A rather old dress, and something I’ve been working on for the last few months

Hello all! First off, I’d like to apologise for my extended absence – I think it’s been about four months now! I haven’t had much energy recently for sewing or blogging, mainly because of something really exciting that I’ve been working on for the last several months, and am finally ready to share.

So what have I been working on? Want to guess?

No, it’s not a book.

Or a pattern company.

Or even sewing related, really.


A baby!

I’m currently 8.5 months pregnant – hence not having much energy or desire to sew. The heat of a very hot summer and fatigue from pregnancy, mixed with a rapidly changing body, means that I just didn’t feel up to a huge amount of sewing.

I will say, it’s amazing how quickly the body changes. Even though I wasn’t really “showing” until late in my 6-7th months (I was 5 months pregnant in my last post!), my bust measurement increased by 2″ by 8-10 weeks and my ribs expanded very quickly, which meant that most of my woven clothing went into a box for “later”. Slowly my waist got higher and has finally started to disappear, so anything remotely fitted hasn’t been an option for most of the pregnancy.

So most of what I’ve been wearing has been made from knit fabric, and mostly things I had already – like my more summery Moneta knit dresses (the leopard print and purplish ones), my Gillian wrap dresses (here and here), and some knit skirts I’ve made but not blogged about, together with singlet tops and occasionally blouses – luckily enough, my Granville blouses still fit over the belly! Although they have to be unbuttoned over the bust.

The few woven dresses I’ve worn have been like this one – which is a wrap dress made from “Gertie Sews Vintage Casual“. You may remember I’ve made this pattern before in 2014 – well, this version was actually made shortly after that one, I’ve just never gotten around to taking photos and posting about it.

One of the main problems I had with the pattern (which I didn’t fix before making this version) is that the waist is much too high – which is perfect for pregnancy! Hooray. That, and the overlap not quite being wide enough, which is less ideal for pregnancy. But no incidents yet.

The rayon challis has also been really nice to wear during the summer – as I mentioned above, it’s been SUPER hot here this summer, and having a little oven in my tum has made it worse. And there’s no air conditioning at work.

So, yes. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to take some photos of the things I’ve been sewing recently – I finally got around to getting a new camera charger, which will help! And I think it’s finally starting to cool down….

(Oh and I promise I’ll get around to answering some of the questions people have left me! And thank you so much to the couple of people who emailed about my absence – it made my day that people were missing my posts!)

31 thoughts on “A rather old dress, and something I’ve been working on for the last few months

  1. Hooray, hooray! I have missed your posts but can’t think of a better reason for not writing! Many congratulations on the extra curves. It’s lovely to see summer frocks in windy wet English February.

    • Thanks Cherry! I’ve actually put off taking pictures for a week or two because it’s been SO hot I’ve just wanted to hide inside with the aircon on until it’s too dark to take photos…

  2. Congratulations! Someone on The Curvy Sewing Collective inadvertently outed your secret a few months ago when they announced you were leaving as an editor. When you hadn’t posted anything in so long I kept thinking “oh I hope she’s alright”. I’m so glad to hear you are. Enjoy the last stretch as incubator, put you feet up!

  3. Congratulations! This is so funny, I’m in exactly the same situation! :) I’m due in a handful of weeks which feels like forever!
    I’ve only been wearing knits for the last few months. Thank goodness for Monetas and other easy knits. I look forward to seeing some baby photos!

  4. Fantastic News!!! Sewing for children is so very fun, I make most of my own clothes and sewing for my two young daughters is always a good time.

  5. Congratulations on the baby! I’m glad some of your clothing was versatile enough to wear during your pregnancy. Do you know the sex? What are you naming him or her?

  6. Congratulations! I’ve certainly been missing your posts and I’m glad you’re back with such a pretty dress nonetheless. I wish you the very best with everything and am very much looking forward to possibly see tiny baby sweaters and such cute things around here. :)

  7. So glad to see you back, I’ve been wondering what happened to you. I’ve followed your blog for quite a while, along with a series of others you link to or linked you. I’ve seen blogs fade away and hoped yours wasn’t one of them. Looking forward to seeing more maternity stuff and baby sewing.
    Fiona (random sewing blog lover)

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