In this post I want to share some news with you, and show off my new Nettie dress. The Nettie is made with the most delicious wool jersey blend, bought last year at the meetup in Paris. Unfortunately I didn’t snap a pic of the label, but it said something like wool, cashmere, alpaca, maybe even baby bunny – aka a Most Heavenly Blend. I had two pieces of 1,5 meter, one greyish and one blueish. I made Stef a sweater with the blue one. Which he lost this summer, *insert curses*. So the other 1,5 was definitely meant for me, and I made a Nettie dress with it.
What? Oh, I should have started with the news? Well read on :)
Well this will probably not come as a surprise since everybody we’ve told so far said something like ‘I knew it’, but: I’m pregnant! Yay! I’m really glad we’re able to tell the world now, those first weeks are so awkward. Something super exciting is happening and you have to keep quiet about it, so hard! At the same time weeks go by where nothing seems to change and you don’t get any real ‘proof’ until 12 weeks, which makes it all very abstract. I’ve been feeling quite miserable as well, but nothing out of the ordinary. As the second trimester is kicking in things are slowly improving fortunately. We’ve just had that first ultrasound, and everything looked just as it should be. It’s becoming very real now! Hopefully we get to meet our new family member somewhere in August, and we can’t wait!
So, will this turn into a maternity/mom blog now? Honestly, I have no idea. I would like to say things will stay the same, but the center of my universe is shifting so they probably won’t. Obviously my finished makes posts will include maternity makes, but I am planning quite an exciting wardrobe that is not like the standard ‘gathered at the waist shirt’. I’ll tell you more about those plans later. I’m also a bit sad that I don’t get to make new Birkin Flares or black bull denim Gingers, or that bordeaux velvet shirt, or a Yuzu coat, or anything that fits non regular women. I haven’t even shown my latest Gingers which are already getting uncomfortable. But I’m looking forward to exploring this new-to-me domain of maternity wear.
Ok so back to the Nettie: I tested the stretch factor this time so I knew how much bigger I should cut the fabric. Plus I adjusted the back armholes and the front armholes so it sits right on my shoulders. I also figured out how to make that twin needle work (lower bobbin tension and woolly nylon) which I’m very pleased with. It’s super comfortable, I like that it shows off my tiny bump and it’s great for this winter weather. I’ve been making and wearing more oversized shirts this past year, but I realised I missed figure hugging shirts like I used to wear. So there’s actually not much more to tell about this Nettie, the marvel is mostly in the super soft and warm wool jersey and that’s hard to convey in photo’s.
Oh and some more news: even though I haven’t been able to work as much as I used to these past months due to my “health issues” (sorry pattern testers :)), there’s a new pattern coming out next week! I’m just finishing the product samples and they’re so delicious I bet you’ll love it too. It’s a design that was missing in my wardrobe and hadn’t been done by other designers. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen the sneak peeks. So see you next week!