I wrote a quick guide to start sewing from Japanese sewing books, and a list of Japanese sewing vocabularies ("vocabulary" is such a hard word to pronounce for a Japanese!). I am hoping that these might help people who are intimidated by books full of foreign language, or when diagrams alone are not clear enough to explain sewing processes.
I made a pair of leggings for my daughter using a pair I bought for myself.
The original pair had some problem I could not live with, but I loved its fabric so much that I decided to keep them to use as material for another pair for my daughter.
Last year was a slow year for my sewing and creativity. Partially (ok, maybe a big part), it was because I was taking care of a one year old baby for the first time.
However, the biggest reason is that I felt guilty about creating more "things" when I already had so many.
I have twin baby nephews who are 2 months younger than my daughter. I needed gifts which I can send to Japan via airmail without going bankrupt. After thinking about it for a while, I ended up making something my daughter wears daily and I consider to be some of the most useful pieces of clothing I made for her: turtleneck shirts.
Lately, I'm all about efficiency and short-cuts when it comes to cooking. Ever since giving birth to my daughter, we just don't have the kind of time we used to have (those friends who'd told us that kids would change EVERYTHING were right all along).