Am I Crazy?

Maybe... Probably...

Here's a stack of clothes I plan to alter into maternity wear. Several of Ryan's old shirts and one from my Dad will become blouses with a few snips of the scissors and the addition of elastic. There's also a corduroy skirt that I will shorten and then insert a maternity panel.

This stack is fabric from my stash, and some from my Mom's stash, that might just become maternity skirts. Perhaps.

And finally, my new treasures. These fabrics are all newly acquired and destined to become maternity dresses. I've chosen just a couple of patterns for the dresses, thinking that familiarity will make it easier to crank out several without much fuss.

More new fabrics. They'll initially be worn layered over leggings and long sleeves and under some of those cardis I've been knitting. Later, I'm hoping that they can be remade into regular dresses that I can wear post-maternity.

Keep your fingers crossed for me! I'll be back next week to show you what I've finished! In the meantime have a great weekend!


Garter Yoke Cardi

I'm so excited to have a finished project to share with you! Before I settle into knitting and sewing for Baby Bee, I'm trying to produce a maternity wardrobe for myself. On the top of the list are cardigans. I'm knitting regular cardis, based on my pre-pregnancy measurements, with the thought that I can just unbutton them from the bottom as the bump grows and still have functional pieces to wear when I'm not pregnant.

This weekend, I sewed the buttons onto my Garter Yoke Cardi and then proceeded to wear it two days in a row. I was tempted to wear it for a third day, but resisted. The yarn has been in my stash for quite some time now, and finally I found the right pattern to pair with it. I think they are perfect for each other, don't you? And the buttons...so simple, and just the right choice. It really is so pleasing to add just the right buttons to a project.

Here's a view that shows off the beginning of my baby bump. Looks like it won't be long before I'm having to leave a few of those buttons open!


This just in...

What a lovely morning! As Ryan and I headed over to the hospital for our ultrasound, we spotted a rainbow out one window and then watched the sun breaking through the clouds out another window. Beautiful.

When we got to the hospital, Hannah (who does the ultrasounds) was running late. She came out to tell us it would still be a while and Ryan said, "It's ok, we've been waiting for months. What's another 15 minutes?" I'm not sure we actually felt that cool, but we faked it and enjoyed some extra time together.

Once we finally got into the little room, we were blown away by how much Baby Bee has changed since our last ultrasound in October. There were 10 fingers and 10 toes and a beautiful spine and quick little heart. We actually saw Baby Bee yawn! I have to go back in for more shots, because Baby Bee refused to show us a profile. Apparently, it was nap time and no amount of poking or coughing could convince Baby to roll over into the necessary position.

Oh, and what else did we find out?

There was something else, I'm sure...

Oh, yeah...

Please excuse the thermals and yoga pants. I'm getting ready to settle in for an afternoon of sewing. I need some new clothes to accommodate this expanding mid-section...


Yippee Skippy!

Wow, I've been sitting on this one for a while... Back in October, I was lucky enough to be among those selected to test-sew the latest from Collette Patterns!!!! Today, Sarai shared Negroni with the world, so now I can finally share my version with you!

* The shirt's first outing - brunch at The Daily Cafe

First off, I'd like to say that if you've ever considered sewing for men would be boring because their clothes tend to have clean lines and few details, think again. There are actually lots of little details and steps which make for great men's clothes and interesting sewing. The good news is that even though some of the techniques needed to provide these details may be challenging, Sarai's pattern is excellently written and she lays out each step with her usual clear and thoughtful instructions and excellent illustrations. If you read the directions (I know, I know...), and focus on one step at a time, you can totally do this.

*Ryan, looking very suave sporting his new shirt under a vintage leather jacket in Jamison Square

I can't lie, part of the fun of this project was taking Ryan to shop for his fabric. He had definite ideas about what he wanted - which wasn't what he ended up with. At first, he wanted something a little Rockabilly, but we couldn't find a fabric with the right kind of plaid to suit. (Apparently, there are limits even to what Fabric Depot carries. Next time I might try The Mill End Store.) After a search through all of the options for plaid, we stood brainstorming other possibilities. I reminded Ryan of how great he looked in his floral Liberty shirt, which sent us running for the 20's and 30's reproduction prints. We whittled the choices to a handful of fabrics before finally deciding on the winner.

*Detail of the sleeve while applying the placket facing. You can see the print on the fabric a bit better here.

So, I think I can safely say that he loves the shirt. He really enjoys the weight of the quilters' cotton, as well as the cut of the shirt itself. I really enjoyed making him something special. There will definitely be more of these to come - after I'm done with my maternity sewing and get a few things knocked out for the baby, of course. In addition to his rockabilly version, I am seeing a summer shirt sewn from gingham. Makes me a little weak in the knees, in fact!

Here are closer photos of the shirt's front and back, while it was fresh off the sewing machine. Ryan only wanted one pocket for this version, instead of the two show on the pattern. Which reminds me, you can find free downloadable pocket variations at this Collette Blog Post. The only other modification I would make would be to add an extra button half-way up the sleeve plackets. Ryan likes the slightly longer length of the sleeves, but not that the plackets gape open a bit.

Thank you so much for the opportunity, Sarai! Negroni is a lovely, lovely pattern and I learned so very much!

* I finally replaced the summer banner. Sorry it took so long. The new one might look familiar, as it is the same one I used last holiday season. I'll try to switch it up soon. Just lacking photo inspiration right now...