Hello! I havent posted for yet another month, but I have completed two dresses already! I just havent had the time to take photos for them.
We had a sewing party last week and that was a lot of fun! I didnt take any photos, but it was a generally productive session for most of the girls. Tracy, whom I introduced sewing to during my last sewing session and is even more productive than me at sewing cute clothing in just a few months, bought her own student and guided her through sewing a cute skirt! I am excited to see how my grand-student do in the future 🙂
She also let me use one of the patterns in her collection that she sewed up. I tried on her version and loved it. It actually fitted like a glove — we are about the same size. so I grabbed one of the fabric in my stash I got from my honeymoon trip, and started making it right away. It only took me a few days to finish this dress, as it was really simple. I really love the result!
It is great for maternity because the waist part is right below the bust. It is great for breastfeeding because you can undo the tie in the front and let one of the boobs out. It is great for normal wear because it is super cute! The only thing I would be more concerned about is that — your underbust really do become fatter during pregnancy, even if your tummy is not bulging out near that area. I must have gained some weight between tailoring the waist part and completing the dress, as it feels a little tight at the end of the day after all the food intake. I plan to make this again (gasp! same pattern twice for juebejue?!), but using a few size larger, as the fit on the tip and bottom is very flexible; then put some elastic band through the waist band to make it adjustable.
I would say this is probably one of my favorite pattern to sew for maternity-normal summer wear. You can also opt for the higher neckline dress and wear with a cardigan to work (if you work at a none formal place like me).
The pictures are taken on the same day — my husband organized a cherry picking trip with a bunch of our good friends for my bday. He wore the hairband I made for myself for a few minutes:
He is so adorable 🙂
We then went to Berkeley just for kicks, since thats where we met and grew together for half of our relationships! As usual we got him a nice Berkeley sweater, but this time we also got a little UCBerkley Tshirt for the baby!
Talking about the baby — we found out the sex of the baby! (Or as one of my friends put it, we “sexed the baby”.) It is a *drum roooooooooollllllll* GIRL! We are really excited to meet our little girl, and she’s one strong kicker. At a tender gestation age of 20 weeks, she already kicked up a storm so that her Papa could feel it through my tummy quite a few times. I cant imagine the Kung fu she’d be doing during the third trimester! We had her name picked out years ago, and she would be a Kaylee 🙂 We really love the name because its so cute and happy. The name is from Kaylee in Firefly, and she’s a happy mechanics but also loves all things girly. I think that is a great way to be and it would be great is she turned out that way! One of my closest friends happen to have changed her name to Kaleigh a few years ago (we didnt know about eachother’s name choices until we both have decided!) and I love that their names sound the same as well.
(on a slightly related note for those Firefly fans, i read somewhere that they originally wanted to cast an Asian girl for the role of Kaylee. With those adorable chinese jacket and umbrella in the [true] first episode of Firefly, i think my little girl already have a nice Halloween costume lined up in her future)
Many of you would ask — will I see a lot of baby clothing from you? Perhaps :). When I thought the baby was a boy, I wasnt planning to sew anything for it. I dont find sewing boy/guy clothing interesting at all, unless its some kind of fun applique onto a tee-shirt. I also dont think its that great to sew stuff for kids since they grow out of it so quickly, and they probably dont really care that much about what they wear at a young age naturally (I am probably wrong about that). But with a baby girl, it might be hard to resist the temptation to make up super cute summer dresses, as dresses are easy to make anyways. So we will see! I know there’s at least a watermelon cotton twill fabric in my stash that I want to make her a dress out of when she’s about 8 month old and have enough hair to pull off a dress 😉 Meanwhile… another dress for the good old ME!
p.s. dont you miss selfish seamstress?