Sorry for my lack of posts recently. I had to take a little break from garment sewing to work on bedding, etc. for the nursery, and I don’t plan to post on that until it’s all done. Which has been a bit delayed because we lost the stability bars for J’s old crib (i.e. the things that actually hold up the mattress). Yeah, kinda hard to use it without those. Luckily, I managed to locate them safely in the possession of a friend…long story.
Anyhoo, back to business!
I have previously alluded to the fact that I’m a bit of a fabric hoarder. Actually, that’s quite possibly the understatement of the year. I am a HUGE fabric hoarder! My stash is completely out of control. I have so much fabric that I actually have run out of room in my sewing room to store it, and I have an enviable about of fabric storage space in my sewing room. With the full-time lawyer gig and two kids, I don’t always have as much sewing time as I would like. When the creative urge hits me, but I have no time to sew, I tend to fabric shop.
Something must be done.
Enter the postpartum sewing list. It includes a decent amount of loungewear. Since my maternity leave days will largely be spent feeding and caring for a newborn in the comfort (and privacy) of my own home, loungewear seems like a good thing to stock up on. Another plus — it’s great for stashbusting!
In the interest of full disclosure, loungewear for busting my abundant stash never occurred to me until I saw Kelly’s post a couple of months ago over on Cut Cut Sew with her prolific contribution to the 2013 Pyjama Party! Then Caroline of Sew Caroline announced her personal commitment to Slash the Stash. I had been working on loungewear anyway, and realized that it was a perfect solution for all the accumulated fabric gathering dust in my sewing room.
Those 3 yards of pink dot Robert Kauffman quilting cotton that now has me wondering why I ever thought I needed so much? Perfect for a pair of Tofino lounge pants.
The mint polka-dot bedsheets that I just couldn’t throw out because they’re so soft, and hello!? Mint? Polka dots? Another pair of Tofinos.
The 1 yard of 60-inch Rashida Coleman-Hale linen that I picked up on uber-clearance at fabric.com? Turns out that’s more than enough for a Eucalypt dress, nursing-friendly placket included!
That’s the beauty of loungewear. Pajama pants, for example, are a great way to use up a lot of fabric like quilting cotton that might have limited other uses for someone who primarily sews apparel. But a loungy tank or dress is perfect for those smaller 1-1.5 yard pieces lying around. And since I plan to wear these primarily in the privacy of my home, I don’t have to be in love with the fabric, so long as it’s comfortable!
I made a decent number of modifications to these patterns to make them work for my particular situation. Obviously I need all tops and dresses to be nursing-friendly, which meant adding a button or snap placket to the Eucalypt pattern. A full button/snap placket is easy peasy (and can even be accomplished by refashioning a men’s shirt). For a partial placket, like on my Eucalypt dress, I used the henley placket tutorial from Melly Sews. It’s such an easy mod to make!
And while I love the Tofino Pants pattern, in my opinion it is lacking one essential detail: Pockets. When I’m at home, I don’t want to have to go searching for chap stick or a spare nursing pad should I need one, so pockets are a must. I also wanted to make sure that the pants were easy to alter since I fully plan to lose my baby weight. That means I needed side seams on the pants to take in as I (hopefully) shrink. I accomplished both by eliminating the side panel on the pants and modifying the front and back pieces to include side seams. This allowed me to modify the front pieces to include pockets using the pocket pieces from the Kelly Skirt, which was really easy to do. I love easily-adapted patterns!
And since my belly just keeps growing to enormous proportions, I’m afraid I can’t post any photos of me modeling these garments just now. These finished-garment pics will have to do for the moment, and I promise to post some pictures of my loungewear in action in a few weeks, cute baby (and tired eyes) included. I will do my best to take a shower and put on some makeup first, but no promises there. 🙂
**These are my first Tofino Pants and Eucalypt Dresses, so I will do full pattern reviews on them. Just not here. That would be a really long post!