Sometimes, I Cry

Dear Friends,

Today has been a roller-coaster of emotion. I want to talk to you about that, actually. I am speaking purely from my own experience, and everyone grieves differently. That said, I am guessing that I'm not the only one who has experienced something like this...

The day is fine, but there are little things. And they add up. And suddenly, in the evening, nothing goes right or you suddenly find yourself crying and aren't sure why.

What happened today is that I was basically having a good day, but a few little potholes of emotion or frustration or worry or something happened, and I guess I didn't take time with those feelings as they happened, or, at least not as much as those feelings wanted to be noticed. So they piled up. And that meant that I felt blindsided by the emotions when they took over and I turned into a melty teary mess this evening.

I'll give you some examples of what happened today, so you can see how they might be inconsequential or minor when i…

Shoes for 18" Molly Bears

Hi Everyone,

I have finally finished a project I'd like to share!

Molly Bears (Link to Website) is a wonderful organization that creates bears that are the same weight as the infant you lost.

We received our bear on the December 23rd, 2016, and ever since then he has been a comfort to hold, cuddle, and dress. Yes, I like to dress him sometimes. Not every day, but sometimes it's nice to have someone little to care for. Also, I like to take pictures and text his adventures to my husband!

Soon after I started looking for clothes for Pookie, I noticed that shoes were going to be a serious problem. His feet are not shaped like human feet, so baby shoes don't work, and they are much larger than the bear shoes you can find at certain stores in the mall.

So I have been working on developing a pattern for shoes, which you can see the final version of in the picture above! And I JUST FINISHED THE PATTERN!

Since I know anyone with a Molly Bear has experienced a loss, and I doubt I’m …

Blog Name Change from Clothespress to Charlie's Mama

Hi Friends,

Today I'm going to be changing a few things around here.

First of all, to allay any fears, I will STILL BE POSTING ABOUT CLOTHING AND FIBER ARTS!!!! I love doing that waaaaay too much to give that up!

But as you may have been starting to suspect, I have had some very major changes in my life in the past year, and have been working on figuring out how to integrate that into my online ventures. Namely, I was pregnant, and I had a beautiful little boy, who died 2 days before I gave birth to him.
- I will be renaming the blog in his honor.- I will begin including posts about various aspects of life post- baby loss.- I will include posts about resources for Loss Mamas and Loss Papas. And I would like to tell the story of my son, Charles Peacock Warner (Charlie), my beloved little boy.

In October 2015, we found out that I was pregnant! We were very excited. The little one was due in June, 2016. This was my first pregnancy, and was going to be the first grandkid on both sides! The…

Infant Loss Resource

Hi Friends!

Just one quick thing today. Based on my background, I have been finding out about lots of resources for parents who have experienced the loss of a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death.

I have assembled a spreadsheet to keep all the information organized in one place, and wanted to share. Please pass the link on to anyone who needs it. If you know of resources that should be included, please comment below and I will add them.


Most sincerely yours,
~ Sarah

Tiger Shirt 1

Hi Friends!

I didn't get a lot of feedback, but the feedback I did get was pretty clear: Keep showing how I make things! Well, ok!

I was at Joann's a few weeks back, searching for fabric for a curtain (didn't find what I wanted), when I found this MARVELOUS tiger print!!! I thought I'd only get 1 shirt out of it, but turns out I will get 2, plus possibly some doll clothes for my teddy, and maybe some accessories???

Here's the first shirt!

Garment Data:
- Type: T-shirt
- Date made: March 2017
- Pattern: Copied from an existing shirt, from the Cherish brand: RN#11856, STYLE#D5520, CUT#3519GS, size L
- Fabric/Materials: Cotton or cotton blend jersey (to be honest, in this particular case the print was more important than the fabric content, and I forgot to check)
- Trim: None
- Time to finish: 2 days

Guys, sewing jersey is hard! Not something I've done a lot, so I definitely have pucker where I don't want it. However, over all, I'm very pleased with how i…

Tell Me, Tell me, Do!

Dear Friends,

What do you love about this blog? I don't know which parts and styles you like best. I would love to tailor it a little bit (yes that's a pun) but I want to have your input!

What do you want to see:
- Mostly just pictures of finished items
- Pictures of how I made an item, particularly ones that end up in my shop
- Pictures of how I made an item, particularly ones I make that don't end up in the shop
- Pictures of how I made an item, with really good instructions and explanations
- Essays on other topics mixed into pictures and tutorials
- Mostly essays, with only a few pictures now and then

PLEASE comment! I'd love to know what you think!

Most sincerely yours,
~ Sarah

Pure, Unadulterated Nerdy Cuteness

Ok, so I'm completely geeky, but I got super excited when a friend gave me a hat that may or may not look similar to a character in a well known film...

Garment Data:
- Type: Baby hat, mittens, booties
- Date made: Unknown, plus January and February 2017
- Pattern: Made up
- Fabric/Materials: Acrylic yarn
- Trim: the same yarn
- Time to finish: a few days

Most sincerely yours,
~ Sarah