Time for the yearly roundup posts– thanks for hosting this again, Gillian!
I did do somewhat of a maternity/baby-specific roundup back in May. But since I’ve had a half a year of sewing since, it’s a good time to revisit. For the purposes of this roundup, I’m going with 4 things I made for myself and one thing I made for Hobbit, per category. Mostly because for my clothes, I couldn’t think of a fifth for either category.
Top 5 hits:
1. My black maternity maxi-dress. I still need to hem it shorter, and should probably do so in the next few months so I have it for my next concert– I’m going back to the flute choir soon, and I’m sure the spring concert will be before I’m done nursing. Excess length aside, I’m happy with the nursing alteration, and I feel like it was comfortable and flattering in both my pregnant and post-partum states. But it did get a lot of use during the warmer days this year.
2. The tie-dyed maxi skirt. In retrospect, I wish the yoga band wasn’t quite so wide, because I have to fold it down a lot now. But my hope was to wear it after the pregnancy, too, and it worked out well for that.
3. The Exploding TARDIS Rae skirt. Out of all the things I’ve made during the “oh no, the baby’s out and all my stuff is still too small” second half of the year, this one is hands-down the piece that I feel is most me, stylistically.
4. The Espresso leggings. Once I got the waistline tweaked, they turned out to be pretty comfortable, and I’ve been wearing them pretty much every time I wear a skirt since it got cooler. I have a piece of brown rayon knit that I think could make a nice second pair, so this pattern will definitely see more use. (And excuse the derpy picture– I literally had time to snap one, once I realized none of my pics of them actually showed the leggings.)
5. Hobbit’s top hit: the play gym. I’ve had to swap out several of the felt animals for more durable/noisy toys by now, particularly since googly eyes fell off of a couple, but he still loves this thing! It was definitely well worth the time spent.
Top 5 misses:
Since that was the only true wadder, the rest of my list is things that are okay, but I wish were improved in some way.
2. The print maternity maxi-dress. I’m guessing it’s from swapping the bodice with another pattern, but this one never fit as well as the black one, even when I was the most pregnant. I’m hesitant to reconstruct it, since we are hoping for another child at some point and then I’d need this again, but the temptation to take in the back somehow is very strong.
3. The Adelaide dress. As I said in my post, it’s ok. I’m just less than thrilled with the fabric, and found it a little boring. I did wear it several times this summer/early fall in spite of that, and I think I actually would consider using the pattern again. It did fit pretty well with no alterations. We’ll call this one a wearable muslin.
4. The Darling Ranges dress. I still love the fabric, but I’m disappointed with the fit, especially the bodice. Not enough to toss the dress, but enough that the chances of me making this pattern again aren’t looking good.
5. Hobbit’s top miss: the baby shoes. Mostly because I should have gone larger. Despite going two sizes bigger than I thought I needed to, they only fit him for about two weeks! And they were warm weeks, so I think he only wore both pairs a combined total of three times. Also, he hates wearing shoes and/or socks, period. (My friends and family raved about them on Facebook, though, and I’ve been told I should keep them forever anyway.)
I guess that overall, it’s not a bad year since most of my misses still got plenty of wear! Granted, at least half of my wardrobe either still doesn’t fit or just doesn’t work for nursing at all. Things may have been different otherwise. But I’ll take it.