Me Made May (a social media phenomenon where people pledge to wear their sewing projects and photograph their outfits throughout the month) has been inspiring as always this year. It’s also been frustrating. Since Noah was born I have sewn a fresh set of knit pants for him each time he grows out of them and a little bit for work (only in the last few weeks)…and that’s it! I really wish I could squeeze in more time for sewing, but of all my creative pursuits it is the hardest for me to fit in. Noah tolerates gardening when he’s in the carrier or on a picnic blanket. I can also garden when he’s napping in the stroller. He likes to join in while I bake. And he plays happily while I draw. As soon as I try to sew, though, he will have none of it! I think it’s because my movement back and forth from the tall ironing table to my tall sewing machine distracts him from his play and is also happening all above his head and tantalizingly out of reach and sight. I don’t have evenings free due to his sleep routine which is when I gather most new moms sew.
Anyways, I am enjoying the chance to garden and bake and will simply need to continue my love for sewing by daydreaming about it until the time comes when I can sew again! Babies grow so quickly so I don’t really wish for more time to sew as that would mean I was wishing Noah’s infancy away!
This Me Made May I’ve thought about sewing projects each day instead of creating or wearing them (aside from the sample sewing that is chugging along for work). Here is what I’d love to sew to suit our new lifestyle if I had the time:
Overalls! These would be very useful for gardening and chopping wood. There are so many amazing indie overall patterns to choose from but I’ve narrowed it down to these two.
I would sew these Jenny Overalls by Closet Case Patterns in a sturdy canvas for cooler weather (though the shorts version is tempting too!).
And these Sew House 7 Burnside Bibs would be great in linen or hemp for the summer.
Matt could still use some new Fairfield Button-up shirts. I bought him white linen last summer but never got around to sewing it as I was really only interested in sewing baby things while I was pregnant lol (I’m glad I did, though, as it is a joy to see Noah wearing his handmade overalls!).
Matt wears his original flannel Fairfield constantly so I’ll likely sew him another while working on the white linen one as batch sewing is so efficient.
I just bought the linen to make myself a harvest apron like this beautiful one I found on Etsy. I managed to cut it out while sitting next to Noah on the floor the other day. The linen I chose is periwinkle and quite heavy. I bought it from my friend’s shop, The Spool, in the Comox Valley. She just expanded into an enormous space and so her fabric selection is suddenly quite large. We went to visit recently and tour her beautiful new space so I picked out the linen for myself as a treat.
I can imagine wearing this apron somewhat like a hip bag or fanny pack. It will carry my phone, be used to collect veggies, and will keep eggs safe while I am also carrying Noah around the farm. Our chicks arrive in three weeks so I still have lots of time to create this apron before they begin to lay in mid to late August.
It would be nice to sew both Matt and myself a cozy Finlayson Sweater for evenings around the camp fire later on this summer. I have fabric set aside for this from one of the collections that we used to stock in the shop. If ever I could sneak away from my sleeping baby in the evening, this would be a realistic project to tackle as I can sew a Finlayson in just two short evenings (takes 2-4 hours depending on the speed I work and how distracted I am by Netflix or a podcast!).
It would be lovely to sew a summer dress for myself that is nursing friendly. I generally find myself sewing a fresh dress for myself each spring but, even if I don’t have time this year, my dresses from past years are still in good shape…they just aren’t nursing friendly which is inconvenient. The Southport Dress by True Bias would be a nice option. I think I’d make it tea length in linen or cotton. It looks comfortable, pretty, and nursing compatible.
Lastly, it would be so much fun to tuck into some sewing projects for Noah! I’d love to make him a set of fabric food, some bigger overalls, and a little apron that would cover him while eating much more effectively than a bib.
What sewing thoughts occupy your mind? Any tips on sewing while raising a baby who won’t sleep indoors unless I’m right beside him? Or any tips on helping him to sleep on his own (I’ve been reading and trying everything with very little success).