Well, I hope so.
Because I am!
Yes my friends, I am with child, in the club, have a bun in the oven, a pea in the pod, in the family way, cooking one up, preggers, knocked up...
All of the above. (Can you tell I had fun looking up phrases for pregnant? Up the duff was another strange one.) There seems to be a sewing blogger baby boom going right now. This little bump actually just appeared this week. I swear it showed up overnight. I'm hoping I'm beyond the point of did she eat too many doughnuts or is she pregnant? Lol. I do love a good doughnut.
All silliness aside, I am over the moon about being pregnant. J and I are so excited. We actually discovered I was preggo two days before we left for St. John back in August. That was an interesting plane ride, which is a long story for another day. I've spent the last couple of months giggling for no reason and oohing and ahhing over all sorts of tiny things. I'm seventeen weeks along right now. Little one will be here in early April. We can't wait.
The only down side of being pregnant is the tiredness. I knew it was a side effect, but I had no idea how extreme my fatigue would be. Hence the lack of sewing and blogging around here lately. I get home from work and crash on the couch. I've been enjoying taking it easy. No guilt here. I go to bed super early. I'm trying to get in all the sleep I can now. And I've read quite a few good books in my down time (not just baby books!).
But I did finally manage to finish a dress. And it's a dress that will see me through my pregnancy, no less. I made up McCall's 6553. I know this dress is not everyone's cup of tea, but I'm in love with it. I actually had plans to make this dress long before I was pregnant in a lightweight drapey linen. I know this pattern has received a fair bit of criticism of just being a big sack. But Sallie's blue ikat dress and Ginger's lovely version convinced me otherwise. Both ladies look fantastic in their makes. Ok, ok, so on me it is a sack. But I think it's a sack with a really nice shape. The pleat in the back gives it such unique volume, though I'm not sure it translates well in a knit. The high low hem makes it modern. This is not your ordinary sack dress.
After discovering I was pregnant, I bumped up this dress in my sewing queue. I decided I wanted to make it in a knit for extra growing room. The pattern claims it can be made in double knit. I rebelled and chose a super soft modal knit from my stash. Maybe not the best choice because it was a pita to sew. But boy is it comfy to wear now that I'm finished.
I went down two sizes- one because I knew there was a ton of ease in this pattern plus another size down because I was using a knit. I probably should have gone down one more, though the knit I used is crazy stretchy. I ended up taking it in under the arms almost two inches on each side tapering to the pockets. I skipped the belt and belt openings. I also just sewed the top of the keyhole closed and put three pearly white buttons there. I have two more buttons left that I may add. I had some trouble where the back yoke pieces meet with the pleat. The knit I used made the pleat extremely heavy. I tried to stabilize it with some hand stitching, but you can see the pull there anyway. There is some wonkiness where I slip stitched the facing to the yoke. The facing was interfaced with a fusible tricot and never quite matched the shape of the back yoke piece. C'est la vie. There is no hem. I tried to hem it, I really did. All of my attempts were ripply and wavy. I had to cut off the bottom inch and leave the hem raw. It's as even as I could make it. Any suggestions for hemming a very stretchy, soft knit?
The silhouette is so different for me and I was really surprised by how much I like it. I had a moment during the process where I thought it looked like Amish pajamas, if there is such a thing. Maybe that's what you're thinking right now, lol. I love that I have lots of choices with this dress. It's like a blank canvas. I'll probably wear it with leggings and a cardigan most of the time. But if I need to dress it up, I can put on some heels and a pretty necklace. I think I actually prefer it without a belt.
And there it is. A seventeen week little baby bump. When I first found out I was pregnant, I had big plans for making tons of maternity clothes. But now that I'm almost halfway through (ack!) I know not to be too ambitious. Sewing and blogging may be sporadic here the next few months. There are a couple of knit things I'd love to make. I also want to attempt a pair of maternity pants when I'm farther along. And of course I'm sewing for the nursery! J is actually hard at work putting in baseboards and trim as I write this. We'll see. There's truly only one important thing I'm making right now anyway ;)
And thanks so much for all the great advice about thread from my last post. I'm actually pretty confident in the longevity of Coats and Clark now, but I'm going to try out a few other brands to see what my machine likes best.