Confused at the title? Let me explain:
Number three as in prego again with Tribe the Third (due in June). I’m pretty excited as well as fairly nervous–everyone always says that three is the hardest. I believe that, but I’m trying to just focus on the fact the I’ve never been happier in my life than as a Mom, and that this baby will inevitably bring the same joy that my first two have. SO. Bring it on, baby.
The Austen Cardigan as in the first of many maternity clothing I will be sewing for this pregnancy. Who’s sick of ugly maternity clothes?! I AM!!! I decided that since I have pretty much everything I need for girl or boy baby, I’m going to dedicate my sewing largely to my belly; I’m going to be trying out and altering lots of patterns (maternity and non-maternity) as well as drafting a few of my own. The prospect of this juicy project is what got me through the post-holiday blues, and actually, I’m SUPER excited to be crafting/sewing with NO deadline imposed. Just sewing whenever/and whatever I want. I’m going to call this new series Sewing for a Belly, so buckle up for some belly-friendly beauties!
I bought a cardigan almost identical to this from Urban Outfitters for my sister in law for Christmas. I liked it so much I got busy just a few days after Christmas and made my own. Although it was a very simple design, it was actually kind of challenging because the knit I used was very sheer and stretchy, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without knit interfacing. I love how feminine it is, and although there’s nothing really maternity about it, I find that a pretty cardigan can make the frump t-shirt and jeans look quite lovely. So cardigans can be a belly’s best friend.
Pattern: I used my basic t-shirt pattern as the base, and then free-styled from there. I cut the the front piece down the middle, straightened the front neckline, and added a double ruffle. I cut the pattern right at the natural waistline, and added a double layered ruffled panel to the bottom half.
Fabric: this knit came from Hancock’s value fabrics. It’s a light weight, sheer knit with a rib-like design. Impossible to sew (at least with a sewing machine) without some essential knit interfacing.
Lining: just normal slinky lining from TwinkleAnn’s, although I did dye it grey because they didn’t have the color I wanted.
*Note: Because I don’t have a serger yet, I do all of my knit sewing using my overlock stitch, which pretty much mimics a serged edge. It’s perfectly adequate, albeit MUCH slower than a normal straight stitch.
And finally, One Year as in this is the first anniversary of my MadMim blog. And what a great one it’s been! This blog was a New Year’s resolution from last year, and boy have I had fun writing about all my sewing/craft adventures, and I have LOVED getting to know some of you along the way! It makes my DAY every time somebody leaves a comment, and I really appreciate all the wonderful things you’ve had to say and contribute. For this year, my goals for this blog are keeping MadMim authentic. To me, that means blogging about things that I am doing and am passionate about, and not blogging when I don’t feel like it. Right now my first priority is being a good mom to me kids, and so this blog has to be something that brings me joy but doesn’t distract me from what I really care about. That will probably mean my posting will continue to be somewhat sporadic and willy nilly. I hope you all don’t mind! I suspect many of you are in the same boat, and I think all of us can relate to A Time and a Place for Everything, right? Thanks to all of you for tuning in, and stick around for another year of some mad crafting!