Sunday, 22 February 2009

slow sewing

I've finally finished sewing my second garment of this year - this is slow sewing to the extreme! Which is fine if you are sewing couture garments that deserve slavish attention to detail, but not so when I'm just doing a simple skirt and desperately need some new clothes because my maternity clothes are way too big now (yay for me!) but my pre preggo clothes still do not quite fit (damn chocolate bullets I ate during my pregnancy).

Anyway, I made a denim skirt which I'm not sure is in fashion anymore but I always find them to be a good basic staple in my wardrobe. I made this from a dark lightweight denim I've had maturing in the stash a while, that has a little bit of stretch to it so that it's more forgiving to wear. I used Butterick 3132 which seems to be OOP now, shame on me for having a pattern for so long before using it the first time it's no longer printed! But it is a fairly simple style with some nice detailing at the back:













And here it is modelled in front of the unpainted walls in my soon to be new living room:

Happily those walls got a coat of undercoat today by my obliging husband, and hopefully next weekend will have some paint on them. I'm pretty excited at the prospect of having a lounge room again...

The fabric is a bit dark to get any details, but you get the idea. I topstitched the front pockets and pleats on the back with a dark orange thread like you see on most RTW jeans , so nothing unusual here. Of course the downside to such slow sewing is that I have lost weight in between cutting this out and finishing this, so I'll have to take it in somehow, maybe by putting a centre front and back seam in because with a side zipper and the rear vents it will be too much effort to take it all apart.

Happily I've dropped 10kg of baby weight, but still have about 7 - 10kg of pregnancy comfort food weigh to get rid of, depending on whether I get to my pre-preggo weight or my ideal weight. But no real hurry I guess, it took 9 months to get that way so I'll have to be patient in getting rid of it especially when I'm so hungry due to breastfeeding.

Well I'll finish this post with a totally unrelated photo of Anna, but hey I like showing her off and I know you all like it too! Here she is doing a baby eskimo impression in a fluffy jacket when the weather turned cold last week:


21 comments:

  1. You look great. Your skirt turned out nice. The baby is lovely.

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  2. "maturing in the stash a while"
    LOL!
    Um.... I may have some of that maturing thing going on too. Maybe.

    WV: unsness. It's an island off the coast of Scotland, isn't it?

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  3. Cute skirt! It's fun to see Anna growing. They change so much that first year.

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  4. Anna is so cute, and the skirt is nice. You, however, look great! I never lost all my pregger weight, but I got to keep the, um, top part.

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  5. Eileen Ostrowsky23 February 2009 00:46

    Kristy! You are looking FABULOUS. Any sewing, even slow sewing is great. And, YES, I loce pics of Anna. What a doll.

    Eileen in Snowy Wisconsin, USA

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  6. the skirt has a classic look, it's great. I really like the little back detail

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  7. You are looking great Kristy...don't wory about the rest of the weight coming off...it will continue to melt off as you breastfeed! Thanks for the picture of little Anna...it's always fun to see her!

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  8. Anna is so lovely. I also like your new skirt!! (should also mention that you fab too). Good luck with the decorating.

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  9. I wear a skirt like this one until it was totally worn out! So I agree with the choice.
    Anna is changing in each picture. But she remains the cutest girl...

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  10. Like that skirt, the denim is a particularly nice colour! Well done on getting ANYTHING finished. And such a cute eskimo too!

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  11. Like that skirt, the denim is a particularly nice colour! Well done on getting ANYTHING finished. And such a cute eskimo too! Natasha

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  12. Denim skirts... always in! Comfortable too! You look wonderful! So, how do you feel?
    So, since your fabric has been maturing... does that mean it's worth more now? Because if that's the case, move over... I'm gonna be rich!!!!!
    Always a pleasure to see little Anna! She seems to like the clothes thing, you know, poseing and all! Your teaching her right!

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  13. It's nice to see you sewing...no matter the speed...and it's nice to see a picture of Miss Precious, little Anna! Glad all is well with you and the family!

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  14. So cute.............(Anna that is..lol). But your skirt does look pretty good too;)

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  15. Hi Kristy, the skirt looks great. I can relate about weight changes while sewing things - I made myself a skirt sloper in August and by the time I had finished it I had lost 6 cms from waist and hips, so to sloper was useless.
    Regarding preggo weight, I found I couldn't jettison the last few kilos until I stopped breastfeeding entirely. And even then, my shape had changed quite a bit ie. goodbye nipped-in waist. Sigh! Anna looking lovely! Regards Paola

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  16. Anna is darling...and the skirt looks terrific!

    Pam ~Off The Cuff~

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  17. Your daughter is so adorable. I can't believe how fast you're getting back to pre-pregnancy weight. Your skirt is really cute.

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  18. Hey, wait--didn't you give birth recently? What's with that slim figure? I'm very impressed and give me something to hope for once I give birth, which *should* be any day now, since I'm closer to my 41st week than 40th...

    The skirt is amazing!

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  19. Darling (both the skirt and the baby)! I love her stern expression.

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  20. I swear your baby gets cuter every day. :):) Glad to hear everyone is doing well and you are getting time to sew.

    The skirt is wonderful too and you did a beautiful job on it. I just wish that the pattern was not OPP. I love the detailing. I have the perfect dark red corduroy that has been maturing in my stash for quite sometime. :)

    Oh isn't it wonderful how fast the baby weight falls off when you breastfeed. :):) But what I noticed after my daughter was born and I lost the baby weight, is that my clothes did not fit the same. . I might have been even a few pounds lighter but the weight must have shifted to other parts.

    k

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  21. Don't worry about the slow pace of doing anything - when my kids were babies, anything that I completed was a victory! The skirt is very nice and Anna is beautiful.

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