sewing plans! & some sad attempts at jokes

i still haven’t started any of my winter sewing projects, but fabric has been ordered & i’m feeling pretty stoked. it just sucks that i had to order from, due to a lack of good choices on other websites & my local fabric shop, because shipping on orders always takes forever. by the time your fabric shows up, you forgot you ever ordered it. my box isn’t slated to arrive until after thanksgiving.

but i do have most of what i need to construct the outside of my amy butler weekender bag. i decided not to quilt that shit. quilted bags & linings just always make me think vera bradley, & then i feel disgusted with the project. i mean, ramona’s red-hooded cape is adorbs, but i don’t love the lining.

i got a super-teeny, colorful floral print to augment the bookshelves for the outside of the bag. obviously the bookshelf print is highly-directional, so i think the flowers will look better on the sides, top, & bottom (which is all constructed from one piece, so any directionality would be compromised). i’m going to try to print-match across the pockets & do red piping. i’m also going to see if i can figure out how to add zippers to the pockets in addition to the piping. i did a zipper pocket on my typewriter messenger bag that is two pockets in one: the zippered compartment & then an open pocket behind that. i want to try replicating that. it’s just a question of figuring out what order to sew everything together & which pieces will be interfaced.

the lining is going to be the purple dottie cotton + steel print & some yellow pearl bracelets. & i’m going to add a (quilted–i know, i’m ridiculous, but it will be inside so it’s not as objectionable) padded, elasticized laptop pocket. no other internal pockets. i’m mostly envisioning this as a carry-on bag, & with all the pockets on the outside (six!), i don’t really need a bunch of pockets on the inside. i don’t like rooting around in the depths of my carry-ons too much when i fly. plus, this bag is kind of just a trial run. i’m already feeling kind of excited about making the bag again in other fabrics, & making alterations to the pockets depending on my future needs.

i also started sketching out some blocks for the quilt i want to make for jared. dude, if you want to have your mind blown, google “bookshelf quilts”. there are some AMAZING quilts out there, worlds better than anything i could make. with little appliqued tchotchkes (can’t believe i spelled that right on my first try) & plants & stuff. it’s pretty inspiring.

so, one of my FB friends told me i should start a mommy blog, since everything i post on FB is about ramona &, according to her, “hilarious”. i was a teensy bit insulted that she didn’t already read my blog, which is linked on my FB profile, but not really because i never pimp my blog anywhere, & don’t really care who reads it.

it did make me realize though that i really don’t write as much about ramona here as i think about her, & this blog is definitely not as funny as my facebook. or even as i am in person (if i do say so myself). why can’t i be funny here? life with a toddler means funny shit happens all the time. last night ramona was rustling around in bed, getting into a more comfortable position, when she hit her head on the window. from the depths of her quilts, her little voice piped up, “bonk head.” then she went back to snoring. there was the time i put her down for her nap, & half an hour she started screaming bloody murder & i went in to see what was wrong only to find her standing in her crib, shirtless. she’d somehow slithered out of her shirt, & then her half-puritan new england genetic code (that would be jared) did not permit her to fall asleep unclothed. there’s the way she also has to rubberneck other kids when we’re out & about. if any kid within earshot starts crying, ramona tracks them down & exclaims, “baby sad! baby flop!” even if the kid is, like, nine, & definitely not a baby. (“flop” is ramona’s word for “fall,” which she also applies to people intentionally sitting or laying on the ground, like toddlers having temper tantrums, or tiny babies that are crawling.)

she turns two next weekend. how do we have an almost-two-year-old? wasn’t she just born last week? the friend who said i should do a mommy blog is pregnant with her first, due the day after ramona’s birthday. she wrote on FB that she was looking forward to giving birth so she could go back to socializing & seeing friends. i LOLed. i really wanted to say, “yeah, me too, & my kid is almost two,” but…you know. let’s not scare the pregnant ladies. after all, there’s not much they can do about it now. but who knows, maybe i could be out there mixing with the childless if i didn’t spend all my child-free time sewing my own luggage & reading “the new yorker”.

Published by Ciara

Ciara Xyerra wrote zines for the better part of two decades. She has a brilliant & adorable preschooler named Ramona & sews as much as she possibly can. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her boyfriend. She enjoys catching up on "The New Yorker", meatball subs, keeping it cranky, intersectional post-third wave feminism, dinosaurs, & monsters. If you have nothing nice to say, she recommends that you come sit here by her, so you can say not-nice things together.

4 thoughts on “sewing plans! & some sad attempts at jokes

  1. I just ordered some fabric from and they actually sent me an email saying “due to high demand blah blah blah” it’s going to be an extra long wait. How’s that for terrifying? It’s supposed to be for Lilian’s Christmas present. Maybe I’ll get it by her birthday.

    I feel like the funny shit that happens with toddlers is easier to write about on Facebook (where I can confirm you are very funny!). Most of the funny stuff that happens with LJ is pretty short and sweet.

    1. yikes! though christmas is less than three weeks away. hope it’s an easy sew, because you are cutting it fine indeed. i feel bad because i’m not planning to sew anyone any gifts this year. i told jared the other day, “i have so much sewing to do before we leave for christmas!…it’s all for me though.” haha. i need to make a shoulder pad for my weekender bag strap & i want to make a couple of cozy shirts. i have all my fabric & patterns & everything. it’s just a matter of sitting down to do it.

      yeah, most of ramona’s funny stuff is also pretty short. there’s just something about the different medium that distorts the reception somehow. maybe because i post on FB so much more often, it’s easier to get my personality across? i don’t know.

  2. I actually used my lunch break to go to Sew-Fisticated today and buy more fabric. Because my order still says “processing.” I ordered it over a week ago, grumble grumble. Lilian asked for a cape for Christmas, so I am going to sew the Little Things one based on your rec. 🙂 The fabric I got today is going to make it look very “Frozen” which is just so un-hip… but she is going to lose her little mind over it. We’re going out tomorrow night, but I think I can start it on Wednesday and get it done on time. Fingers crossed! I don’t think I’ve ever done a sewing project that didn’t come down to the wire.

    1. i bet you’re already done with the cape now. it’s such a fast sew. i feel bad because i’m not sewing gifts for anyone this year. i feel like jared is hinting that he wants me to make him a rucksack or something, but he’s being really vague about it, so it’s not happening. i feel like i should just give out IOUs: “i owe you one sewn item of your choice, materials not to exceed $50. tell me what you want & give me a few weeks.”

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