Thursday, July 21, 2011

how to make an A-line skirt ... with a newborn baby

5 weeks old

Five weeks post this little dude I found myself in a bit of a conundrum: none of my regular clothes would fit (of COURSE though I stupidly tried them on just to check), and all of my maternity clothes were too baggy except for my jeans, which quite frankly, I'm sick of.

Looked as though it was time for me to finally confront my two all-time sewing fears: drafting a pattern for an A-line skirt from my actual measurements AND inserting a ZIPPER!

Sewing it went a little something like this:

Day One: Take measurements and draw up a vaguely A-line looking pattern on paper. Whoops, baby awake.

Day Two: Cut out pattern. Whoops, baby awake.

Day Three: Look for zipper insertion tutorials. Sew side seam. Whoops, baby awake.

Day Four: Follow zipper tutorial. Works! Awesome. Wonder why the baby isn't awake. Push on and attach waistband. Whoops, baby awake.

And that's about where I stopped.

Here's the finished result

A-line skirt

Yeah it's a bit wonky in parts. The waistband isn't quite finished and none of the seams have been finished off, such was my desperation to just WEAR IT (and such was the desperation of those around me no doubt to actually take off and wash my maternity jeans). BUT it fits! And did I mention it has a ZIPPER? It does!

Now to make another. If only that baby would sleep for longer than twenty minutes ...

An abundance of creative spaces here.

Excellent zipper tutorial here. Be prepared it's fast. I needed to watch it about five times before it sunk in but it's a ripper.

p.s. I've been totally CRAP at responding to comments lately ... hmmm I wonder why ... but I whole heartedly appreciate every one. I'll get better at responding. I will. 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

boy/s on film

Leo collage

Man it's hard to get a good shot of a newborn baby. Especially when said baby is born during a week long downpour. In winter. Leading to pretty poor light conditions. Add to that baby's compulsion to wee or poo all over the preferred outfit seconds before the photo shoot was to begin.  Sigh. Then enter the addition of a big brother who can't understand why you'd like him to be absent for the shot*.

I think we got there in the end.

* since the photo was to be used as a birth announcement/thank you card and all.


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