Hi, my name is Ellen. I figured out that I can shorten the spelling of my name with two simple letters: LN. That's why I named my blog LNsews.blogspot.com. I am a stay-at-home mom whose six children have all grown up and moved out, and are now blessing me with grandchildren--our 15th was born just three weeks ago. I am excited to be a part of this sew-along, and I thank Sarah Liz for starting it. I'm excited about the low-pressure rules that give encouragement, and I'm looking forward to sharing my sewing adventures with others who are joining in as well.
My stash isn't very big compared to so many that I've seen. I've picked up a few cotton remnants here and there, and they are mostly cutesy things that would make cute little girls' dresses. I find that it's much easier to sew little girls' dresses than it is to sew something for myself, and it seems that I'm not the only one who struggles with sewing for oneself, so I'm glad for that, too. It makes me feel like we're all in this together. Besides the cutesy cotton fabrics, I've also got some brown wool suiting that I hope to make a jacket out of, some rayon knit that I'm hoping to make a sweater set out of, and a few other odd pieces that I hope to make a dress and a top or two out of. My main goal with this sew-along is to learn to make some dresses and tops and maybe a few skirts as well (but probably not pants as I'm not feeling that brave yet!) that fit and that I feel good about wearing. I'd like to build up my wardrobe with me-made items.
Right now, though, I'm finishing up a big sewing project that's keeping me from sewing anything else. My son is getting married in 10 days, and I've been busy sewing little girls' pink dresses and little boys' gray vests--ten dresses and seven vests--for the bride's and groom's nieces and nephews to wear at the wedding. When I volunteered to sew all those outfits, I guess I didn't realize how long it would take! It is truly a labor of love. I'm finally working on the last dress, though, and when they're all done I'll post pictures on my blog. Also, when they're all done, I hope to get MY dress, or, rather, skirt and jacket, sewn up for the wedding. I'm feeling a bit of pressure with the time crunch that I'm under, so that's why I haven't introduced myself on this blog until now. But, I wanted to at least post something before we get too far into this sew-along. So, here I am! Once the wedding is over, I hope to be back a little more often, sharing some projects that I'll be sewing from my stash.
I wanted to include a picture of myself. This one was taken in February in the mountains of Park City, Utah, going cross-country skiing--something that I hope to do more of next winter.