I’ve seen so many pregnant ladies looking very cute in midi-length tank dresses, so I reached out in a Maternity Sewing Group on Facebook to ask what patterns some of the sewists there had loved for similar silhouettes. I came back with a few great ideas, one of them being the Made for Mermaids Ruby Dress! This one caught my eye originally because of the cute, thinner straps… But also because many of those who suggested it confirmed that they or their loved one comfortably wore this dress through much of pregnancy without any maternity modifications! I’ve mentioned this before, with my last pregnancy, but the idea of sewing something that I will only be able to wear for a couple of months makes me so sad – I want the option to wear it forever! So this one seemed like a winner.
I sewed this sweatshirt up about a year ago and shared it over on the Minerva website, but I wasn’t sure that I would ever post it here on my own blog. These photos are from right after we went into the first round of COVID lockdowns, and looking back at these photos brings back the anxiety and out of place feelings I had at the time. I didn’t feel like myself and was just trying to hold it all together from day to day! However, I still really like this sweatshirt as a comfy and cute piece to wear at home, so I figured it deserves a second to shine here!
It’s SWIM WEEK over at Raspberry Creek Fabrics, and I am so excited to have been a part of the blog tour this year. Sewing my own swimwear has been a goal of mine for quite a while – it feels like such an intimidating thing to tackle! Back in 2020, I took some direction from Gretchen Rubin and created a “20 in 2020” goal list. Sewing my own swimwear was included in that list, but of course, the summer turned out to look VERY different than I’d anticipated and the idea totally lost its luster. So when the opportunity came to be a part of the RCF Swim Tour this year, I jumped on it! This was the perfect opportunity for me – the deadline meant no excuses, so I couldn’t chicken out and decide that swimwear was too daunting. And the amazing colors and prints in RCF’s swim line this year meant I was THRILLED about what I was making!
Since I was young, I’ve mainly built my wardrobe on bright neon colors and big, fun prints – usually florals. However, I’ve always really loved the simplicity of a good black and white stripe. Two of my all-time favorite sweaters that I’ve owned, both of which are still in my closet today, were black and white striped. I love that it is a combination of a classic print and classic, neutral colors but it still offers something a little more bold and interesting than your solid black or white.