What’s this? I’m writing a blog post?? About a dress I actually made??? For myself ?!! Will wonders never cease.
In fact, there is a very specific reason for this change in events, which is that my one year old daughter is finally consistently sleeping through the night (she was an amazing newborn sleeper, then… err…. not so great from months 8 – 12). The upshot of that is I feel like a human being again for the first time in over a year, and actually have the energy to do more than the absolute minimum required in life. Result!
So what did I decide to make? An everyday, winter-suitable Alcott Dress using this gorgeous Liberty knit jersey which I picked up when I was in London over Christmas.
I’m still breastfeeding, and that’s been quite rough on my wardrobe, as easy boob access typically means separates. So when I wanted to make myself something that would be a go-to but not jeans-and-a-sweater (UGH I’M SO BORED OF THAT), I decided to make an Alcott, because not only is the style super comfortable and forgiving of post-partum tummies, but it’s also great for nursing. Not just because it’s a surplice top, but because we added elastic in there, which means it pings straight back into place when you put the boob away (or try to remember, I have most definitely sat with a bra cup hanging out for at least 5 minutes in public places).
Subtlety is my middle name (and Third Love is the name of this surprisingly chic underwired nursing bra that’s available in a 38H)
Right now my boobs are even more immense than usual, but in anticipation of my daughter finally taking a cup (please, please, J, take a cup), I went with my “normal” size 18, through the shoulders and arms, and then graded up to a 20 G/H everywhere else. Technically I think my boobs are a 22 or 24 GH right now, but knits being what they are, the 20 fits fine.
Apart from that, the main changes were I took the view B sleeves (sans ruffle) and put them on the view A, and I lengthened the skirt by 3 inches to give me an almost-midi look. I kicked myself after we did the Alcott Dress cover, because I realized that the styling made it look like a special occasion dress only, whereas it actually works really well as a throw-it-on, secret pajamas garment – and I think this proves it! Deciding on the cover samples is always so nerve wracking, because it has a massive impact on sales – especially the fabric that we pick, and the styling.
I wore this to daycare drop off today instead of my usual insanely boring Mum uniform and I felt just a touch chic, especially paired with my slightly bonkers lilac coat (I bought it assuming it would be for occasional novelty wear, but nope I wear it on the reg).
So finally, I have a new item of clothing, and it’s just possible that I might have enough energy to make *another* garment in the not too distant future.
I’m back in the game, woo hoo!