Saturday, 24 November 2012

The Day Before

For my own memories, and with my lack of vanity, I wanted to publish a photo of my largest point of pregnancy: The day before labour started. At the time, I didn't feel that large, but now... OMFG. That's a LOT of baby there in that photo.

I remember having my midwife check up that morning, and during her visit I had a contraction that was different to the (Toni) Braxton Hicks types. As we were given 4 due dates during the year, Baby Darling ended up being born on one of them!

The dress is my Sew Weekly creation from earlier in the year, and it got so much wear all the tummy area became worn out, you know how knit fabric gets all baubly? (It pills, or whatever it's called?)

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Sorbet Wrap Skirt DIY

OMG OMG OMG, you guys are so gorgeous! Thank you for such lovely comments from last week! Here are some more photos from our walk in the park, because.....


And this is a crafty queen blog after all, right?

During several baby naps a few weeks back, I started flipping through my "Sew What! Skirts" book to see what wrap skirts could easily be made in an hour or two. This one is half a circle skirt with a waistband, and probably could take an hour in one sitting, but as a new Mama, it took 3 days. BUT, it's a cutie! And really wasn't hard to make up, with no pattern, just your measurements!

For the past month, as I've becoming more confident with breastfeeding and holding my (constantly growing) Baby Darling, I've been thinking about what fashion I can gear towards for summer. Baby Darling & I have spent so many days cuddled up in our pyjamas learning about each other and falling in love, that leaving the house dressed hasn't been a priority at all. But the biggest change for me fashionwise: Two piece ensembles are your BREAST friend.

Now, I wear dresses usually, right? And all year my body grew and grew with Baby Darling, I was still able to wear dresses, in fact... they were the best kind of pregz outfits for me. BUT, not anymore. SAD FACE. So, dear sewing friends, I will be spending the next few weeks brainstorming about the breastfeeding/comfortable holding baby fashion, and if you have any tips please let me know!

This wrap skirt was my first sewing stop off, only because I know my tummy and waist are still in flux. I'm graced with good genes (I think!) and great breastfeeding skills, so my uterus shrunk back to normal pretty quickly, and now it's just the extra skin that's moving around... so the wrap skirt can accommodate that easily before I'm back to my normal size. And I might not get back to my normal size! For the time being, I think adjustable and stretchy clothes are the way to go. But, totally please let me know if any style of outfit worked for you post baby!

I chose the striped fabric thinking it would look interesting as a wrap skirt, and I'm pretty happy with the diagonal & contrasty look of it. It's just an op shopped remnant that I've had for years, might have been from Sydney perhaps?

The Facts

Fabric: Light linen, $4, thrifted
Pattern: Self drafted, but using Francesca DenHartog's Sew What! Skirts book
Notions: just thread
Year: 2012
Time to complete: 1 hours over 3 days
First worn: November 2012
Wear again? Yes!

Total Cost: $4

SO looking forward to a few more sewing room adventures while the babe sleeps, might try the overlocker/stretchy fabric combo next!

Love to you on your weekend! xoxo

Monday, 12 November 2012

Baby Darling

With a blink, it's November. My darlings, I'd love to introduce you to Baby Darling, our little boy!

He was born just after midnight on September 15th, as a very strong and healthy babe and has become known as our little cowboy. He's now 8 weeks old, a little shy of the internet, but if you meet him in person, Baby Darling can charm you with his massive smile and chuckle. If you're really friendly, he'll try and have a little conversation with you (in baby language of course), as he really is his Mother's boy (right now he's talking to a soft toy bumblebee! CHATTY)

We love him so!

Thank you all for your dear well wishes from my last post! We're so happy and can't believe how lucky we are!


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