I have pretty much nothing in my closet I can wear right now. I knew that I was going to need a new wardrobe for maternity, but I gave no thought to my post-natal body. It turns out that it’s a totally different size and shape than my normal body (duh). Combine that with the need to constantly nurse my adorable parasite (making most dresses impossible) and I’m pretty desperate for some clothes. Since I have so little sewing time these days (again, thanks to my adorable parasite), I figured I’d start with some basics – simple staple pieces that I can wear with anything. And this is what I came up with. #flamingosarethenewblack
I’m not so sure what to wear to fit and flatter my body right now (which I talked about in my last newsletter. Oh, you don’t subscribe to my newsletter? Fix that here!) so I opted for an oversize shirt pattern that I had in my stash – Burda Young 7148. I didn’t want to mess with fit (and I was using a woven when the pattern calls for a knit) so I just opted for the size that corresponded to my current full bust measurement.
When I wore my new shirt for the first time, both Adam and my mom commented on how great I look. And I think it’s the “looking great” of happiness and self-confidence. Since there’s nothing particularly flattering about the fit or color on me (or the fact that I sewed a pattern that calls for knits out of a quilting cotton), what does come through is the fact that I feel good when I wear this. It makes me smile and it makes me feel like me, which I haven’t been able to say about most of what I’ve worn for a long time now.
Even though I used a quilting cotton where I should have used a knit, I sewed the pattern pretty much as written. I did shorten the sleeves. I also changed the hem band of the shirt – opting for a wider folded band of fabric so there isn’t a visible hem on the bottom. I sewed bias tape over the seam to cover the fact the pattern doesn’t match, and I’ll add a drawstring into it when I get around to buying some more shoelaces.
The only thing that I wish I would have done differently is to line the hood. I think it would look great with a black lining, although I only had solid black quilting cotton on hand and thought it would make the hood too stiff. Since I wanted to sew this from stash, and sew it quickly, I forged on.
I’ll leave you with this photo with the hopes it makes you giggle like it did for me. I look like I’m trying to be a thug, which is a little hard when you’re wearing flamingos.