Wednesday, June 19, 2013

WIP Wednesday: The Baby Girl Edition

My biggest accomplishment since my last WIP Wednesday post occurred on June 5 at 4:38 a.m. when I delivered my baby girl, Lila Ruth. She is delicious.
She is also a nursing fiend and a cluster feeder, which means that she is pretty much attached to me 24 hours a day. I've been recovering from labour for the last two weeks, so this hasn't had an impact on my sewing yet, but I'm praying that she'll learn to self-soothe and will detach herself from my breasts long enough to allow me some sewing time in the coming weeks.  Because my brain is buzzing with the list of projects I'd like to be working on.  
 In terms of garments, I've started a muslin for the Staple Dress and already have the fabric for the actual dress. I'd also like to make a knit dress with a stretchy neckline appropriate for breastfeeding.

From a quilting perspective, I want to finish the Tula quilt for Lila. The fabric is all cut and practically sewn. A few afternoons of serious stitching will get this quilt top pieced. I'm also enjoying chipping away at my Farmer's Wife blocks.
Finally, I'd love to make a new diaper bag. The one I have is a bit too big to fit in the undercarriage of our stroller. Noodlehead's new Super Tote pattern looks perfect, but is also a tad too big. My plan is print the pattern at 85% of the full size. A few other people have done this already with success.

On Deck
Staple Dress for me

Super Tote diaper bag
In Progress
Tula Baby quilt
Farmer's Wife QAL blocks

3x6 plum chartreuse quilt - ready to be sashed 
Lucky Stars BOM -April/May/June blocks

Hibernating projects
Curious Nature quilt - no progress
Sew Intertwined quilt -no progress
Flora Charm Quilt - no progress
Levi's Growth Chart - no progress
We Bee Learning Bee/Levi's Bed Quilt - No progress

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!

She's here!
Lila Ruth was born at home on June 5 morning at 4:38 a.m. after a very fast 3.5 hour labour. Lila was 6 lbs, 13 oz, exactly the same weight as Levi was at birth! 
Lila is sweet as sweet can be. 
Birth story to follow...

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Checking In

I'm still pregnant.

My midwife acknowledged yesterday that when your first child comes early, it's that much more difficult when the next child arrives on a more "normal" timeline. So true! I'll be 39 weeks tomorrow, so it's not like baby-girl-to-be is late. It's just that I had it in my mind that she'd arrive earlier than Levi did and she hasn't. I'm also incredibly uncomfortable and unable to be on my feet for very long, which means I can't simply go out and walk the neighbourhood or run errands or go shopping or well, do anything. Even sitting at the sewing machine is a challenge, because baby is extremely low and pressing on my tailbone.

Wah, wah, wah! Sorry for the whining. I'm clearly cranky.

Here's another thing that's frustrating me to no end. I've been bit by the garment sewing bug and there are a ton of tops and dresses I'd like to try making. Except a) being pregnant, I can't take accurate measurements of myself and b) I'm going to be breastfeeding for the next year and the tops aren't really BF accessible (Staple dress/top, Wiksten tank, Eucaplyt tank). All of the BF shirt/dress patterns I've come across are made with knits and we've already established that I do NOT like working with knits.  I'm thinking of making the Staple dress as a top and just pulling it up for breastfeeding, but I'm not sure which size to make. Making a muslin makes sense, but as long as the baby is in my belly, it won't really help. Except, the top does have shiring which should be forgiving, so I might just throw caution to the wind and make one up. Yeah, let's go do that, shall we?