PREGGO MY EGGO (OR WHY I’VE BEEN M.I.A. ON THE SEWIST FRONT!)
by Daughter Fish
I’ve got some big news. That’s right, big news right there in my lower belly. For some reason, I’ve been a little shy about posting about my pregnancy. I guess I wanted to make sure everything was going well before, you know, releasing that info into the wild. Thankfully, everything is going just peachy and I’m over halfway to my due date in early June. Mr. Fish and I are psyched, in awe, and a little bit frightened of this little being we have started calling Thunder Baby, because of his or her (we’re leaving it a surprise!) thunderous little heartbeat.
When I first found out I was pregnant, I thought I’d be all about sewing maternity clothing, but between moving in August, booking some good freelance gigs, and the inevitable fatigue of growing another human, most of my free, energetic time has been devoted to starting my podcast. I did, however, sew this jersey grey-and-white animal print skirt/dress with my growing belly in mind. It’s based off of this lovely number. It can be worn as a skirt, with a wide folded band (like up top), or as a dress (and, in my case, as a nightgown).
Basically, it’s just a wide gathered skirt, with a big band for the waist/bodice. I can’t seem to get enough of it. It’s my version of a mou mou, and has saved me from that dangerous slide into wearing sweatpants nonstop. It’s an evil truth that sweats are just a step away from Mom Jeans. As my sister likes to quote, “You’re not a woman anymore, you’re a mom!”
On that note, me and my big belly are off to edit the most recent episode of Thread Cult, a great interview with couture sewing expert Susan Khalje. She gave me the skinny on sewing women’s dreams (bridal gowns!), fabric shopping in Paris, and an exciting new venture she’s got brewing for all of us who want to sharpen our couture skills at home. Stay tuned.