"Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west." (Isaiah 43:5)
I finally decided to try sewing something besides a purse. I saw bibs on someone's website (can't remember whose) and they linked to this pattern. It looked easy enough, so I got out these remnants of kids' decorator fabrics I had gotten at the thrift store (for 40 cents) and found some matching blue bias tape in my stash. Then I remembered that some of my sister's kids' bibs had terrycloth on the back, so I cut out some from a matching towel.
But then when I went to sew it, after just pinning the bias tape and top stitching it, it looked awful! The bias tape was all uneven, and in the back, I didn't even catch it. So I took it all off, read a bit on the web about sewing with bias tape and started over. I sewed it on the back first, then folded it over and topstitched the top. It was better, but still looked bunchy in some corners (see above).
Anyone have any advice? I suspect it would be easier if I didn't have that heavy terrycloth in there. The bias tape on the pocket looks great, but then that is only one layer and there are no curves there. I would like to make some more of these, but they look too crappy like this. (I put a heavy duty snap on it, but that's also having a hard time holding through all the layers. Maybe velcro?)
Slightly good news on the adoption front: Our Vietnam agency made their first referral. That means nothing for us, except that one person ahead of us is no longer waiting. And of course we're happy for them! I may be neededing bibs sometimes soon.