Let There Be Wren

So, it’s been a while since you’ve seen me.  I’ve been around, posting gobs of pictures of my progeny in itty bitty mama-made clothes, but I haven’t been on the blog in me-made-threads since The Final Maternity Dress, about 11 months ago.

Adjusting to my new mom bod has been interesting.  It’s one reason for my absence.  I have a short torso, so my Mr. Cheeks bump had nowhere to go but out, I gained 47 or so pounds during my pregnancy (oops) and my c-section didn’t help with the mom pooch, either.  I’ve lost most of the pregnancy weight, but ye olde midsection will never be the same again. *sad trombone*

I’ve made several things for myself since he was born, but have felt too overwhelmed with life to take photos and post them.  I still feel a bit of that, but there has been a change in the wind lately; a hint that I may be slowly wading out of the new-mom-fog.

And then there was Wren.


I had all sorts of plans about the things I was going to make for PR Weekend.  But like I talked bout last week, I thought more and did less than I should have.  The Monday before PR Weekend, I posted this on Instagram:

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Mini Wardrobe Achieved!

As you know, I finished my Mini Wardrobe yesterday.  Woohoo!

I deviated a bit from my original plan, but I’m very pleased with the outcome.  As a review, here are the pieces I made:

1.  McCall’s skirt
2.  Burda Style skirt
3.  Colette Patterns dress
4.  Vogue blouse
5.  McCall’s cardigan

You’ve seen all of these pieces individually already, but here they are together


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Colette Patterns released a new pattern last week:  a dress called Myrtle that can be made up in a knit OR a woven.  Neato!

I am a sucker for cowl necks and covetously eyed the comfortable looking elastic waisted dresses I spied in droves while we were on our honeymoon, so I decided to go for it.

I know this dress’s name makes sense due to the M naming convention of Colette’s knit pattern collection (Moneta dress, Mabel skirt), but it still makes me think of children’s books that feature female turtles more than anything.

Alas, I digress.

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Where to begin…

Firstly, Happy New Year!  2013 was pretty awesome, and 2014 promises to be even more exciting for me (and Mr. 5).  More on both of those things at a later time.

Secondly, I’m feeling a bit really behind these days.  I’ve done a bunch of sewing, and some knitting, but zero blogging in the last couple of months, and I’m having some trouble figuring out where to begin again.  But, it’s like anything,  If I let myself get bogged down in the logistics, I’ll never start again.  So, time to jump in.

I have a backlog about a mile long, and I’m going to start with the items I made as Christmas gifts, and then share a recap of my trip to NYC in November (woot!).  Then, a parade of everything I made but didn’t blog in 2013, ending with a yearly recap, which I hope to have in the books by the end of January.  Whew.

But first, I have a decision to make and I’m just not sure which direction to go.  It’s my birthday on the 19th (31!  Egads.) and I am having trouble deciding what I should make for my birthday dress.  I already know the fabric, though:  this delicious navy blue silk twill from Fabric Mart.


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