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.
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!)