But... I do miss my waist, just a little. She was a nice waist, fond of cinched belts, figure-hugging seams, 50s-style summer dresses and pencil skirts, the dear thing.
She's been away on holiday for five months now. Seriously--I started showing EARLY. Here I am at 8 weeks pregnant in my (homemade, of course) True Blood Merlotte's waitress Halloween costume:
And less than a month later, at Thanksgiving:
But in celebration of her eventual return, in whatever shape and configuration, I've been on a bit of a pattern acquisition binge. (How many I'll actually find time to sew as a new mom is a whole other question). In this edition: new (and repro) patterns! My vintage pattern stashing/destashing deserves its own post.
The Colette 1009 Ceylon Dress. I think I'd like to do it in orange similar to the pattern photo shoot--I have some $1/yard Fabric.com orange cotton stretch sateen in the stash:
Butterick 5209 (Repro 1947 pattern). I wasn't sure about this until I saw the Slapdash Sewist's lovely version--I'd definitely also make the cap-sleeved view.
Vogue 8613 Knit Shirtdress. I love knit dresses, I love shirtdresses. I hate the model photo, but I love the line drawings, and would probably do in a printed ITY jersey. I've heard dresses aren't the best nursing wear, but I think the button-front would provide good access:
Simplicity 2601. V-neck + Peplum = blouse love:
And I've had this in the stash for years, but I'm so excited to actually get to make it:
It's not just about me, either. I picked up a few Oliver & S patterns for Cartoonist Baby:
And a hooded sweatshirt pattern for Cartoonist Husband (Masheka loves a fun hoodie):
But as I have only allowed myself one drawer in my apartment for pattern organization, when new patterns come to town, others must be gently escorted out. A few likely sacrifices:
I like the neckline on the top view, but I have much cuter patterns, and the overall effect and styling is very 90s (which is probably when I bought it):
There just aren't any situations in my life that require a boned bustier crinoline cocktail dress--I need more versatile day-to-evening dresses. I've never met a strapless bra with enough support for my liking, and I'm sick of the clear-strap look (and sure, I could add straps, but... I have other patterns):
I picked this up ages ago when I bought her Couture Sewing book, but I don't think the lines are right for me:
If I do ever attempt one of her couture jacket patterns, she has some others that would be more my style... but as I have yet to make even an easy unlined jacket, I'll wait til I get there.
By the way, a big shout-out and thank-you to Heather of Featherty Sews for helping me with said acquisition--she took pity on me when she heard New Yorkers don't have mad pattern sales and got me some of the above for 99 cents each. And if you're looking to do some pattern acquisition of your own, she's having big daily vintage pattern giveaways--with free shipping!