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I’m back!

Astute readers may have noticed that I fell off the radar there for a long while. I wasn’t just not blogging; I was not crafting at all. See, what happened was… I got pregnant!

I’m 20 weeks today, and I’ve finally started to get back into sewing (and knitting). I (thankfully) never did have morning sickness or any kind of problems with food, but I was EXHAUSTED in much of the first trimester, and all I could do when I got home from work was to lay on the couch and stare mindlessly at the TV until I went to bed an hour or more earlier than normal.

Once the exhaustion finally started to abate, I got completely slammed at work, and the thought of starting sewing again was too much. Also, I wanted to make maternity clothes, but it seemed too early.

Well, it’s not too early any more.

Yes, I have a bump

Pictured above is the first sewing I’ve done in quite a while and only my second piece from a vintage pattern. I used Simplicity 6238 from 1974, purchased from PrettyPatternShop on Etsy. The fabric is a cotton lawn from Fabric.com.

I have mixed feelings about the blouse. On the one hand, it’s SO comfortable, especially after trying to squeeze myself into too tight/too short shirts. And it’s light and airy in the suddenly warm Chicago weather.

This is why I don't usually wait until 5PM to take pictures. Please excuse the messy hair!

But the top is SO big. I know I’m going to grow and will appreciate the space in the belly area. But it’s too big in the chest. I’ll admit that I’m not used to sewing for my new cup size, but I actually just went with the pattern sizing for a 12, which should have fit and ended up with way too much room. I ended up adding some elastic at the waist on both sides, which did help cinch it up.

For reasons I can’t explain, the pattern called for a zipper in the back. I had plenty of room in the neck to pull it on without a zipper, so I left that out completely.

No zipper for me!

There you have it– a finished sewing project from me. More maternity clothes to come soon, since I’m running out of things I can wear. And baby clothes eventually too.

And finally, because everyone loves a cute ultrasound pic…

20 weeks


Vintage Patterns!

I’m pretty excited that I know own two vintage patterns!

The first is this adorable sheath dress from 1967:

Sheath Dress

Love this simple look!

I bought this pattern from The Vintage Bag Lady on Etsy about a month ago and haven’t had a chance to work on it yet. I’m hoping that the short sleeve version with a sweater will be winter-appropriate, although my fabric choice isn’t going to help with that:



The other vintage pattern I got will be my most difficult project to date, a suit, also from 1967!!

suit pattern

I hope I look that chic!

I got this pattern FOR FREE from the amazingly generous petalrose, who was clearing out her stash. She even mailed it to me from Australia. I am so grateful and hope to make a garment that will live up to her generosity! This will definitely be winter-appropriate, since I am using wool for the first time.

cat on fabric

Bandit LOVES the wool. 🙂

Not related to vintage patterns in any meaningful way, but I also broke down and bought the uber-popular Amy Buter Lotus Morning Glory when Fabric.com had it on sale a few weeks ago.

Amy Butler

Am I the last person on earth to buy this fabric?

I have no idea when I’m going to do with it. I may just break down and buy the Amy Butler Lotus tunic pattern. My creativity must have all gone into my NaNo novel because I just cannot figure out what other pattern it might look good with.

Lotus tunic

Lotus to go with Lotus.

I just hate to spend $16 on a pattern, unless it comes with directions that are as good as Colette’s, and I’m guessing it doesn’t.

I didn’t get any sewing done this weekend, although I did cut some fabric for upcoming projects. And the serger has arrived but will sadly sit in my office all night since I’m not going straight home. Alas, I will have to wait until tomorrow to play with it.