2016 didn’t see me sewing a whole lot, unfortunately. Between being sick through my whole pregnancy, having a baby in May, and then struggling through post-partum depression, I just didn’t have the ability to create. I love reading (and compiling) end of the year roundups (see my 2015 year in review, 2014 year in review, 2013 in review, and 2012 roundup for a glimpse through my sewing past), so I went ahead and post-mortem’ed this year’s sewing too. Even with very little output, I had some notable successes, which is nice to see and reflect upon. In no part particular order, my Top 5 Sewing Hits of 2016:
These nursing Watson bras are my biggest hit of the year. I wear them almost every day (I have a couple of RTW bras that get swapped in occasionally) and love that they are fun, functional, and a bit sexy. I particularly loved the conversation that they initiated in my own head and on my blog. They were a great reminder to myself that my post-baby body is different but just as sexy. They were also a wonderful opportunity for other moms to chime in that they have had some of the same mental and emotional struggles as I have with accepting and loving their own post-baby bodies.
This 1970’s dress was also an important step in me accepting my post-baby body. I made it very shortly after having Evie at a time when almost nothing would fit over my belly. I didn’t really realize that I would come home from the hospital looking 6 months pregnant. I read that I would want “loose clothes” to wear immediately post baby but I had no concept of how “loose” they would need to be. I worked hard in a totally sleep-deprived state to sew a dress that fit my completely foreign body, flattered it (I really didn’t want to look pregnant any more), was nursing friendly, and felt like I was wearing my clothes again. I did it.
Despite being a super quick hack, and despite the fact that the top doesn’t fit me perfectly (since I have lost a lot of weight since I initially made the green part when I was pregnant), I’m calling this Christmas shirt a gigantic win because it’s excessively comfortable, very cheery, and gets smiles from strangers. I’ve been wearing it every few days since I made it (pretty much as soon as I get it washed again) as I want to wear it as much as I possibly can before Christmas arrives!
So, pretty much, when I’m not wearing the Christmas shirt, I’m wearing the cat sweatshirt or its sister the dinosaur shirt. Kinda ridiculous. Very fun. Very cheerful. Very me.
This day-glo maternity coat was the only complicated sewing that I did while pregnant. I got to wear it for such a short time and (at least right now) I have no intention of needing it again. I gained 50 lbs while pregnant (the majority of which I’ve already lost), so making it fit now would mean completely resewing the whole coat (not just removing the belly fullness). But I might get motivated to do so because I LOVE the fabric. I felt SO GOOD wearing this because it’s so bright and happy. It was completely worth sewing.
Do you agree with me that these garments were all wins? I struggle to define my style, but whatever it is, I think these are all part of it!