EaseIntoMotherhood Summary and Themes

I knew that having a community is important. The sewing community has been a great source of inspiration, encouragement, and support for me since I started blogging almost 10 years ago. Most of that connection has come through what we obviously have in common – sewing. But it has been in times of struggle that I’ve learned I have a lot more in common with members of my community than just sewing. When I was in graduate school and struggling I reached out to other sewists who had made it through grad school themselves and by sharing their stories I gained strength to push through. In this last year, my first year as a parent, I was met with the biggest challenge I have yet faced. But in my sewing community I found support yet again. Jodi, Monserratt, and I conspired to get other parents to share their stories through …

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Workout Clothes for Boxing

I’ve taken up boxing. This winter was a dark time for me and starting in early spring I knew I needed to do what I could to help myself get out of it. One of the things that I know helps me when I’m struggling with depression is to be more physically active. Of course the worse I’m feeling the less I want to exercise, so I knew I needed to find an exercise class that I would enjoy to help give me that extra push since I just didn’t see getting into a routine again on my own. There aren’t a whole lot of options since I live on an island, but I knew there was a small studio I liked since I had enjoyed classes there before I got pregnant. There was one class that wasn’t full and was scheduled when I regularly have childcare so I decided …

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Ease Into Motherhood Week 1 Summary

The conversation about sewing, creativity, self-care, and motherhood is off to an inspiring start this month (pop over here to read what Ease Into Motherhood is about if you missed it). I wrote about my journey back to self love after baby through sewing. I also released a new pattern that is a love letter to my mom belly. Jodi wrote about how “bouncing back” isn’t a good goal since it takes away from the importance of the experience you’re trying to “bounce back” from. Monseratt wrote about how motherhood has affected her friendships and showed off some cute baby clothes. Cindy wrote about how she has made time for herself and creativity since having a child and how it was a bumpy journey to get to this point. Rebecca wrote about how life got easier after she “eased in” to motherhood and how motherhood brought sewing into her life. …

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Sewing My Way Back to Self-Love After Baby

In pretty much all aspects of my life things are so different that I almost forget what it was like before having a baby. But we’re here to talk about sewing, so lets do that. My journey back to sewing is also a journey back to self-love, much like my original journey to sewing. The first three months after Evie was born were a blur. I know, everybody says that. But I can’t come up with any better words to describe it and it’s one of those things that you’ll never really understand until you’ve lived through it, I guess. I certainly didn’t. I was sick my whole pregnancy and Evie’s birth was traumatic so we had no reserves when she arrived. But I did get into my sewing room for tiny stretches at a time. I swaddled Evie against my chest for a nap or put her bassinet next …