just so much to love.
For this pinafore, I did adjust the neckline making it less scooped. But the rest is unaltered. The front and back are cut into four pieces each and then sewn back together and topstitched. And I love those cap sleeves.
I also really like the faux pockets.
Tia, on the other hand, was disappointed by the 'faux' part.
Where the heck are the pockets?
This is Kaufman 21 wale corduroy in rust again. It looks suspiciously similar to the Pantone color of the year, marsala, but I was definitely not trying to be trendy or fashion-forward with this choice. I purchased this fabric back in November, before the color was even announced.
I also sewed the tshirt - Ottobre 4/2013, No 6 and I believe it's in Kaufman's taupe knit, though not certain. I loved this top so much on Iris but Tia had sized out of it. So I added some length and then some width to the center without realizing that would create more of a boat neckline, but it works. (And lesson learned.)
Oh, this girl! She is such a delight - so sweet and gentle. She also has a crazy talent for music. This Christmas she started playing The Little Drummer Boy, with chords, by ear on the piano. And recently she's started playing the Lord of the Rings theme song by ear! She's in a little keyboarding class but has never had formal private lessons. It's just unbelievable!
Last Saturday, Jude's children's chorus sang at a professional hockey game. Dan, Indigo and Iris went to cheer him on while Tia decided to stay home with Hazel and me.
I painted her nails, we read books (I dare you to find a book cuter than this one!) and sang Seize the Day at least a dozen times.
We had so much fun together but after 2 hours, she started asking, ever so gently as to not hurt my feelings, when her siblings would be home.
That's one thing that has surprised me most as our family has grown - how much our kids totally love and enjoy one another's company. I think our society gives the impression that children from bigger families perhaps lack attention - or that there is a rivalry between siblings, with all vying for mom and dad's attention. While that may be true in some families, it is definitely not the case for ours. They all have a blast together. They are so tender and loving toward one another. And there's always something fun happening. In fact, they tell me they'd love to have 10 siblings. (Um, the answer to that is no.)
I do try to be intentional about connecting with my children individually every day. I absolutely delight in the things that make them so uniquely them. But man, it sure is heartwarming to see the way they love each other so! And I sure am thankful for our Tarikua Evangeline!