Aka, why the sewing portion of this blog has been so quiet lately.
At the beginning of March, my husband and I found out we were expecting our first baby. Whee!! It was simultaneously exciting and terrifying news. So, a new chapter in our lives was about to begin. We only announced to close family, as we were concerned about complications because of my age. Well, it looks like things are going swimmingly, so it’s time to announce it to the world.
So, this explains the lack of beer (pivo) in my Prague blogs. And it also explains the lack of sewing that’s been going on. I’m totally thrilled at this new adventure, but my ever-changing body has made me hesitant to cut into my treasured fabric stash to make things that won’t fit anymore in a month. (And there’s that tiny little fear in the back of my brain that I won’t fit into them ever again, but I’m going to work my a$$ off after the kiddo is born to make sure that doesn’t happen.)
This is not to say I didn’t do any sewing in April, just not much. I made an in-flight entertainment bag to take with me on the plane out of some fabulous macaroon fabric from my friend’s shop. And I made yet another modified Renfrew, this time out of a fabulous cotton sweater knit I picked up at Tomato in Tokyo. (I’m really kicking myself for not just raiding the knit floor at Tomato last fall, since knit tops are what I live in.) Since I knew that I would be growing, I sized up one size in the Renfrew and cut a boat neck, which I finished with purple binding. (I do kind of love that little hint of color that only I get to see.)
At this point, all but one piece in my stash is woven fabric. I have one length of knit left from last year’s Tomato shopping spree in Tokyo, so I may try making a fold-over waist maxi skirt from it. And except for a few pieces (two of which I’m currently working on) most everything in the stash IS from Japan, meaning I can’t get it here in the US for any price. So while I really want to cut into the luscious double-gauze and make a great summer skirt, I need to make it in such a way that I can still wear it when summer really arrives. It’s a bit of a new challenge here.
After I returned from Prague, I think it was a combination of too much time on dry airplanes + exhaustion + allergies in Portland, but I caught a bit of a sinus infection, which I’m almost over. It totally sapped my energy as well. And then this past Monday morning, I slipped on the bottom step of our narrow 1954 basement stairs and sprained my ankle. Thankfully not too badly, but it’s kept me immobile pretty much all week. I’m going to head into the sewing room today and see if I can use the pedals left-footed. Ha! This might be fun.
In any case, I have stashbusting projects in the works (a pair of lounging pants for me and one for hubby) and other projects to try out (maternity pants and tops) and a diaper bag to make. So, hopefully now that my ankle is feeling better, there will be more sewing progress on this blog.
April stashbusting: 2 pieces of fabric
Stashbusting goal: Use 16 pieces in 2013
Stashbusting progress: 15 pieces used to date