Darling Sister:

I’ve had the week off from work, and have been house-bound with a cold. This means I’ve given myself a pass on housework and socializing, and have spent a great deal of time lazing around, and finally getting to sew some things that had been languishing on my sewing wish list. Since I’m on house arrest and can’t see you, either, here’s a roundup!

First and most importantly, I made you a Mommy Bag. I’m not going to call it a diaper bag, because it’s really more for you than for the baby. I found this fantastic navy woven fabric at Joann, and salvaged the colorful interior fabric from a treasured yard of fabric you bought last summer at Stonemountain and Daughter. The external zipper is a navy separating jacket zipper, the internal one is red nylon. I bought a leather belt and split it in two vertically to make the handles. I hope you love it – it’s super roomy! This fantastic pattern is from the book Handmade Style by Anna Graham.

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Runner-up to a Mommy Bag is a comfy cocoon dress for you to wear. I saw a gal on Instagram had made an Inari Tee Dress, a Named Clothing pattern made for a woven fabric, out of a knit fabric for a maternity dress. Hers was super cute, and I think this one will be darling on you! To make sure you have plenty of room in there, I went up one size from your measured size (also shown here is one of the 1,000 Stowe Bags I made for Christmas gifts…I kept one for meeee).

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Since I had enough leftover fabric from your Inari dress, I made myself an Inari Tee with the scraps! It’s comfy and squishy but looks smart – I’m wearing it right now and feeling fantastic! Since I am NOT hatching a baby, and this pattern is made for wovens, I went DOWN a size to compensate for using a stretchy knit here instead of an ungiving woven. The neck band stretches to fit perfectly as written in the pattern, and I love love love the result. Also note I made a to-sew list by backing an old frameless picture frame (remember when I had a zillion of these hung in my room?) with a favorite fabric scrap, perfect surface for a whiteboard marker.

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For Christmas, I asked our darling momma for some flannel fabric and coordinating piping, with which to make some Closet Case Files Carolyn Pajamas. This well-written pattern came together quickly – my only regret was choosing flannel for a first try at the pattern – this fabric sticks to itself and made for a frustrating experience at all of the fiddly parts. However, after ripping and reworking almost every seam, I love the result and have been cuddled up in them as often as possible.

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Last, but not least, I’ve been eager to try bra-making. Ladies on the internet are turning out beautiful, useful garments using a variety of  downloadable patterns. I chose the Cloth Habit Watson Bra, a soft cup with a longline option, for my first attempt. I ordered two kits from The Tailor Made Shop – one in black and burgundy to make a trial run, and one in navy for the real deal. The bra kits from Tailor Made come with all the findings and elastic you’ll need, plus elastic options for modifying your bra to have an all-lace upper edge. Here’s the trial run – I’m very happy wit the result! The pattern was clear, and the sewalong that accompanies it was helpful for any tricky part. There are lots of modifications available, and I’m looking forward to refining my results with a second attempt!

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It’s Sunday, which means back to work and the world and stress tomorrow, but I’m feeling so accomplished!

Craftily yours,

Sister

 

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