(Note, I finished writing this post only 8 weeks after I started…)
Dear reader of this nearly-nonexistent blog,
This is where I bore you with anything but a photo report of a newly sewn dress, because I haven’t sewn a dress in a long time. I have a new desk, in a new house and right now, when I look over the top of my monitor, I can see my 4×4 Kallax filled with beautiful fabrics that I bought over the summer and autumn at various fabric markets, just idly waiting to be turned into dresses. But when I look at my monitor, I see my OneNote page with notes on Oliver Twist, just idly waiting to be turned into an essay.
The last dress I made was a Colette Myrtle. (This was in July.) I used a lightweight jersey featuring various London landmarks. At first sight I didn’t really like the print very much, but was cheap and I’m an English teacher, so I couldn’t not buy it, now could I? As a dress, it doesn’t look half bad though.
Ths photo isn’t the best. I was 24 weeks pregnant when I finished the dress and according to Instagram I had also been writing an essay on Sylvia Plath’s poetry, so I mean: “Pfff!” The fit also isn’t the best. I think the bodice is too long, so the elastic doesn’t sit at my natural waist. It creeps up at the front, but sags at the sides, which makes the skirt hem look lopsided. You might think this was due to my pregnant belly, but it’s still a problem now.
Now, because hurrah, on November 2nd my husband and I became proud parents of a little, funny, amazingly lovable bundle of joy, whose main skills, at 3 weeks old, are peeing all over himself and slapping himself in the face.
I’ve sewn him two things. The Oliver pants, made from a free pattern from famous Dutch sewing blog Emma & Mona. I changed the measurements of the cuffs a little from the original pattern , but the finished product fits him perfectly.
The other thing I sewed that I was really enthusiastic about when I saw the pattern and sample outfits online is the Brindille & Twig hooded hooded zip coverall. So, I sewed one up with fabric that my sister gifted me from her shop in Norway, Kjekk og Søt, but I made the fatal mistake to misread the seam allowance and ended up chopping off quite a bit of fabric with the serger, so it ended up a little narrow.
On the hanger, it looks like a super cool space suit. On Rowan, it just looks weird. I really like the fabric, still, but the hood is way too big, and it just looks too much like pyjamas, which it cannot be used as due to the hood and the zip. So, unfortunately these space dogs have mostly just seen the inside of a closet instead of galaxies far, far away…
Now, since it is now 8 weeks after I started writing this post, I will end it by saying I did finish that Oliver Twist essay and I made more Oliver pants to celebrate! Featured below with a Thread Theory Finlayson I made for my husband. Why is sewing for men so so SO much easier than sewing for myself?
Alright, time to wrap this up now and continue with my summary for the Pragmatics exam I have next week…. I will sew something for myself again, I promise, but I’m starting to think that something will be my graduation dress.