What it’s all about

It was her fault again. When I saw it I thought “Oh my. Lucky little Lady A for getting one of those”.

But it wouldn’t go away. It sat in my subconscious all this time gnawing away like a dog on a bone: “make one. make two. make it. make it. make it.” I would wake up and think about it. I would consider the pros and cons of making one, until I saw my son shivering coming down the stairs one morning. Then I knew *narrows eyes* I had to do it.

The crafting mojo had me in its grip. I was powerless to resist.

That very day I went to market to find the material and trimmings; there were only two requirements – it had to be cheap and non-pink. The bonus is I found lovely, medium weight, WARM material in my son’s favourite colour. Orange. Not too sure about the puke shade orange of this. But orange none-the-less.

The ‘trimmings and buttons’ lady’s stall was shut, so I created carnage in my stash finding ric rac (not too girly), some vintage woven ribbon and two sets of vintage buttons. The blue ones I have vague memories of being off something I remember in the family when I was about four, perhaps another robe – pure nylon and so flammable I must remember to keep it out of direct sunlight, THAT’S how old they are… lush…

So using Simplicity 5103 I set about making the dressing gowns/robes.

I totally killed the collar. Twice. Which confuses me. I have made the same collar countless times. But this time? Like a chimpanzee with an origami kit – not a clue. But shaped into something get-away-able … ish.

As I ripped the seams out my two year old siddled up to me and sat down looking at me full in the face like I was stupid, like only a two year old can, and asked, “Jim Jams, Mama?”. I said “yes, kinda”. He asked again, “Jim Jams, Mama??”. “Yes. Jim Jams”. Very satisfied he asked, “*MY* Jim Jams, Mama??” and I think at this point I might have even scooped him up and bit him and kissed him all over. His fault. Too cute masha’allah.

A little later I tried the gown on him and he ran to the door shouting, “DADA – LOOK!” and when his Dad praised him, he patted himself on the chest, raised an inch in height and walked off proudly. My heart melted and I realised: THIS is why I make stuff. You just don’t get that heart melt with shop-bought stuff. My son’s pride and happiness was a real winner.

So.

As imperfect as they are; as lurid are they seem, this is what it’s all about: making your child walk an inch higher, your child *crying* and throwing a tantrum when asked to take it off, your child being wrapped in warmth that you have made, your child making your heart melt. That’s why I do it. That’s why I make puke coloured, mangled gowns.

Masha’allah. *Sigh*

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10 thoughts on “What it’s all about

  1. masha’Allah, they match the sunrise in colour and joy to your children .)

    *how* do you keep patience to sew on all those trimmings is what I want to know !?!?!

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  2. that is the best feeling! i made a pair of train pajama bottoms and my son wants to wear them every day out and to bed too lol. I have to hide them from him and although it drives me crazy to negotiate every day on how not to wear them i love it too. Kids are so appreciative and seem to gravitate to the homemade. It must be the love sewn in the seams that draws them.

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  3. Actually Shukr its the trimmings I like doing the best! πŸ˜€

    Yeah they are appreciative. Maybe they are just really easy to please? Good feelings all round πŸ˜€ masha’allah

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  4. Never mind my nephew, ‘OOK AT ‘IS IKKUL FINGER POINTING AT THE BLUE BUTTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *gasp* *wheeze* nother…baby….quick!

    WHAT a pair of sweeties πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Very good work, I cannot see any mangled bits. Yummy xxxx

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  5. Those look really comfy! I am amazed at your speed Mashallah. Something like this would probably take me months XD Btw did you make those curtains? I like those too.

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  6. Masha’allah. Once I am locked into something I can’t rest til its done. Cut the pieces one evening and finished the gowns the next day. But Simplicity stuff is so, er, simple…

    Curtains, yes! πŸ˜† It’s just one curtain which covers a draughty door jzk! πŸ˜€

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